Wednesday, January 30, 2008
And Also: Looks like the Mets have their next ace. Pedro is on the decline and Glavine -- though some might say he stopped pitching a month too early -- is gone, so that is essential. Even without the need to get the bad taste out of their mouths. Some Mets fans fear the contract won't be finalized. But, the GM has shown himself not to be a total incompetent. Actually, pretty smart. So, it should go okay.
Barbara Kingsolver, writer/activist, once called television the "one-eyed monster." She is in part concerned about the images and violence shown; does she also have no Internet service? Ban bad print media? She doesn't like Bill Moyers or Democracy Now!? Oh, she allows videos and her children watch t.v. elsewhere. Moderation is good -- including in avoiding things that have a bad side. One can surely survive without television, but don't quite see the point. Your purity will be invaded somehow else, sure enough.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The fact telecommunication immunity interferes with ongoing judicial review has been raised, but the basic ex post facto deprival of rights is a particularly interesting angle. Sue Grafton's latest, T is for Trespass, has an added novelty of providing the sociopath's p.o.v. But, Grafton does only selectively here, and the book eventually drags on to its conclusion. Not one of her best. Next SOTU: Not Bush!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days should have been nominated for an Academy Award, at least for foreign film, though it might also be the best 2007 movie I saw. It is a raw, almost documentary portrayal of a day during which a college age woman in communist Romania will help her friend obtain a fairly late (reflected by the title; even here my complaint about lack of portrayal of "run of the mill" abortions kind of holds) illegal abortion. It works on many levels, most not about abortion. The lead is fantastic and the tension in some scenes is almost excruciating. I guess 2007 is not quite over for me after all.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
And Also: As the telecommunications immunity and FISA law matters are handled, recent comments on the breadth of the issues we should be concern about as Roe turns 35 comes to mind: this too is about privacy. The concerns acknowledged in a 1970s medical records privacy case [see text around FN34] again are apt. Meanwhile, some thoughts from a feminist against Clinton that in some ways match my own.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
A piece co-authored by the former president of Catholics for a Free Choice underlines that it cannot just be abortion rights, a message to remember on this 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (and its companion case). I have wrote a lot about the subject (see, e.g., here), but my interest is grounded on the breadth of the issue.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Today of all days suggests electoral appeals that include a religious component are not necessarily wrong. Surely, if religion is an important aspect of the person's life and career. It also underlines that simplistic or selective attacks of such activity which do not address the particular content involved leaves something to be desired. BTW, down to that kick, the Giants made that game closer (and were helped again by suspect play, including penalties, though they helped apply the pressure) than they should have. Won in tough conditions though. No need to rely on moral victories thus far.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
When the Jets missed a potential game winner at the buzzer in the playoffs, the kicker didn't get redemption. The Giants kicker (a rookie at that) did here, making an even harder one, after BF gave up an interception (this time it was not fumbled by the Giants) in OT. The road warriors (10-1, more than than the Pats, who didn't play that many) go on against you know who. Boy, it's fun when the ending isn't predetermined. You know, a non-Pats game. Seriously, even when NY doesn't win -- after awhile, I really don't quite see the charm in that. Anyways, the Giants have been 2-0 in postseason rematches of regular season losses. Much harder now, but why the heck not?
One Year To Go: "But how exactly do these sacrifices serve the national interest? What has the loss of nearly 4,000 U.S. troops and the commitment of about $1 trillion -- with more to come -- actually gained the United States?" Well, not for the troops ... for the man particularly to blame for that. Apropos, good Doonesbury today.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
And Also: Keith Olbermann admits an error in judgment and it sadly is deemed pretty special. And, he did it with more class than Chris Matthews over the top apology, which only addressed one of many offensive comments. [See, e.g., Media Matters.] KO btw also has "soft" stories on his show, the celebrity stuff many think plagues our airwaves. You can have both in moderation.
