Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I like her in Suite Life On Deck though her new show is not as well written. So, checked out via a library rental her serious guest shot on Private Practice, where she bonds with a cast member at a drug treatment center. Not fan of show but not bad on her part, though it's fairly brief. She also was good in somewhat "serious" roles in Radio Rebel and What If.
Rachel Maddow had long segment suggesting Republican targeting Susan Rice is really about getting Kerry's Senate seat. In a "never mind," isn't it true that he is also up there as a possibility for Secretary of Defense? Also, Dems have 55 votes now. I'm more game in thinking it is about foreign policy posturing. This might be an "and also" reason.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The last book and one I'm skimming now on non-violence were obtained cheap on Amazon. Wish the current book (title omitted out of boredom) was not so boring textbook-like since the subject matter, the history of the idea, is so important. A certain form of Christianity, particularly the importance of individual conscience, is a dominant theme.
Monday, November 26, 2012
This small volume authored by a former federal prosecutor uses Jesus' execution, from a believer's p.o.v., to discuss the death penalty and criminal justice as a whole. It covers a lot of ground and is thought provoking on various levels. His columns are good too.
One good subplot of Mercy concerned a religious man having a crisis of faith when he didn't see God when he [the guy, not God] "died" for three minutes. The nurse suggested good and evil are ultimately in people. Meanwhile, if there is a God, it seems it is more likely God was imperfect. And, that would be okay. It would make more sense and seem more fair.
The odds said it would be close, but the NYG whipped the Packers. The other games were fairly ho hum though the Jags might have a QB, at least they are showing some life. Meanwhile, watching Mercy on DVD -- a nurse show from a few years ago, it ODs on drama, but has some good moments. The lead, lol, was in the first Atlas Shrugged movie.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
iCarly imho got tired in the last year or so, so it's a good time for the show to say goodbye. The last episode, where we meet her dad, was nice enough, but it didn't have the charm of early episodes. So, basically, part of a theme. Victorious is next up.
Friday, November 23, 2012
A teacher told me her students found this documentary, which I watched repeatedly, very boring. Kids today! Could have been a not exciting part, but still. Meanwhile, his daughter wrote a book on the infamous Central Park rape case, that turned out to be a major travesty of justice, and made a documentary on the matter. Will check out the book later.
A few cite with a bit of a sneer that a few state elections weren't completed for days or for over a week, including Florida. Florida had various problems, but on some level, who cares? So, it takes a bit of time to count the votes in certain real close elections. Imagine if Florida was allowed to finish its count in 2000. Waiting a couple days in Florida wasn't a big deal.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Up 28-3 at the Half, the Redskins made it interesting, but when it got to be 35-28, they iced it with a long drive and a field goal. Jets had a comedy of errors in the first half, in effect giving the Pats 21 points in about a span of a minute. First goal now is not to have them have another 50+ game. [Update: Success! Final 49-19. Sad, obviously.]
Dubious call [and coach stupidity on it] helped but also again and again not icing it. [Update: On that new rule, give the moron a 15 yard penalty, but have the automatic replay. Denying it is gratuitous. Concur. As to the two point try, reasonable but not totally sure.]
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Prof. Dorf has a good post on Sen. Rudman (RIP), noting even if one disagrees with certain of his policies, he was "reality based" and helped give us Souter. And, being so, Rudman actually didn't think Souter's outdated form of conservatism on the Court was a surprise.
If President Obama follows tradition and this week, it will be a ceremony rich in irony. While the president has been a regular dispenser of clemency to fowl, he has not been so generous to humans. It is time for that disjuncture to end.Concur. The op-ed writer is a former federal prosecutor.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Former U.S. Sen. Warren Rudman, co-author of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction act and a key backer of fellow Granite Stater David Souter’s being named to the U.S. Supreme Court, has died. He was 82. He died overnight, having been in declining health for some time.Support of Souter alone is worthy of an attaboy.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Various games where some underdogs showed some life, but the end result was as expected changed somewhat in a marquee battle of division leaders with back-up QBs. The Bears' defense, however, was embarrassed, the offense getting something of a gift TD in a drive extended by a dubious penalty. 32-7, the Chicago D finishing on a penalty.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The early games had various chances for bad teams to upset good ones, including the one win Jags pushing things to a third scoring in OT, but none won. Jags went for the win as OT was running low, helping Houston. Penalties hurt the Browns (and NYG). The Bucs got the late two pointer and won in OT. Meanwhile, the Jets convincingly beat mediocre competition. [Update: Late games, same theme.]
