Sunday, May 31, 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
One thing that aggravates me is when a quick look will greatly inform the situation. The Mets offense is bad now but last night they faced someone who in every start but two gave up two runs or less. The Mets scored two runs (tacked one on late). The teams weren't great but at least on par with the Mets offense. So, when Harvey gave up a three run homer and allowed one more run? Sorry. No talk about horrid offense etc. They were average last nite.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Looked at the religious history book the Jefferson Rules author wrote and didn't look promising. Young & Hungry had a decent plot advancing episode/cliffhanger (more roommate please) while Younger continues to be very good. Sutton Foster doesn't look the age she is pretending to be, but the show has a nice flavor, and the publishing setting is something different. Impastor looks good even before I knew Sara Rue is in it. Veep good last weekend, Mike great, but they aren't really getting much from the promising lobbying side.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Thanks to an easier (60%) override policy, Nebraska abolished the death penalty [note victims' families on both sides] with some conservative support. The situation was worsened by continuing porblems with lethal injections, leading to more chance for the firing squad [cited as more "honest" by a doctor] or nitrogen gas in some places.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
I sometimes see "advanced copies" of books on a free rack at the library and this book of vignettes centering around someone who grows up to be a top chef was overall very enjoyable reading. Read almost half in one sitting. Interesting mixture of characters and well written female ones for a male writer. He has both writing and food cred.
This was pretty good but basically not "Academy Award" worthy or anything. Various alterations from history, mostly adding to a somewhat predictable stew including a beauty for the key woman role (she does well, even if not quite true to life). The key player in this Alan Turing centered film, e.g., was apparently not this smidgen away from autistic. Two supporting characters were in another film with a homosexual plot point. DVD commentary. Update: Good commentary and a second showing suggests the film was very good (including technically) but I do think there is a certain predictable flavor overall.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
A discussion of "necessary" in respect to the lethal injection case with a discussion (not surprising given the source) regarding eating animals. New Republic had a good article on problems with the technique. End of the death penalty in Nebraska? Update: Added a link of background; that guy also was involved in Marsh v. Nebraska.
The needs of disabled children was addressed around the time this t.v. movie about a woman choosing to keep her own (with various other complications, including a girl from a troubled home) was replayed. I liked the overall movie (fairly realistic though still "Hallmark" aspects) and saw that the disabled daughter was played by two girls in a good performance. She chose to have the child, fully informed of the risks with more help than many would have.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Two of the leads were also in the charming film Keeping Mum. The third lead in this film is Kevin Kline. It is a well acted film that is probably too long, but the French setting and actors leads one to be forgiving. Adult drama with touches of sardonic humor. Kline like Kristin Scott Thomas was in a French setting (Queen to Play; also good) before. French characters might have handled the adultery subplot differently than English/Americans.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Looking at the latest petition flagged at SCOTUSblog, it is not just a qualified immunity matter, but one that arises in a case involving animal welfare. Meanwhile, an interview of the couple over at Dorf on Law, who are concerned about such things.
Some use the Patriots thing (comments) as mostly a way to make jokes, but seems to me it's an important matter (comment) of following the rules. Sorta count. It isn't like the most important thing in the world and the league might not have handled it the best (simply haven't kept up with the weeds or whatever), but these are Super Bowl champs. And, this isn't some first time thing for them. Wouldn't be surprised if the penalty was reduced.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Decent episode last night (John Oliver dealt with unpaid maternity leave) though iffy on some things. The botched lethal injection thing seemed forced. Amy snapping (which was epic) seemed unlike her, but glad that annoying character that caused her to snap (Selina basically knew Amy was right too) is gone. "House" is the veep choice and appears to be a past lover.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Amy Schumer's rif on this classic film (they are judging if she is hot enough to be on basic cable) has rightly received kudos, but don't really think it holds up for a whole episode. It's a one joke premise that eventually is more a matter of holding the illusion than actually (think this might be the point) being that funny. Or, actually, making a point (and yeah, Schumer is hot enough that it doesn't quite work). The shorter FNL rape culture bit worker better.
