SCOTUS granted a bunch of cases for oral argument, including one that will threaten public service unions. This all part of the Republican leaning policy approach of the courts. An article discusses some more a lower court nominee covered by this blog, focusing on her religious associations. This is somewhat interesting but think the coverage is focusing too much on that as compared to her overall conservative views. Big reason she in particular was picked. Her religious views probably factored in and if done right can be explored.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
The year continues to be bad but it is starting to fade -- we are almost ready for a new term. "Long conference" time! Time for a few more '16 term orders. Just in time, Trump has a new travel order, which might moot the current case. SCOTUS is going it slow on gerrymandering. Meanwhile, Gorsuch is ratcheting [McConnell] up [Trump] the impropriety. ETA: I have not read a full analysis, but unclear how much the "new" travel ban really changes anything, at least to make it less offensively both arbitrary and broad (as to those covered). As the link notes, its effect on North Korea is trivial. Venezuela is also a limited thing. So, Chad? I foresee more litigation in its future. [Execution held up, 6-3.]
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
A few things watched/read recently but nothing really wanting too much comment -- the books as a whole were somewhat blah if okay. The Mets (and likely Jets; the Giants isn't starting off that well -- two losses, less offense than the Jets) wish "somewhat blah" fit their performance. Dolphins next for Jets -- sorta winnable; then two of the best bests for wins. Killer schedule most of the rest of the way. Eagles for Giants; both a should and must win. Few slots not quite there for MLB playoffs. Hope the Twins hang on.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Sunday, September 03, 2017
A reference to a Chief Justice Stone biography by the author led me to this work, the 1968 update not really adding much new material; there is another published in 1980. The book focuses specifically on Taft/Hughes/Stone [not comprehensively] though generally supportive of the Warren Court's judicial activism choices. And, that is a major theme (if at some point rather repetitive; this book needed an editor): judges make choices, guided by changing times and rightly so. Judicial review is appropriate, but the details are important. Pretending otherwise (just saying what the law is!) is misguided and often hypocritical..
Past entries spell out my opposition to national days of prayers "established" by federal law or executive proclamation. This includes (as they often were) in the face of national emergencies. With a 14A gloss, I'm with Thomas Jefferson on this point. These things tend to have a sectarian cast and this one is no different, especially without the extra effort by Obama to be exclusive to non-deistic traditions (if badly phrased at times as having no "faith" or "religion" as such). If tainted [general concern] by the author, a more open-ended inclusive proclamation, not tied to "prayer," was possible.
Saturday, September 02, 2017
Watched this amusing Walter Matthau movie again with some other familiar faces (some might miss Herbert Lom as the Russian, looking quite different from the actor's role in the Pink Panther films) about a disgruntled CIA agent writing a book. It is based on a book, which is somewhat darker. Some busted attempts though Phoenix seemed to have some potential. ETA: Speaking of book/movies, read the book the film Breakfast with Scot is based on. The movie overall is better, including viewing things thru more than one person. Book largely skipped over the "we might lose Scot" mandatory film conflict but the film added some good stuff, including the powerful scene where Scot quietly talks about his mom's drug use.