Thursday, January 31, 2013
The one person endorsed by Eugene Volokh at his blog is this Tea Party dweeb, who did on his campaign website honestly say he was a conservative. McCain and remaining amigo Graham joined the "leave Israel alloonnnne" brigade with cranky also upset Hagel was sane on Iraq. Imagine, an actually controversial (cf. Kagan) to Rs nominee with actual bite.
No, not the catchy song. A sort of Imagine Me & You, Swedish style. Two people in long term relationships fall for each other at their parents' engagement party. Well acted but not overly surprising. There is a bit of selfishness involved in love, huh? Such adult step-siblings hooking up just might technically be illegal somewhere in this country. Pretty good.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I looked at the creative Dirt Candy graphic novel cookbook, but don't really do recipes. Still, easy to get a lot of cheap fresh vegetables. Got soup vegetable selection and it provides enough for like three meals or snacks. Used an onion and potato with 'meat' crumbles today, celery and carrot as snacks and still have a parsnip and scallions/onion for pasta. Someone picked me up a focaccia eggplant/tomato pizza wheel (no cheese). Tasty things.
Well, hope those saying the "D" will win in MA are correct. As to fill-in, don't know the guy, but he has an impressive resume and knowledge of state issues. A great representative of the future of the party, who we should look toward, and don't think Frank would have done any miracles. Insider or not, still a newbie to the Senate. So, half full sentiments.
Pretty good episode last night with a flashback to Abby's "first case," involving a childhood incident. She has a crisis of faith, in effect worried her personal approach to karma hasn't been good enough. I like her strategy, hoping things balance out positively in the end.
Monday, January 28, 2013
After a "7" start time was listed but that only involved opening ceremonies and such, I didn't turn on the Pro Bowl until about a minute in. Missed a score. Then, another in four minutes. I left to do a few things and missed the rest of the game. The NFC dominated after a balanced beginning. This sorta "half full" view of the Mets OF is mine, I guess. I don't know those two new guys. Will give them a shot. Also, Bay was a big mistake via "we must do something."
The religious issues involved are perhaps the most frequently debated aspects of abortion.See the footnotes to Douglas' opinion. Melissa Harris-Perry had a minister on yesterday making the religious pro-choice case. Individual choice on greatly disputed intimate religious and moral matters should be basic, especially in a Protestant friendly nation like ours.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
At least 26 people died on Saturday when Egyptians rampaged in protest at the sentencing of 21 people to death over a soccer stadium disaster, adding to bloody street turmoil confronting Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.Putting aside the tragic irony, this story suggests certain types of things avoided by our system, flawed as it might be. For instance, it is sometimes noted that public protest is more restrained in this country. Sometimes, that is a good thing.
Friday, January 25, 2013
An overly technical D.C. circuit ruling struck down Obama's NLRB recess appointments contra to the 11th Cir. on the Judge Pryor matter. Filibustering led to all of this, so it's all connected. I was sympathetic to the Pryor case, but either way, a lifetime appointment is not the same thing. And, the whole context in each case, not quite the same. Structural separation of powers restraints take that into consideration.
[crickets] Rachel Maddow had some coverage. She had a clip with HR's previous comment saying "it's time" to change the 60 rule. To quote him, "it's a shame" what happened today. O'Donnell, who worked for the Senate and praised the institution in the past, didn't have anything on it. Had nice extended bit on Kerry c. 1972. Still, his insight would have helped.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I had low expectations for 2012/2013 and except for not enough life last summer, the team has met them. This off-season some good moves occurred and this rounds out the rotation. The lack of an OF addition is a problem, but disposing of Bay, getting some value for Dickey, signing Wright and getting a few spare parts without doing something dumb helped.
The filibuster will not be reformed. But the way the Senate moves to consider new legislation and most nominees will be.To some degree. How exciting! Various sorts blaming Harry Reid, like it's all his fault. This is somewhat as stupid (not quite) as calling a majority vote every two years to change, but does not end, the filibuster (unlike a few other things, not a supermajority rule explicitly there), abused of late by Republicans, a "nuclear option." Tad bit more complicated.
