Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Obama gave a speech on how the combat stage is over in Iraq. Digging out of a stupid hole is important but thankless. Pass. Another sad Mets game. Pass. S3 of FNL, including "the sex talk" (good analysis), continues to be good. Tyra, Tami and Matt are my favs.
Pretty good article on drones, among many. Military conflict will lead to deaths of innocents; the struggle is over cost/benefit ratios though openness to judgment by third parties etc. matters too. More here, here and here from my end. Overall, doubt the value pragmatically.
Monday, August 30, 2010
EV cited a bit of Eighth Amendment trivia that I flagged in comments some time back. I never saw much logic in not incorporating the Excessive Fines Clause; like the 3A, it's more a matter of never having a case or dealing with it another way. Glad to help a bit.
The middle seasons were short so I thought they might use them to cover one school year, but the third starts by jumping ahead, including various plot stuff. Matt's mom is good; as always, the characters shine. Good so far if not as good as S1.
Justices Kennedy (Legally Blonde inspires Chinese students), Sotomayor (crickets are in trees, not dorm rooms) and Ginsburg (see here) gave talks broadcast on C-SPAN over the weekend. Live and learn. So, the Supreme Court of Canada televises orals, huh? Kudos.
Not that it was a great loss, I pick up pennies to compensate for all the .02 I give online, but TPM has admirably improved its comment system. I never could log on before; now I did so without a hitch. It even has an edit after post function. Quite helpful for some of us.
[Edit: Maybe, the criticism did affect the final result, so "overhyped" is debatable.] Many praised it for respecting his memory as it did in a sort of vanilla way, his edges and social message blunted. Like ceremonial deism, how much this honors his memory is unclear.
Again, the law stuff was a bit off (including a sexting subplot right out of Slate), but there was some good character stuff (such as a flashback with Deb & the cat commercial). Didn't care for the cliffhanger though even without Grayson getting hit by a car!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Various people at Netflix and IMDB likes this German romantic comedy / road movie ("July" is a woman's name) but I found it too unbelievable and ultimately not that funny or endearing. The first turned me off, the second didn't save it from the first thing.
Friday, August 27, 2010
And Also: With Reyes out, how surprising was tonight's 2-1 win by the Mets against the suddenly on a roll (sweep of Phillies) Astros? Figgy pitched for the Astros, again well enough, but the Mets hung on in the 9th. Jets, down 6-5 at one point, had about as much offense.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Lightlife's Smart Dogs are truly amazing. They tasted exactly like regular hotdogs and even better. These veggie links cook fast and do not taste rubbery. If you switch them on your children they will not even notice the difference. I have tried other veggie dogs and have found them to be disgusting. This product by far has truly impressed me as far as taste and calorie intake.Well, a bit less emphatically, I do like them.
Will Eisner, a famous cartoonist, ended his career with this powerful graphic novel that tells the story of the biggest and most infamous anti-Jewish fraud of recent times.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
And Also: Roy Oswalt in the outfield late because of an ejection, just one bit of recent craziness. But, as to the Mets, Misch is pitching okay enough, but errors and lack of run support is just not giving him a chance. Not as bad as some, but for a fifth starter, that won't work.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
And Also: I like Laura Linney, but as with some past efforts, The Big C on Showtime is not really a great use of her talents. Unpleasant characters don't help. It's like Weeds, I guess -- sounds like I should like it, but the style annoys me.
Not just his performance is refreshingly different. [A missed double play and questionable call opened up for a seventh inning home run, but the team actually showed life and won in the 9th against actual talent. Even Castillo shined. Win one for R.A., huh?]
Monday, August 23, 2010
Fine. Pass a new law, clearer law. Congress tried but it was vetoed. A few Republicans actually supported it, but who knows if they are less sane over in the Senate now. Admittedly, that's not something to bet the house on in many cases. But, Congress is ideally the place.
And Also: The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler (who was such a child) discusses the subject with many first person accounts. Well written and very empathetic.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Today's 2-1 loss to the Pirates, the dregs of MLB, underlines the state of the Mets. Going 4-3 against the Astros and Pirates, laughable props for showing a bit of life against the Pirates, is pathetic. Even if some Cubs fans, some finale for Lou guys, would have little sympathy.
