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The NYT's Charles M. Blow thinks it's "a mistake to believe that Trump’s supporters don’t see his lying or corruption. They do. But, to them, it is all part of the show and the lore."

Blow writes:[W]hen you survey the constellation of folk heroes, you see that many have been criminals. Bonnie and Clyde. John Dillinger. The Sundance Kid....Perhaps one of the most popular folk heroes in the world is mythological: Chinese folklore’s Monkey King.Please note that Blow is black and Trump is white. If the races were reversed, Blow's career would be over. Ask Roseanne Barr.The British Council wrote of [the Monkey King] legend: “Despite his superpowers, at the heart of the Monkey King...
Tags: Law, Superman, America, Monkeys, Metaphor, Kanye West, Fathers, Motherhood, Hillary, Hats, Edwin Edwards, Kanye, Trump, Democratic Party, Bonnie, British Council

Why I’m Glad I Powered Through After Having Kids

Each of us must choose what is right for us from the options we have available -- and it won’t be easy.
Tags: Law, Women's Issues, Motherhood, Small Law Firms, Partner Issues, MothersEsquire, Claire E. Parsons

"By the time the angst-ridden turn to [the parenthood-indecision therapist], they have typically exhausted other potential sources of insight."

"They’ve late-night-panic-Googled their way to every parenting blog and advice column and TED talk; they’ve read feminist essays by women who are proudly child-free. They’ve fielded nosy questions from relatives, sought advice from friends, made lists of pros and cons. Finally, they decide it is worth the time and cost (ranging from about $400 for an online group course to upwards of $2,500 for one-on-one counseling) to have an expert help solve the problem. But a motherhood clarity mentor is no...
Tags: Psychology, Children, Law, Fathers, Motherhood, Ann Althouse

How Children Are Robbing Their Parents of Adulthood.

That's what I misread just now and — very interested — clicked on. But it was just that article I already blogged yesterday, "The Unstoppable Snowplow Parent/Helicopter parents are so 20th century. Snowplow parents keep their children’s futures obstacle-free — even if it means crossing ethical and legal boundaries" (NYT).The article is re-titled as "How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood/Today’s ‘snowplow parents’ keep their children’s futures obstacle-free — even when it means cros...
Tags: Headlines, Children, Law, Jackson, Michael Jackson, Motherhood, Michael, Neverland, Ann Althouse, Misreadings

"My mother does not like to admit that anything is ever sad or wrong, so if my father would say something like, 'During the Depression …' She’d say...'"

"'Oh, Dick, there was no Depression.' She was like a Depression-denier"/"My mother was more like a personal depression-denier. Her whole thing was if you were sad, she would say, 'Stop staring at your navel.' When I grew up, I didn’t know what other people talked to each other about, because there were so many things we didn’t talk about"/"My mother was very can-do. She told me, 'Nobody needs more than four hours of sleep.' I hate sleeping. Guilt gets me up"/"I like to sleep because I’m interest...
Tags: Psychology, Sleep, Law, Motherhood, Laziness, Dick, Roz Chast, Ann Althouse, Patricia Marx, The Blog Has A Theme Today

"At Stanford, she said, she saw students rely on their parents to set up play dates with people in their dorm or complain to their child’s employers when an internship didn’t lead to a job."

"She" = Julie Lythcott-Haims, "the former dean of freshmen at Stanford and the author of 'How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success,'" quoted in "The Unstoppable Snowplow Parent/Helicopter parents are so 20th century. Snowplow parents keep their children’s futures obstacle-free — even if it means crossing ethical and legal boundaries" (NYT).In the 1990s... parents began filling afternoons and weekends with lessons, tutors and traveling sports ga...
Tags: Children, Law, Relationships, Stanford, New York Times, Motherhood, Hypocrisy, Felicity Huffman, Baby Boomers, Huffman, Julie Lythcott Haims, Ann Althouse, Young Althouse, These Kids Today, Operation Varsity Blues

Solo Practice As The Work-Life Balance Solution: How Motherhood Led Me To Law Firm Ownership

Motherhood can drive your success in other areas of the legal profession.
Tags: Law, Work-life balance, Motherhood, Solo Practitioners, Small Law Firms, MothersEsquire, Sarah Feldman Horowitz

"[Michael Jackson] nurtured relationships, including with the boys’ mothers. He spent hours on the phone with James and Wade, he would also call their moms, just to talk to them."

