This is a good historical account the reaches from the 1930s to 1970s with a personal connection since the author's mom was a stewardess. We get a variety of issues such as airline history, gender and race dynamics, Cold War (chapter on Russian stewardesses) and feminism. Has lots of notes, but is a mostly crisp two hundred pages with photos.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
BRIEF OF THE COMMONWEALTHS OF VIRGINIA, KENTUCKY, MASSACHUSETTS, AND PENNSYLVANIA, THE STATES OF CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, HAWAII, ILLINOIS, IOWA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MISSISSIPPI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW MEXICO, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, OREGON, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, AND WASHINGTON, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF AFFIRMANCE
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Basic reasoning and dialogue has to be instilled as a value young and often. Repeatedly, e.g., someone online thinks I say something wrong and they just say it's wrong. Why? Who knows. Another nifty rejoinder -- uh no, read it again. Read it the first time. We view things differently or at most I missed something. Help me out dude or dudette, okay? Finally, harping on religious belief or something. Focus on the specific thing being claimed.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Lawyer discipline information will be more open over at SCOTUS; update also on this curious discipline investigation. Warren Hill executed, Breyer/Sotomayor dissenting without opinion. His capital offense was a murder while in prison; claim rested on Georgia's strict rules for showing mental retardation. Recent case seemed applicable. Also, patent case update.
Monday, January 26, 2015
This is a sort of follow-up to the better known A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, both semi-autobiographical accounts. This one about a young couple (she's 18, he's 20) who get married [in 1927] and have a busy/stressful first year as he goes to law school. It is a charming "simple" story that has some pretty earthy (sex, menstruation etc.) asides that I wonder about even in 1963 might be controversial. Good for young adults and everyone else.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Jon Stewart provided the classic case of showing where this "can't taint government" with abortion logic takes us. In the real world, the House passed an attempt to make permanent a restriction of federal funds for health care, even when necessary for women's health, when abortion (will morning after pills factor in?) is involved. But, what does the rape exception (which for now knocked down the twenty week ban) mean? A sworn statement? Will women be second-guessed? Seems like a major loophole for those crafty feminists.
As noted by Gov. Cuomo (the other one) at his famous speech at Notre Dame, religions have a broad range of views on abortion, so "values voters" are all over the place on this issue. It is particularly interesting to look at the original Baptist response, a key player on Roe side having a significant Baptist connection. To me, this is in large part a religious freedom issue.
not singled out for medically unwarranted restrictions that harm women by preventing them from accessing safe abortion serviceA key phrase in the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), not likely to pass in this Congress, but a very appropriate bill for these times of TRAP laws that target women's reproductive care while (by now poorly) disguised as neutral health laws.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
It was fun to follow along via the WH text and video feed (with pictures/graphs/etc. on the side to match various themes) and tweet/follow various comments on Twitter. TPM labeled the speech "jaunty, bumptious, with a certainly crackling of aggressiveness," and saw that sometimes. Seemed a bit long. Reference to "transgender" and related civil rights a first.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Opinions. One a dissent in a per curiam habeas ruling where he flags that AEDPA is in part a means to address concerns (he name checks Breyer/Stevens) those concerned about delays in capital cases. Okay. Sorta true -- mix of factors there. Also, unanimously upheld the rights of a Muslim prisoner to wear a short beard. Ginsburg/Sotomayor briefly reminds how this is different from a for profit employer burdening a third party (employee). Yeah. Update: The beard case is pretty low hanging fruit, partially I bet as a "we aren't trolls here" follow-up to Hobby Lobby. Sets basic rules, but might be too easy to settle many disputes.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Selma, which I have not seen yet, provides one moment in his life, showing how he was part of a movement. His letter from the Birmingham Jail is an example of his personal leadership role. He was in jail as part of a wider protest and years later his sentence was upheld (article on this matter) by the Supreme Court. It was left to the dissent to mention his name. Update: As noted in the article, confrontation was key to MLK's strategy. Thurgood Marshall used the courts. MLK's central concern was to force society to confront the injustice of their actions. A method that until today is controversial. See Garner et. al.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
I am rooting for GB and the Colts tomorrow, more so the latter. Given the odds, this is unfortunate though these picks suggest GB has a hard road and the Colts have at least something of a shot. Any port in a storm. Many locals are treating it as sort of a bye week. Damn I wish for an upset. Pats in the SB either way is one I won't watch. Meanwhile, the NYJ has hired a new GM and head coach, the latter another defense specialist. Will wait and see. Update: The NYJ are somewhat amused by how Green Bay blew that game big time.
The title is in effect a spoiler that comes late. The film overall is good, if a bit rough (e.g., you are left wanting to learn more about how things went), but the charm is that it focuses on the "lost boys of Sudan" from their original flight to settlement in the Midwest. Reese Witherspoon gets top billing, but unlike various other movies, this is not about the whites.
When Randy Balko, a long critic of this practice, calls this a "big deal," you notice.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without evidence that a crime occurred. Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Curious about the sign case orals -- the church's lawyer seemed to feel it necessary to make a general argument that brought in trivial signs (to birthday parties etc.). Why wouldn't the special nature of a religion related speech (more on par with the political speech related exemption) help here? Might not matter -- the city seemed to come off as more "silly." Meanwhile, a 2005 flashback (with my .02) on SSM. Has things developed enough since 2003?
The big news this afternoon is that SCOTUS will hear the 6CA (the one appeals court that upheld bans) SSM cases. Justice Thomas probably won't ask questions; he should. That article does a good job showing the value of oral argument and tosses a few personal facts about Thomas many might not know. There are also a few other grants.
