Friday, October 30, 2015
Looked bad early but Thor held and offense (with a bit of help) showed up. 2-1. Error AND other stuff resulted in ANOTHER blown save, this time didn't take until the 14th to end game. This is so f-ing aggravating. The end of the game when there were two on and the guy who has done little and helped KC score at least one run got doubled off iced the cake nicely.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Executions continue after two justices said the death penalty is probably unconstitutional. Today, Breyer dissented on two grounds (others long time on death row though were earlier this year executed without comment from him) and (this time with Sotomayor) because a pending case covers a claim raised. He was executed, appearing to be a "worse of the worst" candidate. What of RBG? Or, Kagan on the second issue? He also opened a way to a Glossip redux dissent but no one bit. Meanwhile, HRC is for kinder and gentler death penalty.
The author was one of the guests discussing The Slaughterhouse Cases on Landmark Cases and this grew out of his research. It is an engaging true life Law & Order episode, 1870s style hurt by the fact we aren't left with a clear knowledge of what truly happened. Colorful mixture of characters ripe for filming, but might add a solution there. Here, the case looks doomed early, and we are barely half-way in. Net result is somewhat depressing.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Update: Pathetic Game 2. I checked. The 2000 version was the infamous "bat" incident with Clemens tossing a shard toward Piazza ("unintentionally") and the ace faltered. But, at least they showed life in the 9th (five runs!). Here, the team looked dead.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
It's somewhat hard for me to get into series television except for a few things these days so don't know about Supergirl. The first episode was fairly enjoyable with a pleasant lead and a few familiar faces (hey, it's the guy from Necessary Roughness!). Shall see.
Monday, October 26, 2015
The principle of these books is a lot of investigating with not much happening mystery-wise and an "eureka" moment late though this time we don't get extended exegesis discussing the solution. The journey is the fun. Robin is a major focus here, including final prep for her wedding (Matthew seems to earn some respect than late does something stupid) and dealing some with a college rape. Strike's respect for her, including in respect to this, is shown too. Both characters continual confidence issues (in their own fashion) also are expressed. Transabled people are a key plot point but mostly seen negatively (caveat by Robin).
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Never read/saw Harry Potter, but the author (after a run at a pseudonym that is on the book but with her name for some silly reason on the back flap) of the Cormoran Strike mystery series does do it for me. The books, including this one, seem somewhat padded but easy reading with two charming leads even if Robin's finance is a bit hard to take.
Buffalo in London came back from a 27-3 deficit (backup QB kept on giving up the ball to Jags) but blew it in the end. Jets had a smaller lead more than once but kept on helping the Pats out (first score was off a turnover). Giving up a 3rd and 17 mid-4Q was a bad omen. Pats helped them in their final clinching drive with two incompletes to save time but on 3/10, Jets blow it. Jets even scored 55 yder and got the onside kick in less than a minute but final Hail Mary attempt (at 37) denied with a penalty ending the game. Cat taunting mouse.
Problems with drugs have been an ongoing issue for lethal injection in recent years, shortages (helped by European opposition) and related issues (including secrecy to cover up alternative sources) often being front and center. This includes at best dubious attempts to import with various issues covered here (see also my comments). Don't quite understand why "safe and efficient" doesn't apply or why states have the final say if it is a matter of international commerce. And, it's the law, not just "guerrillas" at issue here.
Each Saturday night, PBS has two films -- a classic and a modern independent, the latter last night the title film which is in effect an Italian restaurant. It was a nice film about the owner (the guy from The Closer/Major Crimes) dealing with a new restaurant and reconnecting with his son, who is thinking of being a chef. Comments of other chefs are intermixed in.
Friday, October 23, 2015
After reading her latest (The Left Side of History), read this earlier interesting mixture of personal history and ethnographic snapshots (including short fiction) of the troubles of Bulgaria's transition from communism. Both are geared to the average reader while doing a good job covering serious material. Trying to understand how another side accepted what to you is horrible is often hard. This book's empathy only is very important.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Daniel Murphy, who should be re-signed, is locked in. But, he's also great after the game analyzing and being supportive to teammates. Some grumbled when he took paternal leave at the beginning of last season as he alluded to in the video. He also got some grief for his comments on the "homosexual lifestyle," even there wrongheaded remarks said along with supportive remarks about meeting gays and the possibility of one being on his team. Update: Blue Jays stay alive; Mets go to the WS with Murphy having another homer. Wow! Sorry Jack.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
It looked a bit troublesome midway, but the Jets offense dominated a flawed NFL East team afterwards while the Giants mostly were dominated the whole game by one. Various exciting final minutes in the NFL. Mets, including Superman Murphy (two more homers), beat two more aces. KC was up 2-0 too but now 2-1 though DeGrom is a bit better (though not so far vs Cubs) than Cueto. Still, winning 1/5 would be horrible. World Series or bust now! Update: Make that 0/4 ... both teams one game away.
Monday, October 19, 2015
The film like the book was decent with the characterizations mixed (liked Allison and Selena as well as the editor best). Again, forming and selling the book came off best though Ted's mean mother was good too. They changed a few things, particularly Ted's wife. Decent ending largely not in the book including the mother turning against the daughter and a fight against censorship. Also, actually like the change in the ending regarding the editor.
An article about a protest involving dildos to address allowing concealed carry in colleges (and more open carry various other places) led to loads of comments (mine too), including from the pro-gun rights brigade that repeatedly showed disdain for the deluded left leaning regulars. Such is the tone here for gun rights minutemen when this topic arises. The data here is at best split with much evidence tempering the value of gun ownership.
