Prairie flowers.

Encountered today on our walk. I believe they are, in order: Michigan lily, bee balm, Joe Pye weed, and some sort of mentha.Write about anything in the comments. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Michigan, Flowers, Joe Pye, Ann Althouse

Summer paradise.

This is Rodney. He’s just a good boy enjoying his Sunday swim in paradise. 14/10— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) July 12, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Dogs, Swimming, Ann Althouse, Rodney He

"Locke makes the very good point that 'most children’s constitutions are either spoiled, or at least harmed, by cockering and tenderness.'"

"That lovely seventeenth century word ‘cockering’ means ‘to indulge or spoil.' Locke goes on to recommend that children are not too warmly wrapped up in winter, in order that they learn to endure the cold, in the manner of the Spartans. He also reckons that the shoes of children should be made deliberately leaky in order to toughen up the feet. Certainly my third son Henry, more ignored than the other two, has tough feet, and spent whole summers shoeless. Henry maintained when nine years old tha...
Tags: Children, Law, Berlin, Bible, Munich, Language, Hitler, Adolf Hitler, Henry, Gilbert, Steiner, Locke, Rudolf Steiner, John Locke, Tom Hodgkinson, Cocker

"We now see the Great Attractor as the downtown region of the supercluster that we live in — an overall entity that our team has called the Laniakea Supercluster."

Said R. Brent Tully of the University of Hawaii, quoted in "Beyond the Milky Way, a Galactic Wall/Astronomers have discovered a vast assemblage of galaxies hidden behind our own, in the 'zone of avoidance'" (NYT). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Astronomy, Law, University of Hawaii, Ann Althouse

5:28 a.m.

Actual sunrise time 5:29. In reality, the first bit of sun came at 5:32... I've scanned the headlines and stories this morning, but nothing meets my standard. The closest I came to something bloggable was "I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing/Why do American cities waste so much space on cars?" by Farhad Manjoo (NYT). This is not a complaint! No news is good news, so perhaps no bloggable news is good news. See you later! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Cars, Urban Planning, Sunrise, Farhad Manjoo, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Write about anything you like in the comments. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Flowers, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

"Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency."

So reads the official White House statement about the commutation of the Stone sentence. I know — from my very slight dabbling in radio and TV news last night and this morning — that this issue is getting talked to death. It's the outrage of the day, blotting out whatever was the outrage of the day before, and soon to be blotted out by the next outrage. So I don't think my time is well used listening to any of that. If I know they're talking, I already know what they are saying — more or less. B...
Tags: Law, White House, Russia, Fbi, Trump, Roger Stone, Stone, Mueller, Trump Campaign, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump Presidency, Trump Administration, Mr Stone, Special Counsel 's Office, Trump pardons

If this won't get you cancelled... well, it won't, so that shows you one more thing that's wrong with cancel culture.

This should be the end of it. But it won’t be.— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) July 11, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Biden, Scott Adams, Ann Althouse, Whiteness, Biden gaffes, Cancel Culture, Biden rhetoric

A sign that says "The right to openly discuss ideas must be defended" brings out the absolute worst in people.

The spirit of wokeness.— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) July 11, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Bullying, Law, Signs, Protests, Free Speech, Andrew Sullivan, Ann Althouse, Ugliness

"This practice of reading someone's words in an attempt to look for 'dogwhistles' is the opposite of 'charitable interpretation'..."

"... which means 'interpreting a speaker's statements in the most rational way possible and, in the case of any argument, considering its best, strongest possible interpretation.' In contrast, dogwhistle hunting is the practice of interpreting someone's words in the most unreasonable or offensive way imaginable."Writes my son John, discussing a recent effort to cancel Steven Pinker.I've been seeing this Steven Pinker story out of the corner of my eye for a while. I don't even know what the cance...
Tags: Law, John, Steven Pinker, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse, The Principle Of Charity/humanity, Cancel Culture

"Mom went back to the gym, to aqua aerobics. Dad went out to pick up the recycling around town. So there you go, we expended 11 weeks of our lives, and now our parents are wading around in a cesspool of germs."

