Ask someone who has actually struggled to get healthcare and now can, and wasn’t really put off by a couple hour wait to finally get coverage:This. I'm taking a week blog comments post hiatus.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
I have clashed with some who I think exaggerate the problems with the Obama Administration's approach, but repeatedly note that there is a reason for some concern. The "issue brief" (a great resource generally) here provides helpful discussion.
Seeing hints (including an article marked "spoiler") about some big/controversial thing happening on Downton Abbey, now running in the UK. Killing Matthew isn't enough? Meanwhile, giving into the crowd, saw the first episode of Breaking Bad. Guy does drama as well as he does goofball comedy. Like the one shot of breasts -- hey we are basic cable!
Friday, October 25, 2013
Verrilli told the Court, would have standing to challenge the wiretapping. However, Verrilli later learned that, in two recent terrorism cases, prosecutors had not made those disclosures.SCOTUSBlog links to the NPR story and has a five part series interviewing him as well.
Good guest column examining the effects on the "other" parties involved.
I have seen this, including the inferior remake (did not see either sequel) a few times over the years, and still think it a serious effort (the original title: Day of the Woman). In one "director's cut" DVD, Joe Bob Briggs provides a mostly serious commentary and respects the effort though has some appropriately snarky moments. The director also reflects/provides a commentary. An interesting diner scene is not included in this cut.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The tribe helped university boosters create the costume for the Chief Osceola mascot, approving the face paint, flaming spear and Appaloosa horse that have no connection to Seminole history.So it was in 2005, and so it is today, looking at today's paper. The practice to me and some of the tribal group is offensive, but the local tribe consents. That's their prerogative and it makes it different from the Redskins, including the offensive nature of the name itself.
C-SPAN was airing audio from DC Circuit orals on the argument that for profit corporations can deny -- because of the religious beliefs of individuals behind them -- employees the right to use their own money for contraceptive coverage which in effect forces those individuals to give up a bit of their own rights. I find this argument so aggravatingly wrong.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) contended Thursday that Republicans deserve some of the blame for the Affordable Care Act's bumpy rollout.Has a point. Like Prof. Adler over Volokh Conspiracy being a bit of an asshole sniping at problems caused by PPACA not going to conference without telling us why (59 senators = filibuster), only one side being grown-ups causes problems. Sorry, it's not wrong to note this.
I saw this in the library and am intrigued by it -- it is in effect a modern translation (by some accounts a bit too sex neutral -- "person of humanity" over "son of man" type stuff) and an addition of ten books, looks like basically gnostic works. Anyone see it?
First, let us remember PPACA has been on the books since 2010 and various things have in effect already has been "rolled out." As to the problem with the website for a key part, it's troubling, but I'm not horrified by it. People have a while to sign up and glitches are not shocking. Realize it is a f-up and looks bad. Perspective please.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United StatesOne result of another path, perhaps wished by the "anchor baby" crowd exception to the 14A, is discussed by here today. The column doesn't pick up the comparison. Meanwhile, his paper shouldn't have included photos of an alleged 17 year old criminal in a sensitive case.
Caught this dramatic account of the inner workings of the Clay v. U.S. proceedings mixed with actual footage of interviews with Muhammad Ali and the like. Some recognizable faces, including Maria's hubby as Justice Harlan, a sort of hero of the piece. Mixed bag that at times seems like a chance to throw out some good lines. Justice Douglas comes off particularly lame here. Good try and wouldn't mind other attempts like it.
In a discussion of "designer babies," I made what seemed to me a bland statement as to due care, but it suggests the perils of that online. First, the inference was that I was saying more than I was. Second, I had a tedious back/forth over just what being "careful" means and what "concerns" I have. I provide a long reply and that STILL isn't enough. Give me a break.
I don't know if the USSC has to go as far as the principle (e.g., there is no substantial burden and there is a compelling state interest) stated in this well argued "issue brief," but it underlines why the challenges to for profit business corporations are so weak. A related if somewhat more expansive argument can be found here. Concerned about this case.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
When a local morning sports guy polled the office, so to speak, about the WS, the general sentiment was little or no interest. He also agreed the Giants played poorly though his partner did note the defense played well. Vikings sucking there did help.
