Monday, March 31, 2014
Paternity leave, aches and flu leads to ailing and key players not playing, but up 4-2. Gee runs out of gas at usual time (7th) and one after another, except once, the pen blows. Takes to 10th, but Game One is a depressing loss. It's but one game, but without more the team is going to be open to this sort of thing day after day. Sorry ... story is already old.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
He who made us has so willed, that in mathematics indeed we should arrive at certitude by rigid demonstration, but in religious inquiry we should arrive at certitude by accumulated probabilities. -- quoted in Michael Grant's biography of St. Peter.Matter of degree, Cardinal. Anyway, "accumulated probabilities" is also what a historical inquiry of such figures often amounts to, as is the point of Grant's quote. The book is a bit thin (almost an extended essay on other sources), but interesting.
It is surprising that Professor McConnell does not address any of these authorities in his post.By now, it is not, though I respect that reply here is being polite, perhaps to further a point. As noted there, the op-ed basically is trying to push the law, while claiming to be conservative (with a certain holier than thou tone about "those" people concerned about non-legal issues). This is how law develops often, so it's a familiar tactic, but let's be aware of it.
Geoffrey Stone, a liberal leaning professor that was appointed to be on the panel to investigate the NSA policies, praises Obama's proposals for reform. Congress has to pass them, and on executive power over national security, they have overall wanted to give the executive more power. But, knowing a need to be wary, I am somewhat optimistic. The public concern, helped by reporting and leaks, were of some value.
And [Joseph] knew ]Mary] not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. -- Matthew 1:25Note that "until." Even here, they had sex (that is what "knew" means) eventually. Some want a later reference to "brothers and sisters" to be half-brothers or cousins. Until! ... btw, Matthew is too long. The middle portion would be better edited.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
The Mets did a few things in the off-season that were good, but did not do enough for fans to be satisfied, especially with Vic Black not yet ready for prime time. The team needs a SS, the 1B is dubious and another reliever (would have been useful even if Black made the team). The drama about Lagares being the CF is stupid too -- he is obviously the guy for CF, his decent March hitting helping. Finally, a young arm should be the fifth starter.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Kennedy is not a lost cause. Corporate standing might have six votes at least. On merits, 5-4 ruling pretty likely. Women justices, particularly Kagan, again impressive. Clement called on his "sensitive" line (the first thing out of his mouth) right away. Toward the end, Alito seemed to suggest vaccines are yet another exception that is not really "substantial." Grand. Think the S.G. did a decent enough job. With all things in balance ... is it baseball season yet?
For those interested, you can click the Bible link on the side panel and listen to the Genesis chapters related to Noah. The stories, like Homer, were oral tales long before being written. And, even then, most couldn't read them. Meanwhile, sadly expected uphold of the strict Texas abortion regulations. Written by Judge "let's reargue Roe" Jones and two other conservative women. Lovely. Strategically, it is dangerous to have the USSC take the case.
“Cesar was a vegan. He didn’t eat any animal products. He was a vegan because he believed in animal rights but also for his health,” Chavez said. “Growing up I was always surrounded by vegetarians and vegetarian meals were always an option. When Cesar died, I decided to become a vegetarian in honor of him.”In honor of the movie (NYT says it is clunky but heart in right place) about someone else I should know more about. The Noah movie (NYT finds it intriguing -- I too think the Bible has a lot of promising material for modern drama) also seems interesting.
Move past the fact that there are no "abortifacients" here and that HL need not supply anything - they are getting a tax break for supplying health insurance. Having "core values" as a corporate philosophy isn't really the same thing as a "religion" for the purposes here. But, regardless, the examples affect third parties like how refusing coverage does here, how?
Thursday, March 27, 2014
I'm on the fifth season DVD, catching bits I never saw, and amused/impressed at how good and funny the show can be. A special nod to Megyn Price (fan of hers back in Grounded For Life; she will be in a different sort of role on Lifetime soon), who has perhaps the best reactions shots, including in an episode where they go rug shopping and to an adoption fair. The "did they say that" component popped up to when the double meaning of "rug" came up.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I really liked the first 10 episodes of The Fosters; the next ten, not so much, though I like the characters etc. enough to wish for more. The funeral episode was the highlight and there were moments. Brandon simply went off the deep end. Karma finally caught up with him at the very end of Monday's episode. Switched at Birth was mixed of late, tired of the daughter romantic drama. Toby actually had the best subplot of late. Spring hiatus for both.
