Saturday, April 30, 2011
Niese makes one major mistake in the seventh and the reliever finishes the job. Niese and the Mets lose (2-1) against Halladay, who teased them again. Blah. Saw part of it, but did not wait for the shoe to drop. Not really a fan of that sort of thing.
Friday, April 29, 2011
FNL and Rules of Engagement were better this week though I think FNL just might lack a bit of something overall this time around. Pelfrey didn't play like he felt better. Yet another grand slam without hitting one. Talking about conspiracy theories ...
First, they lost a close one of #5 v. crafty veteran, Willie Harris not the person you want to have to hit the tying hit at the end of the game. Now, they have to face the Phillies, if injury plagued. Let's see what you got, big boy. Meanwhile, Tampa now 1.5 back.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Yoo [good comments here] and Addington are suddenly wary about executive power. Art. II expressly gives Congress the power to authorize presidents to appoint "inferior" officers by themselves. Meanwhile, powerful account of Lara Logan's attack.
"I would like to say a few words to kids that go to Major League Baseball games," pigtailed Kylynn Quinn said. "Kids should be allowed to be at baseball games without a coach yelling at them or other people."Shouting at fans, especially with gay slurs, is a no no, but when little girls get involved too, well, you might not be around much longer.
-- Braves Pitching Coach crosses line
It was a bad call in a game vs. the Nats against a not very good team playing good against some worse teams. But apparently it did hype up the ball club. Will they keep it up versus Philly? Will Murphy (DH material?) stop having mental blocks on the field? Time will tell.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Business, who lost some this term, won one today. The justices, 5-4 (Thomas splitting with Scalia again, if only partially), had different views of federalism, arbitration and the spirit of the federal law in question. Balls/strikes, right? Not quite. Consumers lose.
Reading various "such a loser (and about as bad as Bush)" comments, I appreciated this analysis. Others think his birth certificate bit today was ill advised, but it still underlines the stupidity and darn if he sounds presidential here. Right direction, just not far enough.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The somewhat amusing thing about this is that I think Lochner isn't all bad (there is a liberty interest there); he (at times, a tool anyway) seems to be too selective and refusing to actually want to face up to it. I ended up saying magic words and left him feeling superior.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Per the GITMO "document dump" (see here) and so forth, the view set forth here on the complexity of Obama and company's failure is comparable to my own. What a thing to resign over (even if professional ethics warranted it; need more details on the "vetting").
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Helps playing bad teams (like themselves?). Gee might have a future. Murphy flubbed a ball, but balanced things out hitting. Overall, Murphy and company has been no worse than Castillo as a whole would be, without the taint of failure. OF doing pretty good, except Pagan.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Friday Night Lights seems to be missing something that might have been flagged when Tami turned away from kissing Eric on Julie's bed -- the timing there was good. The counseling stuff/troubled kid bit was also kinda tired. The packed in there great stuff isn't there.
President Obama has already made up his mind. He thinks Manning “broke the law.” ... This is vile.
Yes, that's why he was arrested and charged ... because no one knows if he did, right? Obama shouldn't have said it, but vile? The comments over there are over the top, to put it nicely.
Good one GG, but seriously, I bet Obama didn't want that Nobel Peace Prize. Still, who would turn that down? More: "But Congress would still have to care." He promised more war (in Afghanistan etc.) in '08, so no one should be surprised at this. Still not Bush. Dubious though.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
SoapNet aired the true Being Erica season finale (a Christmas episode was aired last in Canada) last night and it was a good completion of the season. The "you were just in a coma" was a final test to see if she holds on to her inner being. Now, CBC has to fund a Season 4!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
More on yesterday's Supreme Court opinion. And, today's -- sovereign immunity upheld, Sotomayor (Obama = Bush watch!) and Breyer dissenting. Kagan recused, Ginsburg joined majority, which is a fairly narrow (but see) statutory matter, if still unappreciated.
I'm not really interested forensic shows, at least the ones on now, trying many of them. The latest is Body of Proof about a medical examiner (Dana Delany, looking good at 55). Watchable but cliched and somewhat tired. Is that the guy from Suite Life?! Seven of Nine?
I find the inability to listen to and contemplate beliefs not accepted shown by the person cited here (and some of the comments) troubling. Even atheists should be able to step in the other person's shoes and realize the deeper issues religion stand in for. More there.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
He had a duty to defend some questionable stuff while a member of the Bush Administration, but PC is taking a totally voluntary duty to serve the "bipartisan" defense of DOMA. The challengers don't oppose such intervention, but still, it is a defense of bigotry.
I have addressed the matter before, but provide another comment in response to the concerns raised by sex specific abortions here. Simply put, sometimes private choices can be discriminatory. Blocking them by law isn't the answer. Accord: abortion rights are key too.
Monday, April 18, 2011
I added some comments to my post on the much ado about nothing signing statement (flashback!) b.s. TV-wise, the new Victorious (aka pretty kids go to fun h.s.) was cute/amusing last weekend, a few characters looking slightly different. Cute title. More on FNL.
After Saturday's deluge (umbrellas in wind are useless), Sunday was nice around here. The Mets actually won, Murphy (doing well as a whole) off so not able to mess up on the bases. Army Wives again was okay -- not really into the plots. Week begins: time for more b.s.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
H/t Glenn Greenwald: more doubts on Libya. Being Erica -- cute Xmas episode; cliffhanger sounding episode left. Though I thought Sweeney was taking a break, this is funny. Obama does have his moments. [FNL started on a pretty boring note.]
