Other than sports, it was a fairly dull television weekend for me personally but this soft porn flick was on last night. Also available on FIOS Showtime on demand for free (for those who have it), it isn't up there plot-wise even per the looser standard of this genre. The notable thing is that the scenes highlight black/white biracial sex. The usually white (with some exceptions) focus in the standard soft porn late nite rotation alone makes this notable.
Monday, September 30, 2019
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Brewers were a save from being tied with for the division lead with one game left but their "can't lose" September ended with them swept. So, wild card. Dom Smith came back to end the Mets season with a come from behind three run homer in extras. Sure. Phils managed to end .500. Pete Alonso has the rookie home run record. Way to go, Polar Bear. KC sucked, but they have the AL home run record guy, so there's that. Detroit/White Sox only had to play 161, so lost one less game. Go Twins and Braves. Ha ha. Messy game (eight turnovers, at times almost trading them), but Giants rookie QB is now 2-0; bit of a test next: Vikings. No win Jets with a bye. TB came back from losing to the Giants by missing a short FG by scoring over 50 points and beating the Rams. Sure. Bills defense great. Offense, not so much, so Pats beat them in a low scoring affair. Various end of the game excitement from Thursday on. Lot of back-up/new QBs.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
The Mets will win around 85 games this season, which is fine in raw numbers though the Brewers late burst (Cubs/Phils collapsed, Diamondbacks earlier being the last of a bunch of wild card wannabees falling out of it) made it not enough even if they had a few more wins. The Indians (helped by the Mets sweep) lost out even with over 90 wins. They also have a suitable replacement (Stroman) if Wheeler leaves by free agency though I would have liked to get something for him other than maybe a pick. After a bit of a normal start, DeGrom also looks to be Cy Young again. We also saw some young stars though the SS took time to get into defensive shape. This was part of a variety of issues though Diaz/Famalia was the most blatant. I say stick with Lugo in the pen. Goals: stay around .500 at the All Star Break; your strong second half habits might be enough there. Many want Mickey Callaway to go and though he made some bad calls (and annoying parrots upper management b.s.), the team lost for other reasons and came back with a strong second half. So, unless they can get a good replacement, "eh" to giving up on that guy.
Friday, September 27, 2019
I watched a few new series and was not overly impressed. All Rise, one of the new legal dramas, seemed promising, but had too much stupid stuff (a bailiff clueing the defense on video testimony? the judge engaging with the defendant after the trial? an opening with a guard snapping and pulling his gun in the court room? smh). The first episode of the new woman p.i. (based on a graphic novel) show Stumptown was okay. So it goes. So many shows out there, including on special platforms. Unlike back in the day, not really into them. John Oliver's show did (rightly; he has great writers) win an Emmy. So, did watch one there.
The list of books to read to understanding our constitutional system before Stolen Seat Guy's book is legion, but this might be on the short list. I know the material so it isn't novel, but a quick summary like this still is often helpful even for me. He has a longer work on Reconstruction, but this is a good summary of the times and amendments, especially for the general reader. High schools should distribute this book. It reminds us of the possible open-ended understanding, which as he notes in the conclusion can be much wider applied. It strikes me, e.g., that the Civil Rights Cases are actually still good law. And, things like a right to education, to vote and protection by the government (long seen as a privilege of citizenship) can be broadly protected by federal law, even if the courts alone might not provide protection. But, the enforcement clauses suggested Congress was thought to be the primary security in a basic way, having an open-ended discretion given broad terms like "privileges or immunities" to do so. The future is still open here.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Nats in but Brewers' magic number is 1. Mets tied it in the 9th and won in extras. So, if they go 5-0 and the Brewers go 0-5 [granting a Cubs loss], there will be a one game playoff for the playoffs. Phils eliminated; Cubs lost their seventh in the row (to the Pirates who were in a nine game losing streak); now tied with the Mets. Three teams fight on in AL for two slots.
A formal impeachment process would, if nothing else, give new weight to Democratic claims when they go to court to enforce subpoenas or pry loose documents the administration is trying to hide. It would show that Democrats are serious when they say that Trump’s behavior is intolerable, and potentially allow them to seize control of the day-to-day narrative of this rancid presidency. Trump does not want to be impeached — a Monday Politico headline says, “Trump’s team is trying to stop impeachment before it starts.” It’s hard to imagine why any Dem leader would assist them.Yeah. I was for an "impeachment inquiry" without putting a thumb on the scales, leaving things open as things changed. Now, moving to impeachment itself. Dahlia Lithwick, who some anti-Trump types against impeachment ignore here, also noted how it is key to show actions have some consequences. Plus, a special Trumpian f the press moment. ETA: Pelosi (after a bunch of blather) on Tuesday officially announced an "impeachment inquiry," which is a key moment, pushed in part by more on the fence representatives (including John Lewis) going to the impeachment side.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Jets got two defensive TDs vs. Pats, but I'll take it with a third string QB and Pats giving up three total points in two games before that. OTOH, Jets offense scored zip (30-14). Bills 3-0 and face Pats next. Another day, another two back-ups (Panthers/Giants). Both did well though key Giants player hurt. Giants defense lax in first half. Won on missed FG at buzzer. 32-31. TB had a chance to try (with two missed XPs) a play in end zone but didn't. Baseball-wise, Cubs collapsing (Cards clinch playoffs), Astros clinch division and Mets 4.5 back and hoping Nats collapse (vs. Phils and Indians). Brewers a game better and have easier competition. Try winning earlier in season. AL Wild Card and seeding still open.ETA: Monday: Mets lost, Nats won. Elimination number now 2.
