"In the span of two years, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has gone from one of President Joe Biden’s most prominent surrogates — important enough to get vetted as a potential VP pick..."

"... to abandoning what once was considered a shoo-in re-election bid.... [A] 60% spike in homicides and accusations that she had become disconnected from the community seriously complicated her chances.... [Bottoms's statement] lacked... any sort of explanation about why she isn’t running. So her allies are filling the void. They say she genuinely believed she could have won a second term, but passed because she felt her motivation sapping.... Will she run for another office? Bottoms didn’t rul...
Tags: Murder, Law, Police, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Apd, Wendy, Atlanta Journal Constitution, AJC, Gaither, Fulton County, Rolfe, Ann Althouse, Paul Howard, Erika Shields

Influencers strive to explain their decision to euthanize Bowser after he bit their 1-year-old child.

 It's all very influencer-style — not the sort of thing I'd ordinarily watch — but I'd read "Family Vloggers Euthanize Their Dog, Prompting Collective ‘Why?’" at New York Magazine... Several influencers, including Jaclyn Hill, Jeffree Star, and Tana Mongeau, have commented on the situation. YouTuber LaurDIY, who also owns a bull terrier, posted an entire reaction video, in which she says, “They failed to set boundaries for their child and their dog, who has obvious past, unaddressed trauma tha...
Tags: Law, Dogs, Bowser, Ann Althouse, Tana Mongeau, Celebritneys, New York Magazine Several, Jaclyn Hill Jeffree Star

"Mr. Gates was already working on his dream home before marrying Ms. Gates in 1994.... The place was 'a bachelor’s dream and a bride’s nightmare'..."

"... with 'enough software and high-tech displays to make a newlywed feel as though she were living inside a video game.'... After six months of discussions about whether the entire project should be scrapped, Ms. Gates decided to influence further construction by incorporating her preferences — and insisted on making the place a home for a family and not a lone tech wizard.... Perhaps Mr. Gates may now recommit himself to designing and building a smart house (though that may not be a challengin...
Tags: Real Estate, Marriage, Law, Bill Gates, Bill, Gates, Tiny House, Ann Althouse

"Frustrated by the lack of drugs available to carry out lethal injections in their state, South Carolina lawmakers are on the cusp of a controversial solution..."

"... forcing death row inmates to face the electric chair or firing squad when lethal injection is not possible. A bill proposing that change, approved by the State House this week, appears almost certain to become law in the next few days, and is being lauded by Republicans, including Gov. Henry McMaster, who have been vexed by pharmaceutical companies’ refusal to sell states the drugs needed to carry out lethal injections. The lack of drugs, they say, is a key reason South Carolina has not ex...
Tags: Utah, Law, Death Penalty, South Carolina, State House, Henry McMaster, Ann Althouse, Mississippi Oklahoma, Richard A Harpootlian

MIT News presents a robot to brush your hair.

 We're told: "With rapidly growing demands on health care systems, nurses typically spend 18 to 40 percent of their time performing direct patient care tasks, oftentimes for many patients and with little time to spare. Personal care robots that brush hair could provide substantial help and relief." So you've got someone who can't brush her own hair. You're going to need to position her next to the robot. I can't believe that's not harder than just brushing her hair directly. But maybe there's ...
Tags: Law, Robots, Ann Althouse


In the Arb...   [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Trees, Flowers, Ann Althouse

"You are … irritating and unbearable, and I consider it most difficult to live with you. No one can tolerate being reproved by you, who also still show so many weaknesses yourself..."

"... least of all in your adverse manner, which in oracular tones, proclaims this is so and so, without ever supposing an objection. If you were less like you, you would only be ridiculous, but thus as you are, you are highly annoying."Wrote Arthur Schopenhauer's mother to her 19-year-old son. Quoted at the beginning of "How Adult Children Affect Their Mother’s Happiness/Plenty of moms feel something less than unmitigated joy around their grown-up kids. Make sure yours feels that she’s getting a...
Tags: Law, Research, Atlantic, Motherhood, Johanna, Arthur C Brooks, Schopenhauer, Ann Althouse, Arthur Schopenhauer, Annoyingness

"Advocates of cluttercore... 'admit that they have a lot of stuff but that they're going to take pleasure in that and arrange [their items] in ways they like. As a counter aesthetic to the minimalist hegemony...'"

