Thursday, June 27, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Bravo to the demise of #DOMA and to @WendyDavisTexas. I'm inspired today for the system working like it should.
[Twitter: KBurkhardtSNY]He is the Mets field reporter on SNY and great he supports same sex marriage [more later] and abortion rights. Not totally gung ho about a filibuster even for a good thing, but kudos.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
This film was a long time coming, based on a story in development for years, involving (in some fashion; a bit of searching didn't find the "true facts") real events in some fashion of a same sex couple (drag queen/lawyer) taking care of a Down Syndrome child while his mother was in prison. This being the 1970s, they run into roadblocks. It is somewhat contrived, but the talent and humanity overall does win out. Things don't all work out. Update: Some notable "I know him/her" cameos, including the interviewer from social services.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Fairy tales have resulted in some mixed results in recent years (Tangled was pretty good) and this looked promising. And, though it wasn't so great that it held my interest to watch the whole thing, low attention span these days, this version is pretty fun. It has a sense of humor about itself and the leads ("Gretel" has been good in a few things already) are fun.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Not a big fan personally. Like more temperate weather or even cold. Summer is for kids or those who like the beach or something. Sweat is overrated. Anyway, enjoy the first day, and I'm taking the weekend off here unless something compelling arises.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
This is a bit silly. Only three rulings today: an arbitration case (see Kagan's "in a nutshell" dissent), a criminal/statutory matter (8-1, Kagan wrote the majority) and a 6-2 (Roberts majority, nice Barnette reference, Scalia/Thomas dissent) that is a 1A win regarding limits on aid funding. Not to diminish their importance, but why such back-ending?
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
This movie received a positive review from my local paper when it first came out and hoped it would provide an interesting view of a salesman of sorts who had a change of heart on fracking. Turned out to be heavy-handed with the idea of an environmentalist craftily coming in to muckrake apparently downright shocking to someone previously portrayed as blithely realizing the right price to pay off local pols. Apparently got worse, but shut it off.
Mike Sacks (previous known for his law student birds eye view of SCOTUS) had an interesting conversation with her for Huffington Post. She provides a careful middle of the road sort of view and her concern for giving so much authority/money to contractors (raised by Hal Sparks on Stephanie Miller's show too) was important. Spy book due this Fall.
Today we celebrate #Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery & fulfilling the promise of freedom & liberty for all. - Sen. Gillibrand (tweet).Collin McHugh also tweeted that the Rockies traded for him as a birthday present. McHugh sounds like a good guy but didn't do well in the majors. Let's see if Young is an upgrade from Cowgill (DFA). Decent sign the Mets can get something for their cast-offs.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Two young pitchers -- Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler -- started and helped the Mets sweep (though it was nail-biting late again, though only for a short time in the nightcap) the doubleheader today. Nice bounce-back; long 24 hours during which three games were played.
The House passed the post-twenty week ban bill basically by party lines. Curious [see here] about those six Republicans; at least four of the Dems seem to be from conservative areas. To add to my earlier post, even the rape/incest exception eventually added is too weak. BTW, even if the pain issue is open, requiring anesthesia would be a more appropriate rule.
Two years earlier, Mrs. Parker told the Globe that Silverman could be improved: “I’ve actually grown to like her. But she still ain’t bitchy enough.”I watched the show and liked for a time the Spenser mystery novels. Sounds like a great lady.
The Mets have five games in four days and six rainouts so far so they were going to play the game even with a three hour rain delay. The game sped along, the Mets pitcher getting the sole RBI in the 7th, Gee throwing under 90 pitches thru eight. Lost it in the 9th, 2-1, failing to get thru the guy who got three of the five Braves hits. Sigh.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
A Regency romance that kept my interest the whole way, seemingly each character has some connection to a possible scandalous love affair. The younger widower with two children in need of a governess who has her own story made a pleasant little group, each of their dramas making for enjoyable reading with just enough bite to be somewhat nutritious too.
