Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
John Oliver was back and got a couple soap opera stars (including one killed off) to take part in the segment on refugees (a teen girl learned English watching their show). Show is getting some prime guest actors. Cyborg 2 was on again -- basically a straight to vid sort of deal that is a late performance of Jack Palance being hammy and a chance to see Angelina Jolie topless in an early role. The Closer reruns is a nice way to end the weekend.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
And Also: So nice to see everyone have fun on Saturday -- various people like to toss out the vitriol against the manager etc. but this is a great bunch. Jets were down 24-0 on Sunday, but really seemed to have a shot. But, couldn't get out of their own way all day. And, though Pappy is the worst, darn the Nats really took a dive. The PHILS made them look pathetic.
A liberal reaction to the 2016 race led me to respond. As noted, I think the also rans deserve some credit though hard to take Lessig seriously. Sen. Whitehouse on Citizens United shows that even if not all of it was wrong, it is a dubious decision at least in its breadth.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Late nite viewing shows that at times Disney has throwback shows after midnight such as Lizzy McGuire last night. Cute show. Her dad on the show is part of an acting trio of brothers and is familiar for various roles. Bikini Spring Break is not actually a highlight, but is amusing fare, if taken in the right frame of mind. Also on various times late nite.
Will avoid links, but places like Stephanie Miller (radio), Rachel Maddow (tv) and Talking Points Memo (blog) highlighting various left leaning pope stuff like climate change, immigration and anti-death penalty. A few like Andy Humm (Facebook) reminding Catholic Church leaves something to be desired in some areas (like gay rights). Yup.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Various playoff teams are scuffling some (Astros fell out of first; Dodgers lost four in a row) but various Mets fans don't care about them, annoyed about their own team. I am somewhat impatient -- wish they were a bit closer, but a magic number of six, a 6.5 game lead, an easy schedule and 11 games to play is pretty good. Lots know that; some are pains. Update: #5 now ... not great couple games though.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
I could not get into the style of writing of this book though appreciate the calm and evenhanded approach. The final judgment is that is seems to have various health uses, some potential with various question marks. Also, some drawbacks, but so does various things. I think there is a basic liberty to use here but medical facts help too for personal benefit.
Such was the feeling for a Mets/Giants fan on Sunday though things went better for the Mets/Jets fan, especially the latter (good defense, eventually enough offense), on Monday. A six game lead Monday morning was nice but three series vs scrubs upcoming made it nicer. Don't want that final series vs. the Nats to matter except for seeding.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
The sequel overall had the same pleasant flow, familiar characters and some new debauchery including lesbianism (though gays didn't come off well here -- a few too many references to "fairies"). Interesting thoughts on publishing and translating books to films. Allison (major focus) and her family were pretty boring here though. Few references also anachronistic (book takes place c. 1946, not early '50s with Kinsey, t.v. and Monroe). Decent overall.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
I'm reading Return to Peyton Place and noticed a character has a different name. It turns out the original name was subject to a libel action, a result of the author not being overly careful with a name that matched a real person in key ways. Book starts off pretty well.
using an opinion dealing with the ministerial exemption which has some relevance in recent disputes. Two instances involving James Madison, including a veto, is cited to demonstrate an approach. He is seen as the father of the 1A. But, the ultimate text was a work of various hands and the veto means a majority thought act in question appropriate. Like reliance on the Federalist Papers, such reliance on authority only goes so far. See also.
Today is Constitution Day, but is also the anniversary of the signing of the Camp David Accords. I didn't time it purposely, but reading the subject book (a "top ten" read) now is well-timed. It is a well-written book that does a good job mixing in history of the parties as the thirteen days pass. Carps: Not sure why relevant documents weren't attached as an appendix and a cast of characters list would have been helpful.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Narrow questions tend to result in people raising the base question and then others feel obligated to respond. See here as to "anchor baby." I fall in the trap here regarding "undue burden" litigation though end with an extended on point discussion. The "life" question is directly discussed here. The true believer and/or aggrieved tone of such "thread jacking" is a norm too as if "no one" covers this ground or something. The issues should be discussed at times and strict germaneness rules on blogs are a loose matter. But, it is a bit tiring.
