Friday, December 31, 2010
I only saw a bit of the game, not the part where Syracuse started to score, but an exciting finish in Yankee Stadium's new bowl game ended up resting on a flag for saluting the crowd. The possible tie two pointer suddenly field goal range, it failed. Come on. Lame.
WikiLeaks has brought to light a series of disturbing insinuations and startling truths in the last year, some earth-shattering, others simply confirmations of our darkest suspicions about the way the world works.
-- CBS News Item
Thursday, December 30, 2010
The Sound of Music was on last weekend and I'm a fan, though the Baroness is another thankless role akin to "the other woman" in The Parent Trap. One of the actual Von Trapps just died, a chance to note that the actual story as usual is rather different from the movie.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I concur that this is a great segment on the complex personal stories behind abortion decisions. It's easy to get loss in the details, but I think GG is great on the Wired thing, and find this emotional laden reply ["obsessively trolling" etc.] f-ing childish. More b.s. cited.
This is to replace a post about the call to the Eagles owner not being "about" Vick since there appears to be some debate on the point. So say that. I still say a lot who harmed women got off lighter than Vick.
I recently became a fan of Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, which is a syndicated show about a deaf FBI agent. After a few weeks, it appears they overdid it with this plot line. Still, even then the characters, plot details and guest stars are well done. Can't have everything!
There were some lousy match-ups for night football games of late, but for the second time in a row "SNF" had a surprise in store. It might have hurt the Giants chances, but I really don't care. The Giants dug their grave, if it be one. As to Obama/Vick, see here (w/comments).
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Cannabiz provides an interesting but somewhat thin at spots (e.g., no mention of Marinol) account of medicinal marijuana. Bottom line, I wanted a bit more, though it does provide an honest account of some problems in a clearly positive leaning account. Recommended/flawed.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Carolina is bad and looked it. Arizona is pretty bad, but Dallas played worse, down to a missed extra point deciding the game. The Jets couldn't stop Chicago enough but got in the playoffs shortly after via the Redskins' win. A few other teams got in or were eliminated.
I'm not Jewish, but dinner and Chinese is the family thing for Christmas. I'm with those like this reviewer who appreciated this film as having messy charm though Nicolson had little really to do and it felt underwritten as a whole. Flawed but worth watching.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Looking a bit too thin there. Chris Hayes did a great job filling in for Keith Olbermann. Some good things happened in D.C. recently though even the patently obviously wasn't easy. Next year, it will be more a downer. Lot of reminding will be necessary.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Actually somewhat based on a true story (the original had a smaller role), Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye with a good ensemble cast is my latest find. Plots are mixed, but impressive overall. And, TS is my fav in the supporting cast. "The Actor" was a very good episode.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Viks played a home game outside again, so the old man had to start, though it didn't work out that well. Legal nerds (guilty) should appreciate a blog on that new field of law, Law and the Multiverse: Superheroes, supervillains, and the law. Maddow mixed on Wikileaks.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Packers made it a game vs. the Pats with a back-up QB, after doing nothing with him vs. Detroit. But, they still gave one too many gifts (including a key special teams collapse), ending up with a hard luck loss. Will the Vikings be as bad as expected?
Sunday, December 19, 2010
My point of view is that this is good, but it's still not good enough. My bar is high; nothing short of full equality is good enough.As discussed, even on this very issue, there are things to be done. BTW, Lieberman was nice here and all, but let's not forget, he is still a tool. Just not a total one. That's McCain.
- Zack Ford (accord: Lt. Dan Choi)
Saturday, December 18, 2010
It has been noted in the past, but this ruling underlines that the "we won't profile" line in the SB1070 case (Arizona) only takes you so far. The government is allowed to take appearance, including race and nationality, into consideration for Fourth Amendment purposes.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Jill Lepore was on Rachel Maddow some weeks back to put the Tea Party's revisionist view of history in context. This short book does that too, while providing a quick version of the actual too. A bit thin, but still interesting, including this tidbit. Good post-election reading.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
This new biography, an "official biography" of sorts, is something of a disappointment. It is not bad but often doesn't really tell me more (sometimes less) than other works about the Court and its justices in recent years, especially given its size. Not very deep.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Yanks have a need so overpaying for Lee this time would be not too different than the Mets with Santana. And, it's nice he signed for a bit less money for comfort level, but the Phillies still are spending a lot and competitive balance-wise, this sucks. And, I am a Mets fan.