The last third of the book gets a bit wonky, but on the whole, this was an interesting read. It is a good addition to the quick reading list necessary for the polymath, or those who play one on t.v. Seriously, recommended, including to help the overly cynical.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A bit of overkill there, huh? How time flies. Will we see some of her mom JJ? She has been mostly forgotten, originally a pretty sympathetic character before going a bit crazy. Too bad, imho. And, notice how her grandmother (Sen. Warren's assistant) sort of looks her age, while her hubby does not. Alex's about the same age uncle is a pain though he lost his money.
Roe opponents provides the usual confused arguments. Criminalized abortion is not the best way to honor human life. Latin America suggests this. Overturning Roe will selectively hinder women's rights, lead to some tragic cases, while abortion will largely continue. Dealing with and preventing unwanted pregnancies and moral suasion is pragmatically the more effective approach. Less so if other interests such as conservative views on women are at issue.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Bottom line, reproductive liberty is a basic matter of importance and the principle involved in Roe provides each one of us a right to personally choose the approach right for us, whatever that might be. One in three women have abortions, but the ruling goes far beyond even them. And, the broader principle of privacy and equality goes even further than that.
Monday, January 21, 2013
A little bit of everything -- history, racial equality, non-violence, workers' rights, imperfect man (like all) and (like many a leader) gone while still looking over the proverbial Jordan ala Moses (he is a minister). Disappointing last few years including the anti-poverty stuff.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Toby was a useless addition, show-wise. Then, unrealistically, the mom quits her job, with five kids. Here, Teddy blithely pays money for a secret trip to Boston, needlessly taking a big suitcase. A few too many "ignore me acting stupid" moments. And, the dad's negligence costs how much? The house is totally busted. Finally, so what if PJ -- him of the two day Chicken University -- signed on to cooking school over college. Seems better anyway.
Fred Willard had an amusing guest appearance in a pretty good hour finale of Good Luck Charlie. On a plane; no movie. Meanwhile, Pats led at the Half, but the Ravens dominated the second half, the game in effect over with seven minutes left while the Pats watched time bleed away, down by 15. So, in the SB, the one who leads early should watch out?
Simply don't want the Pats to win while very annoyed the Falcons won last week, so couldn't really enjoy the games today. The Falcons blew another big lead, marched down the field in a longggg drive, but was stopped in the Red Zone. So, at least something for the viewers.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Rachel Maddow also reported (I'm watching it online, a way to pick and choose the video you want while doing other things) Biden is being sworn in (trivia alert!) by Justice Sotomayor (autobiography on list) and Obama by Roberts (holding a cheat sheet I bet -- hey, I'm bad at that sort of thing too; if I ever got married, I would hold my vows on an index card).
Rachel Maddow reported -- before another important special report on abortion -- Republicans will not take us off the debt limit cliff, though they will keep the issue alive to bring it up in a few months. I don't know how this falls on the debate I'm having with a commenter, but half full, and all that. Keep up the fight, Obama.
Friday, January 18, 2013
The author of this autobiography of the childhood with serious parent issues of an undocumented (until the change in policy during the Reagan years) immigrant from Mexico wrote one of the books on the side panel now. Well written and novel-like itself though tapers off a bit late. A hint of that fiction book is present, but no, not simply a roman-a-clef. A good read given immigration is one of "the" issues of the time. She was/is a "dreamer."
O'Donnell continued his campaign against the NRA last night against board member Tom Selleck, pressuring him to resign, especially over the reference to Obama's daughters. Okay, but Selleck was not personally to blame for such things and LD at times implied that. Good segment on Rachel Maddow regarding possible re-opening of George Tiller's clinic.
Didn't see it though this makes it sound pretty good [hosts are great at being funny and feminists/professionals though Fey looks too 'glam' these days]. The big news was Foster's rambling speech and good for her, even if some (e.g., the hosts of Gay USA) imho unfairly were annoyed she wasn't more "out," though she has been and has reasons for her privacy.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
See here and here. Seems to be a step in the right direction. This is a fight for the long haul. No "magic bullets" here. Full gun background check seems like something to insist upon. Also, think "gun control" might better be framed "regulating well" like the 2A suggests.
