Friday, January 29, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Some have challenged the feds approach (would they do that for non-whites?) but the go it slow technique in Oregon might have been a good idea. A federal consent degree for Ferguson hopefully will be productive. Discussion on the importance of unions and commentary relating to Flint's water crisis. At some point, got to draw a line in the sand regarding sane government. And, an example (mental health) of the ongoing value of ACA.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016
The article is a bit incomplete as seen by this discussion. This is an intermediate court and was a split vote. The opinions are still interesting, including the broad concurrence that comes off at as a personal advocacy case at times. The dissent is a bit slim, not doing much to substantively respond (the state provision is somewhat different ... okay) and basically resting on abortion being illegal back in the day, changing conditions etc. not addressed.
This was one of the better outings of MeTV Saturday night horror films, the choices often not paced well etc. in my opinion. One charm is the involvement of "Acquanetta" also in two of the Jungle Women films. She is a tad stiff, but fun. The pros do good as well.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Sometimes, there are comments from the left against religious exemptions that to me at times go too far, including ending tax exemptions to churches. I think a neutral non-profits law is okay there, but the minister housing exemption issue does look problematic. The "what is a church" issue also is tricky as (cited) John Oliver recently noted. Meanwhile, the "In God We Trust" lawsuit (complaint a bit drawn out but core true) has merit though it is a lost cause given precedent and non-absolutism on the issue. Passive or not, it's sectarian.
Big news with two key and fairly expensive (the reduced money for Cespedes? $25 with an opt out or $75M for three years) acquisitions. Overall, though I'm depressed by Murphy, impressive off season with these two additions. Steady short term 2B, decent SS option for two, Colon for insurance, key leftie, better bench and Cuddyer retired. C. Torres DFA'd.
Friday, January 22, 2016
Women like these deserve basic rights. Also, a good article on why measuring public opinion is so hard; my opinion is that most people will think their case special when it actually happens, even if they are "pro-life." Hypos not enough. Finally, listen to the orals again!
Update: Some concern POTUS statement doesn't use "abortion" -- I personally prefer general language to fit it into wider rights and who doesn't know what "Roe" he is talking about? OTOH, "abortion" as a taboo word is an issue.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
A 8-1 ruling by Scalia upholding a death penalty procedure had but Sotomayor dissenting with the two who assumed the death penalty is likely unconstitutional yet again silently going along. Was not a brief reply given the dissent warranted? Rhetorical. I think so. Update: Today, Sotomayor (joined by Ginsburg) briefly explained how a procedural problem led her to deny a stay. Breyer dissented, adding how the case shows why the death penalty should be reexamined. He was then executed.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
As discussed in comments here, there seems to actually be something to the idea (precedent/agnostic as to bottom line) those born abroad are "naturalized" and thus not natural born/qualified as President. But, as I tried to show, the precedents are either somewhat unclear or clash with statutory law now and back in 1790. Bottom line, I still see the idea as stupid, but guess the novel situation requires some clarity to clear the air. Update: The back/forth just got longer but it just seems like one side is credible. Not enough for me to deny citizenship. The law professor on t.v., e.g., suggests service abroad in the military is an exception. Why isn't mere citizenship enough of a connection? Is a civilian military contractor different? Citizenship at birth / natural born. In my book.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
This was an impressive interview; it is this sort of diversity of guests (not a race thing; overall) that impresses. The wristband he wore (video provided; click 1st link for yesterday's show) also reflects the type of guy he is, which also is very appealing. Talented nice guy.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
The author is better at showing how the subtitle was advanced than making some more fundamental argument (to the extent that was her goal) by the main title while providing a general overview of Prohibition but overall it's a worthwhile read. Now and then (such as a quick summary of the groups pushing for prohibition that doesn't show more nuisance regarding temperance v. total prohibition) editors should have fixed things up a bit.
Somewhat less than that Vikings fiasco, but pretty boy won, KC closing their season with "atrocious" (radio) clock management. Meanwhile, the Cardinals looked human, but then had gift after gift (including at least one by officials) to go ahead. Then, they gave the Packers one to give them more time to score, which took a miracle or two (hurt by another Cards gift from officials on a PI call). After a bit of coin comedy, one play quickly basically sealed deal. Aggravating way for Packs to lose and basically a Carolina fan now. If not very passionately. Update: Carolina/Seattle took turns scoring each half but Seattle only got to 31-24 in their half of scoring. The Pittsburgh/Denver game was close but Denver's defense did just enough.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
SCOTUS order day yesterday had a few notable grants including deciding the McDonnell case (sympathetic but darn feel Don Siegelman got a raw deal), a non-decision on the immigration decision and the subject matter. It concerns the ability of a state to have a no funding of religion policy beyond required by the 1A. As noted by the article cited here, I'm inclined to support state option there if done evenhandedly, even if it was anti-Catholic back in the day.
