Michael Dorf talks about the "corruption premium" that Trump is at risk of taking advantage of and touches upon the constitutional provision against emoluments. More here. As suggested in the latter link, Congress might provide some safeguards there, including giving judicial standing to challenge. I also would offer disclosure rules and the possibility of relief being connected merely to business in question (such as a perk obtained). Note there is not a total ban; "without the Consent of the Congress." Impeachment is not the only remedy.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Found this in the library; it's based on a popular teen novel regarding a club that turns out to be an underground support group for gay and lesbian teens at a high school. Focuses on guy who falls for a football player. Good performances and look at average high school students. Meanwhile, added Death on Hold to the side panel about a death row inmate who finds redemption with help of a conservative white couple. Good inside look.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Week started on Thanksgiving with Dallas again winning and Lions winning late. Giants offense struggled but scored enough with the defense's help not to be the first team to lose to the Browns. Another close game vs. Pats, Jets following trends by losing a close one in regulation. Oakland wins to stay ahead in the West. Tampa with upset over Seattle. Update: Enjoyable SNF game with AFC Wild Card implications. KC needed much to go their way to the last second of OT. And, it did. Packers won over Eagles, 27-13.
There are various films with the title of the Svengoolie movie last night, but this one is not like the others though something like The Shadow of the Black Cat (scary house, heirs etc.). I was curious what happened but darn this version was annoying, the comic relief annoying and the good guy a boob himself spending much of the time looks moronic. More than one top name, including Bela Lugosi, were basically wasted. Much boring exposition mid-way.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
The picture is from Pieces of April, concerning a white girl out of sorts with her family (mom sick with cancer) whose oven breaks while trying to cook a Thanksgiving dinner for them. Her Asian and black neighbors help her out. This isn't a great year but happy holidays.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Saw something like the first third or whatever of the female Ghostbusters, but turned it off since it was so boring. Don't recall original that much, but recall it being more fun. Better was Good Behavior on TNT, at least the lead (Michelle Dockery from Downtown Abbey, slumming it). Her involvement with a hit-man is fairly convoluted and didn't really need two episodes, but she makes it interesting. The second target's wife also was a good guest shot.
This guy in various cases has a sane view of things but other times sort of seems to be in an ivory tower. See, e.g., focusing on his own specialty when determining who should replace Scalia. Cruz enabled Trump, only for a short time truly being his own man. He is an asshole that his own party doesn't like in part because of his self-aggrandizement over institutional concerns. And, his conservative principles will clash with that blog's libertarian sentiments. Clinton as SOS shows Cruz is a logical choice for the Cabinet and we can do worse. But, blah.
Appreciate Ivanka Trump's company realized blatantly monetizing the presidency (promoting something she wore on 60 Minutes) was a bad idea, but her dad still going after the NYT on Twitter. Learning curve. A reminder the Dems also won the popular vote in the Senate. Also, "rules for survival" against autocrats. The 2000 elections still hit me hard when I started this blog a few years later. It's 16 years later and it's worse now in certain ways. It's so depressing and aggravating. Sugar or heat, the fight continues. Garland deserves seat. It was robbed. Update: Part of this is staying true to your values in every day life. Starts there.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Jets, with Bryce Petty as QB, lost 9-6 (missed extra point). All teams in NFC North lost except for Detroit (bye). NFC continues to play tough (Redskins/Eagles won; two games left). As does top three in AFC West (Oakland bye; Panthers blew lead & game late). Giants on Monday. College upset -- Clemson vs. unranked but two teams behind them lost too. Update: Exciting late games. Pittsburgh blew it, helped by trying for two each time and failing each time. Dallas did too but less times. Arizona won late. Chargers found way to lose again. Pats lost, not scoring at the goal line in final seconds. [Giants win.]