I remember him as a nebbish character on Ned and Stacey and now he has a bit of that as the acting director of NCIS. Yesterday's episode was pretty good though it left things open. I still liked last week's episode before the ending. NCIS already had to deal with the explosion at their HQ. Now this. A bit much. And, do Ziva et. al. need more personal tragedies?!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
In a concession to the pro-gun side, local authorities will be allowed to withhold the identities of registered gun owners — an issue that erupted recently when a suburban New York City newspaper published the names and addresses of gun owners in its readership area.Not cited when Rachel Maddow reported the law. This effort needs compromise and signs of respect to gun owners. This is an example and it is important to note it along with ending gun show loopholes and so on. Also, something about the NRA blocking federal collection of info was noted in passing. Got to clarify things like that.
Gov. Cuomo added to his record by helping to have NY be the first out of the gate here and the law looks fairly promising. Don't think letting a few days pass so legislators can read the thing would have hurt, including notification rules for certain mentally ill that concern some doctors. Measures like protecting the privacy of gun ownership records suggest there is a little bit for everyone. The new "assault weapon" label should be up for litigation soon.
As noted here, I have mixed feelings about the Aaron Swartz matter. Don't think it great to talk about how the feds "contributed" to his death and if he wanted no jail time, that is a bit much. Ideal or not, the stuff isn't free and he broke the law and this remains true even if (I don't know) he was greatly overcharged. Some commentary is just too one sided for me. [Update: See, e.g., here, where prosecutors wanted less than six months of jail time.]
Monday, January 14, 2013
Thomas, J. (Yale, JD), speaks: funny at argument—Yale degree could mean lawyer is incompetent, not competent, capital trial counsel.So tweeted Scotusblog. More here and here (there is video available of a Q&A involving Thomas and Amar, a curious match-up given Amar's brand of constitutional interpretation). [I added a couple more links including one that actually talks about the case.]
So getting invited to speak at a library gives me a deep, warm glow that nothing else can equal…except maybe really top quality cocaineGood attitude -- the talk (combining vegetarianism, opening a restaurant and writing a graphic cookbook) was pretty good too. Hey, the price was right. I don't recall ever actually going to the sixth floor (it's usually closed to the public) of the Mid-Manhattan.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
A whipping like the Texans had during the regular season was not expected but the 3Q basically made the end result clear -- Pats fairly easily won 42-28. Thus, I want a brother vs. brother head coach SB, the [ugh] ending of the other game making neither Championship Game that fun. I would find the Falcons winning somewhat less distasteful than the Pats.
Falcons looked to yet again have choked in the playoffs but after Seattle came back from 20-0 (and blowing chances to score), the Falcons couldn't ala Denver take a knee with 1/2 minute left. They just quickly got in field goal range. No miracle Hail Mary this time. Aggravating way to lose though it coming down to the failed HM had a bit of karma to it.
Wallace v. Jaffree touches upon the problems of certain laws but also (see concurring opinions) the likely validity of others. Two things. (1) The background in that case poisoned the well beyond the narrow question ultimately addressed. (2) The oral argument etc. barely addressed a key issue: even focusing on religious exercise, "prayer" is but one means of religious expression. Support of prayer itself favors some religions over others.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
I don't know Aaron Swartz so decided to delete something about him. As to Hysteria, like the commentary and interviews and it was well put together. But, I stick with my "boring" -- it was too dry and MG was not really "wasted" but her character was kind of boring too. Didn't like the court scene. Might be better in a different frame of mind. Duck bit was amusing.
Falcons had little over a minute to get a TD and did it in half that time. Denver with two time outs didn't even try to get a FG. OT. It took to the second OT, but they also lost the game after Manning gave it up. Did he forget that the game did not end with the first OT?
The Treasury won't mint a platinum coin to get around the debt limit. BTW, Mike Castle is mentioned. Remember him? He lost to Christine "Not the Senator of Delaware" O'Donnell in 2010. Even sanity has been mixed with confusion here -- see how money is a "delusion" here.
