Murphy’s hustle proved to be the difference in this game. That’s the second time this week he has scored from second in a situation like that. He isn’t the most graceful of players, and sometimes he can make me scratch my head, but he’s gritty and has a winning attitude – every good team needs a baseball personality like that.Yes. The nay-sayings annoys me. Baseball isn't just statistics and stuff. Daniel "Roger Ramjet" Murphy is a personality, gives the team character. Face palm moments duly noted.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
An inane op-ed [from a member of the hack wing of the blog] led to some interesting comments, including a citation of the subject book. A brisk read, it helpfully provides the basics in around two hundred pages. An in depth look of the legal principles is found elsewhere, but this is a good addition to a cottage industry of books about historical cases.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Other news would be the big NFL concussion settlement, major IRS policy shift on SSM, CASC upholding "gay conversion" ban, Hasan getting the death penalty, the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Mets News (ace might be out long term, useful trade). And more. BTW, opinion page not great, but looking at it recently, WSJ has some good coverage.
August is busy busy, even outside of the sports world. If the usual isn't enough, we have Syria (chemical weapons ban of concern so much that darn who needs Congress? it's so obvious without them!), the Administration voiced a position on Colorado/Washington marijuana legalization. A lot of wriggle room -- it still is against the law federally after all -- but a hopeful sign. Any big change will realistically require congressional action.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
My source here has been Elaine Pagels (who I saw in person years ago) and some Bart Ehrman, but Marvin Meyer is also a well recognized scholar. I checked out The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus: The Definitive Collection of Mystical Gospels and Secret Books about Jesus of Nazareth recently and it's a useful compilation in one volume. The problem is that the esoteric nature of the text makes it hard going with the short introductions provided.
After a depressing sweep (not too long after another sweep vs. "big boys," the Dodgers, helped by a LOUSY call or two in a key at bat), we now hear that Matt "no decision" Harvey is hurt. The timing is a bit off -- it is not like fans were feeling great -- but, you know, to poison the "all things considered, the future looks okay" vibe. Oh well.
I have read some of Prof. Sherry's writings (e.g., on the history of judicial review back to the 18th Century or the weakness of using any one type of judicial ideology) and found it helpful and insightful. This article is somewhat weak and it feels like overkill to have so many posts about it, but I guess some good came out of it. And, a lot of blather, sometimes latching on to some phrase in one or two posts. Such tiresome b.s.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Not a Harry Potter fan, but the drama over "Robert Galbraith" led me to check out this mystery. Quite good -- the detective (with a bit from the p.o.v. of his new assistant, a stand-in for a young J.K. Rowling) is an engaging character as is the story. It's over 400 pages, but never boring. One or two questionable moves, but look forward to future entries.
Wary of the results of all of them if they come up, but the prayer one should be of limited harm at least. A look at the questions presented suggests the deck is stacked, but perhaps helpful in that respect. Note Sotomayor's ruling on the contraceptive mandate.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
So I repented. I turned around and faced God. I accepted who God created me to be and I exchanged my unnatural sexual relations for my natural ones.Not quite the references to "God" likely to be found in a Tracie Peterson novel.
Here's an excited review for this book. I read it and the next one in the series. Over ninety books? Makes Danielle Steele look like a wanker! The book is quick reading Christian historical fiction. I think it sort of overdoes it on the Christian (moderation in all things!) but both were enjoyable reads. The second book has a surprising plot twist.
I'm not 100% sure the law in place is necessary, but the ruling itself looks very reasonable. The idea that photographers are uniquely "expressive" here as I noted in the comments to me appears particularly wrong. As with the contraceptive mandate, the other side is filled with arbitrary line-drawing, mixed with strong rhetoric that repeatedly doesn't address the hard questions. The OP discussion there is fair though.
His mistreatment in prison complicates the matter, but for what he was sentenced for, ten years would seem appropriate. If he actually gets released when he is first up, I think it is reasonable. I would not be against commuting his sentence at the end of Obama's term either. Releasing all this information in this manner was rightly prosecuted but his treatment and the amount of charges, not so much.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I saw this on a "gross out" horror movie list and it started off promising. But, a mostly pointless subplot and a badly paced second half (plus some real stupid plot developments as well as an aggravatingly lame ending) made it a major disappointment. It had promise as a "fun" film with some verve, but it lost its way. Others liked it more.
