The new Cormoran Strike is even longer and as one review notes, tbh, there is "filler" but overall it is an enjoyable read. Perhaps, the fact six hundred plus pages (with a long "talking killer" chapter to explain things) was somewhat quick reading is telling, but there are pleasures to comfort reading too. Giants (Dallas final drive/two point to avoid OT) and Jets (basically no offense; Pats get a bye after Houston choked week before) ended in fairly typical fashion. The Jets QB seems promising though. Browns went from 0 to 7.5 wins. The season premiere of The Orville was cute -- character episode. 2019 is about here and we will soon have the 2020 presidential race. Wish the asshole was gone now. Onward.
Monday, December 31, 2018
Monday, December 24, 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
It is expected and appropriate under current law that the ethical inquiry of Kavanaugh was held to be moot now that he is on the Supreme Court. The process is for lower court judges so there was an overall doomed to fail nature to the affair. But, the order says they are serious allegations (lying to Congress etc. are) and that a copy of the order should be sent to the appropriate investigatory parties, namely congressional committees. So, ball in your court, House Judiciary Committee. There is a certain wariness there, but this isn't over. ETA: Note that is the title of a NPR article and is misleading in that some might think they did it on substantive as compared to procedural grounds.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
The death of seven year old Jacqueline Caal is a chance to put out front and center the horrible nature of our border party. "Horrible" is probably too bland. The statistic cited (further backstory added) that over seven thousand people died 1998-2017 is horrendous. But, not enough for some, so Trump amped it up. Some judge those who lived in the past harshly for supporting various bad things. A bit of humility might be warranted.
The move to have a boring first sex offender "justice" (and what an ass Collins is) term continues. Latest death penalty appeal had no dissent (Sotomayor already flagged the problem with lethal injection protocols recently). The case involved a murder during a burglary. Justice would have been to continue detaining him as was done for over twenty years. This does not seem like a "worse of the worst" type of murder, to cite a basic standard.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Hanukkah this year runs from the evenings of the 2nd until tonight. I again provide this past discussion and wish to find a good book that provides the surrounding history for the general reader. Both the immediate Maccabees revolt and developing holiday.
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Saturday, December 01, 2018
I added a couple books on the side panel on the Nelson Mandela trial and myths about the Civil Rights movement. It is helpful to remember the complexities of history, which is surely true with the death of the last credible/legitimately elected Republican president. The negatives are true but so are the more positive aspects of his character and public service.