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"Asked which party they would back if the election were today, 37% of Hispanic voters said they would support the Republican congressional candidate and 37% said they would favor the Democrat..."

"... with 22% undecided. Hispanic voters were also evenly divided when asked about a hypothetical rematch in 2024 of the last presidential contenders, with 44% saying they would back President Biden and 43% supporting former President Donald Trump. In 2020, Mr. Biden won 63% support among Hispanic voters, nearly 30 points more than Mr. Trump.... [T]he poll showed that economic issues were the main concern among Hispanic voters, drawing Hispanic men, in particular, toward the GOP.... A majority ...
Tags: Law, Ethnicity, Biden, Donald Trump, Journal, Polls, Ann Althouse, Mr Trump, Democrats Wall Street Journal


"10-month review of Wisconsin’s 2020 elections conducted by a conservative Milwaukee law firm... found no evidence of the kind of fraud being alleged by allies of former President Donald Trump..."

"... who falsely contend last year’s presidential election was 'stolen.' At the same time, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty found 'it is almost certain' that 'the number of votes that did not comply with existing legal requirements exceeded Joe Biden’s margin of victory.' With the country’s two major political parties sharply at odds over whether the 2020 presidential election was legitimate, the review, released Tuesday, walks a fine line in asserting there were serious problems wit...
Tags: Voting, Law, Milwaukee, Georgia, Joe Biden, Wisconsin, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Trump, Wisconsin Institute for Law, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Stacey Abrams, Rick Esenberg, Wisconsin State Journal Here


"On Monday, a partially eaten full turkey at one abandoned site had two hypodermic needles sticking from it and needles were easy to spot elsewhere."

"'It’s a public health concern... We don’t want needles being covered up by the snow. We are trying to get ahead of the weather.'" From "Madison breaking up homeless encampment at Reindahl Park" (Wisconsin State Journal). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Drugs, Madison, Litter, Ann Althouse, Reindahl Park Wisconsin State Journal


"We’re an employer too, the state of Michigan is... I know if that [vaccine] mandate happens, we’re going to lose state employees."

"That’s why I haven’t proposed a mandate at the state level. Some states have. We have not, we’re waiting to see what happens in court."  Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Monday, quoted in "Dems begin souring on vaccine mandates" (Politico).  As for Biden, unnamed Democrats have "concerns... that they’re ending up with the worst of all worlds: a blunt policy that won’t go into effect but that will saddle them politically." As one "strategist" put it: "it’s just another thing added...
Tags: Law, New York City, Bill De Blasio, Michigan, Biden, MEZZROW, I was wrong, Ann Althouse, Gretchen Whitmer, Coronavirus


"Sins of the flesh are not the most serious" — pride and hatred are "the most serious."

Said Pope Francis, quoted in "Don’t sweat about sins of flesh, says Pope Francis" (London Times). The question came up [after]... the resignation of Michel Aupetit, the Archbishop of Paris, who offered to step down after the French magazine Le Point claimed that he had a consensual, intimate relationship with a woman, which emerged when he sent an incriminating email to his secretary by mistake.... Aupetit denies the accusation, but the Pope said: "It was a failing on his part, a failing agains...
Tags: Law, Adultery, Paris, Pope Francis, Pope, Sin, Catholics, London Times, Ann Althouse, Le Point, Aupetit, Pope Francis London, Michel Aupetit the Archbishop


"Like most kids, Henry spent the 2020-2021 school year learning from home...."

"Meanwhile, for more than ten years, we’ve had an 'owl box' in the tree above our driveway.... When our latest nesting pair showed up in late winter, Henry thought it would be a good idea to show the class through a 'broadcast.' So he got dressed up, we set up an iPhone on a tripod in the dining room, and the Weekly Owl Report was born! Sitting still and reading from cue cards was a big deal for Henry because he likes to move around a lot and sometimes has a hard time staying focused...."  It...
Tags: Education, Law, Birds, Henry, Columbia School District, Ann Althouse, Althouse, Henry Watch




"The priciest Advent calendar on the market is probably the new $150,000 Tiffany version, a four-foot-tall cabinet with a reproduction of the Jean-Michel Basquiat painting... on the front and 24 gifts inside."

" So why has the Chanel version gotten people so het up?... ... Chanel does lay out all the contents of the calendar on its website, so it’s not a secret what anybody is getting for their money. It’s not apparent that their offering is any more flimflam than that of other brands. But because it was new, and because it cost so much [$825], and because it was Chanel, with all the mythology built into the name, the stakes and expectations may have been higher. And the sense of betrayal when those ...
Tags: Fashion, Makeup, Law, Gifts, Perfume, Chanel, Tiffany, Jean Michel Basquiat, Harmon, Ann Althouse, Tiktok, Elise Harmon


"I had told myself that I’d never try heroin because it sounded too perfect. It’s like 'warm, buttery love,' a friend told me."