Said a woman whose parents are in their 80s, quoted in "As the pandemic surges, old people alarm their adult kids by playing bridge and getting haircuts" (WaPo).Here's a quote from that woman's father: "Let’s face it, I’m 80 years old and I don’t have a whole lot to lose in the end anyway. It’s just at what level you’re willing to take your edge. I’m a Marine. I was in Vietnam, people shot at me, so this isn’t that much more dangerous than that, I don’t think."It’s just at what level you’re will...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Death, Law, Aging, Vietnam, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Stanford Center, Laura Carstensen, Coronavirus

"Reopening Schools Will Be a Huge Undertaking. It Must Be Done" — say the editors of the NYT.

I'm surprised to see this mainly because it accords with what Trump has been saying — at least at a high level of generality. I'm sure there will be pointed disagreements with Trump about the specifics. Let's read:American children need public schools to reopen in the fall. Reading, writing and arithmetic are not even the half of it. Kids need to learn to compete and to cooperate. They need food and friendships; books and basketball courts; time away from family and a safe place to spend it. Par...
Tags: Education, Children, Law, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, Britain, Trump, American Academy of Pediatrics, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health

Lin-Manuel Miranda jumps into the Goya boycott.

We learned to bake bread in this pandemic, we can learn to make our own adobo con pimienta. Bye.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 10, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Goya, Lin Manuel Miranda, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome

"President Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr. on seven felony crimes on Friday..."

"... according to the White House, using the power of his office to help a former campaign adviser days before Mr. Stone was to report to a federal prison to serve a 40-month term. Mr. Stone, 67, a longtime Republican operative convicted of obstructing a congressional investigation into Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign, has been openly lobbying for clemency, maintaining that he could die in prison and emphasizing that he had stayed loyal to the president rather than help investigators. 'He knows I was ...
Tags: Law, White House, Barack Obama, Trump, Roger Stone, Stone, Comey, James B Comey, Howard Fineman, Ann Althouse, Joseph R Biden Jr, Roger J Stone Jr, Trump pardons, origins of Russia investigation

At the Friday Night Café...

... you can choose your own topics. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Flowers, Ann Althouse

"I guess I understand the compulsion to find somewhere to engage this national conversation... The white people who do this..."

"... don’t realize (or maybe just don’t give a damn) that we’re on different timelines. You learned yesterday what white privilege means? Great! Welcome to 1962. This, however, doesn’t mean I need to engage you about it today. Or tomorrow. Or ever. And most important, maybe I’m out walking, shopping or playing with my children, or out just, I don’t know, staring at a fire hydrant because I want to give myself a break from writing about, from speaking about, from thinking about and from raging ab...
Tags: Law, Relationships, Etiquette, Conversation, Young, Pittsburgh, Don, Damon Young, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse

"Becoming a Himbo."

Yes, you've said it before — blah blah blah TikTok is the devil. I'm not even going to put through comments that try to make that the topic. Write your own blog if you need to do that. This discussion is only for people who watch the video below, which I am recommending as funny and memorable. Once you see the graph and its 4 quadrants, you will never forget them, probably not, unless you're too offended by the realization that our Himbo-to-be would put you in the lower left quadrant, but get th...
Tags: Music, Comedy, Law, Ann Althouse, Gender Difference, Masculine Beauty, Tiktok

"In San Francisco, where many locals push for... police reform, those same locals are tired of the break-ins."

"So how do they reconcile 'defund the police' with 'stop the smash and grabs'? [Tech businessman Chris] Larsen believes he has the answer: Put security cameras in the hands of neighborhood groups. Put them everywhere. He’s happy to pay for it.... Privatization is hardly a new thing in the city. Around a quarter of San Francisco parents send their children to private school... Plenty of people already have security cameras pointing toward the street. So would a privately owned camera network be s...
Tags: Technology, Law, Police, San Francisco, Surveillance, Larsen, Ann Althouse, Creepiness, Chris Larsen, Chris -RSB- Larsen

In the news — the attack on individualism.

