I'm not a big fan of "originalism," though the term is plastic enough to be possibly harmless, but history can promote progressive causes. ACS and other organizations advance this approach. This is so even when history is selectively cited and further study (here as to the 13A-15A) can be fruitful. The latter thread includes various comments from me.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Good autobiography, but after a while, I honestly wanted to move on. But, for those who stick with it, well written with a good "voice" from the daughter of a newspaperman and teacher from middle America that made good. Nice sense of humor and plenty of end notes!
Monday, December 28, 2015
The Giants, without one of their only offensive weapons, didn't have a chance to blow it late. Blew it early and never came back. KC and MN in, Falcons out and a few slots/seeding left open. Tonight's game notable there [Denver in]. Seattle lost and it might cost them: if they slip a slot, they don't face the Redskins in the first round. Note: back-up city in AFC.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Well, playoff-wise -- Jets didn't hold Pats late (aggravating) in regulation but after winning toss, Pats player elected to kick-off. [Really? Okay.] Jets had chance to win with a TD and did! Meanwhile, back-up QB beat Steelers, so only need to beat the struggling Bills to get in. Since Jets didn't do that the first time, no gimme, but I'll take it. Falcons ended Panthers no-loss season, so they are still alive and rooting for the Giants. Good luck with that.
The Giants’ star defensive end, Jason Pierre-Paul, blew off part of his hand in a Fourth of July fireworks accident, and the team’s season has been defined by the creative manner in which it has squandered late leads.Eh. Giants so annoying by now, not really upset. Hard to root for the Eagles even to extend Giants season. Redskins least annoying rival (basically only their name at this point). Eagles had an upset in them (vs. Pats); maybe Redskins have one to win a playoff game.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
The traditional movie and dinner was altered because of crowds -- new place (fine) and movie (later show). This one is sure to get a look at Oscar time and the special cameos from the likes of Selena Gomez to explain technical banking points was appreciated. Overall, the detail did overwhelm a bit, but very well acted and put together. Seemed a bit too long.
Friday, December 25, 2015
Deal is pending, but it still was an early Christmas "fu" to Mets fans like myself who don't join the Murphy-bashing brigade (he is HORRIBLE defensively -- exaggeration -- and you know that carrying the team to the World Series thing? eh. quirk -- years of offensive consistency aside; a few make him out as some sort of bigot, which is also a tad ridiculous). The deal can be spun more than one way but to me Murph was a fun MET player that fills a rival's need for a reasonable price. The Mets need a big bat to take this bad taste out of my mouth.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
The Jets struggled but manage to eliminate the Romo-less Cowboys, who ultimately used their third/fourth stringer in this game. Nonetheless, the Broncos didn't help their cause by losing to one of the Jets' rivals for a Wild Card slot. The Giants came back from 35-7 against the no-loss Panthers only to do their usual blow it in the last two minutes. Both N.Y. teams are still alive for the playoffs, but need some help given tiebreakers and so on. Update: Looking into it, if Jets manage to win two games, they are somewhat more likely than not to get in, but Giants need to win two and have Redskins lose two. GL with that.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
I first read this book around six years ago, but events brought it to mind when someone in a blog comment cited this discussion. The book is a quick read though it is a bit academic at times. Basically, the two analyses overlap some, this one ending with a hopeful message that religion can be used for good. I agree and anyways it will be around in some form for a long time. So, abuses cannot really be replaced by fully secular things. And Also: Interesting analysis that shows a bit more than Islamophobia was involved in a recent bit of excitement concerning a class project. Knowing all the facts in these cases often informative and blogs can help there.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
I had no desire to watch it though getting updates via various Twitter people I following along with Talking Points Memo was amusing (less so when you remember the Republicans control Congress and are one of the two major parties or are sane) and even somewhat useful. Apparently, Trump/Cruz/Bush (but he's a lost cause, suggesting his "sanity" approach was desperation) did pretty well while Rubio did okay if a bit weak. Fiorina likes dogs. Darn facts.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
After a quick start, some looked past an average season as enough after a lousy '15 effort and their presumptive starter out after a teammate punched him in the jaw. Jets fell back to earth but then won a key game versus the Giants. But, reading a NY Daily News analysis, a 10-6 record (which is all things considered a success) is likely (losing the easiest game and winning the hardest best shot) not enough. In fact, 11-5 is not a gimmee. Sigh.