Other than finding Janice (Chandler's on/off gf) and Susan (Ross' replacement) charming in their own ways, one bit on S1 of Friends: yeah the women are hot. Snapshot: Rachel in tube socks and a Catholic school girl dress in the one where Marcel gets away. When Rachel tells Monica about the monkey pooping in her shoe, Monica looks great. And, Phoebe (who looks rather tall; she's listed at 5'8) looks good generally. She is especially cute when she smiles. Amusing/cute bits in the two parter with cameos from Mad About You (including Ursula). Trivia: "Fran" actress eventually became a therapist.
So far five states (the mild change in Michigan seems trivial) cancelled Republican presidential primaries in 2020 even though there are three other Republican nominees. I saw one estimate that they might receive 15% of the vote or something though I can see more in certain states. Perhaps, this is a concern here. The whole enterprise is blatantly anti-democratic with dubious symbolism though it helps the Trump loyalty caucus. This sort of thing is a violation of our values and should be hung around their necks as a partisan issue. It is a piece with other anti-democratic moves, which of course should also be highlighted.
A trans author in an op-ed today expressed her respect of Biden but noted of his appearance at a LGBTQ event: "I’m so sorry to have to say this — he appeared, once again, to be phoning it in." Yes. He's a lousy choice. This is true even if the latest impeachment offense apparently regarding his son and Ukraine (old news though the whistleblower reveal provides new material that has a "smoking gun" quality or at least something easy to grasp on to) should not turn into a "sketchy Biden" story. Full story to be seen. Since no one reads this, I will add this. Whoever the nominee will be, will be targeted. But, yes, avoiding old hands with baggage is often the strategy for presidential nominations. And, yes, this is impeachment worthy and Pelosi soft-pedaling it with talk of "accountability" and "hopes" that Republicans will join is lame. "McConnell is mean" isn't the answer either. If you think that is wrong, again, start criticizing people you usually praise.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
With NYPL lacking S1 of Friends, bought it on Ebay for about $5. Not too many extras (one producer commentary episode). A bit of early installment weirdness with a different Carol (the actress who plays a mom on Shake it Up) and a view of the kitchen area in Chandler/Joey's apartment. A lot of info pops up in episode 2. Took a while for the show to fully click but familiar from the start. DVDs have additional episode footage. In late nite soft porn news, Naughty Namaste was on last night. Not one you can download on free on demand (FIOS) and appears not to have much of a story. Caught a pretty good girl on girl scene. In hanging in to the end news, things worked out so that the Mets are three back [3.5 after Thursday] in the Wild Card race with 10 games to play. ETA: I recall thinking that it took time for Friends to click but first season is pretty good too. But, it is true that once Monica/Chandler move in together, it starts to go downhill. Later episodes are okay but not as fresh. Everyone also seems older. Bit off on this series.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Andrew Luck announced his retirement in preseason, starting a line of QBs being out for at least part of the season. Injuries now include: the Colts, Steelers, Saints, Jaguars and now the Jets (mono and then an injury last night to the replacement; Pats next so a bit of a moot point). Figured the Browns would win anyways, but Jets didn't put up much of a fight (at times, the defense did). There is actually talk the Giants will start their back-up; Manning doesn't stink. But, he is in decline and doesn't have a good team around him. Sort of a depressing finish for him. Mets lost Game 1 of the "scrubs stretch" and are five games back.
Sunday, September 15, 2019
From experience, I know it is hard to write a volume about the Constitution -- there is so much there and you need to summarize and so on. Kim Wehle overall does a good job (she has some conservative bona fides; she was on Ken Starr's team, e.g., but comes off balanced) though there are a bit too many mistakes (e.g., no John Kerry did not get more popular votes). A few times (why not cite the Ninth Amendment? also, why not include the amendments, if you reprint the text of the Constitution?) what was left out was a bit curious. ETA: The text link on values (and norms) necessary to protect the Constitution came up in the Kavanaugh nomination. Her concern about the people enforcing it did as well. As to a bipartisan effort there, yes, but damn it, one party is not showing a desire to do it.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Yes, the Dodgers haven't quite sewn up best record yet but if they really needed the game would they take out their leading Cy Young candidate after 90 pitches for a pinch hitter with one out in the 8th? Lugo (as usual) easily dealt with the PH and it took them three relievers (who they do need to get ready) to blow it in the 8th (rather pathetically -- two hit batters and a walk let a Mets PH clear the bases, helped by a dubious non-strike call). Mets three back from the Cubs, still longshots. One more vs. Dodgers, ten vs. scrubs and three vs. the "let's rest for the playoffs" Braves. I'm sorta done. Mets "ending strong" not my thing. Update: Karma. Via a balk/wild pitch (8th) and simply Lugo giving up a run (9th), Mets lose on Sunday. Four back. Bills beat the Giants, again looking bad. Just play the damn kid QB.