Saturday, May 09, 2015
I found a copy of this famous novel and it is really a quick reading novella of around hundred pages. The generic title fits. Basically love here is an emotional connection that is mostly there, not really explained except for its effects. Nice but not very deep. The film (which I liked) is largely loyal to the book including the rather shocking tidbit where the husband finds out before Jenny that she is dying. There is a sequel, but not sure who wants one.
Friday, May 08, 2015
Interesting piece by a clergy member, but what the scriptures "say" is open to interpretation. Note another Southern Baptist with special connection to Roe. I add more in the comments, including in response to a biblical verse, which is worth thinking about, but doesn't really answer everything either. It's still just one verse. Ultimately, like Roe v. Wade noted after discussing the diverse views, the choice should be largely individual.
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Clint Eastwood's The Gauntlet is a 1970s film that takes violence to the level of parody. That film is gentle as compared to this one. A BJ special, the charm of this is Salma Hayek, who does "mama bear" with a vengeance, a word that fits the lengths taken here. DVD has two commentaries, but either with Hayek. 'Tis a shame.
I was looking at Courting Justice: Gay Men And Lesbians v. The Supreme Court (2002, right before Lawrence) again and again wished the SSM orals were a bit better. Baker v. Nelson? The couple at the time got married (sic) in a religious ceremony (not the only ones in that era). One of them got fired from a state job for being an active homosexual. And, the right to stay marry didn't get a full discussion either. See here on why it particularly is important.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
I don't think Sutton Foster realistically looks in her mid-20s, but fiction is about suspending disbelief at times. The show overall is pretty good and nice to see Debi Mazar and even "Lizzie McGuire" again. At times, plots seem to be sealed up a bit lazily (tough fiscal love to lame ex vs. given $1800 when needed from her tough boss). But, worthwhile TV Land fare.
A common thought is that we should take the state out of the "marriage business," but marriage is going to have various state implications such as related to benefits. So, it makes sense for the state to have you "register" even if the final ceremony (itself, like swearing/affirming, of use to the state to symbolize its importance with witnesses) can (if desired for free exercise reasons) be in front of clergy. That's fine. Just provide various options as done for education of children etc. See my comment here for more.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Sometimes hear people scornful when anti-choicers argue even rape exceptions to abortion laws should be eliminated in part since people might lie. But, why wouldn't they if desperate? The state is the one to blame there really. And, how would you know? That is the sort of question that makes me go "hmm" and thanks to the Internet found a good reply.
This is overall a good book about the mixed raced granddaughter of the face of evil in Schindler's List finding out about her grandfather with a journalist providing parallel background and commentary from a greater remove. The author already has various issues with a mother who gave her up for adoption, travels and so forth. The parallel approach works and the book is a page turner though the Israel chapter goes on a bit long.
Saturday, May 02, 2015
CJ Roberts seemed to be getting used to the new name when announcing Mata v. Lynch (previous Holder). The conservatives mostly seemed to think it shouldn't be there, but the liberals were rather passionate in the lethal injection case. Sotomayor bluntly basically called the state liars, Kagan not as blunt, but clearly upset about the possibility of something akin to "burning alive." The last case was a technical case that they clearly wanted to get rid of.
Friday, May 01, 2015
Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate
The above is some audio from a 1940s radio Superman serial where he goes up against a KKK type hate group. The subject book is for teens but is good for readers overall. To provide context, the book examines the origins of Superman (a pair of Jewish teens who loved comics) and how it was fit into the times, including during WWII. Also, we learn about the development and re-insurgence of the KKK plus a particular person from the South himself who fought them and had some influence on the serial. Good historical snapshot.
Snow in May writer provides thoughts on a Russian singer that showed up in the stories. Meanwhile, the current Mets struggles (more things change ...) has lead to various chatter at Mets Blog. Continue my "let's have a sense of perspective" mantra and find it a good policy on all things. So, don't latch on to one player, or if you do, look at him as a whole. etc. And, hey, I realize its sports. I'm not always rational. It's part of the charm. So vent some.