Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Ashcroft v. Kidd doesn't hold [misleading reports aside] him free and clear. In fact, three to four justices (Kagan recused) flags serious questions, questions avoided by the majority in yet another avoidance mechanism. "It could have been worse." Not that it was that good.
The law will continue to affect her, the brief contended, because she is obliged to maintain health insurance on into the future.This is a stretch, repeatedly rejected by the other side in most cases. It has a b.s. quality. See also, state laws to create standing.
Monday, May 30, 2011
I cited this one "straight" role of Marilyn Chambers in my own personal obit. Via Netflix, which has a good director commentary, she actually was quite good. Her charm is not merely X-rated. The film itself was not bad either, its thrills better for the lead-ups. Good final scene.
Some of you young men think that war is all glamour and glory but let me tell you boys, it is all hell!The promotion of peace and avoidance of unnecessary war is perhaps the best way to truly remember "these honored dead."
—Major General William Tecumseh Sherman
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Sen. Coburn seems likeable enough, he just believes in fantasies. See here for a shrimp study that sounds a bit silly but is pretty important stuff. People who just laugh at it like five-year-olds, however, control the House. Misguided attempt to take Rs at their word on Liu.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Glenn Greenwald is getting to be a caricature. OBL and Ratko Mladic are different in various ways, including the nature of the conflict involved. But, hey, it's just hypocrisy. Will you get some f-ing perspective? A good snarky intelligent critic has a bit more.
Monsters was a bit slow but a quite good low budget aliens movie, a cinéma vérité type film of two people trying to make it back to the U.S. Meanwhile, FNL was pretty good; nice to see Jason, but he lingered around not having much to do. Matt and Tyra coming?
Friday, May 27, 2011
Mixed beginning. The Lancaster/Garland film A Child is Waiting was pretty good, but only saw half. A Marine Story (DADT!) was good until the melodramatic last reel. Countdown to Zero (nuclear weapons) didn't play well and I got bored. Shorter attention spans these days.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
The heroin addicted doctor (mainly abortions) who is haunted by Hank Williams is the star of this first novel of redemption among local characters in some God forsaken Texas locale late 1963. Story runs out of steam some, but good eye for characters and dialogue.
The SC handled a few rulings today, avoiding a tricky subject and dividing on an Arizona licensing law concerning alleged illegal workers. Tricky case with discriminatory enforcement potential and I'm inclined to let the federal executive serve as a type of tiebreaker. Their pre-emption argument failed but figure it's a close case.
This rant against Beyoncé's "Run The World" is great. The song would work better if it was a call to action. If it is, it's pretty weak gruel. And, thank you Richard Beeman for clearing up the confusion many seem to have about the 14A eventually limiting the states.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
'Tis as much a shame as it was unsurprising. As I try to say here (it's fun talking to someone who just doesn't hear you), this doesn't make it right. Thank you Obama for resubmitting him; hopefully, it did some good. Oh well -- he's young and will be heard from again.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I liked Pride and Prejudice better for having a more enjoyable story and more pleasing characters, but this book had its charms. Good eye for character, if filled with rather flawed ones. Again, the Signet version was the best read, compact with two good commentaries.
Monday, May 23, 2011
There is a decent amount of soft porn, including various series that provide some actual story content and decent acting. Lingerie and Life On Top included. I have spoken of the works of Brandin Rackley. The college series is a bit boring and the women aren't as interesting.
And Also: I'm wary when David Bernstein supports Obama on Israel policy, but his speech also impressed Josh Marshall and got a slight nod from Glenn Greenwald, so maybe it really was helpful. Good episode of Army Wives. More knowing relationship touches.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Not a big fan of nailbiters, but the Mets won one versus the Yanks tonight. The Mets fell apart around the All Star Break last year. Good now; enjoy it as it lasts. FNL was very good -- Tami/Eric stuff, rich character stuff and not the sense of blah of the early episodes.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I think MM tries too hard to throw stink bombs into the room but agree with Keith that we need people like that -- even if we disagree with their position, someone who challenges the powers that be. Make them uncomfortable. And, often they are right.
Expected result (some comments by me here) but still depressing. Obama is to be commended for submitting his name a second time. He is the type of nominee that should be nominated. This is why he was blocked. Overall, the time to push hard on nominations is now.
I watched his hearings and read some of his stuff and he deserves confirmation, like a bipartisan group says. Orin Kerr, an advisor of Sen. Cornyn, in his b.s. mode notes it is "reasonable" to oppose the guy. And, he digged his grave since he was a dfh type during the Alito nomination. Had a "very troubling" op-ed too. My comments here.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Some have different opinions than others. I inclined to lean toward the second, though realize the possibility of abuse. I also (see comments) disagree with LGM here. Overall, the ruling seems to be fairly narrow, like most SC 4A rulings these days. On another ruling.
