Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Ugh. State is already seeking the death penalty. Question if the feds even should prosecute in a crime that is heinous but seems local (basically hate crime charges provide federal hook). There was already a big move by victims to forgive him and not dwell on revenge. Who knows the details, but there appears to have been an offer of a plea/life imprisonment on the table. Whole thing seems gratuitous even without double jeopardy concerns.
If you look past the pro-life language (it sounds like central casting), this account is in a fashion pro-choice. She made a bad "choice." She shows the problems of not having the support you need to make said "choice." She doesn't talk about criminalization. And so on. Various rather negative comments, not surprising, but look deeper please. And, I don't know what was really the right choice for her at the time. All teens don't abort.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The particulars discussed here; Trump likely to win around 75%, being around 1200 in delegates. Kasich almost at Rubio's delegate count. Sigh. Is this thing over yet?! Two weeks?! Update: Clinton did well in the likely more accurate/democratic primary but as noted in that link, didn't count. The "please Sanders (over the top baby?) when possible" point? Yeah. More: There were various unbound delegates and some have come out for Trump. So, he is over the top. Taking a few days off, but got to toss that in there.
She was on Life Unexpected, a show that had potential but not quite good enough writing. Unreal might have been on my list if they stuck with Megyn Price (replaced after unaired pilot but might be on new sitcom) in a key role. Um. That top was a bit distracting. The first guest, even though I'm not a Game of Thrones fan, was fun too. She had fun with accents.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Orders continued to deal with juvenile sentencing and contraceptive mandate cases. Election law case disposed on standing. Alito/Thomas added a lot of material to both orders and opinions (two cases). Use of "amica curiae"; appointment covered here. Meanwhile, Clinton's anti-Heller comment framed as a potentially fairly narrow regulation issue. Update: Here's a summary of all three cases that might be deemed "baby steps for racial justice." No concurring opinion (Marshall, Breyer/Souter noted support in the past) about ending peremptory challenges etc. As have I. That case is particularly about a unusual case involving a past era where such blatant gotchas were more likely. But, one step at a time.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Did this backwards -- back in the day, watched reruns of the t.v. show, then saw the movie and now read the book (almost a novella). All have their charms, each different in a fashion. The book has her stay alone, the movie has her find someone to love and the show had her more a regular part of small town life. Reruns on a classics channel and YouTube now.
Overall, liked this movie though it seemed a bit off at first -- like we were coming in a few minutes late to an ongoing investigation of the Church. But, that was okay and it was a good ensemble cast -- cf. this to The Big Short as a film, and you can see why it won an Oscar for Best Picture. Catholicism has a lot going for it, but it's pretty f-ed up too.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Was blatantly unconstitutional including under Supreme Court precedent though could be attacked on monetary/policy grounds too. The governor used a crafty approach (use as policy warrants!) -- a narrow vagueness reason that would apply to any criminal bill and tacked on an op-ed to change the Supreme Court. Her chances of being Trump's v.p. is trending up.
Friday, May 20, 2016
It's hard sometimes to not say something stupid ... but let's try to respect those who usually do not
In a blog's comments, someone linked "oh fuck" to a notice of Morley Safer dying. I noted that given his age, retirement and health problems that it wasn't that though rest in peace etc. Get a reply about how nice it is I'm telling the person how to react (I'm merely stating my opinion, sorry, don't have some special powers here) to some person s/he admires. Like I'm a little shit. My comment was misguided and so be it. But, you know, I'm not a little shit and there's a way to say someone is wrong without doing that. Get the situation.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
A few more opinions of some mild interest. Two are cited here with the blogger getting something of a special citation. Sotomayor (with Breyer and Thomas) dissented in one statutory matter. A third offered Thomas for the third time today in some fashion not simply to go along with the majority. And, as noted here, I'm sympathetic with the 4-4 results in judicial moderation idea (Garland helps there), but still am a #DoYourJob person. Update: In a sort of addendum to Glossip, an Oklahoma grand jury report on execution follies was released; Chris Geidner provided summary on Twitter about sixty tweets long. Also, this article suggests how far the Overton Window has shifted. Now is not a great time for it, but perhaps a strong liberal/libertarian nominee would be appreciated.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
News of the day is that some Bernie supporters went overboard when their efforts to get a few more delegates in Nevada (which Clinton won a while back) went badly. Look like tools and makes party look bad too. HC wins Kentucky in a squeaker. Oregon allows Cruz/Kasich to obtain a few more delegates. Sanders looks to have won Oregon, 55/45 or so at this point.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
I saw at least part of this on t.v. a long time ago but saw the whole film now. A future utopia limits life to 30; it takes place around the time of Star Trek. The best things are some of the sets etc. for mid-1970s; less so the logic and the fairly weak ending. [The computer blows up; how will they survive in a world they never saw? Hard to handwave.] Overall fairly fun. Update: Checking, my question is addressed in the books, especially what sounds like a rather dark sequel. Michael York (Logan) is part of the DVD commentary track.