The film looks good (setting and all), but it's pretty dull and Maggie Gyllenhaal was wasted. The idea of the inventor of the vibrator has an amusing flavor and a play was made about the idea too. Pretty good commentary [it shows the intent and all, and there was skill there, but still was bored] and there is a bonus documentary. But, the subject matter really deserves a better platform. Half a cheer for taking a chance at a novel subject.
Friday, January 11, 2013
I read the play with an intro by the playwright added after a revival performed about a decade ago (Shatner's military escort role in the film was a black guy here with dialogue alluding to the South; was that the way in the original play?). Powerful though it's interesting so little is offered as to specific criminal acts (e.g., the defense showed that the U.S. also sterilized the "mentally unfit"). Perhaps, that is a point: missing the forest for single trees.
Brennan's name was floated four years ago for the job he has now been nominated for but his role in hinky stuff in the Bush years was apparently then deemed too questionable, sort of like Mike Piazza and steroids. Piazza is likely to get in the Hall of Fame eventually, but more information and time is desired by many writers. Well, as reported by Rachel Maddow last night on drones, more info on them should be provided before Brennan is confirmed.
Lawrence O'Donnell is not PC as to the Bible and good for him. But, the book God v. Gay is basically correct: on the whole, the Bible has a few verses on the subject, the focus is in no way some compelling issue as some make it out to be. Many Jews and Christians manage to have a sane perspective on the matter. I understand the basic idea of a small symbolic gesture to right leaning evangelicals but yeah you will find that sort of thing in their past.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
As a Western woman and a Persian Gulf War combat veteran who have exercised our Second Amendment rights, we don't want to take away your guns any more than we want to give up the two guns we have locked in a safe at home. What we do want is what the majority of NRA members and other Americans want: responsible changes in our laws to require responsible gun ownership and reduce gun violence.I'm game, Gabby and Mark [from linked op-ed].
The Pirates! Band of Misfits was BORING and was pretty disappointed since I was led to believe it was a quirky fun sort of film. Snow White and the Huntsman (technical nominations) was also pretty boring. Was told Argo (read book) and Flight (Denzel) are good, but not really into watching them. A bit curious about Hitchcock (technical) and Sessions, not much else than the two earlier referenced. AIDS doc got lots of praise though.
Silver Linings Playbook (though like the nod to Jacki Weaver) is a good film, but really, Best Picture worthy?! Helen Hunt? Wasn't she the LEAD in that film? I never heard of Beasts of the Southern Wild until now. Somewhat weak field, imho, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty probably two favorites. Haven't seen either yet. Mirror Mirror is the "bad film" nominee.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
HC of Redskins is an asshole for leaving RGIII in. My favs: Broncos, 49ers (Packs be okay), Seahawks (current personal favorite) and Texans (creamed last time; Pats current "please lose"). Should be some better match-ups this time. Seattle/GB rematch with real refs?
I'm with a local sports guy that MLB not seriously enforcing the steroid ban has resulted in a karma result this year with no one on the ballot. I'm not horrified or anything and wouldn't be surprised if it will only be a temporary thing. But, this isn't jail -- the "due process" required here is different. And, the past is the past. We are dealing now with the issue. So, no talk of greenies in 1965. Also, records should take into consideration current conditions.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Rape is horrible. But it is not horrible for all the reasons that have been drilled into the heads of Indian women. It is horrible because you are violated, you are scared, someone else takes control of your body and hurts you in the most intimate way. It is not horrible because you lose your “virtue.” It is not horrible because your father and your brother are dishonored. I reject the notion that my virtue is located in my vagina, just as I reject the notion that men’s brains are in their genitals.Powerful op-ed.
Strong episode though I didn't like the violent (cliffhanger) ending, especially the death of a little used female character. Ziva's father was a warrior of sorts, so okay, though doesn't she have enough death? (see, e.g., her brother), but the director's wife ... ugh to that.
I happened to watch the author give an interview about her documentary that "addresses universal ideas of forgiveness [including a face to face with the killer] and redemption," a sequel to the title book, which deals with her emotions after finding out about her brother's murder. The book is a raw cry of the heart with photos. More here.
