Some good music; a piece on one of the singers. Valerie Plame liked this criticism of Israel. Israel provides a safe harbor in the Middle East, so I understand the U.S. giving it special treatment, but it is a coiled snake all the same. A letter from Obama in response to a black teen's concern for his community's safety. Favorite dictionary gal does "shit."
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
First the blogs came for the trolls, but I did not speak up because I am not a troll. Then they came for for the spammers, but again I did not speak up as I was not a spammer. Now they come for me. Will Net Neutrality be next? Perhaps not with this robotic poetic license: SWISH! Nothing but net ... neutrality To asure Internet equality. [Source.]
Monday, December 29, 2014
NYJ head coach and general manager out. Oh well. I'm not really sure Geno Smith, with the right coaching and team around him, is not the answer. Can't believe it has been so long under Rex Ryan -- actually forgot about two of those years! Two championship games and 8-8 with a rookie QB mixed with three subpar years. Meanwhile, two QBs out and Seattle not able to lose made Arizona into a Wild Card. As usual, Chargers were inconsistent/choked.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
This latest in James Bowen's cat series sort of is akin to a "best of" album -- you had the stuff really in the earlier ones. But, his story of dealing with drug abuse, homelessness and more is a success story and a reminder of how "the other half" (or whatever) lives. And, darn if Bob is cute. No "with" co-author credit either -- he tells a tale in a good "voice."
Saturday, December 27, 2014
3D? Well, it was great in 2D DVD! You can't take this movie too seriously, but when you see a cameo of Kathleen Turner, you know the film can't be all bad. Caught it because of this and good catch -- though the last fifteen minutes of her going on a rampage was a bit much.
Friday, December 26, 2014
After enjoying Wild and having Chinese, I enjoyed Into the Woods and had Chinese "Kagan-style" (at a restaurant for Christmas dinner -- a family tradition now including the problems with the wait). Saw a version of the fairy tale musical on PBS years back. This version is excellent from the sets, acting/singing (almost every character is like a perfect fit) and (mostly) overall story. Fractured fairy tale t.v. shows make it a bit less novel.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
For three quarters plus quarters, the NYJ looked good, even the second year QB. But, an interception led to the go ahead score and later a 52YD potentially go ahead field goal was no good. Lost 17-16. Last time it was by two. Eh. NYG actually played well against a decent team. Buffalo lost to Oakland. Carolina/Falcons playing for post-season next week.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
The Colbert Report ended with a gigantic sing-a-long with guests from the likes of Jeff Daniels to Henry Kissinger to the Cookie Monster. Nice and self-indulgent, but the add-on with Santa Claus and Alex Trebek was silly and not really funny. Craig Ferguson ended the next day with an opening that had a bunch of people and a takeoff of the dream ending of Newhart. The latter is a bit derivative (homage?), but he did his lesser job well.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Now, Holder wrote, “the Department will no longer assert that Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination based on sex does not encompass gender identity per se (including transgender discrimination).”As noted, an outlier prisoner case should not let us forget the many other interests of transsexuals. GLBTQ indeed.
Got this as part of a food related gift box for someone and found it somewhat wanting. First, John Smith is more appropriately in the subtitle -- Franklin is barely covered. Jefferson is treated a bit too politely (big friend of slaves, was he?) too. OTOH, it was a decent book on a lower expectations level, giving some sense of early American dining. This a tad harsh. But, the book surely didn't show how even Washington or Jefferson "revolutionized" much here.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Over the dissents of three Justices, the Supreme Court today rejected Arizona’s request to allow it to deny driver’s licenses to young undocumented immigrants who have been permitted by Obama administration policy to remain in the United States. No prize if you guess the three dissenters. Meanwhile, certain Republicans whining about the sane Cuban policy move. Sen. Marco "I'm a little boy" Rubio especially sounded lame.
With this, moves to reestablish relations with Cuba and Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing, I take we only need five more Hanukkah miracles. Can Mets getting a new SS be one?
None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used ... to prevent such States [with current medical marijuana laws] from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Lower court case striking down limits on "medical abortions" left standing. Kagan splits with the liberals in a jurisdiction dispute, but it was 8-1 to uphold a stop based on a ("reasonable") mistake on the traffic laws at stake. Sotomayor's dissent, including concerns about "human consequences" of community relations with police given stress of stops, was appreciated. But, as a national rule, the majority is both unsurprising/probably acceptable.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
I am not aware of Justice Stevens doing so, but O'Connor and Souter continues judicial service on appellate tribunals. Doing a search, a recent NYT article flags the latter in a case involving "aggressive" begging. Troubling breadth to the law upheld, including merely begging at night and/or in fairly broad areas (a twenty feet from a bus stop, e.g., is pretty far). Aspects of the law might be okay, but there is a difference from let's say limits of begging inside a subway car and half a block down from a bus stop. Doubtful the USSC will take it.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The picture isn't quite as fun as some of the looks in some of her videos or pictures, but fun (just her voice is very playful) and informative interview. More about her, plus a recent "go to" about the word "serious." She tweets and sometimes blogs.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Definitely up there in great openings. One opinion notes "the most that can be said of them is that they are dismally unpleasant, uncouth, and tawdry." This is somewhat unsurprising given the nature of the photographs in them, if not too bad given the time period.
While those in the majority like ancient Gaul are split into three parts, the ultimate holding of the Court today, despite the clear congressional mandate found in § 1461, requires the United States Post Office to be the world's largest disseminator of smut and Grand Informer of the names and places where obscene material may be obtained.