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"A presidential candidate admitting to marijuana use is nothing new. That happened in 2004, 2008, and 2016."

"But I've never seen any presidential candidate other than Kamala Harris follow up that admission with this kind of argument for legalizing marijuana: 'I think that it gives a lot of people joy, and we need more joy.'"Writes my son John, on his blog, linking to "Kamala Harris says she smoked marijuana in college, calls for legalization" (ABC News).This reminds me of why I changed my mind about legalization in March 2015 as a result of reading something written by Paul Johnson about Henrik Ibsen:...
Tags: Law, Marijuana, Rome, Snapchat, John, Bob Marley, Henrik Ibsen, Kamala Harris, Blackface, Ibsen, Paul Johnson, Ann Althouse, Georg Pauli, ABC News This, Era of That's Not Funny


Monumental issues around Stonehenge | Letters

Malcolm Reading says it is more likely that ancient Greece and Rome, rather than Stonehenge, were the inspiration for The Circus in Bath, John Bailey wonders whether Chris Grayling is the right person to resolve road planning issues around the monument, Phil Turner says the need for the military training area nearby is questionable, and Mark Lyall wonders whether a relocation of the stones would be easierIt is fanciful to assign Stonehenge as the inspiration of the architect John Wood’s Circus i...
Tags: Politics, Greece, UK News, World news, Rome, Architecture, Military, Art and design, Transport, Athens, Chris Grayling, Road transport, Transport policy, Stonehenge, Charlotte Higgins, John Wood


WIRTW #537 (the “Roma” edition)

We are contemplating spending Spring Break in Rome. For those who've been, what's you best tip for first-time visitors? Sights not to be missed? Things that are off the beaten path? Where to stay? Best pizza? Best gelato? Drop a note in the comments below and let me know your Rome tips. Here's what I read this week: Discrimination Google sued for allegedly covering up sexual misconduct allegations — via Engadget  Boys and Thrones and Sexual Harassment — via HR Examiner with John Sumser Liti...
Tags: Google, Law, Rome, Ada, Omega, ERC, McConnell, Troutman Sanders, NLRA, Eric Meyer, Kavanaugh, Spring Break, GrubHub, FLSA, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas


"In the flickering light of the campfire, you can’t do much that requires keen eyesight like sewing or making tools, but you can chat away across the flickering flames."

"This is nicely illustrated by what South African San Bushmen talk about around their campfires. When anthropologist Polly Wiesner listened in on their conversations, she found that daytime conversations typically consisted of boring factual topics and discussions of trading agreements with neighbours, but evening conversations were invariably about social topics or involved storytelling and jokes.... So, if you want to know the secret of a long and happy life... the important thing is to take ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Law, Relationships, Wikipedia, Poetry, Rome, Conversation, Drinking, John, Financial Times, Roman, Ibsen, Paul Johnson, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse


"Augustine’s ally Saint Jerome abused Pelagius intemperately as a 'huge, bloated Alpine dog, weighed down with Scottish oats.'"

"In 418, after Emperor Honorius demanded action when people calling themselves Pelagians rioted in Rome, Pope Zosimus declared Pelagianism heretical. For those in power, a doctrine that persuaded the mass of ordinary Christians that they were unworthy, powerless supplicants, both temporally and spiritually, was useful.... But Pelagius has had the last laugh, in the liberal, humanist culture of western Europe today. Generally, we believe in free will, in the perfectibility of mankind, in the abil...
Tags: Europe, Law, Rome, Fat, Christianity, Philosophy, Jerome, Augustine, St. Augustine, Ann Althouse, Honorius, Pelagius, Zosimus, New Statesman America


"With support from Steve Bannon, a medieval monastery could become a populist training ground."

WaPo reports:[Benjamin Harnwell] a 43-year-old Briton who is one of Stephen K. Bannon’s closest associates in Europe...  hopes to transform [Trisulti] monastery into a “gladiator school for culture warriors.”... The halls with centuries-old oil paintings would serve as classrooms where students could learn “the facts” — the worldview espoused by Bannon...“Nothing we’re doing is just in the moment,” said Bannon, who has personally helped to fund the academy while also offering consulting to natio...
Tags: Europe, Education, Law, Rome, Italy, Brussels, Movement, Hypocrisy, WaPo, Stephen K Bannon, Bannon, Harnwell, Ann Althouse, Steve Bannon, Judeo Christian West, Benjamin Harnwell


From the World Cup to the royal wedding, seven big stories of 2018

Observer writers recall revealing moments behind the headlines of stories they coveredWith Pavarotti’s Nessun Dorma playing in the background and hands clasped together in prayer, Matteo Salvini walked onto a stage in Rome to a long applause from a crowd of around 80,000. Continue reading...
Tags: Society, UK News, Rome, Homelessness, Donald Trump, Pavarotti, Matteo Salvini, Nessun Dorma, Jamal Khashoggi, Royal Wedding 2018, Thailand Cave Rescue


"It’s lonely to be reminded a thousand times every winter that the dominant American cultural event occurs without me."