"'... that makes sense to me.'... Cluttercore turns ordinary people into curators. It takes real creativity to think about what goes where and what each item says about the other. Plus, decluttering can possess bleaker undertones. 'I have a running list of theories... People organise and declutter to distract themselves from the seriousness of living in the Anthropocene and its existential threats – a burning planet, the Sixth Great Extinction – inoculating us against the pandemic of anxiety.' Y...
Tags: Google, Law, Bbc, 1960s, 1970s, Ann Althouse, Interior Decoration, Order And Chaos

Caitlyn Jenner's campaign ad — complete with images of Bruce Jenner winning the Decathlon and the ancient voice-over "He wants the world record."

Here's how I ran into the ad: Whoever created this stunning breakout campaign commercial just made Caitlyn Jenner a viable candidate for governor of California. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, it’s hard to disagree with a single sentiment in this video: via @YouTube— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 4, 2021 Here's a screen shot I made: That's not a fleeting glimpse of the past. There are repeated images from the stellar 1976 Olympic performanc...
Tags: Law, California, Advertising, Transgender, Olympics, Republican, Baltimore, Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, Jenner, James Woods, Tim, Caitlyn, Joy Behar, California California, Ann Althouse

"Could you clarify the purpose of this kind of post?"

David emails:Your blog post today: about a NYT article contained: A pull quote from the articleA link to the article No content from you. Since you disabled comments on your blog, I have been trying to understand how you view the blog's purpose. This particular post, which contained no original content from you, is the kind of thing you used to post in order to elicit discussion. But because that is no longer possible, I do not understand your intent. Do you now see yourself as an unpaid adve...
Tags: Law, Blogging, David, Nyt, Unsaid Things, Ann Althouse, Meadhouse, David (the commenter, the Althouse comments community

"Paper architecture has often had a real utopian or critical underlying agenda to it... [It] was often explicitly anti-capitalist, and emphasized the possibilities of a post-revolutionary society."

"Today’s C.G.I. interiors, on the other hand, offer a fantasy of individual consumption and relaxation, but suggest a certain amount of political indifference. 'This seems like there’s no plan, no societal vision, no critique....Taking a historical view, to have anything appropriating fictional utopian architecture with no utopian vision is a bit depressing.' The earlier part of the twenty-tens saw an explosion of 'cabin porn' on Tumblr: a nostalgic, earthy aesthetic of Obama-era hipster America...
Tags: Travel, Politics, Instagram, Law, Obama, Wikipedia, Global Warming, Earth, Architecture, Capitalism, Antarctica, Un, Philip K. Dick, Fournier, Ann Althouse, Interior Decoration

The Ideal City.

That's "The Ideal City" by Fra Carnevale, c. 1480–1484. This post was created to front-page something that appeared after the fold on another post today, so if you care about context, read through to the "FROM THE EMAIL" section of the post that went up at 7:09 a.m.I like it out of context too. The image itself seems out of context — idealized. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Art, Law, Architecture, Context, Ann Althouse, Fra Carnevale

Wildness in one's own yard.

I just needed to walk around to the back...  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Foxes, Ann Althouse

A fallen sprig of very young oak leaves.

Photographed by Meade:    I like the fleshy, sugary look of them. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trees, Meade, Ann Althouse, photos by Meade

" It is not permissible for Facebook to keep a user off the platform for an undefined period, with no criteria for when or whether the account will be restored...."

"In applying a vague, standardless penalty and then referring this case to the Board to resolve, Facebook seeks to avoid its responsibilities. The Board declines Facebook’s request and insists that Facebook apply and justify a defined penalty.... Within six months of this decision, Facebook must reexamine the arbitrary penalty it imposed on January 7 and decide the appropriate penalty. This penalty must be based on the gravity of the violation and the prospect of future harm. It must also be con...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Censorship, Free Speech, Board, APA, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, USC Section, Facebook Oversight Board, the Trump resistance, Gregory Ogden, Federal APA

"The expanding reach of the technology is enough to make a person want to wear a mask indefinitely. We won’t, of course."

