Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Caught a bit but could not get into the film and the book is written in a way that fits the author but not something I could read thru either. Still, read parts and it is powerful stuff of someone who suffers torture and imprisonment in WWII and decades later (the film starts with a meet cute; the book is more linear) meets a translator from back then, obtaining some sense of closure and release. Hard to imagine humanity's cruelty and survival at times.
I noted the USSC granted a stay of an execution. It, with Sotomayor dissenting, denied another from the same person that challenged the state's planned use of a made-to-order execution drug produced by an unidentified compounding pharmacy. I link to a news article since you can't tell from the USSC website. This continues the justices, though more than one dissented in various cases, not saying a word on the latest execution drug controversies. And More: The opposition to medical involvement in lethal injections adds to the cause of use of inert gas or firing squads, that is, if we use the death penalty at all.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Game turned on an infield single basically ... and Madison "baseball god" Bumgarnder. Five innings of nothing (or 4.2 than a last bit of hope). Unbelievable etc. etc. Oh hell with it. What a boring World Series that was mostly bullpen with a bit of starter (Shields finally had a good six but then you know Madison and the KC pen deciding to suck). Again, blah.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
After a late appeal was rejected (for some reason -- we have no grounds to be told -- Breyer did not take part), Miguel Angel Paredes, whose bio suggests his fate was far from surprising, was executed. Don't find this overly useful myself. Update: With lots of former judges etc. pushing for it, USSC does stay an execution 6-3. No need to wait this long. And, given the rarity of it, how about a damn short opinion explaining why?!
More here. Meanwhile, Obama's "war" on whistle-blowers. And, this really makes me find the institution pathetic. Do you LIKE promoting abortions this much? Again, I will say it over and over again, if this level of purity is sooooooo important to you, you have to be consistent and support pure separation and practicably impossible to uphold broad exemptions. You do not.
The author of the (in)famous Heather Has Two Mommies wrote this book for teens that realistically provides us the voice of an outcast girl from 1971 (dedication implies based on someone; was written in 2000s) who has a relationship with an older man. Nothing profound, story a bit thin at spots, but deals with a touchy subject pretty well.
I was reading in a public place recently and some Mormon missionary gave me a card and Starkist, but had no sample DVD of the "we're Mormon" documentary she spoke about. Bad planning. Ended, like someone referenced here and a person that I spoke to on the phone earlier with "have a blessed day." Like a comment there, no, I don't mind that. Thanks to changing evangelical minds on LGBT. And those nurses/doctors who ministered EBOLA sick? Talk about "Christian" duty! And, talking about EBOLA, compare Obama with Reagan.
Monday, October 27, 2014
I personally from the beginning thought Obama was too restrained even if in some respects he appeals to my inner core but it is good to remember that in various ways he was well worth it. One reason to show up (reducing turnout leans conservative) and vote Democrat.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Long day of football with a morning game from London (Falcons blew it) though not too many surprises. One sorta was how horrible Jets played. Cards win over Eagles best game overall. Oakland still winless. Baseball - Shields actually did okay. But, hitting and relief did not. World Series pretty boring so far. Death Comes to Pemberley (didn't like book much) started pretty well if with a weaker final third. Old fave on tv -- Desperately Seeking Susan.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
It's only ten days away and some places already ongoing! Sen. Gillibrand with Julia Margulies, a reason to protest vote against Gov. Cuomo, why arguments for voting id laws (a time when conservatives like regulations) don't add up & key NY re-districting ballot measure up in air.
If Ms. "You Had Me At Hello" wants it fine, though the "it's good living" bit sounds (looks?) lame, but as this article notes, there are negatives to using surgery to clear away what made you distinctive and/or familiar to people. Like Tina Fey -- she looks too glamorous. Jennifer Aniston too tanned and polished. Not going to lie and say never think some work makes a person looks better. But, it is far from always true. Also, moderation is often a good thing.
Friday, October 24, 2014
The Puerto Rico district court ruling upholding the SSM ban was one of those things so bad that I missed some of it. See here with some gems about "traditional marriage" as: “The husband must protect his wife and the latter obey the husband.”
Thursday, October 23, 2014
“We do not want to propagate virtues by acid,” some of the protesters chanted, a reference to the Islamic obligation of “propagating virtue and preventing vice.” Others shouted, “Death to extremists.”The current Iranian President denounced a new decency law as extreme. With the upcoming Rosewater film portraying the 2009 election, perhaps he is a small sign of progress.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
James McPherson was the one volume Civil War history I had as a text book. This is rather more slim, underlined by margins of a teenager trying to fill up pages. Guess it tells us the basics, but especially putting aside all its summaries of events and characters, it isn't very deep. Plus, at times it seems to be geared to high school students prose-wise. Okay.
