Thursday, July 28, 2011
Another fine judicial nomination with true bipartisan support being blocked for petty reasons [in part] by Feingold's replacement. One more painful result (if more minor) of the '10 elections. I talked about her book (see this nuanced article on Lochner too). More b.s.
According to NAF, since 1977 in the United States and Canada, property crimes committed against abortion providers have included 41 bombings, 173 arsons, 91 attempted bombings or arsons, 619 bomb threats, 1630 incidents of trespassing, 1264 incidents of vandalism, and 100 attacks with butyric acid (“stink bombs”).
Then, there are crimes against persons ... . So, fits a pattern.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Victory for the suddenly falling in a deep well Mariners: not being no-hit. The Pirates lose in the 19th inning in aggravating fashion (E-U?). The Mets still are competitive, especially against mediocre teams like themselves that give up six unearned runs.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Nicknamed Roger Ramjet by Keith, DM did it again yesterday -- reckless enthusiasm mixed with hitting. Yeah. Still like him. He plays his position adequately given his hitting. NL-style. But, with Ike Davis, he really has no position. Turner works better at second.
They work all day long, many of them scraping by, just to put food on the table. And when these Americans come home at night, bone-tired, and turn on the news, all they see is the same partisan three-ring circus here in Washington. They see leaders who can't seem to come together and do what it takes to make life just a little bit better for ordinary Americans. They are offended by that. And they should be.
-- President Adult (House Leader Child responds)
Monday, July 25, 2011
These are various writings from her teenage years. I didn't find it worthwhile enough to read it all but there is some pretty witty stuff here, some pretty silly. A few other notable toss-ins in the volume I found includes her notes on reader responses of two novels.
The episode had a "find that gay guest star" (Michael Gross is not one of them) theme to go with a two lesbians going to a prom plot, a bit stalely portrayed here. It does continue to be a real issue. Fans (including lesbians) did get a nice shot of Stacey in a bikini.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I respond a few times to "The Second Amendment and People Who Have Past Minor Misdemeanor (No Jail Time Possible) Marijuana Possession Convictions." Not a big fan but if pot is illegal, the law seems reasonable. More so than some make it out to be.
The long winding road to end DADT is getting shorter. As the end of the tunnel is visible, same sex marriages are about to be allowed in NY. Of course, as before, people like this couple could have a religious ceremony (or be denied one). Next up, end of "D"OMA?
Their 50/50 (literally) record underlines their season, gutty as they might be without various players (is Bay even there?). Annoying loss against the Marlins (per usual), but with low expectations, the team is okay. Will they keep it up for pride? If they lose one or more players?
Saturday, July 23, 2011
There are currently two seasons (of four) on DVD now and both on the whole are enjoyable entertainment. No extras. Various amusing guest stars like "Niles" from The Nanny. A few tedious episodes. Good overall batting average; some very good and/or amusing moments.
She looks like Catherine Keener but also does things like this. Getting past the clothing thing, nice if you are into that sort of thing (natural can be better), the interviews are actually serious affairs. Worthwhile. She also does other activist type things clothed.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Behind two SCOTUS denials of execution stays (more division below) are some interesting stories -- a survivor opposes the execution ("the state" doesn't) and a rare videotaping of another one to help settle 8A questions. FWIW, I might add. You need multiple samples there.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
There's always Barnes and Nobles, but as I say here, a certain Borders gave me years of enjoyment. There are various means available, but the hard copy and bookstore still has their charms. Kindle isn't quite the same. A Signet paperback was a better Austen experience.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
I continue to think that -- all the strum und drang aside -- including about the 14A, some settlement will arise from this debt limit business. The Dems will act like adults and given the control of the House, the solution will include some stupid cuts of social spending.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
TV, especially with "on demand" features to view shows even without DVR, has lots of choices these days, enough for most to find something they like. I caught a couple character cop shows this way, Rizzoli and Isles and Memphis Beat. Decent time wasters.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
And Also: Jonathan Turley, off a failed impeachment defense, is now challenging the criminalization of polygamy. A hard road, but as compared to benefits (the key to SSM), attacking what amounts to an adultery crime law might work, if not on this level.
Turned on a homer, though the imbalance of arms (an injury and the "no Sunday pitcher rule" hurt) was an issue. Jeter should have came -- his "Mr. Baseball" bona fides got a hit. That 3000 hit ball guy got stuff for the joy of giving back. K-Rod trade was a good thing.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Caught this cute short film with a good message after finding it free on demand. A seven-year-old ("Robin") finds it freeing after not wearing her ill fitting top at swim class, being mistaken as a boy. Lead is very good. Those interested can find it on YouTube.
The Mets did decent as a hard run of games continue but those last two were pretty depressing all the same. Giving the Giants two runs Saturday annoyed me as did the sad little half-swing to end it. Drop Dead Diva was pretty good; nice to see Jennifer Tilly.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
As Jane Austen was dying, she started to write a novel about a health resort. The fragment is interesting, including its satiric comments about changing times. As usual, lots of the fun involving supporting characters. The apparent lead is something of an observer of events.
Saturday, July 09, 2011
This Austen fragment is intriguing, the lead character (Emma Watson) an interesting character, surrounded by the usual vulgarity and distasteful rich people. Her father dying etc. led her to stop writing. It has potential, particularly the low station of the Watsons.
And Also: A shout-out to Heather Vandeven, whose talents can be seen in Life on Top et. al. This is not an euphemism -- she is truly an actress, not just a sex performer. The amount of soft porn on late nite t.v. underlines there IS a difference. Meanwhile, Femme Fatales is of the "overdramatic" variety, but has some charm.
A busy episode that was chock full with penultimate episode plot that basically all worked (the Luke rejecting Becky bit didn't quite work); nice to see Tyra again though she and Matt look darn old for people around twenty. Tami does pissed well. Her mom even had a cameo.
Friday, July 08, 2011
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
The Obama DOJ is strengthening its efforts in opposing DOMA, supporting Karen Golinski's claim for SSM federal benefits. [Edit: It says a reasonable argument can be made for rational basis. Not sure if this means they totally concede the point. Still, fail.] More here.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
A somewhat saner Cuba Policy (Congress blocks a better one) -- yet another reason Obama is better than Bush. Dawn Johnsen criticizes Obama with a degree of perspective (reading GG?). More on Clinton's (D-NY) replacement, who so many deemed a lousy choice.
Monday, July 04, 2011
I have praised the Cinemax shows Lingerie and Life On Top, but it seems like Season 2 of the latter has various new characters that aren't as interesting. The apparent conclusion of S2 of Lingerie was pretty good though. The same core staying helped.
Sunday, July 03, 2011
The "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case was something of a "lame ass" affair. James C. Foster's book, with loads of notes and source citations, was rather pretentious. It covers the subject okay if not great; the problem was the style. Material is prime but the result is not.
Saturday, July 02, 2011
Friday, July 01, 2011
Largely concur with the sentiments discussed here, particularly how it is trivial next to the female version. OTOH, I really don't see it as a BIG autonomy issue, personally, and can name other much more harmful childhood stuff like some forms of education.
Obama has been disappointing on this (my thoughts on the general issue), but his policy was never great anyhow and clearly the ball is in Congress' court. Various comments of the "same boss" variety are tiresome as I note. And, the Republicans are just worse.