Friday, July 31, 2009
And Also: Reba is one of those shows that pop up repeatedly in syndication on multiple channels. It is skillful on many levels, amusing, touching, and serious. Multiple roles are very well done, including Joanna Garcia as the young mom: both pretty but also having an inner strength/seriousness.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
And Also: When the Mets are .500 ... let's not even talk about remaining there or above ... then you can start worrying about their playoff chances. That is how it was done in 2001 ... when they failed to get over the hump, anyway. Now, just enjoy the fact they won a few games in a row. Still, I see some life in Daniel Murphy at 1st and Pagan just might be a credible left fielder next year.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sotomayor came out of the Judiciary Committee with only one Republican (Specter now a Democrat) vote. The fact the likes of Sen. Grassley find her unsuitable underlines how ridiculous that party has become. Four lower court judges also were let through by voice vote. [More here, including as to better questions.] The transcript of the 911 call only underlines the confusion in the Gates incident; still the arrest was stupid. Racist or not, still teachable!
Monday, July 27, 2009
And Also: Drop Dead Diva and Army Wives were again good episodes, particularly the former where "Jane" continued had to deal with her new role. Her getting emotional during a wrongful death case was a nice touch. Rosie O'Donnell did a good job as a mentor/judge. Army Wives dealt with an unpleasant character, giving him a comeuppance, if a way that didn't let us see how a war games episode would normally go. The home sex products party also was a cute, and realistic touch.
And Also: The Mets GM has a press conference to announce some miscreant is fired makes it a chance to get into a pissing contest with a long term Mets reporter who reported on the story. No wonder a review of the latest reality program ended with: "But if you want sad and uncomfortable on television these days, you're better off just watching the Mets."
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Apparently, Obama is "walking back" his Gates comments [did anyone actually read them, or just one line?]. So, he thinks the arrest was reasonable now? Or, racism is less of but still a societal problem that leads to honest misunderstandings? Uh no. He talked to each side, and now basically says both are great guys who acted badly. Uh huh. Sane sorts believe he is coming off as a crafty politician/adult.
Friday, July 24, 2009
The discussion of the Gates incident is starting to get really stupid. Well, it always was ... let's say tedious. The administration really should have released something. Today's Mets loss is particularly offensive. Santana gave up five runs, two each with two outs, two via a home run by the pitcher. If the Mets are going to lose 5-4 this way, they are really toast. BTW, much too many opposing pitchers get on.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
A perfect game requires more than an ace performance by the pitcher. After all, the Braves lost today 5-4 with four unearned runs. The team earlier had a no-hitter ... someone got on via an error. But, today -- against a pretty good team -- the White Sox as a team was perfect. That is baseball as it should be.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
And Also: Hilzoy will be missed, but checking over OW, it still provides (especially with comments) one of various places where someone can get a better sense of the details of policy debates, including health care. As someone who can be overwhelmed with details, even if the big picture seems fairly clear, this is of particular interest. The long disappeared Melissa Rogers also has popped up for the Sotomayor hearings at least.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Home concerns a breast cancer survivor who deals with various demons while having a complex relationship with her daughter, who feels she needs to be the mom at times. Marcia Gay Harden, who appears to be in a film every other day, stars with her own daughter, who is wonderful in a tough role. The film is somewhat slight overall, but their interactions alone is a reason to rent it.
Monday, July 20, 2009
And Also: The short lived CW show Valentine without much fan fare just aired the final episode, basically a cliffhanger involving possibly (I doubt it) the death of Ares (there is always an out, even for immortals). The show showed some promise as light romantic fantasy with a dark edgy subplot, though the scripts were mixed. The finale lesbian love story was one of the best.
Though I hope she doesn't win every case big, Drop Dead Diva was good again, the struggles of the lead to adapt to her new body touching. Army Wives also was good overall, most of the subplots well done, including another one involving religion. Emmalin continues to have a strong role. The Wizard etc. tri-show event as is often the case with such 'special events' these days with these shows (the iCarly movie was decent) was weak. She barely used her magic! Miley et. al. came off the best. Another Met hurt; they lose. Yawn.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
TalkLeft's official policy is opposition to hate crime legislation. I share the concerns [see also GG] and think the negative feedback can be counterproductive. The federal bill is named after Matthew Shepard, whose murderers got heavy sentences. The funding and educational stuff might be okay. The only exception I might have is if a state does not enforce a law, like in the 1950s, out of animus. Hate crime laws are much broader than that as a whole. See also this reply to a favorite counterargument. And, here. Cf. [black attacker]
Friday, July 17, 2009
Walter Cronkite has just died. Obsidian Wings has not -- the person who two of the remaining members did say that they "consider [it to be] her blog," is leaving. Since Publius is something of a boring moderate, von favors fiscal posts mostly useful for the negative comments, Sebastian basically tosses in kneejerk conservative drivel and Eric Martin adds little, maybe OW did as well.
And Also: Lobster welfare from someone who likes to cook/eat them. Sen. Whitehouse shining pre-hearings. Childhood nudity. Lower court allows scholar to further challenge barrier of entry "on grounds he had contributed to a charity that had connections to terrorism."
Thursday, July 16, 2009
And Also: This is one of my things and all, but -- for good or ill -- it is not really the focus of much of the attention. Not with the health care bill and all. It is a bit amazing really, knock on wood.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I flicked on C-SPAN and Sotomayor was explaining the summary judgment process and how it applied to Ricci. This alone underlines a value of these hearings. Of course, it is unclear if Sen. Cornyn et. al. was listening, but others might be. Work on it!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
And Also: I type this before the closer comes in, but if I wanted to see a close game where an error and failure to tack on runs led to a NL loss (with a tease late -- of late, a Phillie would have feasted off the bullpen), I would watch a Mets game. If they win, cheers.
Monday, July 13, 2009
"The Obama administration announced Monday that it would seek to ban many routine uses of antibiotics in farm animals in hopes of reducing the spread of dangerous bacteria in humans." H/t Hilzoy -- important stuff, but it's not Palin related, so will the media have much time to report it? BTW, this was ridiculous, including the somewhat unknown "1/20" statute of limitations on the rule of law. Morons.
And Also: This candidate for Surgeon General sounds a bit more promising than the television personality who was name dropped earlier. Warehouse 13, shades of the Friday the 13th series with its damned objects theme, has some potential. Naked Fear combined some (plot related) nudity with enough value to make for some not bad late night cable watching. Credible exploitation fare can be harder than it looks. And, the first episode of Drop Dead Diva showed promise; let's see how the idea works.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
RIP Bonnie Tinker, who followed her family's activist tradition grandly. This is a tad ironic. Meanwhile, "perfect" is a team thing: yesterday's no-hitter (by a 3-8 pitcher) had one glitch: an eighth inning error. And, what GG said -- more "how shocking!" stuff that is far from surprising and only underlines how pathetic things are. Yeah, yeah -- change is slow. Blah blah. And, Obama's role should lead people to say "fu" when he suggests things like this.
This is probably a bit unfair (not all the numbers are worse), but either way, so what? I like Church, but he's not exactly a significant cog in the machine. And, the new guy simply is not that much worse. Plus, the team already spent money (much on DL) and have no prospects. What could they do? Maybe, shaking things up will help? And, both managers swap people they don't like. Still ... the Braves?