Sunday, September 30, 2012
Someone I know is trying out a Bible study class - finds the workbook boring. I think adult bible study is a great way to appreciate things more. The reading was on the "Catholic epistles" and explained their context, including when they were written. I find the Bible quite interesting and such context helps make it so.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
The tragic death of a young boy in a small Western town affects various characters in this somber ensemble piece that is decent, but not quite a total success. Jeremy Piven is one scruffy prosecutor. Overall, a bit undercooked. Good brief commentary track.
Friday, September 28, 2012
I have for quite some time after listening to a speech in class about it. Who says such things are meaningless? It is a rather easy way to "donate" and you get free juice and snacks (and often stickers and literature). I like those cute mobile vans. Try it out!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Deciding Obama is too horrible to vote for from the left is usually put out by tiresome people who selectively cite his actions and live in some sort of "I want a unicorn" universe. See the discussion at LGM. The other options, like "love that Ron Paul" Gary Johnson or "no difference between Romney and Obama on economic policy" Greens also leave a lot to be desired. Also, push back some on drones.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Watching this series portraying some Canadian women at a bomb factory during WWII. Comfortable hour with some decent drama and pretty faces, much repeated on the Reelz Channel if I miss it on schedule. Seems logical with the old movies I'm getting in.
Official line on the end of the game last night. Seems to me that the rules provided would mean Packers win. There is confusion on why replays are allowed in the end zone in that situation. Football rules make statutory interpretation look like child's play at times.
Football is getting to really be absurd. The ending of this game, after some questionable officiating affected it already, was (it is generally agreed except for those that mattered) an unsuccessful Hail Mary ... but officially it was not an interception. ESPN announcer sounded like his child died or something. That failed conversion hurt.
Monday, September 24, 2012
I like the more bookish, not the more glamorous version I see on commercials (don't watch her show). The overly tanned and made up Jennifer Aniston also doesn't impress. Meanwhile, I see secondhand Drop Dead Diva has gone off the deep-end and Army Wives is coming back. Hopefully the reboot will be good for it; S6 ended badly.
Houston beat Manning (I like his younger brother's new commercials) on his new team, again coming one stop short from a chance for a comeback. Crazy SNF game, down to a "bullshit" chant and B. barely making a winning 27yd field goal. Will Seahawks upset?
Sunday, September 23, 2012
NYG dominated, NYJ barely survived (and hurt too). Saints blew a 24-6 lead, losing 27-24. 46 pts scored in the the 4th in the Lions/Titans game. Lions got the onside with :18 left, scored but lost in OT. SF lost in an upset. Arizona ahead vs. Phils 17-0 mid-2Q.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
This is good and if Romney hurts there (very well might), all the better. As in the past decade or so, level of control matters, so it is all very complicated, if at times less satisfying. This "united Democratic Party" is interesting though. What is this creature?
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I caught this last night. Best pre-twins (& pick that guest star!), but would have liked it better if they risked a bit more complication, like not having the dad so perfect. Guy schemes to teach even as his daughter is in surgery. Serious stuff covered here, but needed a bit more of an edge at times. Like make him wrong some time!
The DPC does not have the "same" meaning as the EPC though the latter affected the reach of the former. But, seriously, "Biblical definition" of marriage?! What like divorce laws? Of course, many Jews and Christians think SSM works there too. Putting aside the need for secular laws. Sadly, this is seen as serious argument.
Some could have saw Os win again in extras (two in ninth, two in eighteenth) but over here, Bomb Girls was decent & Matt Perry's show tedious. Colbert had a wicked take down on Romney's latest gaffe fest. Skipped Obama on Dave, except for a Hanna Montana reference.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The SSM debate over SCOTUSBlog has a sort of "summer rerun" quality, including the fictional arguments about what Baker ruled, what marriage was traditionally "about" and how such rules do "nothing" to affect the "personal liberty" of same sex couples.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Brendan Halpin has written books of various genres including adult novels like I Can See Clearly Now, which tells the story of the 1970s via a team at a Schoolhouse Rock-like show. Forever Changes is (YA) a touching story of a senior (19) with a fatal disease.