"Jackson also spent time at the Safechucks’ modest home in Simi Valley, Calif. He could have been anywhere in the world, Stephanie Safechuck said, but he chose to be with them. 'He was a son I started to take care for,' Stephanie Safechuck said. 'He would spend the night, I’d wash his clothes.' She said that she once told Jackson that she had prayed for her son’s success in getting into commercials, and that he went on to find success right away. In response, she said, Jackson told her that he h...
Tags: Law, Ethics, Pedophilia, Jackson, Michael Jackson, Motherhood, James, Wade, Simi Valley Calif, Ann Althouse, Lori Loughlin, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ocasio-Cortez, Stephanie Safechuck, Operation Varsity Blues

"Why did I pay all this money for your education?"

Tweeting out this gem because...well, you know. — Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) March 14, 2019 ADDED: I realize some of you don't know who these people are. Please read the post from 3 days ago, "Olivia Jade Giannulli, 'Daughter of Lori Loughlin, Is Caught Up in College Admissions Scandal/Ms. Giannulli, an influencer with big audiences on YouTube and Instagram, posted sponsored content about being a student.'" I'll make tags for both names. [Author: [email protected]
Tags: Instagram, Law, Youtube, Motherhood, Ann Althouse, Lori Loughlin, Olivia Jade Giannulli, Operation Varsity Blues, College Admissions Scandal Ms Giannulli

I'm fascinated by the unintentional ambiguity of the headline "This teen got vaccinated against his mother’s wishes."

I'm looking at "This teen got vaccinated against his mother’s wishes. Now, he’ll testify before Congress" (WaPo). Fine. I know the story. Ethan Lindenberger, after he turned 18, went and got his own vaccinations.His mother, Jill Wheeler, told Undark, an online science magazine that first reported Lindenberger’s story, that her son’s decision was "like him spitting on me, saying 'You don’t know anything, I don’t trust you with anything.' "Interesting topic. Feel free to expound on it in the comme...
Tags: Law, Congress, Fathers, United States, Reddit, Vaccine, Motherhood, WaPo, Saliva, Ann Althouse, Obama's book, Undark, Ethan Lindenberger, Lindenberger, Jill Wheeler

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asked "Is it OK to still have children?," what did she mean and was she saying something new?

I'm watching this little video snippet:"There’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult, and it does lead, I think, young people, to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children?" Ocasio-Cortez said. "Not just financially because people are graduating with 20, 30, $100,000 worth of student loan debt, and so they can’t even afford to have kids and a house, but also just this basic moral question, like, ‘what do we do?’" she continued. "And e...
Tags: Video Games, Law, Advertising, Bob Dylan, Sony, Morality, Motherhood, Aoc, Dylan, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ocasio-Cortez

"A federal judge has ruled that a men-only draft is unconstitutional...." reports."This case balances on the tension between the constitutionally enshrined power of Congress to raise armies and the constitutional mandate that no person be denied the equal protection of the law," wrote U.S. District Judge Gray Miller of the Southern District of Texas.The lawsuit was filed in 2013 against the Selective Service System by Texas resident James Lesmeister, who later added San Diego resident Anthony Davis and the San Diego-based National Coalition for Men as add...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Coalition, Army, San Diego, Anthony Davis, Motherhood, Women In The Military, Miller, Goldberg, National Coalition, Selective Service, Ann Althouse, Equal Protection Clause

"Modern parents haven’t stopped playing favorites; they’ve just stopped doing it openly."

"Though few parents today will admit they have a favorite child, studies indicate that about two-thirds of parents do. In one small but astounding survey, 80 percent of mothers acknowledged favoring one child over the others. This was no secret to their children, 80 percent of whom agreed. Interestingly, however, when they were asked which child their mother loved most, they almost always got it wrong. Similar results are borne out in larger studies: Two-thirds of children accurately perceive th...
Tags: Japan, Children, Law, Relationships, Atlantic, Language, Motherhood, Rice, Ann Althouse, Insults, Jennifer Traig

Confusing headline of the day: "Nancy Pelosi Spanks the First Brat."

Hint: It's Maureen Dowd's new column.It caught my eye because here in Wisconsin, a brat — rhymes with "squat" — is a very popular sausage. So what's "spanking the brat"? Seems like another one of the many euphemisms for masturbation.But the NYT is not Wisconsin, so it must be brat — rhymes with "slat" — "a child, so called in contempt" (to quote Samuel Johnson's "Dictionary of the English Language"). What brat would Nancy Pelosi be spanking? I'm thinking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or maybe Rashida...
Tags: Headlines, Law, Hillary Clinton, United States, House, Language, Wisconsin, Brats, Nancy Pelosi, Rhetoric, Motherhood, Hillary, Trump, Sartre, Samuel Johnson, Pelosi

"While society rightly focuses on adults who abuse kids, nobody cares about the reverse."

