Seems a lot of people, including at least two of the players (one crying on the field), thought a big trade was made last night. Nope. Followed by blowing a six run lead (4/3 run homers) -- team doesn't have that many -- involving a couple rain delays. The first with two strikes (none on) left to end the game. 44min, blow save, few hours, loss clinched. Update: Basically for a promising pitching prospect, the Mets got a top rental. Some good moves. Playoffs or bust. Sprinkles are for winners as Flo would say.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The ADA was signed by a Republican President, even though it clearly was an expansion of governmental power and an invite to loads of regulations. Another time and worth it. This is so even if (like requiring carts for professional golf games) I might disagree with certain applications. See here (including linked article) on the complexities of disability law.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
I'm surprised they upheld the four game suspension and it probably is too long. But, the agreed upon settling of disputes here was not unfair in a way warranting federal litigation and find it depressing/outrageous it might go that route with a serious chance at winning. And, bet they at worse will only win one less win this way. Obviously matters but still.
Giving up a promising prospect for a rental looks even better now that Meija, who I wanted gone the first time, got caught again. The two other rentals are nice pick-ups, and hey, I'll stick with Conforto now. Will believe Wright is actually back and at least kinda himself when I see it. Favor Segura and a 4th OF type. Go for it! Don't dispose of Lagares; have him until 2019. Get him surgery. Tulo/Reyes trade surprising. Two days left.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Word mistress Kory Stamper promoted this book on Twitter and really liked the first quarter or so. It was a fun account by a survivor of Gov. Mark "Appalachian Trial" Sanford's administration mixed with a bit of appreciation (comes off fairly well actually & the book ends with a warning not to "trust" politicians) though he found the guy to be something of an inarticulate jerk. But, didn't really hold up the whole way. Worth it for the first part.
Friday, July 24, 2015
This version of the story is more concerned about background and color than covering the legal details (covered okay) as shown by leaving five key criticisms of Marbury v. Madison to a long footnote. On that level, pleasant book, especially if you are new to the stuff. Update: The video makes a catch not in the book -- the key provision can be applied to avoid unconstitutionality. The "the principles and usages of law" part can mean mandamus would not apply here. Constitutional avoidance was a thing then too. As now, when desired.
Overpriced vet Cuddyer is hurt, but has been for some time. So, why was it dragged out? And, so Kershaw pitched yesterday. BFD. You beat them last time he started; this time they basically conceded the whole game. Worry about rushing up the kid and the excitement as they screw up the offense in other ways is a bit annoying. Like "squirrel!" Oh well.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I appreciate that RM had RS on and that he had the guts to be on. And, that Rick Perry of all people called out Trump. RS is right about Congress having the power to pass laws contrary to the SSM ruling. As Lincoln noted, takes time for law to be "fully" accepted though immediately binding on the parties. It would be a pointless exercise and/or wrong on the merits, but be careful Rachel. I speak only on this limited point. Did not watch.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Nothing much on the first SCOTUS scheduled summer order day; heck, SCOTUSBlog and others didn't flag it yet. Page limit exception denied. Stay involving abortion doctor murderer denied. Rehearing motions denied. Attorney disciplined. Bit over two pages. Update: I flagged the no mention to SCOTUSBlog and was told that since nothing notable occurred, they figured it wasn't necessary. Come on guys. You are SCOTUSBlog. You at least mention it. Past order days during the term were mentioned even with nothing really happening. The doctor's murderer is even a bit newsworthy.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Late in the evening, which might have influenced the reaction, Buzzfeed reporter Chris Geidner on Twitter called this story "trash" as if it merely mentioned she was stopped for traffic tickets and said nothing about her suspicious death. Read the whole thing. Not only does it (and the video) provide her supporters' side, but wasn't just tickets. DUI, e.g. Doesn't mean all is well, but she is not just some random black woman stopped for "DWB" either.
Kevin Costner and sports is generally a safe bet (he even was good when merely playing an ex-jock) and this based on true story about a long-shot track team made up of Mexican-Americans was fairly enjoyable. It is a fairly basic Disney film but the locals are respectfully handled; the small part of the principal is a nice touch.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
This book has some good stuff on critical thinking and the problems with a belief in "God," but it drags out the prayer section, says unnecessarily broad things like "the Bible" is a "myth" (not everything) and at times focuses too much on what amounts to an evangelical Christian view of "God." So mixed bag. Colorful pages though.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Blah! Saw this on demand with the game on. The fun lab tech is the victim this week in what turns out to be in effect Part 2 of last week's apparently sealed up episode (should have known with the unfamiliar "suicide" ending). The episode is okay but nothing special except for some heartaches given a friend died (Maura recused but shouldn't the others be too?).
Another not so great All Star Game for the NL, including fill-in Clayton Kershaw (a relative of the now topical discoverer of Pluto) showing why Familia or someone else deserved in instead. Chapman also shined for the NL. Getting old alert: watched Fielder's dad in the 1990s. Mets hit a tough slate of games as the second half begins. Hope they do something to shore up their offense. Playoffs quite possible with a bit of help.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The book starts promisingly with an account of her own "Plan B" child and is appropriately flexible about such things. Various parts probably will bore non-legal students though as a whole a worthwhile effort. I found about the book here.
Monday, July 13, 2015
We had mass murders in the past that resulted in no long term response, so sadly it is something that the murders in SC resulted in taking down the Confederate battle flag. And, it isn't all that happened -- the talk of "grace" alone was meaningful. Sort of a big "fu" to the murderer given his purposes. Meanwhile, as John Oliver noted more than once, how about Mississippi? Finally, Six Flags is probably different, but huh.
Friday, July 10, 2015
This stands out among the reactions to the SSM ruling (should I just say "marriage"?), taking up CJ Roberts' comparison to the Dred Scott case. In part, we see how the dissents used language and marriage. And, do think we need to at least give some states and people a few weeks to get used to the idea. Resistance is wrong, but it still will take a bit of time.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
This book is a fairly interesting examination of this fairy tale from various angles including the quite good early Reese Witherspoon film Freeway. One theme is how it changed over time down to its ending. Some chapters seemed a bit thin (e.g., yes, rape as a legal matter was traditionally applied thru a male lens, but didn't you say the tales often was less so, including "old wives" tales?) but it was overall a brisk nutritious read.