Sunday, March 31, 2013
A lot of talent here regarding a late 1960s Southern melodrama, but the net result is pretty bad, particularly in that the story is pretty boring and clunky. So bored, it took extras to catch the homosexual subtext though I guess would have saw if I was paying attention. Meanwhile, another promising topic, found Congressman Lincoln boring.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Chris Hayes is moving to nights ["All in" is a stupid name], but had a "best of" today that included some of the leading Democratic mayoral candidates, though somehow the frontrunner had time conflict issues. Important election in November: post-Bloomberg time, unless he finds a reason to change his mind again and runs for a fourth time.
Friday, March 29, 2013
It is interesting to read about people, particularly lesser known figures, from another time. Old books are charming on their own. This book from the 1940s (someone obtained it for me from a college library) is a workable biography of a workmanlike justice of the mid-19th Century. He staid on during the Civil War, but a son joined the Confederacy.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
It's sad on both a personal and team level that Santana appears to have re-torn his shoulder and might be done. The thir... omg ... that will be paid for him to be on the DL is rather depressing alone. So, was it all worth it, even if he was in effect health for around half his time? Guess, but I'm less sure as the author of that piece. Thanks for the memories.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
All three of the female justices were pretty good, Sotomayer here basically getting the Prop 8 advocate to admit that sexual orientation is normally not a grounds for discrimination. If so, "rational basis" seems a tad off -- something so rarely relevant warrants more than that.
MHP tweeted concerning the anniversary of the murder of this "Unitarian Universalist committed to work for education and economic justice, gave her life for the cause of civil rights." Have I noted recently I think UUs are pretty kewl? Seriously, RIP. HB Jackie.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Justice Scalia's property based (curtilage) ruling for five (the ladies agreed but noted privacy would have done the trick) is as fine as it was short. Still, note how "social understandings" were involved with a modern day flavor which are not quite as "easy" as he might wish. Justice "Centrist" Breyer joined Kennedy, Alito (opinion) and Roberts in dissent.
Monday, March 25, 2013
This first novel concerns a nineteen year old (written by a woman, but the narrator is a guy) on leave dealing with family issues, a new girlfriend and PTSD. Overall, a good novel about a real sounding character (seems to be based on someone). The girls are a bit too stereotypical but the characters as a whole are well written as is the book itself. Recommended.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
As noted here, religious belief can entail "animus" against gays, even if it is just about the actions. If you hate the sin, you will hate core actions of the sinner. Or, at least, have "animus" against them. This cannot be a reason for laws unless the "morality" at issue reflects republican principles. Doesn't necessarily make you a bad person though.
NCIS marathons are on weekends and by chance caught the first episode. We see how Kate came on and this was pre-McGee and Jimmy but we did see FBI Agent Fornell. Abby seemed a bit calm -- no energy drink (someone on IMDB tells me she did have them in the JAG preview of the series). GIBBS was excited about a movie while DiNozzo was not. Some other previews of regular stuff came out. Plot was a bit weak, but Air Force One setting was well done.
Like the female leads (Elizabeth Shue and Jennifer Lawrence) but this thriller isn't very good. Actually, putting aside Silver Linings Playbook (itself a bit too Hollywood), her movies have been a bit off. Hunger Games bored me as did Winter's Bone (her best character role), where she seemed to play a Katniss type. The t.v. show was okay. Guess who will hook up again?
Saturday, March 23, 2013
It deals with an explicitly strict state constitutional provision, but I'm game. Heller's "felon," full stop, rule is problematic. First, what about violent misdemeanors such as domestic violence? Second, lots of non-violent felons would lose gun rights for a span of time long after they finished their sentence. Not sane for voting, not sane (if maybe a bit more) here.