Having created a tag "the attack on individualism" — for reasons stated in the previous post — and gone back to find that subject in my archive, I wanted to look at the present and see how much of this topic was in the current news.Here are a few things I found:1. "Big Data Analytics Shows How America's Individualism Complicates Coronavirus Response" (UVa Today): Painstakingly, and with tremendous amounts of data processed by 97 advanced computers, Jingjing Li, Ting Xu, Natasha Zhang Foutz and B...
Tags: Europe, Law, America, Cnn, Pope Francis, Baseball, Pope, Nuremberg, CBS Sports, University Of Virginia, Donald Trump, Yankees, Hairstyles, Steinbrenner, Li, Nietzsche

That last post finally pushed me over the line to create a tag I've been thinking about for a while...

... "the attack on individualism."The pressure was building after yesterday's post about Seattle's effort to teach its employees about their own "Internalized Racial Superiority," which is "defined by" — among other things — "individualism."What pushed me over the line into new tag creation this morning was a criticism of women who fall into the "trap" of talking about their individual struggle with motherhood. I went back into the archive and added the tag to a few old things:June 19, 2020 — Th...
Tags: South Korea, Guns, Law, North Korea, Korea, Ayn Rand, Karl Marx, Party, Seattle, Orwell, Soviet Union, Tom Wolfe, Clarence Thomas, Ortega, Durkheim, E.J. Dionne

I'm trying to read "Urban Baby fell into a trap all too common of our time"...

... by Helaine Olen (at WaPo). I'd never heard of Urban Baby, but it was "the seminal mothering forum of the aughts" owned by CBS Interactive, which just shut it down and isn't preserving the archive. You get to a dead end if you go to (but there's always the Wayback Machine). I had to look up exactly when it started — "the aughts" being an annoyingly vague factoid. It was 1999. And why did CBS close it? Because it "fell into a trap all too common of our time" — whatever that is? O...
Tags: New York, Law, Cbs, Motherhood, The Web, Wayback Machine, Urban Baby, WaPo, Helaine Olen, Olen, CBS Interactive, Ann Althouse, Left-wing Ideology, The Attack On Individualism

A mellow sunrise this morning.

Watching too was my animal friend... There was a waning gibbous moon... But 22 minutes after the "actual" sunrise time, the orange orb had not shown up: Write about anything you like in the comments. And thanks for using the Althouse Portal to Amazon. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Frogs, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

"The mayor of Seoul, the country’s second-most powerful official and a potential presidential candidate, was found dead just days after a secretary in his office told the police that he had sexually harassed her since 2017..."

"... the authorities said on Friday.... His daughter told the police that he had left home after leaving a cryptic, 'will-like message'.... That detail immediately fueled speculation that Mr. Park could have taken his own life.... Mr. Park... had often been cited as a possible successor to President Moon Jae-in, whose single five-year term is set to expire in 2022.... Before becoming mayor, Mr. Park was a prominent human rights attorney who founded the country’s most influential civil rights gro...
Tags: South Korea, Law, Suicide, Park, Moon, Korea, Seoul, Sexual Harassment, Seoul National University, Japanese Army, Ann Althouse, Mr Park, Moon Jae

"The President of the Republic became convinced of the need to restore Notre-Dame de Paris as closely as possible to its last complete state, coherent and well-known..."

"... while betting on sustainable development in the choice of materials and site management" the French government announced today, the Washington Post reports.After the fire destroyed the roof and the spire, architects were asked to propose the rebuilding, and there was some possibility of modernizing the design — possibly doing something with glass, like the I.M. Pei pyramid that became part of the Louvre. That is not going to happen. Good. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Fire, Architecture, Paris, Republic, Notre Dame, Pei, Macron, Notre Dame de Paris, Ann Althouse

"Organizers of an effort to recall Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway began today with the filing of required paperwork with the city clerk."

