Tuesday, July 31, 2007
And Also: Failing in the clutch, including the guy they just picked up for hitting, the Mets ruined Glavine's chance for 300. This underlined the mediocrity of the team, which is enough -- for now -- for first place given the "level playing field" state of the NL. It stinks though.
Monday, July 30, 2007
For a few years in the late '90s, there was actually something good on CBS after Dave ... Tom Synder's latest. My favorite guest was surely Jennifer Tilly, who was perfectly wacky. But, so was Tom ... didn't know him earlier on, but for that alone, his death was notable. You were one of those who make t.v. fun. No wonder Dave respected him so much.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
And Also: The latest Die Hard movie is pretty good for what it is -- an enjoyable sequel that is pretty well put together, a return of an old friend, and not something to think about too much. The disorder seems to be just enough not to interfere with the plot, but we forgive such things. BTW, I almost want to see Lohan's latest ... it is supposed to be so bad, that it can be good.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
And Also: To go all Andy Rooney, don't you hate when you can't find something in stores, even though there are so many other items like it? I like to get after-shower spray cheaply, since spending triple the price in the supermarket seems dumb, but all the discount stores didn't have it. The one place that did left the top loose, so it spilled. These things knock off bits of my life, for sure. BTW, I actually saw his bit on bottled water, so the Aquafina "public water" news was not surprising. I'm not a big bw person anyway.
And Also: The usual suspects, including Talking Points Memo, provides good coverage on the latest Gonzo b.s. Honestly, the particulars get a bit confusing, but the overall flavor is simple: the top law enforcement officer is a hack that is a blot on the nation. It is fun to have such an easy target, but it does matter -- I'd imagine -- who fills such positions. Thus, he really has to go. All this bipartisan scorn is fun and all, but really, if he stays ... what's the point? There is one, sure, but it only takes one so far.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
And Also: Welsh v. U.S. provide a good insight into my broad views of "religion," amounting to a something that "communicates" in such a way to "impose upon him a duty of conscience." A central core, often involving questions of life and death, that rises above mere "philosophical" or "pragmatic" decisions. The dissent also notes my point that the First Amendment has a religious classification, religion specifically targeted both positively and negatively. See also Harlan, who underlines there are non-theistic religions. A point addressed more recently too.
Monday, July 23, 2007
And Also: I was concerned about targeting Vick before his criminal case came to a conclusion, but there are also "league policies, including the Personal Conduct Policy," and he is being kept out of camp -- with pay -- while an investigation is ongoing. And, there is some fear of protests and the like. If there is some sort of "probable cause" for an investigation, this appears proper. Let's see how things go.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
And Also: My two free issues of The Economist had some interesting articles in American politics -- last week, the torture czar got his (he spent a lot of time on one dubious death penalty case, about ten minutes), this week on Edwards. Edwards is seen as speaking left but providing moderate policies, forcing other candidates to respond. If so, this is a core value of his campaign, even if he doesn't get the nod.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
And Also: The depressing moment when Barry Bonds will break Hank Aaron's record is fast approaching ... Selig is praying he just hits three in one game when Selig is detained somewhere. Oh well ... the man is clearly a stud athlete ... too bad, he decided he had to be more. The fact he is a jerk doesn't really help. As to Michael Vick and his dog abuse problems (talk of "rape stands" and such suggests why Sen. Byrd was crying "barbaric" on the Senate floor), I don't think he can be suspended without a conviction. It is a bit distressing that "due process" and such come off as excuses.
Friday, July 20, 2007
And Also: The relevant Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow the FCC to fine even "fleeting" obscenities and indecent language on television, after an appellate court noted such application was an unreasonable application of current law. Don't they have anything better to do than b.s. like this?
Monday, July 16, 2007
And Also: Julie Hilden discusses the importance of not singling out "conventional" films and such that use violence that provides a more realistic view while accepting basically as lethal fare that allows us to ignore the messiness of the behavior shown. I would note the term "violent porn" does not only imply "sexy," but also "cheap with base motives." Also, see here about the importance of saying you are sorry (and repenting). Applies to politics, I think ... though many seem to take the Love Story route there.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
And Also: Heard some fireworks earlier ... celebration of Bastille Day? The first episode of The Bronx Is Burning was good with an interesting "behind the scene" tidbit at the end. It has gotten some good reviews, including from sports people, and suggests there is some good stuff to watch this summer ... see also Lifetime and TNT. Too young then to remember the events, but it does have a good "and outside the game" feel, including the Son of Sam stuff.
Friday, July 13, 2007
And Also: Press has double standard when coming to "filibusters." Ways to deal. [comments] BTW, per one comment, if the Dems win the presidency, the party's apparent lack of power over military matters changes significantly. Coverage of the Take Back America conference.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
And Also: Let me say this separately. "Privacy" seems a good way of expressing a bundle of rights in that it implies a certain liberty that is properly not for the public at large, but for individuals themselves. "Private rights" is not a creation of the 1960s, but is basic to our system of government. Sadly, Griswold and Roe did not properly underline the point, later cases often just relying on precedent or string quotes.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
And Also: Transparent: Love, Family, and Living The T With Transgender Teenagers is a touching, well-written work by Cris Beam, not transgender, but a lesbian who was in effect abandoned by her mother as a teenager. So, she felt drawn to trans teenagers, one in particular. You really feel for these teens and young adults, while learning a lot about the community overall ... including one who was sentenced hard time in jail. It suggests as well the complexities of gender and who we truly are. Thus, it is really about a lot more than the trans community, which is the sign of a good book overall.