Sunday, November 24, 2013
The Voice of Harriet Taylor Mill takes an interesting approach to deal with this 19th Century feminist -- the first part is a faux diary to provide a sort of autobiography. Decent idea but seems to go too long. The rest covers various categories of her life and a chapter on her joint efforts with John Stuart Mill, including On Liberty. Meanwhile, an old copy of The Element of Style had some charm and The Prince was pretty readable ... for a skim.
Bucs/Jaguars won. Rams over Bears. Chiefs lose. Cards win, making some noise. Packs tie -- FG doesn't do it in OT and Viks hold serve ... eventually. Jets fail to beat mediocre team again but still in field of mediocrity for last slot. NYG come back only to give fans a shot at solar plexus at end. Denver has it's own screw fans moment. Ah football.
This Lifetime Xmas film about a woman who goes back to try to change a teenage regret was overall well done though the ending was a bit off. Nice touch about dial-up / AOL though it was mixed in with a bit of sitcom silliness. Well acted as a whole, Debby Ryan turns out to have but a cameo. Elizabeth Mitchell does a nice job as the mom.
Friday, November 22, 2013
I shall have my own "the President has been shot" moment -- hearing about the World Trade Center bombing. Given where I was, there was an old time feel -- heard the first reports on the radio. Didn't watch too much t.v. coverage. Being part of history is somewhat overrated.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
It troubles me that voices on the left have such faint praise for ACA, often missing the circle of the possible. I comment there, but lifestyle choices? Sure. But, health insurance costs are a major concern and what is the government to do about the former? Also, the law helps loads of people. If even the left says "eh" to this, what hope is there?
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
It would be helpful if all this "Obamacare is failing" coverage took more time to explain the logic of the policy and what Obama is trying to do (however imperfectly) and the problems with the status quo (that the other side does nothing really to fix). Oh, maybe realize it takes a bit of time to address. Not merely a month! The "disaster" is also overblown.
After beating the Saints with about a minute to get a TD, the Pats (with three time outs) tried to do the same with :59. In what might be a sort of record, they got in 12 plays. After three incompletions, with the help of a penalty, they marched down to the 18 with three seconds left. Interception in end zone; flag picked up. Panthers win.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Giants beat another iffy QB and Jets cannot win two in the row -- the rookie QB didn't help, but the shellacking was a team effort. Jets now seem to be tied with Miami for that "one and done" final playoff spot with Miami actually winning. TB also won again. [KC finally lost.]
While not finding a good book length discussion of the Qur'an as of yet (the "very brief" book was of some value as were others to touch upon a few themes) yet, did find this helpful account by Elliott Rabin. Have long found the Bible an interesting work, both as text and story. Personally, I think a full understanding that goes beyond literal belief the best policy.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Not quite Andrew Koppelman -- fails a bit at the end, when it clouds Scalia's position on the 14A (basically it only covers race, some open-ended comment or two he made notwithstanding), but the rest is pretty good. And, it underlines the makeweight nature of DOMA, sec. 3 unless (such is the case) we have blinders. Great formatting.
The t.v. movie version of this classic modern day teenage novel about a frosh who deals with the aftereffects of being raped was pretty good though the translation to screen was a bit imperfect -- her not speaking much didn't quite come thru. The book is a bit different at times, but also works better on that given its medium. Both worthwhile.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Some analysis/reactions here. I oppose the death penalty, but if the person truly voluntarily wants to donate, not quite sure we should paternally deny him the option -- if it's possible, that is. Not sure why it would take so much time to determine.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The purpose of the new bill is to force states to prove that the dozens of measures ostensibly aimed at protecting women’s health actually do that.Kudos. Abortion is a health care matter. States want to burden health in promotion of certain anti-women religious laden views. Let's go on the offensive against the offensive!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Norm Ornstein, a congressional expert at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told TPM that the GOP's mass filibuster of D.C. Circuit nominees is unprecedented and an attempt at "nullification." If Republicans don't let up, he said, then "then I don't see much other choice" for Democrats other than to go nuclear.No no. Both sides are at fault! Like the NLRB business, this is worse than usual. When something imperfect like filibusters are used, best not to be really stupid and corrupt.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.Stephen Colbert is one of many who took part in a recitation of the words for the upcoming 150th Anniversary. It is altogether fitting and proper that [they] should do this.
