A NYT piece covers on how Trump mixes big lies with plain truths gatekeepers have been denying including how Republican voters don't oppose entitlements ... if they think they are okay for them. The "have your cake and eat it too" plus garbled emotional approach does look bad at times as seen by his pullback from his treating women who have abortions as criminals (which for "murder" is logical, right?). But, along with lousy competition, does explain the guy's appeal. If he was 1/2 serious as a candidate, he very well could win.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
I found this on the free rack, and as someone who watched the series but not the film, it's more like the film. Various familiar characters though some like Frank Burns aren't around much. Quick reading but a bit tiresome over the top without much of the t.v. show's dramatic balancing. Meanwhile, To the Bitter End: Appomattox, Bennett Place, and the Surrenders of the Confederacy was fairly interesting if somewhat of a shallow read that at some points seemed a bit garbled. Nice photos; like such more obscure details.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
As noted during the live blog at SCOTUSBlog, this was set up to be a test case, Scalia ruining everything by dying. The only question is why they waited this long to dispose of it per the equally divided route. The "agency fees" for public unions question will be held in abeyance until that fifth vote though USSC could vote to rehear. Strange for them to say "backsies" now. Second equally divided vote. Seven person bench in the Fisher affirmative action case. Update: Further briefing to try to get a just perfect accommodation on birth control
Monday, March 28, 2016
Over the years, I did my own taxes and often the taxes of one or more other people. As commercials suggest, especially with software, that is often easy or at least doable with some effort. Had to add some information sometimes. But, the odds got to me and slipped up on how to properly file my health benefit. Led to stress to a third party.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
A core concern in Becoming Nicole was usage of restrooms, which is a thing anti-trans activists latch on to these days. This includes N.C. going out of their way to pass such a law, including to gratuitously prevent local option. Meanwhile, others suffer along the way, if those less easy targets. Trans using facilities for those they look like is common sense.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
I re-read this book regarding "savage butchery [by Japan] in China [during] the destruction of the city of Nanking in 1937, then the capital of China." I also once read her book on the father of the Chinese missile program, basically thanks to the Red Scare in the U.S. that drove him out of this country. Did not read her history of Chinese-Americans yet. She later committed suicide and my free copy had the local news clipping reporting that.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
This Korean novel was only recently translated and concerns a psychological decline of a woman (mainly viewed thru three perspectives: husband, brother-in-law [a bit pathetic but for me came off the best], sister). We get hints problems were around for some time behind a bland facade but things started with "a dream" that led her to choose to become a vegetarian. Meat and her husband's body suddenly disgusted her. Certain interactions with her family were catalyst for two major breakdowns; were they inevitable? Whole thing is metaphorical and overall well-written though think it could have ended ten pages sooner.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Prof. Amar does his usual thing (readily noticeable tone) over at Slate with others while discussing the Garland nomination. I think he and Dahlia makes some good points. The hearings before the election idea makes some degree of sense, again like the nomination itself in effect pretending these people are reasonable. You work with what you got.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Colbert had a bit on the scary nature that Ted Cruz is the final guy here, Kasich in theory the "sane" one (if with the usual crazy conservative beliefs) but having no chance. So, we are left with something of a longshot whose "sanity" (see, e.g., foreign policy team) leaves a lot to be desired. If Republicans like Lindsey Graham want to make an effort here, why not support Kasich? Really, with the remaining states, he has a shot at stopping Trump from getting a majority. Plus, unlike Cruz, he is basically someone the usual suspects can live with.
This is the first I saw of this discussion that Spotlight (film on media exposure of priest molestation scandal) got in a bit of trouble with overuse of dramatic license. Always be sure to know this is a film, not a documentary. I will accept that as to the title film, a good workmanlike effort of the Chilean miners trapped and saved, becoming a world-wide story. Update: The film probably can be criticized for not fully getting to the desperation of the men (cf. a book on the topic) and being a bit too restrained. Still, overall a decent film.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
I'm surprised but as I noted in comments here and here, on balance, can see how he is a reasonable choice given the whole situation. This includes the other choices' wishes etc. The whole situation, like for Kennedy in '88/89, is not totally ideal. But, this is the sane good government choice. Replacing SCALIA. Some on the left will go in their "Obama failed us" routine. The ones who assure us anyone is doomed anyway. Anyway, do your job Senate.
