Thursday, January 31, 2019
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Sunday, January 27, 2019
I think Liz Warren is a better version of Bernie Sanders, but is too old, less appealing as a candidate (optics etc., which is cosmetic, I know, but her political savvy is also rougher) and best spent where she is. The main concern about Harris is some aspects of her prosecution record are dubious. Don't think that will be enough to doom her. Some will even like it as an example of her realistic playing within the system. Think she's the frontrunner with Gillibrand as an alternative. In fact, curious where Gillibrand will fit since she overlaps with Harris in various respects though she does have the most national experience at this point. Also: AFC wins again in Pro Bowl. Not much of a game.
Saturday, January 26, 2019
The big news is taking a 2A case for full review after nearly a decade [bound to happen, details up in the air] and letting Trump's trans military ban be applied during litigation. Kavanaugh is likely key here, both not to be decided this term either. The idea is this is a "no drama" term. They will be back mid-February though we might get an order regarding the first execution planned for this year. Red flag for me is the thirty year lag time. ETA: The Court also set February and March calendars oral argument dates and (eventually) removed an advisory on their rarely used media page after taking the census case off.
Two people who came in uninitiated (sort of like me with "The Favourite") really liked this film but being so familiar and concerned with her current well being, I was more wary. [An example: given RBG's deep study of Swedish law, her husband's monologue at that party is a tad off.] Sorta was right to be on some level, especially since RBG is just too emotional here. But, on the whole, the film is pretty good and raises some interesting things including on the changing nature of the law. BTW, the opinion was handed down after Reed v. Reed. ETA: Remember this "gotcha"? The reference is to the original Constitution and it is noted at one point that equal protection as applied to feds was handled by due process. But, to be honest, the line still open to confusion. The final court scene also is a bit much, from her early choking and final speech. Pure Lifetime.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
I'm a Mets fan these days but props to two Yankees just voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (not cheating should matter, so support continuing to keep certain people out): Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina. Mussina (crossword fan) was one of those fairly few long contracts that turned out well and his quiet professionalism is a good model for us all.
Monday, January 21, 2019
There is the ... "has that asshole really been here/only here two years" (1/20), MLK's Birthday (observed) (Robert E. Lee two places) [Kamala Harris announces] and Roe v. Wade day (1/22). Abortion is well trodden subject on this blog; this short article shows one theme (SCOTUS version): the unjust nature of regulations. I like Harris, Gilliband and Klobuchar best now. ETA: New York passes the Reproductive Health Act.
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Didn't really care if the Rams or Saints won but the Rams winning after a late egregious blown call kinda is bad karma. The Pats winning in OT after KC tied it with only a little over a half minute to play with at the end of regulation to do so (won flip in OT, KC never got ball) added insult to injury. But, the Pats in the playoffs vs. Andy Reid ... stacked against ya.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
The Internet and the library reserve system only increases my ability to find out about and get books while having less time to read them (imagine the 1990s without hours online daily). I received A History of the World in 21 Women, however, just stopping by the library (to get a DVD, but now NYPL only provide them in "hub" libraries). Pretty interesting, if incomplete (most after 1800). This is also how I got The Dutch Wife, a good fictional account of a political prisoner during WWII who became a camp prostitute (she's Dutch and "Dutch wife" is slang for prostitute) as well as a 1970s man suffering that fate (without the prostitution) in Argentina. More to come -- have a pile and more in reserve. And Also: The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War is a somewhat rambling affair that was really about slavery as a whole (which is fine) while being a good brisk read that gives an overall feel of the times. A basic thing to remember is that even if you thought the Fugitive Slave Clause was necessary, with "I really hate slavery, really" comments, it left open some protections, especially of FREE black PERSONS. The response was often a telling treatment of blacks as non-persons.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Today is Religious Freedom Day and for many that means protecting the rights of various religious believers. This is important and fundamental, but it can be taken too far, resulting in religious favoritism and harm to third parties. As the first link notes, the date is telling: it honors a law passed to protect separation of church and state. "Religious freedom" has various shades. It should cover us all in the process.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Well, per the most recent episode -- another very good character rich plot from the new season -- she is leaving. Sounds like acting scheduling conflicts. Change is realistic if too bad here since she's a favorite of mine. Due to be replaced by another woman from her planet.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
I enjoyed the books though not being a Harry Potter fan and the t.v. adaption had its good points, especially the actress portraying Robin. Strike had somewhat less of an edge (and was more attractive) than in the book and the episodes as a whole seemed to be missing something. There were many good moments though the last book in particular seemed a bit too compressed here. DVD had three "making of" vignettes, one for each. Worthwhile. Also: Others are much less gung ho, noting his team's record etc., but here's the argument that the Jets made a good choice for head coach.
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Illegitimate "justice" writes a bland first opinion among other SCOTUS actions, released the day of Trump's b.s. speech regarding the wall and the continual shutdown which hurts our country day by day. The same day we learned about big news regarding Trump's campaign manager colluding with the Russians with campaign data used to interfere with our elections. More reason we need to impeach Trump; the alternative is de facto authorization of his actions, making it just politics. Understand the prudential arguments, but opinion holds.