Monday, October 21, 2013
I actually only saw the Jets kneel and play for OT, but that was fun too, including the missed FG/first application of new penalty/making more reasonable FG. Also missed a good SNF game where Manning's replacement won. KC had a shot to lose too, but a bad team let them off hook. Redskins/Bears was a score-fest/Bears QB hurt. Giants tonight.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
The Cards are like some sort of playoff machine, a somewhat cheaper form of the Yanks, and then we have the Red Sox ... the beards alone (sadly, no Beard World Series, the Dodgers out) are annoying. Beltran (former Met) going as a Cardinal is also annoying.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The NJ Supreme Court somewhat dubiously held civil unions were equal enough, but with Windsor bringing forth federal marriage benefits, it was on weaker ground. The legislature would have likely passed a SSM law by now without Gov. Christie using it conservative political football. Everyone should just deal with the likely futility of further fighting here.
The idea of examining life in the world of the web, including created identities, is an intriguing one for fiction and the book here has some amusing (intentional?) satirical touches. The lead character is a bit much, not very pleasant either. Not that the somewhat exaggerated comments on the book jacket are quite right (e.g., making it sound like a scary thriller; the cover image is curious too). Overall, too long and in the end not very satisfying.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Can you stop screwing with the country for your performance art shit? Thank you. And, screw you to all their enablers while others have to play adults, who, both parties aren't the same # whatever, seem mostly to be Democrats. We need a better second party.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Passed upon this just now. Not claiming either is alone is enough to make the case, imho "Why I Am Not A Christian" convinced me more than C.S. Lewis' "Mere Christianity," which to me was poorly argued and a bit of a trudge. Update: To give Lewis a second chance, reserved his book on grief and "The Great Divorce" one. Not into Narnia.
A voice from the past, one Beverly Mann, was cited in the SCOTUSBlog round-up today with an analysis on how consistency (without hobgoblins?) will require upholding a lower court ruling that struck down an measure that inhibits certain types of affirmative action. We shall see, especially with Mr. "guarantee equality to all people" Scalia. [My view.]
Monday, October 14, 2013
NY Daily News coverage has a basic "Geno Smith messes up" theme, but sounds like only one mistake was blatant and the end result probably could have been just a less lopsided loss. A 19-16 affair would look nicer, but it still would be a loss. A mistake-free outing might have done it. Didn't happen. Disappointing, especially after a good end of the First Half.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
And Also: A "don't get too big for your britches, boy" (no racist overtone) game/loss for the Jets. One earned run in two games last night. Cards, ugh, up 2-0. Ugh to Boston too.
These days, with so many options, movies do not have the same flavor for me as in the past when going to cinema was a special weekly event. But, film still has its charms, including indies like this that are enjoyable character studies. Loses a bit late, but has a realistic sensual feel, including hints on how to re-ignite a marriage. Meanwhile, checked out Dan In Real Life again, interesting commentary. A bit too precious, but enjoyed the film overall.
Friday, October 11, 2013
It seems to have taken a while, but Valerie Plame's spy thriller (co-written by a genre writer with a goal for a series) is now out. Light (so to speak given its plot), quick reading largely has its now celebrity author as a draw. On its own, somewhat bland with trite elements.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
While apparently the whole pitching staff took part in a Rays 3-1 loss, watching Veep on DVD -- the first four episodes each have two commentaries (Veep/crew & rest of cast). Repeats have been repeatedly on, but never manage to watch parts of these episodes. And, darn, I remember My Girl. How you have grown. Oh, Tigers won a run-fest. Series tied.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Guess many deem me a "liberal," don't know if I'm a "supporter," but I warily at least thought the result was right in some respects. Still (as noted here) appreciate a clear understanding of what is at stake and don't think all campaign laws illicit (Kagan's dissent here seemed convincing). I'm unsure where I lie on this case. Meanwhile, remember Tom DeLay?
This coverage underlines the difficulties of relying on school and work to provide health care. Talking about those at Jesuit institutions, the well named "Zephyr Teachout" is guest blogging, including about today's campaign finance case (various posts). She is informative and nicely is engaging with comments. Interesting on "corruption."
Some excitement -- Rays held on for another day, each closer blowing a save. Braves blew it -- got ahead of Kershaw on an error, Freddy Garcia pitching well, but after a failed sacrifice, a two run homer did the trick for the Dodgers late. They are the first team to advance. Pirates have one more shot at that. Go Pirates! Tigers aren't scoring, down 2-1.
