This morning, I'm googling I hate that head exploding gesture because...

... I saw a TV commercial last night in which 2 characters did the gesture over and over and I realized that it has really gone too far and I really hate it. I wish I could find the commercial for you (maybe it's somewhere in the hours of Milwaukee-related sports events that I saw out of the corner of my eye last night and conceivably could scroll through on the DVR).You know the gesture I'm talking about? If you google for it, the first thing you'll find is probably this:Now that is clipped fro...
Tags: Advertising, Dancing, Mick Jagger, OED, Rolling Stones, Slang

"Everyone's too... everyone's too too too too..."

Said Bill Maher on his "Overtime" show, receiving a lightweight apology from Fran Lebowitz, who'd just said something on Maher's "Real Time" that the producers told her they were getting "blowback" about on Twitter: #FranLebowitz clarifies her Trump comments on #RTOvertime: — Real Time (@RealTimers) May 18, 2019 Deadline gives the background on what led to that.Asked whether Trump should be impeached, Lebowitz insisted “Impeachment would be just the beginning of what...
Tags: Apologies, Bill Maher, Civility Bullshit, Comedy, Fran Lebowitz, Jamal Khashoggi, Kathy Griffin

"In this sex-positive version of reality, we have been unleashed from the bonds of church and religion, and suffocating family expectation; we are free, and we’re enjoying being easy."

"And society’s greater liberalism is matched by better scientific understanding of sex and the body parts that we use for it....  Our sexual landscape may look like the promised land, but not everyone wants to travel there...."From "The truth about sex: we are not getting enough" (The Guardian)(groping over the evidence that people are having less sex)."Pornography was too easy to blame, and in fact a US study showed that declines in sexual frequency were greatest among those who didn’t watch it...
Tags: Pornography, Sex

"Under current case law, he has no case. Under New York law, you better put your blinds down. He’s lucky he wasn’t standing there buck naked."

Said a lawyer quoted in "Alex Rodriguez may have a tough time pursuing legal action over viral toilet pic" (NY Post). The photograph — taken of the retired baseball star when he was sitting on the toilet (which the NYT Post calls "turd base") was taken from the window of a Park Avenue office building that has a view into his apartment (where he lives with Jennifer Lopez). I remember blogging about the case the lawyer is referring to. There was an art photographer who'd caught images of people th...
Tags: A-Rod, Art, Creepiness, Free Speech, Hitchcock, Law, Photography, Privacy, Taxidermy, Toilet

At the Apple Blossom Café...

... you can talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Flowers, photos by Meade

"A market where extremely rich people pay too much for mediocre art and shut out the not-quite-as rich may not be the biggest issue in a wildly polarized economy."

"But art is the record of culture we leave for future generations, and it too is being warped by our unequal economy," writes economist Allison Schrager in "Even the Rich Aren’t Rich Enough for Jeff Koons/As billionaires compete for art in an overheated market, the merely affluent are giving up" (NYT).I really don't know why I'm supposed to be bothered that Steve Mnuchin's dad paid $91 million for a shiny metal rabbit. Schrager invites us to care about the psychology of art collectors who might ...
Tags: Art, Law, Economics, Rabbits, Jeff Koons, Allison Schrager, Schrager, Ann Althouse, Steve Mnuchin

"How to set up your desk ergonomically."

Don't worry, stand-up desk haters. There's nothing in there about that. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Health, Law, Furniture, Don, Ann Althouse


Romania under Ceausescu was dystopian with or without an abortion ban. This article is unserious.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) May 17, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Abortion, Romania, Erick Erickson, Ceausescu, Ann Althouse

"It's just all feeling, like, really intense...."

I'm reading "James Charles, Tati Westbrook, and the feud that’s ripping apart YouTube’s beauty community/The feud between two giant stars, explained (for people who don’t follow the YouTube beauty community)" (Vox), and I cannot understand it because I was born before 1995. So I just took that 25-seconds out of that 43-minute video — a 43-minute video with over 47 million views — because it conveys the drama and my mystification. Something very big or very small appears to have happened."I wish ...
Tags: Law, Youtube, Vox, Ann Althouse, Too Much Drama, James Charles Tati Westbrook

"Donald Trump said all AR-15 rifles that are sold in America should be 'made in America.' Progressives were aghast at Trump’s toxic nationalism."

