Saturday, August 17, 2019
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Sunday, August 11, 2019
In the march of "what else happened?!," the news yesterday was that arrested (maybe this time he would get real punishment!) Jeffrey Epstein -- "good! he didn't get bail!" -- committed suicide. He seemed to have tried before but his suicide watch was brief. The "oh well, just another victim of the system" takes are coming in. But, very rich defendants with friends in high places are not typical and this "oh well" doesn't quite wash. Conspiracy? Eh. But, that handwaving is too easy in this case. Plus, while investigations occur, this can't be allowed to close off a full true accounting. Epstein in no way committed his crimes alone.
Saturday, August 10, 2019
The Nats blow late inning leads when they play the Mets. That is what they do now. The Mets designated sucker was left in long enough last night to blow a three run lead (including a wild pitch insurance run) and one more to lose the game. Conforto lost his shirt and Smith was part of the celebration on his scooter (he's hurt). Tonight ... well, Luis Guillorme tied the game with his first home run. Them going ahead was obligatory. And, Lugo again was out for a second in a one run game. Oh, the Braves lost, blowing a big lead late vs. the Marlins. They are having bullpen woes. Mets half game back in the Wild Card race with DeGrom next. ETA: Sunday. DeGrom had a tough 1st, an error that looked to be his fault leading to three runs. He helped a rally with a bunt to later tie it but only went five. The bullpen gave up the lead and Diaz sealed the deal by giving up two. THIS time, the Braves closer did not blow a three run lead. But, two of three vs. rivals will do the trick if they are consistent about it.
Friday, August 09, 2019
After a district court who voiced its dislike of current law held this seal unconstitutional, the law changed some and the court of appeals upheld it. I think the law was unclear enough that a seal like that with various symbols might have been upheld anyway though some evidence the cross was added to honor Christians who founded the county (settlers came centuries ago; the seal is from the 1940s) made the lower court ruling unsurprising as well. I think this is a fair reading of what five justices would do and the 1940s time period suggests Breyer might go along too. But, altering a seal is different from taking down a display, especially those just endorsed (like from a patriotic group) by the government. Changing a seal to be more modern should be less controversial. This is an official government seal which is also more ubiquitous than a single monument or display, especially one only up for a holiday. Again, the justices likely won't parse like this but it suggests all displays are not equal. A representation of a large county should honor all. ETA: For whatever reason, these things tend not to explain, Roberts granted a temporary stay in favor of the government in a criminal case.
The preseason started with a Jets/Giants game so this based on a true story about a woman who coached in a Texas high school in WWII was well timed. The author was a sportswriter, coach and now educator so the character was appropriate. A town dealing with tragedies, not all involving WWII, was a major subplot. The real coach (I found this via a bit of online research) coached at a college so I guess the finale game is a dramatic creation.
Good book. I read a version with "P.S." material but it focused on the author. We get nearly nothing on the real person, even a photo, though I found more than one online. The author notes she fictionalized some material since various details were lost to history but again there is material. Various background biographical material is said to be based on real life. This might explain why some records are lost but you'd think articles and such ... oh well.
Jennifer Garner is only in her 40s so it's quite possible this can open up a second act (the director also helped Liam Neeson there), especially given her earlier action roles. The title is the ice cream her daughter (who has some spunk that you figure came from her mom even if she holds it down) ordered before being murdered along with her dad, ill advisedly tempted to cross the wrong person. The fix is in so the mom doesn't get justice for a few years. Garner is quite believable as an angel of vengeance though some thought her path was mpt made complicated enough. Eh, it did the trick. Touches on the power of social media etc. but Garner makes the movie. The supporting players are good enough to check the boxes.
Thursday, August 08, 2019
I read the book and checked out (some of) the movie on DVD. Steve Carell again is excellent in a serious role and the animated reenactments of his imagined stories are well done. But, especially since it starts after the "town" is set up and all (curiously; they could have started earlier, the book provides his backstory and how he created the town), was not really interested in watching almost two hours (he had to be pressured to give a victim impact statement at the sentencing of his attackers and the film ends with him managing to do it). I'll try the documentary; this review is a bit too negative but interesting.
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
I'm unsure how I survived, but sure did, before being online. For instance, how did I deal with not being able to look up pieces of trivia (always was someone attracted to such things)? Well, I read more magazines and (at times) books. Anyway, recently I checked out some videos at Porntube. It has a range in quality, including some pretty good story-lines. Some good acting, seriously. The mechanics of sex can only take you so far there [quality is duly noted] though yeah those who watch late nite Showtime type fare will find something called cock and penetration (except for on Japanese video where that was blocked). A bit addictive.
As noted here, even Citizens United supported disclosure laws (Doe v. Reed, involving a controversial referendum is even more on point). Disclosure is particularly about flags to deal with a form of legalized bribery but there are other reasons, including to see in general who is supporting a person or cause by means of large sums (my $5 for Gillibrand, e.g., is a lot less notable). When money is involved, however, there tends to be an overlap at any rate. This response seems to flow to even mere Trump voters, but the people Rep. Castro (twin brother of the guy running for POTUS) listed big donors in his controversial tweet. As I said in comments in both places, I'm wary of this sort of thing. Searching a database is different than selecting some names and tweeting them. It is different when their member of Congress does it and in effect shames them for donating to Trump. I fear tit for tat. And, no, I'm wary of everyone knowing such and such bakery or whatever supports "x" candidate. At least on the level of tweets to so many people. I fear what it will do to their families and communities. I hope legislators don't make a habit of this though the good faith of the people who are complaining repeatedly are likely to leave something to be desired.