Friday, September 13, 2019
You know, like the average decent second sequel. Like usual, I followed by online comments. General thought from them is that Yang added nothing, Castro was allegedly too mean to Biden (and messed up the dig to boot, that being the real concern) while Biden was tired old Grandpa Simpson again. (A few actually liked his performance though seemed to be following the usual low expectations goal posts.) But, we still are supposed to take him as a given? No. Republicans aren't forced to accept Trump since he won and Democrats can still (it isn't April 2020) push the basic truth he is a horrible candidate given the alternatives.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
I saw this romance in B&N though did not realize the author is autistic and wrote this and an earlier romance with a character similarly on that spectrum (she is married with children, underlining the range here). The book views things from his (American Vietnamese) and hers (mixed Vietnamese chosen by his mother as a potential wife) perspectives. Good read, including their desires for each other. It is somewhat annoying, though fits their characters to some degree, that if they actually talked, confusion would be avoided. Another cute Hallmark Channel was on over the weekend, The Sweeter Side of Life, including James Best (Roscoe P. Coltrane) in his final role. The character's daughter -- who has a somewhat different than usual look -- even has a Dukes of Hazzard poster on her wall.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
I'm not really a fan of this saying in regards to 9/11 in part that it is hard to imagine we really forgot though I guess it is something put out of our mind. The 18th year anniversary, a full adult, is perhaps notable as will be the 20th. I also, particularly as a lifetime NYC resident, have been annoyed about people using the saying to support some perversion such as anti-Muslim talk or bad policy. And/or using it against a person as if they "forgot" or something. "Everything" didn't change either. I took the subway home that afternoon. Yes, it was a "before" and "after" moment in some ways. Not even that in some ways for many as compared to other key historical events. We are still at war in Afghanistan.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Monday, September 09, 2019
I wonder how many viewers catch the name reference but anyways "Darrow and Darrow" (mom/daughter ... granddaughter a charming addition to a good ensemble cast) is about median for Hallmark Channel mysteries. So grading on curve. We aren't talking high quality writing or court drama. The last one was particularly lame at spots there. But, it's a charming cast with a cute couple. Comfortable with some nice touches. I like his shoulder bag. The prosecutor/police officer (former girlfriend) had some good scenes too. Nice separate perspective. I generally like that and his character earned it. Did ff a bit.
Football season started last Thursday, but was in full force today. Jets can't kick or score on offense (eight points, two on a conversion after a missed extra point and longish field goal left four points off the table) and blew a sixteen point lead (starting by a penalty continuing a drive). Giants just looked bad vs. Dallas. So, same old same old. Mets pen [and not just the usual suspects] had to go five and did badly. Cubs left an opening and the Mets only gained a game. Sweep hard; got to win series. Detroit/Arizona tied for the laugh of the weekend.
Saturday, September 07, 2019
Trio of charming Hallmark Channel movies on today (there was a marathon for Labor Day and the best one was one of the lamer ones). The Nanny Express has somewhat tiresome second third involving the daughter trying to push another woman on her dad, but this earlier (2008) had a good cast (the dad popped up in another Hallmark film recently) with people like Dean Stockwell playing supporting roles. It also dares to have a religious touch, the woman volunteering at a tutoring center apparently connected to the local church. Love at First Dance has a nice lead duo with the assumed fiancée leaving on good terms when they decide it was not meant to be. The story is well paced. The dance instructor love interest is charming. The sympathetic (if more flawed than the heroine) putative fiancée character also pops up in The Perfect Bride, which also is a well paced film. As seen in the first film, even some of the good ones have slack periods. This one had sequel though there wasn't much more material there. Stars from both popped up in other Hallmark films.ETA: Turned off Easy Rider very early. Bored. RIP all the same.
The concept of a "birth strike" arises from the idea that the importance of children to the powers that be gives women leverage to demand better as seen in other countries where incentives like child care was provided. The book covers a lot of ground in its small package (a lot of notes and other material) to explain how opposition to reproductive liberty has been in large part not religious as much as economic in nature. A bit much at times, and sometimes seems part of the story, but a lot to think about. "Comics for Choice is anthology of comics about abortion." Graphic novels can be quite good to deal with diverse issues and this collection is also very good with various perspectives. (One notes some clinics have personnel who are not supportive while another tells of a mom who doesn't use strict choice language, but it might have done with one or two more not in a standard choice voice. It does have cases where people were conflicted but generally they got past it. Pro-choice comes in all sizes.) And, you can download it free online.