Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Though honestly I don't really want to watch an hour plus of the back & forth, Obama going up against the Republicans on television was impressive. Digby is right to be wary, but now he can say he tried. Seems like a net positive. Still, pass health care, damn it.
Friday, January 29, 2010
And Also: A convincing argument that war is not the ideal path to fighting terror. His replies in the comments, btw, are representative of his forceful but polite approach that makes him a pleasure to read.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
It might have been a "sad" moment to hear Howard Zinn died, but one must say he lived a long and productive life. Sometimes, "he died too young" doesn't quite fit. Cf. let's say this actress, who I saw twice recently. Instead, let's just honor him for providing such an important voice of dissent and education. And, continue his mission.
Various reactions to Alito's facial displeasure at Obama's remarks. Rep. Joe Wilson's "you lie" was exaggarated and this probably has been too, if perhaps somewhat less so. Maybe, the timing of the ruling made a visit by the justices there a problem waiting to happen.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
And Also: The second episode of Life Unexpected had a few predictable moments, but the main characters did not wear out their welcome quite yet! Being Erica is back as well, but I will see the first two episodes over the weekend, probably.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Not quite a support, but this is a more balanced Slate piece on just exactly what the ruling did. A bit too much hyperbole on that front. Good bit on how the "meaning" of the First Amendment changes with court personnel. My take. Next up: guns!
As the NYT noted: the "film traffics in the pseudo-psychological mumbo-jumbo that is the standard folk religion of the film biography, and undermines its interest in reason by dabbling in emotive pop occultism." The lead and some set pieces are pretty good.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Straight Dope, the trivia column, of all places does more than many to address not only the story behind one stupid Pat Robertson comment, but the structural problems behind the problems in Haiti. "An earthquake of comparable intensity in northern California in 1989 killed 63 people, compared to more than 150,000 in Haiti."
Well, in a game that went to OT (where three booth reviews and a questionable penalty all went for the Saints), the Saints did win. As with the last championship game (this time in warmer but less friendly environs), the Old Man coughed it up at key moments. Without him, the Jets went pretty far. To the future!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
And Also: The search for Juliet in last night's hour long Wizards of Waverly Place was brief as compared to the somber (tragic even) tones of the plot. The actors overall carried it off though it does clash with the more easy going usual flavor of the show. Wonder how far they will take it.
And Also: The ultimate result of the Edwards matter is pretty pathetic. I voted for the guy but knew at the time that it was at best a protest vote. But, what a stupid ass. And, yes, not the best veep candidate. OTOH, Dean has shown himself a worthy candidate.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Not the best of titles (not much about religious freedom here and it is not just about stuff we "hate"), but Anthony Lewis provides a good introduction for the general reader. Most interesting is his acceptance of limits, including to respect privacy, and rejecting too much special favoritism of the press. A few factual slip-ups though.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
If this election was such a national referendum of health care and how Democrats are understood overall, maybe I should have had a chance to vote. OTOH, maybe it was a single special election with a bad candidate losing? That is, get a f-ing grip.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Democratic President. Significant majorities in both houses. Long drawn out negotiations to pass reform struggled for generations. Opponents who are tools. It all rests on the 60th vote. Oh, fuck you. Will they ever learn? Precedent is not overly promising.
Monday, January 18, 2010
The soundtrack was a bit too obtrusive and the plot too cliched at spots, but it did have the God of Love from Valentine. Seriously, the Juno/Gilmore Girls combo (with a less cheery result at the front end) was good enough to let me try it again. Castle, not so much.
The prediction, too, turned out to be wrong, said Lee Epstein, who teaches law and political science at Northwestern. “Political scientists have shown,” she said, “that the court’s legitimacy didn’t suffer in the wake of the decision.”
-- Adam Liptak
BTW, the lead actress in Lorna's Silence was very good.
The Chargers, their coach and kicker (in the playoff vs. the Jets) all choked in the playoffs before. The Jets kept it steady, even when the offense did nothing early. Ravens did not, blowing it near the end of the 2Q. No fan of Dallas, but with 1:55 left and up 27-3, you don't throw for a TD and then celebrate. Go Saints/Jets!
A superior film, which follows a certain "style," including its lack of a soundtrack. But, I am not that familiar with that, and still found its story about the problems of scams when you have a conscience powerful. The ending takes a bit of acceptance, but it works too.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saints and Vikings (a bit too much at end!) showed up in spades, Colts did for 14 quick points, lack of Arizona D did them in and Dallas brought little. And, the Jets defense was great, offense good enough and the team got a late Xmas present from the Chargers' kicker!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
And Also: It would be horribly unjust if one special election in Massachusetts can destroy the health care bill. I find TPM's failure to underline that, not just say it's bad, wrong. Also, no, he would not be sworn in the next day. That is simply wrong, Josh.