"When I did yield to temptation... [i]t was relief from my dread and anxiety, and a soothing sense that I was safe, nurtured and unconditionally loved.... Opioids mimic the neurotransmitters that are responsible for making social connection comforting — tying parent to child, lover to beloved. The brain also makes its own 'endogenous' opioids.... Today... what is now known as the 'brain opioid theory of social attachment' is widely accepted.... [O]pioid systems have evolved in part to fuel the ...
Tags: Law, Drugs, Relationships, Brain, Addiction, Solitude, Ann Althouse, Maia Szalavitz


"A 73-year-old volunteer died on Saturday after she was repeatedly rammed by a sheep while working at a Massachusetts farm that uses animals in mental health therapy...."

  She was "rammed by a sheep," and we're informed that male sheep are "known as rams." The farm — Cultivate Care Farms — has a website that "states that it is committed to improving the lives of children through 'farm-based therapy,' describing itself as a pioneer in the model, which it hopes to establish as a form of mental health treatment comparable to other models like cognitive behavioral therapy." People do want to do volunteer work, and working with therapy animals must seem, to ...
Tags: Death, Law, Massachusetts, Sheep, Ann Althouse


"Mr. Trump’s economic populism (at least in rhetoric) blasted through the libertarianism that has tended to dominate the G.O.P., a libertarianism that has made the party’s alliance with pro-lifers..."

"... one of strange bedfellows indeed. If the G.O.P. wants to be of any relevance in a post-Roe world — after all, with Roe gone, those single-issue voters will be free to look elsewhere — it will have to offer the country the matrix of ethnic diversity and economic solidarity that Mr. Trump stumbled upon, but without the divisiveness of the man himself.... A post-Roe America will need to move beyond its wrongheaded obsession with autonomy.... We humans are not best understood as rights-bearing ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Careers, Vegetables, Metaphor, Feminism, Abortion, Trump, Democratic Party, Roe, Erika Bachiochi, Ann Althouse, Roe America, Bachiochi


Congress drops the proposed requirement that women register for the draft.

 Politico reports.One of the people with knowledge of the move said the provision was stripped as a trade-off so Republicans would accept reforms to the military justice system....Calls to expand the draft beyond men have grown recently, particularly after the Pentagon opened all combat roles to women in 2015....This article isn't very informative.  I suspect that requiring women to register for the draft isn't popular, but only certain Republicans want to speak against it publicly. On an abstra...
Tags: Law, Congress, Pentagon, Women In The Military, Ann Althouse, Women s Army Corp


"The value of a woman’s Indiana home more than doubled between appraisals last year after she stripped it of all evidence that it was owned by a Black person and a White family friend stood in as the homeowner."

"Earlier this year, a Black family in Ohio removed family photos, artwork and their 6-year-old daughter’s superhero pictures, replacing them with belongings their White neighbors offered up. The appraised value of their house went from $465,000 to about $560,000." From "A Black couple says an appraiser lowballed them. So, they ‘whitewashed’ their home and say the value shot up" (WaPo).  The main couple discussed in the story had put $400,000 into improving a northern California house that t...
Tags: Real Estate, Law, California, Indiana, Ohio, Black, WaPo, Lem, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse


At the Real Thing Café...

  ... maybe you’re sitting alone, smoking that cigarette, tending to your own bizarre, troubling thoughts,  talking to yourself.  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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"White privilege, he told his nearly all-White class, is 'a fact.' Hawn apologized after at least one parent objected. But a few months later..."

"... he assigned the Ta-Nehisi Coates essay 'The First White President,' spurring more parent complaints. This time school officials issued a letter of reprimand to Hawn for one-sided teaching. After that, Hawn promised to stay away from the topic. But in late April, a student mentioned White privilege during a class discussion about the trial of Derek Chauvin — the White Minneapolis police officer who murdered George Floyd by kneeling on the Black man’s neck — and Hawn could not help himself. H...
Tags: Law, Hawn, Kingsport Tenn, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Matthew Hawn, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, White Minneapolis, Kyla Jenee Lacey


"I remember...."

I remember something made me read this old blog post of mine, from 2013, when I had a little project going where I'd take one sentence from "The Great Gatsby" and present it for discussion, not in the context of the book as a whole, but purely as a sentence. I like to read on a sentence level, and this book has the best sentences.The sentence of the day was "I remember the fur coats of the girls returning from Miss This-or-That’s and the chatter of frozen breath and the hands waving overhead as ...
Tags: Facebook, Crime, Education, Writing, Law, Wikipedia, India, Poetry, Memory, Blogging, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Bruce Lee, Gloves, David Mamet, Martin Luther King Jr


"In the Beatles circa 1969, Paul McCartney is the negotiator-in-chief, and he’s aware of every eggshell he has to walk around or smash to achieve greatness..."

