Thursday, May 30, 2013
Yes, the Yanks "B" team finally is starting to bite them, but the Mets don't exactly have murderers' row out there either. Gee sealed the deal, after being particularly lackluster this season. And, the Yanks 'B' team won before. The METS are the one who swept them in four, getting thru Rivera to do it. Still an uphill battle to .500, but nice job.
This Hallmark film was on over the weekend and it's a favorite of mine. One lesson in this charming love story is that faith and religion can still have power even if the literal doctrine is not followed. The spirit over the letter. Each realizes this, including the Orthodox mother, adapting it to the reality of their 21st Century lives.
Obama is far from ideal, but it is not just "new boss, same as old boss," [Comey/some overlap] one of those lines that pushes my buttons. Change requires knowing the breadth of the problem. BTW, props for ACS, the liberal answer to the Federalist Society.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The brief [update] is a crisp convincing argument that at the very least provides a reasonable enough grounds to uphold the executive's actions here, which is enough to handle something that should w/o special or clear and convincing reason be entrusted to political checks and ebbs/flows of the means used there to check and balance each other.
“I decided to break the law to provide a necessary medical service because women were dying at the hands of butchers and incompetent quacks, and there was no one there to help them,” Ms. Dunphy quoted him as saying. “The law was barbarous, cruel and unjust. I had been in a concentration camp, and I knew what suffering was. If I can ease suffering, I feel perfectly justified in doing so.”R.I.P.
The Slave Trade and the Origins of International Human Rights Law is currently on the side panel and some further reading and analysis (just started to read) is here. In other news, I concur that it was great that/how Mets won last night (and Monday) but that there needs to be a shake-up. My man Daniel Murphy, however, is one of the few bright spots.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Given "the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision whether to bear or beget a child," the "one child" policy is wrong, especially as applied. But, the right goes both ways, and a place like China can burden big families in some ways. [Update: This is the problem with the other extreme.]
Friday, May 24, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A young guy with various issues (the uncle/nephew stuff was particularly well done) finds love with a guy in this touching film that does have a tendency to drag. Good performances and story overall though with Kate Walder (those eyes made me say, "hey, I know her!") and others providing good support. Decent commentary. Good scenery.
"Fetal pain" laws that try to elide past the viability rule is part of the "get Kennedy to stretch Casey" strategy. The 9th Cir. followed precedent and overturned a ban, it not their role to criticize the line or suggest alternatives. IF fetal pain did exist, the path might be anesthesia, not banning all abortions at that point. A bit blunt there anti-choicers.
Really, this is too much. Can't hit or field, though now and then walks. Harvey was human, some struggling extra person getting three hits to add insult. Yesterday, Captain Wright flubbed a ball to help lead to three unearned. Today, Mets offense showed a bit of life. Found another way to lose, with a touch of embarrassment. One might say "again."
President Obama is due to make a big national security speech and useful letter by AG Holder was provided to Congress, including officially stating four Americans (only one "specifically targeted") were killed by drone attacks. The letter makes some good points, including limits and previous explanations. One name on list is news to me. Meanwhile, on GITMO.
This time a review that made me want to read the book was worth it. A twisty look at a police typist in 1920s NYC with enough period detail to really imagine the possible film adaption. Its sharp protagonist, who early on hints at trouble, makes for an impressive narrator. Lost me somewhat late and not a big fan of the ending, but very good overall.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The very last case heard already brought forth a (unanimous) opinion, suggesting a per curiam reversal might have been appropriate. It does teach a lesson about the development of case law (and conclusive rulings by the highest court) as well as how a reasonable position might not be enough to warrant federal habeas relief. A reminder to lower courts, perhaps.
Monday, May 20, 2013
A pretty nice 100th episode/scheduled season finale involved a birth, two weddings and a surprise pregnancy. Plot slip-ups: Santana would not be a starting pitcher and DOMA suggests Russell marrying Timmy might not solve T's work visa issue [plus, Timmy is already a citizen!]. Still, nice combo of humor, sentiment and character bits. The end bit included.
The last season was released and overall enjoyed it though Kate Jackson's illness affected the last part of the season and led to the show itself ending without much resolution. Two recurring characters and the leads developing relationship were highlights. Various "I know that person!" moments. About five minutes of chase filler each episode. Not sure why they couldn't include any extras. Too bad these two never hooked up again.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I'm a day early but will skip tomorrow. Talk Mets about "rays of hope" here. More such judicial picks (defense minded etc.) please. Some comments on the Gosnell prosecution here (see my comment). I'm reading What's Wrong With Homosexuality? (something of a trick title). Good quick coverage using the "reasoned debate" approach.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
I plan to take next week off from blogging here and elsewhere. A breather. I hope the Internet will survive. Happy Mother's Day and all that. [Update: Did not "blog," but did read blogs, so the hiatus was a half-way measure. Will not comment on various things that fell within the week, my excuse for skipping over the IRS matter.]
Prof. Dorf links to various useful discussions and makes a case that patterns my own basically in respect to putting the death penalty on the table for the miscarriages alleged to occur in the horror story now in the news. I made a comment there too.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Astros manager removed a pitcher in an non-injury situation before facing a batter and even after called on it, umps refused to overrule him. This blatant ignorance/non-enforcement of the rules actually resulted in a suspension and fines for the umps. This sense of sanity and fair play is appreciated. Seems less of it these days.
