Sunday, November 30, 2008
Plaxico Burress Shoots Himself Accidentally. NYT et. al. mirrors Orwell. Australia (it's watchable, but simply ridiculous; the gay drama Antarctica is also out ... didn't see it). I also bought a bottle of wine from Australia at Trader Joe's. Will update! "Black Friday." Well, to me, it brings to mind a sort of different event.
Friday, November 28, 2008
And Also: Four Christmases has received a mix reception, but I enjoyed it overall. It has some laugh out loud moments, plus some characters you might be surprised to care as much about as you do. A great supporting cast, even in bits like Peter Billingsley (also executive producer). Almost becomes a bit too serious, but catches itself just a bit, and even Bad Santa was a bit touching (in a fashion) in its own fashion.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
And Also: A footnote in the privacy battles is a case involving a threesome that was photographed, Lovisi v. Slayton. This made it not "private" any more according to the majority, but the dissent (correctly) noted the activity was none of the government's business all the same. One dissent offered the term "personhood" or "those attributes of an individual which are irreducible in his selfhood." But, we say things are "private" all the time that aren't secret. Like who we marry. Still, I like the term. It hits to a core matter at hand.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Once considered a dangerous terrorist by the Bush administration, Mr. Hamdan was convicted only on lesser charges in August and given what amounted to a four-month sentence by a military jury. ... [Hamdan] will be held in a prison in Sana, the Yemeni capital, until Dec. 27 and then released to his wife and children under supervision, Mr. al Basha said.
-- Bin Laden’s Driver to Be Returned to Yemen
The Steven Colbert Christmas special was no must see, but had some cute moments, including Feist's (as an angel) "your prayer is important to us, please stand by" song. Letterman seemed a bit discombobulated yesterday during his Kidman interview; Kidman (via a high school friend) is the godparent of another guest, Simon Baker, another (ala Dr. House) foreigner playing an American. Dish Network is annoying during storms -- satellite feed sometimes blinks in and out. Regular t.v. needs a show as fun as iCarly.
Monday, November 24, 2008
And Also: Last night's game underlines why the Chargers suck this year. They had some bad luck and end of the game mishaps, but they did manage to score ten points late against the Colts. But, helped by a penalty, they gave the colts just enough time to get just enough yardage for the winning TD. OTOH, though losing, the Cards did show a bit of moxie. They hit a long three on first down to give themselves a (long)shot at tying it at the very end.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Good day for NY/NJ football, knocking down the undefeated Titans (led by the second from last Super Bowl bound Giants QB) and Cards (undefeated at home, now a sort of second home for the Giants), while in the "every dog has its day" department, Oakland beat the Broncos. A few lopsided scores today, including (if less blatantly), the 34-13 Jets score. Two games left, and then three on Thursday. Detroit plays the Titans next. 0-12 bound!
And Also: Cecil Adams, the answer man, for some reason decided to wade into the abortion waters. The first entry pretty good (up to a point; see, e.g., talk of "inconveniences the mother" etc.), but the follow-up (he rarely does that) ill advised. The "no pang" bit was really annoying.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
And Also: I could not get into the first book in the series that inspired the HBO series True Blood, in part because too many people close to the heroine are killed in the first hundred pages. Sheesh. Better luck with Girls On The Stand: How Courts Fail Pregnant Minors by Helena Silverstein, looking at the real life experience of bypass laws. The ignorance showed during calls of the key people involved in carrying out the laws alone was informative. Not comprehensive in scope surely, but a well written and researched look at public policy in the real world.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Today is National Smoke Out Day (some contrariness from moi) and Miss America (with crown) was downtown handing out samples of her anti-smoking product. I passed someone smoking on the way and on the way back someone was getting ready to smoke. Here's a bit related to money from tobacco litigation. A matter also in front of the Supremes this term.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Hire people without violating their privacy, not keeping some good people out in the process. Care about country enough not to reward incompetent backstabbers or tell the truth about it. [But, hey, don't blame Obama. He had NOTHING to do with it.] Respect your base. Go after criminals, except when "those people" are involved. We are worrying about the important stuff, though!
Monday, November 17, 2008
First 11-10 NFL game (safety involved) was a mistake (pet peeve: officials who admit error after the game -- sooo helpful to SD last time, huh?), apparently, though that did not relieve the minds of various bettors. The Bengals now have 1.5 wins. Will Detroit (last LOSER, Tampa, up) actually win a game this season? Miami got one last year when the Ravens went for the tie on 4th and Goal at the 1 at the end of regulation. Their season already in the toilet after a good start, that clinched the deal.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Made it excruciating, but the end result does the trick. And, with TDs at the end of both halfs, the Pats lost because of a penalty and losing a coin flip. I can get used to NY beating the Pats. Including after the Pats score late. Oh, and BF doing the trick when it counted.
