Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
"Absolutely," he said. "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better.The Constitution suggests the right direction to protect the "general welfare" is often the national government. MR disagrees. I don't.
Calm before the storm in NYC though for some reason transit was shut down last night. Let's see how bad it really is here. Meanwhile, USSC and Kory Stamper working. [Update: Tu orals were shifted to TH. KS' plans not updated as of yet.]
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Six turnovers and they barely win 29-24. A TD stopped by literally fingertips late during one final drive. After NYG barely did not ice it, Dallas not only gets the ball back but later manage three plays in final ten seconds. Chargers' 7-6 element aided loss also was pretty sad. [Update: The other Giants close it out in the bottom of the 10th. Lame WS.]
I concur, including generally not liking the guy, that his true "pro-life" column was on the money, putting aside TF putting it in action. There are such people; rarely in office. I think that sort of consistent ethic fine though think abortion (not my call) correct at times.
Jets choked last week; this week they just stunk. Carolina and Seattle blew it in the 4Q, the former worse. Both lost. No win after a bye for the Eagles. Patriots dominated in London. Packers scored moderately but enough; Colts in OT. Meanwhile, NYG are currently making what was a nice little lead into a difficult 2H. Up by two, was up by 13 at Half.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
So, there are various sides to this abortion/rape issue, but there is a reason to be pissed off at him. This is normal for the controversy of the moment. Colbert made another point -- all this rape talk from Republicans, not ideal for their cause. But, unsure how much they WANTED to talk about it. They were, thankfully, pressed to defend the logic of their position.
MHP had an eloquent response here. The bottom line is that the personal belief cited is his to make, but so is the one for the women makes. That ultimately is what is offensive, though some are offended by even the belief anything is God endorsed about rape or its results. This isn't about theology, however, it is about public policy. Those offended know that.
The value of online video and rapid download lets me pick and choose and the subject topic was a civic nerd's dream with him having former Gov. Davis to help vote on a myriad of ballot measures (see also, Florida). And, I thought needing to vote for party delegates in the primary was dumb. This is insane. Such is the value of representative government.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Seems to be doing fine on the California Supreme Court and its a nice consolation prize after his rejected federal appeals nomination, one largely based on him being mean to nominee Alito, after spending over ten pages explaining why he opposed him. But, I know the deal on these things. Blocking a Victoria Nourse is more troubling. Anyway, he's a future star.
An op-ed on atheists being trusted about as much as rapists spends a lot of time on a noisy subset who make people uncomfortable which is akin to gays pointing to a few out there sorts at gay pride parades. I'm not big on the rub their noses in it crowd, but still. Meanwhile, the male asshole subset also probably is present in other causes. Still, stop it.
I took out the First Season DVD last weekend and it's decent (lightweight) entertainment, especially skipping over the melodrama. A more recent episode was amusing given the goofy dad on Wizards of Waverly Place played a psycho. Another time, the vicious rapist on The Closer was FBI. With so many shows, picking a familiar face is a fun parlor game.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Giants up 2-0 after winning 2-0. Ugh. They were supposed to let Detroit go ahead 3-1 first! After TB had a shot to tie on the last play, a quick turnaround led to them to find offense v. the Viks. 36-17. Viks needed to come back to earth anyhow. I don't care about hockey.
The God blessing the child of rape bit reminds me of The Cider House Rules, where the main character determined that if he performed abortions in case of rape or incest, consistently, he had to give the woman a choice on the matter in each case. It simply is not the only "compelling" case and consistency leads to a pro-choice position on the merits.
I have pushed back repeatedly at Volokh Conspiracy in recent threads where the Republican Party, on balance of evil grounds, is deemed more libertarian. The arguments are repeatedly selective and tedious. Both parties are somewhat libertarian on certain issues. Clear. On balance, Obama is more so (less clear, but on points, yes). I'll put that aside to say that the "libertarian" leaning Republican underlines why so many are cynical about them as a whole.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Sounds creepy (and it is on some level), but as rea notes, if it is going to occur, formalized rules seem better, right? The mix of positions in the comments are standard and my addition follows my standard theme too. Like SSM and PPACA, there is a certain "this again" feel to these discussions. But, the big questions never leave us.
