Sunday, June 30, 2019
It did not make the days more productive but am actually in the middle of a weekend break from posting tweets (did favor some) though not all online comments. Baby steps.
One more Mets update. Carlos Gomez is DFA to make room for Noah S. He was brought back to provide a bit of OF defense (surely would be helpful) and team speed but his defense has been questionable and offense negligible. And, with Nimmo (poor Smiley) gone so long, Conforto was shifted to CF. Some want Lagares gone instead but it is not like he has been worse. It is not just some money deal; he is not making that much.
Also: McNeil and Alonso (home run derby too), properly, made the All Star Game as reserves; position-wise, others have been better. DeGrom also is going. Hasn't quite been All Star Quality at times. Mets play tonight on ESPN. Eighth time the charm? [Yes. The bats finally out hit the bullpen. Will they play okay now -- like last year -- and nothing really will change?]
Saturday, June 29, 2019
The Mets are honoring the 1969 team today. It is unfortunate I was not a fan until the mid-90s since I missed 1986 (they were good for a few years there, but some hard luck). Stat: "Since the start of last season, the Mets' record in... June: 14-38 (.269) All other months: 100-93 (.518)." A bit over .500 (last year, the swoon started in May) is not good enough on its own. Definitely not good enough with those June numbers. Yesterday's sixth loss was telling: DeGrom only went six/three runs. The bats only gave them two. And, Gsellman (after an ex-Met got out of a bases loaded jam) gave up three key runs in the eighth. Group effort. ETA: The Mets are in Groundhog's Day hell -- game after game the pen blows it. This time Lugo blew a lead after some call-up went four innings, one run, after a rain delay. But, it isn't just the pen as noted. The pen is horrendous. Rather somehow someone blows it on any given day. Some of the newbies actually show something. Thing is the bats have to pick them up. Some teams win by out hitting their pitching. Mets hitting isn't doing this now.
Friday, June 28, 2019
Only a few NYPL libraries have DVDs now, but Kingsbridge Library has a bunch. I enjoyed this Canadian GLBTQ (emphasis on the "T") friendly film. After noting it would have mattered in this month's key primary election, I see a ranked choice measure might be on the ballot soon. After ANOTHER blown game, got just amusing, this "put a fork in them" article might be right.
Here is a summary of the end of term orders, including taking DACA cases, a funding to religious schools and Bridgegate (might continue to narrow political corruption law) case as well as others. A second trimester procedure abortion case (Thomas concurs aiming for bigger game) not taken; count two cases still pending. Sotomayor with her occasional solo criminal justice dissent, including a section on the value of a strong appeals process including in non-capital cases. Summer usually has three days set aside to dispose of various matters.
For me, the first Democratic debates were mainly a time to snark and read snark online, but to the degree it mattered: Booker was combative, Warren was pretty good, Castro shone, O'Rourke looked unprepared, Buttigieg was decent, Harris slayed and Biden (who Harris targeted, especially on busing) looked rather bad. Various others should, along with "Beto," just go. Klobuchar and Gillibrand didn't move the needle. And, Chuck Todd was an ass. We have the "tsk tsk" about debating busing, how unpopular it was etc., but BIDEN is the one who got us here both for his record and bringing up good times with segregationists. Doh! The spin is a broad group likes him, but the controversy is rather expected and he handled it lousy. He repeatedly does. People like me are strongly against him for a reason. And, repeatedly, there is a feeling he is kinda tired. Old. Sanders should go too but he is at this like a lively old radical full time, basically. Biden is basically in semi-retirement.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
This was cited in a discussion of the ruling; the author herself discussed things here. The author argues human rights should be applied within the context of one's society, sex-specific abortions [can be determined early] not a problem in the U.S. (the few times it occurs, it often is gender balancing, one boy/one girl) but causing harms to women in India. Starts with some in the weeds legal theory but then deals with the facts on the ground in a more interesting fashion. Also, notes sex selection comes pre-pregnancy, including sperm sorting!
