Saturday, October 29, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Enjoyed this 1980s (with a 2000s author Q&A) pioneer Y&A lesbian romance, which particularly does a good job giving us a window into the narrator's emotional and physical state as she falls in love. They met at The Met (ha) and used my IDNYC card to obtain an annual membership (if minus discount possibilities), checking out this very exhibit mentioned. Impressive and thanks again to all those docents who give interesting tours. Must now go to The Cloisters. Then, went to the Yorkville Library, well timed for this interesting book discussion, adding to an audience of mostly Pakistani women.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Various justices (Powell said so after he resigned) at some point came against the constitutionality of the death penalty. Two more said it was "likely" and this book provides that dissent with an added introduction and enhanced endnotes (Breyer doesn't do footnotes, so much of them basically translates references into them). The author is the wife of Senator Amy Klobuchar and wrote multiple books on the Eight Amendment and the death penalty.
Friday, October 21, 2016
There are so many fiction books out there but I find it hard to get into most of them. Found this by chance and found it an enjoyable read. Liddy James is a divorced successful family lawyer with two kids who overextends herself and has a bit of a breakdown. We also get a window into her ex-husband's current partner (surprise pregnancy), whose voice we sometimes hear, and a bit of some other characters. Liddy isn't the only one at a bit of a crossroads. Good mix with a healthy touch of empathy including for blended families.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Supreme Court debate questions involved guns (HRC says gun regulation okay under 2A) and abortion plus HRC saying the Senate should confirm Garland (if they don't by January 20? not addressed) while Trump said RBG was mean to him. None on death penalty even with the subject matter due to occur by end of day. The execution itself involved use of a AR-15, the guy on death row for about twenty years. Failed challenge based on his autism diagnosis.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
I think the Notorious RBG book is an excellent means to get a full accounting of the woman but this provides a chance to get her own words (with brief introductions providing biographic information, this originally planned to be a companion to a biography but she continues to be on the Court) on various issues such as women, a moderate approach to judging, dissents and usage of international law. Plus, various bench statements.
Monday, October 17, 2016
On an otherwise boring order day, Sotomayor (with RBG) dissented from a denial of cert. in a death penalty case, one relisted multiple times. On Twitter, Shon Hopwood (wife now in law school; just argued a case in federal appeals court) welcomed the dissent. Twenty years on death row raises a Breyer concern -- long time on death row -- but did not join. Maybe, it wasn't a good procedural case / wasn't likely to be granted cert., thus dissent of two. Update: Chris Geidner on Twitter opined that the other liberals might not have supported Sotomayor's procedural analysis. Meanwhile, in the Northern Mariana Islands 2A news.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Some pushback on the criticism of Trump saying he wants to jail Clinton, but as various comments suggest, as a whole that is an overcorrection. If a simplistic "never prosecute" rule [but not prosecuting predecessors has bite if you take everything into consideration] is in place or "take rhetoric totally seriously" is the issue, okay. But, it's more than that.
Friday, October 14, 2016
"Fair Punishment Project releases second part of report on small number of US counties still actively utilizing the death penalty"
Any one argument against the death penalty is only going to appeal to some people but the "unusual" nature of its application seems significant. The first comment here makes some points but as suggested by mine own think only so much. Anyway, it's not just any one thing.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Somewhat surprising both the Red Sox and Texas were swept out. Turned out to be a FIVE game losing streak. Took some extras (Bumgardner out after five) for the Giants to last another game and five pitchers for them to blow it in the ninth in Game Four. Dodgers/Nats (eh to both) will go five. Theme: more Murph, Kershaw struggling some but Nats not taking enough advantage. Me? I'm rooting for the AL and Cubs. NY football depressing. Update: Dodgers advance with basically a pen game, closer goes 2.1 and Kershaw closes (1st out was Murphy) with last two outs after pitching a couple days before. Instant classic.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Columbus Day and Yom Kippur means a short week but oral arguments in a jury case tinged with racism and for those who care a major Apple verdict. Orders (mostly uneventful) brought the first per curiam, basically SCOTUS protecting its turf if in a somewhat surprising fashion (who knew Booth v. Maryland still had a bit of life?). And, a tidbit on Kagan's recusal. And Also: Afternoon order granting some cases, one with six justices (Sotomayor/Kagan out). Doesn't sound totally mundane either.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Saturday, October 08, 2016
My Summer Prince is was an enjoyable Hallmark film, including three older actresses you will catch for their younger roles ("Troi" is no longer you know sexy hot but she has a good role). No reference to what royalty actually does these days and the queen coming to Idaho was apparently rather local. The Final Girls involves some friends getting stuck into a horror film. Well done, good acting and feel of a 1980s slasher flick. "Film" might be "R" but not the film.
