Sunday, August 31, 2014
RH Reality Check takes us inside an abortion clinic and compares it with the new "ambulatory surgical center." A district court blocked part of the new law, which might have limited standing power, but is appreciated. The video is appreciated especially to give you an inside look for the tens of thousands in Texas who will get an abortion in the next year and others.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
I don't have an occasion to travel on airplanes but the recent news item on reclining seats does seem to address my "don't be a dick" principle. It is a somewhat trivial case but these things (1) add up and (2) assholes tend to be so in bigger ways too.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I read over at IMDB that a new hire on the production team influenced the end of the Rizzoli pregnancy subplot. Notice, for whatever reason, some better episodes of late. Yesterday's episode as a whole was very good, including a lot of character stuff. Fans probably excited to learn Maura's sleeping habits. Angela subplot a bit thin, but nice ending.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Not sure about the subtitle, but this is a good book on an issue that still has bite. The author (blocked when nominated to the 7CA, in effect filibustered in a way still possible even now) has written more on the legal issues related to the case, including equality and Lochner Era rights talk. Good use of a case as a snapshot of large issues. ETA: A 1942 commentary.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
There are so many shows on pay channels these days along with "regular" television plus the Internet and I watch less original programming than in the past. Still, this is one of the few I do watch, though have been liking it less of late. The "summer finale" on the whole was good, with multiple subplots and good acting. The Callie stuff however ended up on an annoying place, including now tedious repetitive "just can't get adopted" complication.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
A sentencing expert and judge both support a NYT editorial pushing Obama to reform pardoning policy. For whatever reason, yes, it looks like he has been deficient. To be fair, the Administration has shown "mercy" to criminals in various respects.
Friday, August 22, 2014
More tweaking since a reasonable line between profit and non-profit isn't good enough for SCOTUS. Prediction: selective concern for religious beliefs as this tweaking in ways that make providing benefits more complicated is applied in the real world. ETA: And, yeah, at some point, what's the point? The other side isn't acting with good faith (pun not intended).
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Balkinization and Scott Lemieux are two places to read up on the latest on attempts to kill the PPACA. SL's latest refers to a recent Linda Greenhouse column and one key point she makes is how even taking a case for en banc would wipe the D.C. 2-1 win for confusion off the books. This would leave the PPACA win as the sole case. No circuit split.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Good discussion on changing ideas of parenthood ... not from the clueless who selectively apply "tradition" as a way to discriminate against gay people. Meanwhile, one of many non-Rick Perry fans who find the indictment dubious. See also, comments.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
As noted, the book was pretty religious, not surprising since its publisher is listed as one which "delivered transformational Christian experiences." If it works, okay, but I do favor a more toned down approach, especially with talk of cancer being a "win win." More of a "God" as metaphor (sort of like poetry) sort of person myself. Movie more my speed while including a religious presence often not present in television programs.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
"College Sports Should Be Treated as a Source of Funding for Nonprofit Universities, Not as a For-Profit Business"
Dorf on Law economist specialist discusses this subject some more, including how college education is "compensation" and not providing proper education can be a big concern without that changing. Likewise, we can worry about athletes' health and other things without treating them like professionals. I have seen some unbalanced comments on such subjects.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
After Lena on The Fosters obtained a therapeutic abortion mid-term, Rizzoli had a miscarriage on her show while getting hurt in the line of duty (later she helped the witness get a foster mom -- connections!). It was let out her mom had a miscarriage before having Jane. Left unsaid but notable -- Jane had the right to choose to endanger herself.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
It seems somewhat harder when people you grow up with die especially in apparently tragic circumstances (suicide). As one person on the radio noted, his antic style actually turned me off somewhat though note his talent there, while his dramatic work often was his best. Update: A reminder -- it isn't just important when movie stars do it.
It might be somewhat behind schedule & they should have more audio (at the very least opinion announcements, public events after all), but the USSC has gone far regarding their website. But, they do not do well with orders and other filings. SCOTUSBlog at times links stuff not on the website. Bench statements given to reporters should be public too.