Lonely!That's Julia Ioffe, providing seasonal fodder for The Washington Post, in "Please don’t wish me ‘Merry Christmas’/It’s impolite and alienating to assume I follow your religion."My initial reaction was oh, jeez, must we do this every year?, but it meets my standard of bloggable because of the word "lonely" and because I wanted to let you know that the WaPo commenters are heavily against her. Here's the highest rated comment:Oh, for heaven's sake! I can understand a Jewish person being sens...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Israel, Christmas, Rome, Pakistan, Solitude, Ann Althouse, Julia Ioffe


10 of the greatest ancient and pagan holidays

A great deal of modern holidays derived from Ancient Roman festivities.The changes of the seasons was a popular time to hold reverence for local gods and goddesses.Nearly every culture in the past had a unique holiday in which they celebrated, venerated and worshipped.For as long as there has been humankind, there has been celebration. Whether it's the changing of the seasons or worshipping of some deity or idea, we'll always have a cause for revelry. Here are 10 of the greatest ancient and pag...
Tags: Greece, Scotland, Society, History, Earth, Rome, Ireland, Egypt, Christianity, Innovation, Athens, Northern Europe, Marduk, Valentine, Don, Julius Caesar


9 people who were way ahead of their time

Sometimes, people are so far ahead of the curve that it takes everybody else hundreds of years to catch up to their ideas.While many people are content to quietly sit back and flow with popular opinion, these nine thinkers let the world know what it was doing wrong, often with major consequences. These great thinkers remind us that taking an unpopular, bold stance might not be madness. It's been said that when you're one step ahead of the crowd you're a genius but that two steps ahead make you a...
Tags: UK, England, France, India, Religion, Society, Rome, Gay, United States, Feminism, Innovation, Literature, Philosophy, Catholic, Gender Equality, Alexandria


Reformation Week (2018): Another Look: God’s Righteousness

Note from CM: This coming Sunday our church, along with others around the world, will commemorate Reformation Sunday. I thought it would be fitting to look at some thoughts about this momentous movement in church history for a few days this week in preparation. • • • Another Look: God’s Righteousness I’m not ashamed of the good news; it’s God’s power, bringing salvation to everyone who believes — to the Jew first, and also, equally, to the Greek. This is because God’s covenant justice is unvei...
Tags: Law, Kingdom, Israel, Religion, Jerusalem, Rome, Jesus, God, Luther, Christ, Wright, PAUL, Martin Luther, Wittenberg University, Protestant Reformation, Christ God


Columbus Sought To End Islamic Tyranny

PJM: When the Spanish Christian monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella recaptured Granada on January 2, 1492, they ended almost eight centuries of jihad ravages (described by Bertrand in 1934, and in 2016 here) — massacres, pillage, mass enslavement, and deportation — and the grinding imposition of Sharia by Spain’s various pious Muslim conquerors, and rulers. Bertrand’s unsparing narrative describes the bitter, chronic fate of Spain’s Christians under Islam, both those fully subjugated and the populat...
Tags: Europe, India, Africa, Religion, Americas, Spain, Rome, West, Military, Morocco, Islam, Catholic, Columbus, Sharia, Isabella, Granada


The strange and unusual laws of Italy [interactive map]

The International Bar Association Annual Conference will be held in Rome from 7th October through 12th October. It is one of the largest annual events for international lawyers, renowned for its exceptional line-up of speakers from around the world, excellent networking opportunities, and global mission to promote and develop key issues in law.  With a programme of over 200 sessions, all covering a broad range of topics concerning the legal world today, the conference provides opportunities for ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Legal, Law, Rome, Italy, Conference, Map, Italian, International Bar Association, Iba, Online products, Subtopics, Sophie Power, Mathew Schwartz, Unusual Laws


Europe is drawing fresh battle lines around the ethics of big data

It’s been just over four months since Europe’s tough new privacy framework came into force. You might believe that little of substance has changed for big tech’s data-hungry smooth operators since then — beyond firing out a wave of privacy policy update spam, and putting up a fresh cluster of consent pop-ups that are just as aggressively keen for your data. But don’t be fooled. This is the calm before the storm, according to the European Union’s data protection supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Security, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Cook, Privacy, Social Networks, Law, Congress, California, Washington, Germany


