Friday, September 30, 2011
Such is the ML start for Matt Moore, the second game as the Game 1 starter in the playoffs. Rays easily won 9-0. The Rangers don't do good with rookies (sounds like the Mets), which might be why Wade Davis (with a decent record) didn't start. Next up, the aces.
Colbert had his lawyer discuss a striking thing regarding how he could arrange to keep contributors to his PAC secret. Citizens United doesn't compel this. Disclosure laws were upheld. The problem is filibustering a bill that fills the continual gaps found in the law.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
A thread about the Constitution becomes one about tired abortion arguments. How old. I didn't really see it, but the final innings of that Rays game was crazy -- Ayala and Logan aren't really scrubs, the guy who hit the tying homer usually is etc. Save some for Texas.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
And Also: A discussion on a long term (unlawful/racist) practice of getting around the treatment of small time possession of pot in NY as a trivial matter. Another good Body of Proof episode with a good mystery. Caught NCIS repeats. Decent time waster.
First, I welcome (who knew? it's like I'm on Twitter or something) my new follower. Second, this"prison or church" program was cited in my local paper. If there are secular alternatives, as I note there, it might work. Meanwhile, big "ministerial exception" case coming up.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
One out from winning, blew it, and a closer that didn't seem to know how to throw a strike when the Reds finally (what's that? a bunt? what's a bunt?) went ahead, but the Mets still lost. I think the season as a whole was okay, but the last few weeks were pretty hard to take.
The road to a game 163 continued with a 8-7 win by Boston, a triple play by the Rays, the Cards coming back with five runs and needing more ... and Reyes hitting two home runs. And, the night continues, in part thanks to Parnell not being able to get a one out save.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Reyes is ahead in the batting race by a hair but overruns the base & helps the Mets lose. Cards lost to the Mets and now Astros in a key moment. And, Rays/Sox tied. Some meaningful baseball left. [Also, Arizona has a shot for second seed, one way to avoid the Phils.]
This is the semi-fictional part of the "Tulip trilogy" that later was made into a movie. A type of beginning. The movie version of My Dog Tulip also takes some material from here. Pretty good but I enjoyed the non-fiction better as a whole. Similar emotional honesty.
There is some reasonable dispute over what happened to Troy Anthony Davis, but the burden of proof is on the "pro" side. "Beyond a reasonable" doubt, especially with life at stake is harder to meet even than "pretty sure." One can "give a little" and still win.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Pretty interesting sports day, including in NY sports, one still ongoing. Even the Mets loss ended a long Phils losing streak (of little note). Pan Am looks possibly interesting, good Drop Dead Diva cliffhanger. [Update: The wrong teams won Sunday night. Boo boo boo!]
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Well, the games are only for pride, but the Mets managed to sweep a doubleheader vs. the Phils after an error aided big inning gave Gee the lead, which he kept. He even laid down a bunt (on the second attempt)! Tampa won too & retain a long shot chance.
Low key, but decent DVD commentary for the t.v. news fluff film Morning Glory. Yet another very good no decision for the Mets knuckleballer/cum philosopher. They won this one. Gee struggling again in nite cap. Hope he can have a better year straight thru in '12.
Last night was one of various clinchers, including the Diamondbacks (my playoff '11 team)and near clinchers (e.g., Tampa lost again, limping toward elimination, after having a real chance again). Slate fray lives for another week or so. Yeah, a stay from execution.
“Pan Am” doesn’t say much of anything about the current state of the nation except that our best days are behind us.Depressing times. This too shall pass. We still have to get through it, not all doing it. Meek's Cutoff looked good, too dull for me.
Friday, September 23, 2011
And, really, Rush Limbaugh loving? I think that, not the Lutheran part might have been the problem. People do have different religious views, especially if the other isn't
an asshole pro-RL. There are other deal breakers than some liberal religion type. But, to each their own.
After hurting the Braves, the Mets came back from a stupor (with some help) and scored seven runs in the last two innings to stop the Cards from benefiting as much as they could. Still, won't win as many games as '10. A "to be continued" feel. Learn how to bunt!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
A sorta spin-off of Saving Grace, if with different personality and last name, episodes of this amusing British show can be found online. The latest on Youtube. The leads also were good in other stuff, Louisa in varied cop roles and DM on the rather different William and Mary.
Since courts in each jurisdiction here and many abroad interpret a written Constitution in a way he thinks is "entirely senseless," it is quite impressive he is so very wiser than all those people. (/sarcasm) A bit of confusion in Kelo reporting. Brooke Shields to play her on t.v.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I first contributed to the Slate Fray to comment on the Bush v. Gore litigation and then returned in early 2002. It allowed me to comment on articles and submit freestanding stuff, getting feedback. Good as long as it lasted. Don't think much of the new comment system.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
And Also: I admit to have grown tired of Rachel Maddow, but the news in general tires me out -- it's depressing in repetitive fashion. But, I'm glad Chris Hayes has a new show; his strong "The Nation" voice is appreciated.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
I caught the latest episode and the ending (good guest star turn) has some bite for a person of my sentiments; the bad Mexican cop killed in custody (S4) was particularly problematic. We now have a new show about IA. Episode as a whole was good. Still don't know the mole.