Friday, March 22, 2013
It does get to be a bit much after awhile, but Oyez.com has a very good SSM page, including video. It also references Linda Greenhouse's column talking about Baker v. Nelson, including a state job offer lost because of bringing the claim. An appellate ruling upholding this treatment of an "activist" shows yet again Baker itself is no longer good law.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Last night's episode had lots of sex -- four sex scenes, three couples, more butt. This show favors butt, both male and female. It was a bit much really. Things ended on a somber note, a mission tragically not quite as successful as thought. Like the show but still seems still a bit rough, not quite great all around. Is striking so many good dramas involved here.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A young British woman, working in a massage parlor, seeks out her father in India. A good lead (herself born in India) and overall well made, but thought it dragged a bit. Her search has a sort of, I guess, existential symbolism, basically all alone in a foreign land, trying to find someone who cares, something with meaning.
Since the 10th anniversary of the Republican + 1/2 Senate Dems (Dems in House voted against it) Iraq War is in the news, and gave up on him after respecting his research etc. until his bully boy advocate tone (and 'yes sir' comments) got to me, this is appreciated.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Same day audio will be provided on argument day, SCOTUS therefore implying certain subjects are more worthwhile than others on that front. It would be loathe to admit this. Somewhat ill advised and not consistently done even for high interest cases.
There is a fighting chance the Prop 8 litigation will be disposed of on standing grounds, Art. III standing denied being the likely option there. SCOTUSBlog has a hint of another way to punt, which cwould just delay the litigation still longer. Please no. This thing has gone on long enough. Sigh. I can see it happening. The merits arguments are by now typically lame.
The result in today's copyright ruling seems logical, though as policy, it might make sense if making $100K this way was too much. I'm inclined to apply copyright rules narrowly when possible. The line-up is a bit different, Alito might be the switch from when the issue was decided 4-4 (see Kagan's concurrence). The "it is so clear" bit is probably a legal fiction.
The last season of the show was fairly tired so perhaps we can consider this on a sort of curve. Since it is an extended Disney event (if only an hour), it had to be "meaningful." Kinda 'eh' though fans of Superman II and Star Trek might recognize motifs like the never seen before (and low tech) Crystals of Justice. Meanwhile, Selena is "bad" in the movies too!
Monday, March 18, 2013
First, Happy JP Day, the day for Irish/Italian mutts, or all mutts. I am one, so it is a compliment! Mutts tend to be the best sorts -- bit of everything. Second, this is a good German/Turkish drama about some people whose lives interconnect, not always in ways they are fully aware of. One out of three rentals borrowed were worth noting ... not bad.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
I was surprised to see an extended account in my local paper [not the article] on the Steubenville rape trail in the sports section, but see it is getting a lot of national attention. MHP covered the case today. Brings to mind U.S. v. Morrison. BTW, good fill-in by Chris Hayes last night. He's great, but still, think he's best in his current role.
Her work in Waitress and The Americans led me to Keri Russell's role in this WWII era Hallmark film. I liked it overall, including a subplot involving two Japanese women (interned) working on the farm. The edge to the chippy sounding sister was a nice touch. Amazon reviews of the book suggests the husband is more interesting here.
Friday, March 15, 2013
But legal, commercialized pot is a whole other issue, and once the cat is out of the bag, there is no going back.The claim that marijuana is more addictive than alcohol to my understanding is pretty debatable, but anyways, if you support allowing use, how are they going to do it? You think medicinal pot will be supplied for free? We need not quite go the "Joe Camel" route either.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Something about “I Want to Show You More” makes me want to remove copies of it from the “new fiction” table in bookstores and scatter them through the religion and running and illness and sex sections. There’s so much in these stories that’s shocking. Yet there’s so much solace.A review that makes me want to read the book.
Prof. Irons has worked toward getting the actual litigants some justice and his article is interesting. But, as noted in comments, the USSC sort of did it already. If a case comes up when it is relevant, sure, there is something to be said for clearly repudiating it.