Monday, August 19, 2013
I made a flippant remark about Rizzoli & Isles and someone brought up the news of his suicide. Very sad. The show is a somewhat silly one that can best be enjoined for its role as entertainment. But, like certain problems with Disney stars (like LTY, actually), reality shows its ugly face there too. How will the show deal with this? Oh well. Back to the non-serious.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Reading about Islam and Muslims, I again am left thinking that a lot of things are not about the actual concrete (so to speak) "God" of religion, but the concept and understandings behind that. The concepts and principles for which "God" is probably a sort of symbol, a personification that people find necessary to make real. When people sneer at "God" or "religion," or certain types, that should be their concern too.
The Airplane movies were on last night. Amazing how much stuff is rammed in there. The amount of stuff you can miss (especially on network broadcasts) alone. The white/red loading area bit with a kicker about abortion, e.g. The announcement of an Airplane III actually turns out to be based on reality. Surely.
This discussion looks at the "culture" that helps promote sexual abuse in the military (my own Sen. Gillibrand is a leading voice on this issue). I provide a partial dissent and would think that the shocked comment as to adult literature comes off as pretty silly. Still, sexual freedom being a good thing doesn't stop it from being a complicated thing, including protecting individual dignity in the process. After all, it often involves surrendering it!
Reza Aslan has received some fame for his appearance on FOX promoting a new Jesus biography, and this effort suggests it will be worthwhile. A well written three hundred page "biography" of the religion covers the basics. Clearly not comprehensive, but a good progressive approach to the material. The Jesus book is on reserve.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
See here. I guess the "big story" needs a bit of context. See also comments by the likes of "WiscoJoe" here (not me). I'm wary about the whole thing, but find some of the "this is tyranny" stuff dubious. For instance, my comments here. And, by now, quite repetitive.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
I enjoyed Terry Golway's book on Nathaniel Greene back in the day and see he has worked on a few books that provide audio of presidential speeches. This one concerns FDR with thirty short excerpts. Powerful stuff though the text gets a bit repetitive at times.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
After defensive misplays led to 2-3 runs, ump miscalls (blatantly a 3-2 way outside "strike") blocked the Mets from making up for them. Worse, the manager not only didn't complain (it deserved getting tossed; even Vin Scully was a bit taken aback), but barely reacted. Almost worse. West Coast, so this happened after midnight local time. Some way to end a day.
Monday, August 12, 2013
With the show now on hiatus, I am left with watching old episodes again. The one after Stef was shot is probably the best one and one sign (other than great flashbacks) are numerous great reaction shots. Some subpar efforts are worthy of a bit of respect for being pretty well put together. The good ones make you think "this is good." In more than one way.
The author of the cat book noted he [putting aside his basically dumpy guy look] was someone people would not notice on the street, in fact, if he was, some would not have a pleasant reaction. This adds to the power of the reality of the book, a bit more of an edge than say Marley & Me. If there is a movie, hopefully that edge will be retained.
The speech page on the USSC website is mainly dominated by Stevens, but Ginsburg has a few entries, including a recent one with an opera focus. It ends with a few lines of a pending Ginsburg/Scalia opera. Yes, "opera star" is not in the cards for our fair justice.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Found this at a cozy library during my recent trip to Staten Island, it originally from a branch much nearer to me. It's a Christian historical fiction about some family tragedy and redemption in 1890s Minnesota. A bit too heavy at times on the message (I'm game, up to a point, but tad much), but the story and writing is pleasant enough.
The final book of the writer of Rebecca is the atypical effort Rule Britannia, a political satire about the U.S. invading the U.K. and the rebellion led by an elderly former actress and her young charges. Quite readable with an interesting p.o.v. of her granddaughter, not totally gung ho about it all. Prime is a slight but well put together wry film about a woman dating a younger man who turns out to be her therapist's son. Leads do well. Interesting ending.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
I have seen some discussions about how the steroid policy in baseball is a joke and "everyone" cheats anyhow. I find this annoying -- everyone doesn't cheat, the policy protects the health of players overall and the players agreed to the policy. It is actually being enforced now. Rightly so. Also, A-Rod is no victim. Enough of that b.s. The fact he's (annoyingly) still playing underlines due process, even in this context, is being followed.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
First, Rizzoli & Isles was pretty good today with a surprise ending that left the mystery somewhat unsolved. Somewhat hit/miss with this show, but kudos when it's good. Also, the After Ellen recap is up and the "Joe Lies" (Say Anything) reference is you know film nerd porn. Mystic Pizza (same actress) also was on recently. Damn thing was on 25 years ago.
