Friday, February 28, 2014
I re-read this book, discussed here. The author was inspired from personal experience. She is not listed as writing another book since then, which is unfortunate. Showed talent. To preview a bit, it concerns a teenager whose dad died (a skeptic), pushing her to doubt the fundamentalist faith of her mom. Deals with a new town etc.
Two versions (yellow and blue) were made using extensive footage for this 1960s Swedish art film that might have a few scenes of nudity, but if you are looking for porn, look elsewhere. A bit of male nudity/touching penis, which still is taboo even today, might have got it in trouble. Unlike some tacked on, this actually has "social value," even a MLK interview!
I make fresh grapefruit juice (half-grapefruit per 48 oz. or so of water), but darn if there is only pear juice in the frig at the moment. Anyway, Colon is a bit old and Chris Young a tad expensive, but if the Mets can handle getting a Tejeda replacement, the off-season might seem more satisfactory. Ike Davis is enough stress. Reliever could help too.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Along with red states not rejecting Medicaid expansion, you take victories when you can, and the veto of the right to discriminate bill is appreciated. It is helpful to explore its breadth. See, e.g., here. Plus, it shows that use of broad generalities (comments) like "religious liberty" as applied to public places ("private" businesses too) takes you only so far.
The Constitution is far from perfect -- on this very question, an amendment (or statehood though some areas are too small for that) is required to give equal voting rights including in Congress (alternative arguments to me are unconvincing) -- but the "Insular Cases" approach (to what extent it still matters) was wrong when decided (and closely divided) and any lingering effects should be ended. Equal justice for millions is at stake.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
SCOTUS is back from a break and various things have occurred thus far as seen at SCOTUSBlog and here (see my comment) as to three justices voicing concern about the latest complications with lethal injection drugs. This includes orals on EPA regulations and cases touching upon searches of the home and other matters. Nothing landmark, but interesting dissent by CJ Roberts in a pre-trial forfeiture case involving funds for lawyers.
The Fosters (aka "how did Brandon and/or Marianna act stupid this time?") was okay as was the return of Rizzoli & Isles, which not only had a "hey, it's the kid from Shake It Up," but a sad "death watch" for a regular who viewers know committed suicide in real life.
Read a couple pretty good books. One, The H. L. Hunley: The Secret Hope of the Confederacy about an attempt to successively use a submarine offensively and the later discovery of the lost ship. Another, full ride, a young adult book about a teen daughter whose father's crimes lead to shame and fears of danger. It covers a lot of ground, ultimately a sort of coming of age story. The author is a leader in YA fiction.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
It is not my leading reason for opposing the death penalty, but the numbers cited here suggests perhaps I undersell it a bit. Also, one reason is that so few murderers actually get sentenced to die or avoid execution in a range of ways. Good read.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
[T]he entire course of Anastaplo’s life, as disclosed by the record, has been one of devotion and service to his country-first, in his willingness to defend its security at the risk of his own life in time of war and, later, in his willingness to defend its freedoms at the risk of his professional career in time of peace.He lost his case but not everyone is the subject of a dissent read at the justice's funeral. Sounds like he had a long and productive life. Need to read something by him now!
Working off a laptop this week -- those things are kinda annoying. Keys too small. Second, why isn't the minimum wage tied to inflation or something? Finally, looking at Kermit Roosevelt's myth of judicial activism book. Spirit is okay, but discussions of particulars pretty thin. And, the substantive due process 'dis is as usual pretty weak.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I grew tired of Chris Hayes some (the tie might have been the clincher ... really Chris?) and haven't been watching Melissa Harris-Perry either, but well, knew she wasn't pregnant. So, where did the baby come from?! She explains. Don't see a name.
Sometimes, you have to think a bit outside the box. Like "value voters"? Sure. They aren't just conservatives. Liberals have values too.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Beverly Lynne, who I like along with [Brandin] Rackley because she actually has some personality and isn't just like a walking silicone experiment, is great here.A bit of love for two stars of the soft porn market. I have commented now and then about late nite porn and lots of it is lame. One episode of some series had a basically normal couple trying to have a baby. We had nudity and sex. It was quite good. Little goes a long way here.
