Thursday, May 31, 2007
And Also: There are basketball and hockey playoffs ongoing. How many really care? Well, rather, how many in NYC do? Oh look, the Yanks managed to keep pace ... with the Devil Rays ... by finally winning a game. 2006 Braves?
Monday, May 28, 2007
And Also: I saw a commercial that noted the Ice Princess, with a key member of the show Heroes in a supporting role, is going to be later. Nice movie, with a good message for teenage girls who want to take their own path to individual success. And, a reminder to their moms too. No, it's not THAT type of ice princess.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
If President Bush vetoes an Iraq war spending bill as promised, Congress quickly will provide the money without the withdrawal timeline the White House objects to because no lawmaker "wants to play chicken with our troops," Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday.
H/t Glenn Greenwald. What the hell are you talking about? Again, see GG today. This is aggravating. Do you LIKE promoting the other side's talking points?
Saturday, May 26, 2007
And Also: See David Corn and Joe Conanson's takes on the choke ... JC ends on a particularly [insert emotion here] note: "After all the carnage and waste, the Republicans may yet escape responsibility for the most significant strategic failure in decades, because the Democrats hesitated and dithered." But, hey, the minimum wage bill was passed! Sigh. Sometimes, it is all about how you play the game ... you know how the saying goes. Those who said "they didn't have the votes" are akin to a bad team saying "we don't have the players" when they lose 12-2. Yeah, but KC and TB don't either, and they continue to have enough respectable games to hold their heads up. And, even win some no one thought they would.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
And Also: A star of the Pirates of the Caribbean series got a sum of money because some England media source in some fashion blamed her figure on a tragedy involving anorexia. It turns out the actress had some eating disorder in the family, and anyway, she eats healthy ... thank you. She just toned up for a role. Uh huh. So, for a somewhat questionable opinion that sorta sounds incriminating by implication you can get a libel judgment. This is what the First Amendment helps to stop, people.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Others have noted the somewhat new (it isn't really) "it's for their old good" forced pregnancies crowd tactic, including "informed consent" meaning "you can't handle it dear, so let's not give you the option for safer health choices." See here for commentary on the NYT article. How often do we truly supply pregnant women with a full and honest account of the perils (including psychological) of childbirth and raising kids that they arguably best not have at that time? Double standard alert?!
Monday, May 21, 2007
A good discussion, including here, over at Balkanization on executive power, especially when it is used recklessly ... but at times constitutionally (see, e.g., Marty L. on the troubles of ignoring institutional norms, such as the whole prosecutoral purge mess). Secrecy, bad characters, and so forth clearly leads to some crossing into illegality, but overall, the whole debate underlines the value of sound government. The idea, coming from some quarters, that the reverse can be defended on bare legality grounds (and at times not that well), notwithstanding.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
After their starter was knocked out with no outs, the Yanks made a game out of it, but still lost -- it's only May, right? [a bit sad quote: "the Mets temporarily turned the proud defending American League East champions into sympathetic figures"] Media Matters in a piece on the WP editorial board highlights how many illegal acts Bush committed, but hey, not that impeachment makes sense. I wonder if we should deal with thieves and the like that way ... let history deal with them or something. The Nation has some interesting articles this week, including on Costa Rica.
And Also: New books on side panel ... the latest discusses James Madison's struggles toward ratification of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, an interrelated enterprise. It is written in an engaging style, sometimes as sort of a thriller, with the conclusion never deemed a given. Good read.
And Also: Respecting Hamilton from my last long post, her over the top rhetoric continues, this time complaining about the additional respect given to the "First" Amendment. Though it wasn't originally the first, yes, by now, its rights -- if it not then too (religion/speech to many are core rights, including to self-government) -- are a sort of "first among equals." And, the degree of security ("no" vs. "reasonable" etc.) underlines the fact.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Yesterday's ninth inning comeback from 5-1 down, started by the "B" team, suggests the value of holding the damage (keeping it 5-1), the problems of the Cubs bullpen (was retirement that bad Lou?) and the Mets penchant for some late inning magic. This is so even if this fan is not always faithful in that regard. Note also the number of (largely successful) projects involving iffy pitching arms the team had in the last year or so. Meanwhile, the Yanks hired Grampa part time for some princely sum after he couldn't get the Astros to the WS in 2004. Honestly, a 2006 Braves type meltdown might do them some good. And, the 2007 Sox are not the 2006 Orioles either.