“even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”Sounds horrible, but if God controls all, everything is somehow his "intention." More here, but these things are "teaching moments," they show where simplistic "pro-life" stances lead.
President Obama and Attorney General Holder began their term with a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and to conduct civilian criminal trials for at least some detainees. When Congress blocked those plans, the Obama Administration worked on mending, not ending, the system of military commissions.Yeah. Ditto on the article's last comment as to it being better if we just followed the regular rules in the first place. Hard to unring the bell now.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Colbert shined last night, including a segment on Gov. Cuomo's (he has his moments) plan to tie legislative pay raises to addressing a dubious quirk (discriminatory) in state pot laws. Meanwhile, a good "guide" to state level legalization efforts here. Like, SSM, less federal barriers to state by state reform: better than nothing and pragmatically useful.
Religious Employers’ Legal Challenges to Health Care Law’s Coverage of Contraception on Wobbly Legal Ground
The PPACA contraceptive mandate is well defended by an issue brief here. A reference to Ella brings to mind the border between contraceptives and abortifacients since that works five days after sex, more likely involving a fertilized egg. I find the "line" dubious anyways.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sure. The match-up everyone expected. Anyway, wouldn't it be ideal to have the debate tomorrow, when there aren't two nationally televised games, if both rather lame? Admittedly, one side of the debate in the eyes of many was lame too.
Listening to the Fisher AA case, I can relate Linda Greenhouse's "primary reaction ... of embarrassment" as the conservatives ridiculed the idea of critical mass and ignored the reality that there is something called "race" in this country. The hard questions of the case were not taken seriously, the desire simply to overturn Grutter (plaintiffs claim to not deem necessary) apparent. The Fifth Circuit after all is not liberal and held for the school.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The Reds couldn't close the deal. The Cards will have one more shot at it. Series tied. In the NFL, a few games had some interest, but no big surprises as to result. Painful moment for this writer was NYJ: you lose as expected, fine, but not like that. No moral victories.
MHP like here noted ridicule of funny sounding "binders" should not miss the wider question: was Romney serious about what sounds like affirmative action? If the facts behind the incident and his views overall are iffy, THAT is the problem, not him sounding stupid.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
One character in the book voices the sentiment that everything happens for a reason and not just in a cause/effect way. I don't think that. We can give meaning to things but the meanings aren't the reason for the event (such as a bad event).. Or, so it seems to me.
He didn't have much time, but it was nice that a religious voice (a Catholic priest) was added to the Up round table. Meanwhile, interesting article on lethal injection, including the lack of due care in decision-making and a useful list of state practice.
Friday, October 19, 2012
I am reading the R. Crumb graphic novel version of Genesis (very good) that was added to the side panel and a book referenced by the author is discussed here. Interesting article by a Jewish writer, who references the religious discrimination in marriage in another entry.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
SF, after six quarters, managed to score a TD & won a close one 13-6. Seattle's defense did the job overall but the offense was lacking. The Jets even gave SF a bit of trouble early on. Don't know how great SF is this year. Cards won again. Up 3-1. Sigh.
It's a shame really. The Yanks managed two hits (two errors) and Sabathia didn't last four in a 8-1 coup de grace. Scherzer was 16-7 (Sabathia 15-6), a fact skipped over by some who hoped for better tonight. Still, tired or not, that's a pathetic way to finish. Cards up 2-1 and are likely favorites, but at least the Giants (no offensive juggernaut) is showing some life.
I liked parts of the series premiere but turned off last night's episode. The political subplot is topical but not interesting to me, I'm not liking the young bitchy rival and is the kids liking her while the mom drives them going to be an every episode thing? Should like Homeland, the season premiere was quite good, but it's like too angst filled or something.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I cited an anti-debate discussion, but do think they have some benefit. Realistically, the average voter doesn't research a candidate that well. I'm no saint in this respect and more studious than many. The debate provides an (imperfect) means to get a sense of the candidates/their positions on various issues with feedback from various sources.
