Friday, January 31, 2014
Thinking it over, I do think sexual orientation deserves heightened scrutiny given the trend of the law, but reliance on Windsor alone (the comparison to state regulation of alienage on the "suspect" level is a good one) is a stretch. Watching last night, again, they needed to give more material to "Jen" on Rules of Engagement. She deserved it!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
A good summary. Sad she resigned as "global ambassador" for Oxfam because her endorsement work conflicted with one thing the institution opposes. Purity is just so hard. And Also: Saw her latest SodaStream commercial -- sort of lame. The "want to help" part when she resigned an actual charity over this is ironic.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Back when I went to VC, one usual thing was David Bernstein and his conservative Jew defender posts, including taking potshots at an academic boycott many on the left found dubious. But, this NYC bill in reply which is sort of an official (with a major loophole) boycott of the boycotts is worse. I see a point on each side, but not official actions of this sort.
And Also: Winning advocate in the Boerne case that struck down RFRA as applied to the states is the lead author of an amicus brief in the contraceptive mandate case aiming to strike it down as a whole. I'm sympathetic since the law is being taken too far.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Repeatedly pressed by the committee to reveal whether he had sung for Communists, Seeger responded sharply: "I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent this implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, or I might be a vegetarian, make me any less of an American."He outlasted the bastards.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Brandon is still insufferable (and cancelling piano? moron) but promising episode with a good mixture of subplots. Mariana had some good lines. She also likes those "old" movies from the '90s. Product placement or not, kewl looking kindles or whatever they are.
It was noted on the IMDB message board that the actress playing Charlie seemed much more camera conscious as she got older from her baby days. Do see that -- she does seem less natural. Then, again, she had a thing about people laughing at her. Real kids have issues!
I'm with Bart Ehrman -- the contradictions in the Bible are interesting and should not be waved aside. For instance, in the first version, God somehow causes David to sin by holding a census. In the later Chronicles version, Satan does it. Attempts are made to deny a contradiction. But, it's more likely that this is an example of changing thoughts about good and evil, something readily cited in the notes to The New American Bible (Catholic).
And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”Jonah is a fun story and it even ends on a pro-animal footing. Some translations say "cattle," which makes it even more so, since "animals" can be dogs and all, while who really cares about cattle? BTW, Hebrew and Christian Bibles have a different order for the same books.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Disney Channel without fanfare had a bit of a milestone last night -- on Good Luck Charlie, Charlie's play date had two moms. There was a debate over the name of the mom; turned out they were both right! The couple blithely noted this though mild humor was made on the dad being sure not to make things awkward. Last episode in a couple weeks.
I found this interesting summary of views of the New Testament "canon" over the years -- by it, the four gospels and most epistles of Paul were "orthodox" by mid-second century, the rest remained somewhat mixed. James 2:2 also is an example of how translations can lead one to lose flavor. Should the word be "assembly" or "meeting" or the more Jewish (fitting the tone of the opening of the epistle) "synagogue"? Depends on the translation you have.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
There was some consistency in the early 20th Century cases where federal power was at times interpreted too narrowly (e.g., the Child Labor Cases) -- it took a while for the war on drugs to be readily accepted. Even Holmes in 1916 stated a federal ban as constitutionally dubious. As seen here, nice and bluntly, some retained doubt into the 1920s. McReynolds might have been an ass, but he had his moments. U.S. v. Miller was pretty well written too.
Another good library find. This indie involves some twenty-somethings dealing with their own problems while working at a home for troubled kids. It has the original short and the extended film, which has different actors. The twenty minutes of cut scenes were also worthwhile. Mixing that and the short film is one way to see this. Other extras.
Friday, January 24, 2014
"How could AG Eric Holder justify refusing to authorize the death penalty process for Boston Marathon bomber"
I'm against the death penalty but not a big fan of the term "abolitionist," though perhaps given its anti-slavery origins, that is misguided. It seems more that the term is too often used to imply "extremist." Anyway, a blog (who supports it for extreme cases) asks that question, I assume not including "it is never appropriate." I tried. Toss in no deterrent value -- a crime like that, execution adds trivial deterrence especially given his age and cause.
