Monday, March 27, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Enjoyable and nice to look at animated film (French; the English dub I listened to was fine) about a Russian teen in the late 19th Century defending her family's honor by seeking out her grandfather's ship in the Arctic. A few twists on expectations and a bit shorter than you'd expect (eighty minutes, basically the trip back removed except for screenshots in the credits). Behind the scenes extra on DVD in French with subtitles.
Reading into the Japanese internment after watching Allegiance, learned about the heroine San Diego child librarian Clara Breed, who was great in general. But, of special note is her correspondence with in the camps, assistance of (lots of things sent) and writing of articles about (she wrote supportive articles in the midst of the war about the Japanese) the Japanese children who went to her library. Plus house parties. Good young adult book.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Again, Twitter (I'm JoePaulson2) such as Kimberly Robinson great at live tweeting and updates. Coincidence or not (hard to believe they had no idea), SCOTUS today handed down a 8-0 slamdown of an emotional-laden Gorsuch opinion. Basic b.s. for me is his refusal to admit how judging overlaps some with politics as if it is coincidental who nominates the justice. More "I'm a judge, a special snowflake," so don't look at my experience in Bush Administration or something. Just be honest, okay? And, an old bit about judges being influenced by what they had for breakfast was cited enough times to start a drinking game. ETA: Support filibuster. Show of force to respond to norm violation, good for base, keep pressure on and who knows what will happen next time? Marginally better nom? Finally, if concerned about public reaction, how that work with Garland? Too many didn't care much. Those who did leaned Trump. Plus, very well might fail without a "nuclear option" [kinda best policy anyway, especially with recent abuses of it] with some sort of return. A few Republicans likely to want to retain filibuster for their own power/tradition concerns.
I myself can't stomach watching [thanks Twitter] Judge Gorsuch, who sounds full of shit and is here thanks to to the Republicans' unprecedented (and wrong) blocking of Garland. You are tainted too, Gorsuch! No, the "Biden Rule" application is b.s. But, do agree hearings in general have an educational function plus serve an overall legitimizing role by putting him out in the open interacting with senators. Finally, do think a bit of the person and views do come out, helped by reporting/commentary. Very well the questioning is stupid and it is right to expect more substantive answers. But, that doesn't change the rest. Fix that! And Also: Sen. Schumer uses Russia investigation of Trump Administration as reason for delay. Sure. I see this as all connected though some things are more so in certain ways.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Don't know about "classic," but it's nice to have a true "world series," even though it is a bit strange Puerto Rico plays against U.S. (perhaps again). Caught some of it here and there with Israel a notable surprise early. Netherlands (key players from their island possessions) was just eliminated, unable to take advantage of multiple scoring opportunities. Sorta hoped they advanced. The first/second automatic runners in the 11th rule (nice touch) burned them twice! But, enough with the late broadcasts, last night's game ending around 2AM. ETA: Issue as to time is that multiple games played in West Coast parks, but with teams from the West Indies, Europe etc. (last night game ended c. 7AM Netherlands local time) playing. So, unlike West Coast games, not even the local team is on "normal time." Just select players and the fans watching in the stadium. 11PM even there is a bit late.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Mixture of disgust and depression. Gorsuch is a conservative wet dream. He even looks like Mike Pence in a way, their views on social issues comparable. What happened to Garland was horrible, including on a basic civics level. Filibuster!!! Meanwhile, more oral arguments this week; nothing really of note in today's orders except this "cakeshop" case not acted upon. ETA: Some somewhat interesting orals on various subjects this week, following the "nothing major" theme of this term, plus a few rulings handed down 3/21. One involving acting officials might be be of mild importance. Spring is here.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
An interesting history that focuses on various snapshots mostly involving the U.S. (Jamestown, New France, Louisiana etc.) and then a general supportive chapter of its current use. The historical examples don't provide us much understanding of the long term fate of some of the women involved, but overall it's a good account if not comprehensive.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
This is a 1970s sci fi horror film is probably best known as Marilyn Chambers' only "straight film." She gets into a motorcycle accident and the novel treatment results in her being desperate for human blood. Well crafted, especially as society at large gets infected but why are so many people blase about her suddenly leaving the clinic in the midst of a epidemic? Her final "experiment" is a bit silly but great final image. Chambers innocent girl look and cutesy voice makes her apt for the role. Acting chops? Mixed. Had niche potential. ETA: Found her later soft porn flick Bikini Bistro cute and it pretty silly (and wrong except perhaps as to exclusivity issues) that a fireman got in trouble for being in it, no comment on the other issues. Nude pics in uniform is different though firing seems harsh.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
This animated film is based on a collection of poems from back in the 1920 by Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran with Salma Hayek (voice of the mom here) having a lot to do with getting it made. Different poems are made into lovely segments of animation (different leading animators involved) and prose. Overall film charming and apt for times.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Those who watch the movie and then read the book will note the amount of dramatic license involved down to whom had a problem with a "colored" bathroom. One time cited, not all that back and forth running! And, she didn't vent to her boss in a crowded room -- she vented to a sympathetic colleague who then gave her a slot that made her career. Anyway, think the book could have done with some editing, including toning down some of the background materials / scientific tone and fleshing up the personal stories some. End result was a tad too clunky.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
A hit man isn't exactly a sympathetic, but Justice Breyer dissented, continuing his concern for length of time on death row with solitary confinement tossed in (separate procedural claim was also made). A daughter of the victim noted: "It’s not going to bring her back, so it really doesn’t mean very much." Various people involved got life, one executed as a result of a killing of a police officer during an escape. One at least have received parole, so no "LWOP." Going to need to confine people long periods and few sentenced to die are executed. The escape therefore only takes us so far, beyond the inherent problems with the penalty.
Monday, March 06, 2017
Various notable orders, justice statements (e.g., Thomas on civil forfeitures) and decisions before SCOTUS returns just in time for the Gorsuch (boo!) hearings. The trans student bathroom case was remanded per the change in the executive's position. Breyer's "courtesy fifth" yet again seems misguided -- this was a case that should never have been taken at all. Decisions include a split (on reasoning) sentencing guideline/vagueness case and 5-3 jury case involving racial bias of jurors. Unclear if this will be cabined to race. And Also: The new executive order on immigration very well is likely both bad policy and unconstitutional, but it is telling that they tempered it so much. Opposition had bite.