Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Items: RIP Molly Ivins ... again, her Shrub informed us what the deal was before the election. Seems, see Ghost Plane, the Germans are now targeting those CIA agents that illegally seized protected persons from Europe. (Corrected.) Cf. And, besides underlining a Gitmo issue, this discusses the general horrors of solitary confinement.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
And Also: Don't usually see AP movie reviews, but this one is prime, with this comment singling out a scene prime for a future You Tube clip: "The only moment that feels vaguely real in the entire movie comes when Moore is asked to describe what an orgasm is like. She does so quite accurately and convincingly and without making you want to cringe. It's the one time in the film that no one is faking it." Mandy Moore has her moments, doesn't she?
Monday, January 29, 2007
And Also: The "important but never done" theme showed up recently when I was looking at notary procedures. The notary is supposed to orally give an oath/affirmation (without it, there is probably no perjury, since you never "sworn" to anything) or acknowledgement (did you do this willingly?). Few seem to do so. But, this really ruins at least half the point of these things ... they aren't just to determine the person is who they say they are.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
And Also: On the Mets front, the manager obtained a well deserved three year contract, Cliff Floyd (OF-1B?) went to the Cubs, and the team obtained another back-end starter possibility in Aaron Sele. Should have enough in the pile to patch together those games when the likely injuries etc. ome.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
And Also: Talking about voting: "Election staff convicted in recount rig" (Ohio) Toss in phone jamming, some justice has come from complaints. Also, after the last election, maybe this will symbolize a trend. The usual "late to the game" stuff, but it's nice all the same.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
And Also: The opening statements from the Libby trial suggests that Cheney (and probably et. al.) clearly committed impeachable offenses. I know it won't happen, but that is rather damning. The fact many will take a "yeah, so what" stance on the matter is rather distressing.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
And Also: "Malpractice Makes Perfect: How the GOP milks a bogus doctors' insurance crisis" by Stephanie Mencimer is a good taste of the flavor of her book, Blocking the Courthouse Door. Her tasty sounding blog also covers its subject: "how the Republican Party and its corporate allies are taking away your rights to sue," and gain justice given the lack of a satisfactory safety net or things like universal medical insurance. A brief, surely, but one backed up with enough examples and reasoning to stick.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
And Also: The last entry notwithstanding, problems should not blind one to good points -- such is the nature of human interaction. Thus, this thread provides some interesting thoughts on current executive power conflicts, including the importance of congressional action (proactive, not just reactive) in obtaining a proper balance.
Monday, January 15, 2007
And Also: John Edwards spoke at the church where Martin Luther King Jr. (happy birthday!) gave his remarks against the war in Vietnam as well in the promotion of social justice to promote his own related concerns. I admit that this sort of thing appeals to me. (Is he the man to promote it as President? Another question. Admitting he was wrong helped. But, darn he was wrong!) Peace and justice. Darn people for supporting such things. Dirty hippies!
And Also: Brian Lamb was interviewing Melody Barnes (VP of policy) of the Center of American Progress on his Q&A C-SPAN program tonight. Fairly interesting, but hit the spot by asking her (black woman) if she experienced any racism (she gave a couple examples, somewhat surprising him), and how one knows someone who cries racism is wrong. Substantive questions, which she answered nicely.
Friday, January 12, 2007
And Also: A pretty darn good WWII flick ... pro-Russian to boot. Pretty strong female character as well. Meanwhile, neo-cons are not likely to meet my approval, but this sort of spin job (Bush's stem cell policy is somehow worthy of our thanks) does need to be answered. And, unfortunately, my local tabloid requires me to pass his vitriol a few times a week.