Enjoyed the movie more including because it focuses on both women, but the source book (from the early 1950s; its positive ending especially was appreciated by lesbians at the time) was overall enjoyable. It was in the voice of the younger woman and was a bit too talky about her feelings and such but well written. Short 1980s afterword by author.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The failure so far to prosecute regarding the death of Freddie Gray does not mean "no justice" is possible. Justice does involve prosecutions (and how we do them), but in a big picture way, that might be the lesser approach. Prosecution is a last resort with a high bar while there are various other things to do, including civil remedies, political responsibility (see, e.g., 2006 and 2008) and changing policies. See., e.g, racial equality after Brown. And Also: The contraceptive rule is a compromise.
There will be scheduled summer order days but one more scheduled one before then. Big news today, finally, the union fees case (without comment) will not be re-heard. Thomas/Alito would examine a broad (over $100) disclosure law. I'm open to concerns if the bar is that low. Roberts joined a strong dissent to not taking a case requiring access to IUDs etc. at pharmacies without a religious exception. Somewhat open to concerns if nearby access is available but we are talking time sensitive/constitutional rights (Griswold).
Monday, June 27, 2016
I gave a brief partially negative review of this book and hold to it. But, it covered a lot of ground in a easy to read fashion, plus there were some interesting internal bits too. The story also shows how the courts are not complete independent from both the public and the political branches, the latter by whom is in control when appointments/confirmations occur. Kennedy as a fifth vote today shows just that as does his living constitutional approach.
First, the new Burger Court book co-written by Linda Greenhouse is too heavy-handed on the conservative shift, not enough inside details and found a few mistakes. Somewhat disappointed. Second, the statutory gun case came as expected except Sotomayor joined Thomas' dissent (minus 2A part). Gov. McDonnell won (even Rick Hasen thought he should) unanimously. Breyer wrote the abortion opinion (5-3), RBG concurred to briefly say it was really bad and dissents thought majority were the unreasonable ones. Orders boring.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
The Rockies disposed of their expensive star SS to the Blue Jays and in part received Reyes (who had a short-lived stint with the Marlins at the end of the day), but had prospects around ready to play. So, after a recent domestic violence incident led to a suspension, Rockies let him go, eating a chunk of money since no team wanted him. So, Mets got him for chump change, but wary myself, the d.v. not helping. But, guess wait and see. ETA: Wary about Conforto last summer but thrived. After a good beginning, he's back to struggling rookie. So, to add to the spare parts, another rookie will replace him for awhile.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Found this book on one of the $1 shelves outside of Argosy. Nice find -- it is a booklet from 1970 that supports a woman having the same right to choose an abortion as they do to choose who to marry. It covers all the bases (privacy, religion, vagueness of mental health exceptions etc.) and holds up very well (even debates on how IUDs work). Exception is a suggestion that maybe husbands should be given right to take part in the decision but even that was hedged.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Started with a statutory criminal ruling not too exciting but with a range of opinions including a tour de force by Alito. Then, warrants required for blood but not breath tests (Sotomayor/RBG disagree on latter). Kennedy (4-3) finally finds an affirmative action program he deems constitutional. And, 4-4 non-decisions for the long pending Dollar General case (net result: pro-tribe) and (surprise/horrible) immigration case. Abortion on Monday.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Found this at the 53rd Street Library. It's a Lithuanian film about young love, finding one's confidence (cutting involved) and the country's apparent fascination with planes. Actually watched the whole thing straight and in one sitting, so has to be decent. Seriously, had a good feel, interesting look (a bit much with the heights/planes at times) and lead very good.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Used to regularly go to the Donnell Library in mid-town but then it shut down. A while ago. Yesterday, it re-opened in a fashion as the 53rd Street Library, a sort of 21st Century affair with even a place (stands type area) you can sit down and eat. Nice. Also went across the street and took advantage of my idNYC card to get a free year membership at MOMA. A lot to see (and hear). Round things off, bought a $1 book at Argosy Books. Charged me tax!
Monday, June 20, 2016
After another chance for Alito/Thomas to dissent from orders (Jesus Emmanuel Jehovah's request was rejected without comment), three boxes suggested multiple opinions. Thing is no one really cares about most of them. The notable thing was Sotomayor's personal (one section was her alone) and passionate dissent in a 4A case (Kagan also dissented strongly). Meanwhile, a challenge to NY and Connecticut gun regulations was denied w/o comment. Update: Odds and ends on actions today.
The overall penultimate episode of S5 was very good, framed as Catherine's documentary and having plenty of chances for each character (again Sue is nearly absent) to shine. The constitutional dynamics is a tad confused but surprisingly not on the "maybe 12 years" point.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Interesting and often sardonic book on how "economic man" is a misleading understanding of how the world actually works, especially how it skips over 1/2 of the population (and gives a fictional view of the rest). Gets repetitive at some point but good for average reader. This is good for me, who was never that good at money matters. Happy Father's Day.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Pretty fun Svengoolie entry with a lot of stock jungle footage. The lead actress makes the movie including her femme fatale (in more than one way) turn. Trivia: the young version of the tribal woman married IRL "Colonel Klink" after a long time dating him.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Three technical opinions (Kagan/two by Thomas, who thrives on this sort of thing when writing for the Court) unanimous and with no separate opinions. Basically left to a colloquial footnote (2) in Kagan's opinion to stay awake. Not much of a "two box" day.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The author of the book on the war in Syria referenced a few days ago wrote this one (with lots of photographs) regarding an eclectic (from celebrities to poor farmers) photographer. It is sort of a coffee table book that provides bio with all those great photographs.