After a controversy largely arising out of a controversial client ended one path, the new nominee for chief of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division should please voices on the left. Some conservative voices don't like her comments against drug criminalization, a term clarified here. I added a comment on the effect of drugs on crime.
Bound to happen. After a long layoff, with "small game" James' record in the playoffs and the unstoppable force of Bumgardner (James Garner's original name!), good time as any. Wipe off the dust and win tonight! He's bound to lose eventually too.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Jaguars won, Seattle lost & each NY team lost, the NYJ in painful fashion. Overall liked the Joan Biskupic Sotomayor book -- in fact, wanted a bit more (e.g., it mostly skipped the hearings!), a nice crisp read. Getting a lot of love from the Court watching community.
Monday, October 20, 2014
One response here in particular felt for those who thought about it and aren't self-interested it is blatantly simple to oppose criminal punishments for drug use. Such overkill bothers me -- people aren't just wrong, they are either biased and/or unthinking. People can be wrong without this, especially for complex questions. Likewise, they (such as "conservatives") are usually not simply bad people. Strong opposition is fair, but sometimes people go too far.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
The Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari took part in a joke segment for the Daily Show, not knowing it would be used as part of the "case" against him by Iranian authorities after the 2009 elections. Jon Stewart later directed the akin to a novel account of Bahari's four months of hell in prison, a film coming out next month entitled Rosewater.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The NYT review was mixed as was the Rotten Tomatoes & the leads were intriguing. But, Hilary Swank has had great/serviceable/bad & this is more in the last column. The actresses deserve better material in this MLS drama though hey look Ed Begley, Jr. has a neat cameo.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Replacing lethal injection with the firing squad, perhaps along with nitrogen gas, unwanted for various reasons, but perhaps better as a method. You know, it still being wrong and all. USSC policy to ban speech on its front lawn was flagged as hypocritical and the application to buttons etc. suggests, yeah, critics have a point. Abortion rights without apology.
I gave three stars to this book [extended "e-notes" provided] over at Amazon. As a whole, a lot of good material on founding thought, meaning over the years and an overall (to me seems a bit non-germane to specific purpose) brief against the death penalty. It could have used an editing job and at times was too heavy-handed, but good used book pick-up. Meanwhile, good summary of race based polices in the Civil War Era (if an easier call -- see comment here) helping to show affirmative action isn't per se unconstitutional.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Dallas upset Seattle, Eagles currently crushing NYG and Pats won against a team with a shot at beating them. Great. Jets had a chance to tie, went three and out and Denver gratuitously tacked on a TD in the last 1/2 minute after a failed pass gave the Jets "a shot" with under a minute. There was a tie (normal range FG missed at final buzzer) and there still are two unbeaten teams (close games, one with onside kick, but a LONG FG was blocked). TBC?
John Oliver's video doesn't come up, but others called out Columbus Day. The best path might be to use it to ponder the complications of the situation, of 'our' history. It is also wrong to single out "Columbus" here, but can be a symbol of the excesses of the times. Any half-way credible description of the history is at best unpleasant, if not quite as extreme as the perspective expressed here. The "dog food" bit is news to me, but often cited.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Lea Thompson/John Shea shine in this in effect two person play of a movie -- good DVD find! Other than a "fuck," not sure why it is "R" rated. Also, the Icelandic film Astrópía about a cutie who needs to work in a comic book store but gets into RPG etc. was pleasant. Good use of animation and a nifty (if somewhat confusing) finale imagined as LARP.
Friday, October 10, 2014
I appreciate the gender discrimination argument etc., but in Ivy tower originalism news, this is pretty ... well silly. The idea that Loving itself would not have been properly decided if it was only a civil ban (like custody matters?) is telling. Like the federal power argument in Windsor, the gender argument (if much stronger) got little support in the courts.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
See here. Election Law Blog explains certain somewhat opaque but now consistent USSC orders regarding last minute appellate rulings as well as a lower court ruling striking down a Voter ID law in part as a sort of illicit "poll tax." Given the costs involved, some (as do I) do see it that way, but it has gotten at best limited acceptance in various court opinions.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
This post is an interesting discussion of how a law article led to a lawsuit and the value of academic freedom. The article itself is interesting -- how things like being a vegetarian can result in gender discrimination. Given I am both a male and vegetarian, you know ...
SCOTUS makes two key voting rights decisions without comment except for note of four dissenting in one, an actual written dissent by two justices in another. I have seen probably more than one justice note that the USSC shows its work. Sometimes, not so much.
Kershaw is 0-2, both sides falling apart in the seventh, so Cards (sigh) are in. Nats knocked off too so the other repeat player Giants (it is an even year) sets up a probably good baseball but eh for me personally match-up. One good championship series is good enough, I guess.