Saturday, August 26, 2017
Friday, August 25, 2017
Among the usual pro forma orders third set of scheduled summer orders, a minor case was granted. Another order put off deciding a travel ban standing question. And, without comment, a third allowed an execution to go forth in Florida. Procedural concerns and regarding another tweak on drugs used. Timing: first white man in state history to be executed for killing a black victim. McCleskey v. Kemp, anyone?
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Can't handle such long movies these days, but from the scenes I saw, this is an excellent movie. It is sort of Sisyphean metaphor of our existence. The lead actress [with many roles during her long career] is particular very good, including portraying her character's desperation, passions and so on. A film for our times, including a scene where the man notes the selling of inferior sand can lead to dams etc. collapsing. "That's someone else's problem."
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
The author is a Jesuit priest who was on the Colbert Report (don't think he was on the current one; too bad) and wrote books on humor and advising an alternative play on the trial of Judas Iscariot among others. The subtitle of this book is "How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity." It is in effect a speech/essay to a unity group (it's a two way effort) plus some bible story lessons (and a prayer for someone struggling). Nice effort though an uphill battle as long as the Church is not fully loyal to its no "unjust discrimination" doctrine.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Read the quick reading Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation, which is largely lead-up, coming from both ends. Author is an amateur historian of the era, so it isn't as deep as some might like, but is overall a good read for the average reader. Also, watched the rape exploitation film Lipstick (well most of it), particularly notable for Mariel Hemingway's supporting performance. It is professionally made etc. and knows how to play with your emotions.
Thursday, August 03, 2017
More blah. Some are on vacation this month. I'm not. So, it's just hot and unpleasant. ETA: Oh, got around to seeing Breakfast with Scot again. Enjoyable film with some serious stuff going on, including dealing with being different and being okay about it.