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The Burning Of Notre Dame

I neither listen to the radio nor watch television.  But today while driving my radio had turned on because I had just stopped for petrol and restarted the truck.  Unfortunately, I was listening to Shep Smith with Fox News. The man is a child, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  Speaking with the utmost unction and dramatic pauses for effect, he stated something like that even if one is not religious, the Cathedral of Notre Dame was a testament and tribute to “the highest aspirations of man...
Tags: Europe, France, Religion, Rome, Military, Paris, Fox News, Jesus, Times, Notre Dame, Christ, PAUL, Matt, Christ Jesus, Notre Dame Cathedral, OSHA

"Income taxation in the United States began in public view. When Congress imposed the first income tax in 1861, during the Civil War..."

"... it required the disclosure of names, incomes and tax payments. Over the following decade, before Congress ended the tax, this data was posted in public and printed in newspapers. That practice was briefly revived in 1924. It’s time for another revival. The question is whether Americans are willing to endure a little sunlight in the interest of fairness and equality."Writes Binyamin Appelbaum, a member of the NYT editorial board, in "Everyone’s Income Taxes Should Be Public/Disclosure of tax...
Tags: Taxes, Privacy, Law, Congress, United States, Times, Appelbaum, Ann Althouse, Binyamin Appelbaum

"I’ve covered the Justice Department for three decades, and seldom have I seen a story like the one published in the New York Times this week..."

"... under the headline, 'Some on Mueller's Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed.' What concerned me most is that the story’s anonymous allegations reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of the role prosecutors play, including special counsels such as Robert Mueller. The job of prosecutors is not, as the Times headline suggested, to pen 'damaging' narratives about people they couldn’t indict. And it’s not their job to air those people’s dirty laundry, or that of suspects outside ...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Nyt, Times, Justice Department, James Comey, Comey, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Ann Althouse, Prosecutorial Ethics, John Solomon, Team Mueller

"Shortly after Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union, in 1985, he released a banned film, Repentance, that explored the underlying institutional, ideological, and personal dynamics of Stalinism."

"The film set off a nationwide media trial and condemnation of that murderous era. Though Russiagate has generated in America some Soviet-like practices and ruined a number of lives and reputations, it is, of course, nothing even remotely comparable to the Soviet Stalinist experience. By comparison, therefore, some introspective repentance on the part of Russiagate perpetuators should not be too much to ask. But... there is unlikely to be much, if any. Too many personal and organizational intere...
Tags: Law, Putin, Washington Post, Russia, America, Journalism, Gorbachev, Ukraine, Cnn, New York Times, Nyt, Times, Mikhail Gorbachev, Stalin, Princeton University, New York University

"As a man charged with publicly explaining Donald Trump’s often meandering and colloquial vernacular in highly adversarial TV settings..."

"... I appreciate more than most the sometimes-murky nature of his off-script commentaries. But these Charlottesville statements leave little room for interpretation. For any honest person, therefore, to conclude that the president somehow praised the very people he actually derided, reveals a blatant and blinding level of bias. Nonetheless, countless so-called journalists have furthered this damnable lie. For example, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace responded that Trump had 'given safe harbor to Naz...
Tags: Charlottesville, Fake News, Journalism, Propaganda, Steve Cortes, Trump derangement syndrome

"John McCain received the fake and phony dossier. You hear about the dossier? It was paid for by Crooked Hillary Clinton."

"And John McCain got it. And what did he do? He didn’t call me. He turned it over to the FBI hoping to put me in jeopardy...."Trump explains why he didn't like John McCain. It's about more than the dossier. President Trump on John McCain: "I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don't care about this. I didn’t get thank you. That's ok. We sent him on the way, but I wasn't a fan of John McCain." — CSPAN (@cspan) March 20, 2...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Nyt, John Mccain, Times, Trump, McCain, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Christopher Steele, Crooked Hillary Clinton, The Dossier, McCain post-mortem

Food writer Mark Bittman "has bounced around since leaving The Times."

"He spent less than a year at Purple Carrot, a vegan meal-kit start-up. He wrote a column for New York Magazine and Grub Street. He started a newsletter. He posted recipes on his personal website. All along, he said, he had the idea of creating his own publication.... Salty, which is making its debut on Tuesday, will comprise recipes, stories related to food and more. 'There’s a large part of me that wants people to be interested in food agriculture, or policy, or kids, or immigrants, or race,' ...
Tags: Food, Law, Restaurants, New York Times, Nyt, Times, New York Magazine, Jim Crow, Black, Cornell University, Charlotte, Ritz Carlton, Mark Bittman, William Barber, Purdue University, Michael Lynn