"It’s difficult to express what this daily pounding feels like after so many years, but one result is clear: I would like her out of my house, and I want to have only limited contact in the future, though I’m willing to support her if she’s in college. Having lost the middle chunk of my life to chaos and misery, am I really condemned to live this way until I die? Would I be the most terrible parent in the world if I packed my bags and vanished?"From a question to the NYT ethicist. [Author: norep...
Tags: Law, Teenagers, Motherhood, Ann Althouse

"Christie Tate has been writing online about her family for more than a decade. Now, her daughter is old enough to notice."

"After receiving a laptop for Christmas, Tate wrote in a widely shared essay in the Washington Post last week, the fourth-grader quickly marched up to her mom and wondered, 'Why are all of these pictures of me on the Internet?' She asked if all the essays and photographs she had found by Googling could be taken down. 'I told her that was not possible,' Tate wrote. And furthermore, 'I’m not done exploring my motherhood in my writing.'... In her essay-length defense of her decision to keep writing...
Tags: Privacy, Children, Law, Washington Post, Blogging, Motherhood, Tate, Ann Althouse, Christie Tate

I'm tracking what I believe is the NYT's obvious selection for the 2020 Democratic Party nominee for President — Kamala Harris.

I started yesterday, blogged here, with my new tag "NYT pushes Kamala." Today, at the top right corner of the home page:There's no particular reason for that op-ed to appear now other than to give KH some substance within our political emotions. Here's an excerpt:I remember that I had just entered the race for California attorney general and she asked me how it was going.“Mommy, these guys are saying they’re going to kick my ass,” I told her.She called her mother "Mommy."She rolled over and look...
Tags: Law, California, Motherhood, Hillary, Stanford University, Kamala Harris, Democratic Party, Hillary 2016, Ann Althouse, NYT pushes Kamala, Kamala Today

"This American Life" reveals more than you might expect about how Harvard discriminates against Chinese-American applicants.

I strongly recommend this 25-minute segment of "This American Life," "The Veritas Is Out There" (listen at that link or read the transcript). A propos of the lawsuit against Harvard, which alleges that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants, a Chinese-American who did get into Harvard looks at his own admissions file and sees what the alumnus who interviewed him had to say. This student, Alex Zhang, is on Harvard's side in the lawsuit: He wrote an amicus brief supporting Harvard...
Tags: Law, Oregon, Mit, Harvard, Affirmative Action, This American Life, Evidence, Motherhood, Alex, Veritas, Tan, Amy Tan, Wu, Amy Chua, Race And Education, Ann Althouse

"When I try to connect with [my 15-year-old daughter], it backfires. A few months ago she cued up 'The Rain Song' by Led Zeppelin..."

"... one of my favorites when I was her age. I told her so, and she didn’t respond. I made the terrible mistake of attempting to play it for her on the acoustic guitar when we got home. She was learning to play the guitar herself, and I thought maybe she’d want to know the chords. She barely stayed for the glissando intro and then fled upstairs. As far as I can tell, she hasn’t listened to Led Zeppelin since. I know. I know. I remember how I treated my mother at that age... But now that I had my...
Tags: Law, Motherhood, Led Zeppelin, Zeppelin, Paulina, Ann Althouse, Helene Stapinski

Obama looks and sounds weirdly woozy.

That is just very strange!According to The Daily Mail, Obama — speaking at "the Obama Foundation summit at the Mariott Marquis hotel in Chicago — said the world "badly needs remaking" and "'What prevents us from implementing most of the things that we would probably collectively agree would make the world better is not the absence of technological solutions, it's because there are humans involved and that the dynamics of the society" but — as you hear in that video — "the reason we don't do it i...
Tags: Law, Obama, Chicago, Daily Mail, Motherhood, Trump, Obama Foundation, Ann Althouse, Obama the ex-President, Obama rhetoric, Obama is tired, Daily Mail Obama, Mariott Marquis

"He’s probably one of the top three sociopaths I’ve ever come across... He wanted to tell everyone how smart he was for what he did to his mom."

Said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood, quoted in "Teen accused of killing his mother over bad grades is ‘very proud of his work,’ police say" (WaPo).[The unnamed 15-year-old boy] showed excitement about his perceived intellect, Chitwood said. He bragged to detectives about what he called the “Grammy-winning” phone call he made to 911 and was “bouncing on his toes” with enthusiasm when detectives brought him back to his mother’s burial site.“There was no emotion. Nothing," Chitwood said. "He ...
Tags: Murder, Law, Motherhood, Volusia County, Chitwood, Mike Chitwood, Ann Althouse

"When I got pregnant, I was f**king freaking out. Everybody around me was like, ‘No, this never happened before.'"