I share many of the sentiments expressed in the blog post and column linked there while setting forth further comments in the former. [This involves a brain dead pregnant woman, kept "alive" on life support.] I was upset at the to me cavalier "too bad" comment. As to "rights of the dead," they are for the living though some do think the dead live on. Update: A court order might end things. And, finis.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
The new (D) AG announced the state believes same sex marriage is constitutionally protected. Going the "Obama route," the state will enforce but not defend with someone else having standing to do that. The brief provides a good argument for both SSM being protected and executives having a constitutional duty in certain cases to not defend.
There were a few notable oral arguments this week particularly on compensation of victims of child pornography, a potentially very broad union case and the limits of anonymous tips for 4A purposes. Three justices also would have stayed an execution on consular notification grounds (Secretary Kerry getting involved). Another not very sympathetic defendant.
The author of this brief (under two hundred pages) interpretation of the Bible comes from the Unitarian-Unilateralist tradition. Don't know why he has "Matthew" as "Matthias" and he at times skims over controversy (e.g., the true nature of miracles). But, he does pretty well given all the ground covered to put forth his view of the things. Interesting.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I finished watching the episodes and extras last night. Overall, very good show. Good to see that the main people continue to get parts -- particularly "Castle" and the wife on Homeland. Another graphic novel series is due this year. Need to re-watch the movie now.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Few years back, Slate ended "the fray" and went with tiresome Facebook comments. Now, Volokh Conspiracy -- my semi-replacement at the moment -- went to Washington Post. Have to sign in there or use Facebook & it won't be free in six months except for .edu and .gov types. Didn't warn us -- just popped up mid-day. Tiresome business. Bye.
See here. I have a bit of scorn for the other side on balance including how it skewers health care (most inane: "pregnancy care needn't be covered by insurance" arguments based on it not being an "illness" -- how do people seriously make this claim?), employee rights AND sound religious freedom protections. They have a chance of at least a mild victory. Sigh.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Rosie O'Donnell started her story arc as the group leader at the group home Callie is sent to -- her character is a bit bland. Found the episode somewhat blah if overall fairly emotionally true. Like Brandon is in a pretty unpleasant place now, but it's credible. Callie among drug users and gang members seems off though facing her deeper problems has potential.
I only saw the end of the first game, but saw various parts of the second, which was more interesting. To follow a theme, though it didn't help them then, Seattle was helped by at least one major ref f-up. Downtown Abbey was dull again (kept switching to game). Good Luck Charlie was okay -- it's ending & it's time. A.N.T. Farm too.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
It's fitting -- Eli won at Peyton's home stadium. Now Peyton will try to win at Eli's. Low scoring game with the Pats held down except for a field goal until the 4Q. Game in effect iced after a still risky 54YD field goal attempt was successful. Could have set the Pats in decent field position toward a 23-17 deficit. Still, "also ran" feel to this. Here's why as to home team. Update: Seattle wins in messy game. SF had good shot until end. Two #1s
The first electrocution did not go that well, so it is not surprising if a new drug protocol did not either. Family members plan to file a lawsuit, which I comment about here. Note even someone (a fan for some time) sneering at me has to assume the conclusion and later talks of "optics," again assuming nothing went really wrong. And, is annoyed (repeatedly) when I dare to assume even prisoners (and family -- it lacks a certain bit of empathy to not at least understand their feelings here) deserve the chance to bring claims in court.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
The Shelby Voting Rights Act ruling was wrongly decided, but it would have been better if the re-authorization was more up to date, if understandable that a safer older version was retained. The bipartisan (cheers to Rep. Sensenbrenner, who I generally have little reason to support) amendment might have a long hill to climb, but cheers. Check both links for more.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
I saw the movie continuation (Serenity) of this sci-fi show, but don't recall ever checking out the show on television. A recommendation online led me to reserve it and the first few episodes are very good. Nice use of scattered Chinese (not translated for some reason even on the DVD) given how geo-political things balanced out. Usual bit of the future seeming pretty much like now except for some fun toys in space. Nice extras.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The ruling was stayed since it's in the 10CA, but it provides more interesting reading. This time DOMA, sec. 2 was basically deemed hortatory, but the state DOMA was a violation of the 14A as an irrational discrimination by sexual orientation. The "common sense" skipping over of gender equality is by now standard if not compelled. Any port in the storm.