Homeless encampments will stay put under Los Angeles settlement

“The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday agreed to settle a pivotal and contentious case on the property rights of homeless people — a decision that is likely to limit the seizure and destruction of encampments on skid row.” Since 2016 the city has been in litigation with civil rights lawyers representing homeless persons “and two Skid Row anti-poverty groups.” Subsequently, “U.S. District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles issued an injunction [that] barred the city from seizing and destroyi...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Atlantic, Times, Los Angeles City Council, Daily News, California Coastal Commission, KCOP, Susan Shelley, Property Law, Roads And Streets, James Otero, Gale Holland, Anna Gorman Kaiser

Democratic 2020 candidates roll up to support marijuana legalisation

In a joint effort, Warren, Harris, Sanders and Gillibrand are co-sponsors of legislation authored by BookerThere was a time when it was taboo for presidential candidates to talk about marijuana. Bill Clinton said he smoked but “didn’t inhale”. Barack Obama said he did inhale and even did some cocaine in his youth – “maybe a little blow” – but said the drug use was “reflective of the struggles and confusion of a teenage boy”. As presidents, both continued the “war on drugs” and upheld the prohibi...
Tags: New York, Republicans, California, Drugs, Barack Obama, Society, US news, Cannabis, Democrats, US politics, Bill Clinton, US domestic policy, US crime, Jamaica, US Congress, Times

NYT: New York Insurance Regulators Subpoena Trump Org’s Broker

On the heels of Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony alleging that the Trump Organization mischaracterized asset values in its representations to insurance companies, the Trump Organization’s insurance broker received an expansive subpoena Monday from New York state insurance regulators, the New York Times reported. The regulator, the Department of Financial Services, conducts civil investigations and does not have the authority to conduct criminal investigations, according to the Times. H...
Tags: New York, News, Insurance, New York Times, Times, Donald Trump, Tierney Sneed, Michael Cohen, Aon, Department of Financial Services, Trump Organization, Subpoena, Trump Org, Muckraker, New York Insurance Regulators Subpoena Trump Org

"With progressives pushing Democrats to embrace the Green New Deal — and Republicans ridiculing the idea as socialism — Mr. Schumer is effectively trying to turn a weakness into a strength."

"He is planning daily floor speeches attacking Republicans for inaction and a proposal for a special Senate committee focused on the issue, which he intends to announce this week. And while there is virtually no chance of passing climate change legislation in a Republican-controlled Senate with President Trump in office, Mr. Schumer said he wanted legislation to run on next year — and bring to a vote in early 2021, should his party win the White House and the Senate. 'This is the first time Demo...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, California, Senate, White House, Green, Democrats, Mitch McConnell, Amy Klobuchar, Scary, Times, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Trump

"Given that I am not a blonde, 24-year-old woman who identifies as a polyracial ecosexual, I was a little surprised by the suggestion that I was the same person. "

Writes Andrew Doyle (at Spiked) — noting that he's accused of being the man (woman??) behind Titania McGrath, the name on a very funny "radical feminist" Twitter feed and a new book called "Woke: A Guide to Social Justice."I am not the only suspect in this curious affair. Twitter users have speculated that the account is run by Chris Morris, Ricky Gervais, or even the American conservative Ann Coulter.  There are now rumours that Rosamund Urwin is the real Titania McGrath, and that her article i...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Feminism, Starbucks, Times, Mcgrath, Lisa, Ann Coulter, Lisa Graves, MacBook Pros, Ann Althouse, Rosamund Urwin, Andrew Doyle, Titania McGrath, Chris Morris Ricky Gervais

A blog hosting service for sources

Technologist and the founder of blogging, Dave Winer, blogged this week that if he were the CEO of The New York Times he would start a blog hosting service, with Times branding. People would know, per Winer, that this is blog space, not editorial space. Blogs would be sources, from which the Times editorial people would be encouraged to quote. Winer would also recruit people whose ideas were valuable enough to be otherwise quoted in the Times to begin to blog – or at least offer them a ...
Tags: Law, Blogging, New York Times, Times, Dave Winer, Winer, Bob Ambrogi, Melissa Lin

Supreme Court rules against "excessive" police seizures and sales of property Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court's opinion in favor of Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana. Police seized Timbs' $40,000 Land Rover when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin. Reading a summary of her opinion in the courtroom, Ginsburg noted that governments employ fines "out of accord with the penal goals of retribution and deterrence" because fines are a source of revenue. The 85-year-old justice missed arguments last month following lung cancer surgery, ...
Tags: Post, News, Supreme Court, Law, B-side, Times, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Philly, The Supreme Court, Ginsburg, Tyson Timbs of Marion Indiana Police

Kamala Harris is terribly awkward when asked about Jussie Smollett.

