Turned out she was more likable than her husband. Caught her once at an appearance for one of her books; found one of them in the library recently. Good profile of her eldest daughter.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
SCOTUSBlog totally ignores them (including on its calendar) but the third scheduled order day just passed, admittedly without much of interest. Still, why not note it? Glossip was one of the cases as usual denied a rehearing. Tinkering continues with complications. A reasoned account that supports this. And, one who does not. Well, other than me.
The Svengoolie option last nite was a replay of this fun 1950s time capsule of sorts that is enjoyably cheesy. As is often the case in these films, the ending is rather abrupt, things quickly sewn up in the last few minutes in somewhat lame fashion. Most well known face. And Also: Inspiration? The video shows how fun the film is, including "G" rated salaciousness. Seriously, it isn't bad taken seriously either. TV Tropes also covered it.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
RT reviews provide a 99% positive vote for Selma but couldn't really get into it (have less patience these days so shrugs but did seem to drag) and its portrayal of LBJ bothers me. A few levels down on the serious meter, Free Fall had potential, and well cast, but an elevator turned out to be too restricted for an action film. In right mood, decent "B" flick. Meanwhile, unfortunately, that latter end of the alphabet for Sue Grafton continues to underwhelm.
Birthright citizenship is back in the news with Trump et. al. and the discussion has reached familiar blogs. Lot of material there, including from me. One useful citation addresses the subject label, which I have attacked in the past. The problem of replying to abrasive poor reasoning online sorts arises too. Just so hard to ignore, especially the educated ones.
Friday, August 28, 2015
The SSM ruling specifically cited monogamy as one of four components of marriage so it's an imperfect avenue to advance polygamy claims. Though the brief to uphold a district court ruling regarding a "purported to be marry" law includes some open-ended language, religious liberty, the right to cohabit and selective prosecution issues make that a narrower case.
Some were offended by the NY Daily News cover with a screenshot of the news reporter when she saw a gun pointed at her, but this analysis has bite. It is shocking in a good way, not just exploitation. A follow-up cover on the number of gun deaths since Newtown underlines the good faith. Yes, America is "full of it" with the momentary horror followed by forgetting. Meanwhile, good discussion of dissent.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
I have yet to see the Times Square pedestrian mall myself (shame on me). A significant development of urban planning. This issue is getting some attention. Seems trivial -- should painted breasts even count as "nude," even granting a commercial/non-commercial line? If they are being too aggressive, so are other costumed characters. Targeting tourists is also typical. Is a good excuse for tabloids etc. to talk about and show breasts.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married.We just celebrated her 24th birthdayBad things happen but that killing of a tv reporter and her cameraman (both getting married; Hurt was a colleague/bf) on live tv (video available) is definitely a truly "OMG" moment.
-- Chris Hurst (on Twitter)
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The movie was better than the book and some liked the musical better than the movie. Both have charms though play Emmett is a deeper character. Has to be -- not played by super bland Luke Wilson. Sorry Luke; kinda boring. Soundtrack is fun and well performed. And Also: Saw it on YouTube via MTV. Fun. Couple high school versions online too.
The book has a somewhat expected feel to it, including given its author writes for The Nation, but overall it is a very readable account of the voting battles from the VRA until today that also provides a view of each side though clearly on one.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Did not like a discussion of the book but enjoyed the once "shocking" 1950s novel as a whole. One can see why it was so outrageous/exciting with sex, scandal, abortion etc. It was written in an down to earth way. The broad range points of view with a few central also is a favorite style for me personally. The author of the discussion wrote an introduction and it covered a lot of the same ground of her full length book in about a tenth of the time.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Nobody has pulled a more thorough disappearing act than George W. Bush. Unfortunately for the Republicans, Democrats and independents do have functioning memory cells.
Sometime by the time of the you know who's administration, a certain line was crossed for me to make one national party simply hard to take seriously as a credible option. It is rather unpleasant. This is a glaring sign of things.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
He had another good extended segment, saying upfront he wasn't saying all religion was bad. Some will look past this, but it's a useful qualifier. Also, the rules are loose (Colbert, also with legal assistance, showed this with PACs) but unsure how stricter they can be. Religion is in part about assuring people of weird things, often to make you guilty for not benefiting the religion, backed by the supernatural. A lot of restraints here will be non-governmental.
Interesting discussion from someone who wrote strongly on the falsity of "voter fraud" side but I think both sides make good points. Just don't see this as much of a problem though see his point. Question on early voting (see here) led me to dig a bit. Commented at CO link.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
There is a "right to vote" and the question is what regulations are allowed. Also, the 19A is a sort of ERA -- women now clearly had a right to basic rights of citizenship and all that (including equality in public life) that entails. The connection warrants more attention. An early post-19A case shows there is a debate over the reach, but point holds.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
I think he comes off as an asshole and too beholden to the PTB at times, but was basically resigned to him over alternatives. He did his part to promote party interests and Harry Reid endorsed him. But this argument by Josh Marshall is pretty convincing. If Iraq was a line in the sand in 2008 vs. Clinton, why not Iran here? Have doubts it will matter though. And Also: As noted in a comment here, his remarks on ACA are appalling too.
