Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Starting to catch up on films via the library. I share this review's stance on Soul Sister about a teen surfer who lost her arm: nice enough, but not enough drama. Meanwhile, an older film: Falling for Grace was okay until trite plot points bored me. Two commentaries!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Pelfrey gutted out six last time with 125, was slipping but gutted out six this time with 99. He was about done. He was left in, and in and one lousy "wheel play" attempt later, a 0-0 score became 5-0. Well, that (second) use of Parnell Monday up 5-1 might not matter.
Monday, August 29, 2011
For the first time in my life, to my knowledge, the local transportation system was shut down for most of the weekend. I took a bus out of the city Saturday afternoon and back in Monday morning. Irene affected lots of people, but overall, wasn't as bad as it could have been. I wonder how a Katrina incident would have played here.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Irene has led to various changes in NYC -- the subway system, which was running by the afternoon of 9/11 -- included. The Mets only have one game this weekend and it was a bright light in the darkness, a gem by Capauno PLUS some offense and defense vs. the Braves.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
We need new material. Mets suck (no surprise/they had some life). Obama lame (not as lame as all that). Republicans, including Perry, suck. Depressing they have power. Ton of stuff about one aspect of the ACA. SSM, same old arguments. Economy sucks. Rinse/repeat.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
NY/NJ football: the jailbird making the move to the Jets apparently okay though there is always the injuries and stuff. NFL Network etc. allows us to see a lot more games (and QBs) that don't count. Both teams should get to the playoffs. How far? Well, let's see.
The Mets are in freefall and like certain blogs/Obama, we have the "just a bunch of losers" sentiment, like the baby-ish hyperbole shown here. Perspective is for wankers, huh? Meanwhile, watching Season 4 of The Closer on DVD. Pretty good. Was Brenda that emotional in S1?
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Nick has tossed out iCarly, True Jackson (series finale) and Penguins new episodes without much warning. I caught most of TJ, which I liked at the beginning of its run but not so much later and it was okay. Kinda stupid. Well, this explains Amanda's bf.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
The expression on a fan as the wonderful comeback (completed against K-Rod! who "won") was starting to fall apart (it took a bit of luck in the end to prevent a miracle save) fell apart was a great catch. Go D'Backs. ALC/NLW World Series? Ha ha ha! Oh well.
There is something to the PPACA other than the "individual responsibility requirement" (sic) though much of the debate focuses on that. For instance, the law helped mental health and addiction care, furthering the ends of this somewhat bipartisan 2008 law.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The Supreme Court denied an appeal of Robert W. Jackson III, who was later executed for an axe murder during a burglary from twenty years back (seems pointless after all that time). This ended a bottleneck in Delaware arising from the protocol used.
While Volokh Conspiracy beats to death one aspect of the ACA, SCOTUSBlog moved on (my .02) to SSM, another thing beaten to death. And, did Rep. Barr somehow not read Section Three of DOMA? And, privatization wouldn't end the issue of government benefits.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tampa, going 2-1, used four pitchers (the closer worked once, in a non-save) against the Red Sox, falling victim (in one of the wins) to a triple play in the process. Meanwhile, the Cubs managed to lose a series against the Astros, who finally won Game 40.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
They still do that now and again. Good day for Izzy though his 300th save (last done by a Met via Billy Wagner) took until the 10th (and was not easy) because Parnell blew another one among other things. Of course, Dickey (Mr. Twitter) starting makes that almost required.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Another good film (not too deep, but still a romantic comedy with some nutritional value) with punctuation in the title. It seems like I saw it in a different era, even though it was like three years ago! Good DVD commentary; good for repeated viewings overall.
While debating someone online who thinks I'm among those "modern liberals" who hate religious liberty, I was also reading The Natural History of the Bible: An Environmental Exploration of the Hebrew Scriptures by Daniel Hillel. An interesting look at things.
This criticism of the opinion that struck down a provision of the ACA notes that it left open many other means to reduce the number of uninsured. This underlines in a sense the limited nature of this fight, but is not the basic idea of not being a free rider very important?
Drop Dead Diva was okay with a supporting character getting the best overall subplot. The NYM are in freefall. The upcoming episode of Wizards of Waverly Place is mediocre, but yeah, one more graduation. Everyone is growing up so fast. Even Charlie is going to school now!
