Monday, October 20, 2014

Supreme Court Footage

Okay, not really, of course, because no cameras are allowed.

But John Oliver is providing incredible footage to make the SCOTUS hearings watchable. "We spent an incredible amount of time and an almost immoral amount of resources to produce an entire Supreme Court featuring real animals with fake paws."


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The one-eyed whale!!!!!!!!!!!

One chapter heading in this 19th century work called the title character "one-eyed, lame" and another called him "deaf".

Well, it had to be The Hunchback of Notre Dame, really, didn't it?

Not according to one contestant, who wrote down "Who is Moby Dick?"

I'm having a hard time figuring how you'd know a whale was lame...

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RBG!

Six Supremes said it would be disruptive and confusing to strike down Texas's new restrictions on voting so close to the election.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg penned a dissent, joined by Kagan and Sotomayor, that says, in part:

"The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters."

Preach it, sister!

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Nice eggcorn

Saw this in email:

I came upon a roadkill deer, a sorrow for site to behold.

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At 12:34 PM, October 20, 2014 Anonymous Mark P had this to say...

Ha. It took me a second or two to parse that sentence.

 

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Week in Entertainment

Live: A fabulous and very funny Le Nozze di Figaro at the Met with Ildar Abdrazakov absolutely owning the title role and a good rest of the ensemble. The staging was excellent, too.

DVD: About half of season 7 of The Murdoch Mysteries. Being Canadian, it's 18 episodes, not just 3!

TV: Modern Family. Poor Mitchell and his sweater! Doctor Who, back to his attempting to define "good". This episode had some great moments - the Doctor "Thing"-ing his way off the tracks, and the big "this plane is under my protection!" speech, yes! Also, his calling the device he built the 2Dis was hilarious. The Doctor doesn't get many "just this once, everybody lives!" moments (sort of implied in the just this once part of it, if you think about it), and this wasn't one. But you don't often hear him say out loud that sometimes the wrong people do.

Read: We have got to Freedom Summer and I know it's going to be grim, so I took a break. Read a light mystery called Murder at Steeple Martin which was good enough to try the next one; Navajo Autumn, which was an okay mystery with a kind of odd, very unstylish writing style, I might try the next but I'm not sure; Cary Elwes' book about making "The Princess Bride", As You Wish, which was very enjoyable. The first three in the "Twenty-Sided Sorceress" series, and I can hardly wait till the fourth one comes out. I really enjoyed the world Annie Bellet has built here.

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At 12:28 AM, October 20, 2014 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

What, no "Inspector Lewis"?

 
At 5:31 AM, October 20, 2014 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Not when I have to get up early and go to work on Monday. It's safely on the DVR.

 
At 3:30 PM, October 20, 2014 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

I meant the Oct. 12 episode, which I assumed was already on your DVR.

BTW, our PBS affiliate was running a promo last night for a P.D. James work on "Masterpiece" next Sunday, so I assume there were only three Robbie episodes in Season 7 (unless there are more but they've been split up, for some reason).

 
At 3:44 PM, October 20, 2014 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Yes, there are only three - which is better than none, of course! I watched the Oct 12 one last week, since Monday was a holiday. I mentioned it - that whole "savior child" bit is always iffy to me, though at least bone marrow isn't like a major organ!

 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Figaro!

Went up to the big city today to see Le Nozze di Figaro at the Met. They set the story in a 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s, and managed to make it work someone - probably by pretty much ignoring it except for the costumes. The set revolved so that the action flowed - the scene where the Count is chasing Cherubino, for instance, twisted back around and through the moving set, and the overture showed us all the principle locations. Figaro was sung by Ildar Abdrazakov, who was perfect. Others included Marlis Petersen as Susanna, Peter Mattei as the Count, Amanda Majeski as the Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the pageboy Cherubino. It's a wonderful production of one of my favorite operas, and the second act was laugh-out-loud funny.

Below is a shot of the sunrise from the train in Delaware (over the Delaware River or possibly Bay depending on where they change the name), and a shot of the set at intermission, and that's me in front of the poster.






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Friday, October 17, 2014

An old truth

Over at Slacktivist Fred looks at a CEO versus town hall:
The city council passed a law protecting minorities from getting fired just for being minorities. Specifically, the city’s new law protects LGBT people from employment discrimination.