Saturday, November 17, 2012
After a friendly dinner, a French man goes to give an "innocent" good night kiss to a woman in town for business. She tells a story about the danger of such of thing. Cute film though it could have been about twenty minutes shorter. Things are dragged out though that does add some charm to the story (the meat of the film). Another fun rental. No real extras.
Chris Hayes ended today by noting Gov. Cuomo screwed Democrats this election cycle, down to not stepping in when someone who ran as a Democrat decided to caucus with Republicans, which matters given state senate control promises to be real close. This apparently was not a big surprise to everyone and he replaces someone who did this sort of thing too.
Friday, November 16, 2012
I know I said no more election stuff, but someone referenced Romney's religion, and this (from 2005) is great: "My state representative is a bisexual apostate Mormon! And Arizona's youngest legislator." Calling Trey Parker! Seriously, congrats. Arizona has some good people, not all like the asshole senator. Giffords' seat still too close to call. [Her guy won.]
With a focus on the Civil War and Lieber's Code, this book covers in effect 1776-1914. It is not fully comprehensive but it's approachable to the lay reader and has a lot of good stuff. Jack Goldsmith liked it too. Overall, a continual theme is the pragmatic spirit of the enterprise, if resulting in some idealistic ends. Some very good vignettes.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The fear is appointing Kerry will bring back Brown to the Senate, but heck, that's far from some gimmee (see comments), and if he's felt to be due, heck, why not? As to Rice, the tools (e.g., McCain) are in full force. B.S. alert. Perhaps, black women named "Rice" will be the "go to" now for DOS. I wonder who is up for Treasury. Meanwhile, remember him?
Back in '04, one concern about supporting Dean was his stance on taxes, including not supporting middle class tax cuts enough. As with other things, and my online fiscal source said it was reasonable, I felt this meant he was opposed for being right. This "fiscal cliff" (O'Donnell/Hayes: fiscal curb) stuff is comparable. I'm inclined to think the best path would be LESS tax cuts, even beyond the (joke) 250K "middle class" line. What do I know?
First knuckleballer to gain that honor, toss in the first no-hitter, a decent first half & Matt Harvey showing signs of being an ace. Heck, if the Mets didn't stink up the joint in the Second Half ... Well, they got rid of Bay. It can only go downhill from here. Seriously, Wright and/or Dickey can be re-signed, but what else will happen of interest?
After a per curiam, the first regular opinion was handed down for the '12 term, unanimously. Sotomayor (again) provides a rare statement [11/13] regarding a pending case (a death penalty matter, Ginsburg joined her; Scalia/Thomas/Alito had a dissenting statement). And, Stevens' latest (11/9) speech discussed judicial retention elections (against), death penalty (against) and how being overruled doesn't make you a bad judge. Nice large font.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A KC/Steelers match-up already was lame, but KC actually got a 10-0, but then their 1-7 record kicked in. ANOTHER QB being knocked out didn't prevent the dark cloud, helped by a missed 30-ish field goal, questionable calls and (after an end of regulation tie) a final f-up. Net, the calls were annoying, but hard to be overly sympathetic. Ugly 16-13 loss, 1-8.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
A few old fashioned whippings going on this afternoon; unfortunately, the NYG are on the wrong side of one at the moment. It's November, time to lose? Some late NY game drama ... Buffalo. But, net result was same. Falcons lose for first time. SD mediocre again. [Later: Jets whipped too, Dallas won 4Q, Rams/SF tied. SNF a close one so far. Houston wins.]
Is the press a tool or an institution that deserves special protection? I think both arguments are reasonable, leaning toward some sort of special protections (not absolute, such as a modified source privilege) but do note things like definitional problems. "Press" is not simply "media." I can imagine a corporation having a separate "media" department with the institutional norms that suggests though like Citizens United and PACS, is that something that can be required? And, I'm not tied to some "originalist" rule here. It's 2012.
“Nice belt,” I said, gesturing to the red canvas belt around his waist.Interesting NYT article on fetishes that underlines that sort of thing is worthy (besides interesting) of discussion, opening up various social themes and so on. Life is complex and I'm against narrowly discussing it. I'm annoyed and saddened when that occurs. So boring.