Saturday, November 12, 2016
A "grange" is a sort of farm or estate (after "barn") and this is Alexander Hamilton's Harlem residence. It borders St. Nicholas Park, which is nice in itself with nice views and paths. Free of charge, there is the museum area and a tour of the upstairs residence (a deputy guide was a tad rude in her style). Nearby is the Hamilton Grange NYPL branch. Couple local churches are architecturally impressive. Grant's Tomb is around a mile away. Nice day trip.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
As the stages of grief pass, "acceptance" should involve accepting ... no seriously ... there will be a President Trump, but not being complacent about it. Also, it won't be just horrible. Few things are. No "told ya soes" though as if people figured Trump just means the end of life as we know it or something. Yet again proof 'live in interesting times' is something of a curse. Meanwhile, don't understand language, but liked this CD. Update: Various critics now saying we should hope for the best, hope he succeeds etc. Eh. He has to earn respect. Sniping at protestors on Twitter after being elected? Not helping.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
The polls suggested the Senate would be a nailbiter so if you can win by one or two, you can lose. So, okay. The presidency? Even the "horrible" predictions of Nate Silver was only 35%. Clinton seems to have won the popular vote and third party votes (including Stein in PA! shithead) was key in multiple states. Sad and angry electorate, some probably thought he wouldn't win. Brexit has been cited. We have this call for limits from a Never Trumper who associated with enablers of this state of things. Not quite kumbaya on how principled he is. More here. Not a big fan of the beginning of that post either. 16 years. Same shit. Worse.
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Clinton won her first test (saw one place that the Senate vote split; 50-50 was one prediction). Voted early and there was a good turnout. Couple people in front of me. Hours in line? Not in NYC. Sheesh. Voted third party -- Clinton et. al. are on multiple lines. Voted "D" for Schumer given the importance of the Senate. One "independent" Democrat who helped Republicans get control of the state senate didn't get my vote. Voted "Green." Wrote in one name each for judicial races, since I'm against voting for that & there were no choices.
Monday, November 07, 2016
This was a back-up choice because I missed the window of another bargain priced film, but enjoyed it all the same -- helped that I like Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and even Timothy Spall. The portrayal of the British libel trial against someone who challenged a Holocaust denier was basically straightforwardly done, but done well. There, the defendant has the burden of proof. Be interesting to see a film with right losing, a good fight given.
Sunday, November 06, 2016
Early games alert. NY teams played same time and both game were sloppy. NYG late gave Eagles chance to make up a large deficit (multiple fourth down flubs burned Philly) but survived. Jets game turned on a return for a touchdown after their penalty forced a re-kick. Detroit hit a 58yd at the buzzer after having less than 1/2 minute to score and won in OT. Vikings 5-0 start looking long ago. Meanwhile, Comey says "nevermind." Schmuck. Update: Packers lost, reflecting Vikings are in a weak division. AFC West have three teams with six wins; rest of divisions have a lot of mediocrity with a few superior teams total. [Oakland won, again not doing so totally pretty. Helped future tie-breakers for division.]
Friday, November 04, 2016
Justice Breyer a few months back provided a "courtesy fifth" to stay a win for a trans student because four justices wanted to hear the case during the recess. No update from him when they took the case. Now, CJ Roberts, clearer he rejects things on the merits, did so in a death penalty case. Kennedy silent (he was in the majority in Glossip and this case involves that sort of thing), Alito/Thomas dissenting. A person dying is a tad different. To be cont. And Also: Special event in honor of Scalia, so special television was present for part of it. Election law order posted online, not (as of around 1PM Sat.) on website yet. Come on guys.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
Looked to be a repeat of the comeback from 2-1 down vs. the Dodgers but this time 3-1. Indians, however, came down from a hole in the 8th. But, blew it in the 10th. Only got one of them back. So, it's like Cubs were still destined and actually had to fight a bit more for it. Yeah. Fans and all. Get it, but BLAH. I'm a Mets fan. I have this next week.
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Weather decided to be nice so was a perfect day for a long walk (might be a side exit but had to double back, eventually, to get out) at NYBG. I repeatedly pass by but might have been inside once. My IDNYC card gives me a year license to the grounds, basically. One charm is you can call in to listen to people talk about various displays and poetry posted. A sort of personal audio tour. Many flowers not in bloom, but still nice. Thain Family Forest the best. And Also: Went to the Museum of City of NY [passed the Harlem Meer, picturesque if a tad polluted] and Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria Queens). Both worth a visit but particularly liked the first with its social history exhibits and being nearby to other places.
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
An oral argument on Halloween about cheerleader uniforms seems apt, but fairly technical orals this week. However, noticed last term's opinion announcements are up over at Oyez.com. Too bad the Supreme Court can't do it. And, I agree Thomas' questions seemed pretty good. Meanwhile, went to The Cloisters, which is in the spacious and charming Fort Tryon Park with wonderful views. And, a few states allow early voting do-overs.