I'll take this over a National Prayer Day.
On January 16, 1786, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was adopted. It was one of the first laws in our Nation to codify the right of every person to profess their opinions in matters of faith, and it declares that "no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any" religion. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson and guided through the Virginia legislature by James Madison, this historic legislation served as a model for the religious liberty protections enshrined in our Constitution.
"Why the Supreme Court Should Reject the Arizona Legislature’s Challenge to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission"
Not so sure. The power of the "legislature" to prescribe districts very well might include the legislature delegating to a commission or being subject to veto by a governor or referendum. Those are the examples cited. Here the people themselves initiated things. And, "legislature" is not the same as "legislative power." Cf. "executive authority" (17A). Tricky case that might turn on the congressional statute especially since Congress has its own power here.
I was watching Serenity (extras/commentary -- good stuff; two commentary tracks) and noticed ... yes! ... that is the goofball therapist from Suite Life on Deck playing the doctor leading River's torture. The director noted he purposely picked up Michael Hamilton since comedy is hard, so they should be able to do drama. And, some familiar in comic roles (take Robin Williams) do well in drama. What happened next: Puerto Rico v. Branstad edition.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
There have been various concerns, including after a botched execution, about lethal injection protocols that led multiple justices to dissent from denial of stays. Via Sotomayor, we finally had a written dissent. As I note here, the fact news reports said it went without a hitch doesn't mean the dissent was wrong about the risk. I also continue to think openness about the drugs used etc. is a due process requirement. Tinker tinker.
A follow-up to the author's book about how she and her dog both overcame cancer, this provides an update on Seamus the beagle and continues to mix dog and human news with the author getting two more dogs and becoming vegan. Amusing tone, covers some familiar ground, but fans of her first book should appreciate it. Perhaps a bit padded,
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
TCM is the standard channel, but there are others for old movies, including two more obscure ones that for me are up in the 490s that I didn't know about until my mom told me about them. This film was on TCM, a sweet story about a mother (Olivia de Havilland, who is still alive btw) worried about letting her daughter (mental age 10 via a child age injury) marry a lovesick Italian (hey! that is George Hamilton). Is the title a pun?
Monday, January 12, 2015
She rested on the right to marry. The "go it slow" concern was in part refuted by noting that the state didn't use a limited means here -- a constitutional barrier vs. merely giving the legislation discretion. This point is highlighted here and to me deserves more emphasis than it sometimes received. It underlines the gratuitous outside of normal practice nature of the bans. SD lost on different grounds, but it helps suggest the animus aspect. And Also: One person flagged "same sex citizens" (probable typo) being used but the repeated usage of "citizens" an issue -- 14A protects persons too.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Don't know. Seems it could have been upheld. But, you know, karma. Meanwhile, Rex Ryan gets a long term deal with the Bills. Thought he'd go to a team with an established QB, but guess Bills like effusive types. GL, I guess, to the one "NY" team that actually plays there. Update: Manning looked old. Can Colts actually win another? Please please!
Very aggravating ending vs. the robot Patriots (yeah yeah, elite team, blah blah). Seattle, of course won, though Carolina kept it close until the 4th. Amusing end of the half with three field goal attempts (after Carolina made a 4th Down, almost had a turnover as time was running out & went for a 14-10 deficit), two penalties and various block attempts involving a guy leaping over the defenders. A successful block overturned on penalty.
Friday, January 09, 2015
Not totally sure about the phrasing (Justice Breyer labeled it "right to die with dignity" - we all "die" after all), but the Cruzan lawyer (see side panel) eloquently covers the issue with an extended opening on the Schiavo case. He underlines there are no easy answers (though he strongly accepts a basic right to makes choices here) and the debate truly has only begun.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
New Republican Congress alone suggests that. I foresee a depressing time though the presidential election season might be a sort of break. But, we got thru the early 2000s, even without a Democratic President. This too shall pass. Battle continues.
Monday, January 05, 2015
I think people marry in various cases not because of sexual attraction but for some other reason and might (if not so notably given the same sex angle) on a sexual level be attracted to others. In the past, sexual attraction often wasn't a major concern for marriage at all. Find his views on sexuality misguided but someone can have some other more troubling sexual attraction or unattainable all things considered. Few marriages are perfect anyway. The immediate reason is misguided but can't say it is clear this marriage won't work.
Sunday, January 04, 2015
Ravens seem to start playoffs well. Bengals lose. Detroit good but not good enough to be elite. Arizona just too injured though Carolina is not that great. Weekend went pretty as expected down to Dallas bringing on the offense when necessary. Blah generally though Ravens might be best to beat Pats. Would root for Carolina, but really? Not big GB fan.
As reported in this Washington Post piece, headlined "In major cities, murder rates drop precipitously," the end of 2014 has apparently brought a continuation of wonderful news about modern homicide trends. Here are the basics:
Among the "all is horrible" brigade, it isn't all horrible. As to causes, the diverse explanation approach to me -- admitting I'm no expert though have read enough to get a taste -- seems sensible. I have doubts about the sure professor in comments here and how the police tactics are used is really key. Also, if we care about "broken windows," there are various approaches, including community beautification and empowerment. Isn't all stick/police.
Saturday, January 03, 2015
Carolina tried at times to help Arizona (offense? is that really needed?) keep in it with many gifts, but Arizona gave a few of their own. Carolina 8-8-1 now though it wasn't that pretty.