It's only pre-season, but why do I fear that today's "effort" from the NYJ won't be atypical now that Geno Smith is out for six to eight weeks? Elizabeth Banks seems to reference video interviews she has made pretty "badass" from her online presence. Saw Mistresses was on, which I liked a bit a summer or two again. Didn't know it was still on. So many shows.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
USSC denied a stay request (Ginsburg/Sotomayor dissenting on limited grounds) and Daniel Lopez was executed over the opposition of his lawyer. He was under 30 and wanted to die but there was some question of his mental state. Troublesome case though if he was mentally fit it would be a sane choice. But, if the state didn't have the power as applied here, still would have been wrong. RBG/Breyer still provided no statement per them saying the death penalty itself is probably unconstitutional. They blithely let executions go forward. And Also: Two things. The lawyer in part argues his act wasn't death eliglible. Also, a desired organ donation was complicated by the drug used. One more reason for firing squads?
This is a pretty good (the flashback scenes in particular) film and apparently fairly accurate (various tweaks to remind us this is still film history; the "six months later" move from district court to Supreme Court oral argument annoyed me in its brevity) personal story about a woman recovering a valuable (and very personal) painting wrongly taken by the Nazis. Well acted with a few nice bits including a familiar face as a district judge.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
For some reason, this 1990s tabloid case came to mind. As some noted here, the whole thing is sad given her talent. There is some "princess" v. "trailer trash" vibe there. The sex tape, this time willingly sold, is available online. Kids today take this largely in stride. She's clearly a troubled soul who made her bed/was rightly punished but in some sense seems like an underdog that you hope is doing okay. Being more than a joke. etc.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Interesting discussion. As noted by one comment, the concept of "suspect" class is sort of out of date, but I'd note the various criteria pop up in various forms as in the SSM cases. The immediate question is technically open but it is better seen as a concern for various rights like voting or court access. As to why not, a mix of it not being "personal" as in part of one's being like race or sex and a general sentiment that it is okay to so classify up to a point.
Monday, August 10, 2015
Sunday, August 09, 2015
Should government insist that all private organizations comply with its own sense of the good?
No, overly broad comment not allowing a reply. There are various complexities involved here and "good" is just too open-ended anyway. Racial discrimination or rules over environmental protection are both a form of "good." There are also concerns related to let's say cafeteria employees versus students/academic personnel or things like health insurance needs. I would allow wiggle room and some local discretion but "it depends."
Overall, I support the Iran deal at least as the best option available. One liberal constitutional scholar continues his Cassandra routine on the matter here (see my comments). For constitutional and related analysis see here (plus links). As suggested by my comments, the whole thing is a bit complicated but overall Obama's reasonableness is appreciated. And Also: A bit on the Republican debate and RBG's retirement from me here.
Saturday, August 08, 2015
Thursday, August 06, 2015
A good discussion (with links to more) on how the rights of children is an important part of same sex marriage and so forth. Moore v. City of East Cleveland to me is a prime case, one that protects children by guarding against "forcing all to live in certain narrowly defined family patterns." And, a developing tradition ala Justice Harlan is cited with application here.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
How PP uses funding and how "most apolitical public health experts agree that critical combination — access to care and contraception — should take most of the credit" for abortion reduction. The value of fetal tissue research. How anti-abortion Republicans supported it in the past. What happens when you defund. Again, THIS is the issue? PP?
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
The 60 vote barrier helped here, since only one Republican (two Dems voted for it) voted against it. One annoying thing, voiced by some Dems, was "tone." Concern trolling about talking to supposed tissue procurers etc. is aggravating if expected CYA (on pro-choice side). Irin Carmon and Amanda Marcotte (discuss another point in that thread, though some want to ignore it; response is notable) was great on Twitter during the debate.
Monday, August 03, 2015
A couple things from the latest RBG (other justices, including Alito and Stevens, also made their views known): openness by SCOTUS will serve as a model. Her opposition there is misguided. Also, her focus on equality in the SSM cases is expected given her history but the idea by a few (going by some comments I've seen) that only Kennedy would have gone the liberty route (with a key splash of equality) is still overblown. Breyer/Sotomayor focused on marriage itself in questioning, and separately, Stevens noted his support of the opinion.
The show last night covered the current unrepresented status of D.C. with only a non-voting member (she can only vote in committee), underlining that this isn't what other countries do (a notable point rarely noted). Pretty good though didn't note Congress could simply redistrict the population so Maryland could represent them. An amendment would be best, since the 23A was woefully limited in scope. Two senators for a city not necessary imho.
Sunday, August 02, 2015
Interesting development regarding Native Americans and marijuana. The anti-oligarchical Constitution. Re-read this interesting book (especially regarding cyclical views and the role of each branch and the people, not just the courts) on Andrew Jackson and the Constitution. Commented on Cecil the Lion here (on a matter covered in the OP, see my comments here).