I think Dorf makes some good points here and in his longer article, which also alludes to the argument that "debt" might not (the USSC barely directly dealt with the matter) include "obligations" like social security benefits (he supports a broader understanding). Technically legal or not, I also think the platinum coin idea is real stupid. Not into stupid.
Monday, January 07, 2013
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Like the Bengals, Colts kept it close, but eventually missed a FG and the closing blow made it 24-9. Redskins started well but RGIII was not himself from the start and Seattle went ahead 21-14. Then, RGIII went down. Blah. Rooting for Seattle but that was not good.
Flipping thru the channels last night, caught a few minutes of a Law & Order: SVU episode about a priest who molested children. First, someone noted the number of priests caught molesting children & then another noted this was a tiny fraction of all priests. Both true and dealing with serious problems requires perspective. See also, the ongoing gun debate.
A quick bit on this. As noted, Darwin was sure to be low key to respect the religious beliefs of his wife, but personally was probably eventually an agnostic. Privately, he admitted God didn't have much a place in "natural selection." But, some assumptions aside, his theories were accepted by many religious figures of his time, including a former professor.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
I also think the section involved is vague enough that there is no clear answer, so the President has no crystal clear power/responsibility to unilaterally do something really novel here. This also affects public reaction. Realistically, the drop dead date would not occur for some time and a political solution of sorts will occur. Pondering the issues is fine.
Hard to find a better case for the death penalty (lifer killing of a guard during an escape attempt) and one of the two involved has been (quickly) executed after a mandatory appeal. One sentence was struck down. I can understand not being absolutist but some categorical rules are valid, even with the presence of very hard cases. I'm well aware of such things.
I look forward to the Seattle/Redskins game and think the QB's injury might lean things toward Seattle. Hope for the Colts (but uphill battle), Bengals might be an upset (be sad if Texans slipped from #1 to out) and Viks unlikely to win again vs. the Packers. Good games.
Friday, January 04, 2013
Interesting lecture (separately, C-SPAN has an interview connected to her book) "about the treatment of soldiers returning from the Vietnam War" and other matters. Addresses, e.g., the whole "were they spit at" controversy. She has that nerd hot thing going down. Love that official countdown calendar in the shape of a nude woman that you color in. Really.
I'm still not convinced the strings attached appointment regime used to fill the seat in Hawaii is problematic. Again, the party is offering the options, not the legislature. Providing strings does not seem to be clearly prohibited. Forcing the governor to act might be an issue, but it is all academic anyway unless s/he refuses to or formally appoints someone under protest.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Some interesting book discussions on C-SPAN on the event, working with legislative action (including preventing the military to send fugitive slaves back) to show what happened when (often voluntary) continual federal support of slavery went the other way. It also suggests constitutional flexibility, when desired, so this sort of thing is a tad overblown.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
benefits of robust family planning in terms of expanding gender equality, avoiding costly unwanted pregnancies, increasing childhood health and achievement, and enhancing economic security are worth [it]I concur with this comment on a recent thread regarding the contraceptive mandate and deem it a "compelling state interest" even if there is some "substantial burden" not on employees, but employers that wish to refuse on religious grounds to cover them.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
There are a mess of them, but admit I have little concern about them. SC had two and two wins, both basically on the last play (the Gamecocks left a few seconds on the clock). The Tigers made up for a recent bowl embarrassment. The favored Gamecocks today won on a quick final drive, not needing to risk a third failed FG attempt. Bit lame there.
I have not seen the movie though someone I know really liked it. The book was good though, well written (maybe helped by the co-author) in the way of a thriller. The actual "Argo" operation (the name has an amusing "R" rated explanation) takes only part of it, the seizure of the Iranian embassy as a whole and some background on the lead CIA agent involved filling the rest. Mendez has two other books, one that focuses some on his second wife.
lock in a variety of higher rates on income above $450,000.Since that is about the "middle class" line. A majority of people in my city make less than 50K. That isn't really "middle class" for a family, yes, but the line there is imho a fraction of 450K. I'm not alone here [50K figure in one of links]. But, such is reality, not political reality.