Monday, September 30, 2013
I deleted a Howie Rose is leaving post -- misunderstood -- just leaving WFAN. I thought The Caning (of Charles Sumner) interesting, but think the idea it was as important ("drove America to Civil War") to events a bit dubious. Also, like the Holmes book, could have been edited a tad. It also does not cite Sumner's work in Roberts v. Boston, a glaring oversight.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
An ump mistake helped lead to two Brewers runs, their own led to the Mets win (74th again), last year's closer doing the honors today. The Yanks took forever, but finally gave the Astros their 15th straight lost. Took a WP in the bottom of the 9th, but Marlins ended with a no-hitter. TB/Texas have another game. NY football was ... not good.
Have discussed the "everyone can be a minister" ULC Church (contra The Fosters, you can become a minister online for free), including the hazy nature of NY law regarding their ministers marrying. As in the past, saw multiple references to ULC officiants in today's NYT wedding announcements. If NYC registers them, NY as a whole should clarify its okay!
Saturday, September 28, 2013
(ORDER LIST: 570 U.S.) THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 [:] CERTIORARI DENIED 13-6541 (13A307) DIAZ, ARTURO V. STEPHENS, DIR., TX DCJ The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Scalia and by him referred to the Court is denied. The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
A Wild Justice (death penalty) per one review "contains few surprises," to those in the know, but the well written and "add depth" part makes for a rewarding read overall. I found The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind [etc.] on the Abrams case overall less rewarding. Somewhat repetitive personal look though some aspects (like the background violence of the times discussed in one chapter) were well written.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Interesting article discussing Scandinavian prisons. Meanwhile, over at VC, the resident fan of Sen. Cruz (still normally a decent sort) finds a confused analysis of Windsor somehow "very interesting." No surprising really, since the guy was confused about the Prop 8 case too. Finally, little nits are driving me crazy here. I feel like Joba in Cleveland a few years back.
A mixture of great managing, grit and middling competition made it last much longer than it really should have, but it happened tonight. Rays/Indians streaking to the finish line, Texas a bit behind. Royals (best improvement, not playoff edition) technically alive as are the Pirates for NL Central, but the Cards will win ... of course. It's really just positioning now.
I'm wary of the Town of Greece case -- my feeling is the best result is likely a narrow bad ruling. Think that might be why the SG provided a questionable brief though the Administration is also religious friendly anyhow. The discussion here is nice, except it would seem to warrant the overturning of Marsh v. Chambers. Not going to happen.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I think they are going in the right direction though this off-season with money coming off etc. will be a key moment. Collins kept the team together though made some stupid in game decisions. If Wally B. isn't going to be hired, re-signing him seems logical. Don't think a draft pick warrants all this "just lose!" talk. Always want them to win. So do they.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Powerful video at NYT on a major health scare from the early 1960s. Conservative Republicans think many of their group are trolls too. Celebrate "banned book week" with a book on penguins! Problems with even "easy" death penalty cases.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
UGLY day for the NY Giants; the baseball Giants might have put a nail in the Yanks postseason hopes as home fans said goodbye to two greats. The Rangers are falling apart late again too, might not even have WC game this time. Jets survived a very sloppy game. Packers didn't quite come back. Dolphins 3-0. Bears won.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
The Obama Administration is asking the USSC to settle a dispute over the contraceptive mandate, focusing on RFRA claims of for profit corporations. Which is weak on several levels. Pope Francis is trying to change the focus of things, without simply not being Catholic. It is silly to use this issue to draw a line in the sand even in Catholic institutions. When applied to for profit corporations, it is inane. Still worry what the USSC will do.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
This is a relatively rare serious female coming of age story (with a parallel story involving her single mom) co-starring "Maria" from The Fosters. The mom's bf also will be familiar to some. Her friend also is a familiar teen show face. The film itself was pretty good.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
I was reading the tV tropes in the middle of watching the last episode of S3 and ... damn, Matthew? Sybil already died. It seems too soon on simply a dramatic level. Sybil was a drawn out scene. This one had signs of gratutious too -- him speeding along happy while mom and grandparents are so pleased too? This how they ended the third series!
