Tuesday, February 28, 2017
My copy has no comma. Well written partial allegory of the black experience by Zora Neale Hurston that is fairly loyal to the biblical account. Has some interesting perspectives but becomes a bit less interesting near the end. Mostly seen thru Moses' eyes though others get a chance too. Think Miriam deserved a bit more than she received in that respect. Meanwhile, also enjoyed this documentary [An Act of Love] about a Methodist minister who got in trouble for officiating the marriage of his son in a same sex wedding. Both sides get their say.
Monday, February 27, 2017
There is an interesting 1A case being heard today about limits on sex offenders and a few orders of note. A glance at SCOTUSBlog suggests the grants were fairly technical. SCOTUS affirmed without comment a campaign disclosure opinion. Breyer dissented from denial of cert. in a death penalty case, highlighting the issue of a few areas having most death sentences. Meanwhile, more on that pro-Gorsuch ad by a former clerk.
It was Moonlight's night (insert joke about final f-up) though other films (including Hacksaw Ridge; Hidden Figures excepted, though good cameo by one of the actual women) received nods. Casey Affleck deserved his win though some thought Denzel Washington would get it; but darn man, it was fairly expected -- be a bit prepared. Jimmy Kimmel was a bland host and it's time for someone good, preferably a woman. Extra bits overall lame. And Also: Think La La Land got a bit too much love and didn't like Zootopia (one of those early in the year films you forgot about); will check out various wins/nominations including Moonlight. Apt statement by foreign film winner; tbh, Viola Davis was a tad much.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Had a free movie coming and this sort of "matinee price special" film was correctly seen as a good choice. That is, it's not a classic or something, but for what it is -- amusing/well put together with a bit of a positive message but not too serious -- it works fine. The guidance teacher steals her scenes. The "Little Miss Sunshine" moment a highlight.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
I saw part of the movie years back, but after re-reading Joy in the Morning, just got around to reading the longer A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Very good and has some rather risque parts for the 1940s. Also listened to the complete audio (Selma Blair) of Anne Franks' diary, based on a more complete version. I read the diary more than once, but don't recall some of the parts, which again were at times rather explicit (sex, menstruation etc.). Blair did a good job, having something of a childish voice that works here. But, should be "Young Woman"!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
A somewhat notable cert grant regarding a man charged with having a weapon on Capitol grounds [case is basically about his ability to appeal, possibly on 2A grounds] and dissent from cert. (Sotomayor/Breyer) involving problems with lethal injection drugs. The case was held up via Roberts' hesitant "courtesy fifth." The defendant put forth the firing squad as an alternative grounds, which Sotomayor did in her Glossip dissent. Judge Kozinski somewhat from the other side also supports that. Inert gas didn't come up, but might eventually. Note: Some talk that Roberts' courtesy fifth showed value of Breyer's in the trans case, but dubious argument and the situations are rather different. Article on Breyer.
Monday, February 20, 2017
A local multiplex at times has special showings (like the 30th Anniversary of Dirty Dancing) and yesterday it was a taped performance of this musical (very good especially the female lead; some dark moments, even given the subject matter) about the Japanese internment during WWII. George Takei provided a brief taped intro and there was a short background segment after. It was $19, a bit much, but overall worth it. Theaters should think outside the box like this. My conservative companion who was a girl at the time was horrified it happened. One hopes limited lessons learned for something (as noted) still relevant.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
The author of a book on Roe v. Wade in progress has written about the matter in Vanity Fair, including providing some details (she's a lesbian? anyone else say that?) about little known Linda Coffee. Shortly after reading one of these articles, saw that Norma McCorvey ("Roe") herself has died. Complicated life. Many complications to this story. Remember, the right to determine the best path for you is key here. This would include Medicaid funding early term for the poor. Her usage by the "pro-life" side really doesn't change the bottom line here.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Kassi Underwood's new book on her experiences after having an abortion is appreciated. Need to read personal stories, including those who had some problems (as people have in sex, marriages, etc.). But, the material might be better for a long article or short subject, instead of three hundred pages. At least, it was too much for me and only skimmed it some.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
John Bessler (husband of the senior senator from Minnesota) wrote various books on the death penalty, including defending opposition as a matter of historical understanding. Finished an early short book by him that put forth the usual arguments, including in support of life without parole. Fine enough though LWOP very well might be excessive (why leave 70 year old murderers from fifty years back in prison?) and open to question (isn't it cruel?) Also, what about murders in prison? Answers can be made, but these accounts should adress them.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Caught on Get TV, The Girl With Something Extra (ESP) is a short-lived 1970s Sally Field comedy with rather forced acting. Still, the episode where a woman is thinking about having a child by herself starts with a co-star making a veiled suggestion about her able to get an abortion (1973; they think she's already pregnant). Meanwhile, The Donna Reed Show amuses me and like the lead. Interesting tidbit: regular rather passionate kisses. Two kids? Thinking birth control. Also: Petr Ginz's diary [teen died in Holocaust] was worth the read.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
I'm annoyed that Senator Gillibrand's statement against Judge Gorsuch did not mention Garland, but opposition on the merits is fine. A NPR piece on his originalist views shows this, with a reminder "text" is not the same thing "artificial selective citation of what it meant back in the day." Pragmatism like anything else can be selective as seen by White who in various ways applied it well but was one note on abortion. But still is more credible. And Also: His views on Chevron leave something to be desired long term.
Sunday, February 05, 2017
There were two playoff games that turned out to be competitive (a few others had teams in it for some portion); myabe this one will be the third. Still, the Pats annoy me even without pretty boy/head coach hoodie supporting Mr. Deplorable. But, Falcons are only a three points underdog. Won't watch. So, missed a mega-nauseating choke job. So, good call. ETA: People are talking about a late play. Eh. Falcons stopped scoring much earlier. Not how you win. Did the extedned half-time benefit defense, harm offense? Extended "prevent" mindset? Whatever. Horrible. Guess only NYG know how to beat them here.