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Wow! Burger King made fun of Trump. (Who does Burger King think eats at Burger King?)

Think of how much of a laughingstock a president has to become to have *Burger King* make fun of him. Sad.— George Conway (@gtconway3d) January 16, 2019 In case you don't get the reference, Trump recently tweeted "Because of the Shutdown I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamberders etc" (reported in "Trump’s ‘Hamberders’ Tweet Becomes Fodder for Late-Night Laughs" (NYT)). ADDED: Maybe Burger King's tweet is affectionate. I shouldn't accept t...
Tags: Law, Burger King, Spelling, Trump, Hamburger, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome, George Conway

The best thing about this mural is the way the cigarette smoke...

... continues beyond the door onto the wall and around the corner.I framed the image from a Google street view in Alicante, Spain. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Google, Smoking, Law, Spain, Alicante Spain, Murals, Ann Althouse, Google grab

"My goal is to turn 50 in some of the best shape of my life. It has nothing to do with any other plans."

Said Cory Booker, quoted in "The 2020 Field Is Growing. Some Waistlines Are Shrinking" (NYT).And Kristen Gillibrand wants you to see this: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kirsten Gillibrand (@kirstengillibrand) on Dec 3, 2018 at 6:19am PST [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Health, Law, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Ann Althouse, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Kristen Gillibrand

"But as John Stuart Mill argued, those who have never 'thrown themselves into the mental position of those who think differently … do not, in any proper sense of the word, know the doctrine which they themselves profess.' "

"It seems natural to conclude that the social role of philosophers is to help people think things through by confronting them with counterarguments to their current views. But since there’s no way to do that in a non-philosophical context without coming off as an arsehole, there’s no way for a philosopher to be a good citizen without having the courage to look like a bad one. Which brings us, with inexorable familiarity, to the figure of Socrates, who injected philosophical reason into the Athen...
Tags: Law, Assholes, Philosophy, Trolls, Barney, Socrates, John Stuart Mill, Ann Althouse, Rachel Barney, Jonny Thakkar

Here's the clip from Colbert's talk show last night, where Gillibrand announced that she was forming an exploratory committee.

TONIGHT: @SenGillibrand stops by @colbertlateshow to announce that she is forming an exploratory committee to run for President of the United States! #LSSC — The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) January 15, 2019 Colbert asked her the classic question (the one Ted Kennedy famously flubbed), "Why do you want to be President of the United States?" The question was, it appears rather obviously, planned, and even if it wasn't, it was utterly predictable. Ever since Ted's scr...
Tags: Law, Washington, Ted, United States, Colbert, The Colbert Report, Ted Kennedy, Gillibrand, Ann Althouse, Ralph L, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Ralph (the commenter

"These strong claims—cultural Marxism! SJW jackals! Leftist social priorities!—should strike anyone who actually watches the ad as fairly ridiculous."

Writes Robby Soave in "The Gillette Ad Tells Men Not to Hurt People. Why Is This Offensive?/'Toxic masculinity' is sometimes a scapegoat for the left, but this particular commercial makes no grand anti-male claims" (Reason).I agree. The ad is full of men stopping other men from doing bad things. That's one of the best things men do, and it's what the ad highlights. The ad ends with shots of beautiful boys and — in the logic of the sequence of images — they are learning — from men — how to be goo...
Tags: Law, Advertising, Shaving, Gillette, SJW, Masculinity, Ann Althouse, Robby Soave

"Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme — Right?"

Writes Kate O'Neil in Wired.Imagine that you wanted to train a facial recognition algorithm on age-related characteristics, and, more specifically, on age progression (e.g. how people are likely to look as they get older). Ideally, you'd want a broad and rigorous data set with lots of people's pictures. It would help if you knew they were taken a fixed number of years apart—say, 10 years.Sure, you could mine Facebook for profile pictures and look at posting dates or EXIF data. But that whole set...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Law, Aging, Looks, Exif, Ann Althouse, Creepiness, Kate O Neil


That's the word of the day at the Oxford English Dictionary. It's marked as "rare," so I think the OED is trying to say, Come on, use it! Make it less rare.It is useful. It means "A person who complains, a complainer." You could write a blog and call it "The Querulist."The best of the OED quotes for "querulist" is this one:1736 J. A. Purves Law-visions 45 To pacify the female Querulists, they were promis'd they should..then be indulg'd with a patient Hearing. [Author: [email protected] (An...
Tags: Law, Language, Ann Althouse, OED

As Kirsten Gillibrand enters the presidential race, Nate Silver seems to push for the NYT to use its "agenda-setting power" to keep Al Franken out of the "conversation" of "normal people."

