Thursday, July 31, 2014
See updated side panel (I left one book from the old look apropos of the children from Central America controversy). Pretty good run of late, with a few false starts. Also liked The Silkworm, but you know, so does a lot of other people. Just read a decent small book with nice pictures, Chasing the Rose, as well. A bit of history with your botany.
At times, people note we care too much about the death penalty over and above other life and death issues. Probably so, but as noted here by moi, it isn't surprising nor necessarily mutually exclusive or anything. Good reminder though -- think, e.g., traffic fatalities.
The last member of the crew of the Enola Gay has died: Theodore Van Kirk, navigator, age 93 – standing, second from left.See here and the link provided. Interesting discussion. I'll be honest and say I have not read deeply on the matter. TBA makes a good case though I'm sorta wary to firmly agree.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Both the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies ran out of relief pitchers in a marathon game. The Rockies then turned to a starter. The Cubs used a catcher -- and won.Fun times. Plus the shower:
"I got beer, I got chocolate milk, I got hair gel, I got shampoo, I got body wash, and then I got more beer," Baker said. "Best shower I've ever taken."
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I saw the author of this popular book, now film, on Colbert Report and he gave a good interview. The film about two teenagers connected by their cancers who fall in love was impressive, the leads reminding me of the connection of the young couple in The Notebook. The supporting cast was very good too. The leads a bit too healthy looking at times.
Monday, July 28, 2014
I feel this show jumped the rails after the first ten episodes, but when it was flagged the latest episode had an abortion sub-plot, checked it out. It was covered well but the episode as a whole was excellent -- like the good episodes of yore. The various characters had time to shine and it had just a bit of comic relief. And, I'm even starting to like Mariana's hair!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
The concern over the word "accident" here brings to mind my own concern about misuse of language such as use of "murder" to apply to drone attacks (why not just call abortion "murder" then, if we are going to moralize legal terms?). A potshot at my concern for small family owned restaurants also lead to a "you mean Hobby Lobby?" No, I did not, and in context the comment was a cheap shot that suggests failure to care to try to understand.
Some interesting thoughts on marijuana here. I got in a bit of trouble voicing my sentiment against a total ban on smoking in restaurants. Find that a bit extreme. Agree with a comment about how quickly it developed. NYT article referenced here too.
Dorf on Law has multiple vegan members though I disagree with some of their sentiments (e.g., certain opposition to attempts to relieve animal cruelty since in their view it [net] encourages the wrong). One thing discussed in the thread are "meat analogues." For reasons cited, I am okay with them, though one thing that should be noted is many aren't even vegan. Me personally, I want to go the whole way, if I'm going to take the effort. Boca is a brand with some good vegan products. Gardenburger has them, but don't like it that much.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
I think, like the opinion cited here, a sound application of current 2A doctrine would protect some sort of right to keep and bear arms outside of the home. It's due time that the USSC clarifies a bit more on how. There appears to be some conflict on the circuits as well. Also, I'd hope at least one liberal of the four accepts Heller to some degree by now. More.
Cuomo is obviously going to win but this sort of thing (against a colorfully named challenger who has done good work on campaign finance and other issues) only advances discontent from the base. You got my primary vote, sister.
Never got into Harry Potter, but liked/liking "her" two mysteries overall. The first ended with too much exegesis -- "Robert Galbraith" needed editing there. The old-timey quotes at the start of each chapter this time is getting a bit much. Do like the book itself, including the female assistant "Robin." British, but is that a Batman reference?
Friday, July 25, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Oh well. After a short lived state court stay. Update: State assures us he was just snoring & not in pain, but when Sen. McCain brings up "torture," you might have a problem. Appearances matter, adding to concern with secrecy. Meanwhile, yes, the victims' family were not sympathetic. We don't just follow their wishes when applying the law or we wouldn't execute when they are against it.
The film version of the mixed race girl raised by the great Lord Mansfield is largely fictional. This is a good account that notes the little we know about the real Belle, mostly informed by Mansfield's story and background around her. A useful enterprise well told for the general reader. From what I can tell, sound history. Intriguing Jane Austen cameo.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
"Split Ninth Circuit panel stays Arizona execution based on First Amendment (really?!?!) drug secrecy concerns"
Yeah, I don't really buy it either, though think secrecy has due process problems. (More here on challenge overall -- valuable stuff but still don't think the 1A claims work) As to Judge Kozinksi's dissent, the problem is people don't want to "stomach" the firing squad. I'd add it is probably a bit too direct for some people. If we execute, it very well might be better than lethal injection for the condemned. But, various things go into acceptance of a punishment. Update: The USSC didn't buy it either though multiple justices voiced concerned earlier on other grounds. Meanwhile, a footnote among the summer orders.
