Wednesday, November 30, 2011
This discussion (see also other posts) of the detainee bill seems on point though the "Udall solution" is limited. It failed but my senators voted for it. Gillibrand voted to end the the Iraq AUMF, part of Sen. Paul's principled opposition. I say a few words here.
Ugh. The show is trying to force too much personal character stuff all at once and it comes off as phony. The actors can't pull it off; it's as if they know it too. Stick to the mysteries and the old path of less of that stuff! Everyone (but Curtis) doesn't need some "thing" going on.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I respect this guy's writings but the comments underline this spin on originalism is pretty telling. Also, it underlines even experts can be off on subjects outside of their immediate area of expertise. [More discussion added, including by "no comment" Balkin and me.]
Monday, November 28, 2011
Don't really care about basketball coming back, but some do. Nothing too notable regarding the NFL, the Jets barely winning and Tebow coming back yet again etc. about bar for the course. KC held Pittsburgh to three points; the other ten gifts. The gifts cost them.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
See here (I comment) and here. The ruling is rather long so I didn't read it yet and it is only a lower court ruling. The way to go apparently is to not "formalize" your marriage. And, if leadership is marrying children, target that. Sure. Consenting adults? I'm off the bus there.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sue Grafton's alphabet series of mysteries started out under three hundred pages, first person. Now, she started to add other characters, and the result is over four hundred. And, it's too much. Don't really buy the start and so much what comes off as filler.
It's time for the actually pretty new pardon turkey business. This brings to mind the paucity (see my comments there) of Obama pardons and even the few just given have a selective taint. Turkey is not necessary either way. I'm not having any. Go Miami!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Part two of the article cited earlier is here. Notably, there is a court ruling that appears to override current NYC policy (who knows?), except in Bronx and Manhattan (First Department). Also, the satirical religions cited seem different, though perhaps not enough.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Last episode was actually pretty good -- seemed to be more focused on the one liners though it also had some subplots. On average, the show has been getting pretty tired. Watching some episodes of The Vicar of Dibley. Amusing, if a bit forced at times.
Friday, November 18, 2011
A sweet Hallmark favorite, the lead in The Mighty Macs and other stuff, but it turns out the her niece in the film has some resume too. Also, Queen to Play (Kevin Kline speaking French!) was an enjoyable "woman coming out of her shell" film. Chess division.
John Dean has a perspective essay comparing the Occupation movement with Vietnam protests, the latter which he experienced firsthand as a member of the Nixon administration, including their importance and the dangers (on both sides) of violence.
[E]xamines the interaction of science and cinema: how science consultants make movie science plausible, how filmmakers negotiate scientific accuracy within production constraints, and how movies affect popular perceptionsInteresting if a bit too technical at spots.
Tim Tebow is getting some mixed reactions (as he did via a past anti-abortion ad) for his religious expression, but he's have a nifty little run as a QB. The Jets were his latest conquest, falling via another late comeback. A "D" for their "D" there. Oh well.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
His speech on the infamous (as he notes) decision accepting taking of a home for economic development purposes is worth reading. The final bit on a possible future case specifically addressing the home is my tentative path, the ruling itself open to question if reasonable.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
This was a disappointing bio that had some interesting perspectives from the German historian, but as a bio of Braun, lacking. It spent much of the time summarizing the things around her. Okay, but it's was supposed to be about Eva Braun. And, even there, a bit plodding.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The ABC story on Rep. Giffords was impressive and touching. We hear of their first "date" at a prison -- she was visiting it as part of her re-examining her position on the death penalty. She was asked at one point if she was angry, saying that no, it's "life." Ah life.
Monday, November 14, 2011
The Florida case is taken to cover various issues, including the little discussed Medicaid matter (upheld). The Virginia state nullification law seems to be the only major issue not covered. The Administration wanted this, so it was sort of inevitable, if "activist." To be cont.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
A quick search provides various hits on wedding announcements where ULC ministers are involved. Earlier articles (e.g., 1970s) flag atttempted use of the church for tax avoidance, but there the money or property has to be solely or primary from church duties.
TPM has been up on these. Overall, are we supposed to take these clowns seriously? The only one I could take seriously as credible are outliers, like Jon Huntsman. Mitt Romney comes off as a big phony. I'm repeatedly told he could beat Obama. I find this pathetic myself. Guy reeks of insider same old without personality. Really?
At least, on t.v. and the movies (Harold and Kumar). In a few days, a favorite Hallmark movie of mine will come on, The Most Wonderful Time of The Year as will A Season For Miracles. Last night's entry was okay, the leads clicked. The other two have more substance.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I think a complex view of this subject (just look at the cover of this recommended book) is useful and only underlines the importance of freedom of choice. By now, new "frameworks" to solve anything is dubious to me, but I welcome nuanced discussion. See also.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Those who served in good, bad and between situations, the day marking the end of the "war to end all wars" (sic), the holiday first marked as "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace." Honoring vets includes keeping them out of harms way if possible.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
There was some interesting arguments in front of the Supreme Court this week, including involving GPS; this case concerning executive power over recognition is significant as well. I agree with the author's stance on the concurrent nature of the power.
The failure in Mississippi of the "personhood amendment" and in Ohio regarding an anti-union law provides a bit of good news. Take it where you can. Toss in a recall of the backer of the infamous Arizona immigration law. Not fully sure set terms should be overridden.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
A Reaganite judge with standing wrote the opinion while another conservative fav dissented, but did so on jurisdictional grounds because the "thing looks like a tax and acts like a tax," saying it is too soon to decide the challenge. I prefer that, if possible.
Monday, November 07, 2011
Sunday, November 06, 2011
They did it again -- after the Pats went ahead late in the 4th, the NYG (with help of a great catch & a penalty this time, already in position for the tie) went down the field and won. The other late afternoon games were pretty good too. Each NY team (3) is in first.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Friday, November 04, 2011
No NBA? Well, here's a replacement, even providing a former NBA ref in a small part. Good formula film (life a bit more complicated) of a small Catholic college women's team going all the way in the early '70s. Nice role for Marley Shelton as a nun / assistant coach.