Monday, January 31, 2011
One of the best drama series in TV history ends on Feb. 9, so even though it has the ratings of a 3 a.m. "Nanny" rerun, let's give "Friday Night Lights" a final round of applause.I enjoy both. LGM posts a good interview of Assange; I don't watch 60 Minutes but appreciate flags to take notice of something they do.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
She joined many others over the years in the Landon Lecture Series, answering questions in lieu of a speech. She is quite personable and comes off well. I appreciated her comments on affirmative action and how educating the public is an important part of her job.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Gil Meche is getting some appropriate kudos for turning down millions to get paid for basically being on the DL. For some, every last cent is not all that matters. This article on the Packers' atypical financial scheme is another reason for my favorite for the Super Bowl.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Not living in Canada, I had to wait until yesterday to see the latest season of this show, including the answer to the cliffhanger -- what is through that door? Answer: not too much. Decent episode but "group" is a bit annoying. As to the planned American remake, tad redundant.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
As abortion rights continue to be complicated (and threatened), another anniversary passed by with little note. Still, see here (last link there too) for some discussion from yours truly on Roe v. Wade. [Update: Some gender equality was secured at the Court today.]
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I started being into sports in the mid-90s, so the start of things might be the NYJ being up 10-0 at the Half in '99, the QB getting hurt at the start of the next season and work from there. Others have much longer memories. Let's see how we feel later. (Go Packs too.)
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
The NYJ play in NJ. Meanwhile, NYC baseball teams make some moves. Andruw Jones [flashbacks to 1996] and Willie Harris [great catch, Mets lose!] now play for NY teams. The Yanks managed to make one overpriced major signing. And, the Mets continue to find various injured and scrub players. Fans dream of .500 for '11.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Okay, so the Supreme Court justice retires to do justice show tanked. Will Kathy Bates' patent lawyer turned street lawyer do better? I'm on her side, but the first episode was pretty bad with Bates herself looking a bit dazed. Preachy is okay, but not amateur hour style.
Monday, January 17, 2011
And Also: As we honor MLK's memory today, note how different sides pervert his message. Obama's peace prize is a no-brainer on that level. A bit more accurate.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Fifty minutes before the game, a pumped-up Brady ran onto the field, jumping and clapping as he headed for the end where a couple of Jets were tossing the ball. It was the closest he would come to their end zone for nearly three quarters.
The Packers didn't have to punt. The Bears calmly gave up 24 garbage time points. And, Rex backed up his bluster. The Falcons and Pats looked pretty bad at times, the latter at times rather surprisingly so. Seattle ended pretty well for a 8-10 team.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Up 14, the Ravens decided to give the game away, down to the 3 and very long they gave up to help ensure that the new OT rules did not kick into place yet. A majority of the points came off turnovers and sloppiness. Ravens had a chance at the end but ended with whimper.
Before Roe v. Wade By Linda Greenhouse and Reva B. Siegel provides various first person documents (including excerpts of briefs) from both sides to give a more accurate/complete understanding of events. A good read especially for many who don't have it.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Weird case. First, to get a death sentence for a domestic homicide. Then, to be executed decades later in the face of family opposition to the sentence. A blatant example of the arbitrariness of the system.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I agree with this that it was fine. I have limited respect for speeches, particularly when the speaker is not someone whose actions are worth much. But, Obama continues to give me reason to respect him. Pisses me off some too, but I'm still able to hold my head up with him.
Jon Stewart had a good take on the Giffords' shooting and some overcooked ideas (see also) on how to prevent further tragedies. It's okay to consider issues but at some point, it gets overblown. And, the picks: Packers, Seahawks, Jets and eh. Non-NY fav -- Packers.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Rachel Maddow had a good show on the matter, including reminding us of the many mass shootings of late and how stories of heroes serve as reminders and positive re-enforcement. Overall, her usual good job. The shooter's mental health has led to some good analysis.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Good Wild Card Weekend, helped by the upset. My teams, minus KC, all won. It ended with another nail-biter, the Packers (truly putting Favre behind them) winning in the waning seconds off an interception in the end zone. And, sending a gift basket to the Eagles' kicker.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
KC started off well but after giving up a 3rd and 13, ultimately allowed the Ravens to take the lead before the Half, threw backward to try to make a 4th and 1/3 and ended up being routed. This is how the Saints game should have gone if the Saints/Seattle played to form.
Salon's War Room page has some good stuff, including discussion how she comes off as a promising rising star of the party and Congress as a whole. It answered a question regarding past members who were murdered. Keith Olbermann's (in a special session) guests had some good stuff too. Others like Judge John Roll deserve notice too.
The horrible events of the day (underlining all death is not created equal) underlines the value of outlets like two great games, each turning on pretty neat turn of events. Helped that the two fell quite a bit from their Super Bowl selves. Still, great (if stressful) games.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Given the extremism of the rhetoric at the top, is it any wonder that there is incredible fear trickling down to the grass roots? If those are the stakes, then of course criminalizing any implementation of the bill makes sense. Frankly, if those are the stakes, then violent resistance might be required.
-- Ezra Klein (last night)
JJ shows up in Doonesbury again but she comes off as a harpy. Not kewl. More so is this carefully worded signing statement against the denying funds to transferring prisoners from Gitmo that doesn't rest on some sort of inherent claim of executive power.
I basically like the underdogs this Wild Card weekend, most of them not actually the wild cards. The one who is (the Jets) actually had a better record. Another win could have made things easier though. Murderer's row ahead. But, we got the re-match. So be it.
Friday, January 07, 2011
Now, I think [I discuss] text only takes you so far anyway (meanings and assumptions mean more), but read the damn whole thing at least! I would laugh about this and other things, but the Republicans actually have real power too. Rear guard defense is a tad depressing.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
A former NYG QB helped give the Colts an opening to win and prevent the Jets from having
the Bengals KC in the first round. Interesting score watch: 8-7 (before the PAT, thanks to an earlier safety). Query: any team have four points (two safeties)? Many wild cards favored.
Monday, January 03, 2011
And Also: Maybe, it's okay that the coach of the NY Giants kept his job after another last season collapse, but yesterday's three point win against the loser Redskins (elimination officially coming with about two minutes left) was nothing that impressive.
Division play allowed the 7-9 Seahawks to make it after another pretty good back-up QB SNF affair (kinda) made the team's last two months of decrepitude old news. The once 0-5 SF could have got in if they won last week. Cannon fodder for Saints or no, they made history.
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Tampa won early but Bears (played it hard with little to play for) lost a close one, knocking them and the Giants out (who won). Jets back-ups beat Buffalo's back-up QBs good and the Colts' win means a playoff re-match next week because KC lost. One more spot to decide.