Tuesday, September 30, 2014
She had a pretty good run so far on t.v. in various roles. Since it was just on again, again a nod for her excellent portrayal in The Color of Rain, really felt her portrayal of the based on real life character. As noted, the film tones the book down somewhat and adds more complications before the final marriage. HB Lacey!
"District Court embraces as-applied Second Amendment limit on federal felon-in-possession prohibtion"
I think a reasonable liberal would recognize a constitutional right to own firearms (if not the means used in Heller) and found the 5-4 split on the point unfortunate. This would still leave open various limits, including for those convicted of a crime. Nonetheless, and Martha Stewart at times is used as an example, a blanket rule here is overbroad. And, perhaps some common ground can be found here in respect to other fundamental rights such as voting.
Monday, September 29, 2014
If the 6CA was wrong or not, a 5-4 stay of a voting rights win along predictable lines is just plain misguided at best. It promotes the usual stereotypes/distrust and there simply is no compelling need. Hasen's concerns are likely warranted, anyway, long term. Also, sort of want a written dissent, especially if Hasen is right about the de facto effect of this stay.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
I'm part Italian, so have a bit of color, but as a matter of personal taste don't like actresses etc. who are overly tanned. Too over-processed or something. One person who doesn't have that problem is my junior senator, Sen. Gillibrand, who is of "where the sun doesn't shine" ancestry (rather, Austrian, Scottish, German, and Irish) according to Wikipedia. Hope she gets her Vitamin D -- doesn't look like she's getting it from sunshine!
Mets improved by five games and in regards to pitching and a few positions made some promising steps forward this season. They did finish (fwiw) in second place. They still need another bat or two to truly contend. Meanwhile, bad start by NYJ, 0-3 vs. the NFC North. Giants had a good week. Also, Tampa beat Steelers near the buzzer, taking a bit of the bad taste of a whooping by the Falcons. Nats had a no-hitter but no upsets in Game 162.
Good article and video regarding a convicted founder of an illegal downloading site. On that scale, I accept the government targeting, though question a year and a half in prison. Big picture, changing the copyright model makes sense. There is a way to have most everyone win here if with a bit less thrill. Given his later dissents, this Breyer article is interesting.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
I think a new AUMF should be passed, but find this argument fairly convincing. Even if it isn't, ISIL is not "any terrorist threat," underlining the "anything goes" argument is both overbroad and gives away the store too much along with the sneering cynicism.
See here as well as the link to further discussion of Facebook's policy regarding posting under your real name. They have a policy where only complaints lead to them checking. Lots of people have fake names there. Seems a compromise is possible such as registering with Facebook -- this would deal with protecting against harassing account owners and the like.
Is contraception access really STILL an issue? Even if you think such and such a group should not be involved for you know "freedom," or something should find be able to a way to support access for rest. What of their religious freedom? Doesn't quite seem that way. More here.
Friday, September 26, 2014
A quirk cost him 500K and he turned down a chance to throw another 1/3 of an inning to get it. Don't think pitching a bit more on three days rest, as it would amount to, will hurt him any. But, can see that he would see it as a bit fake. Guys like him are key for bad teams -- 16-10 is good anywhere, particularly on the Twins. Also, shows it often depends on where you play -- he like others didn't thrive in NYC. Maybe, will be a year thing, but good luck anyways.
I agree with this article that the 10CA opinion is a good way to show same sex marriage should be protected as a part of existing marriage rights. The opinion does a good job explaining the full nature of marriage as compared to the small vision of some people.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Some time back, I read the rest of the "Mouse That Roared" series, but didn't realize the author (who wrote lots of books including The Centurion ... you know, of the gospels) wrote a final one shortly before he died in the early '80s. This time it's about the oil crisis and overall still is topical. It has his usual wry style though at times it is too wordy (or is it a chance for the author to made serious asides?). Somewhat thin, but quick and sweet.
See, e.g., here. Let's grant force is appropriate. To be clear, far from sure what is being done is a great idea. Still not a fan of that line -- seems to dehumanize and is too bloodthirsty. The answer long term is at least force +. We deal with "killers" from time to time and realize this. Think Obama does too, but bloodthirsty seems timely.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
"High-profile commentator Dinesh D’Souza gets below-guideline probation sentence for violating federal campaign finance laws"
Didn't catch earlier that the prosecution was related to a Sen. Gillibrand (my senator) challenger. I found Mr. Drake's comment informative and a nice take-down of the somewhat trollish commenter addressed. Added a few of my own comments.
Agree with the concerns about the five years given for animal abuse in that case. Seems misguided, even for animal welfare reasons. Also, guess I'm appreciative about serious talk of use of nitrogen gas for executions. If we have a death penalty, should do it the best way possible. Don't think that is going anywhere, but seems a case of taking governing seriously.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Denver drawing out their loss meant it began late, so I saw MS on demand. Overall, it has potential, and appreciate the lead and some familiar faces. The conspiracy angle suggested in a subplot is the sort of thing that annoys me, but got to satisfy a certain class. And, the "superSOS" issue addressed in that review is something to watch out for. Worth another look.
NYG managed to win, Jets followed up last week's blown game with a continual one of "not quite," an early turnover never completely overcome. Mets somehow (helped by Braves collapse) in second place. Too bad it doesn't mean much. Wild Card race still active. Arizona Cardinals continue their good start. More "not quites" including Denver & Oakland.
Monday, September 22, 2014
This is a sort of serious reboot of the series about the killer doll and it was actually pretty good. Fiona Dourif (the daughter of the voice) has an Emma Stone vibe as the lead here. Still, unlike the first one, the story isn't interesting enough to hold interest. Who cares enough about the other characters after an hour? Ends well. Good commentary.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
This book is a somewhat rough but the event (note in the video that Justice Black was there) -- 75 years ago -- is a striking social and music moment. D.A.R. blocked black performers at their "Constitution Hall" and the D.C. school system (after controversy) only would only allow her with troublesome conditions. Lemons from lemonade! The book provides a biography (a rich one; not enough provided of her internal life) and shows how this (including her special dignity) was an early civil rights moment that was a preview for what was to come.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
That's a pretty impressive account of creation, and for me it highlights the biggest failure of Questioning Darwin: the lack of acknowledgement that science is, for some, perhaps the greatest evidence of God's magnificent power.A good point from "U.S. Catholic" in response to a documentary that I passed on the t.v. recently. People for or against "religion" etc. sometimes seem rather sadly limited minded about things. Sen. Gillibrand, e.g., said in her book that feeling God wanted her to do more was a key reason why she ran for office. She isn't some right wing nut.
Let’s hope come November, Congress finds its spine.Yes, "call me naïve," indeed. I too think applying AUMF 2001 to ISIL is dubious, even if it is not "anything goes." (As to the region, somewhat closer to mark.) But, since I don't think he is St. Obama, it is ultimately Congress' responsibility here. If House Republicans (who want to give the executive more power at times than he purports to have in this area) doesn't care, of course things don't look good. As to the speech, I'm with Rachel Maddow, and thinking ultimately, long term, bombing won't be the answer. Some ideas.