I have taken part in two product testing sessions with this firm recently (breakfast bar/ice tea), both with saltines used for cleansing the palate. Did not have much profound to say in the comment portion of the questionnaire, but the cash and snacks were appreciated.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
“Under your view, for-profit corporations can be forced to pay for abortion. Your reasoning would permit that.”So? Are the moral beliefs that oppose other medical procedures less important? Second, YES!!!!!!!!!!! They pay TAXES that at times (e.g., in case of rape) pay for abortions for the poor, and not the fake "abortions" at issue here either. Or, salaries. They are not being FORCED to be a for-profit corporation. Being one involves doing things some don't like!
Monday, March 24, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
One of the most approachable and easiest to read Shakespearean plays had many movie versions, including a somewhat simplified one last year (mixture of prose and poetry, the simplification intentional to attract the modern day teen viewer; WS himself adapting old works for his audience) starring the True Grit star as "Juliet." Overall, I enjoyed it.
That is, what the man she eventually married said when she said "in country" that she wanted to have a romantic relationship ... and then he got a brain injury. This is a sequel of sorts of this author's first book, dealing with her time adapting to coming home. Both was good though did not get into the first when I tried to re-read it last year. Oh well.
The love interest in Hot Shots! continues her career, often in Italian films like this one where she has an important supporting role. VG came to mind because her directorial debut recently came to local theaters. This film is a good murder mystery/character study of a small community. Tried another film with her, but dozed off.
This website with various versions of the Bible has one problem -- all the audio (English at least) is masculine. I found this which includes an option that goes back/forth from a male to female reader, the latter more pleasant to listen to imho. Also, listening/reading them as part of my "A New New Testament" ongoing project, it seems to me that the "real Paul" epistles are easier to read. Ephesians is a bit of a trudge. The pastorals too conservative.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
I was listening to the oral argument in Ambach v. Norwick, which upheld a NY regulation requiring citizenship to be a public school teacher with some exceptions. The dissent brings to mind Sweet Land, which involved a foreign national being unable to marry given anti-immigrant laws of the early 20th Century. Details change, but ...
Last part of this analysis is particularly on point as to reducing abortions, particularly for those who religious beliefs find that very important. It's so aggravating that even respecting the concerns of the other side that this case is so easy but the wrong side very well might win. It will hurt individual religious freedom writ large. Women's health. Hurt corporate law by confusing the individual with the corporate. Narrow f-up might be the best hope.
Ugh. First, dragging this out was one last "screw you" move to Mark Sanchez, who you know, did take you to two championship games. Two, the dog stuff still rankles. Three, he has shown to be an iffy person talent-wise. If he was the back-up, maybe, but not sure that is the goal. Surely not his. And, Geno was 8-8 on a subpar team in '13. Not bad!
Friday, March 21, 2014
Someone won a couple tickets to the LBJ play that covers Nov. 1963 - Nov. 1964, particularly his attempt to get the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed and get elected in his own right. So, had a chance to see it. A bit too focused on one man, but even there, the large cast (playing multiple roles) remind it isn't only about him (MLK is sort of secondary lead, also very good). As art, it is very good, though it felt a bit long. Almost worth the real ticket prices.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The answer, and it has stuck with me, was that the ultimate meaning of the decision lay in how the lower courts interpreted and applied it.Latest Greenhouse column considers “how far the Supreme Court should go to acknowledge the real-world context of its decisions.” Nod to Sotomayor/dissents. And, lower court context too. One more reason the confirmation/filibuster battles are so important.
All is Lost sounds like a neat film, but watching even a little of it got fairly boring. I think it might have worked better as a short subject. Secret Lives is an early book by Diane Chamberlain (see side panel) that starts pretty well, like the writing style and various aspects. But, one subplot doesn't work well and it simply goes on too long to hold up as a whole. Does lead me along with the other book to try her again.
This is one of those enjoyable indie type films, a drama about a sixteen year old girl with a largely absentee dad and not quite mature mom (Claire Danes), neither quite growing up after having a child in high school. Her best friend moves away, she has various sexual issues (emergency contraception alert) and her mom is having her own growing pains.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Many have argued that too much research testing is geared to men (if not a certain type) and the "average" might mislead in a range of places. Also, as applied to various forms of testing. This article provides a good analysis of a comparable issue in respect to sexual health.