The season finale (it's coming back) was pretty good. The show is a bit forced, but overall, it's a mature show about adults. It's not that original, but good for what it is. Adding to the comfort level, some familiar faces, including from Once and Again.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Down to the last -- the specter of Niese the last out (after the other team's RELIEVER hit the winning run in extras), a misplayed ball actually got him to third! Just another tease, there being many in that game. Marlins win another Josh Johnson started game. Grr.
Monday, May 16, 2011
So says Kurt Lash, but my sense of honor in the title is diminished by the fact his reasoning (on the ACA) comes off about as serious as that remark does. Again, like Mr. Bennett, I can be amused but this sort of self-assured self-delusion is shared by too many powerful people.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
This book covers a lot of ground pretty well but its brevity does result in some thinness and certain assumptions (e.g., about due process) that are not adequately explained. Amazon reviews also point to some errors. Overall, worthwhile but to be taken with a grain of salt.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Facing strong criticism from Congressional Republicans and conservative organizations, the Navy said Wednesday that it had suspended new guidelines that would have allowed chaplains to perform same-sex marriages.And, that is one reason why I'm not a Republican. Or, a Paulite (+ DOMA, abortion, social security etc.). FNL was pretty good last night.
Friday, May 13, 2011
A blogger update or something seems to have deleted my post on the book (see my comments on the film here). I mostly enjoyed it, finding the lead characters charming, the writing witty and the style overall quite readable. Whatever that might "signify."
Players keep on getting hurt (now Ike Davis because of a stupid infielder mix-up) but they still have a chance to win. Beltran again shows life during a walk year and Harris decides to get on base four times. I'll take it. That infield was a bit thin though.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The anti-ACA side drew an unfortunate panel for today's 4th Cir. oral argument. Info here, government brief and I'm bored by now. I think the argument weak, made worse by the over the top and hypocritical techniques used. Creativity isn't really good argument.
Monday, May 09, 2011
I have commented on this case before, but the law seems basic, particularly since the person is legally innocent. Are we to assume guilt and refuse to deal with the other possible scenarios of allowing the cheerleader to have a right to selectively cheer?
I like this blog though at times find the content tiresome, but actually stopped going for a time because of the argument style of this guy. Let him continue his cheap argument style and your Ann Althouse digs are hypocritical. Why do you give this guy a platform?
Saturday, May 07, 2011
While another somewhat disappointing (S5 is sorta lame) FNL played, Suite Life on Deck ended with a graduation. Didn't really like the original but this "sequel" turned out to be pretty good. Had some truly inspired moments. Some hits/misses in the finale here.
Niese gutted it out 5.2 after throwing lots of pitches, but walked the pitcher, resulting a reliever getting one out and and a win. Not the first somewhat unfair result. Pridie needs to stay and one of the non-hitting Hs go. Good or not, team is showing life.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
in slightly over two years, the Obama Justice Department has filed six lawsuits under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, mostly to seek injunctions and fines. That compares with just one such lawsuit during the entire eight years of George W. Bush.Same as old boss, obviously.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Not comfortable with CHEERING OBL's death but understand it, more so than comments about "fratboys" (no girls?). Darn, people are happy OBL was caught! What creeps! Lara Logan's interview was powerful; see also, the extra footage about her talking to her husband.
But here we are, two years later, and interrogation (enhanced or otherwise) of a detainee unlocked the door that led yesterday to the raid at Abbottabad.Fruitless or not, we can't elide past that "or otherwise" (and to what end?) and not working isn't the core reason it is wrong anyway.
Monday, May 02, 2011
After some not so good ones, other than the "special episode" with the funeral and all, yesterday's was very good with several rich subplots handled well. When a guest star (a widow who questions the value of her loss) is but one reason to watch, you are doing good.
The Supreme Court again had a one (signed) opinion day, a water dispute that was 7-1 (Kagan recused) with Scalia inventing a word and ridiculing the majority, written by Thomas. They have split various times this term; Thomas is known for such dull majority opinions.
After losing a nailbiter, the Mets won one, though they ruined a lot of opportunities first. It is "only baseball," but baseball is the American pastime, and from being an emergency center on, there is a special connection for Shea and the Mets. And, life goes on. So, enjoy it.
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Here is a good summary that addresses various issues in summary fashion that is accessible to the general public.