Monday, December 13, 2010
This time a day late and against someone other than Favre, who is human after all. Lack of a MN offense, an end of the Half TD (7-3 until then) to make things comfortable and another to clinch the deal (showing the NYJ the value of a run game) did the job.
Republicans do not care about deficits. They care about tax cuts. Arguably -- and you have to be generous on this front -- they care about the size of government. But not deficits. The only pressure for budget balancing comes from the middle of the Democratic party.Rs claim to and are believed.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Buffalo won, snow delayed the Giants until Monday night (neutral field) though Dallas didn't help them with a close loss to the Eagles and the Jets had another pathetic offensive loss / low scoring affair. Torture to watch for Jets fans. A couple other dogs had their day.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
At least two people I interacted with over at the Slate fray made religious arguments in the midst of legal discussions, arguments that were shoddy even if I accepted the basic premises. But, they do suggest the last sentence of this review is pretty clearly true.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
“We have to say it. Remember, this is just a football game. No matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City. John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous, perhaps of all of the Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival. Hard to go back to the game after that news flash, which in duty bound, we had to take.”
-- Howard Cosell
Much can and was said about the tentative deal over tax cuts and such. KO and RM were rather negative. Even if one is more sedate, Ezra Klein and Paul Krugman suggest reasons to be upset and depressed, even without KO's feelings of betrayal. Past actions too.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
I saw her once at a book event (to cite a touch with greatness) and overall think she was a much more appealing person than her husband turned out to be. She lived a good life and I wish the best for her family. She continues to be a symbol of/for others like her.
They were likely to lose, but not THAT badly. The Pats were beaten by the Browns, and they managed it. So, wipe the tire marks off, and move on. Was that Sam Seder filling in for Keith? Good to see ya. Depressing lead story though. OTOH, what isn't these days in D.C.?
Monday, December 06, 2010
The Ninth Circuit panel heard oral arguments for the Prop 8 appeal (standing and merits) today. Not too exciting, especially the first part, and no preening for the cameras or whatever. Don't see why appeals can't be televised. Selective reporting will occur either way.
NYG made Redskins look bad while Buffalo was whipped by the back-up of NY's next opponent. Jets will have a challenge tonight. More Monday magic? Tampa AGAIN lost against a good team. Colts and Chargers lost. Elizabeth Edwards is not doing well.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
David Kyvig's book was very good and comprehensive, though a few errors (including John Kerry's state!) were annoying. Over at Slate fray, I and others point to the inanity of the "Repeal Amendment" that some actually take seriously. Better empty symbolism, please.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year and A Season For Miracles are two of my favorites in the "ABC Family Christmas film" genre. And, then there's the latest Brandin Rackley, Twilight Vamps. A bit disappointed in my girl here, but the others, especially Beverly Lynne (nice fyi here), are great. Real sense of humor here. Seriously.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
NYT: "Senate Rejects Obama’s Tax Plan, Setting Stage for Deal." The AP actually honestly labeled it as the "Republicans" but also "Bill blocked to let upper-income tax cuts expire." The bill actually focused on extending certain tax cuts and "upper" here means over 250K.
Just heard the President say that we need to renew the middle class tax cut (actually a cut on 250K or less of income from all parties) and to do so will require "compromise." The parenthetical is a compromise. Will the "cure" be worse than the disease in the end?
Friday, December 03, 2010
The Mets recently lost two good pitchers and John Maine. Maine was a throw in, good in '06 and '07 and then dropped off. A gamer who got hurt. Never overpaid. Perez was and drove everyone nuts. Then, he just was an asshole. Let's lose in '11 without the b.s., okay?
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
And Also: I grew disenchanted with iCarly, which seemed to lose its fun, a season or so ago, but did catch a repeat of iStart a Fan War. Pretty fun episode. Rules of Engagement, unfortunately, has not gotten its groove back.
The DADT report was released, but Sen. McCain isn't satisfied. Dan Savage on Keith Olbermann called him a bigot; it's a mean word, but at some point, it sticks. Equality is the best policy, it works, even if it is a bit of trouble. If this happens, big win for Obama.