A fairly standard if useful account on how "textualism" turns out not to just be some neutral approach at judging was particularly interesting for an article linked. It provides a list of ways why legislative history is a useful criteria, if used with other things, to decide cases.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
These might not exactly be the parts of the film the original viewers watched this to see but it's posted in honor of a woman who later was known for directing feminist better quality porn films. Some might not think that's possible, but personally think there's something to that sort of thing. If interested, the full film is online. Pizza looks good.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
A pessimistic take on the state of abortion rights. An issue brief on solitary confinement and the "dignity" component of the Eighth Amendment (and more). Various articles cited can also be accessed. No, "dignity" is not just something Justice Kennedy talks about. I (Joe_JP) added a couple comments to this 9/11 post. Anyway, ready for the summer to be over.
Friday, September 11, 2015
After spending years worrying about lying about sex, 9/11 was sort of a maturation process for this country but all the "everything changed" business was b.s. for me then (though I forced the issue a bit much) and now. Things didn't change THAT much. Various basics, including how things work nationally, staid the same. Thankfully so.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
It went pretty good. The opening with him singing the national anthem various places was kinda lame but he was overall pleasant and the Trump/Oreo bit (most Colbert Report like) plus George Clooney (with fake movie clips) were good. Amulet bit a bit too long but amusing. Jeb Bush really brought things down, but not really Colbert's fault. And, Fallon was a great sport. Cute use of miniatures for the new opener that had a SNL flavor too.
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Two straight bad outings for the starters, two straight wins, but today's implosion in the 7th by the Nats was a thing to see. Down 7-1, I didn't think they had much of a shot. And, even now, can't bear to watch nail-biters in the 9th ... and darn if this was one, helped by a questionable bunt (out at 2nd!) by the Nats. Sweep them with a good start!
Sunday, September 06, 2015
The discussion provides a link to the ruling and a local news article, noting the mother opposed it particularly because of use of fetal tissue. The ruling appears reasonable; the problem is a religious exemption to vaccines required for school children.
Saturday, September 05, 2015
Not quite with a five game lead. But, tiring starters, 7th inning struggles, teams spoiling to spoil and three challenging match-ups left (a sweep doesn't sweep away that the Mets are 7-6 against the Nats though a split would be fine at this point) and key injuries (Murph again? sigh), it's not over yet. TC making a few rather dubious moves of late not helping. Matt Harvey: His comments suggesting shut down after pitching fourteen more innings got a lot of hateful push-back. Ill timed Matt; why now? I think there is more to the story.
Thursday, September 03, 2015
New tidbit about Catholicism learned -- abortion results in automatic expulsion from the Church unless you get special forgiveness from a bishop. The other cases where this happens involve religious offenses like apostasy. Not rape or murder generally etc. As I noted here, realize the pope's temporary grace period here won't impress those who think abortion is not sinful. But, treating it as more mundane and yes more understandable matters.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
After Glossip and two justices (at least) stating on the record that the death penalty is likely unconstitutional, executions continue. The latest brings up a sad case of an overworked and otherwise troubled defense attorney. And, Breyer (even though the latest was on death row for over twenty years, one of his concerns) and RBG has said nothing since the dissent. A statement about how they will treat executions they just said were likely unconstitutional would be appreciated. Different justices in their spot treated things differently.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Unsurprising that the June SSM ruling still raises problems given strong opposition. A state of Kentucky clerk, whose claim was rejected without relief provided by USSC, now is using "God's authority" to deny service as justification. Render Caesar what is Caesar's, ma'am. You are a public employee, not acting in a private capacity. Meanwhile in SC actions.