One troubling notice is how attempts to provide disclosure have been repeatedly struck down in the courts. I'll accept possible 1A claims and the like if slanted required scripts with at best misleading information included in various cases were dealt like pre-Casey. These groups act like medical providers and warrant more regulations than those that don't.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
strikes so many false notes — painfully obvious clichés, clunky dialogue — that we cannot recommend it wholeheartedly.Yup. It also is something of a mess -- like an unedited version. It's watchable, the stars (nice to see "Mattie" from True Grit in a small roll) mostly decent, so there's that.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
This analysis discusses a case also analyzed here. The long waits on death row, as I suggested in comments, looks as arbitrary as other things deemed a concern in Furman, but is a product of many parents and reasons, from due process concerns and putting executions on the back burner since the public is okay with a few "The Lottery" type executions.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Noteworthy concurring opinion on "animus" -- these opinions are mostly only interesting now for wrinkles. Judges overall have tried to avoid "animus" (we aren't meanies!). Understand that. But, the concurring opinion focuses too much on Romer and Lawrence. For instance, Moreno (hippies) dealt with a federal benefit (food stamps), narrower than marriage (itself a collect of things), still struck down law. State amendment here is novel and significant.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Beloved Strangers is a narrative of the author’s own rites of passage, from her childhood in Dhaka to her time as an adult in New England and then New York and then back to Dhaka again.Perhaps because of her upper class origins, the author's account has a Western tinge that makes it hard at times to recall she is growing up in Bangladesh. The text's tone also feels a bit too affected. But, overall, I liked it. Well written emotional autobiography.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Various complaints. Agree the winner gets home field in World Series deal is silly -- should go by best record. The each team has a representative (Mets got a reserve) is fine for me. It's meant to show the leagues' best players. Should countries pass on the Olympics too?
Fisher last year turned out to be something of a whimper on the affirmative action front though its tone was fairly strict. The lower court has upheld the race-based program again. Another case of SCOTUS rulings not being the end of the line. Will it return? Eh.
Doyle has been dead for 84 years, but because of extensions of copyright terms, ten of his fifty-six short stories continue to be protected from copying. All of the short stories and four novels were published between 1887 and 1927, but all of the collection except ten short stories have entered into the public domain as copyrights expired.The DOI book didn't quote four lines from a 70+ year old song because of high fees. But, this is even more silly, even without the claim raised. This sort of thing is patently ridiculous.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Julianna Lee Goldman and Michael Julian Gottlieb were married Saturday evening at the Pine Creek Cookhouse, a restaurant in Aspen, Colo. Elena Kagan, the United States Supreme Court justice, officiated.Jewish cubed. I thought justices only married gays!
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Many photos and examples that provide a feeling of life in the era (like almanacks or a warning against public meetings against the crown). Also, there is a lot of repetition -- key passages and principles are repeated, a means of remembering and drilling it into you. The word "unalienable" was not really covered or much on just what a "right" means. But, there is more than enough richness as a whole to make it rewarding reading. Good for classes.
Imperfect player -- some head smackers on the base paths but like yesterday's gem, his defensive ability does show enough to belie the "lousy 2B" cred -- but overall someone to root for. Congrats and darn, though I understand it if he goes, wish Murph would stay.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
A good review of a book referenced in the past about a survivor of an abusive (qualifier) fundamentalist religion. The blog is in general good reading. A leading hit for a DOI book search aside, I'm reading Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality, a few days late. Saw it in the book store and it's a good thought-provoking read geared for all (like DOI). As she notes, she has taught all kinds.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
SG Verilli seemed a bit out of sorts (wish female employees had amicus time) but did try to explain why accommodations are provided special for certain religious institutions (see, e.g., Brennan's concurrence here). There are reasons why it isn't done for everyone, e.g., it's a limited group made up mostly of fellow believers, not employees more broadly of all faiths, whose religious and associational rights are weighed in the balance with the extra effort. Update: O'Connor also concurred in the Amos case & this is another case where she might very well have voted differently than Alito. Amazing how even shades of Republican matters.
