Saturday, June 28, 2008
And Also: Good article in the NYT, one of several on the general subject, noting that "The United States and the European Union are nearing completion of an agreement allowing law enforcement and security agencies to obtain private information ... about people on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean." Seems some on that side wants some right to litigate violations, and not just "trust us." Wonder why.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Legal Round-Up: I ("Joe") provide some thoughts on the gun ruling here and here. BTC News etc. notes Obama supports giving states the power to execute rapists (and others). Glenn Greenwald notes the 8th Amendment isn't the only thing "unfailing Goodness" is iffy about, even if he is the best choice available. And, choice case title of the week: US v. 14.02 Acres of Land More or Less in Fresno County (see also, US v. 87.98 Acres of Land More or Less in the County of Merced) (eminent domain).
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Various interesting opinions today, but Kennedy's majority opinion against execution of those who rape a child is up there. This includes an extended discussion of the heinous nature of the crime, the (dubious) argument that Coker doesn't decide the question, the focus on the moral/mental well being of the child and the generally anti-death penalty flavor of the whole thing. An extended discussion by me (and a bit on the dissent) can be found here.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
And Also: After a nice road trip, except for the former manager and coaches, the Mets come back to face the lowly Mariners. They lose 5-2 ... one earned run, four unearned. David Wright (he had a day off today, and the team did too ... losing 11-0) makes an error and then Santana gives up a grand slam to the opposing pitcher. Booby prize: said pitcher hurt his ankle after a wild pitch; forced exit after only 4.2 = no win.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
And Also: Glenn Greenwald's analysis yesterday on Obama's role in the FISA "compromise" included a cite of a great comment that reflects my sentiment too. Various comments on political events sound like they are by children, here split into two camps -- little boys who think mommy/daddy can do no wrong and teenagers who think they are total boobs, sometimes totally evil to boot. We all are like that sometimes, but hopefully, manage to think like adults too. Aren't we supposed to sneer at those without nuance?
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Baseball: Not a great few days for the NL Central, including a sweep of the Cards by the Royals (they did give the Yanks a run for their money, a late game swoon stopping a possible three of four, but not a good team). Lou did not have a good return to Tampa Bay (having some first half), being swept. Neat trick -- blowing a lead in the third game by giving up four runs without getting an out ... two walks, two hit by pitches and a grand slam by the "relief." The starter was fine. Well, the Mets know a bit about that. Anyways, Cubs won today versus the other first place team in the city.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
And Also: The Mets are flawed enough (the number of bench players starting of late underlines the point) that fixing any one problem will not solve things. The buck must at least partially stop at the manager, so firing Randolph was defensible. Forcing him to fly cross-country to play (and win) a game and doing it at midnight, not so much. In fact, some closer problems aside (bullpen issues did add to some losses), the team actually played pretty well of late. Let's see what happens. Meanwhile, Randolph can feel a bit better knowing he in effect is getting a few million doing nothing for the next year plus.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Tim Russert: I don't really watch t.v. news, so cannot judge him completely, but some have voiced concerns. If we wish to say nice things about him, as deserved, fine. But, when we analyze his career and effects on political coverage, the flaws should be noted. It is a bit strange to have some critics [see the comments too] not do so. Yes, even now. Remember how they viewed him during the Plame affair, with Cheney's liking the program and his "presumed off the record" policy? Honor the man by providing a full analysis of his career. It is not in bad taste to do so.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Baseball: The road to fan hell is watching (even in part) the Mets lose three straight (let's go for the sweep!) against a bad team (the Yanks got around two, yes, two, four run deficits vs. another one) ... all 2-1. This is ridiculous -- win at least ONE of those type games.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
And Also: My laundry asked me to return the cheap plastic hangers used to for my shirts. Since they are rather flimsy and I don't have any real use for them, this is not a problem really, but seems a bit much -- are things that bad now? Meanwhile, again a found penny meant having the right change. Some pick up, others toss away because they do not have them for those .06 like charges. Circle of life?
Friday, June 06, 2008
And Also: The Blue Jays get to the Yanks ace ("ace" of late), hang on with help of a great catch and tack on a run. But, their highly paid closer chokes. This is why they are (again) playing for third place. Meanwhile, Pelfrey pitched very well, but the Mets again lost (to be fair, once they did win in such a situation, giving MP a no decision). This time via hit by pitch. The Cubs winning streak ended at nine because they left former Yank Ted Lilly in a bit too long. Hard luck loser. Cubs won again the next day.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Secrecy News: "A summary of the report's conclusions, which would have been most useful about four years ago, is presented here, with links to the newly released reports." Sen. Rockefeller noted: "In making the case for war, the Administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or even non-existent." See also, Talking Points Memo. This is mostly old news as TPM says as is the fact it is fundamentally what impeachment is all about. But, this is a no go. We don't do things that way. We are weak-willed losers.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
And Also: HC might not quite believe it [see TPM -- publicly, she does now], but look who's the Democratic nominee for President?! Yes, there are surprises in politics. Same sex marriage and a black (biracial) presidential candidate with a good chance of winning? Tell me that a few years back ...
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Slate's daily news round-up linked an interesting article in the Los Angeles Times discussing gender roles in Islamic countries, in particular, media and entertainment expression of them, including their answer to Carrie Bradshaw. This brought to mind another article some time back discussing how Saudi Arabian women get around taboos on intersexual gatherings by using text messaging. Likewise, other books and stuff that I personally read/watched. Also, Bush talking about responsibility? No lie.