Friday, January 15, 2016
The Puerto Rico double jeopardy case orals often dwelt in broad terms regarding sovereignty (the SCOTUS' power to take the case now was not addressed) but it might not be necessary. A middle ground might be that the grant of self-rule is interpreted to (without a clear statement otherwise) to assume enough sovereignty for double jeopardy to not arise. As noted at one point, federal criminal law can be crafted to get to the same point anyways.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Good Masterpiece Mystery entry involving a vicar (with a lot of baggage) and police officer fighting crime in 1950s England. Some interesting Oscar nominations though all white actors? Seriously? And, the female nominees more interesting overall. A lot of "smaller" films. Update: I checked the source material and think the t.v. show does things better.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient
We were promised something different but sort of sounded the same though it was mostly copacetic. It is unfortunate he didn't cover criminal justice and some other stuff and the military stuff was restrained but still too violent. The Republican response from Nikki Haley sounded like a v.p. preview. It had some of the usual stuff but was actually restrained later.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016
Such seems to be the theme going by first reactions. This is a major case, rushed to judgment (shades of Citizens United) without full factual hearings below that many feel threatens the lifeblood of public unions. And, do so while rejecting lines supported by Scalia and Kennedy in the past. There is also an underplayed religious angle. Welcome back to 2016! Update: "Five myths from the Oral Argument" (conservative are off edition).
Sunday, January 10, 2016
It's not just the underdogs I'm rooting for blowing it but WHO they helped. Pittsburgh? The team that choked against the Pats last year? Seattle got THREE gifts. Vomit big time. Update: Thought Packers/Redskins game was supposed to be close.
I'm a Unitarian as a matter of principle -- we are in this together -- but wonder: are critics saying there is more than one God? I read the article, so get that isn't quite it, but seems that would be a good reply. Her treatment is the sort of thing that believers find offensive.
Saturday, January 09, 2016
So, Mets had a discount bin off-season (sure they bought some stuff, but still discount bin), Giants stunk in a blatant fashion, Jets blew it and really don't care about other sports (fwiw Knicks are doing mediocre; not the possibly horrible expected; heard little of the Nets, who are doing bad). Oh. The beginning of the playoffs. That the Jets should have been in. Update: Took until the second half to seal the deal, but Houston just totally overmatched. NYT sums up night game: "Steelers Twist Knife Handed to Them by Bengals." Thanks Jets.
Friday, January 08, 2016
Interesting discussion though the actual "is" point to me is not very interesting. He is -- it is overly simplistic to focus on him being born in Canada, Obama's natural born citizenship at birth not merely turning on place. McCain saying it's an open question (only is as far as any number of academic questions might be, less so than others) is something of a dick move. Update: The fact some law professor, who apparently is nice and all, announced he wasn't might make others all tingly but it doesn't change anything really.
Thursday, January 07, 2016
In grade school, Wyatt/Nicole of Becoming Nicole ran into difficulty when a boy (egged on by his grandfather) insisted on using the girls' room if she did. The whole debate to me was very gratutious -- a transgirl using a stall is a threat? Adult bathrooms might be complicated. Isn't even the matter of a transchild using a boys' room where there are urinals. The issue of showers is complicated (she changed in a stall). This was not. "Don't sneak" is good advice.
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
To me [John Harper too] the Hall of Fame is the highest honor in the game for a player, and considering that voters are instructed to consider character and integrity in making choices, I’m not going to confer that honor on a player [Bonds and Clemens] whose so blatantly cheated.
The book sort of peters out a bit late, but this is overall an excellent account (article form) of a family that is quite ordinary (though the account of the parties is engaging on its own) except that one of the adopted twins is trans. The personal is mixed with background on the science nicely though I would have liked a bit more on the school's p.o.v. at times.
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle: The Obama Administration Abandons Longstanding U.S. Positions on Puerto Rico's Legal Status
I'm wary of the "dual sovereignty" principle as applied to double jeopardy but it has long been the rule and makes some degree of sense. And, applying it to Puerto Rico makes some sense too, but don't know about extending it. Not quite where I want to fight this self-rule battle personally. (Not alone.) Plus, the justice of self-rule is a given but as a matter of constitutional raw power? Not sure how they cannot do the "horrible things" cited here. Finally, the brief (see final pages) suggests the "abrupt change" argument is questionable.
Sunday, January 03, 2016
Two of three of the party (including me) liked this two character, one act, romantic comedy about a pair of quite different crossword players meeting late one night on a train. Nice additional song by the former "Annie" star after completion. Off Broadway theater was spacious if with dodgy bathrooms. Caught end of the Jets game. So not surprised.
Saturday, January 02, 2016
"Authors challenge Google’s book copying project." Might be an issue around the edges, but overall is a sign of how obscenely broad copyright claims are, violating First Amendment principles. "Shouldn't Criminal Defense Lawyers Prepare Clients for Prison?" I'd say yes, but see comments that see this somehow a problem. smh. BTW, lots of unbalanced bowl results.
Friday, January 01, 2016
The Hallmark movie was a pleasant holiday movie though it sort of ran out of steam at the two-thirds point. The source book, providing a bare bones parallel (the Gregory Harrison fire chief character a key absence; viewpoint of the cat also not in movie) was much weaker. Overall, the movie's plot developments etc. superior. Sometimes, movie is better.