Not really over baseball season yet, even though I'm told that Mets games don't matter, so why do I like them winning? Don't I know that their top 10 draft pick is at risk? Rays and Rangers playing to keep the Yanks et. al. in the race. Some good football games. The NFC East did not do well (including baby Manning); the AFC did, except for the Jets.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Sybil dying was a powerful few minutes - almost the whole family (and two physicians) were around her and each had a top acting moment. Afterwards, the same with the servants, with Thomas having a touching moment. In fact, a rather good few episodes. Not supportive of every subplot, but turning out to be a very good season as a whole. Two left.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
I watched the second and third episodes, which complete a bit of a story arc, and thought both were stronger than the first (extended) episode. Some good plot material. And, poor Edith -- left at the altar! Watching the first special feature -- an extended documentary on the show. We get to see the servants look more fancy, many actresses favoring eye makeup. Thomas' homosexuality isn't address yet though his old ally is no longer. A bit sudden.
Friday, September 13, 2013
This cites an interesting article on the topic for those who won't pay $90 for the whole book. One interesting bit is the need to treat marijuana separately, along with how many people are arrested for simple possession, even if not incarcerated. Stop and frisk, e.g., underlines "mere" arrests can matter a lot, including as a sort of "foot in the door."
Sigh. Well, the NYJ gave up a quick score and then turnover, but then their defense held -- after being down 10-0 in a flash, the Pats only scored three more points. Pretty Boy Floyd was upset all night with his young receivers and then the rain came, but a messy 2-0 is still 2-0. Still, the NYJ might have a permanent new QB, and some wins.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Her new letter mystery is out. She started with crisp under 300 page efforts, now we have an over 450 page tome. Too long, especially with her penchant for filler exposition. She doesn't do much of a gimmick here (has short interludes involving another detective) like a few recent efforts, but it's just too long for me. Three letters left.
I'm starting to watch S3. I noted S2 didn't have many gotchas though there was at least one horrible one late. The show as a whole is "comfortable," I think, with enough edge to keep it interesting. Comfort food. The first episode of S3 had that flavor to it.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I'm not really a fan of recall elections (even of Walker), since terms are already short enough given extended electoral cycles and off cycle elections etc. are already subject to very small electorates. This worsens the situation, often for reasons of short term excitements that worsens the moderating benefits of republican government. More on subject here.
Spitzer lost the comptroller race by a few percentage points (yay), the public advocate race goes to runoff, De Blasio might have (barely) avoided run-off for mayor [saw an actual sound truck for the second place winner -- like some 1950s film], long time Brooklyn prosecutor was defeated and the reporting (of course) generally doesn't mention the (joke) judicial race.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I could not get into the book itself, but the idea is very interesting -- "How does God become and remain real for modern evangelicals?" She argues it is a learned, not easy, but rewarding for many, mental outlook. Others would get to the same place without "God," who they will define as "insight" or something. The links provide some good discussion and an interview.
A possible run-off with a quick turnaround led to the return lever machines. After being reminded to set it, I voted. Unlike some places, never had long lines etc. Actually a choice for mayor (and public advocate), voted against Spitzer trying for his comeback tour for comptroller and for the judge getting the endorsements. The voter guide did not mention the judicial candidates. It's a joke, since no one knows about them.
Monday, September 09, 2013
I think peace overall is the best option generally speaking. This is why even if there were WMDs, I didn't think without more war with Iraq was smart in '03. Kristof, sounding like a stereotypical concern liberal, opponents don't want to "do nothing" about the deaths. They think the likely military attacks, net, won't help. Reasonable minds can disagree.
