Yanks trade for two good starters; Mets trade Duda and Reed for prospects. Haves, have nots. Small scale, the Mets seem to have received a good return and long term, Addison Reed was a great pick-up, especially since he was good longer than Salas. Rookie Rosario is coming up tomorrow and Smith is due soon. More moves likely via waivers though wish more old news moved on already. Playing for the future; even picked up a reliever to replace Reed that will be here next season. Goal, not easy, will be .500. ETA: First waiver deal -- Jay Bruce for his salary, low level pitching prospect and fan disappointment/abuse.
Friday, July 28, 2017
After a West Coast Mets game was over, I was watching C-SPAN waiting for the vote for "skinny repeal" of ACA, which turned out to be a drawn out process that ended with McCain voting with Collins and Murkowski (two consistent "noes") against it. Many were upset at McCain for coming back after his cancer prognosis and voting to continuing the process. The whole thing was screwed up but the end result is appreciated. And, there 48 Democrats and three Republicans did the right thing. Lots of battles to come. But, whew. And, as a whole, Republicans still are horrible. Individual Republicans doing things like this are appreciated. ETA: CJ Roberts was key to saving ACA so this gives me a chance to note the updated SCOTUS website. Sorta underwhelmed. SCOTUSBlog eventually talked about it, but in underwhelming fashion. Uh. They already had Internet links cited, access to transcripts, audio and other case information.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
I recently read a small book with four case studies entitled Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? that was interesting though probably could have been longer to deal with the somewhat absolutist position. Today, on the anniversary of desegregation in the military, Trump tweeted trans "in any capacity" cannot serve in the military. The cost reason offered is specious. It's a blatant wedge issue move. This after over twenty House Republicans joined the effort to vote down a ban on the Pentagon paying for gender transition.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Ohio is somewhat curiously a major death penalty battlefield these days. Sotomayor continued her dissenting effort to enforce some oversight (here the district court held a trial was warranted over drugs and it was upheld before an en banc court overturned) with RBG joined her ("RBG and Sotomayor, dissenting" again). Justice Breyer was surely sympathetic, but left it to her statement, while focusing on other death penalty things himself. ETA: Ronald Phillips (child rape/murder at 19) was executed. The mother's case is tragic too. The other executions (double robbery/murder and drug influenced murder) are pending.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Story of a Girl was Kyra Sedwick's first directorial effort and had some familiar faces (her daughter, "t.v. husband" and actual husband had supporting roles). It involved a teenage girl affected by a viral sex video. Overall, very good, including the supporting roles. Grantchester had a good episode too. "Leonard" showed some toughness again. One episode in season left?! Meanwhile, late night baseball this week, and trading deadline watch. Update: Started to read the Grantchester series and wasn't that interested. So, not sure how loyal the later episodes are though saw a reference they aren't in some fashion. The t.v. movie is mostly loyal to the YA book though a few interesting tweaks such as her choosing to post the video online. (The book was written in 2007 and doesn't use any phone/net/video referenes though even in 2007, there was some potential there.)
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Looking at poll data, a major factor for Trump voters (30% or something) was judicial nominations. McConnell, after another failure on screwing health care, pointed to Gorsuch. There also has already been some other nominations, many well praised by resistance lawyer types, but consistently conservative. All are tainted by the nominator. The first confirmed is someone we heard little about though fits the bill, in the less known but often controversial 6th Circuit. The second was John Bush, a tool that was prime Trumpite bait. The fact not a single Republican voted against them reminds us the state of the party. The courts, including the Supreme Court, will be tainted for a long time with these people. Kill me now.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
So reports (of course denied though there is nothing really wrong with being fully informed) of research on pardons and impeachment (Arthur Goldberg, in part raising something blocked by Nixon v. U.S.) talk continues toward our major constitutional live action dialogue. It is all amazing, horrifying and various other things. It is also so easy to be caught in it, mesmerized by ongoing events. This year for me personally leaves a lot to be desired and this isn't really helping. Anyway, a bit of poetry. The one about "Diane" is touching.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
For now, it appears that the attempt to repeal/replace (or just repeal) ACA has failed in the Senate. Certain Republican senators opposed it as too mild but some as too harsh. Strong opposition mattered. A good victory to help continue fighting. Meanwhile, I'm sorry about John McCain, but also about others who have to deal with cancer. Especially those who are worried about costs. McCain helped how in that respect? And, it is not uniquely "horrible" some older person having cancer. A child? Yes. A bit tired of the level of responses there. ETA: He suffered in Vietnam. Sure did. Do we hear about other survivors dealing with cancer like this? His service in the Senate has been tainted, especially lately. Sorry.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Less than two pages; rehearings denied & one attorney discipline notice. Much more important is possible pending clarification of travel ban order. SCOTUSBlog again refused to notice them but did see at least one legal twitter mention. ETA: And, we got it. Family relationship part of district judge order holds. Broader refugee aspect of that order stayed at least until 9CA decides. Oral argument separately set for second week of October. No overall clarification. Gorsuch three wanted more.
