I am about 2/3 thru this fictional account of a girl's experiences during the war in Croatia in the early '90s and its aftermath and it is a successful pick from online reviews. It isn't a direct veiled account of the author's life but stories she was told and learned about. As with great fiction, this does not rob it of basic truth. A well told story that is a promising debut. Update: The ending is a bit open-ended, as it should be I guess, but last 1/3 good as well.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
After dropping under .500, a two game winning streak pushed them over. The two hits in last night's game doesn't lead me to be that relieved. Murphy will be back eventually but the only real change so far is the rookie putative ace Matz coming up. He appears to hit well at least.
Friday, June 26, 2015
After Kennedy announced the 5-4 (sigh on the closeness) judgment supporting same sex marriage as a constitutional right, Scalia had a personal moment of his own, announcing 6-3 (two of them agreed on statutory grounds; only Alito totally dissented) an important federal criminal provision as unconstitutionally vague. Three left for Monday.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Release of opinion announcements is an especially prickly issue with the justices. The announcements are summaries written by the justice who wrote the majority, and the other justices in the majority don’t sign off on the wording.
So, reportedly (though I never hear them asked about it myself), justices don't want them broadcast. But, they are reported on and Oyez.com includes them online eventually. And, do they sign off on headnotes? A disclaimer is enough there. So, sorry. No sale.
How is that race war going? Instead got the victims' family forgiving you and South Carolina (is this the "end of the war" moment discussed on C-SPAN Civil War analysis over the weekend? special Juneteenth event?) et. al. removing the Confederate flag from statehouses and such. The SC process is convoluted and the governor had to paper over some things in her statement. But, impressive. Not sure about all these retailers, even when third parties sell them, barring sale though. Public endorsement is my concern; don't like shutting off private options, which will in various ways offend. A bit on the U.S. flag.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The draft title article by two supporters of abortion rights is a convincing brief to not apply Casey merely gratuitously to burden women's health, but think more should be added to cover acceptable regulations. For instance, ultrasound laws allegedly have a mixed purpose of health and promoting fetal life. Where do they fit? Is the problem with some the fact they are not truthful? 24 v. 72 hr. waiting periods? Other laws? They aren't fans of Casey, but want to apply it fairly. This is often tough, if necessary -- real life requires compromises.
Monday, June 22, 2015
The wait continues. A few notable cases (see SCOTUSBlog etc.) but nothing really big. Kagan has a bit of fun with a comic book case, limited strings put to searching hotel guestbooks, some protection for a person in detention (with Scalia along with Roberts again providing a narrow view of liberty) and a return of the "raisin case" that the conservatives seemed to take a tad too seriously as some big threat of government oppression. That was 8-1 (Sotomayor) though the other three liberals questioned the lack of "just compensation."
John Oliver had another very good main segment last nite. The Brink, which is in the Veep time slot, starting fairly well. A lot of "huh, I know that person" faces, including at the Cabinet meeting. Too soon to judge how good it will be overall.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
The idea that Obama, along with other things (such as her long service as a federal judge), selected Sotomayor for her "empathy" received criticism. I then and now think empathy is part of judging and the criticism sadly confused. And, darn selective, since they often don't mind when their own do it. Thomas might have been alone there, but the others have their moments. It is not empathy but how it is used. Happy Father's Day.
This is the true story of a woman raped in the mid-1980s who successfully sued Canada for mishandling the investigation including failure to warn a serial rapist ["Jane Doe" does not name the rapist in the book] with a "type" was on the loose. This is a critical account of the whole process, at times in the voice of police involved, from the rape itself to the lawsuit. "Jane Doe" is still fighting and unsatisfied as this article five years after the book suggests.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
"Should it be the state or feds (or both!?!) that capitally prosecute racist mass murderer Dylann Storm Roof?"
As I noted in reply, I think not. Also, the governor and former governor wants to make this about a lone deranged hateful person. "Absolutely" (as multiple victims already are talking forgiveness; this might not necessarily imply they are against executing him, but inclined to think so) not. Jon Stewart might be right to think "here we go again" -- latest horror, then we forget, until we are horrified again. Without doing anything to change things.
Friday, June 19, 2015
This look at various rights is by the great constitutional writer Leonard Levy. Not comprehensive or overly novel; still useful, including for diversity purposes (it also supports an individual right to RKBA, this some years before Heller). One theme is the haphazard creation of the bills of rights at the time, including saying things that are based on created history, "originalism" not just starting in Reagan's day. Could have used a bit of editing.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Some exciting Mets game of late with a couple hard losses (they were no-hit and in another case a misplayed double play was key to blowing what looked to be a great win). There is some exciting young pitching and new closer and mixed offense (and defense!) that is sometimes lacking. Seems somewhat familiar. Do think we need another player or two and nothing is guaranteed this early. Also, fear the Nats will at some point return to form. Not doing enough when the season is there for the taking will come back to bite us.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Interesting look at voting rights (including of blacks, sorry Taney) in 1780s N.Y. I covered the DOI book in the past; interesting discussion of her technique, which might be called "Danielle's Eclectic Thoughts."
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Good finale with some touching moments actually that ended with a 269-269 tie (hey! it's the booster from FNL as the other candidate!). John Oliver was good too, including using some Helen Mirren audio in a torture segment that ... seriously ... was ROFL funny at one point (had to do with Peter Rabbit, going horribly wrong). Good material, but you know, it might actually work. Sometime. Unclear when. With blowback. And, it's still wrong.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Today's the 28th anniversary of the recognition of the right to marry an interracial partner and the eighth of the surviving Loving supporting same sex marriage equality. And, a few days from NC allowing religious exemptions to state magistrates in carrying out marriage laws. Religious exemptions shouldn't burden third parties. The law doesn't just apply to same sex marriages, but the timing shows that was the concern. Problem either way.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
For the brutal death of his girlfriend and two year old (likely the clincher), though four justices (yet again not saying way) would have granted a stay, Richard Morris was executed today. His daughter by the woman was three months old and was unharmed; she grew to love him. A clemency petition including words from her was turned down; she's a victim of the murder. Execution of this mentally unhinged person did not further justice much.