He comes off badly in 1776 as an opponent of independence and at least somewhat in John Adams too though his emotional speech on the horrors of what would occur provided a respectful dissent. Think someone from the South c. 1860. Also, overall, some might get an unfair view of his overall career. See, e.g., the "Declaration of the Causes and of the Necessity of Taking Up Arms." JD even was involved in the ratification of the Constitution.
Young & Hungry is a decent time-waster. Re-watching John Adams, I recognize the dramatic license (e.g., his daughter actually got married about a decade previously) but blatant stuff like a treaty being shown to require merely a simple majority is not kewl. And, it passed 20-10 ... no tie-breaker needed! Do we need to create things for John Adams to do?
I'm concerned but the tone at times suggests a level of how shocked we are supposed to be that comes off to me as muy naive. Our own citizens monitored!!! Shocking! Some are even arrested. If you can believe that. And, the recent cell phone ruling might augur tempering, but current law allows some "monitoring" when third parties have the data. And, sorry, still think Snowden was wrong to flee to Russia and worried about how much data he controls.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
The legislation will be sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO). According to a summary reviewed by TPM, it prohibits employers from refusing to provide health services, including contraception, to their employees if required by federal law.Won't pass, but important to put it on the table, especially for 2014 elections. Might not have time to do it 40x. A more comprehensive amendment should be offered to move the goalposts. And, because it would be good policy.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
A generally interesting book (bit of a trudge at times) by David Danelski discussing the machinations behind the appointment of Pierce Butler (a few others are touched upon as background). Written in the 1960s, a reminder that such things didn't just arise a few years ago. Are Roberts/Alito involved in judicial nominations to the degree of Taft/Van Devanter?!
Monday, July 07, 2014
Mets desperate for offense. Cubs have glut at SS. Castro for taking? Local columnist imho reasonably argued that "if" it took Wheeler (sophomore struggles, promises to be a good #2 or #3) and "perhaps" something else, he'd do it. This upset some on Twitter. Asked what it would take then. One reply: "what the market would bear." Really? What an asinine answer.
With Matt Harvey hurt and David Wright struggling, the lovable Daniel Murphy -- back from his daddy's day event at the White House -- slips in on his offense. His defense is decent if having some bad moments, but uh, not really there for that. One of the few this fan consistently likes to watch, by now a "Met" with some verve, please don't trade him for parts.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Saturday, July 05, 2014
One charm of NYC is that you can get a ride on the Staten Island Ferry for free (one of the few things that decreased in price). Went there before watching fireworks and decided to see a game of this "A" ball team. Pitching duel until they lost in the 9th. Got a seat in the front row -- closeup of pitchers warming up. Darn that is loud. Fireworks were okay.
Friday, July 04, 2014
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governedWith or without the period, government is clearly in place "to secure" our rights. It is not just a libertarian paradise. A good essay on looking long term regarding the courts.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
There is nothing in existing government regulations that allows such a letter instead of the government form, and nothing in those regulations that says such a letter is enough to guarantee access to birth control. But the Court order appears to be, in effect, a rewrite of those regulations.A little before the holiday fun with a dissent by the women. Yeah, Breyer and Kennedy, that doesn't look bad AT ALL. Sotomayor's "what, another stamp?" bit on how this is "less restrictive" is a nice touch. The hair-splitting makes religion look moronic. That's helpful.
I thought the film version -- which centered on the birth mother's trek to find her son with the help of a cynical journalist -- was an enjoyable workmanlike effort. The book overlaps a tad but is (down to the original title regarding the "lost son of") mostly about the remarkable (and tragic) life of her son. Plus, the movie turns out to have lots of dramatic license. The concern for the "trade" of Irish babies early on has current day parallels.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
A day late, but there you go. I was watching a War of 1812 documentary (you can too, I did so by DVD) and one nice bit was the use of Canadian historians (along with Native American ones) to give their perspective. In effect, as it did for us "Americans," the war made Canadians believe in themselves -- repeatedly, they joined forces and defended their country.
I did not find his argument at his blog that Hobby Lobby was "not a very important case" (eh with qualifiers -- by now, the "long game" approach is well known, plus Calvinball can avoid "troublesome" language), do mostly agree with his take on Canning. The President's argument was credible and the matter should have been left to the political branches given it was an institutional dispute, each side with a rational approach and means to fight.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
More on the union decision, including the hypocritical half-way protection of government employee speech. Also, in "where have I heard that before" news -- also a free rider problem. Ditto Hobby Lobby (faux minimalism/Kennedy's dubious concurrence); the first half of the case title/"Burwell" btw is the new HHS Secretary. Meanwhile, the overall saga continues.