Monday, September 24, 2018
In between local PBS stations on my FIOS dial (channels 13 and 21) there are a few channels, including Spanish ones and Hampton TV, a low rent looking local station. Late Saturday nights (2AM), an appropriate time (Svengoolie is now on the too early 8PM slot) is Macabre Theater, with a sexy Elvira sort of host. The best approach for both, especially given this one has even more commercials, is to DVR, so you an fast forward. Latest was Unsane (no not that one). It's an old Italian "giallo" flick that is a mix of slasher type killing and boring exposition [somewhat obviously dubbed though the channel seems always to use cheap copies of films in general] mixed with the host's campy bits. Fun late nite fare.
Sunday, September 23, 2018
An excerpt of the upcoming Stormy Daniels tell-all (bound to be disappointing given the lead-up) referenced a video game mushroom character. Enough said. I actually would be interested in that book if she provides a fairly honest and detailed account of her work in the sex industry. Looking for a book doing that. Meanwhile, caught Til Sex Do Us Part late night and saw two characters (including the lead; these movies suggest a sort of roving ensemble company) from Erotic Obsession, which has a great ending. Some not bad set pieces though the wife doesn't get to have much fun. Husband character again comes off like a jerk. Football: Some weird stuff, including a Bills blowout over the Vikings. Giants hung on vs. Houston. Pats lost to Detroit by two touchdowns. Key baseball news left is to see if the Rockies can find a way to gain 1.5 games. Time running out, but they have two paths.
Monday, September 17, 2018
The Mets (not quite officially eliminated!) lost the series vs. the Red Sox, but overall gave a good effort though of course the one win was not for DeGrom (who gave up three but his main Cy Young competition had issues of late too). The Yanks didn't gain ground but Tampa stopped the As from either. The Jets in effect gave away the game to Miami without special team/offensive heroics to save the day (20-12). The NYG offense (20-13) was lackluster on Sunday Night Football with ten late garbage time points (the last three after a lackadaisical TD drive; they returned the onside kick but not the next one). Browns played Saints tough but found way to lose late. Another tie (29 all) after one team scored 22 in the 4Q. ETA: Cards won, so Mets eliminated. Mets then lost, thus was their chance at .500. Jets: After losing to the Dolphins in a sloppy game, they finished their three games in eleven days run 1-2 by giving the Browns their first win in a long time. Not shocking -- Browns put up a good fight against better opponents thus far and the insertion of their own young phenom late in the First Half injected life to come back (for the second time) from a 14 point defecit. This time, they didn't only get a tie. Still, Jets should be at least 2-1 now. Disappointing.
A new SCOTUS term is rapidly approaching though things continue to happen, including a "because I say so" Saturday order by CJ Roberts and Kavanaugh's accuser outing herself, particularly as the media was about to do so anyway. On that front, it is a mess, but for perhaps somewhat different reasons, Sen. McConnell warned Trump to nominate someone else. I rather this not be the reason to oppose him but along with his prevaricating about Kozinski, there needs to be better responses in this #MeToo era. Overall, people have bad things in their past, though it's better if they are honest about their record. OTOH, this is a SCOTUS nomination, not a criminal trial. Committee vote scheduled later this week. Update: The full Court has denied a stay (without saying why) thus Roberts' (ditto) stay was vacated. As Election Law blog guy basically expected. Roberts is concerned about the Court's image and people were suspicious of his motives regarding the original stay. More reason to explain oneself. There are so view single orders. Can't they flesh out a bit why they acted?
Saturday, September 15, 2018
I have not seen the movie but this was a brisk read with an afterword that touches upon recent events (the original came out in 2014). Since David Duke at least is still around, him calling the KKK individuals involved morons should have gone over well for some. There is a certain low heat quality though he did provide important intel, apparently stopped one or more cross burning and a couple KKK members at NORAD was found out. As a police officer he isn't the best to cover it, but interesting question of the limits here on First Amendment grounds. Think his commander was right to worry about public reaction to some extent.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
While the Mets continue to play pretty good ball (sadly it isn't too satisfying to me), football season began. The Browns didn't lose! (They tied but they did come back vs. the Steelers though they could not finish.) Giants (if vs. a good defensive team) didn't have enough offense. After their new QB had a turnover on the very first play (on Monday Night vs. Detroit), the Jets somehow managed to win 48-17 (it was 17 all early in the Third Quarter). None of the new coaches won. Aaron Rodgers had another "miracle" game after a knee injury.
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
I engage with the author of this book on Twitter and at Dorf on Law and his concerns over the power and lack of openness of the Supreme Court is well taken. But, his reasoning is flawed, particularly since (except for a somewhat exaggerated matter of discretion) other courts have the same criteria he cites (e.g., using policy reasons, not merely text and precedent). And, it's just focused on constitutional matters anyway, and not even a range of criminal justice issues (since courts have more cause to claim special knowledge). Finally, he doesn't even really provide the other side. For instance, Footnote 4 is not even referenced. Ultimately, it is a "court," but we need to understand what that means in practice. Also: Brown v. Bd. is cited as an exception but it wasn't really at the time. And, I think a good case can be made (especially given practice) abortion rights, e.g., are clearly protected by text too. If one is required for equal protection, so is the other.
Monday, September 03, 2018
McCain funeral over, back to same old/same old. After how Garland was treated, putting aside the problems of Trump, I decided that there were still eight justices. I noted in the past that this nomination might not be as illegitimate but rushing thru without proper documentation (even if some belittle the concern) and the statement under oath that Trump conspired in a crime pushed me over the edge. We will soon have seven legitimate justices and this nomination (even beyond his positions) is really pissing me off. If you don't like court packing, what do YOU suggest? Every Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee signed a letter regarding delaying the hearings. They should stage a walkout later this week. ETA: They didn't though they put up somewhat of a fight and had some good moments. I still think a simple walkout moment to underline the illegitimacy would have worked. You now have multiple senators accusing him of perjury. Basic disqualification even if you take it down to "lying." But, we are supposed to just accept it as legitimate?