After thinking they had a good shot to go far and having a 11-1 start, the Mets have fell off a cliff. After being pushed back for some family reason (fill-in blew up after two), DeGrom cruised for five but got only two runs of support vs. the previously worst Marlins. He ran in a wall in the sixth helped by a third run on a misplayed ball. DeGrom admitted he was done. Your ace, who you can't win for (he's 5-4), doing that is telling. The GM taking a leave for health reasons and saying he doesn't deserve to come back is as well. Kaboom the team. Update: Rookie 1B has some sort of hand issue, but we are assured it's okay; Mets started things off on Sunday with two errors. Did win so aren't worst team statistically.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Friday, June 29, 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Only retirements announced were staff, but we did have two more 5-4 rulings. First, public unions (Alito v. Kagan) which some might think can be mild in result but thinking on principle it will have staying power. Kagan, not known for hyperbole, will not "sugarcoat" this selective concern for the rights of public employees. The last opinion was a state water dispute, Breyer v. Thomas, but Kagan joined the three top conservatives this time. Orders tomorrow. Meanwhile: Horrible Mets season (though they actually won last night) alert: Sandy Alderson takes leave for (cancer) health reasons and figures on merit it should be permanent. Update: He did retire. Will comment tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
I often vote for the challenger largely as a protest vote but this is a challenger year. In the year of three NYC primaries in my case (state/federal and one to fill a vacancy), today was federal Election Day. A long term incumbent was threatened, someone who was talked as the future House Speaker. Like his predecessor, seemed to focus on Queens, not my area of the Bronx. He lost to an under 30 Latina from the Bronx. Go get em! Update: Can't forget about Mitt "Trump supports me now but hey I'm independent!" Romney winning the Utah Republican Senate Primary. Oh, at his concession party, Crowley (while playing the guitar) sung "Born to Run" in Ocasio-Cortez's honor. Classy.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Quick summary with more cases to come. Orders: Arlene Flowers sent back (without comment), which could have been done right away. Sotomayor (with RBG) statement in a death penalty case. Various technical grants. Alito v. Sotomayor on Texas voting rights case. Thomas v. Breyer (dissent from bench) on anti-trust regarding credit cards. Both 5-4.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
I read this after reading a NY Review of Books article about the director of the movie version. It is by the writer of the children book series The Rescuers but she also wrote many adult novels too. It is somewhat low key but has a tongue in cheek and is overall fun while having a diverse cast. Nice read with so much **** happening. Meanwhile, The Night They Raided Minsky's was good too, especially as a loving recreation of the world of 1920s burlesque.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
This is the holiday celebrated to honor June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Texas were told they were free under the Emancipation Proclamation. State courts later held the EP only came into effect when the U.S. gained control over Confederate territory. Slavery totally ended at the end of the year with the ratification of the 13A. It also has a wider message regarding ending slavery/racism as a whole with special traditions in certain areas.
Monday, June 18, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Some good movies on today. Early on, an airing of the 2003 The Pentagon Papers [emphasis on Daniel Ellsberg though his second wife here was a good supporting character], sensibly on Decades Channel. Two Hallmark movies -- All for Love with Sara Rue (old) and Love at First Dance (new) were good too. Good lead with a touch of Kristin Chenoweth in her. Good role for the actresses and another "wedding not to be" plot.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
I referenced this porn actress in a previous post, seeing her repeatedly in late night Showtime films. I have seen her in a few more -- she clearly is an Adam & Eve films favorite. Given how things are going, she has been quoted in the news and not just Maxim pieces. And Also: The sort of stuff on Showtime is not obscene but Mets play is with the 11-1 start turning out to be a mirage. The offense is offensive (pen not much less so) and leaving dead-weight like Reyes on the roster apparently for nostalgia reasons (is it to help rookie Rosario? he's but part of the problem now) adds insult to the many injuries. Cespedes, the 29M "but 2015!" albatross, is yet again injured. Me? I very seriously would get rid of him. Real change.