Saturday, March 31, 2012
Interesting shows this morning (the "blessings of liberty" bit below hits upon Prof. Amar's 14A hook) with health care and women major foci. Listening Ms. Kerber? Another good "Did She Say That."
Long term historian (re-reading Federalists in Dissent) is "liberating" herself from her position at IU. Good luck! I also enjoyed her No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship and her "republican motherhood" idea was intriguing.
Good in the '90s show Due South, recently I saw him in Slings and Arrows. I saw him in a few movies, lately Gunless (overly coy satire) and the somewhat overly precious but decent ensemble piece Wilby Wonderful. The comedy/drama Men with Brooms too had some charm. Aspen Supreme was a more forgettable effort.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Good Colbert interview with Emily Bazelon, SC suggesting at one point it is fun to one-up the S.G. (he did okay days one and three, really). Well, I do know the justices (like Roberts on Lochner or Alito on insurance or ...) repeatedly were open to challenge by us peons.
The second day orals were a bit lackluster for the S.G., certain basics barely mentioned. This is really more for the viewers' benefit, the general public's instruction (justices too, if they were truly listening), though some rare oral could influence a vote or two.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The decision to pursue this litigation displays a calculated viciousness and cruelty that we have not seen in American politics in some time. It is like getting back at my enemy by hurting his children or his pets.Cuts to the chase. At best, it is a crude "defense of selfishness."
I'm inclined to see the reasonableness of the government's position, but found the "mandate only" discussion today rather reasonable too. (Sotomayor: let Congress decide!) Might just be the approach taken. The orals were impressive, particularly the appointed advocate for the third approach. [Update: Cf. here and here.]
The "limiting principles" are enumerated powers (not "plenary police power," plenary within the powers), politics, textual limits (Bill of Rights etc.) and implied limits (like forcing state legislators to pass laws). Not enough? We can make some more up. Still not enough?
The local government has helped me in three respects recently: a refund for a transit card (though it took a while), friendliness at the court to deal with a matter and help with a library concern. Appreciated with the clear numbers of people involved here.
Written by a Republican insider best known for her dislike of Sarah Palin, this involves a female President, her female chief of staff and the newswoman who is having an affair with the first husband. Pretty good but loses some steam by the time the Palin stand-in comes in. Could use a bit more bite at times, but easy reading.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
There was a marathon on late night over the weekend and I caught parts of a few episodes. Seems promising. Has a core sexual theme given her nature and one episode I saw was fairly explicit for non-pay cable on that end, including a lesbian sex scene.
“It’s a command. A mandate is a command. If there is nothing behind the command, it’s sort of, well what happens if you don’t file the mandate? And the answer is nothing. It seems very artificial to separate the punishment from the crime. … Why would you have a requirement that is completely toothless? You know, buy insurance or else. Or else what? Or else nothing.”Yeah. It "doesn’t seem to make much sense."
I originally felt this was a means to punt the PPACA case for the time being, but apparently no one (including USSC) really wants that, and it overall is a matter of prudence. Okay. Some justices also didn't seem so keen that a "tax" was involved. The S.G. did a good job there.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
I think this is helpful in spelling out what to me seems to be a complicated issue. How would the reckless use of force play out without the recent law? The shooter is Hispanic. A Hispanic suspect would be treated badly in certain cases too. Lot of questions.
A local hate crime prosecution related to a gay man that committed suicide gave many pause, underlined by the opening segment on "Gay USA" this week. The hosts are okay about hate crime laws per se, but find prosecution here very troubling. I'm wary about both (Hayes today references this) though respect their arguments.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Re-reading this Justice Douglas collection, he had a way with words, though a little sagebrush stuff goes a long way. As to critics, yes, apparently an asshole, and somewhat a lazy opinion writer. But, he often had the principles right, and as with privacy, a complete look at his writings suggest what more diligence could have offered.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United StateThe PPACA covers all three. The CC argument is fine too.
I still think this is a strange trade and that the Jags would be a more logical fit down to the faith angle but this new version of the post will accept it as a given and try to see it as a positive change. But, it still seems to be asking for trouble, down to the QB's confidence.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
And Also: Nature's Justice: Writings of William O. Douglas is a good introduction to the idealistic side of this controversial justice. You can then read Wild Bill, a bit of an over-correction.
I have read a few books (including history, Koran and this one) in this series and find them as a whole enjoyable. Linda Greenhouse just wrote one on the Supreme Court. The atheist volume, a good read, supports the "positive" brand of atheism I prefer.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Some notable cases this week, including life imprisonment for non-capital offenses committed by minors. Also, important patent case and a notable family leave regulation was decided today, even Scalia rejecting (wanting to go further) the congressional second guess of the plurality's rule. Good dissent.
So, looks like he going to Denver. I guess they want more of a
sure thing Elway than Tebow, who I think can thrive in the right place, no Eli or Tom, but surely has the passion and hard work down. Maybe, down South will work, his faith a plus for many fans there.
It is the lazy choice to keep this guy and will add insult to injury in what promises to be a bad year as a whole. I'm tired of him and rather some retread short term. Will he suddenly be okay? Maybe, if we close our eyes and wish real hard! Innings eater, they say.
Monday, March 19, 2012
The movie started with this boring Brit (the "my") and spent too much time on him for me to be interested. Bored, I turned it off to watch Army Wives. Later Vin Scully was doing a Dodgers game. Strange to listen to a ball game with a solo guy in these days of tag teams.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
I see value in a "Gaia hypothesis" of the earth as an interconnected entity and think there is a pragmatic and moral value in acting with that in mind. Nature religions seem to me to have a certain value there. It all does warrant a bit of humility on our part.
After the one downtown was too crowded (seemed a bit upscale), the one uptown did the trick. Nice service, pretty good food (yummy nachos; "cheese burger" could use a bit more spice, but good; large piece of cake) a tad too expensive. Quantum Leap is a bit better.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
She actually is getting a few, and not only Meghan McCain and that gal who doesn't like Palin, to come on. Well, good to see they aren't all weenies. Really, why not? Show the troops you are able to face up to the enemy. Don't be a bunch of incestuous cowards. See also.