"With a spell of warm spring weather in New York City, masks are starting to come off and the smiles are returning to the faces—just as George Harrison once had it—and it really does feel like years since they’ve been here. To be unmasked feels good, natural, free, human. And yet, as covid-19 recedes in this country, the human face will be more vulnerable than ever. Unmasked, we’ll find that our faces have become common property. For technology, faces equal identity; we are our faces, but they a...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, Law, Masks, New York City, George Harrison, Smiling, Ann Althouse, Post-coronavirus Culture

"Last year was not normal. There was stress snacking and procrasti-baking. There was no shedding for the wedding..."

"... in a year when most weddings were postponed or drastically downsized; no pre-high-school-reunion crash diet or worrying if Grandma would body-shame you at Thanksgiving.... But research from a company that makes internet-connected scales... found that people actually lost weight in 2020, or were more likely than in other years to hit their weight-loss goals, if they had them.... In any case, the weight-loss industry isn’t going to let a lack of data dull its zeal to convince Americans that y...
Tags: Food, Law, Fat, Commerce, Don, Weiner, Ron, Jennifer Weiner, Ann Althouse, Ron (the Commenter

"Billie Eilish wants you to know she is in charge, brash and self-assured enough to scrap the raffish image that helped garner her a world of fans in favor of something a little more … adult....."

"The singer... swapp[ed] her trademark sweats for a style more domme than deb: pink Gucci corset and skirt over Agent Provocateur skivvies, accessorized with latex gloves and leggings. The choice was her own, Edward Enninful, the magazine’s editor in chief, wrote in the June issue. 'What if, she wondered, she wanted to show more of her body for the first time in a fashion story?' Mr. Enninful recalled. 'What if she wanted to play with corsetry and revel in the aesthetic of the mid-20th century p...
Tags: Hollywood, Law, Teenagers, Vogue, Madonna, Breasts, Gucci, Elizabeth, La Perla, Edward Enninful, Billie Eilish, Enninful, Corsets, Ann Althouse, Eilish, Gevinson

"Facebook’s oversight board has upheld the company’s decision to restrict Donald Trump’s access to the social media platform."

The Guardian reports. (To comment email me here.)ADDED: I'm not surprised. If the decision had gone the other way, Facebook could have found some new offense and banned him again. AND: From gives some details about the decision, which is not as harshly anti-Trump as it may have first looked: Facebook’s Oversight Board, which acts as a quasi-court to deliberate the company’s content decisions, said the social network was right to bar Mr. Trump after he used the site to foment an insurrection in...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Comedy, Law, Washington, Furniture, Donald Trump, Names, New Yorker, The New Yorker, Trump, The Board, Joe Blow, Michael Nathanson, Ann Althouse, Facebook 's Oversight Board

"An early trickle of retirements from House members in competitive districts is often the first sign of a coming political wave."

"In the 2018 cycle, 48 House Republicans didn’t seek re-election — and 14 of those vacancies were won by Democrats. Now Republicans are salivating over the prospect of reversing that dynamic and erasing the Democrats six-seat advantage." From (NYT). (It's there near the top of the sidebar — "To comment, just email me at [email protected]" — so I'm not going to put a footer in each post for much later.) [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, House, Ann Althouse, 2022 Elections

"Scotland goes to the polls Thursday in a vote that could eventually lead to a truly historic event: the crackup of the United Kingdom."

"The independence movement has gained momentum in the wake of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit. And the pandemic has further encouraged the idea that Scotland might be better off going its own way, with policies determined in Edinburgh viewed more favorably by Scots than those pronounced at Westminster. As a result, the Scottish National Party, led by the popular First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, 50, is expected to perform well in Thursday’s vote for seats in the regional Parliam...
Tags: Law, Scotland, Britain, United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, Edinburgh, Parliament, National party, WaPo, Ann Althouse, U.K, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon

Trump discovers blogging.

Yesterday, I read "Trump launches new communications platform months after Twitter, Facebook ban The space will allow Trump to post comments, images, and videos" (Fox News).But it's not a "new communications platform" other than in the sense that he's new to communicating in this old way, the way that I love and hold dearest. It's a blog. The platform, "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump" appears on  Fine. But why didn't he set up a page like this as soon as he got dumpe...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Books, Law, Blogging, Metaphor, Fox News, Alex, Trump, Donald J Trump, Twitter Facebook, Twitter Twitter, Will Trump, Twitter Trump, Billie Eilish, Ann Althouse

"Ms. Toogood... introduced a bed for Birkenstock... with sides and a headboard so voluminous it could be mistaken for a crash mat. 'It’s part of my softgoods obsession,' Ms. Toogood said. We need that comfort and softness at the moment.'"