I knew the (eye candy) lead in that film looked familiar. She played Elizabeth Bennett (of Austen fame) in Lost in Austen, where a modern woman steps into an Austen novel. A cute mini-series that went on too long. She played Tess of Hardy fame. And, other notable roles.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I watched this season on DVD, skimming some episodes I either watched or didn't like too much. The "making of" segment was interesting, covering the various aspects of production. The show as a whole is a tad forced (Maura, e.g., is TOO much of a know-it-all) but has some charm. The O'Reilly episode was a good one. Touching subplot involving Korsak's stepson. The family stuff is pretty convoluted but do like Lorraine Bracco as Rizzoli's mom.
There are various accounts about how Christian conservatives lost out in this election. Well, "yah," especially on the moronic "grand threat to liberty contraceptive mandate" b.s. But, their influence is surely not dead, and one way to go there is stop being so over the top about things. I'm sure there is a conservative side to the electorate. But, you know, finesse.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Colts appear to be on the road to victory. To me, most of the playoff slots are filled, except for rankings. One question mark is final WC. Colts have a decent shot, having several weak teams left. Like in GB, seems they have a QB for the future to replace a superstar.
I comment here -- basically, realistically, okay, though ideally even the strong on crime sorts there accept he is deranged. For him personally, however, Kent S. is correct to note the difference in practice could be minor. Tragic case. Glad it didn't drag on. A state trial would be a bad idea imho & in spirit a sort of double jeopardy, if not as now understood.
Jeffrey Toobin's book on the Supreme Court in the Obama years is okay, had some interesting tidbits (who is this Souter gf? Breyer comes off as a bit sad, O'Connor thought how the Bush presidency turned out was "terrible") but as a whole it wasn't that deep. Worth a skim. More vignette than comprehensive. Not liking many recent USSC books really.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
“So the House results,” he said, “are best explained by incumbency, redistricting, a status-quo election, and a vague desire for bipartisanship and balance of power.”2010 was good timing for the "Tea Party" gang.
Dem. lost the NV U.S. Senate race by about 1%, while over 9% voted for third parties. Florida has yet to be called though Obama is leading
by over 1%. Obama won two less states (IN and NC) this time around. LGM has good "why it matters" stuff. Meanwhile, Bay's gone. Was a (costly) mistake to get him with that deal but wish him well. One more drag gone.
Two upstate appellate justices were defeated on Nov. 6 in their re-election bids, while a third from Long Island was trailing.The average voter in my area would know only the party label of judicial candidates most probably and I find judicial elections here ridiculous largely for that reason. But, seems the races did matter in a few races. More the pity, probably.
Three (one might not be final) more states have SSM, MN did not set its "DOMA" laws in constitutional stone, an open lesbian won in the Senate and "the re-election of a President willing not only to work to eliminate DADT and DOMA, but also to speak out in support of basic fairness and human decency." Truly: "Unthinkable yesterday. Commonplace tomorrow."
Colorado/Washington legalized, Oregon did not. Hold off the Cheetos: federal prohibitions still in place. Arkansas did not, MA did legalize medicinal marijuana. Montana tweaked theirs somewhat. A state "DREAM Act" passed in Maryland. Mixed victories in California, though some on death row actually opposed the repeal (which lost) given the small print.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
I got in trouble with the give an inch brigade by noting that some local rules might be okay (it's going to happen either way), but the overall principle promoted here is on point. Local partisans making the rules particularly has been shown to be problematic.
Monday, November 05, 2012
Sunday, November 04, 2012
NYG is not scoring enough, including today where they blew a 20-10 lead, but it was about time -- seventh wins have been difficult for years. Various other lame games, though they were more unbalanced, Colts' win an exception. Panthers also finally won again.
Saturday, November 03, 2012
Congressional Research Service published a detailed report, documenting the fact that reducing taxes on the wealthy does not, in fact, generate economic growth. Instead, the CRS found, the trickle-down model appears to be "associated with the increasing concentration of income at the top."Republican economic policy deemed wrong is hurtful and Senate Republicans cry foul.
Friday, November 02, 2012
This Article critiques the constitutional underpinning of the ministerial exemption, which grants religious organizations immunity from anti-discrimination suits brought by ministerial employeesAn interesting article that argues general applicable laws are best in this context. See also, the photographer not serving gays case [comments], which is somewhat comparable.
John Dean talks about George McGovern. Various accounts also noted his imperfections, including a (including to someone there) bad campaign. But, much respect for the man. Obama is imperfect, but I am not ashamed he is our President. At times, the last two shamed us. Yes, Clinton some too and blaming our culture doesn't cut it. He knew it.