Thursday, May 31, 2012
First Circuit uses rational basis with teeth and federalism to write a conservative opinion striking down Section 3 of DOMA as a mid-level NY state court determines calling someone gay is not libelous per se.
Since the "goal" of the bill is to remove choice from women, I take "issue" to a House bill that would outlaw sex specific abortions. It is unwise too and clearly a wedge. And, in certain cases (five boys? genetic issues?) is imho not clearly immoral. Overall, bad idea.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Not fully on board with the cow/human mom comparison. I like the quite flexible actress (see Slither or Definitely Maybe etc.) Elizabeth Banks (both a local sports guy and Chris Hayes follow her on Twitter) and just found out she had a baby via surrogate. Also, became a Jew.
I have not got into various books recently but also a couple films too. Rabbit Hole was well acted, but other dealings with a death of a child were better. Will omit a foreign film similarly themed that I only saw a few minutes of. Also did not finish That Evening Sun. Lead was very good but I could see it was going downhill & not interested.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
As noted here [read whole thing/watch clips at MSNBC], it is his (over the top) critics who should be in respect to his hesitance to use "hero" as part of his usual eloquent, nuanced and yes humble coverage of Memorial Day. I in fact find his statement sad and depressing.
alone brought back bad memories. But, as the dad in War Horse noted, sometimes the team seems to have more than its share of bad luck. Granted, one of my readers is a Cubs fan. [But, the team continues to hold on. Just every few days or so something happens.]
Monday, May 28, 2012
Some were upset at Obama for this, but as the article notes, the problem is more complicated. A usual case of the easy potshot being at least partially misguided even if ultimately the Administration could do more. [I can relate, btw, with this comma article.]
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Good stuff on the military too. As seen by the Biden clip, important to note -- usual gripes aside -- both Biden and McCain have had kids deployed. Still, I think universal service might just be proper with the caveat of providing alternative service especially for COs.
Questions: Catholic Church changed on various issues, but SSM, surely not?! Asians: the other white people? Wrongfully executed: still a small minority. Understandable why some see them as "unfortunate but necessary risk." Good stuff on yesterday on education.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
I leave it to you to judge which of those statements from 2005 stands up better seven years later as a guide to John Roberts's temperament and jurisprudence.Rhetorical question. One more reason to vote for Obama, I say.
I am in the midst of change, including in this area, this case also involving "domestic partner participation in aspects of the California Public Employees Retirement System, or CalPERS." Federal law singling out SSM is particularly bad, but honestly, the breadth of the attack here can go beyond that. But, law develops bit by bit.
Friday, May 25, 2012
With the death of Nicholas deB Katzenbach, I checked out this autobiography written but a few years ago. I skimmed it only but it has a good down to earth tone and covers a lot of ground respecting this sliver of his long life. Sounds like the type of guy I want in government. The link speaks of an upcoming biography.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The bishops, of course, also maintain that contraceptives “are not ‘health’ services.” Tell that to the millions of women who depend on contraception to protect their health every day; to the infants who have better health outcomes because their mothers were able to plan their pregnancies; to the Centers for Disease Control, which hails family planning as one of the greatest public health achievements of the last century.Oh, and the lawsuits are premature. The laity deserves better.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The cover story of New York magazine deals with a striking article involving: "The era of medical miracles has created a new phase of aging, as far from living as it is from dying. A son’s plea to let his mother go." A frightful future and one I surely wouldn't want to occur.
The USSC took a case involving standing to challenge a surveillance program. Even asking the courts to decide is an uphill battle these days. So much to ask for basic things. Obama/Democrats more fiscally responsible. This shouldn't be news, but it is.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
This still seems convincing. Basically, this is a neutral regulation, health care/women equality is a compelling state interest and real balancing of interests (ongoing, the final path not here yet) made by the Obama Administration. The cries of threat to religious liberty sound specious ... to quite a few Catholic lay persons.
Monday, May 21, 2012
No doubt, Democrats were not exactly warm and fuzzy toward George W. Bush during his presidency. But recall that they worked hand in glove with the Republican president on the No Child Left Behind Act, provided crucial votes in the Senate for his tax cuts, joined with Republicans for all the steps taken after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and supplied the key votes for the Bush administration’s financial bailout at the height of the economic crisis in 2008. The difference is striking.By "celebrated and respected figures of the Washington establishment."
Army Wives mini-cliffhanger (June) with another wife at risk of dying -- tad repetitive. Show overall was pretty good. As was Victorious (hour episode) though Jade came off a bit too lame. Meanwhile, t.v. and gender issues discussed. More evidence Biden wasn't that off.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
As noted at times at Sentencing Law and Policy Blog (talking drug policy here; Obama hasn't done enough there either though better than some say) and elsewhere, Obama has been lousy respecting pardons. MHP this morning cited a case that should be up on the list.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
The Mets played in Toronto last night, but the pitcher still hit. Sorta. Rob Johnson, the back-up catcher (third really, the primary one now hurt) pitched the eighth in a 14-5 game, pitching the only 1-2-3 inning for the team. BTW, re-sign Wright and make him captain.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Gaius Charles (of FNL) is going to guest star on a USA show and is a '12 divinity degree student at Drew University. He was named after the recipient of the shortest epistle (and book of the Bible itself) in the New Testament, 3 John, an eloquent little missive. Good luck!