It's definitely a part of the conversation, but let's keep in mind that the NYT, and frankly even (to a lesser magnitude) 538, have a lot of agenda-setting power for what's part of the conversation. So Twitter isn't an exogenous measure of what normal people care about. — Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) January 16, 2019 You can peruse the current tweets about Gillibrand and Franken here. Two examples:"Holding Gillibrand accountable for her statements and actions IS NOT th...
Tags: Twitter, Law, Language, Bill, Silver, Kirsten Gillibrand, Al Franken, Clintonworld, Nate Silver, Franken, Gillibrand, Ann Althouse, Kirsten E. Gillibrand

At the Tuesday Night Cafe...

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

"Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took a $100 million bribe from international drug traffickers..."

"... according to a witness at the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous crime lord known as El Chapo," the NYT reports.ADDED: Remember Trump's (leaked) conversation with Peña Nieto, back in August 2017?You have some pretty tough hombres in Mexico that you may need help with, and we are willing to help you with that big-league. But they have to be knocked out and you have not done a good job of knocking them out. We have a massive drug problem where kids are becoming addicted to drugs beca...
Tags: Crime, Law, Drugs, Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, Trump, El Chapo, Pena Nieto, Nieto, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, Ann Althouse, Trump and foreign policy

"... your clearest signal for fake new[s]."

Putin puppets #CNN and Max Boot do Russia's bidding by destabilizing the U.S. with "Laundry List" Persuasion, your clearest signal for fake new. (If they had one good reason, that's all you would see.)— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) January 15, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Putin, Russia, Cnn, Scott Adams, Max Boot, Ann Althouse, Fake News

"Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday suffered a humiliating defeat over her plan to withdraw Britain from the European Union..."

"... thrusting the country further into political chaos with only 10 weeks to go until it is scheduled to leave the bloc. The 432-to-202 vote to reject her plan was one of the biggest defeats in the House of Commons for a prime minister in recent British history.... Now factions in Parliament will seek to seize the initiative, an unpredictable new stage in the process of withdrawing from Europe, known as Brexit.... With no consensus behind any one pathway, and a vanishing window for further nego...
Tags: Europe, Law, European Union, Britain, Theresa May, House Of Commons, Parliament, Brexit, Ann Althouse

"The shutdown has in some ways underscored [some conservatives'] view that government can function with fewer employees."

"'There’s a moment when people say, "Did you notice what percentage of this agency was viewed as nonessential?"' said anti-tax activist Grover Norquist. Former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon called shutdowns 'blunt-force measures that certainly show what’s essential and what’s not.'...  The shutdown follows two years of contraction of the federal workforce under Trump. During his first 18 months in office, the government shrank by 17,000 employees...."From "The shutdown is giving...
Tags: Law, White House, Trump, Stephen K Bannon, Ann Althouse, Trump During, Right-wing Ideology, Steve Bannon, Trump's shutdown, Grover Norquist Former

"garbage food served by a garbage president. this is not funny, its just pathetic"/"A junk food feast from a junk president. How fitting is that? Talk about a nothing burger."

Highly rated comments on the WaPo article "President Trump’s extravagant, $3,000, 300-sandwich celebration of Clemson University" (by Philip Bump).Here's Trump talking about the food — which he paid for himself because of the shutdown — just before the champion football team comes in.Here’s a video I shot of President Trump showing off his 300 hamburgers.— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) January 14, 2019 ADDED: The Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence declares, "It was aweso...
Tags: Law, White House, Football, Fast Food, Mcdonalds, Clemson, Trump, Lawrence, WaPo, Clemson University, Philip Bump, Ann Althouse, Trump and pop culture, Trevor Lawrence, Philip Bump Here s Trump

"They’re required to work without being paid — that is the essence of involuntary servitude. The government has absolutely violated famous constitutional rights."