Vote-wise, Sanders was going to be stuck with two Southern states which he simply doesn't handle well, but maybe the Midwest? Close in Missouri/Illinois but the disappointment was really Ohio, which after a recent upset, he thought he could win. Really, a win wouldn't do him much good delegate-wise except for possible momentum. Rubio lost; out. Gov. Kasich (Ohio) won Ohio. Trump won three states. Missouri is basically a tie with him now a tiny bit over. Update: Emphasis was made on Clinton's success but even with Sanders doing better in Missouri and Ohio, NC and Florida should have balanced things off. Net: Sanders still behind with little shot of winning enough to catch up. Missouri (R) will presumably break by district.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Fay Wray according to this summary (NYT review here; spoilers) did eleven films released 1933. I quite enjoyed her in this one about a woman whose success as a lawyer (first big case: a breach of contract suit turning on the girl being "colored") hurts her marriage, helped by good support and great directing/editing (panning in through a diner kitchen's window to see them kiss a highlight). 1930s gender dynamics made ending a downer. Nice find.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Sanders had a big upset in Michigan, which can affect momentum, but it still was an evenly divided delegate split more or less and Clinton racked it up in Mississippi. Trump won three of four, coming in second in Idaho. Marco Rubio couldn't even show up in Hawaii. I staid up to see Hawaii results -- fun to keep track if you just try to assume Clinton will win in the end. Guess not simply being horrified Trump is winning helps him though hard to believe he is.
Monday, March 07, 2016
Major news was an unanimous order upholding a Georgia same sex adoption ruling on Full Faith and Credit Clause grounds. A range of orders related to an earlier teen LWOP ruling and a split per curiam in a capital case with strong comments (e.g., "liberties dissent takes with the record") about the dissent (Alito/Thomas). The two also would have taken a 1A case; red flag to me was how "fuck" has to be "f--" while "fags" warrants no dash. Also, brief opinion.
So, the weekend numbers as to places won are: Cruz and Trump: 2 and Rubio: 1 while 3-1 in favor of Sanders. But, winner take all (e.g., Texas gave Cruz 1/3 of his delegates so far) and delegate spits matter more than merely state (or places like Puerto Rico that was akin to Cruz's Kansas success) wins. Ways to go here though Rubio really needs Florida.
Sunday, March 06, 2016
It never came up during the director commentary, but this film reminds me of Michelle Monaghan in Trucker. There too she was a tough independent woman in a "man's job" dealing with returning to her son. There are various differences, including this time she wants to go back to her son, but she'd clearly would be someone you'd think for this part. Both good films.
Friday, March 04, 2016
I'm reading this empathetic and easy reading book by a reporter who by the looks of her I fear could easily be burnt by the regional heat. Seriously, well written series of vignettes even if the subtitle might be a bit much. Meanwhile, interesting article on the Koran from a Catholic's perspective. Both suggest connections as well as differences.
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
It only covered a sliver of states, including various low population ones, but still important. Bernie won the handful (minus MA, where he lost by a little) he aimed for, Cruz won TX/TX North [OH] along with Alaska and Rubio finally won something (MN; had a shot in VA). Trump did well all over, including where he lost, except for MN. No big surprises.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Orders yesterday, oral arguments (including abortion tomorrow) multiple days and opinions (liberals split on both, one a Sotomayor v. Kagan battle on textual analysis in honor of Scalia, apparently). Thomas spoke; as I noted here in various comments, that's good and unsurprising he chose this time, including to get the nuances of the special nature of 2A rights and criminals. Meanwhile, Scalia's death already mattering.