Thursday, June 30, 2011
Debt ceilings are issues for both individuals and the nation these days and as Jack Balkin and others note, paying OUR debts has constitutional significance. We went down a somewhat similar road with Social Security a few years back. What's next, the 3A?
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
After a break, the often interesting Findlaw commentary essays are back. Another appeals court upheld the PPACA, conservative darling Judge Sutton concurring. His dubious "not a tax" discussion suggests problems, but this is a big win for supporters. Inactivity, huh?
Monday, June 27, 2011
Watching the various episodes of S1. Well done overall, though too many killings for what amounts to light entertainment. I love Kate Jackson's voice. I thought it was geared to the calm somewhat befuddled suburban mom here, but she sounded the same elsewhere.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Significant and seemingly impossible social and political change happens more often than we think, and it happens more rapidly than we realize. Even the most momentous change is always possible if one finds the right way to make it happen.Agreed. Some things stay the same, but things do change over time.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Senate approval was the final hurdle for the same-sex marriage legislation, which is strongly supported by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and was approved last week by the Assembly. Mr. Cuomo is expected to sign the measure soon, and the law will go into effect 30 days later, meaning that same-sex couples could begin marrying in New York by midsummer.The world doesn't stop, does it?
Ticking down to finale. The long-haired one is back. Wasn't they going to take two weeks to decide? Good to see Becky and Tami get some air time plus Vince's mom stand up for her son. Some nice bits. Pleasant enough episode that is symbolic of the season.
Another bit of nostalgia for people of a certain age, I passed the first season on DVD in the library. Fun show. I actually never saw the first episode and remember wanting to when it was still on. This would be prime USA "characters welcome" material. New books on panel.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Welcome to summer, a season less ideal for adults who don't like the beach or the heat. The exact beginning (13:16 EST) suggests the inexactitude of things (and Daylight Savings Time) since you'd think it would occur at noon, given the whole evenly divided day thing.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
The premiere had some cute moments, including a nice opening musical number and "gotta love Stacey" stuff. Kim also continues to be someone you can root for. The law stuff is still a bit weak. Will Grayson really marry? Decent start. This quote got me a few hits.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
The inability of some to see your point of view. It is not about disagreeing. It is about not even appearing to try to understand or respond to your arguments. Often done with an attitude or general clueless tone. We are lost if we can't even truly discuss things.
This is Austen's last completed novel and is shorter than all but one of them. Has various good Austen touches, including flawed supporting cast and some of her strongest emotional touches. Story is not as extended as her best. Middle of the road Austen, perhaps.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I saw that Season Five is already in the library, but will hold back until I see some more on regular t.v. The set has various extras, including commentary, so should be good. The episode this week was okay with Matt, I mean Luke, getting the victory. Four episodes left.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Anthony Weiner was forced from office, but George Bush & Dick Cheney - torture, illegal eavesdropping, 100,000s dead in Iraq - weren't.Yeah, a lowly member [OTOH] of Congress is more disposable than the president and vice president in part for stuff Congress authorized (especially Iraq). Meanwhile, Bob Herbert accepts reality.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Netflix's dubbed version is a bit annoying, but it is done pretty well, though a bit of the dialogue doesn't work. As a whole, very good Sophie Loren. I was a bit surprised the rape came so late; the post-rape stuff seems a bit too brief. Overall, powerful stuff.
Monday, June 13, 2011
And Also: Invasion of the Bee Girls is a fun (and pretty explicit) "B" film from the 1970s that was well worth the Netflix viewing. It had a surprisingly powerful almost rape though Rabid had a more consistent look at societal reaction to some disaster.
The season finale (will be back "Winter 2012," January?) was another good episode, though the Michael subplot was finished a bit quick. It had a series finale feel at times with talk of the base closing and where they might end up. Drop Dead Diva will be back now.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Gay USA filled the absence of its hosts this week with a documentary about the civil rights bill passed twenty-five years ago in NYC guarding against discrimination by sexual orientation. Striking stuff. Sal Albanese was quoted; I do vaguely remember his mayoral run.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 09, 2011
My season of Austen continues (I might hit Gore Vidal eventually) with Fanny Price's novel. Fanny and Edward are rather priggish but the Austen charm is here. Fanny Price being pressured to marry by four people was a bit much though. Also, I wanted more of Susan Price.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
The Mets won against another WC possible, good pitching and timely hitting (if not an ability to tack on, though a great catch helped here) led to a 2-1 game. Trading Wright would make sense, Murphy/Turner then having one more slot to fill. '11 Mets: enjoy them when you can.
Monday, June 06, 2011
I'm with some on the message board that this replacement after the lead actress of Sonny With A Chance left was handled dubiously. Particularly, I think more focus on the characters and a better explanation of the changes regarding Chad and Sonny. Skits mixed.
Without help. How to Die In Oregon was on HBO recently and it powerfully looks at euthanasia and how important it is to have such an outlet. Mobile vans are not really the way to go, but the fundamental right at issue suggests he was a prophet, however flawed.
A few false starts on Netflix but Hide and Seek was a charming mix of fiction and document about a girl struggling with puberty in the early '60s mixed with clips of real life interviews with adult lesbians. Meanwhile, another good episode of Army Wives.
Sunday, June 05, 2011
This is an interesting book, written on a young adult level but good for all, of stories of this remarkable struggle. A Day in October is a good film about the Jewish exodus helped by average Danes.
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Comment to an article on Mitch Daniels' anti-Planned Parenthood law: "Pretty much, this article explains why there's no way I'll vote for a Republican (or antichoice Democrat) ever." Not that wrong. OTOH, the Obama Administration is fighting it. Not bad FNL.
Friday, June 03, 2011
The Rep. Weiner stuff is an expected waste of time getting a lot of reporting and jokes, since well, come on. It's a gimmee. But, what's the point of a criminal prosecution now of John Edwards? One based on a questionable theory? Target the scum for a precedent? Blah.
Bikini Time Machine is from the same folks that gave us some charms as The Devil Wears Nada, but without the usual suspects like Brandin Rackley or Christine Nguyen that gives them charm. More seriously, Vision is a good foreign film about a 12th Century polymath nun.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
A lot of films with library/free Netflix month. This is a child at risk with a twist thriller with Renée Zellweger and some other good supporting cast (the child is a find too). It's a bit too pedestrian at times, but overall is an impressive "B" type film. Recommended.