Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Tax season begins and NY has a new "mandate" for those who use "software" (a bit vague as to if use of fill-in forms on the state website counts there) and have broadband internet service -- e-filing. The more simpler two page form is also no more. Tedious business.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
This new show about a teenager with a secret life as a Devil Wears Prada like assistant is a bit like a somewhat more mature True Jackson V.P. It is a pretty good bit of wish fulfillment/teen angst, some pretty nice aspects if the usual bit too pretty boy characters.
I am about caught up now, watching the sixth season, seeing the origins of a major subplot from latest one. Started great with a new building and some amusing material, some familiar faces from current shows popping up along the way. Slips a bit mid-season.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The nominees are out. There are exceptions (see, e.g., Moneyball and an actress from Bridesmaids; The Help, sorry Melissa, too), but lots of somewhat obscure films there. A few more to see, including Midnight in Paris, but many don't really interest me much.
Padilla lost one of his suits for damages via a "use of military force" free card regarding constitutional liability there. Meanwhile, another prosecution for disclosing classified information (charging for the id of the agent is most defensible), which is harder to stomach when the Administration blocks suits like Padilla. Limited disclosure.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Watched this on demand, the game over after it began. A busy episode that ended with everyone finding out that JFK got shot. The subplots as a whole worked pretty well, a funny bit including a character concerned she is sending off vibes that she is a lesbian.
Supreme Court Decisions and Womens Rights by Clare Cushman (I read the 2000 version) provides a face to women's rights cases over the years though at points it is a trudge to get through the doctrinal stuff. The best parts are the asides discussing individual litigants, such as a man raising his son after his wife died. Skim worthy.
Glad the NYG got there but not so much as to the Pat. Notable how some teams had sloppy play in the playoffs, including SF shooting themselves in the foot. Super Bowl might be smoother though who knows with the Pats defense or some possible NYG slip-up.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I'm watching Chris Hayes talking about the South Carolina primary (MSNBC and Current TV alone will cover this stuff to death), and though tired of the whole thing, agree there is something interesting there. Listening to the crap these candidates say is pretty telling.
It is sad and a bit tragic that Joe Paterno had to end his days like this; even retiring a year earlier would have been rather different. Yes, he made his bed, but it still is sad. Well, now, it is time to worry about the survivors, many apparent victims among them.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
The t.v. show (S1) made some better plot choices, including fleshing out some characters, but the book is better regarding the action, even tossing in a gay scene. Safe sex friendly. The show had decent acting and all, but after a pretty good first episode, it was more boringly standard in that department. Pretty safe, really.
The assistant character is largely based on someone who now works for the Mets, but I'm not able to fully analyze the "concept" Billy Beane used. As a film, it's pretty good, Brad Pitt portraying someone who does pretty good, but wants more. Middle portion drags a bit. The daughter character has a few nice scenes. [Yes, it's her voice.]
The Obama administration said Friday that most health insurance plans must cover contraceptives for women free of charge, and it rejected a broad exemption sought by the Roman Catholic Church for insurance provided to employees of Catholic hospitals, colleges and charities.Sorry, Mr. Santorum
Friday, January 20, 2012
Great show last night with a bit of everything, including Justice Stevens (where won't he turn up?) noting the problem with Citizens United was corporations were given too much power, not that they are never persons or have no free speech rights. Also, a song duet and an art lesson (with Carrie, not Charlotte). Plus more. More SC.
The Patriots are one step away from feeling Super for the fifth time in 11 seasons. And yes, last week they were impressive. But let’s not forget, it was the Broncos whom they shellacked, not a real NFL team. Even God bet against Tebow, or so I heard.
I'm a microwave sort of guy and various attempts to use a rice cooker didn't work well. On the other hand, simmering (prepared) rice on the stove has worked twice recently. Still using my microwave pasta maker. The left over "broth" makes good soup or well, broth.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Contrariwise, I also received this cheap and so far it is pretty good. The tv show based on it, at least the first season (less so the second), actually is better in some ways, the "Maya" character handled somewhat better, e.g. But, half-way through, nice light read.
After not being able to find a library copy, I bought this book cheap off Amazon and as I said there (three stars), disappointed. The law has a bit of everything, including changing scientific thought (see, e.g. here), but this book is not a great analysis of the whole thing.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Many websites are going dark or (see Google) doing something else to call attention to the problematic SOPA legislation. As Chris Hayes noted last weekend, there has not been much media reporting on this issue and honestly I am not fully informed about it either. But, it does look problematic and I am wary of any heavy-handed approach that burns the room to roast the pig. I'm not for roasting pigs either.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Jon Huntsman, after just continually reaming the guy, endorses Romney for sake of unity, after losing a single primary. You know, since it's so very important to have a winnable candidate to beat Obama. So says the former ambassador to China. At least, now.
Monday, January 16, 2012
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.Martin Luther King Jr. applied the biblical lesson to our society, dreaming of equality for all. The struggle continues.
Chris Hayes discussion on Saturday of attack from Gingrich of Romney's business dealings that sounds downright populist suggests as with Ron Paul's criticism of federal power that the field is worth paying attention to even while Huntsman gives up as the only sane alternative to the frontrunner. Gitmo is also discussed.
Some bad calls and good analysis are discussed here. I think the FOX guys are good but do wish more on all stations would explain more about some of the happenings in the huddle. A lot happens that isn't explained much. Baseball analysts provide more clarity at times.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
It's colder in NY & NY was better vs. a out of sorts Packs team. A questionable penalty kept them alive but then NYG went ahead by 17 again. Pretty surprising and so we had two good games so far, this one not that good really as a whole, except, well for NY fans.
Messiness all around so far -- Packs repeatedly missed catches & an onside kick (& a questionable 4th down), refs missed a turnover, Giants missed a FG & a TD shot and the Packs D missed a stop at the Half. Three points so far in the 2H with under ten minutes left.
Houston down by four, the difference a result of a short field provided after baby QB makes a bad decision. Let baby throw and see what happens! Baltimore clinched the game in the 4Q last time, but still, not bad half by the underdogs. Texas history on C-SPAN.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
SF got points early and then points on defense. Then, it is up to the D to hold until some late back/forth craziness with four lead changes in last four minutes. SF ends up winning it 36-32. As with Denver last week, the higher seed was the underdog. In your court now, NYG.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
A long time ago, I read the book and probably saw the PBS version of this take on Don Quixote that allows Graham Greene to seriously address some religious themes in a serio-comic account of a simple parish priest and his Communist friend on the road. I read it again, very good, with an intro by John Edwards' Four Trials (!) co-author.
Monday, January 09, 2012
Enjoy your wins guys. Other than the Saints, none of you are favored next week. I am for the underdogs, the Giants and 49ers (both are likely rooting for each other) having decent shots. The other, well, one hopes for good games at least. Texans have the better long shot.