In honor of Wyatt coming back to The Fosters, I offer this discussion of a case of sex discrimination based on hair style. Melissa Harris-Perry had a show about black women's hair and the issue has a lot of complex nuances. Hair length was a major concern in the 1970 era (here as applied in Native Americans) as suggested by the musical. Also, check out this book.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Hobby Lobby’s owners, however, formed a business corporation. By asking the Supreme Court to let them enjoy all the protections of this corporate form, but not all of its duties, Hobby Lobby’s owners want to have their corporate cake and eat it, too.
An interesting discussion that includes some references that underline how even fairly conservative types do not find contraceptives and even abortion violates their faith in various respects. The developments cited also add strength to those who think the "real" story here is not merely faith but cultural, political, gender conflicts and so forth.
The Mets shifted to a new radio station, no longer on the sports station, now on conservative talk. So, I caught a bit of Granddad Pat B. on Sean Hannity go into non-interventionist, too sane for SH mode on the Ukraine. Hannity shifted to hopes the Republicans will win big in '14 to get on safer ground. Spring Training "B" team baseball is um subpar.
Toby had a chance to shine on Switched At Birth, interrupting daughter boy drama (overdone though Bay's birth mom had a good sex talk with her). Brandon finally got caught on The Fosters, the episode saved by Wyatt returning. Today's JP Day - the day for Irish/Italian mutts in between days for each. The NYC mayor, who married someone who earlier had announced as a lesbian (seriously -- as if the interracial thing isn't enough), did not march in the parade.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Seems appropriate to keep up the marriage book on the side panel with a steady stream of SSM rulings, the most recent a limited one with broad dicta (at least assuming how things will go) concerning recognition of out of state marriages. Appellate rulings due within a year.
There were various cinemas here when I was growing up, but now there are only two multiplexes. A reference in the report here to the Whitestone (a 1950s drive-in turned multiplex) is mistaken -- it too has closed. Seems a place should be present for a nearby reasonable priced movie in such a neighborhood, perhaps rented out for special occasions.
The BBC called her "the pre-eminent vocal talent of her generation." But on a stormy December night in 2006, before the world saw her as a superstar, she was simply Amy Winehouse, playing an acoustic set in a tiny church for an Irish TV music series.I happened to see this program on the Smithsonian Channel (in the 600s range on my Fios package) reviewed in the paper or would have no idea it was on. Particularly without a paper t.v. guide, all these channels seem to be designed for serendipitous watching.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The scenes between Callie and her dad were very good and Brandon actually had an endearing moment (hugging Stef). Overall, episode was okay. More good subplots in first ten. Jesus again interrupts Stef/Lena. The first few episodes of S3 of Switched at Birth were pretty good. Another "hey I know" moment.
I talked about this term's legislative prayer case. Turns out the plaintiff in the Marsh v. Chambers is (after a term limit mandated break) still in office. Sounds like a good guy. Some audio (from FFRF radio) on the case with him also being involved.
Yes. Along with getting a SS, this should be no-brainer territory. [insert joke]
Interesting use of Windsor's federalism component to promote SSM -- the argument is that "marriage is quintessentially personal, it is quintessentially local." But, the opinion's discussion on marriage itself still is phrased in language that applies to all, "two people," not just men/woman. Meanwhile, the appellate round is approaching on multiple fronts.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Sunday, March 09, 2014
It's not really novel, but "Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?" is a good read about a young teacher's experiences at a nearby (to me) high school with a cameo reference of someone I know (she wasn't quite pleased). Kitty Genovese, a recent book on the infamous case, is decent, but too concerned with local/topical color (filling up paragraphs of a short book) and somewhat unsatisfactory though you learn a few new things. Unsurprisingly, the "thirty eight look on" bit was rather exaggerated. Ends with an "it happened like this."
Today's reading from A New New Testament on this early "spring forward" day is this fragment of a work that seems to have been written in the early years of the 2nd Century. The trip of the soul to a final resting spot is my favorite part. The only gospel we have written in the name of a woman (the assumption is it is Mary Magdalene).