After a messy penalty filled win and a turnover fest loss, it was a fairly clean game with no turnovers on the Jets side. Down 17-7, the Falcons decided (no FG) to go for it twice at the end of the Half. The Jets won it by two via a go ahead FG after blowing a 13 point lead (soft scoring drive/penalty extending drive). Ha ha. Game the rookie and team can build on.
Monday, October 07, 2013
The As playoff game pushed the Charges/Raiders game back, so it finished early in the morning on the East Coast. The game was a key example of the offense losing it, including an early decision to go for it against a weak offense and most of the points off turnovers.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
NY baseball/football fans might want to look into hockey -- who would have thunk that the presumptive 6/7 win Jets would be the better option? Giants are 0-5 now. The weak division would have led them to be one game behind even at 1-4! Dallas manage to goof again, on the cusp of a possible upset vs. Denver. Upset so far is Bengals over Pats. After a rookie outpitched Verlander last night, Pirates up 2-1 on Cards, Dodgers ready to be up 2-1.
This is a good indie about a former Scottish guitarist, now working on an organic farm (good use of setting), who gets into some legal trouble and has to examine his life and choices. Good lead (from The Full Monty etc.) and supporting cast. I like its overall realistic point of view, down to his (non)sexual friendship with a younger struggling actress.
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Prof. Dorf co-wrote an interesting and pretty convincing argument about the choices the President has, but ultimately, it would be better if we didn't have to keep on dealing with this game of chicken. The idea the medical device tax repeal is a "compromise" is a joke -- all this for that? It's not even good policy-wise. ACA helps them, they pay a small tax. Horrible!
Friday, October 04, 2013
John Dean has a good essay here, examining things beyond the "14A" options debate. That section speaks of things authorized by "law" that "shall not be questioned," but then I read about "wish lists" and such other places. Unfortunately, such bad analysis is not just made by anonymous online comments. This is why any "deal" is so much of a risk, encourages them.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
In the introduction, he speaks of "works attributed to but not written by a specific author" and says "by no means" should this be seen as a fraud. Bart Ehrman (who along with Elaine Pagels and Karen Armstrong is not listed in the bibliography) differs. Book looks interesting, but it seems "grain of salt" will be appropriate. Some time back, read a bio of Jesus (and Paul) by the historian Michael Grant. So, he is on paved ground here.
Conservative blogs are harping on closing of private run places in certain cases, for some reason (see "Me" -- not me) not doing much to fully examine the question. Meanwhile, the "not 100% pure" police is on my case again here. I used a qualifier ('some' respect), but yet again, skipped over. Meanwhile, two more lame playoff games, the second 4-0 so far.
Game 163 and the two one game playoffs seemed to be repeats — one team had a stud starter (David Price the stud-est), had an ability to add on runs/hit home runs while the other made enough mistakes, didn’t hit and their starter didn’t go that long.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
The latest episode of Good Luck Charlie was one of the better ones of late and used the Internet minister theme. Again, the only to point local legal precedent rejects giving such people the right to officiate weddings, at least in 3/5 of NYC and certain surrounding areas. Bronx and Manhattan not covered by the appeal. Meanwhile, could not obtain the specific government webpage of a person mentioned in a recent discussion (with a last name nearly like mine) because of the partial shutdown. Joining the pain.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Three teams had to keep on winning late thanks to earlier sketchy play (especially the Texans, who fell apart again late). David Price's complete game effort dominated the Rangers. While they wait for the Indians, Reds/Pirates play again (ended the season playing each other). NY Giants haven't just lost all four games, but were was plummeted each time.
A federal judge notes the "great harm to other human beings by faithfully executing the extraordinarily harsh national criminal laws," which is good to keep in mind. That is what those who execute and interpret the law do -- they carry out policy choices of others. They have some discretion, more than some claim, but only so much.
The First Monday start of the new Supreme Court term is late this year, but the "long conference" led to orders, notable denial being a death penalty case. After a few more boilerplate orders, the end came, after a slight delay because of political reasons. This really upset some, and it was crass, but really, in the scheme of things, wasn't overall upset.
A quick read for the beginning of the month involves a teenager girl dealing with tragedy and just being a teenager, which is tricky in itself. Also, looked at a book by a Lincoln scholar meant for young readers/fans of the film, but also might work well for adults who are not very good readers. Many books for teens these days are quite mature, after all.