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
A new law simplifies NY primaries (one day in June for both federal/state) but it has yet to really promote turnout if the key race where an AOC type upstart appears to have won (after a long term incumbent died in office) as Queens prosecutor (more people than 15 states) is suggestive. Like 10% of registered voters took part, which along with no instant run-off voting (she barely won a plurality; the third place candidate got over 10% and was endorsed by police unions and such) very well might have helped the winner here. No Bronx races, but kept a close look at her returns online as she kept on holding on to a thin lead. Reform possible.
After the manager and Vargas were fined 10K (notable if less so for guy making 8M a year; really should be suspended for a game/start) ... and it took to press conferences for Callaway to actually apologize, the Mets blew it again. It was close, but after another mostly reliable bullpen piece gave up a lead, they stopped scoring. After the spot starter fell quickly last time, a good five innings arguably was enough. Got greedy and it burned ya.
Monday, June 24, 2019
Sunday, June 23, 2019
The male love interest in this pleasant Hallmark film, Paul Campbell, is a familiar face. He favors flippant types, sometimes laying it on too thick. Pretty balanced here and the film has a nice message of finding what makes you happy while the love between the two develops. A few good camera/reaction shots that show how he feels for her. A late dramatic moment is believably handled -- he has a reason to be upset. Both leads also have done other things.
Another good late nite pick. Nicholas Cage has played off kilter characters in various films, some pretty good trash fun. This would be one with AH showing some great kick ass moves too. Some good support. And, nice twist on the finding your bf fucking someone scene.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
A sequel in the Emma Marx (sort of a "B" more explicit version of Fifty Shades) series where she herself mentors someone was on again this week. Not bad addition to the late nite cable soft porn cycle. Some style and sexiness. Anatomy of Sex, with a handful of sex, I mean set pieces (whatever) is amusing too. The two guys (doctor and patient) are so skeevy looking. The nurses all have a porn star look (especially the eyelashes and makeup) but not quite ridiculous so. I do prefer a more natural look (one series had a sexy episode, e.g., about a couple trying to conceive and the woman being normal looking to me added to the experience). Meanwhile, on Amazon Prime, Moments of Clarity was cute. ETA: Sven movie this week was Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, which was fun though main monster stuff at the end seemed a tad rushed (think it was somewhat edited from what I can tell from summaries online). A few familiar faces including Roscoe from the Dukes.
Friday, June 21, 2019
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019
Monday, June 10, 2019
As a book, this is a mixed bag regarding putting so many different things together into a cohesive whole on developments on both sides of the abortion debate in the decade or so after Roe. But, it's important to show the complicated moving parts, how the Supreme Court itself didn't cause the ultimate path and how changing events guided decisions (now criticized by various people) made. All very complicated.
SCOTUS is shoving twenty-four opinions in the last two weeks, which is asinine (Alito only wrote two opinions so far. Yeah.) Today dealt with three low drama cases (as a footnote, Sotomayor wrote for the conservatives vs. liberals in a statutory case). Orders also low drama. Somewhat interesting, but not that notable, grants. Breyer with a good statement regarding it being about time to deal with the open-ended detention of enemy combatants under an over fifteen year old AUMF. Meanwhile, in the Kavanaugh supporter sweepstakes. ETA: RBG posted her usual end of term remarks as 2CA justice. Some talked about all the "hints" in it, but don't see that many myself. Upcoming closely divided cases at the end of June is not much of one. Her census case summary is a bit bitey.
Sunday, June 09, 2019
Saw this listed as a late nite movie and it turned out to be a lesbian musician film with nice supporting work by Christine Lahti (wait, she was in a film 30 years ago already playing a mom?) and Mena Suvari (Sugar & Spice). The star, Lena Hall, did Broadway and has singing chops. A late ill-advised move by her was dubious but probably intentionally so on some level. Adrift (lost at sea) is pretty good too, especially the lead, but sort of got bored with it. ETA: The opening is basically a four minute or so music video. Apt.