Firedoglake underlines why people think Lieberman should not be let off the hook, and it is not some infantile "revenge" thing. As with those who want to let criminals and human rights violators off the hook, this sort of thing is nauseating and invites more of the f-ing same. Worse are those who want us to let him blackmail the caucus! This is as asinine as the feds going after hemp. Seriously, can we have a saner drug policy? Across the board!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
And Also: Republicans are falling all over themselves to both welcome Obama in and assure us the Republican (conservative) brand is okay ... it just hasn't been truly honored. Sure. I do wonder when they were (consistently) for "smaller government and individual liberty." Or, how Ron Paul thinks his list of principles reflects his party in action. Um ever. The governor of SC speaking about the "unthinkable wrong of segregation" as some neutral matter also is a bit amusing. Maybe, they just are wrong?
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
And Also: Interesting tidbit in an article about a sad internet bullying (leading to a teen committing suicide) case is the fact that -- even if the defendant wants it -- jury trials cannot be waived if the prosecution does not agree. In some cases, I think a jury trial is important as a way for the public at large to take part. Meanwhile, interesting victim impact case not accepted by the Supremes, though video was supplied with the dissents.
And Also: I am most of the way through Cherie Blair's autobiography, Speaking For Myself: My Life From Liverpool To Downing Street, and it is an enjoyable read. She does not have a co-author listed (notable) and sprinkles it with enough English expressions ("keen" etc.) for her accent to shine through. Mostly an independent voice, though not on Iraq.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
I finally caught the season finale (really) of Army Wives, which had multiple cliffhangers, including the introduction of a rather unpleasant looking commander duo now that our friendly (but tough) commander and his wife (ditto) are on the road to Brussels. The (former) deputy commander is on her way to Iraq, even though she recently had her first baby. Maybe, this is why she thought about having an abortion early on? Maybe, it wasn't such a horrible decision? Anyway, lots of unpleasantness afoot. Wonder when they are due back.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
The story, involving a trip to Japan by the iCarly.com crew to compete for a best-online-comedy prize, also serves as a showcase for the series’s best asset: Jennette McCurdy, a fearless 16-year-old actress who, as Ms. Cosgrove’s sidekick, seems to be channeling a tough-talking 1940s dame from a Preston Sturges comedy.
- iCarly Goes To Japan (Not For Real) .. amusing
Good chance that the Dems will come a vote or two short from 60, and it probably is not a horrible prospect. We cannot simply rely, especially if it required continual bowing down to the likes of Lieberman, on narrow majorities any more. Also, cheers to California in respect to a measure protecting the right of farm animals to be able to move around. Sad this is notable.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Footnote alert: Obama seems to have won an electoral vote in Nebraska, the first time the Nebraska/Maine winner don't take all delegations were split. Being a bit of a mutt myself, though my niece does me one better, the "mutt" comment by Obama was appreciated. Nice to hear Obama at his first "presser," but I wasn't quite so excited as another person who listen it near me ... not quite FDR yet.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Update: Among other commentary on the issue, LGM sees some merit on calling Obama for his lack of leadership on Prop. 8. Add to him being on record (with little justification imho) on being against same sex marriage (not just pragmatically), you have something there. I also, as I noted in a comment thread, second GG ... the benefits prong of DOMA has to go. Surely, since O/B is on record as supporting such a move! He will need pushing, as we saw.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
And Also: The West has not brought many very good football teams this season thus far and Oakland fits the norm, even if the Jets fell to them a couple weeks back. An upset win versus the Bills helped to overcome that sad excuse for a game, Oakland sputtering along afterwards. Their kicker, who beat the Jets in OT, is one of their few bright spots. He needs five points to beat a scoring record ... it might take awhile, given the team's recent play.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
I am familiar with the acroymn "LGBT," which stands for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/transsexual," but not "LGBTQ," which is starting to be more popular. I myself first saw it recently in subway PSA against violence. "Q" stands for the catchall "Queer." Hard to be inclusive -- I notarized a form recently where someone had to identify the person who he served. The only options were "M" or "F."
I saw Mamma Mia! in the movies, and enjoyed it overall, finding the first half music particularly lively. I just saw the play and was somewhat disappointed, though overall it was decent. The acoustics was a problem early on and the cast seemed also to have a certain lack of energy. Later on, starting particularly on the night before the wedding, the energy came. Still, though one or two changes in plot detail made some sense (especially regarding the cookbook author), the film was better. IMHO. The reprise of 1776 more favorably matched the movie. Then again, here you had alcohol.