Friday, February 29, 2008
McCain double standard: religious edition. If McCain is illegible (probably not, but the rule is unclear), how would the supposed constitutional barrier be addressed by simple legislation? When will people stop defending Nader ... btw, I really like the "enabling doesn't count when it would happen anyway" defense. Naomi Klein is right -- a form of "not that there is anything wrong with that" should be used to answer the Muslim smear. Negative or not (and it feels at least a bit negative), Obama is showing he can respond against political attacks. And, since the next President will play a major role in judicial nominations, I'll toss in this chance to knock originalism.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
At first, the announcement that Sen. Dodd endorsed Obama didn't really impress ... the teaser made me think of the race for Edwards' endorsement, but actually it is an important thing. Sen. Dodd has both experience and progressive cred (though his fight against immunity ended on a bit of a whimper) on his side. The fact he went on record against a fellow senator is also notable. As an email noted, he for one thinks Obama is "uniquely qualified" to be President. FWIW ... and I think is is worth something.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
And Also: Good discussion on the true limits of the presidency, including some excellent comments. Likewise, The Nuremberg Legacy: How The Nazi War Crimes Trials Changed The Course of History (half a summary of the trials themselves, half the "change") by Norbert Ehrenfreund (covered the trials, later became a judge) is very good too. This includes a balanced look of the trials that includes criticisms such as those (including the French) against the conspiracy counts. Also, criticism of Bush and company for violating the legacy, including their (over the top) opposition to the International Criminal Court. A good read, written for the general reader.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
And Also: Happy President's Day ... let's give a nod to them all, not just two. As to 44, Barack Obama has an interesting upbringing. His mom's thoughts on religion are also of interest. The fairly early deaths of his parents (and stepfather even) is also notable. For me, his bio is a plus. As to his "unity" bit, honestly, it works (it hits the zeitgeist, even for baseball fans watching the steroid hearings). You go with what works, especially if you really do believe in it. And, you can only do so much anyway. All this talk about details is a bit silly. Like he is to be the prime minister crafting legislation.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
And Also: Unlike the 11th, the Fifth Circuit of Appeals (Texas etc.) realized that sex toys is covered by the sexual freedom recognized in Lawrence v. Texas. You also buy contraceptives and abortions, after all. Good short opinion.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
A few updates on the side panel (books) and links (election site and two comic strips). After watching the NFL Network compressed version of the SB, a nod to the Pats defence too. Free Radio has some charm, though maybe not enough to watch full episodes, but not bad for a VH1 original series. Focaccia bread is yummy.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
And Also: Clearly, as shown by a sighting of a small campaign sign (Clinton here), hot dog vendors are important endorsements. Continuing on the excellent 2007 movies seen by me in 2008, the Academy nominee Persepolis based on an autobiographic comic book series of a girl growing up in Iran from shortly before the Iranian Revolution and beyond is worthy of more than an animated film nod. This special experience is worthy of a Best Picture nod too. It is an excellent use of animation and worthy of recognition there as well.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
And Also: Good episode of House, Mira Sorvino providing the spark. WGN had a mini-Corner Gas marathon in the afternoon that was also enjoyable. See my weekend comments to get a taste of my pre-Super Tuesday thoughts.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Well, they had to lose sometime. Why not now? After the teams traded scores (the Pats answering the Giants "3" with a "7), the defenses held. And held. After, the Giants finally scored again in the 4th, the Pats did as well deep in the 4th on a Third and Goal to Moss. Expletive deleted. But, Manning did a Brady, and scored with :35 left with a pass to who else, Plaxico (denied most of the game). 17-14, and they hung on with :01 left. The field had to be cleared for the final kneel-down. Whew. And, yeah! [Commercials were lame though.]
Saturday, February 02, 2008
O Pioneers! turned out to have a pretty serious edge. I picked up an attractive Reader's Digest copy for a quarter at the library ... great find. Caramel (Sukkar banat), Lebanon's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards also was a nice find. A type of Lebanon Beauty Shop, it portrays the dramas of a mixed group of women, of different ages and religions. The title arises from the use of a sort of caramel wax, the sweet/sting nature a sort of metaphor. The director/star does a nice job, even if "best" film might be a bit much.
And Also: Darn. Now, I don't know how much winter is left ... as the temperature approaches fifty degrees in New York City today. Can't these groundhogs get their facts straight? Still, the other one is from a "red" state.
And Also: I listened to Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. It sounds like something he wrote while high and does a good job explaining the inspiration of the Duke character in Doonesbury. Has some amusing moments too. I'm not sure if it is too meaningful one way or the other, though. I am finding Willa Cather's O Pioneers! a charming read.