Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
And Also: A key moment that helped turn the game yesterday was a failure to take ball three, making it 2-1 with the bases loaded, not 3-0. But, not sweeping the Tigers is acceptable, especially with a great month overall. Dare we really hope? I do think merely renting an ace for a few months is a bit dubious.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
By the writer/director of The Wedding Song, this is her first film that addressed female sexuality through a Jewish lens. The first part is a bit too slow for me, but still a powerful and explicit examination of desire in two very different sisters. The men also get a nod.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Per a C-SPAN aired debate: Don't worry! Her parents might be Sikh, but she found Christ, so she's safe in that regard! Julia Sweeney's Letting Go Of God is on cable these days. Looks like she has had a revelation of sorts -- the value of privacy. To our detriment, I bet.
New season starts in the morning though the weather has led the way for a few weeks at least now. Army Wives (pretty low key) was decent, Drop Dead Diva good (character and legal stuff) tonight. Another split Subway Series though the Mets aces didn't do that well this time around. Made for tedious games.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Marie, or Slavery in the United States is a melodramatic work of fiction combined with social commentary written by Tocqueville's traveling companion. The author notes he speaks in generalizations, but even in that respect he lays it on rather thick. Still, interesting.
Taking on another show with Caroline Catz of Doc Martin, The Vice -- about a vice squad -- is good so far. I saw two two part episodes and (aside from the more freedom respecting boobage in the UK) the plots are interesting while the characters and settings gritty and something to sink your teeth into. And, Catz again is good.
Friday, June 18, 2010
And Also: Linda Greenhouse has an interesting blog on DeShaney and Kagan's minor role in it while clerking. It's one of Kagan's "defensive" memos but reflects a liberal sentiment, though she has ran away from that in this context before.
Having three names and all, he is due to be executed in a few hours, after final appeals (including with support of family of the victim) failed. He killed trying to escape while at court for another murder. S/B would take his case since given the length of time on death row.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Justice Kennedy's speech accessible here provides a reason why we should be happy he, not Bork, became justice. It covers various subjects, including activism, empathy and political appointments. Meanwhile, more rulings today, more interesting splits.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The Deepwater Horizon disaster is as organic a product of human processes in the Gulf as Hurricane Katrina was a product of natural processes. Shipping, flood control, and natural resource extraction have taken a nearly century-long toll on the coast. The Gulf has been abused, exploited, fouled and taken for granted for so long and with such consistency that the shock and horror over this one incident becomes in its own way a salve for our consciences.
Hmm. How often has this long haul look provided?
This book by Elaine Tyler May is a nice summary of the development (less on the science) of the birth control pill and its effect on society. Diverse resources and avenues are analyzed and care shown to note it is not a wonder drug, but still a quite significant milestone.
Monday, June 14, 2010
A miss did not hurt since I saw both Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva from last night online. AW jumped ahead six months and was a very good episode, good character interactions. Diva was pretty good; sad case that was a loss. Barely recognized Rickie Lake!
Petitioner Jose Angel Carachuri-Rosendo, a lawful permanent resident who has lived in the United States since he was five years old, faced deportation under federal law after he committed two misdemeanor drug possession offenses in Texas. For the first, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, he received 20 days in jail. For the second, possession without a prescription of one tablet of a common antianxiety medication, he received 10 days in jail. After this second offense, the Federal Government initiated removal proceedings against him. He conceded that he was removable, but claimed he was eligible for discretionary relief from removal under 8 U. S. C. §1229b(a).
Why did this case get so far in the first place?!