The CEO doesn’t like this law. What’s more, he thinks most people in the city don’t like it either. It’s quite possible he’s right about that. After all, laws protecting minorities from being treated unfairly wouldn’t ever come up in the first place unless it weren’t the case that a big chunk of the majority population was inclined to treat them unfairly.
And isn't that the truth? Laws tell you not to do things you want to, or that you must do things you might not want to. But you don't generally have to make laws forbidding people from doing things they don't want to do.

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Arizona!


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Okay, this spam is amaaaaaaazing

Got this comment yesterday:
The bartender, amazed by this feat of drinking turns to the man and goes 'Desperate Housewives dvd boxset's a big effort. We've all seen the research and the studies show that the power of prayer is magical no matter who or what it is that you think you're praying to.'
I'm totally baffled by how this was produced, because no human would have placed it on the post it was attached to (a critique of the Baltimore Sun using the word "youths" to refer to people in their early 20s). It is a thing of rare and amazing beauty (despite the missing comma).

I'm still not letting the spammer have a link, though.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Alex! OMG!

Despite his "That is the famous Talley-RANHG" earlier in the show, in Final Alex just said "Jules Verne" with a very distinct S. Not [ʒyl]; [ʒylz]. I'm in shock.

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162 games

I was hoping for a Parkway Series. I did not expect one, but I was hoping.

But I'll tell you that as sad as I am that the Orioles got knocked off by the Royals, what really gets me is that the freaking Royals were not only a wild-card team, they were worse than the other two division leaders. Same thing for the Giants, by the way. Records? Royals 89-73, .549; Giants 88-74, .543. Six teams won at least 90 games this year and we won't see any of them in the Series. (Barring a miracle comeback by the Cards, of course, and they just won 90, behind five others.)

If baseball was still the way it used to be (get offa my lawn!), the Series would be underway  - over, more likely - and it would have been Nats (96-66, .593) and the - no, not the Orioles. Their record was the same as the Nats' but the AL had the Angels at 98-64, .605. They got knocked out by the Royals, while the Nats got taken down by the Giants, who tied for fifth with the Pirates.

But if the Royals beat the Angels aren't they the better team? No. No, they are not. Over the long season - this isn't football - they lost nine more games than the Angels did. They're getting lucky in short serieses with an expanded roster; they were worse than three other teams in the regular season. The Giants likewise in their league.

This isn't as bad as 2012, when the third-place Giants beat the seventh-place (yes, seventh) Tigers. But I'm really not excited about watching two fourth-place teams play in the World Series. And it may be easier for me to say with the Orioles out of it, but it's no less true.

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At 2:07 PM, October 16, 2014 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

On October 13, 1960, Bill Mazeroski hit the only walk-off homerun ever to win a World Series 7th game -- a date celebrated for many years now with a gathering of the faithful at the Forbes Field outfield wall, including the playing of a recording of the radio call of the entire game, timed so that the HR airs at (or as close as possible to) the original 3:36 PM. I attended the 40th anniversary celebration, the first time that organizers were ever able to get Maz to come: what a truly humble, gracious gentleman he is! (He was the youngest member of the 1960 team, played with distinction for the Pirates for many more years, but this HR eclipsed all else in his career).

 

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Ignored? Maybe so. But...

Giant headline the Washington Times today: Obama ignored 2008 CDC transition advice on Ebola.

You have to go to page 5 and almost the bottom of the article to hit that whole funding problem with the last three Congresses. Yeah. He ignored the advice, or Congress slashed the CDC's budget way every year? No reason it can't be both, of course, but he could have been obsessed with it and not been able to do a damned thing.

The Times is deep in the Foxosphere.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

That sweet, sweet village life

So, this post was in my news feed. I'm not linking to it because it's muddled thinking that actually ends by saying oh no, don't throw away your tech it's just a metaphor! I just wanted to share what a commenter pointed out:

the men are sitting around, all chatting and connecting and everything, while a woman is working away to feed them. What would happen if she sat down, hmmmmm?

(A little more seriously - only a little: you know, for many people, those 150 in their village were their worst nightmare. For many people, the friends they have on the Internet save their lives.)