“public policy is about making difficult choices,” among them “the moral and economic imperative of providing health care to all our citizens.” ... “ethical skills you have honed — the ability to weigh different views, see issues from other points of view, and in the end, follow your own moral compass.”
Didn't care for the 1/2 or so of this film (pretty boring and bland) and looking at the summary, doesn't seem the whole thing is worthwhile either. Disappointment given the talent. The intern bit as one review noted is particularly annoying in its stereotypical quality.
Ezra Klein guest hosted for Rachel and had a segment on this lawsuit against the filibuster. It is being abused but making it a court case is dubious. A majority can, if it wished, could press the issue. It does not wish. We saw this when a minor reform was proposed recently.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Started to watch this some, still think it's pleasant fun and all, but the internal plot stuff tends to be a bit tedious. Usual dark past, conspiracy stuff. Tiresome. Love Ziva's matter of speaking -- it's like she is processing and (beat) English comes out.
Decent episode overall covering Audrey's baby shower with Jen actually having a bit to do -- "that's today?!" Other subplots a bit lame, but the idea about stretch jeans was kinda clever. Took the idea too far though. Sara Rue deserves another sitcom.
Prof. Kerr, in his usual passive aggressive way, is confused. But, the ruling answers at least some of his confusion, including noting detention here is harsh enough that it is as if it is "criminal" and the Icelandic plaintiff has been subpoenaed and has other reasons to have standing. Anyway, as in the past, the government left themselves open with broad claims. It's just a preliminary injunction anyhow.
The basic story is the same, but the film version of the novel Red Dust adds significant additional details to explain the past and its effects on the present while diminishing the role of another character. In some ways, I think the film is better, but both were worthwhile.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I thought the film about the complications of South Africa justice pretty good; the book is good too, with a few differences and more of a window into the internal thoughts of the characters. The author's (white) mother was killed by a mail bomb from the government.
VPW continues to stay busy. She is writing spy novels, after advising the fictional Covert Affairs (like the lead actress, couldn't get into it), speaking on postpartum depression and worked on a documentary regarding nuclear proliferation.
I talked about Fair Game here (book here) and saw the movie again last night, but this time while listening to Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson providing commentary. Watching your crazy (one word; another "disgusting") story get a dramatic license gloss must be a bit perverse. No deep insights, but the re-watch was worthwhile.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I enjoyed this perspective and often very funny MTV show and the recent release of the whole series on DVD led me to the final regular episode. One of a few I missed the first time, it is quite good. Quinn going outside like that, however, was out of character.
these ceremonies are necessary for people to move on. “Divorce is a new passage, an entrance into a new life,” he said. “In many religions a funeral is not a funeral, it’s a memorial, and the person is going on to something better.”Good article, underlining the value of ceremonies to deal with major transitions, including those noting the limits to "death do we part."
El viejo poeta went seven last night and the Mets survived FF. A few baseball blogs sneer a bit at MB, but after a slow start, he again is a serviceable swing man. There is something to be said about being consistently average (in many places) and I'm glad he's there.
I stopped reading when he exaggerated the Court's treatment of regulation in the early 20th Century, but if he's off on a key premise too (see here), I'd really pass. Still, disagree with the last comment. Liberals do support careful litigation, especially when major fact-finding is warranted. The Amazon blurb even suggests Obama is such a person. Not a big fan of Toobin overall.
Internet ministers like this might seem to be a joke to some, but when at least five NYT wedding announcements last weekend have them officiating, maybe not. Again, why exactly is there a need for NY (state) to not allow them to be officiants?
Monday, May 14, 2012
The founder of Providence was the first to see that religious freedom, and separation of church and state, was intimately connected with political freedom.Behind a firewall, but this Nation article that provides a summary of the author's book is quite interesting. The idea "separation of church and state" is just something Jefferson said in some letter alone warrants more education on this guy. See also, Liberty of Conscience.
Sotomayor joined the conservatives (minus Kennedy) in a Chapter 12 (farm bankruptcy) case and managed to cite legislative history without Scalia having a separate statement ("For those of us for whom it is relevant[.]") See, a 5-4 ruling not going to script!
I may think that President Obama’s flip-flop on gay marriage ...The filibuster thing is notable too. Listen, [ ], he didn't "flip-flop." I know this is hard for some people, but he left the matter open to change for years. It was not some "insincere" measure but reasonable public moderation. Society is evolving and he recognized a tipping point. Not that simply changing one's mind is exactly a bad thing.
Gary Johnson: ‘I Will Continue The Ron Paul Revolution’The revolution against abortion rights, gay rights (ridiculing Lawrence v. Texas etc.), against the separation of church and state, voting for the open-ended 2001 AUMF, etc. Paul is no ideal model.