Friday, August 31, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
After seeing her earlier this year, we brought a third to see Alicia Witt at City Winery in honor of the release of her new album (15000 Days, in honor of the days of her life). The food and wine prices the usual excessive amount but a beer was fairly average ($7) and good Arugula salad. Pen to sign bill exploded on my hand, but nice bathroom. Base price was around $20 (another venue was even cheaper; good deal). Good concert, lot of songs but could have done without the drummer. She's good and comes off as nice/goofball. For some reason the M42 didn't come on way back, but hanging out with drunks was fun. NYC experiences.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
I added The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump to the side panel. Saw a couple reviews that criticize it as saying nothing "new" or being too brief, but many are not as familiar with all the material and it's helpful to find it in one compact volume. The movie (a somewhat old one: Krysten Ritter is but an extra!) Mona Lisa Smile is more concept (teacher brings new ideas to early 1950s women's college) vs. complete film, but it has its moments, looks nice and has a good cast (even the guys have some familiar faces).
Friday, August 24, 2018
Last time had more news from the Court itself with today's order reflecting things are more low key this time. Paul Manafort's convictions and Michael "Trump personal lawyer" under oath implicating Trump in a crime does strengthen the basic argument against Kavanaugh: "No president suspected of criminal conduct should be allowed to seat a Supreme Court justice." The other stuff can be added, such as how the Republicans are rushing things or abortion or executive power or, but the underlining taint is basic. If court packing is so horrible, as some say, how do you deal with 2/9 of the Court being illegitimate? Well, some deny that, so it's talking past each other time. For now, win in November.
Monday, August 20, 2018
At first, was not aware when I saw this on Showtime what it actually is: it's a fun Mamma Mia! type musical using 1980s songs in a story about a woman finding out her sister is marrying the "guy that got away." On the book front, Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair With Lethal Self-Defense is only about two hundred pages, so is not a complete story (e.g., the history of armed blacks starts basically in the post-WWII era), but it is overall worthwhile including the argument SYG is selectively applied in practice.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
I don't watch most of the "in" shows and movies, but the free platform Kanopy and a free month of Amazon Prime has helped me to see a few things. Past Life seems to be ready for a bigger reveal than it provides, but looking past stereotypical plot devices, it was a good film overall based partially on real events (e.g., there is such a diary). A Luv Tale looks like the first episode or half of a never completed t.v. project [ends with a cliffhanger], but it was a good find (on Amazon Prime) with black lesbian/career/etc. themes. Yes, that's the woman from The Closer. Pink Grapefruit is a nice short film about a fix-up. Interracial aspect taken in stride. Swing Away was cute. Nice to see Shannon Elizabeth get some decent work.
Monday, August 13, 2018
A good find among the free Kanopy films, this involves a woman scientist with personality issues who gets a perky (lesbian) personal trainer to deal with things. [Both things add flavor to the film.] The lead plays someone uncomfortable dealing with humanity very well and it overall is a well done indie. It's amusing and satisfying overall. Glad to find it since also dealt with an annoying short story collection with too many annoying characters/situations. Meanwhile: Pre-season football has begun as the Mets are doing okay (two series vs. Reds/Marlins won!) with the NYG losing to the Browns and the Jets looking good. Figure at this point around six wins for either team would not surprise much.
Friday, August 10, 2018
The eight person Supreme Court was a bit busy of late. First, a couple of whom I at times engage with on Twitter, there was new "hard pass" press list. Then, on 8/9, there were three orders. One announced a new special master for a water dispute, another stayed a long fought case (for the time being) involving a FOIA request for food stamp fund information and did not hold up Billy Ray Irick's execution. The rape/murder of a child occurred over thirty years ago, so Breyer could have used it to address one of his concerns (people on death row for decades), but Sotomayor handled it -- lethal injection issues being her thing.
Monday, August 06, 2018
That would be a kiss that tells you the guy is trouble as a former prostitute trying to escape her past finds out in this good 1960s "B" movie. Meanwhile, about half-way thru the pretty good Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy book that is basically a regular mom's guide to pregnancy (mixture amazing and crazy).
Saturday, August 04, 2018
I have made multiple false starts with books over the last week or so, but am glad to have more luck with video. Recent reports that a few women are becoming Orthodox rabbis is relevant to this Hebrew film about a young woman who goes to a special seminary to put off marriage and helps a French woman find peace for her past crimes before she dies. Has religious, feminist and lesbian themes. Overall, well done with good DVD extras though you can watch the film itself free at Kanopy; good for me since my DVD copy had a glitch. ETA: The Finnish movie (focus on soccer aside, pretty universal) Open Up To Me involves a transsexual who is reckless while trying to find some happiness, and unlike some movies, doesn't get away with any of it. The one good result was regarding something she was wrongly accused of. A somewhat depressing affair for most involved but well acted.
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
There is a scheduled summer order list on Monday (not likely to be notable), but a few other developments. Kennedy is officially retired from active service so we again have a eight person bench. Thus, the order today to assign his circuit to Roberts. His last apparent action involved a 7/30 order was a decision not to intervene in an open-ended climate change case but warning it looks to be problematic. Roberts also announced an appointment to fill an administrative position. The Kavanaugh nomination process continues as expected. ETA: Scheduled summer order handed down. A rare rehearing granted. Not sure the point of motion of petitioner to dispense printing of joint appendix and why that pops up in orders.