Monday, August 11, 2014
The seven page state judge opinion is rather thin for its outlier status. It partially is based on not wanting to avoid Baker v. Nelson (which few really take seriously) but does touch upon the merits. Again, rather thinly. The next money ruling might be the 6CA decision.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
The author of Up the Down Staircase died recently at 103, after having a long and interesting life. Per my last book, she too is from Russia, but more emigrant than immigrant. The thirty-year anniversary copy of the book has a good intro. The book is pretty good too though somewhat repetitive. Snapshots of the school jungle from the perspective of a new teacher; the vet who befriends her is in effect BK's alter ego. Vaguely recall seeing movie.
Saturday, August 09, 2014
I saw this collection of short stories (taking place over a span of decades, an interconnected series of snapshots from various perspectives) by a Russian immigrant reviewed in the NYT, the last longer for no real apparent reason (perhaps it is based on something her own grandfather told her about?). Very good with an interesting open-ended nature. The link provides further writings (including reviews) as well as interviews (including audio).
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Dr. Carpenter is an expert on human rights but when she visited a detention center (or whatever you want to call it) for Central American refugees with family she was more a representative of the public at large as she further clarifies in comments in the version of her account at her old blog. The detailed personal account makes me again miss her involvement at LGM -- her replacements don't provide the same product.
The whatever you want to call new character seems to fit in pretty well. And, the episode, including Rizzoli being trapped with a witness, was a good one. Down to a few bits of dialogue, including between Korsak and Maura. Coming attractions suggest the plot continues and at least one question isn't quite answered. Definitely one of the best episodes.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
VA supports SSM rights but for various reasons, supports a stay. One reason is dubious -- the USSC granted a stay when the state supported a ban. Another is based on the unlikelihood of the USSC ruling against SSM. The third reason is to quicken things along. State law apparently allows someone else to appeal, thus state nonaction is not simply a win for SSM. The petition ends, alluding to a final USSC ruling: "We are nearly there."
I thought it was horrible that Palin resigned as governor in effect because she was bored with the job. Eric Cantor doing so a few months early isn't so blatant as half-term Palin, but it still isn't ideal. Isn't it sort of a duty to serve out the term you were elected for except for special circumstances (e.g., appointment to another office)? Well, I think so.
Monday, August 04, 2014
The Casey ruling had some charms -- it did a better job than Roe of fleshing out the right to privacy & hooking it here to equal protection, e.g., but its "undue burden" language (if used at times before) was meant to and did open up more regulations. This helped the recent onslaught of TRAP laws that (to me unconstitutionally) single out abortion clinics. But, sometimes it has bite. Continues to be a "will it be too much for Kennedy" game.
I took someone out to dinner recently to thank her and the bill was over $60 for two people. This is really somewhat mid-range for your Manhattan eatery. Dangers include: drinks, dessert and at times starters. Meanwhile, multiplex price over $14 now. There are more reasonable ways to go, surely, but she likes the place and it's worth it for a special occasion.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Even before I came into office, I was very clear that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values. I understand why it happened. I think it's important when we look back to recall how afraid people were after the twin towers fell and the Pentagon had been hit and the plane in Pennsylvania had fallen and people did not know whether more attacks were imminent and there was enormous pressure on our law enforcement and our national security teams to try to deal with this. And, you know, it's important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that those folks had. A lot of those folks were working hard under enormous pressure and are real patriots, but having said all that, we did some things that were wrong. And that's what that report reflects.It might not sound like much, and on some level it is not, but it matters.
Rays' Price deal seems a bit weak. Red Sox did a good job looking to the future. Seattle got a steal thanks to Rays/Tigers. As have arrived. Yanks - Drew? Why? Phils stupidly did nothing. Mets did nothing but that's okay really. If they do nothing via waivers, that would be sorta annoying. Should get something for Colon (and get rid of a bit of dead weight).