"... or just to get shit done.... [H]e comes off as surprisingly aware of the minefield of sensitivities around him... and he’s certainly beyond aware that he’s paying a cost to be the boss. He’s a domineering older brother to George and rival/BFF/frenemy to John, and now he’s playing de facto manager to everyone — not necessarily because he’s taken pole position in the band on merit alone, but because Lennon is suddenly more invested in a woman... Seeing McCartney recognize and articulate all t...
Tags: Google, London, Law, Wikipedia, John Lennon, George Harrison, Yoko Ono, Vienna, Paul Mccartney, John, Peter Jackson, Madison, Boredom, David Mamet, Ringo Starr, Beatles


"There are four main goals for TikTok’s algorithm: 用户价值, 用户价值 (长期), 作者价值, and 平台价值, which the company translates as 'user value,' 'long-term user value,' 'creator value,' and 'platform value....'"

"The document, headed 'TikTok Algo 100'... offers a new level of detail about the dominant video app, providing a revealing glimpse both of the app’s mathematical core and insight into the company’s understanding of human nature — our tendencies toward boredom, our sensitivity to cultural cues — that help explain why it’s so hard to put down.... It succeeded where other short videos apps failed in part because it makes creation so easy, giving users background music to dance to or memes to enact...
Tags: Psychology, Amazon, Art, Law, China, Surveillance, Fox, Beijing, Commerce, Addiction, Ben Smith, David Mamet, New America, Amazon Associates, Rationality, Ann Althouse


"David Perdue, the former U.S. senator from Georgia and ally of Donald Trump, plans to announce on Monday that he will run in a Republican primary..."

"... against the state’s incumbent governor, Brian Kemp.... Mr. Trump has vowed to orchestrate Mr. Kemp’s defeat as payback for the governor’s refusal to help overturn the former president’s November election loss in the state.... Mr. Perdue’s decision to try to knock out a fellow Georgia Republican in 2022 is... sure to ignite an ugly — and costly — intraparty war before a general election in which the Republican nominee will likely face Stacey Abrams, the Democratic superstar whose national fa...
Tags: Law, Georgia, Republican, Donald Trump, Perdue, Trump, Kemp, Brian Kemp, David Perdue, Ann Althouse, what Trump did to the GOP, Stacey Abrams, 2022 Elections, Brian Kemp Mr Trump


"A group of white supremacists stormed through downtown Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening, bearing American flags and mildly menacing plastic shields while marching to the beat of a snare drum..."

"... down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.... Members wore a uniform: white gators, sunglasses, blue jackets, khaki pants, and brown boots and hats. Some donned plastic shinguards, seeming to anticipate violence. As Patriot Front’s leader Thomas Rousseau... said, 'Our demonstrations are an exhibition of our unified capability to organize....' At the end of the night... it became clear that more than two dozen members of the white supremacist group could not leave... But the large rented movin...
Tags: Law, Washington, America, Protests, Dick, Spelling, Lincoln Memorial, White Supremacy, Ann Althouse, Order And Chaos, Patriot Front, Thomas Rousseau, Andrea McCarren, Lincoln Memorial Members


"Crews of burglars publicly smashing their way into Los Angeles' most exclusive stores. Robbers following their victims, including..."

"... a star of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' and a BET host, to their residences. And this week, the fatal shooting of 81-year-old Jacqueline Avant, an admired philanthropist and wife of music legend Clarence Avant, in her Beverly Hills home.... 'The fact that this has happened, her being shot and killed in her own home, after giving, sharing, and caring for 81 years has shaken the laws of the Universe,' declared Oprah Winfrey.... 'The world is upside down.'... Some wonder if this could...
Tags: Murder, Crime, Prison, Law, California, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Oprah Winfrey, Black Lives Matter, Bet, Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, Ann Althouse, L.A, Clarence Avant, Melina Abdullah, Black Lives Matter Los


"A former co-worker of Chris Cuomo made a sexual misconduct allegation against the former CNN anchor..."

"... who was fired Saturday for misleading the cable network about the extent of the role he played trying to mitigate the sexual harassment accusations that took down his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.... The disclosure came as an outside law firm was probing new documents released by by New York’s top prosecutor Monday that suggested the younger Cuomo was more involved trying to control damage to his brother’s political career than he previously said. The woman who leveled the unknown acc...
Tags: New York, Law, Cnn, Andrew Cuomo, Sexual Harassment, Cuomo, Ny Post, Chris Cuomo, Katz, Ann Althouse, Debra Katz


"Less well-known than jurisprudence is what the law professors Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres have termed 'demosprudence' — the idea that legal change does not flow exclusively from courts and other government actors, but..."

