Saturday, February 28, 2009
Confessions of a Shopaholic is a predictable fantasy with serious connotations (surely in this economy!) that relies on the charms of its star (Isla Fisher, looking like pink bubblegum at times) and supporting cast such as Krysten Ritter in the best friend role and the likes of Julie Hagerty (of Airplaine!) in small roles. The guy is pretty bland. Overall, its stock plot and ending (having its cake and eating it too) remains, plus it's too broad at times. Doesn't quite work, but it's okay escapist fare. Still, we can expect more even there.
Friday, February 27, 2009
The Dred Scott to Roe substantive due process connection b.s. tossed out there by Bork et. al. is attacked from the right here and here. Meanwhile, Obama will rescind the uh late term overbroad conscience clause regulation of the Bush Administration. But, all is not good on the privacy front. But, al-Marri has been moved to the civilian system. Great news. Let's see if the SC case is moot.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
And Also: To toss one more thing about Dawn Johnsen, the fact she is a mother of two and a Sunday School teacher itself is notable. Amy Sullivan alone would recognize the stereotype breaking nature of such a person being an advocate for liberal causes.
And Also: The Defense Department plans to change the "no photographing of coffins" policy with perhaps an exception of the families of those involved dissent. The exception sounds okay unless we are talking some absolute rule that would apply not to specific ceremonies, but a plane coming in or something, which is simply not much of a privacy violation at all.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Dreams from My Father, read by the author, is good so far -- this guy is President, right? GG notes the problems with Obama signing on (via a brief late Friday action) "Bush's position that detainees imprisoned by the U.S. in Bagram." Hint: It is not just about POWs. And, if anything, it should have been balanced with some statement of good faith. Solis is in as Labor Secretary. Delay on Rove was ****. Shock!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Missed the first hour or so, but rest sorta blah. Some better moments: a cute one for Man On Wire (e.g., a coin trick), touching (Heath Ledger's family, makeup), nice (documentary short feature) and a real surprise -- Sean Penn winning. Good speech. The intro of the best actors and actresses was a bit much, if sorta touching. The host did not do much. Still don't want to see Slumdog. The Joaquin Phoenix bit worked well. And, now with previews!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Not a big fan, but apropos yesterday, Jack Shafer's latest is a new low. [Even if you sorta agree with his annoyance.] Tired of hearing about A-Rod. By now, the Yanks aren't really fun any more, though continual collapses don't make Mets necessarily fun city. Still, happy we can see a bit of Spring Training later this week. Month gone, Obama has failed. Oh well. (Seriously, get a grip!) BTW, iCarly needs its energy back. Where is the lib blog coverage of Shafer?
Friday, February 20, 2009
And Also: Saw Being Erica. It is a Canadian import that is now on Thursday nights at 10 on Soap Opera Channel, but would also fit on Lifetime. It concerns a somewhat annoying thirty-something whose new therapist enables her to go back in time (only saw the first episode, so don't know all the "rules") to try to fix disappointments. Has promise but also too cute elements.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tempus fugit -- Conan is ending his 12:35 run this Friday. Repeats and 11:35 in a few months. Uh ... Hallmark felt the word "butt" on 7th Heaven was too explicit. Nice to see Bonnie Hunt on Dave recently; clearly, the two respect each other, their business connections coming out too. Clicked thru the channels and caught a bit of the star of this (hilarious) show on her regular gig. Being Erica next.
And Also: Glen Greenwald hits hard, particularly on the Binyam Mohamed case, why the Obama Administration should not get away with "looking to the future" alone. In fact, in the BM case, that is simply crap.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
And Also: Petty annoyance of the day: local supermarkets which have only certain items. It's like when there was a takeout place right near me, but it didn't have what I liked and the service was lousy.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
And Also: It is "President's Day," even if the focus is on Washington and Lincoln. I have cited his Cooper Union speech in the past (love that Sam Waterson performance of it), but in a few words here, also talk about another one that highlights his concern for labor and education. [Update: iCarly was bland again. Sigh.]
Sunday, February 15, 2009
And Also: More on indulgences. Those new Kashi commercials are cute -- helped that I got that free cookie in the mail a few months back. Those new Playtex bra ads also seem woman friendly -- of course, the breast stuff might be seen differently if you are a guy.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
And Also: The Oyez Project provides audio of Supreme Court orals, though it is still far from complete as to past years. But, it still provides much interesting material, including multiple examples of how David Souter is pretty tough in questioning when he wants to be.
Don't like his replacement over at TPM, but Greg Sargent is still doing his thing, such as this account of "the mouse." A b.s. talking point on many levels, especially since stimulus that might in some way help animals is still stimulus. The bill btw was passed by Congress by President Day Weekend. I spoke about Nadya Suleman here (as "Joe" in comments) -- single moms and poor people? Oh yeah, THAT'S her problem. Come on! Some deaths are especially cruel. Happy VD!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Pitchers and catchers are reporting, baseball season has officially begun, so here's an article on Daniel Murphy. Meanwhile, is it okay I linked that? Good piece on how sometimes, patently wrongly, one just might not know. Lincoln's 200th yesterday. He's being overplayed. One theory on Joaquin Phoenix's weird outing on Letterman a few days back. McCain is a boob. Coleman lingers on.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
And Also: I am avoiding watching a few films these days by reading the source books. Currently, I'm reading David Frost's Frost/Nixon (a sort of updated look back, that mixes a summary of events, the aftermath, and some transcripts). A play/movie is a different animal, but this would be a useful companion piece. Likewise, I'm sure the DVD will have some clips of the interviews on a bonus track.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
For instance, even as negotiators accepted many of the Senate’s reduced spending provisions, they were careful to maintain an additional $6.5 billion for medical research that was inserted at the insistence of Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, who is a cancer survivor.
Neat trick that the conference committee resulted in a less expensive bill. More sausage making included perks and dubious provisions for "centrists." But, a win is a win, for someone. To be continued.
Monday, February 09, 2009
And Also: I cite the lousy decision by Obama to follow in Bush's footsteps today regarding the states secrets doctrine in an extraordinary rendition lawsuit. One of ten cases a new Slate piece ironically suggested he do the exact opposite. More here.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Another lame iCarly episode -- will the show find its way again? Caught a few episodes of Seventh Heaven recently -- has something, if too safe. But, still, it deals with real people and problems, and the characters are likable. NFC got the booby prize with the Pro Bowl win. GG on Moyers (see Update II for links).
Saturday, February 07, 2009
The Senate stimulus "compromise" is something of a joke. RIP James Whitmore. Not much promotion of "National Wear Red Day," even if my Tylenol calendar noted it. What was with the octuplet interview promotion at the end of Rachel Maddow yesterday? (okay, the mom is cute, if nuts) Couple new blogroll links.