Sunrise, 5:19.

The "actual" sunrise time was 5:17.Free free to use the comments section for any topics you might want to raise.And remember to use the Althouse Portal to Amazon if you have any shopping to do. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Trans rights: government reported to be dropping gender self-identifying plans

Ban on ‘gay cure’ therapies will apparently also be announced in new paper Boris Johnson is set to scrap plans to allow people to change their legal gender by “self-identifying” as male or female, it has been reported.Measures drawn up under Theresa May’s government to enable transgender people to change their birth certificate without a medical diagnosis have been ditched by the prime minister’s team, according to the Sunday Times. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Politics, Society, UK News, Transgender, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Liz Truss, Sunday Times Continue

"While Melania stayed in New York, Ivanka continued to establish herself in the West Wing, notorious for its cramped and limited working spaces."

"According to several people, she was eyeing real estate in the East Wing as well, the domain of the first lady. Among other proposals, Ivanka suggested renaming the 'First Lady’s Office' the 'First Family Office.' Melania did not allow that to happen. It was tradition, and she was not going to let her stepdaughter change it. Ivanka’s office remained in the West Wing. Melania’s delay in moving from New York initially put her at a disadvantage. Even some of the staff positions and budgets that wo...
Tags: New York, Law, White House, Trump, Melania Trump, Eric, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump, West Wing, Barron, Melania, Mary Jordan, Ann Althouse, East Wing, Don Jr, Melania He

At the Third Quarter Café...

... you can talk about whatever you like. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, The moon, Flowers, Ann Althouse, Third Quarter Café

Would the person named Yin who is trying to comment, please try again?

We have tried to put through your comments, but they are not appearing. We are worried that there's some kind of censorship happening that is not coming from us. We will look for you and make a screen shot next time we see you! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Yin, Ann Althouse, the Althouse comments community

"So dogmatic was the dictate that we all stay at home that any attempt to question or even balance it... was deemed immoral."

"Those who questioned state-mandated lockdown and stay-at-home orders, let alone left their homes to actually protest against them, were condemned as sociopaths who were willing to sacrifice the lives of old people for economic prosperity or the trivial, troglodyte desire to go to Applebees. Oftentimes those protesting lockdowns were vilified as white nationalists or at least driven by white racialist sentiments.... How is it remotely within the scope of the expertise of epidemiologists to pick ...
Tags: Law, Glenn Greenwald, Protests, Bad Science, Free Speech, Applebees, Greenwald, Ann Althouse, Partisanship, Coronavirus

My Car Rental Debt Collector Debacle And Negotiating a Lower Payment

A few months ago I had gone to visit relatives in Washington D.C for a few days ahead of a work trip to New York. When I got to Dulles airport, just outside D.C., I rented a car from the Budget car... Read the rest of the post...
Tags: Auto, New York, Budget, Washington, Marketing, Insurance, Dulles, Esurance, Debt Collection

"Pandemics, Risks and Remedies"

The title of this post is the title of this new and timely article authored by Lee Kovarsky now available via SSRN.  Here is its abstract: There are lessons in every catastrophe, and the impact of Coronavirus-19 (“COVID”) on America’s prisoner population has been especially catastrophic.  Jails and prisons are sites of unique peril because each facility bears the systemic risk of a single infection.  That COVID tore through these facilities was predictable — the health infrastructure is deplora...
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Fortnite Defeats Another Lawsuit Over Emote Dance Moves–Brantley v. Epic Games

This case involves the “Running Man” dance, a 2016 fad. (Note: the dance is not the same as the old-skool Running Man dance move, a 1980s classic that I’ve attempted on occasion). A viral video of people doing a “Running Man Challenge” was featured on the Ellen DeGeneres TV show. Fortnite added and sold an emote of the Running Man dance. The plaintiffs, Jaylen Brantley and Jared Nickens, acknowledged on the Ellen show that they copied the dance from someone else. Nevertheless, they claim they p...
Tags: Law, Copyright, Epic, Ellen, Trademark, Ellen Degeneres, Epic Games, Activision, Pellegrino, Jaylen Brantley, Brantley, Epic Games Inc, Dastar, Jared Nickens, Nickens, Pellegrino Solid Oak Sketches

"John Bolton, Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, wanted to write a book."

"He knew that the White House would do everything it could to stop him. He hired a flashy white-shoe law firm to handle the prepublication review process required by the nondisclosure agreement he signed when he got his security clearance. As expected, the White House weaponized the prepublication review process against him to keep him from publishing. If he published without approval, it said, he could face severe legal consequences. Then his lawyer, Chuck Cooper, wrote a Wall Street Journal op...
Tags: Law, White House, Bolton, Wall Street Journal, Cooper, John Bolton, NDA, Ann Althouse, Chuck Cooper, John Bolton DONALD TRUMP

"Jonathan Turley rips Cornell Law faculty letter against me: 'It is the antipathy of the intellectual foundations for higher education.'"

A new post by William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, linking to "Cornell Professors Declare 'Informed Commentary' Criticizing The Protests As Racism" by Jonathan Turley.An excerpt from Turley: "What is most striking for me is the inclusion of Professors Mark H. Jackson and Cortelyou Kenney, who teach in the Cornell First Amendment Clinic. They are in fact the Director and Associate Director of the First Amendment Clinic, which is presumably committed to the value of free speech even at private ...
Tags: Law, Jackson, BLM, Free Speech, Law School, Cornell, Dean, Jacobson, Turley, Jonathan Turley, Cornell Law School, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Lawprofs, Cornell Law, William A. Jacobson

"We're supposed to be for each other! We're supposed to be for each other! No! No! No!"