This is a good piece on how abortion rights are threatened lately especially laws that result in closing clinics. The inclusion of various viewpoints, including pro-life, in their own words is particularly useful and eloquent. Meanwhile, understand how some view it this way, but is it really necessary to think of an aborted fetus as merely "medical waste" to honor women's health and reject fetal personhood? Many surely don't think so. I comment more there.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Apparently mostly on guts, DeGrom got through six after they scored two in the first and repeatedly was on the ropes. And, then Daniel f-ing Murphy handled the scoring again, including getting two bases on a walk/steal and then a home run. Now, the Cubs. Update: Turned out okay, but still pissed about Game 2 and Utley did hit a scary looking ball when he should have been suspended (games 3-4 originally, but kick in extra time for appeal, which was going to be Monday). Anyway, 1-0 with three to go. Welcome back Dark Knight.
Sometimes, opposition to the death penalty needs to rest on principle. The 24th person executed this year, a cop killer whose defense at trial was that he was off duty so it wasn't death eligible, is not a sympathetic case. The best I could find was that the 19 year old was a lost cause after his mom died, but even there, seen worse stories. Perhaps, the age. Ultimately, it's why him over other worst cases and the the system/executing overall.
Book provides five stories ("family" for NYC rent law, school harassment, discrimination/Romer v. Evans, marriage/Hawaii, sex/Lawrence v. Texas) of key gay rights lawsuits. "Stories" is appropriate since it is not merely about the law/public effects but also the life stories of the litigants and the (mostly gay and lesbian) lawyers involved. Published in 2010. A few years later, Hawaii passed a law protecting SSM and one of the litigants in the old marriage case finally got to marry a woman, if not the one she originally wanted. The presiding officer was a judge, who served as her lawyer back in the day.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Texas Rangers were up 2-0 and the Astros was up 2-1 with a four run lead late. They completed their collapse as the two powerhouses (Royals/Blue Jays) will face-off. Reckon that's good baseball though not interested in them. Rooting for Astros. Both had leads early today and Rangers even tacked on a run by a quirky play. End result the same.
Flipped on to it at various times. LC looked like a joke. Webb didn't look like a serious candidate either though offers the hope of at least a counterpoint from the right; but again, not really serious enough to do it. O'Malley is starting to get John Edwards references. Sanders sounds like a scold. Anderson Cooper was just a tad of an asshole. HC wins by default though she does come off as a serious public servant qualified to be President too.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Congrats Cubs. Matz struggled but three runs total in a game started by a rookie who hasn't pitched for some time is pretty good. Too bad Kershaw, whose playoff problems were overblown, was damn good. Flores playing over Tejeda affected the scoring. And, the game might not even have been played if the MLB didn't screw the Mets. Sorry. Not forgetting.
Monday, October 12, 2015
The four episodes when Brenda's niece (the actress' daughter) are up for The Closer Sunday late nite viewing party. The pot brownie segment is amusing and Fritz's freakout afterwards is a great moment too. The next episode involving aunt/niece interacting with a dying teenage boy was also very good. Sosie Bacon continues to act today.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
The Columbus Day parade is just down the way from me. As someone who is half-Italian, sort of wish Italians had a somewhat less controversial holiday than some mercenary explorer who found the West Indes for the Spanish and then did some nasty things.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Playoffs in full swing and the one surprise of sorts is that the Blue Jays are down 0 and 2. Mets won Game One doing their thing (pitching, homer, wearing out starter, clutch hit by the Captain, Famalia). Murphy too -- when he does defense, you are doing well. Was Kershaw "not clutch"? As noted in a comment here, kinda yah, given he's CLAYTON KERSHAW.
Friday, October 09, 2015
An early case this USSC term involves the problems in the sentencing of a pair of murderers, which might be a prime example of "tinkering" down to it might not mattering on some level. Meanwhile, lethal injection continues to have issues. Are other options like nitrogen gas (the latest "ideal" method) better? The unsurprising answer: unclear.
Thursday, October 08, 2015
The Astros and Cubs took care of business with their Cy Young candidate pitchers shutting out the competition (Yanks/Pirates). The Astros were until recently division leaders while the Yanks were lucky to be there. The first handled it on three days rest, the second with a complete game. One loss trumps 98 wins for the Pirates this week.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Monday, October 05, 2015
Good for local football teams, one playing in London, though it took a bit of time for them to seal the deal while dominating early but not scoring enough to keep the other team out of the game. Mets ended on a nice note but the other five losses & losing home field over Dodgers (which I cared about when it seemed last Sunday to be quite possible) was a bit much. Toss in being no-hit again though realize so were the Dodgers twice earlier on. 90 wins though.
Friday, October 02, 2015
I'm embarrassed to say I get more numb to these shooting tragedies and I think it is because at this point we know with a moral certainty that absolutely nothing will be done to keep guns out of the hands of the rageful, narcissistic, delusional or psychopathic individuals who commit these atrocities.
Courts using law from other nations is particularly controversial in such cases like applying the 8A, but Justice Breyer's new book is more about other matters. Overall, it is about how legal matters require knowledge of international matters such for treaty application, international commerce and so forth. Engaging with the world and back/forth influence is a smaller part. Somewhat more technical, important message to promote but not sure the general reader would find it as smooth as his last book. I didn't, skimming certain parts. Also, the mostly post-WWII focus is probably a bit misleading; there has been a great growth in recent years, but the interaction was there the whole time. Again, still worthwhile.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
The 22nd execution is wrong but so are a lot more innocents dying in ways that should be preventable including in other areas like needless medical deaths. See, e.g., those who die per denial of health insurance or work place deaths. Some think focus on the death penalty crowds out other criminal justice harms. Many needless deaths. Basically, I think a sea change of culture is necessary here akin to homosexuality and smoking.