Friday, January 15, 2010
And Also: Perhaps, the documentary -- which I missed the first time around -- will be better, but the companion book on Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind "Little Women" was a bit of a trudge, especially toward the end. Her life is interesting, but the book didn't do it justice. And, why no photos?
This hits to one concern I have too -- the depth of the coverage beyond "it's so horrible" (and it is), including a long term view. But, then, when is that really provided? And, hey, just one more thing we can spend money on besides stupid oversea adventures.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
And Also: The story seems a bit disjointed and it probably shouldn't be taken as pure history by any means, but Aimée & Jaguar can be listed on the positive Netflix meter. As with A Mighty Heart, it also has a flash of pure anguish for a loved one that is not often shown.
Conservative leaning sorts realize the shots at Sen. Reid are inane too, even if some won't quite admit there is a reason why people targeted Trent Lott differently. On the constitutionality of the filibuster (violates constitutional values, political question).
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
“I am not a hero,” Mrs. Gies wrote in her memoir, “Anne Frank Remembered,” published in 1987. “I stand at the end of the long, long line of good Dutch people who did what I did and more — much more — during those dark and terrible times years ago, but always like yesterday in the heart of those of us who bear witness.”
Meanwhile, the Reid controversy is moronic. The PC noises from Republicans really is rich. Meanwhile, on the census ...
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Hallmark's Wishing Well was a "name that B-lister" affair, a romantic fantasy that glorified small town life. Went down easily as these things do when done right. Meanwhile, Pats had a horrible 1Q and was no way good enough to come back from it. [In THE game of the weekend, GB comes back big, but gives it up in OT.]
TPM is scaring us again via the MA election -- the most troubling point is that the whole thing is absurd. In effect, it is taken as a given that one new senator now can destroy everything that just was decided. What would be totally absurd and illegitimate on most levels is just a strategic point to handle. This is the road to ruin.
Before the game, I thought -- this game has to be won and then the Jets need to play respectable next week. One down. With the Eagles' collapse (one win from 2 seed to two ugly upsets), we are one game from each rematch (two in different fields) of last week's games having the same ultimate result. Go Ravens/Packers!
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Bengals blew a shot early, got it back, but then couldn't do much except one big run for a score. The rookie Jets QB did good, but the fill in punter (and regular kicker) Feely also gets lots of credit. Not as embarrassing for Bengals, but the QB wasn't very good, and the kicker choked twice, the last one about icing the game for the Jets.
Friday, January 08, 2010
The star of Trucker was on Craig last night, you know the best late night show host at the moment. Meanwhile, Portugal's legislature did what NY and NJ could not: give equal rights to same sex couples to marry. Not adoption rights -- bigotry still rules!
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Trucker stars Michelle Monaghan (Gone Baby Gone) as a loner trucker who has to watch the son she gave up while his dad is in the hospital. Joey Lauren Adams is welcome in a small role as is Nathan Fillion (Castle) in a bigger one. The movie is predictable but is well worth it for the performances, though the son is a bit annoying.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
And Also: Noted that I didn't get into A Woman In Berlin; the woman who played Eva Braun in Downfall had a bit part early on. In fact, I first saw her in Nowhere in Africa (as a Jew), a great film. She appears to have made quite a few WWII era films. Better luck with The Investigator, a very good 1997 British drama about the military hunting lesbians in Britain.
TPM and others are starting to warn us that the Dems will lose some seats in '10, the time to enjoy recent wins apparently over about a year back. Now, Harold Ford's name is being dropped as a challenger to Sen. Gillibrand (starting to look not bad to many), partially since she's deemed not conservative enough or something. No thanks.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
A nearby Blockbuster closed in part probably because of services like Netflix, which provides easy access for the price of as little as one rental a month. A two week trial run is available. I downloaded A Woman In Berlin, the book already read, but found it hard going. Still, can watch many more films this month for under $10.
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Some teams played for pride today, some stunk up the joint. The Giants were in the second category for a second week in a row. At least, they weren't one of the still possible playoff teams who did that this week. BTW, yeah, the Colts gave up a bit early last week. This is a team that kept Manning in up 42-6 vs. the Rams earlier on.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Friday, January 01, 2010
The lead looked cute, even if some comments suggest she wasn't a good representation of the character (don't know). The movie was an okay time waster with a bit of (unintended) "this is silliness" tossed in. Bit thin. The realization the money came from slavery holdings (a reference to a West Indies plantation) did ruin things a tad.