FWIW, they have been hitting well in Spring Training, and the starters (Wheeler out for year) look pretty good. The relief corps are more questionable, making two useful pick-ups good news. Still wary though hopeful -- April will be key, especially given divisional play dominates.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
The "why now" issue / look at what the backers say would be a powerful argument even if the Indiana RFRA law is just plain benign. But, this is far from clear and rests on litigation (meanwhile, some under the radar discrimination will go on, probably furthered by the law). Plus, especially post-Hobby Lobby, the federal RFRA is not free from controversy itself.
A few somewhat notable actions today. Case sent back because satellite monitoring (at least based on a device installed on the subject) of sex offenders have 4A significance. Capital cases granted. Redistricting case remanded. A per curiam habeas reversal also included, part of the Court's in recent years somewhat random error correction process. Also granted. Update: The cert. denial in the Bronx Household of Faith case is notable given the amount of attention it has received. More discussion.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
As I type, Buzzfeed is posting state briefs from the states, which should be posted on the SCOTUS website soon [done] on the same sex marriage page. The novelty of SSM is refuted here. The "marriage is small" argument is made (tied to procreation) as if the SCOTUS hasn't repeatedly made it bigger. Expect the anti-SSM amicus briefs to come as well. [yup]
Thursday, March 26, 2015
By chance, caught the return of this show, one of those shows on a hiatus for so long that you might forget about them (Veep is returning in April). The cliffhanger of sorts was partially addressed, but we end with a new one! Well, this one will be handled somehow within the week. Episode was plot-driven, so wasn't really that amusing as such. Okay.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Sure. He just shouldn't be -- he is a troll. Some cry inconsistency; must be so happy Trump is now on the case. The details are a bit different -- it somewhat more relies on the obvious fact Obama was born in Hawaii. Yes, the real issue here is racism, consistent nativists less prevalent. But, do we really want to debate details? That's playing the trolls' game.
Worthwhile attempt of an animated film using Mexican elements that overall looks good with a promising beginning. But, I got bored with it fairly quickly, and my standards for holding out is stricter these days. Enough here for a great short subject.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
I got this film mainly because of the praised death scene of the pictured character. It was impressive & the DVD had an interview with her. The first third was a gruesome but rather impressive late 1970s bit of film-making with a good soundtrack. Then, it largely focused on a pair of rather dim Hardy Boys mystery sort of deal. BORING. The other part was the killer talking to a girl he kidnapped who he basically starts to really think is his dead daughter. Some of this was pretty good, but a little went a long way. Decent commentary track.
Of course, the first amicus brief against same sex marriage would be from the governor of Alabama. Word for the day (Better Call Saul edition): spoliation. Case -- garbage searches not being an invasion of privacy. Took a case too big to chew there guys. And, Mike decides to go to the dark side again to make money for his granddaughter? Grandpa!
Monday, March 23, 2015
If the governor of Utah thinks the firing squad is a little bit "gruesome," not sure how it will fare elsewhere as a back-up to lethal injection, even if that method is pretty problematic. Utah is an outlier in this field along with nearby Oklahoma and Wyoming.
Note the alternative title is the name of a horror movie blog (by a young cancer survivor), which suggests the opposition to the film (on last night; not the subpar remake) by Roger Ebert et. al. is arguably misguided. The DVD had two commentaries. It has exploitation aspects, but it has a certain low rent horror and yes style that continues to impress.
Watched the first half of this Japanese animation series based on a manga about some social outcasts (one with a close connection with jellyfish per her mom taking her to see them as a girl) meeting up with a cross-dressing rich college student whose family has their own issues. Enjoyable with various intriguing themes. Story left open but continues in the manga.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
The first episode of iZombie was decent; too many voice-overs. But, guess some liked that in Veronica Mars, which has some connection to this show. Wish she would be the new sideline reporter for Mets games. The other guy is dull and she's nicer on the eyes. Good Witch, a few episodes in, continues to be pleasant Hallmark viewing.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Some note the novelty of SSM, but there are various examples of the basic concept being expressed for some time. One example was the prescient lower court protection of same sex relationships overturned in Bowers v. Hardwick. A same sex relationship was seen as comparable to marriage. The idea was expressed back in the 1950s. And beyond.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
There has been various accounts by women concerning online harassment, including Anita Sarkeesian. So, Ashley Judd's troubles are not surprising though the criminal charges might be tricky. My experience is a Mets fan who I interacted with Twitter who made an ill-advised (to me obvious) joke regarding a police shooting. People took it as if she was serious and hounded her to cancel her account -- being connected to a tweet by her led to over a hundred notifications to my account fill with vitriol against her. Anonymity has its problems.
"Presbyterian Church changes definition of marriage to include same-sex couples." Joins various other Protestant groups (not all listed there). RBG helps provide a feminist Passover message. Now Judge John Noonan's tome on Catholicism's stance on contraceptives might be doable, if it wasn't over 500 pages long! First 100 pretty interesting though.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
A useful breakdown of what happened to those sentenced to die in recent years. Only a fraction were executed. As seen in comments, it is debatable what this means. The subject article discusses the execution of a cop killer in his 70s. Four justices opposed the execution without saying why. This is simply wrong. We are told that judges show their work. If 4/9 of the US Supreme Court says an execution should not go on, I want to know why.
Monday, March 16, 2015
I'm with this liberal leaning professor opposing for-profit college sports, including the players. I do find a lot of truth to John Oliver's piece last night. Still, would do limited things -- provide insurance for student athletes, truly provide an education (= major compensation), compensate for after graduation profits (like use of one's image in a video game) etc. And, as in the essay, both sides will be affected. Such as no multimillion dollar coach contracts.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Decent so far providing pleasant Hallmark viewing. We aren't talking grand depth, but has pleasant characters and continuing story lines that encourages people to watch the next episode. B&B provides opening for guest stars. Hour bites also helps since two hour movies got to be a bit stretched out for material. Rooting for the caterer.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
This suggestion regarding the OK matter is unfair -- as noted in the comments, their actions, even their words after one press release (that, without more, might be of concern), show real concern. Faint praise of "some awareness" after a statement that the university should lose, without more, in court is asinine. As in communist hunting days, surely one can find faults, but if you want angels, look in Anaheim. Lack of perspective really is a pet peeve.
This remake was very successful in the theaters but is at best a mixed bag. It does have a story (largely not teenagers either); just too many killings early on for my taste. Hurts a decent beginning. An extended scene (with chase) of a nude woman is a highlight (shame she had to die). There is a surprise but the ending is lame. Makes the "final girl" look stupid. The reveal underlines it wasn't necessary for a sequel. Overall, a decent t.v. download.