The title "note" suggests expanding a recent Illinois rule allowing juries to ask questions in civil cases to criminal matters. The idea as a whole is intriguing.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Ah. It's time for another Nick or Disney show to end its run. This show was very good but weaker of late. A telling thing for those who paid attention is the child actress became much less comfortable on camera. Note her in the final video diary (really? come on folks!). Overall, however, the series finale was pretty good. Not completely, but nice send-off.
The film is somewhat lacking in story for its length but looks great plus the voice work (especially Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone) was good. It concerns a cautious cave family that is forced to change -- some dramatic license as to reality (rather advanced language), but not quite "Flintstones" territory. Academy Award nomination. Nice extras.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Someone asked me about minimum wages recently and -- I'll be honest -- looking into it was the first time I realized my state just raised it to $8 (will be $9 in 2015). Overall, read a bit on this subject and basically economics is not my thing. Seems to me that a minimum tied to inflation is fair. The value of unemployment benefits to stimulate also sounds reasonable.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
It is a bit off to speak of "Justice Kennedy" instead of the Court in Windsor, and the opinion does provide a test, but this twenty-three page ruling (specifically about recognition of other of states' SSMs but clearly supporting more) covers a lot of ground very well. Notable too the state's defense appears to be a bit lackluster; meanwhile in Nevada.
I was watching a bit of last night and hey ... that racist Philly manager (Ben Chapman) is being played by good old boy "Wash" from Firefly! Ron Darling (Mets announcer) made an unexplained dismissive comment among general praise as to the accuracy of the movie. Well, that's film for you. Movie looks a bit corny, but only saw a bit to be fair.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The abortion rate is down so you might think (negatively or not) that anti-abortion laws factored in. The data seems to suggest otherwise including the pregnancy rate going down too. Felon voting disenfranchisement has long been a concern of mine, though it has gone down in the last decade. Kudos to Holder's recent remarks on the subject.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Liked it. The snow was a bit corny (fit into a plot point) though it did something a bit notable -- it is a bit hard to get a sense of time on this show, partially since I don't recall them celebrating any holidays yet. Snow suggests winter ... and the dad appeared to be watching football when he died. Glad B/C might have moved on. Annoying at this point.
This small volume is part of a series on constitutional topics. Basically, agree with its "common law" constitutionalism approach, but think others (e.g., Karlan, Breyer, etc.) covered the ground somewhat better. It at times left out important things (e.g., judges are chosen by democratically elected officials) or oversimplified. Decent but mixed review.
Sunday, February 09, 2014
“In every courthouse, in every proceeding, and in every place where a member of the Department of Justice stands on behalf of the United States,” Holder vowed, “they will strive to ensure that same-sex marriages receive the same privileges, protections, and rights as opposite-sex marriages under federal law.” He also stressed that this will be true, in some situations, for such couples who live in states where their marriages are not officially accepted, so long as federal law is at issue.Thanks Obama. These things cannot all be handled privately. Government license matter.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. -- Romans 12:19Per a recent comment on the death penalty, there is a debate on the justice of the death penalty among the leading religions (originalism is selectively applied there) in this country. But, it is telling how Jewish/Islamic sources that interpret verses that seem to allow it often tend to make it about as hard (if not harder) as current case law in this country.
this account (with a reasonable theory added) of the mysterious disappearance of the Mary Celeste's crew in the 1870s was overall an enjoyable read.
Friday, February 07, 2014
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Since the sad death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is still prominent in the news, bringing with it the predictable wave of hysteria over heroin use and clamors for more restrictions on pain pills, I will use the opportunity to point out the futility of using our criminal laws as a response to heroin addiction, and the origins of heroin. [More..]Agreed in general. Scope of wrong, not the same as marijuana prohibition but the "drug war" isn't correct simply because hard drugs are involved. RIP.