Very good film, almost documentary-like with minimal dialogue, of a troubled English teen (excellent first performance) and her relationship with her mom's bf. Two hours is too long though and the last half hour didn't quite work for me. Meanwhile, colorful and detailed book (didn't someone say life was complicated?) put out by this coffee chain.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Any other baseball fans wondering why the phrase “binders full of women” from the presidential debate is all over twitter?From the NYT Yankee/Detroit live blog. Yeah, Obama seems to have done well. Yanks lost 2-1, again showing a bit of life real late. Both checked via online sources.
Guy might not be ready for the MLB, but he's a good writer. Got to root for a guy like that. Baseball fandom is not just about talent. One reason that I no longer root for the Yanks. How can you root for such a corporate entity? Also, look pretty tired these days.
After special teams and the QB were horrible in the first half, Denver had yet another big deficit, but SD is the sort of team game to blow it. Blowing 24-0 to 35-24 and it was as much SD blowing it than anything else is pretty bad though. Cards finally had a bad game.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Various good games -- NY dominated, Eagles/Dallas both just lost, Browns finally won, Falcons just won & Houston has a ways to go to not have them as the sole undefeated team. Seattle had an upset, resulting in a 3-3 tie for Jets & company. Meanwhile, the Yanks couldn't hit, though a good call might have made it 1-0 over 3-0. Down 0-2 either way.
I have a curse -- can't let trivia things and such go away. For instance, a blog comment referenced the title word in passing. Don't recall hearing about it. Had to look it up. See also, a reference to Ann Jillian, actress. Had to see how she's doing. (Not much, apparently).
Contraceptives and gay issues always are bound to up the comment stream at VC, since lame arguments are just so fun that they need to be made one more time! Going past the basics, various comments explained how, uh, Biden didn't actually say anything wrong. Don't let that stop you, faux libertarians! Meanwhile, ex-Met sighting of the night: Dotel.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Good Up segments today on Libya today -- some screw-ups there, but the Romney (& R) response still is horrible. The preclearance (for 2013) of a voter id law in SC, meanwhile, is telling. It underlines the value of the Voting Rights Act, administrative pressure and even if okay per a basic minimum, it doesn't make the law ideal or okay as applied in various cases.
Friday, October 12, 2012
So it all came down to not getting a clutch hit in the 8th inning. Detroit/Yanks up next. Who the hell cares about that match-up?! Other than one game, for one team, the scoring looked like some Mets game. It's like: get a freaking hit! Eh. Go Nats. [Update: Cards come back from the dead more times than Jason. Nats their latest victim.]
I'm tired of faux libertarian campaigns like this that might be more intelligent than others but still selectively skips over stuff as comments (e.g., by Joe) underline. I'm no big fan of Ron Paul, but this argument the other way seems more convincing.
Unless you count Bomb Girls (which began to be run locally a month ago), Nashville is the only new show that I might be interested in so far. I thought Made in Jersey was lame, but bit surprised it was cancelled already. I didn't find Elementary, e.g., really more worth my time and MIJ (aka Legally Brunette?) had a shot at easy to take time waster with work.
The teams have already split 22 games this year, and it all comes down this: a matchup for a spot in the AL championship series against Detroit.All division round games have gone to a Game 5. Reds choked (including after having a real shot to erase a 6-0 deficit) and Oakland's miracle run basically ended in the seventh.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Part of the way into this chatty (a lot of quotes) account that is a bit of trudge with so many long quotes but interesting overall. Found a few stupid errors, including a photo saying some justice was alive about a decade after he died. Get me a fact checker!
One in five Americans today has no religious affiliation, and for the first time there are as many who claim no religion as there are white evangelicals, according to a new Pew report. With evangelicals forming the GOP’s backbone, the party may face a struggle to survive, says Michelle Goldberg.Item.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Already available online. I like the lead, the country music stuff has potential and the possible new thing is promising. The political/family stuff seems a bit tired and the "cheerleader" a bit too broadly drawn so far. Still, enough as a whole to be worth another look.