Friday, January 18, 2008
And Also: I liked David Letterman's beard. Stewart and Colbert still are fun without their writers. The new Terminator show is pretty violent (given the potential wasteland, thousands could be killed and it would be pretty minor actually) and messy -- doesn't that make it easier to get the lead renegades? Also, the terminators are pretty blunt. John easily could have been dead by now if they showed a bit more finesse. The leads also have that too young pretty boy/girl WB/CW feel. Still, it has potential.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Manning ... Eli Manning ... came off well yesterday, including leading the team to a score in about 1/10 (less than a minute vs. over 10) the time it took Dallas to do so, tying the game 14-14 at the Half. Dallas had three long scoring drives, but NY scored too, and held them in the Fourth. And, then, TO acted like the guy defending Britney with his crying routine (with big glasses on) defending Jessica's b/f. Who came off lame too. Oh, San Diego (again) beat the Colts, even with their B team playing much of the time. Meanwhile, the new Terminator series is pretty good so far.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Seattle was comfortably ahead when the Redskins had one more turnover. Unlike the Eagles, they didn't just take a knee, in effect running up the score. Perhaps, today's snow game beating (started so well for them) was karma. OTOH, even though they too started well, the Jaguars' loss was more of the same. We knew that when the Pats went on 4th and 4 (after the Jags went on 4th and 1) on their first drive, eventually tying things at 7 all. BTW, via the interview before the game, I learnt that the black QB has a white wife. This is not too notable at this point, but it seems not totally unnotable.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Atheism: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Baggin is a pocket sized volume that covers a lot of the bases while dealing with basic questions like the quality of evidence, purpose in life and openness to error that gives it a catholic (sic) feel. Marci Hamilton, a strict separationist conservative, asks some questions of presidential candidates. Edwards and Obama come off pretty well. Ellery's Protest by Stephen D. Solomon is a good book on the bible reading ruling, also reminding the negative consequences of religion bigotry.
And Also: Weldon/BTC News has some good analysis of Obama as does Jack in the comments there. One hopes this thing, ala Jack, will go for awhile, but it is not just the MSM talking heads who insist it will not. If not, I will be annoyed ... this "well, you have two choices" b.s. is annoying, especially since ala WB, I am not THAT excited about the choices.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Query. Does underreporting certain candidates effect the results by making voters consider them not viable or whatnot, or enough to matter? After all, a mere five percent swing in Iowa would have changed the meme on who "won big" there. The story today was that HC was emotional. Big news apparently that she is not a robot. The fact it was somewhat absurd that so much was made of one moment was not even mentioned during Rachel Maddow's coverage of the event. She has been absorbed by the Borg. BTW, McCain mentioned that negative campaigning never works. You know, like in 2004 against him. Ha ha. His win in NH that year is also useful to recall.
The forgotten man: Edwards. Anyway, football. After a slow start, the Giants finally beat a QB who beat them in the playoffs while on two different teams. Third team's the charm. The Steelers lost because they didn't go for 1. The Titans couldn't score. And, after ten years, the Redskins back-up gave up an interception, and Seattle clinched the deal. Might be at least one upset next week ... will the third time be the charm vs. the Eagles? NY has a shot.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
I finally actually watched Juno, which is a good movie overall. Well acted, though Ellen Page's character (like many teens) is a bit hard to take. Good acting and writing overall, good supporting cast. As to the abortion clinic, when she chose the adoption route and went to ob/gyn check-ups, she did not go alone, but with friends and loved ones. Sorta important too. Not revolutionary, but worthwhile fare, with a good soundtrack and "look" (including the credits). Interesting audience commment: "this film would encourage a teen to get pregnant!" Also, here's a pregnant teen flick that is worth renting.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Leno might get in trouble, but where is the line? Conan's "time killers" are planned, right? He also "writes" things, they just are much less complex. BTW, how will Colbert and Stewart handle their writing heavy shows, if required to come back without them?! And, Mark Kleiman (good stuff on Huckabee generally) might be right, but TPM has a point -- weird reference. Good stuff on Obama also. He's sort of my "superego" to Edwards "id" ... I also think we can expect more than Clinton's flawed "ego."
I don't know if there is an afterlife; I tend to doubt it, to be perfectly honest. But if there is any way possible, Amanda, then I will live up to Delenn's words, somehow, some way. I love you.
Apparently, there are agnostics in foxholes. I heard reference of a few more (American) dead in Iraq on Rachel Maddow, and apparently one of them at times blogged over at Obsidian Wings, a superior group blog. I am impressed with his "last post" (written for the occasion), including those cultural references. Those (unlike I) who knew him more probably smiled through their tears at some points ... that's the best way, I think.
Here's a pro-Obama article, referencing his state legislative accomplishments, which ends on a fair note, underlining lack of coverage on the legislative records on all three of the top candidates. It is relevant, but it should be noted that these people aren't running for "legislative" office. Thus, their proposals should be taken with a grain of salt -- they aren't running to be the head of parliamentarian governments, are they? BTW, here's one of those "one state, Edwards should go" types that annoy me. And, a pro-Edwards post as balance.
Friday, January 04, 2008
Dave's back and he has a beard ... actually, he looks pretty good (less so Conan). Apparently, it's a sympathy beard for the writers on strike. Kucinich and Richardson told their supporters that Obama was their choice if they could not get the required quorum in Iowa. This helps explain Obama's margin. Past history notwithstanding, apparently we will have a Obama v. Huckabee general. Hey, let's skip the rest of the races, okay? No need for them now! Chris Matthews is a nut btw.