I only caught him at the end of his career, but Bob Murphy on the radio was great (sounded like he was having a lot of fun in that famous '99 playoff game with the "home run single") and saw the team's "goodbye" when he retired for health reasons. Ralph Kiner hasn't been around much the last two years on broadcasts, so today was no big surprise. Saw bit more of him and can see signs of why he is so beloved as an institution.
At times, Disney re-airs old t.v. films, like this one last night from 2000 about a foreign exchange student (white) coming to stay with (muy surprise to all) a black congressman's family in 1977. Apparently basically true, including neither side not knowing (due diligence is your friend!) the race beforehand. The white girl later disappeared, perhaps tragically.
Interesting discussion arising in part from (see comment) the eventual execution of a reprehensible (don't deny that as an "abolitionist") sounding woman -- unlike another case, don't think she had a "find Jesus" moment either. A fraction of violent crimes are committed by women, of course, so any biases (surely there on some level) apply to a smaller subset.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Ms. Power’s meeting with them also elicited some sarcasm from Vitaly I. Churkin, the Russian ambassador. “Oh, she has not joined the band, has she?” he told reporters during a briefing at the Russian Mission. “I would expect her to invite them to perform at the National Cathedral in Washington.”Those Russians with their wit.
I can understand Gov. "I knew he was a bully back the first time he ran" Christie saying he didn't really know someone involved in the scandal just because they went to high school together. I went to school with Soon Yi Previn (of Woody Allen fame) and never met her. Good interview with "Pussy Riot" duo on Colbert last night.
I think support of exemptions of the contraceptive mandate can burden religious liberty, especially as applied to for profit corporations. Sounds like on the corporate end, a similar mind-set is present as to the interests of business. Hopefully, this will help.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Ziva leaving NCIS made that show dead to me and Downton Abbey's tedium has led me to stop watching that (I switched it on during a break on Sunday ... oh is Edith pregnant now?). Now even repeats -- no more Rules of Engagement at midnight on WGN?! Don't like 30 Rock, never got into Parks and Recreation. The lead actress is kewl and all.
The Fosters is on 9 (EST) and repeated at 10 ... and then The 700 Club is on. That old guy has some funny things to say if you listen to him answering letters (talking about porn, he reminded the nude human body itself isn't sinful), but talk about strange bedfellows. Also, seems Stef's dad is dead. It's too bad, since he was an interesting character who had old fashioned views but was struggling with them. TV struggles with such complexity.
Monday, February 03, 2014
Like various others, really tired of "Callie and Brandon," but as a whole, like tonight's episode. The series feels back on track after a couple episodes a bit off & too focused on Callie. Some good stuff here, including Stef's dad trying to supply a peace offering but Stef having problems with it given past issues. Sorta don't like how it ended though. Rosie O'Donnell also is doing great in her guest role. Nice mix of subplots.
Snowing today NYC; warm yesterday. Weather is kooky like that over here. Good football timing but it's football - fans should handle some cold. Checking the graphic novels, "Those Left Behind" is in effect the next episode of Firefly. Nice that, ditto the intro by the lead actor. Story okay. Didn't really like the later volume providing Shepherd Book's back-story.
Over a million abortions occur annually, but it is rarely addressed on t.v. or film. And, even then, it is skewered some. I appreciate coverage of the latter point but it being shown at all is still notable these days. Homosexuality underlines the importance of such depictions.
Manning was upset when a reporter wondered if he or the team was embarrassed, but they should have been. Seattle is great, but Denver is pretty good too, and shouldn't have been so manhandled. Its defense actually kept it a game longer than it might have been. Four scores, only 15 points. It too lost steam eventually. After a great game vs. the Pats, they seem not to come to play. Seattle, after some nail-biters, did. And, didn't hear a single "Omaha."
Sunday, February 02, 2014
There were 100-1 odds that the opening score would be a safety. Put aside it being on the first play. The result was about as likely. The kittens in the Hallmark Kitten Bowl might have done better than the Broncos. Seattle blanked the NYG at this field earlier this season. Denver managed to score eight, but really did worse. Commercials mostly eh.