Friday, August 12, 2011
So, it's the Reagan/Clinton nominee providing the sanity, while the compromise pick / conservative Clinton nominee joining in the stupidity. I'm sick of it. But, "sex toys can be banned" 11th's ruling is not really a big shock -- some circuit was due to decide this way.
Was I right to be upset with the nomination? Didn't expect her to be a loser or anything. Just thought someone better, particularly on executive power (still unclear), was possible. Still do. But, she's a prime "Obama type" and will have some good moments.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Monday, August 08, 2011
Good episode last night with some "Deb" flashbacks, a cute Stacey/Fred subplot and two nicely handled cases all part of a (a/an alert!) united theme. Might be done at the moment with my Jane Austen reading, not getting into a fan fic.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
There is the Civil War book/mini-series and there is the British version that takes place in the 1850s also having two versions. The library DVD section works out again. A touch of Liz/Darcy but much more drama and class conflict. Well acted and overall superior.
The box score suggests the mess but it was pitching (Gee and Parnell) that cost them the game and (yeah him). Pagan choked after Bay again showed life in the 9th. A loser take is that it was rather gritty. Yeah, not enough for me. August 2010 with a bit more life.
As another tedious (however it ends; Reyes is hurt again, but that is but one issue) ball game plays, I will note that Skype is pretty neat even without video. Used it with a cheap microphone and had a clear (and free) conversation with someone from South Carolina.
Christine Nguyen is another regular in the "adult" movies and shows that are familiar to late nite cable (or whatever) viewers. She is not as free and easy as an actress as some but has some presence other than in the obvious ways. See, e.g., her as "Bikini Jones."
Saturday, August 06, 2011
This is a pretty good summary of last night's Mets game where everything but the starting pitching (okay, no bad baserunning) seems problematic. The Bay/Pagan one pitch wonders in the 8th was a low light for me. It's all about Daniel Murphy or Izzy though.
Friday, August 05, 2011
Found the 1962 translation of Portrait of a Jew fairly interesting, if somewhat rambling (skimmed it). Various references to familiar topical matters like Sammy Davis Jr. Found this book on the Suez Crisis tedious: plodding and one-sided (Ike). Could not get into it.
Good day for someone to go to my discussion of governmental religious displays. Now Rick Perry is as governor promoting major Christian events. And, another DL mix of church/state article. Remember, "Christ," not okay. Keeping Wiccans away, okay.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
I checked out The illustrated letters of Jane Austen / selected and introduced by Penelope Hughes-Hallett. Nice format and skim-worthy, but not overly fascinating, particularly given the generally mundane subject matter. Also, key periods have little or no entries.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Pirates on decline, Diamondbacks on the rise and the Mets repeatedly blow it late, helped by mistakes. The Mets' struggles versus the Nats and Marlins plus a sub-.500 home record contributes to the fact they are again at .500. Oh, Cards pitcher hits grand slam.
Sesame sticks (a local store sells little bags for under $2) are a good snack and can be used to feed birds too. For most of the time, two different pigeons raced each other. Also, there were little birds who favored carrying food away (though that involved pastry crumbs).
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
I saw the upcoming episode (Charlie going to preschool etc.) on demand and it was a pretty amusing/cute one with the mom (the show, unlike many geared to teens, gives the parents a decent role) having a chance to shine. Love those lashes. Funny end bit.
Historic new guidelines that will ensure women receive preventive health services at no additional cost were announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).Do "they" detest this too? When people talk about Obama gleefully cutting entitlements, do they mean this? Stuff like this has to be strenuously advertised, especially given the cynicism out there.
Monday, August 01, 2011
They said they detested everything about the federal health law, which was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in a case filed by the state.They want insurance companies to be able to refuse people with pre-existing conditions and marginal income people not to get help and needy clinics not to get funds. They are detestable.
Special summer special -- hour long trip to some hell hole -- has a nice nod to the end of the concert in The Sound of Music (who picked that up?) but overall wasn't that good (it was okay). I blame it on the appearance change of Jade; various lesser episodes since.
The latest debt deal is summarized here. Various commentators on the left blame Obama a lot as if the Republican win in 2010 didn't make something like this predictable especially with a Blue Dog balance in the Senate. I find the whole thing almost tragic myself.