Friday, September 16, 2011
I did not read a full length biography during my "Austen" period of late but did not really care for this one. A few too many assumptions, too many family details (done in a tedious way) and a few questionable absences. Stopped reading though admit to it having some charm.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Liu got a decent consolidation prize and now is deciding a Prop 8 matter sent back by members of the court he failed to join. A federal judge blocked the "don't ask me about guns" law passed by Florida on obvious content neutral rule grounds. Nice use of "inveigle."
I caught this on demand. I turned it off after five or ten minutes of not that funny stuff was made less funny with a laugh track. Possibly, the actual studio audience found some of these jokes that amusing, but it was annoying either way. Doesn't look that promising.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
This is my USA Network show of the moment, "characters welcome" and all that. Good final episode before a brief hiatus, good character stuff, the ending cliffhanger rather unexpected. Still find the kids annoying. Thus, ends an unexpected number of posts today.
Not only is he not hitting (admittedly, not alone), but he is back to not knowing how to field -- the Mets have three more outs to not lose again to the Nats, both runs coming off that error. Meanwhile, the Rays blew a chance to gain on Boston. No real margin of error there.
The making-of documentary provided some insight on the author, including how he saw sex (a major part of the book) as a way to make his true friend (Tulip) happy, an outlet for his own search for a true human friend. The film/book We Think the World of You (only semi-fictional) also provides insight, including how he got the dog.
The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Scalia and by him referred to the Court is denied. The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.He (seven years after this) was then executed.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
"that the extension of Commerce Clause power to the pre-transaction stage would eliminate 'judicially enforceable boundaries'"
More b.s. on the ACA. There are plenty of boundaries. People covered transact. N/P Clause? It's a fraudulent line and I'm tired such things.
Monday, September 12, 2011
The NYT has an interesting article on an upcoming Supreme Court argument respecting the limits of warrantless use of a GPS tracking device, an issue Fourth Amendment expert Orin Kerr has addressed in various cases. Time to update privacy rulings to the 21st Century.
The "making of" documentary was charming but I couldn't really get into the actual film. If one is in the mood for the simple animation, good voice work and basic old man/dog story (loyal to book), it was perfectly fine. But, I guess I wasn't in the right frame of mind.
The Mets in '01 wore caps honoring police etc. agencies and wanted to do it again, but MLB didn't like it. Seems pretty petty of them & yeah, I think it would have been nice if the Mets said screw 'em. Instead, Wright wore one in the dugout for a bit. Gutsy move there!
Giants played a bad second half, Yanks came from behind, Jets cost Dallas another killer loss (goal line stand & blocked punt helped) and the Mets didn't score late, totally falling apart in extras. Lousy Cubs series -- yeah, I still care. Apparently, a bit too much. Grr.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I note here the controversy over this passing mention in Obama's jobs speech is stupid on various levels. (1) It isn't wrong, whenever it was said. (2) Harping on trivia is stupid. (3) It does provide a great time for the cheap shot crowd. (4) All gaffes aren't created equal.
Friday, September 09, 2011
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Virginia's nullification attempt failed, a personal suit deemed premature. The second ruling in particular furthers the often ignored tax power argument, especially the concurrence; the dissent would uphold via commerce power on the merits. Good reads.
SCOTUSBlog's round-up today included an op-ed starting:
Clarence Thomas' greatest sin was that he wasn't the second coming of civil rights icon Thurgood Marshall and had no interest in pretending to be.If a moderately conservative black judge without his baggage was appointed, same problems? Uh no. Read the Greenhouse op-ed too.
Necessary Roughness - helped by more good guest casting - was enjoyable again. Fun with a bit of seriousness. Missed the debate; my take is that Mitt is the Kerry (safe/dull/seems a bit phony) of '12 and he is more dangerous than Perry in 11/12. Better if he loses before.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
As for the Mets, Mr. Paterson, who is legally blind, joked: “Sometimes I don’t see the game as well as everyone else, and it’s just the better for it.”
Messy game last night, but yeah, I still watch. Miss America singing (doing a good job) at Yankee Stadium at 1 A.M. in the rain with her crown on (looking good): that's a gamer.
Monday, September 05, 2011
J. R. Ackerley is an interesting character; this book (later an animated film) is about another. It is not a complete account but touching & well written. Not sure why half of it concerns the issue of mating though it might have some broader meaning.
Another good episode with a particularly (in a novel touch) good finale showing what the various characters were doing. Again, Kim has a good subplot. Looking good too. Decent upcoming Good Luck Charlie; Teddy's subplot was somewhat forced. Charlie growing up!
Saturday, September 03, 2011
The latest in the lack of perspective sweepstakes is criticism of Obama's move on stricter air standards, which very well might be bad (how bad? I don't know) if made under the stress of various pressures, while ignoring everything he did right. He just "caves" on everything!
This proposal to have justices serve eighteen year terms and then be a sort of back-up plan is intriguing. I'm iffy on it being constitutional. What if justices could only rule on most cases for two years? As a voluntary move, it has more going for it, like "senior status" below.