From (NYT). I love the name Ms. Toogood — Faye Toogood — and I'm amused by the blobular furniture. I'm having severe 70s flashbacks, but it's not that nightmarish. It's pretty amusing. I think it's funny that Birkenstock makes beds now — blobby beds. I see they're on a cork base, like the famous shoes.I'm not convinced furniture like that is actually comfortable. You might look at it and get a message of comfort, but try getting up after sitting in it for a couple hours. As for the likeness to...
Tags: Photography, Law, Dogs, Fat, Furniture, Ann Althouse, Faye Toogood, Toogood, Interior Decoration

We walked 6.6 miles in New Glarus Woods State Park today.

Brilliant green after yesterday's rain:  Does this fungus suggest the presence of sponge mushrooms nearby? Ramps:  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Trees, Plants, Mushrooms, Onions, Ann Althouse, New Glarus Woods State Park

5:45 a.m.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

"Alex Lugger, 32, a boat marketer in Springfield, Mo., said that she self identifies as a bit cheugy.... 'We were basic in our 20s and now we’re cheugy in our 30s'...."

"Cheugy is just the latest in a long line of niche identifiers that have gained traction on the internet, where people relentlessly categorize highly specific archetypes in starter pack memes and videos. It’s no coincidence that cheugy gained traction on TikTok, a platform that has functioned as an escape from Instagram’s once dominant aesthetic, which is the pinnacle of cheugy.... [W]hat is and isn’t cheugy is highly subjective and changing quickly. 'It’s really easy to identify cheugy things o...
Tags: Fashion, Instagram, Law, New York Times, Slang, Springfield MO, Ann Althouse, Alex Lugger

"One reason demographic change has failed to transform electoral politics is that the increased diversity of the electorate has come not mainly from Black voters but from Hispanic, Asian-American and multiracial voters."

"Those groups back Democrats, but not always by overwhelmingly large margins.... The new census data’s finding that the percentage of non-Hispanic white voters in the country’s electorate dropped by about two percentage points from 2016 to 2020 might seem like a lot. But with Hispanic, Asian-American and multiracial voters representing the entirety of the increase, while the Black share of the electorate was flat, the growing nonwhite share of the electorate cost Mr. Trump only about half a perc...
Tags: Law, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Fox News, Biden, Trump, Tucker Carlson, Democratic Party, Electoral College, Nate Cohn, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Michigan Pennsylvania

To be fair, it does sound delicious.

On todays episode of why i wanna quit my job.— Josie (@ProjectJosiee) May 2, 2021 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Starbucks, Ann Althouse

"An adjunct professor teaching her first-ever course at a California college was placed on leave this week after she ripped a student during a class presentation because he said he regards police officers as 'heroes.'"

"The unidentified Cypress College educator was apparently triggered Wednesday during 19-year-old business major Braden Ellis’ Zoom presentation on cancel culture in the US, in which he noted how even animated kids TV shows such as 'Paw Patrol' have come under fire from unhinged cop-haters.... 'You’re saying police officers should be revered, viewed as heroes? They belong on TV shows with children?'" The NY Post reports. Here's the video:  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Education, Law, California, Police, US, Children's Tv, Ny Post, Cypress College, Ann Althouse, Braden Ellis

"Debate Erupts at N.J. Law School After White Student Quotes Racial Slur/A Rutgers Law student repeated an epithet from a legal case, and now Black students at the New Jersey school are calling for a policy on slurs — and apologies."

 The controversy began on Oct. 28, after a criminal law class all first-year students are required to take. In discussing the circumstances under which a criminal defendant could be held liable for crimes committed by his co-conspirators, the student repeated a quote from a defendant that appeared in an opinion written by a former State Supreme Court judge, Alan B. Handler. “He said, um — and I’ll use a racial word, but it’s a quote,” the student said, according to a summary of the incident wr...
Tags: Law, New Jersey, Free Speech, Law School, Black, Trenton, State Supreme Court, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Alan B Handler