Monday, November 11, 2013
This book from the feminist pulp series is appropriate reading today -- an "account of life among female Free French soldiers in a London barracks during World War II." The author based in on her own experiences. The vignette style gets a bit repetitive, but it is well written and thoughtful with good supplementary material.
Happy Veteran's Day. I might not agree with all they are required to do, but it's fitting and proper to honor them. Holidays help focus on things that should be clear daily (e.g., moms are special), and this is one such day. Be well.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Truly "stranger in a strange land" territory here, including opinions that the Taking Clause authorizes "theft," disagreement with the term = "you have no problem with it," and Best Buy selling stuff akin to a private party being forced to sell private items. And, you know, Hitler.
Fans will take it. Jags also will take their first win and the opponents of the Bears/Packers will accept they didn't beat in the end the primary (or even back-up for the Packers, sorry Giants) QBs. Rams had an upset -- and unlike TB last week, didn't blow it. Meanwhile, Admission sorta sucked -- Tina Fey needs better material.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Friday, November 08, 2013
The other win was in London. They have had a policy of scoring some points but blowing it ... almost did that here, even after coming back from a deep hole. But, they had a goal line stand and helped the Giants fantasy playoff hopes. Turned out to be a decent game.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
I can see why Justice Kennedy would not think history alone should be our guide (see, e.g., Lawrence v. Texas), but the ongoing reasonableness of the practice in today's world. Also, McCreary might be our guide -- New York moved from a more inclusive (moment of silence) to problematic (prayer) rule quite recently. As to the problems of judicial line drawing, see Bond, this appears to be a variable concern for some justices. Finally, Justice Scalia, public meetings with established rules and a private dinner? Not quite same thing.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Mostly expected locally, except that the judicial retirement ballot measure, which the NYT noted is somewhat controversial for various reasons (part political), seems on its way to defeat. The Democrat appears to have won in the Virginia governor's race, the libertarian beating the margin of victory. Meanwhile, congrats Illinois on SSM.
Cheers for Democrats, voting for judges is stupid and along with the judges, few voters will know about most of the ballot measures, except perhaps the casino gambling one. The voting guide received at least talked about the measures; even if I think judges should be voted on (maybe for housing judges etc.?), the lack of info on them makes that a joke.
The vote to end the "Bloomberg Era" is today along with some other local offices, including judges (and a new line -- War Veterans Party?) no one heard about. A few ballot measures -- obscure property matters the people have to vote on, allowing casino gambling, increase retirement age of some state judges to 80 and expansion of disability benefits for vets.
This was a short lived series concerning four Pan Am stewardesses and a pilot/co-pilot in 1963. Lots of subplots and world travel. Mixed results though as a whole it was an enjoyable way to end your weekend. The DVD puts one episode in its right place (though another seems out of place) and adds some interviews by actual stewardesses of that era.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Rodgers hurt early, so it is a battle of back-ups. Packers "D" looking pretty bad at the moment, Bears going ahead 24-20 and now driving after going for it deep in their own territory at 4th and inches (Packers had a shot at stopping them). Pretty pathetic ending.
Given the likely result of the mayoral race tomorrow, the stay on an appeal of a now infamous (for some) stop/frisk ruling is probably most important for other judges. The USSC punted after the Oklahoma Supreme Court deemed a state law on abortion drugs an undue burden. Meanwhile, the 5th Cir. went out of it's way to stay a limited victory against the new Texas anti-abortion law. The USSC also released a slap-down per curiam.
June Dwyer has an interesting little book discussing Jane Austen's novels -- not comprehensive, but good read. Garrett Epps' American Epic book on the Constitution was an interesting small volume approach but had one too many errors. The "Very Short Intro" on Islam was too boring. Falling Into the Fire was an interesting look at psychiatry in action.
It's time to see what baseball teams do in the off-season, including the Mets -- the time is now with two big contracts off the books. Jets show something by beating the Saints, if with some stressful moments. Tampa still winless, blowing a 21-0 lead. Redskins help Jets by beating a final playoff slot rival. Bengals look bad, Viks let Dallas off hook.