I have yet to read the Koran, but reading Red, White, and Muslim: My Story of Belief to get a sense of the liberal believer. Yes, a believer, who believes in stuff someone else would deem silly, but it works for them. There are lines not to cross, but respect such people, and find it tiresome (and crude) when some disparage them. The liberal version does help. There are cites to the "official line" that do make me pause, especially when a bit of nuance can help.
Friday, June 14, 2013
This book is discussed here and see here for a nicely comprehensive answer to a comment by me spelling out different aspects of privacy. The book was fairly interesting though I expected a bit more "unpopular" privacy restrictions as compared to talk about proper rules on modesty or teen data use. The basic idea that privacy is an important value even if one doesn't like it seemed at times to be not fully addressed. On the whole, worthwhile read.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
True that with Kagan writing even mundane cases might be notable and there's this in an otherwise unanimous (and notable with real life consequences for women, it likely to significantly cut costs of cancer screening) DNA patent case, but still, along with a water dispute, not exactly what everyone is waiting for. Expect conservative authors.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Managed to lose track and not realize the show has been back for awhile. Turns out CJ (who was mostly MIA last season) died of a heart attack. We were led to believe there was some crash, but the call Michael got turned out to be this. Oh well. Thought the show jumped the shark, so not too upset that I missed it. One more trauma for the Holdens.
Oh well. Reporting at RH Reality Check suggested everything wasn't hunky-dory though noted it "would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of this new development in a decade-long case of scientific and public health malfeasance." Yet another long never-ending battle.
As I mentioned there, this revocation of a plea deal because a guy patted his lawyer's butt while the judge was handing it out in a domestic violence matter brought mixed emotions. The brief "I agree" from former prosecutor Bill Otis, given his usual, is notable for regulars. It is a fairly serious thread in a blog that annoyingly often is surprisingly kneejerk.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The ultimate arbitrary application of marijuana laws disrespects the law in a way conservatives who might morally agree with the prohibition find troubling. This (along with Mr. Levine's comment) makes a broader case against our current criminal policy.
Not a cook. So, the little things impress. For instance, those soup vegetable combos at the fruit store. They are enough for a few dinners' worth of vegetables. Or, bargain bins. Picked up like three tomatoes and four mini-potatoes for .99. The tomatoes were good on bagels. Liking garlic powder a lot too. And, fresh vegetables I don't quite know the name of. These Japanese cocktail nuts. And, certain types of pierogies, cooked non-cook microwave style.
The arguments (see transcript) is an occasion of an extended defense of a broad view of "religion" and "religious freedom," including for non-theists (see also, FN11) and even atheists. Also, see here for a reminder that privacy is also a Catholic (religious) value.
Monday, June 10, 2013
The Obama administration has decided to stop trying to block over-the-counter availability of the most popular morning-after contraceptive pill for all women and girls, a move fraught with political repercussions for President Obama.Finally! Meanwhile, after Charli Carpenter left, LGM was all boy (and repeatedly tiresome). They finally have a woman blogger, but she favors commentary like this. Blah.
emerged from a hermitlike existence in a bamboo hut in the jungle of Grenada to produce a coveted Caribbean delicacy — rich, dark chocolate bars that he exported around the world with the help of sailboats, bicycles and solar-powered refrigeration — died on June 1 in Grenada. He was 47.Sounds like a real character, including one who helped make the world a bit better.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
“Humanism fills the same role for atheists that Christianity does for Christians and Judaism does for Jews,” Mr. Torpy said in an interview. “It answers questions of ultimate concern; it directs our values.”Saw an interesting tidbit in my local paper about a failed amendment "that would allow humanists or members of ethical culture groups to join the chaplain corps." Numbers-wise, this is a significant group, more than Jews or Muslims, e.g. But, respect for religious beliefs continues to be a bit selective, so it failed. Like gays, still have the "down lo" chaplains.