It should be emphasized that a core value of events like the Comey/go talk to Johnny deal is -- before everyone says its just more of the same etc. -- that it cuts to the core just how disgusting/blatantly wrong these people are. See also, Plame. Just get a picture of him on a hospital bed etc. GG is right that we should wait before canonizing Comey. But, he is just the messenger here anyway, and making him a bit respectable does help the cause. BTW, surely, Gonzo makes lovely fodder, but at some point, yeah, the good of the country (now, don't get all sarcastic) etc. warrants getting rid of him.
And Also: Sometimes, there is a bit of justice in the world. A bit, you know. Like Paris Hilton -- drove while under the influence, got caught, loss her license/went on probation, got two warnings for driving anyway, was late to her hearing, and finally ran out of chances. Is the twenty odd days that she appears to have to serve really too much for such things?
Sunday, May 13, 2007
And Also: GG and others discuss a recent example of the full of themselves elitist "liberal" journalist. Take a look at the original Mike Gravel portrait that caused the problem, particularly the end where he is encouraged not to "sound like a broken record" or he will be deemed "old" news by the press. Strange, I think Bush sounded like one long ago, but the press continued to find him worthwhile fare. Maybe, only certain sorts warrant continual coverage, other stuff (which we might "all know" anyway -- except by reading the media at the time of the events) just getting "old."
Saturday, May 12, 2007
And Also: As with Kerry, now we have priests saying that they wouldn't give Rudy G. communion because of his public policy of allowing abortion as compared to his private values. If politicians support individual choice in homosexual relationships or contraceptives, unjust wars, a reckless application of the death penalty, welfare policies that do not follow Jesus' dictates, etc., no communion either? Why exactly not? OTOH, hypocrisy does help fill the pews.
Friday, May 11, 2007
And Also: Does Bush think the current Doonesbury strips match reality? A rather blatant bit of his typical **** is his Democrats don't want to fund the troops line. Sometimes, it is just too easy to underline how bad this guy and his ilk (e.g., Republicans like McCain, Bush suck-up, who also libeled Dems on this point) is for this country.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
And Also: About two years too late, Gilmore Girls will end its run. House was interesting yesterday -- the characters have developed in notable ways, adding flavor to the show.
Monday, May 07, 2007
The (rather heavily paid for part time work) savior is here. World Series bound ... just like the Astros, right? The guy is very good, surely, but last time it took him a few turns to get back in stride, and at times still had iffy turns. And, he is basically a six inning pitcher. With the Yankee bullpen, who knows if that is enough? More consistent than the 4/5 [one who pitched a shutout in 5 2/3 yesterday] options now, and I guess it was inevitable, but the excitement factor really should be moderately cautious.
Waitress is a quirky serio-comedic gem written/directed by the sadly murdered Adrienne Shelly, who plays one of the three waitresses at a pie place (who knew there were breakfast pies?) down South. Keri Russell (of Felicity) is wonderful as a pregnant pie wiz in a lousy marriage, but everyone (including her horrid husband) does a very good job. Great mood. Yes, I had a slice of (pecan) pie afterwards.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
And Also: Interesting story from Austria, where partially for technical reasons (e.g., to get the right to receive donations), activists are trying to get a chimp labeled a person. I am supportive of animal welfare/rights generally, but the mental life of higher primates suggests they are particularly deserving of being labeled "persons." In effect, they are persons by various meanings of the term, unless it only means "human."
Friday, May 04, 2007
And Also: The promos for the mid-morning replacement for Sam Seder, "Lionel," sound very lame. Plus, his voice is grating. Thanks Air America! More Gitmo Kafkaesque fare, including "just trust us" and "if you don't, we won't be able to fight war crimes" (ironically, since they commit them, they will need to fight themselves ... Pogo reference?)