Friday, August 31, 2012
Per, Mr. Eastwood, I chose him for various reasons, including advancing public policy in the right direction, choosing certain kinds of judges, bringing respectability and smarts, etc. He did enough to keep him and wouldn't Gary Johnson be more to your liking?
Jobs, including I guess in Eastwood's (really, man? true libertarians don't support anti-choice candidates) ramble, is a big message in this election. Apt for Labor Day weekend. It's insulting at best how lackluster the preachers actually are in this regard, but bottom line, imperfect and blocked is better than the alternative.
Family, home and faith are themes of this nice movie starring the lead of Being Erica, but the lead romance didn't really develop well. The ending was also a bit abrupt. Felt it could be a bit longer. Meanwhile, Love Actually is a bit of a mess actually but feel good viewing overall. This holiday favorite is on air now too.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
In what must have been an exciting game, the NYG this time managed to win at the end though the Pats again had time for a last minute attempt. A bit less exciting, but same overall result. 6-3 final. And, the Jets score a TD via their third stringer. 58yd FG. Loss.
Such a biblical name. Sort of deja vu, especially for MHP. More on Katrina, showing -- contra Ryan -- government does have a role to secure our freedom (for Ryan et. al., other than abortion rights, SSM, etc.), including the freedom to live. See also, Zeitoun.
Two things were unquestionably true about Paul Ryan’s speech last night: One, it was unquestionably a well-written and well-presented speech and Two, it was filled with a lot of out and out lies or things that were so hypocritically or comically misleading as almost to amount to the same.As Rachel Maddow has noted, Romney likes that sort of thing.
I find talk about "villagers" and such at some point (rather quickly) annoyingly pretentious (look! I'm using snarky slang!) but like in various places, it's helpful to know how to fit in D.C. Merits count too, but politics is often knowing how to communicate to your audience.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
In an introduction to the American people on politics’ biggest stage, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) argued that only Republicans are willing to take the political heat necessary to fix the deficit.If they actually had the guts to do that, maybe, but they do not. BTW, teacher unions are there FOR the teachers, bully boy.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I posted the wrong version of an item. The problem is that Ebay took it down and couldn't tell me why, passing the buck to the publisher. If it simply explained the exact details, aggravation would have been avoided. Also, if it allowed email requests over insisting you call in. Unhelpful call centers lead to nasty colloquies. Words to live by!
Monday, August 27, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Caring for the dead is a sign that early man concerned themselves with religion. Went to a local cemetery and looked around at markers for people born as far back as the 18th Century, various sizes and conditions. Striking to think about their stories.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
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.
Back-ups blew another one for the NYG, this time with only a mistake stopping at least a tie near the end of regulation. Realize it's pre-season and I'm not supposed to care, but these are professionals, and it's still sorta annoying. Maybe, the Jets can score a TD too.
Up had a pro-choice panel to talk about the "legitimate rape" stuff so had a pro-life Democrat come in via satellite so they could mostly not ask her questions (my first question: what about teens? would cover more than "5%" of abortions). I turned it off in disgust.
Friday, August 24, 2012
This was on t.v. lately and it was a pretty fun movie overall with an ensemble cast with people like Amanda Peet and Kevin Pollak ("I have a car like this" [fake accent] Really? "No.") contributing. The eventual sequel sucked. But, I like mayo on burgers.
I had a couple instances recently where people did not take moves of simple phone or email courtesy, including polite confirmation of an email so warranting. Won't go into details (it's not blog related), but it did piss me off. Simple courtesy at times goes a long way.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
A criticism of an amicus brief for the Fisher v. Texas litigation amounts to pushing it past its limited concerns as I note ("jma") there. Anyway, more arguments found here ("Joe"), here, etc.
Not sure why Newsweek (as compared to National Review) had such a cover, but see here. Of course, many will think it legit largely because a serious looking magazine chose it. The PPACA b.s. is but one "yeah, this again" bit. Even if true, Romney STILL is worse.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Mets' m.o. the last few seasons was/is to play reasonably well the first half and then flip a switch and play lousy the second half. The Mets are embarrassing themselves currently vs. the bottom-feeding Rockies. It is pathetic really. Mediocre would be great now.
