SCOTUS split evenly and thus denied North Carolina a chance to enforce its voting restrictions after the 4CA struck them down. Scalia's death making things messy. The Court simply rejected the other day the Libertarian Party's request regarding getting its presidential ticket in Ohio to be on the ballot under their banner (apparently can be as an independent). There will not be any quick action on immigration, which by now is a bit moot.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Enjoyed Lois Duncan's suspense/tinge of supernatural books when I was younger and recently read her collection of her short stories (with recent remarks) written as teen and thereabouts. The title book (recently reprint has a new author intro; Duncan recently died) is her first book which is in effect a full length version of those stories. These were teen stories without the suspense, this one about the debut season coming to town and a popular girl learning some life lessons. A look into the 1950s and a treat for Duncan fans.
Deja vu though this time they did have a good week at least. Gsellman (who has a tattoo of a baby pic of his sister on his arm; she tweeted during the game) had six great innings. He collapsed in the 7th quickly (key moment was Mets #8 hitter getting out -- he was about to be pinch hit) with three straight singles (should have been on a short leash by then). Hard to come out of a hole with time running out. Not sweeping Phils with an opening to come even with the Marlins doesn't help. Marlins for four next with Montero/Lugo starting. Onward.
Friday, August 26, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Four thousand years and a hundred or so main entries (and more "further reading") in this volume of a collection of like compilations (psychology, sociology etc.). Some get single pages, other multiple ones. Decent way to get a flavor of all this material with limitations of course. Read a fraction of the books, but not bad considering my general predilections.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
The author spoke from experience, this novel (the film was more crisp, the wife younger and "panties" etc. added) based on a case he worked on. Found this in the sub-basement of the stacks at the library, an experience in itself. Anyways, easy reading procedural of a trial that probably could have been shorter and not quite as dramatic at spots as the movie.
Good discussion that honors Sotomayor's dissent in Glossip as well as agreeing with her suggestion the firing squad (to me the problem is that people think it too much like criminal homicide, too direct) is the least bad option. It doesn't really cover nitrogen gas, except one negative reference. Unsure about that except for it not having the firing squad's pedigree. The other "positive" cited there is shooting is bluntly honest. Guess that is something too.
ETA: I think "cruel and unusual" is not merely a result of treatment of the accused (though clearly most important) but a societal judgment of proper punishment. So, effects on those who carried it out would matter some here. The appropriate approach is the rub.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Pretty good atmospheric Svengoolie entry with a large cast (Bela Lugosi has but a supporting role). Rather high death toll for a 1940s film, I think, though the ultimate mystery is not a big payoff (endings in these films often a bit weak). Janet Shaw is good as a doomed servant. Very snarky. Mets won in extras so went OT (it's on at 10), but taped it.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Over the years, I have felt people somewhat exaggerate how pro-slavery the Constitution is and this includes regarding the 3/5 Clause. I spelled out my beliefs some here, particularly that slaves were "persons." My "represented" argument is weaker but think it might work. This sometimes comes off as cheapening the evils of slavery but think carefully understanding situation doesn't do that. This includes constitutional possibilities. ETA: This also is a case where my various readings led me to have a p.o.v. but citing sources online requires some effort. Would like to learn more about this subject too.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Mets were swept by the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks (who Granderson like some sort of asshole made out to be world beaters -- his post-game "oh well" comments not selling well) but the Jets did win their first pre-season game with it ending with a game saving interception in the end zone. Missed most of 1/2 half but great kickoff return key.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
I re-read the title book, which is a good use of a range of sources over a span of hundreds of years to get a sense of the average life of a woman like Sappho, fitting it in with the little we know about her own life (including from her poetry). Also, collects her poetry in one place though this amounts to a lot of fragments, sometimes basically one word.
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
It is summer, but things are not totally at a standstill Supreme Court-wise. The second order day was basically as the first but there was a small thing of note. Also, some action in the Texas case, showing perhaps the judge wasn't 100% off regarding slip-ups. As I referenced here, some do think Garland isn't DOA quite yet. Yeah, I'll belabor that. Don't exaggerate.
Saturday, August 06, 2016
Friday, August 05, 2016
The NY Daily News et. al. has gone along with the chatter on how the Obama Administration "secretly" gave money to Iran for "ransom." This was reported six months ago! The money was owed to Iran. And, grow up -- the negations with Iran involving the nuclear deal opened up wider possibilities and imperfect deals with a less than ideal country. This is how grow-up foreign policy works, including not saying "ransom" given the message it sends. Tiresome. Special Note: As noted in the video, we don't have banking relations with Iran, which explains a special cash payment. Grow-up discussions would explain this as shown there.
Thursday, August 04, 2016
Young British woman in 1813 goes back to Mars (yah) to try to save her family and has to disguise herself as a boy on a naval airship to do so. Overall, though the naval stuff was a bit much for me (though might appeal to others), good start of a new adventure series. Note: she is not a cat lady; author via Twitter suggests that final image is the vlog motif.
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
The vote was 5-3 with Breyer citing an earlier dissent where he pined for a "courtesy fifth." Given the significant step involved, a stay is not unreasonable though figure there might have be a way to speed things along to do it before the new school year. OTOH, why not let it percolate unless four justices want to take the case to overturn?
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Criticism from the left of me, from the right of me.
Monday, August 01, 2016
Book focuses on Islamic practice though reminds that it is not just practiced by that faith. For instance, the covering of women's heads is instructed in Pauline epistles, reflecting common cultural practice at the time. Same today; often more cultural than religious. Middle chapters drag but last chapter on art/poetry/etc. ended on good note. Useful book.
Lots of injuries, underperforming and lock-down relievers blowing games (three now in a week) etc. making Mets aggravating. Jay Bruce (for Herrera; have control of him in '17) can help, especially with an injured Cespedes who might not come back. Expensive bust so far Bastardo (two years) traded for cheaper/short timer (if mental case) Niese. Sigh.