Wednesday, March 31, 2010
And Also: When Gay People Get Married by M. V. Lee Badgett uses the Netherlands experience as a launching pad for a more extended look at the question with her economic expertise adding weight to the exercise.
The Mets hitting appears to be decent, but not great (especially without Beltran). The pitching: an ace/lefty reliever/closer and question marks. The NL East: tougher, even the Nats. Even Steve Somers is doubtful. The road to mediocrity.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Susan Jacoby once noted in a book on revenge that forgiveness is personal. Amish Grace last night pointed out how hard that is, even when the person died and it includes his innocent wife. It is the best way, since hate is poisonous, but damn hard. Movie was pretty good.
The statistics underline only a small minority of games really are affected especially since first possession touchdowns still will win the game. And, chance and good defense have a place. But, I'm ah game to see how it goes. Mets appear so mediocre.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
The case is weak, but it's fine if Republican Attorney Generals want to use the courts against the new health law. Better than cutting gas lines. So, let's not be too sarcastic here. Let them fail. And, maybe others can (as they do) take a chance with a better cause.
And Also: Does "liberal" and "progressive" mean the same thing. David Sirota suggests not: "Liberalism sans progressivism -- i.e., public money sans regulation -- turns the Treasury into an unlimited gift card for whichever private interests are being sponsored."
Friday, March 26, 2010
On Keith last night, Lawrence O'Donnell (who doesn't quite seem natural when doing some of the more tabloid stuff there) referenced the Senate thanking their staff for the health care bill. Like Breyer, he once had the job, and respects their work more than others.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Reconciliation was passed after some tiny tinkers were necessary since the Senate parliamentarian held they did not meet the "avoid filibuster" rules. And, in the end the it was done, imperfect, if a bit less so by House input. Thank you (and do better!).
The Iranian writer/director known for such gems as The White Balloon and The Circle, here provides depth again with the story of women trying to get in to see a soccer match. Yes, the title has a double meaning. Good DVD rental; interview provided worthwhile.
Culp had a long career in film and television, including the historical interracial spy show, I Spy (episodes available). He was also great in The Greatest American Hero and made many appearances, including as CC's father on The Nanny. Thanks for entertaining us.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Various blogs have cited books that influenced them. I really don't know if any books really affected me in that fashion. A few authors have influenced me, but even there I'm not sure if they (maybe the Bible?) pushed me one way or the other as such.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The case isn't really credible. And, a few noises from some VC types aside, reasonable people know it. Plus, no "mandate" -- a few without insurance will pay a tax (eventually/weakly enforced) to pay for the system they will benefit from. The term is misleading at best.
What do I mean when I say Kennedy is a romantic? I mean that, at base, he has a deep emotional belief in the centrality of the Court's role as a guarantor of real life justice.
Words seven years ago that are no less true now as shown by this somewhat brief but overall pretty comprehensive analysis.
Monday, March 22, 2010
An expansion of the now famous law review article into an interesting brief comprehensive look at the word in question. There is a difference between one about and titled "fuck" and one that references the word at various points. So, he is a bit simplistic.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
And Also: Being Erica followed the trend -- pretty good 'now,' somewhat boring 'then.' Is it just me or is there a disconnect here? Listened to the rest of the v-logs on the website; amusing stuff.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
TV Watch: Being Erica from last week was pretty good, more focus on her own life "now." Rules of Engagement had its moments, but wasn't as good as last week. Russell's assistant was added to the opening credits. Congrats.
Monday, March 15, 2010
And Also: Providing one of my duties as a resident, I filled out my census form today. It asked a few questions beyond necessary by express demand in Art. I, but "Who questions the power to do this?"
Saturday, March 13, 2010
This was cited as an example of Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock focusing more on commerce than art, but actually it was rather good. Again, standard fare can be done right. Well put together and some serious undercurrents. Pleasant DVD commentary.
Friday, March 12, 2010
And Also: Interesting article on the NYC mayor clashing with our junior senator. Reflects that there are different sorts of public officials; it is not necessarily bad a senator votes differently than a local representative. In fact, isn't that kind of how is meant to be?
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Noah, on the health bill beat, notes that the tax for not having insurance (under $700 under Obama's plan) will not be collected for a few years, and no criminal penalties or property liens will be used to collect. The horror! Yet again, pays to actually read the bill.
And Also: A few times, I took a brief break from Slate fray work. I'm due for another, I think. Still won't use that new comment system -- no formatting, threading or general area to post stuff, just articles to attach comments.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
And Also: I realize the NYT Sunday edition went up (one reason I don't buy it myself), but did not realize that the daily copy is $2. Shows how long since I bought one, I guess. The main stuff is free (for now) online, after all.
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Interesting discussing on teacher training here that led me to an interesting discussion on imaginary numbers. The basic idea, showing the value of math in reasoning things out, is that certain mathematical equations require the square root of -1 ("i").
Saturday, March 06, 2010
The director of Nowhere in Africa also is behind this smaller but still very good film. It concerns struggles between a hearing child and her deaf parents, including as she learns the clarinet. As noted here, the movie shifts gears some, but I think it holds together.
Friday, March 05, 2010
And Also: Rep. Stupak has voiced support for 95/10, but I'm really to blame since I had to do an Internet search to determine this. He should be shouting it from the rooftops, every time underlining its importance, since in the end it matters a lot more to those against abortion than his amendment.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
With an exception to a new assistant at work, the episode didn't address recent plot developments. But, it was pretty good, a step in the future providing a bit more back story about her fellow therapy mate. Not great, including the lesson, but a comfortable watch.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
It is true that we should look past the governor in the current controversy and remember what this is truly about -- the well being of someone who appears to have been a victim of domestic violence. Not just politics or CYA. Is that too much to ask?
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Pretty disjointed oral argument; why even use up time that could be used otherwise (e.g., dealing with the actual law) if no one (even those not a fan of substantive due process) really took the p/i argument seriously? Only real question is the scope of the opinions.
Monday, March 01, 2010
And Also: Loving Anabelle was on Logo over the weekend. See this review. I'm with those who don't like the ending (including as a matter of personal dynamics of the characters), especially these days.