With John Oliver on break and not being a fan of thrones, this is the one Sunday evening watch left at the moment. Too much drama this season -- three of the characters having relationship difficulties involving conflicts between "right" and "wrong" couplings apparently not enough, this one had the landlady's miscreant husband pop up. Is there one happy family in the area? Overkill hurts since the show remains enjoyable overall. The new archdeacon character also provides good bite though the show stacks the deck against him.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
I don't have Netflix (need to get a free month again!) and for some reason NYPL doesn't have the second season (the third is now over!) of Jane The Virgin. So, started on this, though had some DVD scratch issues. First few episodes are pretty good (yes, up and running on the explicit scenes) though Jenny already is a bit insufferable. Like Dana (I saw what happens. Unhappy face.) and Alice particularly. Alice was to be on an unaired spin-off that dealt with the "who killed Jenny" sixth season question. Talk of a reboot. ETA: Yes, Jenny is tiresome, but the creator apparently based it some on herself. Explains why we see more of her at times than characters I personally rather see. Jennifer Beals, otoh, has some powerful moments. And, she does hot very good too. Season finale has some strong emotional moments, more than one heartbreaking. Some slow moments, but good show so far overall with some sweet and funny moments. Many familiar faces.
Charles Fried, a conservative on the right side of some things (privacy outside of abortion, PPACA outside Medicaid expansion etc.), targets partisan gerrymandering. Structural issues is a big picture thing that the Resistance has to address long term.
Friday, July 07, 2017
With RBG/Sotomayor dissenting, SCOTUS stayed the injunction to a state law regarding pressure on pregnant women to obtain treatment as a child welfare measure. A lower court struck it down and it is being appealed. As usual, neither group of justices explained their reasons. Summer order schedule should be here soon. ETA: Summer Order Lists dates. And Also: For some reason, including after I specifically emailed them, SCOTUSBlog in the past didn't want to list the scheduled order lists on their calendar. The blog does more now to specifically summarize orders but has not separately addressed either thing.
When you think "worse of the worst," a man who killed a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy after escaping from custody might count. But, there were concerns about his mental health, so much that a victim's daughter opposed the execution. I respect that the governor weighed public duties with private beliefs against the death penalty. No orders on this case over at the SCOTUS website. Secret compounding pharmacy used.
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Re-read this book, which I already discussed a few years back, and again found it rewarding. Got a bit tedious at certain points where it seemed she was rambling some. But, has some good insights, including basically a way to apply it for atheists (focus on "nature" over "nature's God"). Central argument was how the document promoted equality, including each person's equal role in the collective "people" involved here to govern (basic to human rights existing itself), determine wrongs that warranted change and so forth.
Monday, July 03, 2017
Don't watch much t.v. these days and felt Veep had a very disappointing season. Better Call Saul was somewhat mixed but more enjoyable though continuing its go it slow style. Sunday now has two mysteries -- Grantchester (good start, one eh episode after first three) and a Prime Suspect prequel (two episodes at once; first pair good). Caught two episodes of The "L" Word, repeats regularly on Showtime. One episode good. Last Week Tonight had a good episode before its short break, including a parody of a Harding movie (show bought five wax dummies of presidents, one used here). And, there are the Mets games. ETA: Second episode of Prime Suspect bored me / turned it off.