A British officer invites his wife to join him while he serves occupation duty late 1945. She deals with losing their son in the Blitz while he is off much of the time dealing with some violent resistance. He tries to do his job professionally but his underlining emotion leaks out at times. Meanwhile, the German father (whose wife died in bombing too) and teenager daughter whose house they are staying in have their own issues. An affair arises though things end up fairly predictably. Overall, well acted and convincing re-enactment of the setting. Story is decent. Helped it was a $7 cheap day affair at the nice Bronxville Cinema. And Also: I also had a chance to see a taping of tonight's Chris Hayes (sans tie like the old weekend show days) special town hall with AOC regarding the Green New Deal. Good selection of commentators. Taped right near me. AOC is great.
Friday, March 29, 2019
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Monday, March 25, 2019
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Went to see her official send-off outside the Trump Tower near Lincoln Center (NYC) with various good introduction speakers including her old roommate Connie Britton. Like her partially given her long experience fighting the good fight (accepting an impressive 30 something newbie is a bit of an insult and stop comparing people to the VERY low Trump bar) in D.C. Kamala Harris is new there. Warren not as much but I think she would do better staying in the Senate making policy. All three are impressive though. Gillibrand focused on domestic matters; she needs to give a good foreign policy speech. Nothing on judges or the Electoral College (Warren suggested disposing of it.) Is it 2021 yet?
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Sunday, March 10, 2019
I added two books to the side panel covering civil rights history, one involving an infamous blinding of a returning black serviceman in the 1940s, and the other covering the feminist movement in China in recent years. A video of the "feminist five" is included and feel it necessary to also cover a certain "armpit" contest referenced in the book.
Thursday, March 07, 2019
I really don't take advantage of what the city has to offer but have my moments. Strand Bookstore again provided an author appearance (this time with the added value of former president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards) for a $15 gift card or the book ($25). Not sure Amber Tamblyn's feminist manifesto is worth reading, but appreciated the opportunity. The NYU panel on a criminal justice book (with the author, activist Shaun King and a professor) was better. Not only was it free, but they had a free lunch (choice of sandwich [hummus for me] with cookie, chips and water/soda). Plus, doggies at a local dog park. And Also: Nice this was public again but the usual b.s. on the "problems" of cameras and no, Justice Kagan, you don't explain all your decisions. Questioning seemed a bit brief given the opportunity. Let's see how the being considered ethics rule goes.
Monday, March 04, 2019
There has been a lot of interesting actions outside of regular opinions (relatively unsurprising, including the three today, though RBG having two shows she was active during her time "off"), including today. Kavanaugh (with Alito and Gorsuch) agreed in not taking a case that denied preservation grants to religious buildings in particular, but flagged their interest in broadly defining equality in funding matters long term. He (continually a blot on the Court and the U.S. Senate), however, noted special facts here and the value of letting the issue "percolate" in the lower courts some more. I continue to respect Sotomayor's dissent in the Trinity Lutheran case, but either way, surely government funding of a church is more controversial than playground funds! I also note an interesting article (h/t Religion Clause Blog, which has a lot of resources) entitled "Christian Legislative Prayers and Christian Nationalism." Also, this piece on the Peace Cross oral argument (the lower court opinion is also worth reading). Patent case also taken. Also: One case had some interesting aspects, including the two most conservative justices on the side of the workers in dispute involving a relatively small sum but broader implications. The company argued (FN2) the overall solvency of the workers retirement system was at stake. The dissent also took a dig at "Chevron" deference, which wasn't really necessary to decide the matter here. Note the brief/filings link.
Sunday, March 03, 2019
I simply have not paid much attention to local government, which is on me but also because there was no real neighborhood invitation to do so. For instance, where are the flyers or notices of local meetings or meet-ups with members of the city council or state legislature? I think safe seats hurts the situation more so. Two upsets involving my own district offers a chance for me to pay more attention. Sen. Biaggi noting the below event was new underlines my point here on both fronts. I went to an event at Manhattan College (which is now in the Bronx) where twenty seven speakers (I briefly took notes) told state Sen. Biaggi (who upset Jeff Klein, who led the "independent Democrats" who caucused with Republicans) talked about their concerns. Multiple union representatives supported a tax break to promote tv/film. Multiple people had some sort of connection to religious groups. Most represented some group but each as a whole did a good job promoting their causes. It was an educational exercise in civics though one media representative was a tad more negative (including saying Biaggi, basically as a newbie, will bring in a lot less money than her predecessor).