Interesting new paper connecting the use of "dignity" in current equal protection jurisprudence and the like with the death penalty. Justice Kennedy is particularly concerned with dignity, but as suggested by my reply, not just him. Open-ended things like "unreasonable" searches, "cruel" or what "equality" means require standards and "dignity" is a concept that is used here. Also, no, the 5A doesn't prove the death penalty is constitutional.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Amusing "Adam" from Rules of Engagement ["Jeff's" new show was cancelled; wasn't that good] played a very different role and from what I can saw, Connie Britton was great. But, did not get into this show after watching a bit when it started. Nice outfit.
Friday, May 13, 2016
The story discussed in this book (their previous relationship with the daughter's teen bf makes it a bit different from something like this) is summarized in this article. The mother with her husband founded "a charitable fund to promote forgiveness and restorative justice practices," which is a type of restitution that has positive public policy implications beyond being a reflection of their faith. Justice and religious faith comes in various shades.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Trump dominated Nebraska (about 60% / 90% vote count in) and West Virginia (75%) while Sanders has about 50% (rounding, 15% was "other") in WVA (Obama only received 60% in '12 vs. a felon at the time in prison). Yes, still keeping track. Meanwhile, found a copy of Trumbo (documentary was good) that wasn't scratched. A bit simplistic but enjoyed it. Update: Cruz retains control of his delegates in key states to have some influence in the convention, apparently, and perhaps that Nebraska result (after Cruz suspends) suggests some voters not quite ready to just accept Trump too. Stages of grief and sure -- someone with around six hundred delegates should have a say. To be continued.
Monday, May 09, 2016
Charles J. Shields, with a fairly brief update that takes us to her death, provides a workmanlike biography of Harper Lee with a particularly interesting chapter (including this) on her trip with Truman Capote to research what later was In Cold Blood. There are no great reveals or unique special psychological insights but the basics are there in an easy to read fashion. Good details though story tapers off in the late 1960s.
Saturday, May 07, 2016
Too bad it wasn't at home but there was a lot of Mets fans on board and Gary Cohen and Howie on the radio were both real excited ... like many watching. So fun. Mets being the Mets, it was soon 4-3 and we sweated until a couple more homers in the 9th made it 6-3.
Things were decided rather late for Republicans this year -- Indiana being deemed the presumptive end (though by delegates, it wasn't) and Sanders still is out there rallying the troops. This is as it should be with CA and various other places left to vote. It's a bit sad that Kasich (never having a real shot for some time anyway) didn't stay in. Guam today. Guam concern: unjust they cannot vote in November. Puerto Rico (6/5) has own issues. Update: Clinton won.
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Today is not merely Cinco de Mayo but also the National Day of Prayer. I think it a violation of the First Amendment to specifically favor "God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals," but Obama tends to do things in an inclusive way.
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Trump is the chickens coming the roost for the Republican Party, even if some (but not THAT many) still are in the "Never Trump" camp. Indiana sealed the deal though its fifty or so delegates wouldn't have been enough either way. Kasich due to suspend now to totally settle the deal. Why not stay in to let dissenters vote for him? Bernie not ready, still talking "contested" convention. Kinda sounds like an ass at times, but hard to give up the ghost. Update: To underline the point, Cruz losing does suggest that the few places left he seemed to be favored in would not vote for him as much. But, especially without the unbound delegates from PA, the math is still close on paper.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
"In this innovative and revealing study of midcentury American sex and culture, Amanda Littauer traces the origins of the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s." The book is a bit too much of a college seminar sort of thing, trudge, but some interesting stuff.
Monday, May 02, 2016
A few orders and grants of mild interest. Breyer continued his concern for capital appeals that last decades. A statutory opinion split the justices various ways depending on how they looked at things, suggesting law is a bit messy. Another Sotomayor/Roberts pairing. Except for the possible order, justices now will work on their opinions for a couple weeks.
Sunday, May 01, 2016
The Svengoolie movie this week was this 1970s B-movie with various familiar faces about a demon car. It was overall a pretty fun "bad movie" and a good pick if a bit "modern" (had to black out a guy giving the finger!) given the regular picks. Good Sven bits.