"... may proceed from the mobilization of the people themselves. When Sotomayor switched gears and aimed her rhetoric at the public, she was planting the seeds for demosprudence, alerting the people to the imminent threat to abortion rights in the hopes that, hearing her alarm, we might mobilize. Not with a Jan. 6-style insurrection but with the sort of grass-roots energy that once fueled the civil rights movement and other progressive social causes. This could take many forms, such as enacting ...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Democracy, Senate, House, Sonia Sotomayor, Roe, Sotomayor, Ann Althouse, Melissa Murray, Lani Guinier, Casey Murray, Gerald Torres


"The Michigan high school student accused of fatally shooting four classmates had numerous conversations with school counselors in the day and hours before the shooting..."

"... before staff sent him back to class despite finding images of bullets on his phone and disturbing drawings at his desk, the superintendent told parents in a detailed letter.... The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in a threat assessment of school shooters, said that 'the path toward violence is an evolutionary one, with signposts along the way.' One such signpost: 'fantasies of destruction or revenge,' including in drawings. According to the American Psychological Association, 'access to or...
Tags: Guns, Education, Law, Washington Post, America, Michigan, Federal Bureau of Investigation, WaPo, American Psychological Association, Ann Althouse, Crumbley, Order And Chaos, Casey Smith


"The father plays absolutely no part in this. That is part of her rehabilitation. When she renounces her child for its own good, the unwed mother has learned a lot."

"She has learned an important human value. She has learned to pay the price of her misdemeanor, and this alone, if punishment is needed, is punishment enough.... We must go back to a primary set of values and the discipline that starts with the very small child."  Said Dr. Marion Hilliard of Women's College Hospital in 1956, quoted in the Wikipedia article "Baby Scoop Era," which I was reading because that term, "Baby Scoop Era," came up in a new WaPo article, "Barrett is wrong: Adoption doesn...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Adoption, Abortion, Catholic Church, Women s College Hospital, WaPo, Roe, Barrett, University of California San Francisco, Gretchen Sisson, Sisson, Department of Obstetrics Gynecology, Ann Althouse, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, Amy Coney Barrett


"I have 5 different colleagues who were in tight with him."

Steven Pinker discusses his impression of Jeffrey Epstein with Joe Rogan. pic.twitter.com/QwbFdw7k8i— Mythinformed MKE (@MythinformedMKE) December 4, 2021 I decided to blog this with that quote in the headline before I listened to the end of the clip. The quote caught my ear because who were the colleagues? And "in tight" is such an evocative phrase when we're talking about not just friendship but sexual activity. I finally listened through and heard how that sentence continued: "I have 5...
Tags: Law, Steven Pinker, Jeffrey Epstein, Joe Rogan, Ann Althouse


Sunrise — 7:04 and 7:19.

  Write about whatever you want in the comments.  And please think of supporting this blog by doing your shopping through the Althouse portal to Amazon, which is always right there in the sidebar. Thanks! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Sunrise, Ducks, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Althouse


"In the Michigan Shooting, What Is the School’s Responsibility?"

  First, a teacher found Ethan Crumbley searching online for ammunition. The next day, there was an alarming note on his desk: “The thoughts won’t stop. Help me.” School officials met with Mr. Crumbley, 15, and his parents, informing them that he needed to begin counseling within 48 hours. After his parents resisted bringing him home, administrators allowed him to stay in school.... The parents have been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter. Isn't the school more  responsible?  Ca...
Tags: Murder, Education, Law, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ross, George Washington University, Waukesha, Milwaukee County, Rittenhouse, Ann Althouse, Crumbley, Order And Chaos, Catherine J Ross, Kyle Rittenhouse, Joseph Rosenbaum


Sunrise on Lake Mendota — 7:04 — what am I laughing at?

Ducks! I am easily amused. Sunrise. Ducks ducking. What more can you want? It goes to show you don't ever know. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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"This from a man who wrote a book called 'Principles.'"

Quips Bari Weiss in "Women's Tennis Has Balls. Does Wall Street? Cowardice and courage on the question of China" (Substack).  She's talking about this guy:"What they have is an autocratic system and one of the leaders described it that the U.S. is a country of individuals and individualism...in China it is an extension of the family," says @RayDalio. "As a top down country what they are doing is--they behave like a strict parent." pic.twitter.com/MNZKMdtPy2— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) November 3...
Tags: Law, China, Ann Althouse, Bari Weiss