As I said the first time, this movie has some soul, if a few (especially a bit near the end) annoying bits. That blog entry might continue to have some bite too. Anyway, some DVD extras, and the American lead does a nice English accent. The good guy husband is a major plus. Overall, with the cute, some serious adult fare there. Word of the day: Ladette.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
I have gotten into some disputes with this person and the tone there suggests why. The fact is they DON'T want to "play by the rules," and it is not "aggressive" to require them to do so, including regarding contraceptives in ways that repeatedly involve "the state" trying to compromise. See also, my comments here and here (those darn "progressives"). Calling contraceptives, which the Church blithely lets their flock use, "evil" is hard to take seriously.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Thursday, June 06, 2013
"bound by oaths of office to hold their tongues"This has annoyed me for years ... these "oaths" seem to override the Speech and Debate Clause -- "for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place." Never quite got that. Talking out on the floor against executive overreaching seems to uphold oaths, even if the clause literally leaves open legislative penalties.
The "order" here suggests even if you accept Smith v. Maryland (I don't), it is not really a "voluntary" matter. Still, this shows the overall importance of positive law/practice to protect privacy, like it is necessary to truly not "deny" 14A protections. Lacking such "affirmative action" might not be court secured, but constitutional rights go beyond that.
See here and here, e.g., for details/reactions. Not "horrified" or anything, but at some point, you start to worry about such mega-data dumps, especially when the company can't even talk about it. Note it was tied to the law, so no "new boss the same as old" and not actual conversations. Safeguards and oversight important here. So, good to be informed.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Various people noted the tone of Scalia's dissent in Maryland v. King while a few noted Kennedy did his usual ignoring the dissent routine. Scalia isn't alone, but is a pro at the heavy-handed dissent. U.S. court opinions repeatedly are pretty personal, which is also unfortunate. He does take the time to respond, however imperfectly.
This was a pretty good late night find that hooked you early on and kept you with some nice twists, humor and some talent. A somewhat unhinged manager type kidnaps six people to prove he was wrongly convicted as a serial killer. We aren't talking Shakespeare here, but skip over some genre silliness, good little thriller. Lead actress also has some spunk.
A 89 year old guy in bad health has died, but it's a bit complicated given he was the senator from New Jersey. Reprise of my support of tying short term appointments here to party somehow. He had various possible options, so Christie (R-sometimes not vomit inducing) went with short term appointment, special extra election. Is he gaming things a bit? I guess.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
This led to some to ridicule people thinking God "says" things and my comment that the President on down do this in some fashion. Not everyone. But, enough to be annoying. Focus on the merits. "Religion" itself is not the enemy. Statement probably isn't too important anyhow. Strategy as much as some voice of God probably influenced things.
Monday, June 03, 2013
Coffee Shop God is an example of a victim forgiving a violent criminal, so that part of this rape victim having the baby film didn't throw me. And, choice includes choosing that. Though that is a hard way of following "Love Thy Enemy." It's that the film is just not very good (did like the lead). Turned it off. Lesson: message movies are still movies. There still are minimal standards. I note this because the subject matter -- including redemption even after horrible crimes -- is worth thinking about.
Scalia/Breyer switched places to uphold a limited (for now at least) usage of DNA testing after arraignment (is waiting to then constitutionally necessary?) of one crime to investigate (or is it help "identify" the true nature of the person?) others. I agree with the dissent, but the potential here might be worse than the actual opinion.
The book is not dirty, however. Just a funny one about how, years ago, Gershon lost her cat, Cleo, after the end of an eight-year relationship and became obsessed with finding him.Years ago indeed -- the friend's death that "just" happened occurred in 2002. Nothing profound, but amusing and the money is going to charity. Though I got it out of the library.
The director of Clueless had some good work in the '80s and '90s, but seems to then had a dry spell. This film about two BFFs who are vampires from the director to various members of the cast reminds one of better days. It's still a bit cute and has a few interesting touches.