Wednesday, February 29, 2012
There might be some difficulties applying execution protocols, but this is not a great representative for the anti-capital punishment crowd. Then again, even he was on death row for over twenty years so far. I'd just leave him there. The system is still broken.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
"Every American" does not have to "buy" insurance under the PPACA to avoid a "fine" as epluribus notes here. The poll question is a mistruthful push-poll. Prof. Kerr pats the person promoting it on the back. Educators should not honor and help promote ignorance.
This tidbit from a law professor working on a bio of someone sometimes seen as the Madison of the Fourteenth Amendment is but one more example of the subject. See also, long articles like this, which provide disputed analysis of one Framer's views. It is a shame so many rely on this angels on a pin method as authoritative.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Typical sophomore jinx -- first episode basically closes S1 plot lines as if everyone is ready to leave. New plots not as interesting. Hits a certain stride mid-way and the cast is still likable. Still, somewhat disappointing. More evidence that you can say "fuck" on Canadian TV.
Didn't watch (Billy Crystal? yawn) except for the touching speech by the Iran film winner, alluding to current controversies but the glory of the arts win out. Like many, haven't see The Artist. Midnight In Paris, Rango and The Beginners bored me. MHP scared me from The Help but maybe later. Will try to see a few others later on as well.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Going down the list of Oscar films, The Help is being discussed on Melissa Harris-Perry (she was insulted and used it to talk about various issues) right now and Beginners meant well, but the turgid pace and style made it unwatchable for me after a short time.
Friday, February 24, 2012
The book read like a rough draft of a young writer that was left unpublished for years. Some good parts but not good as a whole. The DVD extras (with Hunter Thompson) showed how long the film was in development. Similar result really with Depp et. al. still providing enough to make it worth a look. Last part still rather weak.
This thread like others raises some ugliness, including this seen before trope. The idea is that somehow Griswold or birth control being covered equals protecting licentiousness. Such ignorance. A small nod too to Dilan -- usually worth reading, but on religion, uh ...
Thursday, February 23, 2012
A comment at BTC News etc. alludes to a Republican legislator's shot at the Girl Scouts, but on religious issues, gays and so forth it actually is saner, more so than the Boy Scouts. Also, they are for girl empowerment. Anti-conservative! Yes, rather ridiculous too.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
A district court struck down section 3 of DOMA and it's nice and all for a Bush43 appointee to do so, but as I said here, probably went overboard on the reasoning. Virginia's forced ultrasound bill's (possible fix) is still bad, but somewhat less so without direct bodily invasion.
Sounding a bit like a Law & Orders: Special Victims episode, talk of "bitches" and "passing strange" in an interesting clash of Roberts v. Sotomayor (Kagan in the middle) in a Fourth Amendment case involving gangs and such. Again, glad Sotomayor is there.
A local professor with the wonderful name Zephyr Teachout was on Chris Hayes recently. She wrote an interesting article on how "corruption" is a major concern of the Constitution, but how far she takes that is questionable. I am not, e.g., appalled at corporations funding ads against candidates, even shortly before elections.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Once, someone annoyed at how originalism was not properly respected and all cited Franklin Pierce to show how FDR suddenly perverted the constitutional order. Yes, we all know how respected Mr. Hawthorne's pal is as a constitutional guidepost. Happy PD!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Support of the likes of Bill Moyers and even various Catholic groups underlines the contraceptive compromise is not "anti-religious" or "anti-Catholic." Interesting comments by MHP this morning on the "schematics" of not having religious women voices, but even her law professor didn't talk about RFRA and what about Sister Carol Keehan?
Saturday, February 18, 2012
At the new and improved Booknotes website you can catch Karen Armstrong's appearance that was re-broadcast earlier. I like her idea of "religion" as the elevation past the "ego" and her universalist approach at truth. I read some of her stuff. Worthwhile.
And Also: Victorious was amusing today, bringing back an old favorite and having subplots that allowed the supporting cast to shine. Cat also was not quite as over the top here. The deus ex machina ending at the dog sitting was a bit much though.
Friday, February 17, 2012
See here and reference is made to another scholar's works, including "mourning Miranda." It is a good discussion but Miranda wasn't some be all, end all. It was a start of sorts and continues to be tweaked, in various ways negatively. Aspects still useful.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The refusal to allow a women student on a panel discussion on "religious liberty" (not absolute) about the contraceptives ruling (what is this Pan Am?) got some pushback about it being about women. Yeah, women whose religious liberty includes choosing birth control.
A person convicted of a heinous murder was executed after thirty years, this post discussing why Florida seems to drag things out. Justice Breyer has long been on board as being against such a thing. There is a logic to carrying things out but it seems rather pointless.
Not a basketball fan, but this Lin stuff is fun though even Steve Somers on WFAN, not known for his hard eyed realism, seems to be taking it as a "enjoy it while you can" thing. Spring Training almost here. Yes, still care about the NYM. Long term, hope it will be ok.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the Equal Protection Clause.HBO, a black history/VD two-fer, had a nice documentary on tonight. Mildred Loving later supported SSM.