From EM Forster to Mamma Mia! Why we can't resist the Mediterranean

Sunshine, sensuality, and a dash of danger... the Mediterranean has fascinated writers and artists for hundreds of years. But why are the Brits so obsessed?Some readers may be lucky enough this holiday season to experience one day, or just a moment, however fleeting, of balmy fulfilment, when everything is perfect. When you just want to freeze everything, capture the sense of satiated pleasure and take it home with you.The Anglo-American artist John Singer Sargent had one such day when he was pa...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, Books, Film, Fiction, Painting, Society, Rome, Culture, Architecture, Mediterranean, Corfu, Lord Byron, John Keats, Forster


Why Some Christians Don’t Believe In Gun Control: They Think God Handed Down The Second Amendment

The Washington Post, by three sociologists. We’re now at a point when Americans are killed or injured in a mass shooting almost every month; by some definitions, almost every day. Despite this, resistance to stricter gun control in the United States remains fierce. As researchers of religion, we know the power of religious identities and beliefs. And so we wondered: How does Christian nationalism influence Americans’ attitudes toward gun control? In our newly published and freely available stud...
Tags: Washington Post, Israel, Religion, America, Rome, Military, United States, Jesus, Christian, Aristotle, Second Amendment, Samuel, Babylon, Jonathan, Digest, Cicero


"Seal milk is the heaviest, 53.2 percent fat, whereas human is 4.5 percent. Instead of passing out bottles, French orphanages..."

"... once distributed goats and donkeys for 'direct feeding.' (Kurlansky mentions an 1816 German book called 'The Goat as the Best and Most Agreeable Wet-Nurse.') Of course, the preferred wet nurse was usually human, but even then you had to be careful. Many believed a baby would take on the nature of whomever she was suckling. ('It was thought that a baby who suckled a goat would become very sure-footed.') 'A study in Berlin in 1838 compared the composition of milk from brunettes, blondes and r...
Tags: Books, Law, Wikipedia, Berlin, Rome, Breastfeeding, Milk, Goats, Heracles, Persia, Cyrus, Romulus, Remus, Ann Althouse, photos by Meade, Kurlansky


A “view” from the courtroom: A river runs through it

It’s the last day the justices will take the bench for this term, with just two decisions pending. When the term ends, the justices will be scattering in short order. Justice Anthony Kennedy is heading to Salzburg, Austria, for his usual teaching stint with the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. Check-in at the dorms is this Sunday, and a reception with the justice is scheduled for July 6. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be the guest lecturer in Rome for the summer law program ...
Tags: Florida, Supreme Court, Law, Colorado, Atlanta, Georgia, Rome, Chicago, Alan Jackson, Quinn, Illinois, Detroit, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kennedy, Flint, Sonia Sotomayor


Cognac, Cigars and Suez

Don’t let the title throw you, we’re not going to discuss the Suez Canal. (Although it’s a fascinating subject.) Lady Clarissa Eden, wife of Sir Anthony Eden, said in the mid 50s, during the crisis, “I felt sometimes that the Suez Canal was flowing through my drawing room.” In honor of National Cognac week, (okay, it had a day last week) I thought I’d pay homage to this distinctive “Digestif” and the ritual it helped inspire. Namely, men with their cognacs and cigars being left to their manly di...
Tags: Travel, Greece, Law, France, America, Rome, Americana, Conversations, Don, Suez Canal, Suez, Limousin, Anthony Eden, Clarissa Eden, Ugni Blanc Folle Blanche


Divine victory: the role of Christianity in Roman military conquests

The Roman Empire derived its strength from its military conquests: overseeing territories across Europe, Africa, and Asia. Before Christianity, emperors were praised and honored for their successes on the battlefield. As Christianity took root throughout Rome, it was used as a means to elevate emperors to an even greater status: raising them from successful imperialists to divinely appointed leaders. The below excerpt from Rome Resurgent: War and Empire in the Age of Justinian breaks down how th...
Tags: Asia, Books, Featured, Religion, History, Rome, Military, Christianity, Ancient Rome, Diocletian, Europe Africa, Roman Empire, Caesar Augustus, Christian Church, Constantine, Arts & Humanities


Alfie Evans' parents to meet doctors to discuss taking boy home

Move comes after court backed ruling preventing parents from flying seriously ill child to Rome for further careThe father of a 23-month-old at the centre of a life-support treatment battle has told reporters gathered outside the hospital that he will meet doctors later on Thursday to discuss taking his son home. A court rejected a last-ditch appeal by Alfie Evans’s parents on Wednesday against an earlier ruling preventing them from flying him to Rome for further care. The Italian government had...
Tags: Law, UK News, Rome, Liverpool, Vatican, Alfie Evans


Alfie Evans could be flown to Rome if latest appeal succeeds

Parents will seek to remove toddler from hospital, saying he has been breathing unassistedAlfie Evans, the severely ill toddler whose life support machine was switched off on Monday, could immediately be flown to a children’s hospital in Rome for treatment if a last-ditch appeal succeeds, a solicitor involved in the case has said.The child’s parents were granted an emergency hearing before a high court judge on Tuesday afternoon after they said the 23-month-old boy had been breathing unassisted ...
Tags: Law, Society, UK News, Rome, Hospitals, Liverpool, Child protection, Alfie Evans