I think the close poll numbers are a sign the public at large is in "home stretch" mode. The debate itself wasn't the point. Check in a week or two. Was in court recently & a few people (including some sort of plainclothes person who took a suspect in) were openly carrying guns. Pretty striking -- don't see many guns usually so up close.
Monday, October 08, 2012
Some more errors in the baseball games -- four in Y/B [don't blow it B!] game alone thus far. Saints manage to finally win. Jets manage to keep it close, but still pretty ugly loss with repeated missed opportunities and confusion. [Baltimore hung on.]
Nothing much to say about Columbus Day -- it's such a non-issue that local banks were open though yes I have to go to the post office tomorrow because of closures there. Chris Hayes had an interesting discussion on the word "illegals" yesterday.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Nats ace is sloppy but they win while Oakland is down 0-2 on the day of four baseball games. NYG start badly but dominate after spotting Browns points. The upset of the day is Indy, who manage the long field goal and 2pt while the Packers do not, not getting that end of game tie. Denver sloppy so Pats win. Viks continue to win.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
A Day in October covers the basic ground (escape of Danish Jews) of Lois Lowry's classic with a slightly older heroine. Recall the film as being decent but the children's book here (with very serious aspects) was worthy of its awards. As an adult, I much enjoyed it.
Friday, October 05, 2012
Dubious call in the 8th but four unearned runs (three errors, including one by Jones) probably sealed the deal or the "Cards will go far somehow" rule. An unearned run and two in the 9th sealed the game for the Os. Yanks/Nats have their competition.
Orioles and Braves favored I think, especially with superkid pitching for the Braves, but an upset is possible. It would be a shame if the Os lost though. Guess want Braves to win. Go As and Reds at the big boy table. I think the edge does go to them too and the games should be good. Nats feel good story, but not big fan really. Tired of Yanks.
Some time ago, I read the novel, republished with commentary by Feminist Press. The film version is quite good, pretty quick moving for a film from 1932 too. Topical. Love that bloodless gunshot. The "over the hill" model btw is played by someone around thirty.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
The book focused more on the couple divided by infidelity and I actually wanted to read some more about some of the other characters. Promising first effort. Seemed to have a bit too many smarty words. One review flagged Stanford labeled as Ivy League.
I have an inclination to ensemble pieces where we get a flavor of things from various ends and the 1980s actress Molly Ringwald's first novel does that with a collection of interrelated stories. Didn't find the characters that likeable but were personable. Sure, her celebrity helped as some suggested getting it published. Big deal.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Angels' elimination and Red Sox being dead for awhile made for some skewered games. Meanwhile, Orioles actually care about their loss. Hopefully, Texas still has a hangover on Friday. No way I want TEXAS to survive. Loser. Watching Daria over the debates.
The A's needed a sweep and they delivered to win their first division crown in six years and 15th in all. They overcame a five-game deficit in the final nine days and took sole possession of the West's top spot for the first time this year.Item.
Mets won. Hefner 2-0 after not getting an out. Texas really blew it -- 12-5 -- Oakland not only now the division leader, but have a shot at best record in the AL. [Nats already won best record. AL East sorta won yesterday; as of 9, Yanks up by 6.]
Colbert riffed on an effort to require the government not only to give churches tax breaks but let them endorse candidates. I'm not really totally against this idea. The pulpit should be a free speech zone. Some lines, like not turning churches into campaign HQs or something can be imagined. Most religious leaders rather not do it anyhow.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Oyez is starting to post audio of 2011 Term opinion announcements / dissents from the bench. Seemed to have been released pretty quick. The PPACA statements are already up along with Scalia's hackish Arizona dissent. Kennedy reads the group PPACA "dissent."
RH discusses here. These sort of laws are ill advised etc., but if we are stuck with them, can't we do something like this? Put them in place for an election (or year) before they totally stick. This will enable the state and voters to adapt to things.
Bears beat up Cowboys. Nats/Tigers clinch their division. Red Sox's early end of the season helped the Yanks go ahead but TB (and the Angels) were later eliminated with an As win. Dodgers technically still alive. Texas (division title)/Cards feel pretty safe though.