The Mets are really getting to be embarrassing. The "half full" take is that without various miscues, they could have a winning record. The fans expect mediocrity this season. But, if they can't manage some little things, that is too much. A good message for all.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I supported but realized the ruling against a National Day of Prayer had little chance of staying power. Not surprising, though as I say here, the result favors a clear if minor establishment of religion.
The NYT has a profile of newbie Rep. Amash (R-MI), who has thus far gone out of the way to remain principled (up to a point, I'm sure), even if it means going against his own party. I will vote for people who promote policy I believe in, but principle is appreciated.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Bit the Mets again, this time via a three run homer when walking him (that's a good idea when he keeps on hitting) would have been a good idea. They walked him later. That's nice. The Mets are not meeting the fans already low expectations. Murphy is doing well though.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The D.C. home rule thing is pissing a lot of people off but it's not the only Hobson's Choice. Another is a bunch of social spending cuts that on balance is meaningless realistically on a fiscal level except to please anti-some types of government conservatives.
"Both sides came to table agreeing not to fund abortion, and it wasn’t even considered." To the mind of some (also Maddow's "asterisk" last night), maybe this doesn't mean D.C., though for years (though it seems to surprise some), it has. I understand the importance of local rule and find singling out abortion wrong anyways. Still, unsurprising.
Monday, April 11, 2011
When a reliever comes in from the minors, walks the first guy he faces, flubs a double play ball and then gives up two runs ... and it is just one reason why the team lost, well, you know. Issy looked good. Beato too. And, Murphy three. Still, not good. More Tums, Mr. Collins?
Following up on their book, interesting, an essay argues Roe v. Wade was not by itself so important (trouble). I think the "Roe was a political disaster" thing has been overplayed. Obama gets a limited win on the 'no papers' lawsuit. Powerful concurrence.
The debate among fans on who should hook up with who on the show moved in the Freddy/Sam direction, something hinted by the promo, and cemented by a end of the episode kiss. Jump the shark moment? Maybe. A few hints but her "love" for Fred was something of a leap.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 09, 2011
No shutdown. This is the path of adults. We are told by some it was a "bad deal," but any deal with the current group will be "bad." We are told the "spin" is bad. Fine. Government and some sanity won though and advantage Dems there. More by me here (comments).
Friday, April 08, 2011
Other than ending around the time they usually begin, the Mets nailbiter loss (well until the 8th; after 1-2 vs. the Phils) against the Nats was totally predictable. Rays are not having a good week. [Update: But, at least one good inning.]
Being Erica was more average this week; only two more episodes left of this run. There is a Drop Dead Diva sighting though with a mini-marathon upcoming. Mets lost yesterday as expected, just more badly. What is with the 0-6 AL East bottom feeders?!
The OLC, calling Marty Lederman!, put forth a broad definition of presidential "don't call it war" power that underlines how far we have gone here. Did General George Washington have such a roving power?
Thursday, April 07, 2011
This post (and the one referenced) underlines the importance of open government, but the first post did have a "glass half full" flavor in that some significant improvement seemed to have occurred. Better slow struggle out of the hole than the wish of some to give newbies shovels so they can dig it deeper. But, only somewhat so.
Pelfrey had an even worst outing, helped when the reliever came in and couldn't get the pitcher out. Down 7-0, I switched to The Civil War on PBS, but they clawed back. But, helped by a checked swing double, the Phils came back and won. The Mets didn't do much after tying mid-game, except give up runs. It's something, but the end result doesn't make me too happy. Moral victories go only so far for me.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
When this matter was up in the past, I was hesitant, particularly since I live where there are loads of places to fill prescriptions. So, "as applied," the ruling might be right, especially pursuant to local law. As I say in the comments, maybe not in other cases.
I see someone looked at my early Palin comments. Often a bit amusing to look back. Started reading this 19th Century prose Shakespeare for younger readers (free via Kindle) and it is a pretty good way to get a quick taste. Mets start off well. Stewie foiled?
Some think "the press" as an institution should get special privileges but this pretty convincing article suggests historically the 1A concerns a means of expression, not an institution. Debbie Wasserman Schultz seems like a good fighter to have leading the DNC.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
An upcoming Supreme Court case will (after apparently avoiding it) deal with "ministerial exceptions" to civil rights laws, which seems ultimately to be a matter of where to draw the line. The other publications of Prof. Corbin are interesting too.
Monday, April 04, 2011
GG has a bit about "citizenship duties," including independent thought. I suggest here that voting is part of it too. These aren't enforceable, of course, but with power and liberty should come some responsibility. And, not just avoiding jury duty.
Sunday, April 03, 2011
K-Rod blew his first save but the Mets won anyway and then the team Zen Master (and knuckleballer) followed up with a good job, helped by some more offense (and Marlins misplays). BTW, actually the Mets haven't hit a grand slam since 2009, giving up 17 since.
Saturday, April 02, 2011
The Astros blowing a game to the Phillies that they HAD was a suitable prologue to the Mets first game. Pelfrey didn't have it, a long first at bat setting the tone, ending early with a grand slam. Mets are 0-13 on that front. Mets showed some life late but the tack on runs by the pen (Beato good) didn't help. Eamus and Harris looked good.