"I’m sorry, did I say Donald Trump? I meant Kamala Harris. Kamala Harris proposed a ban on imported AR-15 rifles. Progressives praised Harris for her bold stand against gun violence."John jibes.I'd make a "Kamala is like Trump" tag if I thought this was going to keep happening. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, America, John, Gun, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Trump, HARRIS, Kamala, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse, I am making a new tag for this, Kamala Harris Kamala Harris

"It now seems the General Flynn was under investigation long before was common knowledge. It would have been impossible for me to know this but..."

"... if that was the case, and with me being one of two people who would become president, why was I not told so that I could make a change?"Tweeted Trump this morning.Earlier this morning, in a less sober tone:My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Treason, Trump, Flynn, Michael Flynn, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric

It's the Era of That's Not Funny, and you should be ashamed to have fun with something that is serious to somebody else.

"My gender is not a costume": For trans people, gender-swap photo filters are no mere game.— ABC News (@ABC) May 17, 2019 Is it then also time to cancel "RuPaul's Drag Race"?By the way, what's wrong with costumes? Or... oh... is this like the blackface problem? [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Transgender, Drag, Blackface, Ann Althouse, Era of That's Not Funny

The famous architect I.M. Pei has died at the age of 102.

I'm reading "Six of I.M. Pei’s Most Important Buildings/The architect’s legacy includes some of the world’s most recognizable buildings, including the Louvre Pyramid" (NYT).First on the list is National Center for Atmospheric Research, which we walked around just a few weeks ago. Here's a photograph of it that I took in 2014. The NYT has a close up photo of the building, but I liked the distant view, which showed how it fit with the rocks in the landscape in Boulder, Colorado.Fifth on the list ...
Tags: Photography, Law, Colorado, Washington, Architecture, Paris, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Louvre, Pei, Doha Qatar, Syracuse NY, Rock And Roll Hall, National Gallery of Art, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Ann Althouse

"I think it’s absolutely fine. I think that’s something that perhaps some people will have a problem with. I have no problem with it whatsoever. I think it’s good."

Said Donald Trump, when asked — in an interview, by Fox News’ Steve Hilton — what he thought about Pete Buttigieg's running for President while being openly gay and standing on stages with his husband onstage. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Same-sex Marriage, Law, Fox News, Steve Hilton, Ann Althouse, Said Donald Trump, Pete Buttigieg, Trump isn't right wing

When does social media star of the nonhuman kind get a mainstream media obituary?

Grumpy Cat.Though her real name is Tardar Sauce, she earned the notorious moniker in 2012 when a photo of her scowl was posted to Reddit. (Her small size and frown were likely due to feline dwarfism, her family later revealed.)Endless memes—and success—followed. In addition to nabbing MSNBC's Most Influential Cat Award, she also scored campaigns with Purina and Cheerios. She had guest spots on Today, Good Morning America, American Idol, Sesame Street and even The Bachelorette.... And in 2014, sh...
Tags: Cats, Law, Reddit, Tardar Sauce, Msnbc, Purina, Ann Althouse, Celebritneys

At the Thursday Night Cafe...

... you can write about whatever you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse

"Boston Accent Ranked Second Sexiest in America, Survey Says."

Boston 10 reports.Texas is #1, in case your wondering. My favorite part of the ranking is "14. Yooper."And I learned a new term "Hoi Toider." (At #35.) I thought it might be a joke, but:High Tider or Hoi Toider is a dialect of American English spoken in very limited communities of the South Atlantic United States—particularly, several small island and coastal townships in the rural North Carolina "Down East" that encompasses the Outer Banks and Pamlico Sound (specifically including Atlantic, Sea...
Tags: Texas, Law, Boston, America, Michigan, North Carolina, Smith, Accents, Tangier, Chesapeake Bay, Outer Banks, Pamlico Sound, Ocracoke, Ann Althouse, Carteret County, Harkers Island

"Democrats are badly blowing it against Trump. A brutal new TV ad shows how."