Monday, January 13, 2014
After re-watching episodes waiting, the new set begun tonight with a pretty good episode with a nice turn again by Annie Potts as Stef's mom. The final few minutes were very good too, including a "this can be you" shot of some young prostitutes. Better return than DA!
Starting from Adam Serwer's quick reaction tweet, talk is that the recess case is looking bad for Obama. Two things. (1) As to the Senate controlling things, they do -- THEY had announced "no business" when this occurred. (2) Obama rarely used the power anyway, lack of a NLRB quorum vs. a Republican attempt to nullify the law pushing him to do so here. The change of the filibuster rule is what concerns him the most. On some level, he won the war.
The series took time to get into gear last season, so the first extended episode being a bit dull was not really a red flag. But, I think the second episode was mostly dull too though a few plot lines chugged along. The only thing that really happened was horrible and like the end of last season, the knife was twisted to make it more so. Ugh. Starting to root for Mr. Molesley.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
BTC News (who used it) is not supportive of Krugman's "Medicaid cure," arguing Medicaid does not provide satisfactory enough coverage. He is aware that expansion is better than the alternative of nothing. Also, he had a bit of a conflict with the LGM crowd. I think ACA is a foot in the door. We don't have the votes for Medicare for All. So, it's a matter of keeping perspective (lacking here on A-Rod) but pushing from the left flank is important too.
Ugh. Brady v. Manning for the nth time. Jets fans don't want to stomach Brady playing in their building, so eh, go commercial boy. SF's win today was annoying & they had their fun. A subdued push for Seattle now and later. SF over Pats, of course. Over Denver? Eh. Guess.
Panthers go ahead but are stopped from getting more. Panthers called for a head butt. No call on SF. SF stops Panthers. Panthers stop SF, overturned call. Panthers do nothing in Second Half. Bye Carolina. BTW, a 1/2 yard penalty or so for encroachment near goal line is ridiculous. Offensive false start there would be five yards. The rule is inequitable.Update: Chargers fail to stop Denver, early & then late.
I say, if the owners of a house know that a thief is coming, they will be on guard before the thief arrives and will not let the thief break into their house (their domain) and steal their possessions. As for you, then, be on guard against the world. Prepare yourselves with great strength, so the robbers can't find a way to get to you, for the trouble you expect will come.I think Thomas had a reason to doubt in John. "His" gospel is interesting reading.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
A-Rod's suspension was reduced to a season. Meanwhile, the '14 Jets head coach's brother's defense kept New Orleans in the game. Kept it 16-8 late. A late pass on 3rd Down / score made it 23-8. But, NO (3-3 now on onside kicks) managed to make it 23-15 and recover. But, an illegal forward pass ended the game, that final reasonable length Hail Mary denied.Update: Colts couldn't come back from a hole this time, though it was close until the 4Q.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Thursday, January 09, 2014
The marriages performed from the time of the ruling to the USSC were put on "hold," which to me is a certain nuance that is different from saying they are void. The drivers' license bit might sound silly, but that is an important piece of official i.d. (for me too). How will other states treat such marriages? As noted in the letter, will ultimately be up to the courts. Update: U.S. will recognize Utah same sex marriages.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
This is one of the people who find it outrageous that steroids has kept a few people out. Not one of them. Piazza likely to come in next year. It isn't prison or something. It is a ceremonial honor. The concern is real though as applied to him is admittedly weak. But, a year of no picks sent a message and a minority still aren't sure enough time passed. Fine. Meanwhile, A-Rod in trouble for interference with an investigation too. He's no martyr.
There were a handful of USSC orders rejecting stays for someone eventually executed particularly for killing a prison guard (in 1980) while on death row (for a 1974 abduction/murder of a couple). Breyer attached a dissent to one (citing a 1999 case involving this person) pursuant to his concern for those on death row for a long period of time.