The specialized use of "feminism" (need for competition is not feminist?) and A+ (the ideal atheist is Super-Liberal!) is a bit disconcerting. The value is a more inclusive approach though sure pick the choice right for you.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Elizabeth Samet wrote about teaching English at West Point (skimmed book; worthwhile but a bit of trudge) and wrote another book on the issue of "consent" in the first half of our history. Interesting discussion of subject, showing "conservative" can be "not horrible."
Broken record, but I think the expanded season (pushing the episode list past 100, so it's bit curious) has watered down the product. Yesterday's episode again was pretty weak, including Roxy not even mentioning the Hump Bar as she calmly accepts a move.
I may be in the minority here (even a female teacher disagrees -- "just fire her"), but am wary about not making this a criminal offense. It's not just "consensual sex" -- it is a teacher, who has a special responsibility and often (yes, even if the student is 18) special influence over students. Texas sought WAY too much.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
“Nothing is withheld from us what we have conceived to do.”A serendipitous meeting included this quote. Yes, apparently "God" said it. The context is interesting: it is the Tower of Babel story and the danger of abuse if everyone can work together.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
After a fill-in did decent but not good enough for the Yanks, perhaps the best starter at the moment for the Mets (Niese) threw a gem. Meanwhile, the Giants did well, the Jets again didn't have a TD. The best they can say is that they starting D was good.
Yes, yes. This allows us to talk about key issues like the proper role of government and promote important values in the process, the Ayn Rand representative if anything making it easier to promote the right side. Glass half full. Still not easy.
Know it is important, but I'm so BORED with hearing about Romney and Ryan. They are lousy choices and it's f-ing clear. But, since it is not to enough people, we have hear a few more months of it, often with the rule being that we have to assume RR are reasonable sorts.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
I like the characters as a whole (though Chase doesn't come off that well, Lucas given little to do), but Roxie/Trevor is my favorite couple. Emmalin (the second one) is quite good too. Pamela has a good mixture of sass and girly side. Show is getting stale.
Some extras, no commentary tracks and some good episodes, including some good Pamela, including as a cop. Darn, I forgot Roxie lost her baby. Three moms lost a child somehow; a fourth gave up two as a surrogate. The last considered but did not have an abortion.
The FRC shooting shows that misplaced violence is not something just found on one side. Violence is bad as a whole, but targeting security guards (even without guns) and others who often are merely neutral parties doing their jobs is worse. Have some perspective.
A good discussion. Absentee voting is not the just same, which explains why some don't use it, even if they can. I think the physical trip to the polls itself has a special meaning, leading me to be a bit uncomfortable with Oregon and Washington.
The PPACA "taxes freedom," (what tax doesn't?), but is constitutional says one "right wing originalist." No, "taxes" are for "raising funds" (don't see that sole purpose in the Constitution ...doesn't that count? anyway, this one raises funds too) says another.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A reference here to some voting shenanigans led to me in part to say the answer is not total federal control, just some. The various "not the point" replies really were tedious. Arguing the point is an often missing art and is kinda a big concern of mine.
The child abuse subplot was decent, including re. assumptions. The husband breaking the rules by refusing to leave Denise's area was also treated with the right degree of care: charged but dropped after he turned out not to be the abuser. Also, admitted error.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Major Crimes begins with most of the cast. Some at the IMDB board liked the ending of The Closer, but Brenda going mano-o-mano with her nemesis with her body and gun is not something I wanted to see. Brenda Lee Johnson impressed with her mind. Weak final episode(s).
The "oh I quit" beginning underlines the non-reality in We Bought A Zoo and I got bored of it quick. The Sherlock Movie I saw on Xmas sucked but okay this was a bad choice. The Girl/Tattoo movie turned out to be the best choice but not sure if it would have been for all.
VC is somewhat inconsistent in its libertarianism, but good for this criticism of the Boy Scouts (contra Girl) policy on disbelief in God. I provide various comments, religion one of those things I can go on and on about. Meanwhile, interesting biblical commentary.
Frank is okay (so far) just adding to the boredom and the baby music montage was funny, but as a whole, dull episode. Season in fact is stretched too thin. Meanwhile, the Mets hung on in a night game, a near 9th inning collapse adding drama.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
[W]orst financial and economic collapse of our lifetime, with millions out of work, millions of businesses shuttered, and hundreds of failed banks -- arguably a bigger emergency that 911 -- and the Republicans can get away with an unprecedented level of political obstructionism and brinkmanship, without penalty from the media or the voters?A comment to a discussion how Ryan is a loyal Republican but bad for the country. Again, pick is truth in advertising.
