Mets are in the midst of a little winning streak and managed to win a game that looked blown. Call-up Tyler Pill looked good, after struggling in a 10th inning appearance the other day. They got themselves in a under .500 hole and the Wild Card competition is tough. But, this is how to win and hopefully Matz/Lugo actually come back soon as scheduled and help. And Also: Veep is somewhat disappointing this season though it still has a lot of skill, especially with all the parts involved. Great set design and lines. But, it seems to lack a certain energy now that Selina is out of office. This is so even in a few well praised episodes. Update: Of course, lose two, one where DeGrom stinks, the other where the offense does.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
Before being a vegetarian, years back, had White Castle occasionally. Need like four or five of those things. Had a two for one coupon, so tried the veggie slider. (There is also a black bean version.) Nutritious but without onions etc. a bit bland; and at $1.31 each (more than regular), a bit expensive for that size. But, helpful you could pay with a credit card. And Also: This is not related, honestly, but she's cute. She's a Target girl too.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017
A 75 year old's luck finally ran out after he was executed for a 1982 murder for hire scheme. I think at this point executing him is gratuitous. Sotomayor (thanks Obama) was the only justice on the record dissenting, still concerned about the usage of midazolam and specifically not allowing his lawyers use of a phone to call a judge if something came up. Final result expected but was drawn out over evening and was executed at last minute.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
As noted here, this book lays it on a tad thick, including some suppositions. The basic idea that the books are deeper than one might think is not novel, though you might think so at times. Still, a lot of interesting stuff, especially if taken with salt. She focuses on the six completed novels, so Lady Susan et. al. are barely noted. A bit on Sanditon. The stuff in Jane's voice (each chapter starts with a passage with this conceit) seems a tad forced.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Various notable cases still up in the air (including the cake-shop case) but Rick Hasen argues it actually was a good day [Gorsuch/Thomas want to take case; Gorsuch conservative, duh watch] for voting rights [Thomas joins liberals perhaps since it furthers the strict scrutiny for any sort of race usage principle]. Kagan v. Alito is fun. Other cases appear dull/uncontroversial, including (yes) a limited process by mail rules opinion. ETA: Election Law Blog now has various perspectives on the case. The patent case is of significance in that area; the other case in a limited way just clears up a dispute.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Terry Collins now has been a manager with the Mets longer than any other and (not leader here) is one win away from 500 with them. After leaving the Angels (who the team just played) under negative circumstances, just becoming a manager again looked like a longshot. Overall, with the messes he had to handle, his tenure is appreciated. He made bad calls, but repeatedly, it is more a matter of a bad hand. This season included. Good luck.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Almost a long essay, this discusses a (male) professor's rape by a priest at 18 and the long aftermath (up to the present). Tough reading but eloquent. Interesting the book doesn't cover telling his wife and/or the specific decision to tell.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
As noted in the article here, after twenty-five years in prison [at some point, just keep on going], his last minute appeals failed. First, he tried to push the "no execution" line from 18 to 21. There is evidence for that but the law has not really caught up. Second, he argued the lethal injection drug (not the one getting so much attention recently) would clash with his other medication. Another fail on the "I want the firing squad" argument. Tinker tinker.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Inaction was the name of the game for orders, including in the "that's still open?!" cakeshop case and not taking the NC voting rights case (Roberts tacking on a statement to me implying he supports the law). One or more gun cases might still be open. Two unanimous opinions (except that Thomas dissented in one, sticking with his decades long opposition to precedent) and a 5-3 one where Breyer split with the liberals in a debt collector regulation involving bankruptcy courts case. Sotomayor had a strong dissent.
Wary about tacking on fifty years to a state life sentence (not a big fan of that by itself for someone under 30) for a heinous murder of a trans teen. The teen received "justice" there and this is a form of gratuitous double jeopardy in the form of a message by the feds. Such laws are best left to when states somehow cannot or do not have suitable prosecutions. Be clear the person pleaded guilty last December. This wasn't much of a trans right moment for Sessions/Trump. The heavy sentence makes it not free from problems even on that level.
Friday, May 12, 2017
After being sentenced to death in a federal prosecution, Roof was sentenced to nine life sentences after pleading guilty to state murder charges. I don't think the federal government should have stepped in here, which is not a matter of avoiding the death penalty. The state would have sought it surely. It is a matter of good policy, especially evidence SC would combat rabid racism of this sort. The ruling here might be right on law, but as policy pretty weak sauce. Use of GPS navigation satellites? Is usage of email enough now? ETA: Regarding interests of religious equality and the like, we can federalize any racial attack. The value of federal criminal laws here is symbolism as well as dealing with cases where states for some reason has problems or won't act. Not applicable here. The Boston Marathon bombing is an easier case given size and scope.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
I was trying to find opposition to Comey's nomination back in 2013 on a blog that now is fill with people who basically assume afte the fact it was so obviously stupid. Before asking again in a comment, see the news (on Twitter, of course) Comey was fired. The details are shall we say dubious. The alleged reasons likely specious. In a horrible fashion. Simplistic arguments like "Democrats wanted this" is therefore unconvincing, including because not all of them did. Given whose in power, Comey very well might have been unfortunately the best bet, at least for now. Republican responses have been mixed, some supporting, some "oh well," some "concerned." More reason not to take anything they do and say seriously.
Sunday, May 07, 2017
Key factor: center right supported him over bad alternative. Cf. Republican Party/Trump.
Appeared ready to sweep the Nats last weekend, after being swept, with Thor on the mound. Instead, they lost 23-5 (third string catcher pitching two), Thor now on the 60 Day DL. A possibility of a sweep of the Marlins with Harvey up vs. a spot starter was a set-up clearly. Instead, for some reason, Harvey has been suspended and they lost 7-0 with a spot starter of their own struggling. The bright spot was rookie Paul Sewald, now apparently wasted to eat two innings with the Mets' big lead the day before, coming to pitch 3.1 of two run (one on a wild pitch) ball. Since [?] -- team doesn't want just to come clean -- they knew yesterday, they should had held Sewald to start. Could have went four and figure things out from there.
Saturday, May 06, 2017
There has been some concern, including from Twitter talk at least that "Trump" directly is involved, of reports of FCC investigation of some Colbert remarks. Feel this is overblown: particularly if they get enough complaints, the FCC is going to investigate. Any fine would be different. As to going too far as matter of discretion, in the heat of the moment, you are going to go that extra bit. Sort of the point of a "rant." Also: PC thoughts.