"'Every artist that had a baby, they already put in years in the game. This is your first year. You’re going to mess it up. How are you going to make it?’ While I was pregnant, I kept telling myself, I can’t wait till I’m back out there. I’m going to look hot, and I’m going to be that bitch. Four weeks after giving birth, I was supposed to start rehearsals for a fall tour with Bruno Mars and I couldn’t even squat down. People don’t really talk about what you go through after pregnancy... When Ku...
Tags: Law, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Motherhood, Cardi B, Cardi, Minaj, Ann Althouse, Tom Lorenzo, Kulture

This is the first I'm seeing of "#HimToo" hashtag activism and it's a mother screwing up big time.

I'm reading "‘This is MY son’: Navy vet horrified as mom’s tweet miscasts him as #HimToo poster boy — and goes viral" (WaPo):“This is MY son,” began his mom’s viral post, which featured a photograph of Hanson posing in his Navy uniform. “He graduated #1 in boot camp. He was awarded the USO award. He was #1 in A school. He is a gentleman who respects women. He won’t go on solo dates due to the current climate of false sexual accusations by radical feminists with an axe to grind. I VOTE. #HimToo.”...
Tags: Twitter, Law, Navy, Mythology, Sun, Motherhood, Jon, Hanson, Ann Althouse, MeToo, Zack Bornstein

"I never thought I’d be urging my daughter to attend parties with drinking, drugs and who knows what else, but..."

"... if she doesn’t experiment now, in the safe space of a nurturing high school and a loving home, won’t she be awkwardly out of step with her peers when she starts college next year?," writes Debby Berman in "I worry my homebody teen is too much like me. But she has something I didn’t at her age" (WaPo).Is she isolating herself to her own detriment? The truth is that although she isn’t the life-of-the-party teenager I expected, she is hauntingly familiar. When I was her age, I hung out mainly ...
Tags: Law, Drugs, Teenagers, Drinking, Nerds, Motherhood, WaPo, Kavanaugh, Ann Althouse, Debby Berman

Everyone seems to be telling her story at long last, so here — after "decades of silence" — comes Soon-Yi Previn.

New York Magazine has the big story. The author is Daphne Merkin (her name has been commented on many times, so spare me) who has been friends with Woody Allen for 40+ years and pronounces herself "mystified" by his "almost Aspergian aloneness" and "genuine diffidence." Here's some material from the second half of the article, about the relationship between Woody and Soon-Yi. I'll get toBoth of them are vague on how and when their friendship turned sexual — “It was 25 years ago,” she says... "an...
Tags: Law, Woody Allen, Mia, Motherhood, New York Magazine, Mia Farrow, Allen, Bergman, Woody, Ingmar Bergman, Yi, Yi Previn, Soon-Yi, Ann Althouse, Daphne Merkin, Woody Why

At the Mom Cup Café...

... you don't have to follow orders.(But do consider using the Althouse Portal to Amazon when you're doing your Amazon shopping.) [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Motherhood, Ann Althouse

Guess the caption on today's New Yorker cartoon of the day.

It's not one of the caption contest drawings. This was drawn for a specific caption, but guess what it is (or say something funnier):The actual caption is: "You can get the pillow fort back when you bring Mommy some good news." I'm sure you can do better because it really makes me feel like lashing back, mostly because I empathize with little kids. But I'll throw it over to you. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Cartoons, Mommy, Motherhood, Ann Althouse

It was cowardly of the NYT not to include a comments section on this one.

"A Guide to Dating Women Raised in a Matriarchy?/Yes, I have a single mom. Don’t panic," by Zoe Greenberg — a member of the editorial staff of the Opinion section. I guess membership has its privileges.I grew up firmly in a matriarchy. My grandmother divorced my grandfather when she was 31 and had four young daughters. She wanted more kids, so she very briefly married a man she had met at the neighborhood plant store in order to get his sperm to have a fifth child. She raised her five girls most...
Tags: Law, Relationships, Fathers, Nyt, Guatemala, Motherhood, Greenberg, Ann Althouse, Zoe Greenberg

"On the one hand, he insists that the writer’s life is 'almost unapproachable, full of ambiguities.'"

"On the other, he defaults to the writer’s highest calling, his obligation 'to be vigilant and unsparing'. Spend time with a writer, he declares, and what do you get? 'Wool-gathering, silences, rants, evasions, the contents of a cracker barrel.' But then... in fewer than 500 words, he tells us all we need to know and it’s almost banal in its simplicity. His divided self derives from his parents. On his maternal side, he comes from upwardly mobile, highly successful Italian-American late-Victoria...
Tags: Law, Motherhood, Paul Theroux, Paulie, Ann Althouse, Gender Difference, Dittami

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