Thursday, March 31, 2011
The new three day waiting period law in South Dakota is at least a trifecta: burdening women, the poor and favoring certain religions. Oh, it enables fake "clinics." An audio account.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
See this thread where I (new name) suggest "thinking" Obama was born here is a bit suspicious. A few tried to provide legalistic/philosophical hair splitting that is b.s. It avoids the reality of the situation and that he is not likely to talk like that generally.
Jason Bay. Another overpaid too long contract. Might be hurt. Again. And, more drama. Well, not really. Just a few moves. [Meanwhile: Phillies don't want Castillo. Some Mets fans smile. Another crossword fan ala Mussina. Why did no team pick up Evans, waiver bait?]
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Obama's speech last night, thanks for getting back to us, was depressing. The "American exceptionalism" mixed in with unilateral executive action (U.N. involvement ideal, but probably not required) with hazy details mixed with pragmatism masked by idealism. Is the best we can hope for is better applications of iffy policy approaches?
Monday, March 28, 2011
An interesting case study, arguing that there is a continual "cycle of reform, ossification, and rebirth" of constitutional change. The lack of one "fixed" meaning again is reaffirmed in spades. [And More: Interesting court opinion on 13A, citizenship and necessary/proper.]
Unlike some recent episodes, this was not a somewhat bland one -- it was a "special episode" done in powerful fashion as we see it is Jeremy who died, and we see things on both ends (home and in the field). Various reactions ring true, including a few from the children.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
The full length movie version of Wizards was pretty serious and I wasn't really a fan. From what I saw of the Suite Life movie, the same might be said. Also, the portion I saw basically wrote out Zack's girlfriend and ended pretty lamely (the Bailey lasso thing etc.). The new Victorious was cute. The cast is too "too cool for school" in a way, but it has a good goofy feel. Miranda gets the NYT treatment.
The Cubs have an expensive "Ollie" problem too. The Mets let go of Feliciano about the right time? Reliever feels "relieved." Emaus looks workable and the Mets aren't the only team that balances things out and determines some liability works given the alternatives. Given their likely year, isn't a new face with some potential a worthy option?
I'm not of the "everything happens for a reason" school where every personal event has some deep preordained meaning or such. Still, the "lemons from lemonade" or "it's how you look at it" philosophy often works for me. Had aggravating problems with my computer recently, for instance, but I think rebooting it might have worked in the end.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
A few remarks on the new "Miranda policy" for terror suspects. See also, Glenn Greenwald, who (sigh) lays it on too thick again. For one, I don't think Obama's earlier comments about "unilateral" action clearly applies to the Libya context. And, it isn't just about Obama.
Another good one, focusing on "current day" drama, including of other characters, and doing well with it. Ditto giving us hints of "the rules." And, even a bit about another group member. Life on Top is a not bad bit of late night soft porn. Helps to have a bit of plot.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Prof. Jack Balkin twice led an effort to re-write key precedents (Brown and Roe), but looking again at the former, more background about the original case was supplied. Curious, particularly since a review challenges the latter on knowing their history. Still worthwhile.
Army Wives again rested on our love of the characters, the plots somewhat dry. And, the reveal last week was in fact this week's cliffhanger! Meanwhile, yes, Libya requires (constitutionally) congressional authorization. The blame is more in Congress' court.
If they didn't sign the lousy deal, he would have been a nice story, then his time in the sun over. But, instead, he is a subject of scorn. As should be management. Him and Castillo, self-inflicted wounds. And, there was someone else left to pitch in Game 162 last year!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Not that I would know, but the ending being a "black hole" lacking in clarity with our involvement unsure and wary seems about right. And, remember, no congressional action needed to start us on the road. "Wacky" indeed. Castillo going is no big deal either way.
Dr. Offit's book is a striking warning and brief in support of vaccines. Timely given a recent Supreme Court ruling that involves a key law addressed in the book. The brief against tragically misguided selfishness is particularly sound. "Liberty" should have limits.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
And Also: Another good Being Erica with Dr. Tom being a major focus (as earlier) and some information on "the rules" (at least, in his case). Erica and her sister (I like her character) get time too. Again, will we have more on the other three members of the group?
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I don't think "pro-life" people are by definition tools, but too many are or give aid/support to sorts like this, and therefore the generalization is somewhat earned. As noted here (see also comments), Palin also gives her party a bad name in part because she is them.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
[Link last post.] It is striking how judgmental some people are about Roxy's actions; as with those utterly disgusted when a teen whose sister was murdered acted out, "being human" apparently isn't quite familiar to them. Seed of Chucky was a bit weak, but Tilly was great.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Army Wives was okay; as an old LA Law viewer, CJ's new boss amuses. I saw the upcoming episodes of Suite Life and Good Luck Charlie, and similar responses -- likable characters, but not the spark of some earlier episodes. GLC needs a real good one about now.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
We do have two recent examples of presidents who have stood up against majority opinion: George W. Bush with his surge in Iraq and Barack Obama with his health care plan.What part was the public against? More health care for kids? Less pre-existing conditions? Less costs? What? W/o context, we have b.s.
Sorry, Glenn Greenwald, things like this (cf. stance on choosing abortion etc.) is why people don't like the Pauls, even if they are sane on a few issues. We fight wars over energy and whine about the need to make small "sacrifices." Are we adults or babies?
Friday, March 11, 2011
Bigotry, including of the religious kind, wins out for now in Maryland. And, Del. Tiffany Alston comes off rather badly. Sorry, you do, Tiff. Would "democracy" justify racial inequality? Similar choking?
I love the original affirmation, but I find its inclusion in the Maxwell House ad to be emotionally manipulative and sneaky.It's how things are these days, but yeah, I agree. Less bad than many at least. The original video and update are pretty darn cute.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
GG sees life as simple -- prosecute Gitmo detainees or let them go. But, doing the right thing often is pretty hard. There are various complications involved here. Can't we realize the former and the latter? As seen here, bad (and snotty) analysis is a major pet peeve.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
GG on Obama's latest Gitmo order is imho [see comments] too one-sided. I find this and this a more balance account, including contra his in effect blaming Obama for a bipartisan consensus that on core issues was there already and always influenced his actions.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Disney has various fun shows (and theme songs) that I don't find true parallels of in the world of adult t.v. But, this show has gone downhill and the end of the somewhat halfhearted "Maxine" (who I liked more than the recent pretty boring Max) subplot was pretty lame.
Monday, March 07, 2011
Obama's actions reaffirms that DOMA's constitutionality should be determined by the courts. Glad you agree, John. Justice Alito: the empathy judge. Republicans upset. (No? Strange.). SC today: Scalia concurs separately over a footnote and again splits from Thomas.
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Friday, March 04, 2011
This actually seems credible, especially if you don't expect much. They looked good yesterday. Don't trust that bullpen though. And, am rooting for Daniel Murphy, though actually finding a position for him (don't they need a real second baseman?) hasn't been easy.
Being Erica was very good this week with multiple characters having a chance to understand the complexities of relationships and desire. Despicable Me was disappointing -- it had potential to be fun, but was overall boring. Ditto the Justice Stevens bio. Not enough depth really.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
A collection of questions posed to famed independent director [upcoming: Amigo] John Sayles, whose diverse abilities also includes rewrites of popular films and acting. A good skim, provides insight into a thoughtful leader of the film craft and other matters.