The woman's right to terminate her pregnancy before viability is the most central principle of Roe v. Wade. It is a rule of law and a component of liberty we cannot renounce.Twenty weeks is "before viability." What is so complicated? There are (inadequate) exceptions so the headline is misleading.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
A version of this article appeared in print on July 31, 2012, on page C1 of the New York edition with the headline: A Cure for the Common Stereotype.A bit premature statement regarding an online version of an article about a black friendly children's show, Doc McStuffins.
I discuss Will's rant on The Newsroom regarding anonymous comments here though real life examples of "out yourself before commenting or I will ignore you" can be cited too. It's pretentious and a lousy idea upon even a bit of review. The lengths he took it especially.
Pretty good episode on the balance between toughness and going over the top though (1) gratuitous Maggie/Mackenzie looking stupid stuff [ANNOYING] (2) too smart for school stuff a bit much. Olivia Munn had a good subplot though. Waterson saying "fuck": HBO in action!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
I read Géza Vermes' small volume on Jesus' birth and am now reading his account of the Resurrection, the first 1/3 an interesting account of Jewish thought c. that time on what happens after death. Interesting summary of the issues accessible to the average person.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
A hit led me to see that she again is playing for Russia. Sorry to say, still not personally interested in the Olympics. Hear Romney is embarrassing himself over it, but doubt such things will stop things from being too close in November.
It's too bad they couldn't include any extras (couldn't interview the leads or something?), but the third (of four) season of this fun spy series from the '80s is out on DVD. Fun too seeing some familiar faces, some still active. Love that "mom" hair, Kate!
Where do they teach you to talk like this? In some Panama City "Sailor wanna hump-hump" bar, or is it getaway day and your last shot at his whiskey? Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here.Played by her, though she was more than that stock role.
Friday, July 27, 2012
U.S. v Lee, back when the test was strong enough to not require RFRA, underlines the legitimacy of general rules on commercial businesses. RFRA is not violated by the contraception rule and saying it is a problem to be particularly careful to accommodate religion here is ironic. But, the faux free exercise brigade (for now) won one.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
An interesting summary of a paper on the title subject suggests the changing application of the Constitution, including by "originalists" who accept major changes of how things operated.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Scorsese introduced the tape of this somewhat off Western, suggesting its support from some quarters and it had its charms, but found it a bit silly after awhile myself. Good cast; Ernest Borgnine had a standard supporting role. Some set of female antagonists!
The laid on thick positive blurbs found in this teen novel about a teenage girl's tapes discussing the people involved in her suicide is a red flag though I guess the laid on thick tone is arguably age appropriate. But, I read serious teen novels without it and stopped reading this part-way through. Movie forthcoming.
Monday, July 23, 2012
After a surprising first half, the Mets lost the last series before the break and kept on losing. I had moderate expectations but them (again) suddenly collapsing is annoying. Some of these losses were particularly painful. Meanwhile, The Newsroom wasn't very good. Ending really a bit much. And, the female characters deserve better.
Army Wives continues to have a pretty good season. Amusing to see familiar t.v. faces (Boston Legal, ER) in new roles. The scene in the bedroom/bath had a nice "you are there" feel. "Fritz" (The Closer) played a bit of an ass on The Newsroom. The dad on Good Luck Charlie is following a trend of cast members and directed an episode.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Both Wilsons were not mere doves on Iraq in 2003 -- like me at the time, they thought Iraq very well might have WMDs, but (1) war was not the best path (2) said war was being oversold. Meanwhile, the Fair Game epilogue cites a source covered in the film, but there VPW is her handler. The book has it being the concern of another CIA unit.
A 12 run 7th led an "other than that, how was the play" game for the Cubs. They lost 12-0. Their starter was out after three, the "loser" gave them three more but gave up a run. It is sort of a travesty to give HIM the loss, but such are the rules. As to the mega-Astros trade, good to know they still have someone left someone heard of.
It might be best to wait to get some perspective, but that is not how things work. When something is still raw, we talk about things. I provided some comments here with additional links. Guns was also a theme on last week's episode of The Newsroom. I'll leave it there.
Near the end of VW's part of Fair Game and links to past discussions can be found here. The stress shown in the film seems to come to a hilt after JW's book was completed. She is a private person but the postpartum depression part alone suggests she opens up some. The redactions in a chapter about redactions is also a bit perverse.
I watched parts of a filmed version that originally was a theater production (the author provided bookends) of Ntozake Shange's collection of poems. Some powerful stuff perhaps best seen in small doses like you read poems one at a time. Alfre Woodard and Lynn Whitfield's perfs stood out.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
A bit more on the last book. Could have used a bit more clarity on the issues behind the Israel/Palestinian conflict, including the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. Mia (due to go to college) looks at one pro-Palestinian account. Others had a reason to think she was uninformed and it hurt the reader's respect of the character.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Did not read the book(s), but watched parts of the film. It was okay -- hard thing to film as a whole, the life of a Cro-Magnon girl who is taken in by Neanderthals. Decent effort though didn't keep my interest. Mixed sense of actually being there in prehistoric terms.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
In the midst of the S2 DVDs ... some good stuff plot-wise (season premiere was particularly powerful) & DVD extra-wise, commentaries (cast is great here) and other bonus features. One disc scratched but better than another library rental where one was missing!