A race tinged death penalty case got the most attention in the first week of the term, but another criminal justice case that was even more tangled among procedural weeds should get some too. The claim: "harassed and beaten during a traffic stop and that officers knowingly falsified drug tests," but was it fit for federal court and how? Expect narrow rulings.
TPM has some good analysis, including how what is on the tape does not only reflect the man but his actions. The end game for Republicans now is to try (up to a point; some minority will go further) distance themselves but still seek to retain control of Congress. This can't be allowed. They made their bed and simple justice warrants they lose. But, it still looks damn close. BTW, you know the media (MSNBC was up late live) LOVE this. Finally, some said HRC should focus on herself more than being anti-Trump. Had point, but darn, he makes it hard. Update: Bottom video. Wow. She ices it. Plus, everyone has BIG possibles -- PENCE OUT! TRUMP OUT! LOSE HOUSE! Eh. Calm down. Happy with comfortable Senate, closer House. There is a month. OTOH, "TO BE CONTINUED" feel here. Still, think there might be disappointments. Still, Garland in? Would be a pretty big gesture. Guess too late though.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
This is based on a pretty good film with Dennis Quaid as the father though now 1996 is the earlier period. The butterfly effect really shows here though it helps to get rid (for now) a tiresome boyfriend. Has potential if somewhat heavy-handed at times (well, it's the first episode) though the possibly dirty cops subplot is tiresome. CW so she's 28, though a few more years to make her a more experienced detective might work better.
Horrible ending taints game. Great game evenly matched. Not blown like that. AGAIN. Sick of Giants. No fan of Nats/Dodgers. I'm supposed to be enthused by Texas/Toronto? The Red Sox? Guess go Indians, but blah. Heart not in the rest of games.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
This expands on an Atlantic article and he has written others on the theme. Overall, it is a good warning on the dangers philosophically on civic society though wished he compared things more to the two times we had rebellions. Was the Revolutionary War valid under his reasoning and/or how were the times different? Plus, is a civil republican militia model (see Saul Cornell) sensible? Says he is open to some gun ownership etc. but book is somewhat one-sided there. Still the NRA focused rhetoric needs the corrective provided here.
Monday, October 03, 2016
There is a 5-3 split of Catholics (Sotomayor is the secular Catholic; Kennedy the one who is a bit cafeteria) and Jews (all appear mostly secular) on the Court and Garland is Jewish too, so it is fitting that the First Monday in October overlaps with the Jewish New Year today. Anyway, the orders were of little apparent note, one criminal one split 5-3. Some (like U.S. v. Texas -- rejected, not held over until nine were available) cases rejected of some interest. The Twitter brigade is back, including Kimberly Robinson with some good stuff.
Sunday, October 02, 2016
A bit less embarrassing, but NYJ still had a bad game, not yet winning any of the elite games in the killer first six (minus Buffalo, not counting). Cards/Panthers struggling too but believe in them more to rebound. Pats 3-1 without pretty boy; could have been that with him. No surprises or need for Game 163 on the MLB front though it took a winning streak vs. Dodgers (slumming?) to do it. Various teams (e.g., Braves strong finish) had moral victories. Update: NYG had another sloppy game, symbolized by an early turnover that turned good field position to a Viks score. Getting late early for both NY/NJ teams.