William O. Douglas – enigma?

     Posted on Mon ,26/11/2018 by candybowl

So just finished my second Justice Douglas biography, Independent Journey by James F. Simon (1980), published not too long after Douglas’ passing in 1975. I had read Wild Bill: The Legend and Life of William O. Douglas by Bruce Allen Murphy (2003) immediately prior.

I had heard about the later book originally via a New Republic article some years ago, a book review by Judge Richard Posner. But after having read it, and the second book having mentioned the earlier bio in the end credits, I really felt I needed to read the earlier book. You see, while certainly Murphy’s book is an amazing example of dedicated scholarship – it largely focuses on Douglas’ personal shortcomings – and while there are many, many such egregious examples of them, Simon’s earlier book provides a much better balance of the actual SUPREME COURT activity Douglas engaged in and in some cases, led. Murphy spends so much time uncovering all the personal flaws, problems and misdeeds of Douglas that he largely blows off most of the Court stuff (why he wrote the book, hello?). Unlike Simon’s book, which tells a lot of detail behind two huge cases for example (Brown v. Board of Education in the 50’s and Roe v. Wade just before the end of Douglas’ career) – Murphy doesn’t really deal much with either one, if at all.

Ultimately, The Nation sums it up best for me in talking about both books and then about Douglas the man. Because so many of the *results* Douglas wanted to see (or helped bring about as part of the Warren Court or earlier as Chairman of the SEC) – are still RIGHT. So as bad a human being as he was in many, many circumstances, The Nation still makes the best final statement of him to me: “If more present-day Justices and judges embraced William O. Douglas’s ideals, constitutional liberties would be far safer than they are.” (and throw in environmental protection too, because while not part of his jurisprudence, he was d*** right on that one and way ahead of his time.

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Deadmau5 – (McLaughlin Group: WRONG!)

     Posted on Thu ,22/11/2018 by candybowl

apparently Deadmau5 doesn’t understand bass….?

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The Face of Winter: Warren Miller – RIP.

     Posted on Tue ,20/11/2018 by candybowl

So one of the true pioneers and icons of the ski industry, Warren Miller, passed away this past January at 93(!) years old. We went to see the latest film from his company (he hadn’t been filming with them for many years now), The Face of Winter. I’ve been to WM movies off an on over the years but not for some time, but this year wanted to go again in tribute to the man and his amazing career.

The movie was pretty good – while there were a couple tiny #MeToo moments in it (IMHO) and a few too many ‘fake sly’ product placements, it was still good – the usual mix of heli-skiing crazy extreme glaciers and remote mountains (this time mostly in AK, Chile, Iceland, France and Switzerland), with classic clips and WM testimonials throughout. I did not realize he was making movies as far back as the 50’s – crazy stuff.

anyway, here’s the trailer, it’s still touring around the country if you get the chance to see it:

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Zanate!

     Posted on Sun ,18/11/2018 by candybowl

muy pronto, vamos a ver Zanates!

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great show!

     Posted on Sat ,10/11/2018 by candybowl

saw this tonight, gotta love The Man In Black….

Tricky Dick and The Man in Black

ReMastered: Tricky Dick & The Man in Black: 2018 TV-MA 58m

This documentary chronicles Johnny Cash’s 1970 visit to the White House, where Cash’s emerging ideals clashed with Richard Nixon’s policies. (trailer at link above)

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Old School…..

     Posted on Tue ,02/10/2018 by candybowl

Aw, Jaws, we hardly knew ye….funny interview and he gets in a couple good zings on Dave, which is rare (helped immediately then by the cameramen, whom I’m sure weren’t passing that up :))

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Sunday funnies…

     Posted on Sun ,16/09/2018 by candybowl

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Ah, Norm….

     Posted on Fri ,14/09/2018 by candybowl

Funniest bit is at the 12 minute mark – Burt Reynolds, RIP.

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Don’t mess with the Bridge!

     Posted on Thu ,06/09/2018 by candybowl

too funny….

Our Old Pal the Low-Ass 11-Foot-8 Bridge Dishes Out Hard Street Justice to a Red Light Runner

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Soylent Green….explained.

     Posted on Mon ,27/08/2018 by candybowl

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