Like Gravity, the author's own life guided her fiction here -- young woman goes to Israel to study for the summer but is "appalled" to learn about the Palestinians. Meanwhile, she struggles over her own views of God and Judaism, trees have a special sacred meaning to her. She comes off as a bit too naive at times, but she is 17.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
We don't get much (though some) Plame/Wilson personal stuff, understandably in a way (compare the movie, which apparently was fairly accurate or one would think they would not accept its portrayal), but still somewhat disappointing. More human story could have added to the somewhat repetitive "Iraq was screwed up" stuff.
His book is about his diplomatic career and public advocacy against the invasion of Iraq (this part rambles on by the end) with the Plame story (and the 16 words stuff) basically but a part of the Administration's shameful handling of things. You can listen to the Wilsons together on the commentary track of Fair Game.
Monday, July 16, 2012
I flagged a possible problem regarding how corporations and unions seem to be treated differently; a recent NYT op-ed pointed this out (SG Kagan herself addressed the issue). The "freeloader" effects of the union rule with implications with the PPACA is noted here. Should we not be consistent here? A few (e.g., the ACLU) try to be.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
"Being a Cub since I was drafted, you don't like hearing those things," Barney said. "It's nice to know people are interested. But I want to be here. Whatever happens, happens. It's a business."I have heard that before. Barney had a lot of jobs anyways.
I looked over a book that purports to refute atheism and review it here. As a result, someone challenged my arguments in to me a somewhat tedious way (seems to focus too much on terms and make assumptions while upset when I apparently do), but the exercise might be useful as a whole. Hard to explain basic things.
Very good German film from 1990 about a somewhat goody-toe-shoe girl/woman who gets in trouble looking into her town's WWII past. It all starts with an ill advised essay topic. Inspired by a true story. Lead actress is great; film has a nice light touch with serious overtones. Curious brief nudity that doesn't really add anything.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Was reading Dracula -- free Kindle download. Starts off with nice atmosphere, but then it's like a cliffhanger at his castle & boring stuff happens. Sorry, moving on to Joe Wilson's book, which is like two books (his diplomatic career/Plame affair).
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Dr. Stein is quick to align Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney, saying their policies are nearly indistinguishable.Not Nader, but has that Nader b.s. thing going for her. Third parties, more power to them really, work better without it.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
“Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them, and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them. We call those poll taxes.”Yes, Mr. Holder, though unfortunately the courts haven't quite seen it that way yet. As with gays, there is room for change.
Monday, July 09, 2012
Sunday, July 08, 2012
A fan via his dad, one of the few NYC residents who appreciates the overall rather embarrassing effort the Mets have had against the Cubs in the two series. The Mets' yo yo season balances out to median NL level so far but this only is generally reassuring to me in hindsight.
To finish off the book on Jesus' existence, after 2/3 beat an easy target, we have a summary of principles of proper history writing and about forty pages summarizing who Jesus actually appears to have been. No real surprises there probably. Somewhat padded exercise.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
A letter to the editor in the NYT earlier this week was concerned about informing the public, perhaps via an easy to read pamphlet (or graphic book -- see side panel), of what the PPACA does. Why each member of the Democratic caucus does not send out such a thing is unclear to me. Don't they have free franking privileges?
Friday, July 06, 2012
Apparently so. A few don't think so and Bart Ehrman's (your garden variety evangelist turned agnostic with atheist leanings, self-defined) latest clues them in while using the doubt to provide some history and historical analysis discussion. So far, fairly interesting. No index.
In The Good News Club, the battle to see if NYC needs to let religious ceremonies occur in public schools was discussed. Even a mass on Sunday, since other cultural events etc. are allowed. Seems a bridge too far, but the latest is a win for mixture of church and state.
Laws to address the misleading (at best) crisis pregnancy centers have had some trouble in the courts for not being neutral and/or narrowly tailored enough. "Commercial" or not, they sell themselves as "medical," and that should matter. Will slanted anti-abortion scripts be given this much scrutiny?
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Overall, perhaps it is no wonder that the Eleventh Circuit Court, whose ruling on the ACA the Supreme Court reviewed last week, had expressed skepticism that the tax would be enforced the way a tax normally is.Taxes on marijuana, e.g., are not "enforced the way a tax normally is" either. So what? (See also, here and here.)
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Mike F. has a good commentary of his famous role here. Some of his darker roles are also cited. His pro-Democratic political bent (yup, PPACA too) is discussed here. His last good role was a nice turn in Waitress. Today's Matlock marathon was well timed.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Today being a full moon, this early 1990s series about a grad student who turned into a werewolf (a brief happening, her professor ties her up that night, the rest of the time they investigate strange happenings) is timely. Somewhat campy, the England episodes in particular had a nice sense of style. Stories overall a bit more mixed.