Monday, February 28, 2011
It is nice when Justice Scalia finds a bright line rule that has liberal results, but I'm wary of his dissent today. If an ongoing emergency is the test, a recently shot person whose assailant might be blocks away very well might meet it. His sarcastic disdain (oral argument) aside.
I only saw a bit, but it didn't start too promising (boring) and the various "isn't our past grand" segments didn't excite. Didn't see many of the films, but one I did see (The King's Speech) was the big winner. Oft nominated Randy Newman had an amusing acceptance speech.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
The Republican party, increasingly, is the party of urban legends: that tax cuts for the rich always pay for themselves, that government spending doesn’t create jobs, that government overregulation of banks caused the crash of 2008, that global warming is not happening. The unconstitutionality of health care reform is another of those legends, legitimated in American culture by frequent repetition.
-- Andrew Koppelman
And Also: Watching Reba last night, again, want to compliment it for being well done, both funny and repeatedly touching. "Barbara Jane" is now in Working Class, which underlines the value of good writing and ensemble cast. That is, the actress thrives much better on Reba.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
He, not by much, didn't violate the "dying younger than me" rule, but this is a sad case. At least, unlike another local publication, the reader had a good understanding of the diversity of his life. Talk about stripping of the gay. We do get a rumor on the cause of death.
Too much stuff on it! Too many free books available, including old classics. Should have stuck with articles and cases, preferably short ones like this from an old favorite. Meanwhile, obit watch: I read Criminal Violence, Criminal Justice back in the day. Very good.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
And Also: The conclusion of the "Angels/Wizards" trilogy of episodes on The Wizards of Waverly Place was pretty good; the angel in training was cute, a sort of mini-True Jackson. The show is getting into that "tired" phase though the Maxine subplot has some promise.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
William Saletan has had a sketchy time of it, so credit where credit is due: his article on the Gosnell case is good today, including how treating abortion separately from other medical procedures worsened the situation. This is common and generally leads to bad results.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Texas is fanatically devoted to football, but it also welcomed women’s basketball long before the mandates of gender-equity legislation. This was especially true in rural areas where young women worked on farms, and it seemed incongruous that they should not be allowed to sweat while playing sports.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Candles on Bay Street was on again and hey Ted Atherton of Sue Thomas was in it. TV/film nerds love that stuff. Saw him here first. His Sue Thomas co-star is the lead in the historical (c. 1895) CSI-like affair Murdoch Mysteries, a decent show on PBS down here.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Mark Field shines here, especially right above and below my comment. I cited the Madison "living constitution" quote repeatedly to certain [selective] "originalists" and they basically ignore it.
Glenn Greenwald today flags a possible sign of cross-party support of civil liberties, but seriously, small sample in support of a preliminary vote. And, cheap shot approach to my "okay, but full picture, not great" comments (jmatrix) about Ron Paul. Real tiresome.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Rules of Engagement has gone downhill (started out pleasant but not having that much margin for error) some recently, especially the writers dumbing Adam down even more. Conan seems to be in a good/comfortable groove, perhaps fitting better out of the spotlight.
I don't have Direct TV, so I have to wait for the final season, but did get the First Season DVD set to watch deleted scenes and such. Again, got to love Tami, Tyra and Matt [& Lance]! And, the show as a whole. [And, "Smash" in real life sounds like a "Brian."]
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Checked the score a few times. Packs up at Half, but Steelers score late to make it closer. Steelers claw back to within three. Packs don't ice it late. One last final drive, which is the norm this year, though not two weeks back. Don't get that far. Ends the right way. Cheers.
The author of this book also contributes to a science blog on the side panel. The small book is fairly interesting if leaving you wanting more information. A good introduction to the subject, but in no way comprehensive. Nice down to earth tone; author has science chops.
With shades of Kate & Leopold (nobility planning to marry for money but falling in love via unlikely events), this Hallmark confection was fun. The leads, especially the girl, make the movie. The end complication is over nice and fast. Nice serious overtones.
Saturday, February 05, 2011
The newbie "excellent" addition brought up the dreaded broccoli mandate thing up in a hearing on the law. Also, you can't just focus on the Commerce Clause, Senator. The whole point of the Bill of Rights was to temper possible over the top application.
Friday, February 04, 2011
The fact that Justice Rutledge (Stevens' boss) gets basically no mention underlines the book isn't comprehensive, but its narrative tone makes it one of the better books on the Supreme Court for the general reader. I think the Yanks will survive Pettite's retirement.
This review is overall fair: a good read but not the place to get a comprehensive look at the subject matter. Still worthwhile. Meanwhile, Being Erica was a mixed bag this week, the family stuff welcome. Sorta normal there with a few ffs helpful.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Attempts to make permanent the unconstitutional Hyde Amendment add insult to injury by only covering "forcible" rape [fixed?], incest of those under eighteen and limiting the already overly narrow health exception. And, tax breaks for only those of a certain faith.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
A lower court struck down a requirement for a "pregnancy counseling center" to disclose that this doesn't include abortion information. As I noted here, I disagree. And, such selective (cf. abortion clinics' need to disclose alternatives) invitation for fraud is a real problem.