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Textbook

Today's delanceyplace excerpt is from Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson. Apparently Jackson was filled with revulsion by war. He really didn't want the Civil War to happen. Did he think about refusing to fight for the South? He did not (in fact, he believed the South should practice total war so it would be over sooner, if it had to happen); that never seemed to cross his mind. What was his plan?
"And now he was prepared to do what he could to stop the imminent horror. His chosen form of activism was characteristic of the man: prayer. He would pray. He would petition God, and God would stop the madness."
Yeah, so, that didn't work.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Seeing the light

Judge Posner, who once wrote an opinion buying into the whole "voter fraud" excuse for restrictive laws, has written a scathing dissent branding them down for what they are. Here are a couple of the choice quotes. More here, plus a link to whole thing.

—"As there is no evidence that voter-impersonation fraud is a problem, how can the fact that a legislature says it's a problem turn it into one? If the Wisconsin legislature says witches are a problem, shall Wisconsin courts be permitted to conduct witch trials?"

—"The panel opinion does not discuss the cost of obtaining a photo ID. It assumes the cost is negligible. That's an easy assumption for federal judges to make, since we are given photo IDs by court security free of charge. And we have upper-middle-class salaries. Not everyone is so fortunate."

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That's one low bar and one tiny baby step

I've got to say, I'm blown away by all the news reports saying the Vatican "urges respect for gay couples". Sure, they've finally admitted that "there are cases" - some cases - "in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners". And I'm not denying that's a step forward.

But.

But that same sentence started like this: "Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions".

And let's not forget that at that very same synod, a cardinal - and not just any cardinal, but Raymond Burke, the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, second only to the pope himself as judicial authority - told parents not to invite their gay children and spouses/partners to Christmas if grandchildren were present:
"If homosexual relations are intrinsically disordered, which indeed they are — reason teaches us that and also our faith — then, what would it mean to grandchildren to have present at a family gathering a family member who is living in a disordered relationship with another person? We wouldn’t, if it were another kind of relationship — something that was profoundly disordered and harmful — we wouldn't expose our children to that relationship, to the direct experience of it. And neither should we do it in the context of a family member who not only suffers from same-sex attraction, but who has chosen to live out that attraction, to act upon it, committing acts which are always and everywhere wrong, evil."
He said these things, and was not rebuked.

"Profoundly disordered and harmful." "Intrinsically disordered ... indeed." "Expose our children." "Acts which are always and everywhere wrong, evil." Evil.

Yeah. I'm not sensing the "respect" here.

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At 2:01 PM, October 16, 2014 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Did you see this article in today's Washington Post? FWIW, in Portuguese "acolher" means to welcome, so I'm guessing that "accogliere" is the same in Italian.


“Vatican document on outreach to LGBT community edits out ‘welcome’ to focus on ‘providing for’ ”:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2014/10/16/vatican-document-on-outreach-to-glbt-edits-out-welcome-to-focus-on-providing-for

For the second time this week, top clergy at a Vatican meeting on family issues have revised their language concerning outreach to gays and lesbians, removing an urging for the church to “welcome homosexual persons” and substituting that it focus on “providing for homosexual persons.”

...The meeting is releasing information each day in several languages, and only the English version was changed on Thursday. The Italian heading for that section remains unchanged: “accogliere le persone omosessuali.” Massimo Faggioli, an Italian theologian covering the synod, tweeted Thursday that “I am Italian and that is not a translation, it is a falsification”...

 
At 2:26 PM, October 16, 2014 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

No. It's not in today's print edition.

I see this: "The Rev. Thomas Reese, a priest-journalist covering the synod, said the clergy are “in a panic. They are afraid this welcoming language will confuse people. They’ll think the church is going to change its teaching.” None of the 190 clergy are pushing for that, he said.

“You get the impression they are very concerned, they want more theology in the document. They want more church teaching in the document. They want more encouragement to Catholics who are struggling to follow church teaching. They are very much afraid if they talk too much about what’s good in these incomplete and impartial relationships that people will say: ‘Then why should I bother doing what the church teaches?’”"

I'm not sure that "precious" and "valuable" are worth fighting over given the magnitude of the difference between "welcome" and "provide for". And I have to say: WTF does Reese mean by "impartial relationships"? Seriously. What does he mean? Non-complementarian?

 
At 4:40 PM, October 16, 2014 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Religious mumbo jumbo.

 
At 5:04 PM, October 16, 2014 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

The article was updated online at 11:58 AM today, so presumably the part re the translation was reported then.

 

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