Tedious Sunday Night game. Detroit kept it close against an admittedly tough opponent until not being able (as we were promised is a norm) stop them late on third and long. Finally scored a TD with ninety seconds left. Down by eight, the onside kick was a lost cause.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Dallas was whipped by Seattle and the Rams impressively came back against the boy wonder from WA, while the Jets lost the lead late in the 1H; never got it back. Miami embarrassed Oakland, but the Eagles held on late, so is 2-0. Two prime time games left.
Saints and NE (given a gift turnover at end but missed a 42 yd FG) were upset & the NYG looked like they might, but a 25 point 4Q (and a near miss incomplete near the end) helped put a stop to it. Eagles have one pt lead at moment. Seattle up by 10 early against Dallas.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Found The Dictator too [not funny], but the first episode of this Canadian show (being shown on the Reelz Channel) about a munitions plant in WWII Canada showed promise. Meg Tilly (also an author) returns to the screen to play the floor manager/mother figure. One review called it a bit too soapy, but hey, so what? That can be fun.
Friday, September 14, 2012
[My state assemblywoman] who is being probed for putting her relatives and two lovers on government and nonprofit payrolls, was beaten by double digits in a race that was close during early returns.By someone with two "Js" in his last name. Might be a first. Maybe, she shouldn't have skipped the debate. The participants did a Clint Eastwood on her. Primaries have their values.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Low stress primary elections also are a good way to deal with new voting districts (bit of confusion for me at polls) and use the still fairly new scanning machines. Worked okay; last time, the sheet was torn off wrong and there were problems. The obscure people I cited were hard even to find doing a Google search.
Rare occurrence -- more than a symbolic choice for my NYC district, this time for the state assembly with the incumbent having various investigations ongoing. Usual "what?" races -- state committee and assistant district leader. The vote begging stuff etc. I received did not endorse anyone though I found one that did later. Along with judicial picks, it is a joke to have us vote for such people blind.
the author of the "Lonely Doll" series (which enthralled many a child, including the infamous spanking scenes) gets to be a bit repetitive, but still interesting. A major draw are tons of pics.
RM last night played a bit of a recent Obama interview with Telemundo and it was a tad presumptuous about our obligatory place in the world and apparent essential role in overturning the old Libyan regime. Like my opposition to his call for expanding the war in Afghanistan in '08, I am to his left there. Heaven help "pacifists."
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Sigh. On this, GG has some force, though the dissenters are more likely to be "Democrats." As I noted, change of location matters and there is no real way simply to dispose of every resident. They are not all like Latif. For instance, KSM ... just release him or what? But, sometimes, yeah, feels hollow. The defense is but of degree.
I'm from NYC and was in midtown when it was happening. I saw the smoke. Seemed daily later on that I passed a funeral at the local church. Still, mid-afternoon, I took a subway home. "Everything" didn't change. Major change, sure, but like the death of a loved one, life went on too. I took this philosophy to heart then and do so now.
The primary election here in NY will be delayed to Thursday in honor of 9/11. Personally, I don't think this sort of thing is necessary, and it is not like school and work is absent today. Wouldn't voting honor our values etc.? But, I understand the sentiment.
Well, with the Mets dead and the Yanks struggling, football season began with a few upsets, especially the Redskins. Some final drives clinched favorites. And, both games yesterday were a bit lame, though the losers showed a bit of life at times. Jets had a prime opponent to show some life in all areas. Giants sputtered.
Monday, September 10, 2012
The details are debatable, but the basic idea behind the article cited here is both good policy and more realistic than (sorry People for the American Way) thinking amending the Constitution is the answer to Citizens United. There is clearly a lot to do. [See also, "Shag" here.]
The only thing worth mentioning is a cliffhanger. I thought this show was done. It stretched the season to its detriment and then some song played about thinking it's over, but it's not. Ugh. Re-watching season one of Necessary Roughness on DVD. Pretty good so far.
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Ronald Dworkin has an interesting looking upcoming book based on lectures concerning an expansive definition of "religion," which was covered in Freedom's Law as well. Cass Sunstein informatively reviewed that book in the New Republic (5/13/96). Found the bio of Obama's mom (worthwhile concept) tedious and put it down.