This is a book from the Vietnam Era in which Leon Friedman first provides some examples of civil disobedience and then focuses on draft protests of that time. The latter drags on a bit but my beef is more that such accounts need to provide negative examples -- it is circular to say this is moral when it promotes good. Guess ultimately it is a test of time thing.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
There was a debate that the title book was the "true" main source for the film Lincoln, but regardless, it is a good political history of the ratification of the 13A. It isn't a legal history of the amendment as such though provides a good reply to originalist (or at least some forms) interpretation regarding how the text was actually crafted and applied over time.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
NYT has a good extended article on the drone attack on an American citizen with important details like the fact of OLC memoranda that actually provides a real extended argument for its legality. As Jack Goldsmith (and I) have noted, there is no reason why the general public lacks the chance to see that. In the long run, it's counterproductive.
Friday, March 08, 2013
Another pretty good episode with a not great denouement to the mystery. The various parts, including Abby, were fun (or enjoyable) though. The Americans was pretty good too, including a nerve racking experience involving the kids. I can't believe a Russian spy could get away with beating up her superior and how the mole was protected seemed a bit off. Could they be tricked so easily? Wouldn't he be suspicious of her?
Thursday, March 07, 2013
The specific case and broader discussion here is quite interesting and raises themes I have at times (less eloquently) made here. "Religion" might in some sense be non-rational (there seems to be an emotional aspect to it), but only so much.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Kathleen Sebelius explains some benefits from ACA. An interesting review of one of various liberal defenses of judicial review from the duo who earlier argued for pragmatism as compared to any one view, be it Bork or Dworkin. When DB calls you uncivil ...
The show was always junk food in content but some seasons were satisfying enough. After a period of dullness, and a hiatus, the new episodes are pretty good. Still, I wish they would find more for "Jen" to do. Last night's episode was middle of the road.
Monday, March 04, 2013
I find his overall federalist theory of the 8A annoyingly reductionist and a bit too precious, especially if he seriously doesn't realize the evidence at best suggests it as a possibility, but really now. It is depressing that torture being fundamentally illicit is so hard for some people. The potshot that I was saying all "very bad" things are unconstitutional is tiresome.
The latest of an excellent series of labor history posts concerns Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services (written by Scalia!), decided fifteen years ago, and showing the connection between sex and sexual orientation discrimination. Now, if EL limited himself to such subjects.... Meanwhile, more orals time for Windsor, given the jurisdiction issues etc.
I found this book after in effect reading about the idea in a non-fiction book that was a trudge. It concerns how a new girl changes things for four girls on an island. Interesting perspective. Some things are left unanswered but I was okay with that. There is a secret here, soon discovered by the discerning reader, but I'll leave it to the reader to find it out.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Don't agree with (or try to parse) all of it, but Koppelman's views here (including the intro) has some good stuff, including the broad view of "religion." See, e.g., opinions citing "questions of ultimate value and the contours of a good or meaningful life" and "matters of conscience as life and death, good and evil, being and nonbeing, right and wrong."
Checked this charming film again, getting some DVD extras too. KR is now on The Americans, this film perhaps showing she can do somewhat dark roles and kinky sex (getting to be a thing on the show; the spitting out of the tea by the Soviet mole and then letting us know it was after oral was a good touch). The Adrienne Shelly Foundation continues.
Saturday, March 02, 2013
Friday, March 01, 2013
I'm tired of this sort of thing with the usual caveats down to the dig at Obama apparently having a fantasy idea about Republicans. The point that the sequester furthers a nefarious anti-government sentiment is fine, but then (sadly typical) he has to take it one more step. Yeah. We have "voter protections." Not enough, but we have them. etc.
“What Is Marriage? There is the question. Thanks to these three eloquent authors for so cogently reminding us of that, and for showing us how reflective reason answers it.”
- Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New YorkYeah, okay. BTW, the third author repeatedly has come off as an asshole (including here -- no comments!), taking a no holds bar stance in promotion of error. Always charming.