Said Michael Kator, an attorney for the plaintiffs who are working without pay during the shutdown, quoted in "'The essence of involuntary servitude': Federal unions sue the Trump administration to get paid for shutdown work" (WaPo).The judge just ruled from the bench, denying a temporary restraining order:U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon said it would be “profoundly irresponsible" to issue an order that would result in thousands of employees staying home from work. "At best it would create c...
Tags: Law, Labor, Leon, Trump, WaPo, Richard J Leon, Ann Althouse, Trump's shutdown, Michael Kator

"I am not a drug smuggler. I came to China as a tourist."

Said Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, quoted in "Canadian's death sentence in China 'horrific', family says" (BBC).Following Schellenberg's death sentence, Canada has updated its travel advice for China, urging citizens to "exercise a high degree of caution due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws"...."It is of extreme concern to us as a government, as it should be to all our international friends and allies, that China has chosen to begin to arbitrarily apply the death penalty," [said C...
Tags: Law, Australia, Drugs, China, Bbc, Canada, Death Penalty, Justin Trudeau, Schellenberg, Ann Althouse, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg

"The Extraction of the Stone of Madness."

That's a painting by Hieronymus Bosch (c.1488–1516). I'm seeing it this morning because I'm hearing about a friend's surgery and thinking about how (and when) human beings got the idea that cutting (or drilling) into the interior of the human body might improve person's medical condition. You'd think the idea "first, do no harm" is so strong and obvious that no one would dare intrude into a living human body.The title of Bosch's painting suggests that the daring arises out of the belief that som...
Tags: Art, Law, France, Wikipedia, Surgery, Bad Science, Bosch, Skull, BCE, Hieronymus Bosch, Hippocrates, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Bart Huges, Joey Mellen

Does Wisconsin law require a "wedding barn" to have a license if it serves liquor?

The Cap Times reports on a new lawsuit brought by The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, which we're told in the first line of the article is a conservative legal group. That's convenient for most Cap Times readers — they can know right off the bat that they want those wedding barns to get liquor licenses. Me, I'm still wondering, what are wedding barns?The lawsuit, filed in Dunn County Circuit Court, is the latest development in a longstanding dispute between conservative advocacy groups,...
Tags: Law, Commerce, Drinking, Weddings, Wisconsin, Don, Schimel, Madison Wisconsin, Brad Schimel, Wisconsin Institute for Law, Ann Althouse, Cap Times, Wisconsin Institute for Law Liberty, Josh Kaul, Dunn County Circuit Court, Lucas Vebber

Goodbye, Dolly.

Carol Channing has died. The exuberant star of "Hello, Dolly!" lived to the grand age of 97.From the NYT obit:“Performing is the only excuse for my existence,” she said during her last Broadway appearance, in the 1995 revival of “Hello, Dolly!” “What can be better than this?” AND: Channing had a style that invited impersonation, and here you can see her personally thank Bob the Drag Queen: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Broadway, Theater, Bob, Drag, Rupaul, Dolly, Carol Channing, Channing, Ann Althouse

"When she was forced to hide under the bed, Jayme told detectives, Mr. Patterson would box her in with totes and laundry bins that he secured with barbell weights."

"He would turn on music to prevent guests from hearing any noise she made. And one time, when Mr. Patterson believed she had tried to escape, Jayme said he struck her and threatened worse consequences if she tried again. But last Thursday, after Mr. Patterson told Jayme he was leaving for a few hours, she managed to force her way out from under the bed, she said. She grabbed a pair of men’s shoes — apparently Mr. Patterson’s — and ran to a nearby road, shoes ill fitting and on the wrong feet, cr...
Tags: Murder, Crime, Law, Survival, Patterson, Confessions, Ann Althouse, Jayme, Jayme Closs

"House Republican leaders removed Representative Steve King of Iowa from the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees on Monday night as party officials scrambled to appear tough on racism and..."

"... contain damage from comments Mr. King made to The New York Times questioning why white supremacy is considered offensive. The punishment came on a day when Mr. King was denounced by an array of Republican leaders, though not President Trump. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, suggested Mr. King find 'another line of work' and Senator Mitt Romney said he should quit. And the House Republicans, in an attempt to be proactive, stripped him of the committee seats in the face of multipl...
Tags: Law, Senate, House, New York Times, Iowa, The Times, Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell, Lincoln, King, Trump, Racists, Kevin McCarthy, Steve King, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics

Keep your chin up.