This is a conversational style book with a lot of pictures. It is a bit petty at times, including noting the collection of letters published by his son (Letters From Nuremberg, which I recall finding worthwhile) didn't really add anything to the historical record. Overall, fairly pleasant reading of someone who comes off as an unpleasant man. His children are spoken of positively, including Chris Dodd, who some say is a bit too PTB friendly.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Don't know if this will pass, but I'm game. Lawful residents there for more than six months pay taxes, work, raise families in local schools etc. They are part of society and it is reasonable to give them the vote in local elections. And, naturalization can be a long drawn out process as this occurs. Citizenship still has privileges and respect those who disagree here. School elections and the like would be the strongest case.
As with the book, no, not me. Wikipedia accurately labels it a "2011 American Southern Gothic black comedy crime film." The white trash flavor is seen early by the stepmom opening the door without panties (um think Texas). The cast is game and it overall is fun (if y'all are in the mood) the famous "chicken" scene [spoiler] coming late.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
aka conservative talking points done fairly calmly. I respond here with an additional comment that forthrightly notes that some late abortions includes morally tricky seriously disabled fetuses. But, unlike the tone on that blog, wrong or not, I'm sympathetic given the tragic cases involved here. There are voices of sanity there, true.
And in the very last scene, Gladys and Lorna quote Churchill, and it is my very favorite thing. “Now this is not the end, or even the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps the end of the beginning.”Final recap? The future of this show is very unclear as much as one or more of the characters whose stories have no resolution here. The high point was mid-season. The last couple episodes were somewhat weak. Still, worth watching, if you can find it.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada did his best, gloving the ball on the edge of the infield dirt and making a jump throw. First baseman Ike Davis made a long stretch and caught the ball cleanly, but Rios was safe by a shade. The fans groaned when first base umpire Mark Carlson correctly called him safe.Nicely put.
Blather about "as much as I would like" followed by opposition to a specific constitutional interpretation; extra points if the interpretation is likely to be wrong. Like "as much as I would like" same sex marriage isn't protected by the Equal Protection Clause. As if you thinking otherwise is not based on law, but your simplistic wishes for a pony.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Its seven year run might be coming to a close -- the 100th episode (though its already syndicated, a big milestone there) is next & both the baby and wedding is rapidly approaching. Also, Megyn Price just directed an episode. First time outside plays.
The subtitle provides the message -- "Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy." This is a very readable and overall helpful book with special focus on three case studies that show the complexity of the situation. Probably helps she is both a parent and law professor/journalist. BTW, if I may, she's cute.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
the film, a picture connected to the book a popular link-in to this blog. The book includes her life after the war and it's pretty sad as portrayed. Like the Civil War, WWII is just a fraction of the life of those who lived (died) then.
I'm reading Judge Bazelon's granddaughter's book on bullying and this column came to mind. Not quite "over it," but sorta forgive her for her failings there. She is only human. As to being on the bench, well, not a great fan of Alito, but twenty-five years were enough. Along with Souter, she provided a good precedent for resigning before you know she died.
Friday, May 03, 2013
I pass one of these live markets fairly regularly since it is on the way to a subway station. Have a thought that some little kid pointed to it and asked if s/he can go to the "petting zoo." The customers include those who eat halal food. Certain honesty to that, I guess.
On that last point, see this thread, and how I basically got pissed off at a person speaking in generalities and misstating views (which led to all three of the people correcting him: "we get it" No, you don't.). Blah blah blah: okay! What about the specific point? This happens on call-in shows too and it is a personal pet peeve of mine. This citation of other sources is annoying too. People go to blogs to get summaries. So, simply summarize your position.
A fear addressed here (see also links to Mirror of Justice, with both sides shown). Daily Kos also suggests that intrusive religious proselytizing (that is what is against the law, not simply speaking about religious faith) at time is a problem. The military skewers conservative and problem cases do exist there. Some selectively oppose stopping that sort of thing. See also, some posts at MOJ where, e.g., same sex marriage somehow requires special rules.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
O’Malley (D) also signed bills to combat cyberbullying, allow undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses, expand early voting, reform campaign-finance laws and put in place the federal health-care law in Maryland. And he put his signature on a measure to legalize medical marijuana well into the ceremony, which lasted about two hours.A death penalty repeal was just one thing. RI also is the 10th state with SSM.
Rust and Bone is a French film about a young layabout single father who hooks up with a woman who suffers a major accident requiring partial amputation of her legs. It was pretty good but not enough for two hours -- bored of it 1/2 way through. Girls Against Boys is something of a psychological thriller (note mirror in opening scene) about a young woman who goes on a rampage of sort after being raped. Okay for DVD/cable. Okay commentary.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
The FDA determined that "morning after pills" (work up to 3-5 days) should be OTC for all ages. A political decision overruled it but a federal judge overruled that. Now, 15 (not sure why they now determined this was the magical age) is being set as the age, raising various problems, including identification related. Better, but not there yet. Update: Administration appeals judge's ruling holding all age requirements invalid. Probably matching median parental sentiment, but still wrong.
I guess sometime in the last few years, this guy found out, oh wait, marriages are not just for procreation etc. Not impressed about reasons refuted here. Hey, more power to you. It's great and cheers and all so many are seeing the light. But, you know, like "duh."