A recently discovered kewl role model gave a good speech on "walking the fine line between controversial, interesting events and needlessly offending people" that reflects how I try to be online. The need of some to be crude, even if to "trolls," turns me off. More Jen!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
For Obstruction Of Congress, False Statements, Perjury ... yeah, him. Meanwhile, three of four games vs. Astros blown late, one eventually won real late. Tonight's game is particularly depressing: great pitching (bad hitting), then suddenly three quick runs in the seventh.
The community board, which includes many people who lived through the 9/11 attacks, overwhelmingly voted to approve this proposal and Senator Gillibrand supports the board's decision.
-- Statement to TPM
This (somewhat dubiously) was put in a weak category in the heroes/villains/cowards groupings, but it shows how to play it pretty safe without being an a-hole. Again, score one for Kirsten!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
And Also: Bitterly Divided: The South's Inner Civil War by David Williams, whose own ancestors were involved, was interesting, but mighty repetitive and a bit exaggerated. It also makes the home front portrayed in Cold Mountain look benign at points.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The Ninth Circuit stayed the Prop 8 ruling which is reasonable enough. It will delay the next step for a few months. Meanwhile, saw the first half of S2 of FNL: pretty depressing and somewhat stiff stuff. The quick turnaround of coaches was pretty blithely done too.
Sen. Reid has joined the concern trolls in respect to the downtown Islamic Center. Are you f-ing kidding me? As with those soooo concerned with lines now that same sex couples want to marry, I'm sick of this ****. Get your damn priorities right.
Monday, August 16, 2010
And Also: Apparently, it's time to make it official over at the NY Daily News with various articles like "2006 to 2010: How the New York Mets have flushed four years down the drain." Oh, btw, K-Rod will be out for the rest of the year, probably because of his assault. Charming.
The disrespect of the 4A aside, tonight's Army Wives was a good murder mystery plot; Drop Dead Diva was more average. Lost in Austen is today's DVD pick; a bit too long, but a good fantasy about truly being lost in a fictional world. More Elizabeth Bennet please!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
No closer? No problem! Just have two complete games, one a one-hitter (by the pitcher; the Mets never had a no-hitter). The team had the most shutouts in the league. Consistency -- first two game winning streak since June -- well, not so much. No Perez today!
Friday, August 13, 2010
As suggested here, the Congress enacted a "bill of attainder" by targeting ACORN's funding by in effect prosecuting them for crimes that some fakers implied they committed. A district judge agreed, but now is (wrongly) overruled. Form over substance.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
A Mets beat writer assured us on the WFAN today that Perez will not start on Saturday. I'll be convinced when it doesn't happen. The Mets actually had a good day, but still not two in a row (last occurring in June). And, yes that was Ron Darling in Shallow Hal.
Saw a reference that Oliver Perez might be starting on Saturday (the usual guy back in the bullpen, apparently to help blow games), which is amusing and all in itself, but now this. Mediocrity ... if only! [Tidbit: Citifield has a "holding cell" where K-Rod was held the night.]
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
And Also: The Last Gasp: The Rise and Fall of the American Gas Chamber by Scott Christianson provides a useful comprehensive summary, including its origins in other (civil and military) contexts. Its style is flawed though, a trudge early, a bit too cursory late.
One more thing: as usual, various teen characters are played by people years older (insert Clueless quip here on point), which at times is a bit disconcerting. When one has an affair with an older mom, it really doesn't seem that bad, since the guy looks in his 20s anyway.
One of those days -- the great MR slipped, while the Mets managed a 1-0 win versus a 17 game winner. The second 1-0 win in a few days. Meanwhile, El Duque -- who pitched on both teams -- is still trying to get the call. Is he really 44 or older? No Mets, don't take him!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Saw this on Netflix. Overall, very good, particularly the characters. A few issues: too many miraculous finishes. Some story lines, including an attempted rape, not fully fleshed out. No real truly dark character; "Voodoo" pretty simplistically handled. Looking forward to S2.
Monday, August 09, 2010
Interesting debate on how much fish feel pain and what to do about it. To make a decision, including one involving balancing options and realities, it is helpful to know the details. A careful analysis, especially with sensitive subjects, sometimes is hard to accomplish.
Drop Dead Diva / Army Wives both were enjoyably easy viewing last night, the former using a haunted house plot (minus the result) used in L.A. Law (connection: CJ's law professor). Meanwhile, a pretty lame late night movie starred two FNL gals. Exciting, huh?