Via an email list, Sen. Gillibrand informed me Tulsi Gabbard won a race to seek election in Congress in November. I have no idea who this person is but her discussion of social issues alone makes her sound like someone I can support. Other things too.
Having Ryan on the ticket will make it difficult for the losers of the election to claim that the winners doesn’t have some claim to pursue their fiscal vision.I agree that there is a certain honesty here though Romney might not specifically be aiming for that sort of thing.
A show and an experience, so no italics! Didn't know it until now, but new episodes of this fun show (music, trivia and word play ... can't go wrong) are available. [Few differences, including no final little summary at the end of the video. Old style better.]
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
It's a mini-miracle so many strands are put together so well (see commentary track for more detail) in this film. Note the film starts with a whale hunt, the whale yes dying, though apparently the book goes into a lot more somewhat lurid detail. Why we should care about three whales is a question the discerning viewer does have to face.
An original account of the the real events behind this movie was entitled Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World's Greatest Non-Event and it in reality was more messy. But, it still is fairly accurate and the resulting film is rather enjoyable. Nice extras.
Again, the DOMA litigation here involves Section Three -- federal benefits for couples already married by the state. Not states required to recognize them (that's section two) or do them. So, this brief is truly gratuitous. And, again, not Baker v. Nelson. It isn't THAT hard.
Turns out Washington being alive in 1801 is perhaps the most minor historical inaccuracy in this Bruce Campbell (well of course) adventure farce. The other show it was paired with has outfits made for soft porn and acting around the same. Fun for ten minute blocks.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
A good and well acted film about a troubled lifelong Catholic (Kathleen Turner) up for an award who has to face her quite imperfect family. Contra here, it is not really "anti-Catholic," down to supportive clergy. Turner and the director provides a decent commentary track.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Concerns of mental retardation notwithstanding, the USSC let his execution go without comment. A case where a dissent would have been appreciated. Meanwhile, this is understandable, but still seems like a case of not guilty by reason of insanity. State charges still open. [Update: The debate here is if Texas has to accept the judgement of an expert or at least do more to refute it, but many basically assume the expert is right, so his mental retardation is a fact. Sort of talking past each other.]
As a mom and concerned citizen, I have been looking for a way to discuss the Aurora tragedy intelligently and without snark. Dan Gross of The Center to Prevent Gun Violence seems to want the same.The petition accepts "the right to keep and bear arms," but wants to work together to "look for solutions that will save lives."
-- Elizabeth Banks
Monday, August 06, 2012
We found the leak (Gabriel via his law student gf) which makes sense but it is anti-climatic. Tonight's mystery was pretty lame. As has been the lead-up to the spin-off. Quite disappointed with this send-off (one episode left) of Brenda Lee. Mix of bummer, lame and forced.
The Yemen tourist board has warned would-be British holidaymakers that it does not have a salmon fishing industry, after a surge of interest due to Ewan McGregor's new film.Enjoyable film (for adults) overall on various levels, including the leads, covering a lot of ground. Takes it time, which is fine. Did not read the book, which is different (and darker) in various ways.
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Saturday, August 04, 2012
The right of the doctor to advise his patients according to his best lights seems so obviously within First Amendment rights as to need no extended discussion.An interesting discussion how laws burdening abortion rights have 1A implications as I have covered in the past.
-- Poe v. Ullman (Justice Douglas)
Forty-seven million women are getting greater control over their health care and access to eight new prevention-related health care services without paying more out of their own pocket beginning Aug. 1, 2012, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today.Thanks Democrats. Screw you (not that way) Republicans.
Friday, August 03, 2012
This collection of essays on the 13A is a mixed bag and would have liked more on its early judicial enforcement. Still, essays on abortion, unions and other issues are of interest. Some wish to apply it broadly, which is okay, but the 14A was passed in part to limit that, fwiw.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
A relevant page. And, (see bottom), it's great another small victory occurred, but others managed to deal with SSM etc. matters in less than 100 pages. Seems tad gratuitous, especially a district ruling. More notable is the judge involved.