This brother wins 2019Love THIS ❤️Everyone needs this reminder. Everyone needs this type of support. chin UP— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) January 15, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Basketball, Gestures, Ann Althouse

"They got caught spying on my campaign and then called it an investigation" is a great line.

The rank and file of the FBI are great people who are disgusted with what they are learning about Lyin’ James Comey and the so-called “leaders” of the FBI. Twelve have been fired or forced to leave. They got caught spying on my campaign and then called it an investigation. Bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Fbi, James Comey, 2016 Campaign, Donald J Trump, Comey, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles

At the Fading Fast Cafe...

... hang on just a few moments more. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse

"All in all... I prefer a campfire-roasted porcupine that I killed and butchered... slathered with highbush cranberry ketchup..."

"... foraged chickweed salad with mushrooms on the side, a hot cup of stinging nettle tea to wash it down and a handful of wild blueberries for dessert. Bugs, sticks, sand and assorted forest floor debris sometimes makes it into my vittles but... 'It’s clean dirt.'.... My toilet is a hollow cottonwood stump and I bathe with a kettle of hot creek water. Some places along the highway offer showers but they cost money and contribute to ecocide, so I clean my crotch in the creek occasionally. But pe...
Tags: Cleaning, Law, America, Poverty, Alaska, Commerce, Survival, Ann Althouse

A Gillette ad, titled “We Believe,” speaks of #MeToo movement,"toxic masculinity," and question whether "boys will be boys" is "the best a man can get."

The Wall Street Journal reports (in "P&G Challenges Men to Shave Their ‘Toxic Masculinity’ in Gillette Ad"):“This is an important conversation happening, and as a company that encourages men to be their best, we feel compelled to both address it and take action of our own,” said Pankaj Bhalla, Gillette brand director for North America in an emailed statement....Gillette needs to appeal to millennials who care about what companies stand for, he said. “There’s a demand for this, for purpose, for b...
Tags: Bullying, Law, Advertising, Shaving, North America, Sexual Harassment, Wall Street Journal, Gillette, Ann Althouse, Dean Crutchfield, MeToo, Pankaj Bhalla Gillette, Crutchfield Partners

"'Well, well, well,' went the general line in the Russian media, 'look what we have here.'"

I guess that's a pretty rough translation, printed in "Fake News as ‘Moral Imperative’? Democrats’ Alabama Move Hints at Ugly 2020" by Jim Rutenberg in the NYT.  The Russian media, we're told, "were downright gleeful over new reports that a group of Democrats had used online disinformation in the campaign against Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama in 2017."Their reaction was understandable, given the news that American political operatives had tried the same kind of troll ...
Tags: Law, Senate, Russia, Alabama, United States, Roy Moore, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Jim Rutenberg, Fake News, Alabama Move Hints

"The president of the United States has many faults, but let’s not ignore this one: He cannot write sentences."

"If a tree falls in a forrest and no one is there to hear it … wait: Pretty much all of you noticed that mistake, right? Yet Wednesday morning, the president did not; he released a tweet referring to 'forrest fires' twice, as if these fires were set by Mr. Gump. Trump’s serial misuse of public language is one of many shortcomings that betray his lack of fitness for the presidency. Trump’s writing suggests not just inadequate manners or polish—not all of us need be dainty—but inadequate thought. ...
Tags: Comics, Supreme Court, Law, White House, United States, Jane Austen, Random House, Hemingway, Spelling, Wilson, Trump, John Keats, John Irving, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Andrew Jackson

Okay. Let me know when you find credible evidence.

"Everybody has beliefs about how men should behave... We found incredible evidence that the extent to which men strongly endorse those beliefs, it’s strongly associated with negative outcomes."Said Ronald Levant, former president of the American Psychological Association, quoted in "How ‘traditional masculinity’ hurts the men who believe in it most" (by Monica Hesse in WaPo). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Psychology, Law, WaPo, American Psychological Association, Monica Hesse, Masculinity, Ann Althouse, Said Ronald Levant

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