This week's RH Reality Check podcast flagged this law that targets physicians, not the girls/women, though they are burdened in the process. The law is offensive -- you have a choice to have an abortion, not only for the "right" reason. If the abortion is to cover-up an interracial affair, is that a problem? Anyway, you have a right to do things, even if for the "wrong" reasons. The law also inhibits free discussion with medical providers.
h/t to an interesting article. This is sound: a "right is a legally enforceable claim." This means (some) animals have certain rights, including protection from cruelty. If corporations can be a form of person, animals should too, especially since if anything a dog should often be more protected. Not sure if they will get 1A rights though.
The tweets reminded me of something -- particularly in an earlier scene, the show rather well made it clear the two women just had sex and were currently nude under the coverages. Hints sometimes are best. Also, Teri Polo had some great acting moments. Finally, kudos dramatically for her dad -- everything didn't work out in the end. In real life, life is messy.
Monday, August 05, 2013
A sort of in-joke on The Fosters has Lena's dad become an Internet minister to be able to preside over the marriage ceremony, something done outside of t.v. shows too. He's played by the same person who played Rev. Camden on Seventh Heaven. BTW, he references a small price tag. Have no fear -- you can get it free via ULC Church!
And Also: An Onion article in honor of the (summer) season finale of The Fosters, the marriage episode. A problem with the court scene. And, don't really like the cliffhanger -- poor Jude will be crushed! I can accept it, but it still is pretty stupid on Callie's part to run away like that. Still, she is sixteen.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
I found this book about a kidnapped Guatemalan girl, and though it is written for a middle school audience (in the voice of the twelve year old protagonist), adults can appreciate it as well -- at times, it seems like she is narrating from when she is older, though it is written as if the events occurred recently on an ongoing basis (tense is sort of strange in fiction that way). Good book with a flavor of the place and culture. Bit scary for kids.
A civil rights hero, who lived the history and fought to point it in the right direction. He was from North Carolina and worried about new restrictive voting laws. The fight continues and his style -- quiet, smart, powerful -- is an important means to address it.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
Mets split two trudges vs. the KC Royals thus far -- you know, their usual rivals. In both games, KC pitchers got a hit, one key to a three run inning. Chen did pitch in the NL, but still. The relievers got 18 of 19 out today. The one the winning run in the 12th. Oh well. Meanwhile, can A-Rod go away? Some, apparently seriously, say he is being mistreated by MLB. Sorry, not buying it. MLB aren't saints, but of the two ...
So goes the Mets. Their closer's neck hurts and he has been out for a few days. Their All Star 3B got hurt racing for first, hurting his achy hammy, the throw airmailed anyhow. Led to their young newbie starter, Zack Wheeler pinch running. It was bound to happen eventually with the team struggling for runs, every base counting, but the immediate cause was a blown save by their fill-in closer. Another reliever is out for the year, probably.
Another article about states running low on execution drugs. I think some solution will be found for Texas at least. Others states might let it go; Texas likes executing people too much to not manage a means to get in their quota. "federalist" here really lets go against the California prison order. Such venom is a wonder to behold. Have been a victim of it, but apparently, down to an octogenarian Supreme Court journalist, I'm in good company.
Friday, August 02, 2013
Were the drivers involved in these cases, to one degree or another, knuckleheads? Absolutely. (I include myself.) However, the world is full of knuckleheads, and if fixing mistaken directions can save them from themselves, it seems incumbent on the navigation companies to fix them.Exactly. Any system has to take into consideration humans are human, including per a recent debate I had, the idea that the pope can be totally infallible about anything.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Some people lack a certain amount of humanity, including those some might call "monsters," particularly sociopaths. Some seem poster children for the death penalty, but it won't only apply to the "no doubt cases." And, including when there is no death, there is a basic moral [comment] and legal rule. One even those whose life is to protect children have supported. Dissent is apparent and understandable. Glad he pled and we avoided the specter of a trial.
AfterEllen loves this show for its lesbian subtext and TV Tropes notes various things about it can let people look past the writing. Yes. TNT is filled with mystery shows mostly about characters ("characters welcome" doesn't only apply to USA), just too much to expect the scripts to be consistently good. Monday's episode was though, the mystery's wrap-up still a bit lame. Surrounding parts done well, Rizzoli a bit less annoying than usual.
A good film concerning a desperate young Texan mother who loses her child to foster care and tries smuggling Mexicans across the border, but it goes tragically wrong, and she has to deal with a young girl who lost her mother. "Making of" segment narrated by director. From the producers of the also very good Maria Full of Grace. Abbie Cornish (an Australian actress sounding quite Texan, speaking Spanish too) is excellent in the lead.