Friday, October 30, 2009
"Values voters" generally mean voters with certain values that often leave something to be desired (e.g., anti-homosexual). They also selectively oppose things, such as funding for abortion. More on why neutral sound health care includes abortion choice here.
Good starting pitching trumped by very good/superb led to a split. Dubious managing alert: Pedro pitches fine (two runs in six) but is surely spent; is brought out in the seventh and gives up the run that ices the game. Pick-off might have been the turning point of that game (quick inning, tying run, Burnett settles down).
Thursday, October 29, 2009
And Also: As Rachel Maddow noted last night, the power went out during the filming of Craig Ferguson's interview with Alicia Silverstone, out promoting her new vegan supportive cookbook. One learns in part that "seitan" sounds a bit like "Satan." A lot of reviews already at Amazon.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
And Also: Rachel Maddow last night opened her show by noting the limited public option with opt-out supported by Sen. Reid is on the conservative side of the options available. And TPM says a few expected suspects still are making noises that it is too liberal. Blah.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I discussed Sweet Land twice and listed it as one of the best films of the year. After seeing it in an indie house, I saw it on DVD and now again. Each enjoyable in different ways. Worthwhile for multiple viewings, including the commentary. A film for lovers of film.
Friday, October 23, 2009
This underlines the limits of Ricci. Tonight's abortion related L&O episode was actually more pro-life than anything else, even tossing in a detail that the gunman would not have known to put the doctor in a bad light. Is this what is required to cover abortion in fiction these days? Worthwhile but still too unbalanced.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
And Also: My favored teams are likely all going to the wayside, but perhaps the last survivors will go at least six. This will show some life and the Angels won't have to see an opposite number celebration in their own building. Meanwhile, the umpiring has been a bit sad.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Extended update at my contractor rape post -- complicating things a tad but the bottom line holds up. Don't want it, but yesterday was one day closer to a Phillies/Yanks series. Each team benefiting from a blown save by the opponent, erasing the margin of error (already nil).
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
As Glenn Greenwald noted today, it's good news that the Obama Administration will not target medicinal marijuana use allowed by state law, except if some other criminal activity is involved. Limited resources and all that. The same pragmatic explanation for not enforcing torture laws? More please.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Dodgers are being creamed, so soon will be 1-2. Angels (0-2) blew it via another error late, surviving a blown ump call. Giants got beat (somewhat expected) but badly. Jets lost badly (unexpected), fans now looking at a .500 team while BF is perfect up North.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
After losing a slugfest, the Dodgers evened out things when messy play allowed them to scratch out two runs in the eighth. Pedro again didn't look like his latter Mets self. In the AL, rain held to bay, sloppy play (three errors) helped the Yanks win.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
And Also: A second mayoral debate will be shown on a local network affiliate, but this one (of two) was only shown on NY1, not available on Dish Network. [It was shown on a PBS station.] Meanwhile, good cliffhanger for Drop Dead Diva. Missed Army Wives, thinking it would be repeated on Monday. Not!
Jets D go to sleep in 4Q ... are fans to think that the team in effect had a false start? Interesting refutation of the "United States is ..." just so story promoted by Civil War aficionados. Bloggers on the Bus was good if incomplete, but why no source material?
Monday, October 12, 2009
And Also: Frank Rich had a good column recently on "Wrong Way" McCain, underlining my constant thought -- why in the hell does anyone take these people seriously? But they do; they do, including some Democrats. Good discussion on the cross case.
In a battle of relievers, the Rockies closer blew it, Phillies ahead 2-1. Today is a dubious honor for Italians given all the baggage and that he "discovered" something many others knew about already. But, if we "celebrate" it with the right amount of introspection, not just by parades and shopping, the day has value.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Alito and Roberts were standard/bit boring interviews. Red Sox blew it, helped by the Mets' former closer (eighth) with a former Mets relief guy getting the win. Former Yank scored the winning run. Giants had another blowout and Dallas won/Pats lost in OT. Twins blew another one late. It's their thing. One series alive now.
And Also: Dark Bargain: Slavery, Profits, and the Struggle for the Constitution provides a well written account that reminds that it wasn't all high principle and James Madison. I was less impressed by this creative view of the Thirteenth Amendment, particularly its somewhat over the top tone. This is unfortunate since I think his basic point has value.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
And Also: The interviews with the justices in C-SPAN Supreme Court Week have been interesting though Scalia came off a bit badly (didn't seem comfortable even as compared to someone like Thomas).* Souter didn't join in though he had a few comments in the main documentary and recently was interviewed by a former law clerk. There is a special value here, one that should be followed by local news sources for local members of government too.
Oyez.com has posted the oral audio for the 2008-09 term. It does not have transcripts available yet [some are] as is the case for recent terms, but this is good stuff. The SCOTUS website should have it as well. Kudos also to the convenient new comment system at VC, including the ability to edit briefly after posting.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Not quite as critical as Glenn Greenwald (good link to Democracy Now!, including Tariq Ali's comments), but sort of on board with the "uh ... what" reaction. The prize can be somewhat aspirational and symbolic, but it's a bit too much at this vantage point. Cf. the years Carter and Gore spent on their causes before they won their prizes.
Theme: questionable umpiring and good pitching ... except at key moments. Rockies hang on for the split. Cards OF messes up and closer fails repeatedly to get final out; Dodgers ahead 2-0. Angels finally beat Sox, no rally monkey appears to be needed.