Philippines: Duterte threatens to arrest International Criminal Court​ prosecutor

President hits out at what he calls international effort to paint him as ‘ruthless and heartless violator of human rights’Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to arrest an International Criminal Court prosecutor if she conducts activities in his country, arguing it was no longer an ICC member so the court had no right to do any investigating. Hitting out at what he said was an international effort to paint him as a “ruthless and heartless violator of human rights”, Duterte withdre...
Tags: Law, Rome, Asia Pacific, Philippines, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Icc, Rodrigo Duterte, Duterte


"In his fifteenth satire, Juvenal had scoffed at Egyptians for allegedly worshipping onions..."

"... 'What a holy race (o sanctas gentes) to have such divinities springing up in their gardens.'* Sir Walter Raleigh, in an anti-Catholic mood, compared such worship of food to the sacrament of Holy Communion, where Christians munch on their god. John Donne, George Herbert, and Robert Herrick all followed Raleigh’s lead, joking, as Herbert wrote, of anyone 'who makes a root his god.' Thus, [the scholar Tom] Tashiro notes, 'the lowly onion was touched with divinity and thereby entered into the w...
Tags: Law, Poetry, Religion, Rome, Egypt, Diana, Second Amendment, Renoir, Onion, Trump, Raleigh, Hartford, Herbert, Dostoyevsky, Walter Raleigh, Thebes


On National Medal of Honor Day, remembering some who went beyond the call of duty

National Medal of Honor Day is Sunday, March 25, marking the 155th anniversary of the day the first decoration was awarded. More than 3,400 people have received the medal by distinguishing themselves beyond the call of duty. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s website has more information on the medal and its recipients. From California For service during World War II, 464 United States military personnel received the Medal of Honor, 266 of them posthumously. One of those posthumously h...
Tags: Europe, News, Congress, California, France, Germany, Nazis, California News, America, Los Angeles, Infographic, Department Of Defense, Sport, Rome, Soccer, Military


"I have seen representations of Roman boxing gloves depicted on bronze statues, paintings and sculptures, but to have the privilege of finding two real leather examples is exceptionally special."

"The hairs stand up on the back of your neck when you realise you have discovered something as astonishing as these boxing gloves" (BBC). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Bbc, Rome, Boxing, Ann Althouse


Pilot Exchange

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Tags: Europe, America, People, Rome, Military, Nato, Air Force, U S Air Force, United States Air Force, Brian Ferguson, U S Air Forces, Pinna, Kevin Sweeney, 122nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Leeuwarden Air Base, Leeuwarden Air Base Netherlands


"Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being lambasted as the uncool parent in Washington, and maybe the universe..."

"... for rescinding an Obama Administration directive that decriminalized marijuana in states that have legalized the drug. But even if you're a legalizer, you should give the AG some credit for forcing a debate on the rule of law that Congress should settle.... [I]nstead of taking the cop-out of blaming Mr. Sessions, legalizers in Congress ought to have the courage of their convictions and try to decriminalize pot nationwide. Let Senators Cory Gardner and Kamala Harris persuade their colleagues...
Tags: Law, Congress, Colorado, Obama Administration, California, Washington, France, Etiquette, Senate, Marijuana, Metaphor, Rome, House, Paris, Kamala Harris, George Washington


The Saturday Monks [Christmas] Brunch: December 23, 2017

There’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy As we pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie It’ll nearly be like a picture print by Currier and Ives These things are the wonderful things we’ll remember throughout our lives (Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson) From The Legal Genealogist: Nathaniel Currier was born 27 March 1813 in Massachusetts, son of Nathaniel and Hannah Currier. James Merrit Ives was born in New York in 1824; his father had been superintendent of Bellevue Hospital. Th...
Tags: New York, Law, California, Germany, Boston, Massachusetts, Religion, America, Ap, Rome, Austria, Atlantic, United States, Pope Francis, Italy, Vatican


"Spelacchio mirrors the decadence of the city.... Without meaning to, this poor tree has become a symbol of Rome today, it is paying the price of this decadent time."

"Spelacchio" means "mangy," and it's the name for the low-quality 72-foot-tall Christmas tree in the center of Rome, the NYT reports.I love the word — Spelacchio — and it's funny to personify and bully a tree. The tree has no feelings.  I mean... wait... if this were a Christmas story Spelacchio would have feelings. The mocking would hurt, and Spelacchio would find some way to express its sadness, its compassion for the poor and the sick. Spelacchio would find a way to express the true meaning o...
Tags: Law, Metaphor, Rome, Italy, Cartoons, Ann Althouse, Ugliness, Spelacchio



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