As a placeholder, a dissenting opinion joined by two justices on guns. Anyway, one thing tossed out there is blocking those on the terrorist watch list from buying a gun (and perhaps something more), which I discuss in comments here. The proposal might be okay and criticism tends to be exaggerated (right to buy a gun different from various things) but wary about it especially without limits such as judicial process, limiting it to non-citizens etc.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Supreme Court Declines Review on Question on the Application of the Citizenship Clause to American Samoa
Discussion here (with reference to NYT op-ed). Tricky thing here is the local government, which apparently has support of the people, didn't want citizenship. Fear (which might be somewhat misplaced but maybe some laws are problematic) some local laws would be challenged especially those favoring locals. Can there be a way specific policies (favoring citizens) be challenged here? Or, allow people, by right, to choose to be American citizens?
Monday, June 13, 2016
Orders today rejected cert. involving American citizenship in American Samoa and a public unions related case written by Justice Souter that might be a signal about the rehearing of the Friedrichs. As some suspected, Thomas wrote the Puerto Rico bankruptcy opinion (Sotomayor/RGB dissent; Alito didn't take part). Unanimous patent case (three justices concurred). And, RBG (with Thomas concurred, doubtful of Indian law precedents) wrote the opinion allowing a minor crime convicted in a tribal court to count as an aggravating factor even though the person had no counsel. The domestic violence angle is covered.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Good book by the woman in the video. Meanwhile, the largest U.S. death toll for a domestic mass shooting occurred earlier today at a gay nightclub in Florida. First, RIP. Second, sigh. Third, can we pass national gun legislation to show we are serious? I think there is a right to have a gun. Still can do stuff to stop use of AR-15s to shoot up people. The domestic violence connection is noted too. Finally, only sane leaders. No, Trumps or their enablers. No!@
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Lots of coverage on this case. Found this commentary from a defense perspective helpful. This one might go a bit too far (e.g., the liberals focused on capital cases when opposing victim impact statements; think they are more okay in some cases) but agree that recall in response to one dubious ruling is bad policy. Big thing here is the dad's lack of empathy for the victim ("twenty minutes" line etc.) and over the top comments for the aggressor. The judge was a former prosecutor of sex crimes. But, for this specific defendant ...
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Trump (shocker) swept the states (California just closed) though over 30% voted not-Trump in South Dakota. Worthy of a nod. More than one state provided a chance for the likes of Carly Fiorina to get a few votes. Sanders won the final caucus (ND) and Clinton so far won NJ, NM and looks to win SD. D.C. is next Tuesday (that's it!). Nice victory speech. Update: Clinton won California but Sanders did get Montana. Kudos to the not Trump bitter enders! 25% in California and Montana showed a bit of honor. How about November?
Monday, June 06, 2016
The orders today brought three "grants," two death penalty cases that have received some notice. One case case concerns how intellectual disability is proven in Texas but also includes a question about length of time on death row, a long term concern of Breyer. If solitary confinement is involved, that would also be a concern for Kennedy. The third is a racial gerrymander case; the two unanimous opinions (by Kagan/Sotomayor) appear pretty boring. Update: Never mind. Corrected order; length of time not being decided. To be fair, as seen here, these "boring" opinions are of some importance at least in a baby step way.
From an earlier shot of feasting on a carcass, the basic idea (think Bambi's mother being killed as a baby and being raised by the person who killed her) to another killed lion, this film is not for the faint of heart. Nor, if you look up and see what happened in a few years to Elsa. But, the sense of realism of animal life plus human sentiment helps make this film a classic.
Sunday, June 05, 2016
Yesterday, Clinton won all seven Virgin Islands delegates since Sanders did not meet the 15% threshold. There is a little over 100K people there and we apparently got control in large part because of WWI concerns. Clinton looks to get something like 60/40 in Puerto Rico, its delegate rules convoluted though prisoners can vote. A lot more disenfranchised there in November. Bankruptcy and double jeopardy rules to be decided by Supreme Court in June.
Saturday, June 04, 2016
R.I.P. Muhammad Ali. This provides a good summary of why we should honor him. His fight for a draft deferral went to the Supreme Court (and was the subject of a HBO film). The backstory includes Justice Harlan at the last minute examining the facts and throwing the case his way. The Trump/Mexican thing is germane including why yes it's "racism." Comments there cover the gambit, including how word trolls aren't convincing.
Friday, June 03, 2016
Thursday, June 02, 2016
Griswold and privacy specifically has been a popular topic for me but basically the opinion holds up. It is just that his Poe v. Ullman dissent was better by being a more comprehensive defense. The "penumbra" principle is fine too; it is just that a general right of privacy probably requires a bit more. I add more here including on the Third Amendment.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Trump continues the theme from earlier in going after a judge in a fraud case, bring up his ethnicity. Odds and ends from the Supreme Court (one boring opinion), including Breyer/RBG focusing on geographical disproportionate death sentences. Local control, encouraged by the 6A (local juries), furthers this. But, death is different and "unusual" punishments are of special concern. A per curiam shows that. June here: big cases coming. Update: More on the geographical point here. The counterarguments come off as exaggerated and it simply is not merely an "abolitionist" thing. It's a general rule. Also, if you can't trust someone who might be against a litigant's belief's, that applies to all beliefs including those you like. Gay judge? No "defense of marriage" litigants! Can't be the rule.