Headline for a Greg Sargent column at WaPo. Here's the video he's talking about:The ad has ordinary-looking people pissed off and saying things like: Now you tell us to wait for the next election? Really? Really? Really? This is why we volunteered. Raised money. Went door to door. And voted in the last election. Our founding fathers expected you — Congress — to hold a lawless president accountable. And you’re doing nothing. Nothing. Nothing. He broke his oath of office. He’s defying you. Laughin...
Tags: Law, Congress, Advertising, Sargent, Trump, Tom Steyer, Greg Sargent, Ann Althouse, Impeachment, 2020 Campaign, WaPo Here

"'Madam Speaker,' Mr. Barr said, approaching Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California for a handshake. 'Did you bring your handcuffs?'"

"Ms. Pelosi, whose Democratic caucus is preparing to hold Mr. Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over Robert S. Mueller III’s full report, had joked last week that the House still had 'a little jail' it could put to use, if necessary."Reports the NYT in "Pelosi and Barr Share a Gag About Jail and Handcuffs." So the humor is shared. According to the headline. In the text, paragraph #2, it's called a "gag — or was it a taunt?" — which doesn't sound "shared"... or even necessarily hu...
Tags: Prison, Law, Congress, California, House, Nancy Pelosi, Smiling, Pelosi, Barr, Ann Althouse, Laughing, William Barr, Robert S Mueller III, Era of That's Not Funny, Mr Barr

"Thank you Joe and remember, the BRAIN is much sharper also!" tweeted Trump...

... in response to something Joe Scarborough, who'd said that Trump "looks like he’s about 20 years younger than a lot of Democratic candidates" (reported at Politico).ADDED: Notice that Trump said "the BRAIN is much sharper," not "my BRAIN is much sharper." Remember, yesterday we were talking about "the geriatric possessive," how old people tend to say "I’m going to take my bath" and "take my walk" and "take my nap" rather than referring to baths and walks and naps and so on generally, without ...
Tags: Law, Politico, Aging, Looks, Brain, Language, Howard Stern, Shakespeare, Joe, Trump, Donald, Joe Scarborough, Howard, Henry Fielding, Keats, Meade

"Kamala Harris used humor to swat aside the chatter about her becoming Joe Biden’s running mate: Maybe it should be the other way around..."

"... she said Wednesday, given Biden’s experience in the No. 2 job. But inside her campaign and among allies, such talk is not a laughing matter. They're rankled by the suggestion, privately venting that it’s demeaning to a woman of color and perpetuates an unfair critique that she’s somehow not prepared for the job she’s actually seeking. 'It's infuriating,' a Harris confidant fumed several days before the idea began taking hold in the media.... Anticipating questions from news media on Wednesd...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Trump, HARRIS, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Era of That's Not Funny

At the Clouds-in-the-Coffee Café...

... it's a timeless place.Hey, think about using the Althouse Portal to Amazon. Here's something I just bought — a NutriBullet. Love it. Why not put frozen spinach and kale in your mango/banana/blueberry smoothies? It's so much less boring than eating salad. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Amazon Here, Tablescape, Ann Althouse, Althouse Portal, Coffee Café

50 years ago today — Robert Rayford died, perhaps the earliest known victim of the disease that would become known as AIDS.

From "A mystery illness killed a boy in 1969. Years later, doctors learned what it was: AIDS/Robert Rayford challenged the narrative about the epidemic" (WaPo):The 16-year-old boy had the kind of illness that wouldn’t be familiar to doctors for years: He was weak and emaciated, rife with stubborn infections and riddled with rare cancerous lesions known as Kaposi’s sarcoma, a skin disease found in elderly men of Mediterranean descent. The boy, Robert Rayford, died on May 15, 1969, in St. Louis......
Tags: Medicine, Law, St Louis, Mediterranean, 1960s, Chicago Tribune, Tulane, St Louis Post, Garry, Kaposi, Robert Garry, Witte, Rayford, Ann Althouse, Robert Rayford, Elvin Lewis

"Harvard Betrays a Law Professor — and Itself/Misguided students believe that defending Harvey Weinstein makes Ronald Sullivan unfit to be their dean. Apparently the university agrees."