One charm of this book is that it is basically a summary of various things found in Bart D. Ehrman's books, including a historical-critical analysis of the New Testament, the conflicts between various books, inaccuracies, but how one still (not that he did because of the problem of evil) retain one's Christian faith. I did read somewhere else that the Suffering Messiah was not totally new c. 50 C.E., but BE does say others dispute some details.
I saw parts of the Jets and Packers' games, only seeing the very end of the Giants game. The latter was another too big hole to fill, not this time (driving/interception late) game that is getting to be too routine. Jets got a gift after it looked lost with about 1/2 minute left. Stupid penalty, long field goal. Meanwhile, Dice-K actually had a good game.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Friday, September 06, 2013
The film came up on Labor Day and saw it again on DVD, which has the trio providing commentary twenty-five years later and some other stuff. Commentary track fairly interesting. The film has something important to say but plot gets silly half-way thru.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
This has been one matter that I have been concerned with over the years, particularly because it has a specific racial (and class) impact. I still agree with the dissent in Richardson v. Ramirez that the brief exception to a penalty provision in 14A, sec. 2 is not enough to authorize it. Happily, some improvements have occurred in the last decade.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
"Yet that doesn’t mean international law would view a U.S. intervention as illegal in the long run." This seems to be the strongest case on international law grounds, but given the questionable value of military action, I question it being used in this context. This debate also has led to those "what is so special about torture" sort of things. If a law professor, per a reply to me, is so clueless, maybe the general public needs a thumbnail reminder?
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
This is a YA book about bounces around before and after the overdose of a teenage girl, providing things from the perspective of her brother (the guys come off the weakest here) and two sisters with different relationships with her with thirty four slips of her own thoughts. Covers a lot of ground (I see teen series!) pretty well. Recommended.
Monday, September 02, 2013
This discussion leads me to think about the book I just read -- a 25 year-old prostitute gets pregnant by her pimp and decides to keep the baby. In effect, it motivates her to escape his control, though not ultimately the life itself. But, abortion is not even suggested -- yet again, it is like a non-issue in fiction. Well, maybe non-fiction is starting to learn.
She’s like an ambassador from a world where hard times make you stronger, but they’re still to be avoided; where you escape your past not by running away but by planting a ladder where you stand and climbing up.Dolly Parton/9-5 is the Labor Day topic today here. Like those sad on Christmas, these days also make Labor Day a tragic day for many.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
I happened upon this non-mystery series Laura Lippman novel about a lobbyist who is really a madam and it started well (it went back and forth from her past and the current day). But, by the 2/3 mark, it became a sludge. I have thirty pages left. Whatever happens, it is getting BORING, even as the protagonist should be in danger. But, nothing much happens there. It just drags on. Also, she is starting to act pretty stupid. Bad sign.
The title refers to a blog, not my own title. I do think you can be both, and though I can be snarky, do try to be friendly overall to others. Some "new" atheist types symbolized by St. Hitchens favor the "religion is for rubes" approach. Not really a fan though being mean to assholes is understandable. Thing is, many believers in God etc. aren't, so don't do that.
Per Justice Jackson's dictum, if Congress authorizes the President here, his executive powers will be at their highest point, though international law still remains a major concern. Thus, the focus should be on its breadth though shall we say "non-war" AUMFs have generally been limited. Well, everyone seems to be on board with going to Congress being a good idea.
The upcoming NYC primary is big given Mayor Bloomberg is leaving, Spitzer is trying for a return (comptroller) and concern for a quick turnaround/run-off even led to them bringing back the lever voting machines. Looking at the voter guide -- some of the minor candidates had a problem with spell check when providing a personal statement. One did so in caps.
I was thus surprised, but very happily surprised, when the President announced this afternoon that he would seek congressional authorization for the strike.Lawfare and Volokh Conspiracy among others discuss the news, including the Bush41/Kuwait kicker that "but I don't really need it." As a matter of basic constitutional policy, this (reporter Richard Engel: don't call it "war"!) is a good move. Let's see what comes of it.