Game of Dodgeball in Antifastan, Seattle. The game ended in confusion and frustration as players were told to continue playing even after getting hit by a ball to prevent hurt feelings.— John Henry Cash (@fake_news_u_r) June 13, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Sports, Ann Althouse, Things That Won't Work, Left-wing Ideology, Antifastan Seattle, John Henry Cash

Lake Mendota at 4:49 a.m.

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

"We can say we’re going to cancel her, but she’s going to get money for the rest of her life."

Said J’Neia Stewart, whose “House of Black Podcast,” looks at the "Harry Potter" series in terms of social justice, quoted in "Harry Potter Fans Reimagine Their World Without Its Creator/A slice of fandom divides itself from J.K. Rowling" (NYT). Also:“J.K. Rowling gave us Harry Potter; she gave us this world,” said Renae McBrian, a young adult author who volunteers for the fan site MuggleNet. “But we created the fandom, and we created the magic and community in that fandom. That is ours to keep....
Tags: Law, Transgender, Harry Potter, Nyt, Jk Rowling, Rowling, J K Rowling, Andrew Sullivan, Ann Althouse, Said J'Neia Stewart, Renae McBrian, Talia Franks, Harry Potter Alliance Ms Rowling, Mx Franks

"There is little or no liberal space in this revolutionary movement for genuine, respectful disagreement, regardless of one’s identity, or even open-minded exploration."

"In fact, there is an increasingly ferocious campaign to quell dissent, to chill debate, to purge those who ask questions, and to ruin people for their refusal to swallow this reductionist ideology whole. The orthodoxy goes further than suppressing contrary arguments and shaming any human being who makes them. It insists, in fact, that anything counter to this view is itself a form of violence against the oppressed. The reason some New York Times staffers defenestrated op-ed page editor James Be...
Tags: Law, Journalism, New York Times, New York Magazine, Liberalism, Tom Cotton, Andrew Sullivan, Unsaid Things, Ann Althouse, Left-wing Ideology, James Bennet, Religion Substitutes, Cancel Culture, Religion And Journalism

Queen's birthday marked with physically distanced event at Windsor Castle

Welsh Guards stage unique ceremony to replace trooping the colour during lockdownThe Queen’s official birthday has been marked with a brief ceremonial tribute by the military under physical distancing measures.Soldiers from the Welsh Guards, who a few weeks ago were staffing coronavirus test centres, staged the unique event in the grounds of Windsor Castle, as the head of state made her first official public appearance since lockdown was imposed. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Military, British Army, Monarchy, The Queen, Windsor Castle, Welsh Guards

Queen's birthday marked with socially distanced event at Windsor Castle

Welsh Guards stage unique ceremony to replace trooping the colour during lockdownThe Queen’s official birthday has been marked with a brief ceremonial tribute by the military under social distancing measures.Soldiers from the Welsh Guards, who a few weeks ago were staffing coronavirus test centres, staged the unique event in the grounds of Windsor Castle, as the head of state made her first official public appearance since lockdown was imposed. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Military, British Army, Monarchy, The Queen, Windsor Castle, Welsh Guards

"Each passing day sees more scenes that recall something closer to cult religion than politics."

"White protesters in Floyd’s Houston hometown kneeling and praying to black residents for 'forgiveness… for years and years of racism' are one thing, but what are we to make of white police in Cary, North Carolina, kneeling and washing the feet of Black pastors? What about Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer kneeling while dressed in 'African kente cloth scarves'? There is symbolism here that goes beyond frustration with police or even with racism: these are orgiastic, quasi-religious, and most of al...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Matt Taibbi, Nancy Pelosi, Houston, James Comey, Floyd, Chuck Schumer, Cary North Carolina, Robert Mueller, Ann Althouse, Religion Substitutes, Brett Kavanaugh, Religion And Journalism, Ukrainegate

"No. You can not base your life on frowning and glaring at others literally behind your shades and think you are making a positive impact on lives."

"Just like the met gala is a ridiculous, outdated event that does no good except for advancing privilege. I hope we begin to understand how many generous, kind people there are in the world and that those are the individuals we should be celebrating."The second-highest-rated comment on "Can Anna Wintour Survive the Social Justice Movement?/A reckoning has come to Bon Appétit and the other magazines of Condé Nast. Can a culture built on elitism and exclusion possibly change?" by Ginia Bellafante ...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Sunglasses, Hillary Clinton, United Kingdom, Vogue, Anna Wintour, Bon Appetit, Greenwich Village, Hillary 2016, Ann Althouse, Insults, André Leon Talley, Ginia Bellafante, Dame Anna Wintour, Ginia Bellafante NYT

Doctors accused of blocking abortions in Northern Ireland despite legalisation

Patients forced to buy pills online or go overseas for terminationsWomen seeking abortions in Northern Ireland are still struggling to access services. Although abortion was legalised more than two months ago, claims persist that healthcare professionals are refusing to treat patients.A leading reproductive rights group and a doctors’ organisation say that GPs are refusing to refer pregnant women to hospital services so they can access the tablets needed to undergo a medical abortion. They are a...
Tags: Health, Women, Society, UK News, Northern Ireland, Abortion

Congratulations to the University of Chicago Law School Class of 2020

It's been a pleasure and a privilege to teach such talented young men and women, and I am sure I speak for all of my... [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Brian Leiter, University of Chicago Law School

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