David Blaska reports, linking to the petition that's now on a 60-day deadline to get 36,203 signatures.Here's an article in the Wisconsin State Journal about the recall effort:[Recall petitioner Jon] Rygiewicz said Rhodes-Conway did not keep the city safe when groups of demonstrators tore down statues, beat up state Sen. Tim Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, and another man, and threw a Molotov cocktail into the City-County Building on June 23.“The sheriff said it was unsafe because of rioting and looting...
Tags: Law, Wisconsin State Journal, City County Building, Ann Althouse, David Blaska, Wisconsin recall, Satya Rhodes-Conway, Rhodes Conway, Jon -RSB- Rygiewicz, Sen Tim Carpenter D Milwaukee, Rygiewicz

I saw that the City of Seattle had identified "intellectualization" as an aspect of "Internalized Racial Superiority," and I don't know if I understand that...

... or even want to understand that. As I said in my post about Seattle's effort to train its employees not to be white supremacists, I'm afraid the training could just as well backfire as cure people of the problem they are presumed to have.What is "intellectualization" and what's so "white" about it — "white" in a bad way? Am I intellectualizing — in a bad, white way — just by asking? I don't know, but I looked the word up in the OED. Is this white of me — caring about language and using this ...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Conversation, Language, Mark Twain, Seattle, Harper, Racists, Rationality, Ann Althouse, Althouse, Whiteness, OED, Charles Dudley Warner

"On the one hand, she’s already paid a steep price. That’s not enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on. So if the DA feels the need to pursue charges, he should pursue charges. But he can do that without me."

Said Christian Cooper, setting a fine example, quoted in "Birdwatcher not cooperating with investigation into Central Park ‘Karen’ Amy Cooper."In honor of the kindly, generous birdwatcher, I decided to research what is the most kindly, generous bird. The answer, it seems (from The Cut), is the parrot:A very endearing German study recently found that parrots are capable of selfless acts of kindness. When placed in neighboring cages, researchers found, the birds will pass each other tokens that ca...
Tags: Psychology, Parrot, Law, Birds, Npr, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Amy Cooper, Christian Cooper, the Cooper incident, Good Citizenship, Central Park ` Karen

"This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit. It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top."

"It looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn’t what I would call distractingly attractive. This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shake-down, so I reported it to the police. He then ran away... I only later realized it must have been Sacha Baron Cohen. I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me."Said Rudy Giuliani, explaining himself, in "Rudy Giuliani called the NYPD on Sacha B...
Tags: Law, Giuliani, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rudy Giuliani, Ann Althouse, Era of That's Not Funny, Said Rudy Giuliani

"People started yelling for the lady to throw her kids down... I immediately got tunnel vision of the baby and somehow managed to catch him."

Said Phillip Blanks, quoted in "A former high school football player dove and caught a child dropped from the balcony of a burning building" (WaPo).The wrenching video, captured on a cellphone, shows Blanks sprinting toward the 3-year-old child and diving to catch him mere milliseconds before the boy would have hit the ground.... Blanks said his time in the Marines, coupled with his athletic training as a wide receiver in high school and college, prepared him for this moment. The Marines taught ...
Tags: Law, Fire, Marines, Survival, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Blanks, Phillip Blanks

"The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for prosecutors in New York to see President Trump’s financial records, a stunning defeat for Mr. Trump..."

"... but a decision that probably means the records will be shielded from public scrutiny under grand jury secrecy rules until after the election, and perhaps indefinitely. In a separate decision, the court ruled that Congress could not, at least for now, see many of the same records. The vote in both cases was 7 to 2. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote both majority opinions."Writes Adam Liptak in the NYT.Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Mr. Trump, [said] “We are pleased that in the decisions iss...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Trump, John Roberts, Adam Liptak, Jay Sekulow, John G Roberts Jr, Ann Althouse, Trump and the law, Trump and the judiciary