An op-ed by Harvard lawprof Randall Kennedy (in the NYT).In addition to his work as a professor and a lawyer, [Ronald] Sullivan, with his wife, Stephanie Robinson, has served for a decade as the faculty dean of Winthrop House, an undergraduate dormitory where some 400 students live.As a faculty dean, Mr. Sullivan is responsible for creating a safe, fun, supportive environment in which students can pursue their collegiate ambitions. Winthrop House is meant to be a home away from home; faculty dea...
Tags: Protest, Students, Law, Harvard, Yale, House, Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Harassment, Law School, Kennedy, Robinson, Sullivan, Weinstein, Winthrop, Harvard Gazette, Christakis

"A friend who is still creative in his eighties points out what he calls the geriatric possessive: people past eighty, he says, are expected to say, 'I’m going to take my bath,' 'I’m going to take my walk.'"

"We can counterpoise that to the pediatric possessive: 'You’re going to take your bath,' 'It’s time for your nap.' Only in midlife do we feel secure enough to enumerate actions as existing individually outside our possession of them: 'I’m going to take a bath,' 'I’m going to take a nap.' A bath and a nap exist, briefly, outside our possession of them—they’re just around for the taking, we suppose, and always will be."From "Can We Live Longer but Stay Younger?/With greater longevity, the quest to...
Tags: Law, Aging, Language, Adam Gopnik, Ann Althouse

"Telling Carly Simon how hot she was for a half-hour or spewing sex questions to Wilmer Valderrama—this ultimately led to nothing. It wasn’t good radio."

"It was meaningless. It was just me being self-absorbed and compulsive about asking something that would provoke and antagonize. Those weren’t really interviews. They were monologues. Instead of a conversation, it was just me blurting out ridiculous things. I had some real issues. Then I started going to a psychotherapist. This was in the late nineties. I had no idea how therapy worked. The only thing I knew about it was what I saw in movies and on television, where people would just sit there a...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Law, Carly Simon, Wilmer Valderrama, Howard Stern, Stern, Ann Althouse

"The rhythm specified in the six-week abortion bans... 'is a group of cells with electrical activity. That’s what the heartbeat is at that stage of gestation… We are in no way talking about any kind of cardiovascular system.'"

"In part because that rhythm is a sign of the health of the developing embryo, scientists have worked to push backward the moment in pregnancy they can detect it. In 1984 they were pretty psyched to pick up fetal cardiac activity at between 41 and 43 days of gestation—six weeks. The researchers described it as a 'tiny blinking, flashing, and/or rocking echo with a regular rhythm... What’s really happening at that point is that our ultrasound technology has gotten good enough to be able to detect...
Tags: Law, Court, Pregnancy, Toronto, Language, Abortion, Jen Gunter, UC San Francisco, American College of Obstetricians, Ann Althouse, Kerns, Sarah Horvath, Janet Rossant, Jennifer Kerns

At the Wednesday Night Cafe...

... you can talk about what you like. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse

"She had a heart of gold and was a very funny lady who I shared many laughs with."

View this post on Instagram Paul remembers Doris Day: 'So sad to hear of Doris Day passing away. She was a true star in more ways than one. I had the privilege of hanging out with her on a few occasions. Visiting her in her Californian home was like going to an animal sanctuary where her many dogs were taken care of in splendid style. She had a heart of gold and was a very funny lady who I shared many laughs with. Her films like 'Ca...
Tags: Law, Paul Mccartney, God, PAUL, Doris, Doris Day, Ann Althouse

It's not doing Kamala Harris any favors to go easy on her. She needs to be tested and challenged if she's to be the nominee.

I'm reading "Kamala Harris’s claim that Medicare-for-all ‘doesn’t get rid of all insurance’" from Glenn Kessler, the WaPo "fact checker" who normally has a system of ratings that gives out "Pinocchios." He concludes:Call us skeptical, but Section 107 looks like a loophole for single-payer supporters to claim that private insurance is not being eliminated, even as the main sponsor says he wants to put health insurance companies out of the business. There is virtually nothing left on the table but...
Tags: Law, Insurance, Medicare, Kamala Harris, Trump, HARRIS, WaPo, Glenn Kessler, Ann Althouse