Saturday, March 08, 2014
It is early, but this is what one can see -- some promising young arms, questionable but probably workable relief arms, some (given past experience) troubling injuries and a glaring need for a new SS. I'm not really gung ho on 1B, but the SS is "if you don't get one, fucking asshole" territory. There are options and it's doable, especially with the Seattle option that can be done via a trade of one of the minor league arms (or maybe someone like Gee).
Rick Hasen provides a harsh criticism of Shelby v. Holder here without letting the other side totally off the hook -- it might have been wrong & the dissent still was correct, but Congress was on notice that changes in federalism jurisprudence made the renewal of the VRA without updating some things was taking a big chance. The dissent papered over that. I was a bit naïve on what would happen, but yes, his concern was warranted and more might be coming.
Friday, March 07, 2014
As noted in the past, officially being married by an internet minister (often cited in NYT wedding announcements) can be tricky. (Becoming one while in prison might be too!) An intermediate court back in the 1980s covering 3/5 of NYC rejected it though the city later on handed out marriage registrant certificates to such ministers. A separate court last year refreshingly didn't go along and remanded the matter for clarification.
Before The Fosters, this show is on, and I finally caught the first few episodes on DVD. Starts off well, another show that is teen focused but has room for the adults too. Also, well acted. Some familiar faces -- hey, it's the girl from Back to the Future and the "bad" coach from FNL! The deaf character and her vantage point of the world seems to be handled well. Update: I did not really like the last few episodes of the first 10. The characters still appealed, but not the plots.
Interesting discussion on the nature of a "scandal" using "Bridgegate" as a case study. The "travesty" mentioned earlier concerned some Dems not voting for person a top civil rights slot basically because some law enforcement types don't like his defense of a cause celebre cop killer. This is not good, but as a realpolitik matter, it happens. It is not because he supports civil rights or defended any murderer. Let's be clear on what is going on. Update: To be clear, the action here [his statement] is a "travesty," since there should be a blanket rule that this should not matter. See the video here. But, let's be clear on the specific problem. And, in Ted Cruz is a b.s.-ing asshole news.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Or, none, apparently. Diane Chamberlain's Necessary Lies is a fictional account that reminds that forced sterilization continued long after Buck v. Bell via a young social worker and some goings on at a rural tobacco farm in 1960 North Carolina. Powerful page turner that is mostly told thru the eyes of the social worker and a fifteen year old poor white girl.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Debo P. Adegbile was blocked at least so far with the help of eight Democrats for the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division position because the law enforcement community opposed someone who defended a cop killer. Lawyers do that sort of thing.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
A comment today at Balkinization led me to find out that there is a new season/series of Doc Martin. The second half of the first season of The Fosters hasn't been as good, but still enjoy it overall if not all the subplots. Watching Wonderful Town-- a rather laid back but pretty good so far Thai film (some ending!). And, reading a good novel, Necessary Lies.
Monday, March 03, 2014
The USSC provided the strategy -- talk about "secondary effects," which is not ("not") targeting the speech as such. So, you can cite "crime, noise or other quality-of-life issues, or highlight a club owner’s lack of qualifications or possible criminal ties" but also do so when targeting liquor licenses. The licenses can turn on content too -- total nudity, no liquor, pasties/G-strings liquor. That seems lame, but the former can work, if open to abuse.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
This general Wikipedia entry provides various links on this concept, entity and "person." As noted, though there are many references to the "spirit" (think wind/breath) of God in the Hebrew Scriptures, a "holy spirit" is rarely cited as such. Since Jesus was believed to be the entry point of God's presence for us all, it is unsurprisingly popular in the Christian Scriptures. The concept of a "holy spirit" as a sort of conscience was even cited by Seneca.
But to spray paint them in the colors of the Gospels is a travesty of restoration which effectively buries what glimmer of meaning we might derive from these golden, subtle poems.Count this in the non-Christian camp. Note how it is listed both in "early Jewish" and "early Christian" writings in that collection. A bit of modern musical accompaniment. A New New Testament cites it as part of "some Christ movement," but that doesn't make it non-Jewish.
H/t. A hero and martyr (his wife was no slouch) in the battle for racial equality and academic freedom in NYC and beyond. A query in comments was made to how specifically as a math scholar does him being an "irritant" matter, but I think being a scholar isn't just about a specific field. It is being part of academia generally, part of the whole.