She acts as though she doesn't remember what she tweeted, then, when reminded that she called it "an attempted modern-day lynching," she looks back (at 0:27) as if to seek help from somebody (perhaps that grim, frowning woman behind her), then turns forward again, says "sorry" and giggles. She giggled in response to the idea of lynching!Then she partly composes herself, lifts her eyebrows halfway up her forehead and says "ummm, uh, uh, okay" and otherwise stalls for 10 seconds before coming out ...
Tags: Law, Mexico, New Hampshire, Socialism, Times, New England, Kamala Harris, Trump, Sanders, Jussie Smollett, HARRIS, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Concord Asked

Now, Gov. Northam denies that was him in the photograph but confesses that he did blackface on another occasion.

The strange story of Ralph Northam continues, and he won't resign.From the NYT report:"It was definitely not me,” Mr. Northam, a Democrat, told reporters at a news conference in the governor’s mansion. “I can tell by looking at it.”Pressed on why he initially apologized, Mr. Northam said he had wanted to “take credit for recognizing that this was a horrific photo that was on my page with my name on it.”Yes, but you said it was "a photograph of me." How can you get that wrong? Did it look like so...
Tags: Texas, Law, Army, Abortion, Michael Jackson, Times, Al Franken, Blackface, Democratic Party, Ralph Northam, Northam, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Gov. Northam

A shaken baby syndrome researcher reconsiders

British neuropathologist Waney Squier spent many years as an expert witness in court assisting in the prosecution of defendants accused of causing Shaken Baby Syndrome. Then a closer engagement with the evidence caused her to change her mind — and the story that follows, which she tells in this TEDx Wandsworth talk, must be heard to be believed. Sue Luttner has more for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. More on the story: Jon Robins, The Justice Gap; Theodore Dalrymple, Spectat...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Child Abuse, Times, Forensics, Wandsworth, Expert Witnesses, Waney Squier, Justice Gap, Deborah Tuerkheimer, Theodore Dalrymple, Sue Luttner, USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism More, Jon Robins, Marisa Gerber

"In the Russian Federation and in President Putin himself, you have an individual whose aim is to disrupt the Western alliance and whose aim is to make Western democracy more fractious..."

"... in order to weaken our ability, America’s ability and the West’s ability to spread our democratic ideals.... That’s the goal, to make us less of a moral authority to spread democratic values... With respect to Western ideals and who it is and what it is we stand for as Americans, Russia poses the most dangerous threat to that way of life."Said Lisa Page, in private testimony to a joint House Judiciary and Oversight Committee, quoted in "F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly ...
Tags: Law, Putin, Russia, America, Journalism, Fbi, Nyt, Times, Russian Federation, Nate Silver, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Lisa Page, House Judiciary and Oversight Committee, Said Lisa Page

"How much of the internet is fake?"

"Studies generally suggest that, year after year, less than 60 percent of web traffic is human; some years, according to some researchers, a healthy majority of it is bot. For a period of time in 2013, the Times reported this year, a full half of YouTube traffic was 'bots masquerading as people,' a portion so high that employees feared an inflection point after which YouTube’s systems for detecting fraudulent traffic would begin to regard bot traffic as real and human traffic as fake. They calle...
Tags: Law, Youtube, Times, Fake, The Web, NY Magazine, Ann Althouse, Matthew Brennan

Innocence Project Math 101: Why it's certain eyewitnesses are still sending innocent people to prison in Texas

Our friends at the prosecutor association want to pretend Texas has solved its problem with eyewitnesses falsely identifying innocent suspects after Texas passed non-binding guidelines for police lineups in 2011. Shannon Edmonds last night was crowing on Twitter that the last exoneration based a false ID in Texas was in 2010, and the state had solved the problem in 2011.This is such a disingenuous claim I thought I'd dissect it without the 140 character limitations.Texas hasn't seen more eyewitn...
Tags: Texas, Law, New York Times, The Times, Dallas, Houston, Times, Legislature, Shannon, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCAA, 14th Court of Appeals, Shannon Edmonds

An Indiana cancer cluster in the NYT

Over the years, the New York Times and writers associated with it have done more than most of us to debunk scares over purported cancer clusters. “When multiple cases of cancer occur in a community, especially among children, it is only human to fear a common cause,” wrote George Johnson in a 2015 Times piece. “Most often these cancer clusters turn out to be statistical illusions, the result of what epidemiologists call the Texas sharpshooter fallacy. (Blast the side of a barn with a random spra...
Tags: Texas, Law, Uncategorized, Indiana, New York Times, Johnson, Times, Toms River, Erin Brockovich, George Johnson, HIROKO TABUCHI, TCE, Woburn Mass, Gina Kolata, Johnson County Indiana, Toxic Torts

"Jill Abramson, the veteran journalist who led the newspaper from 2011 to 2014, says the Times has a financial incentive to bash the president and that the imbalance is helping to erode its credibility...."

"Abramson describes a generational split at the Times, with younger staffers, many of them in digital jobs, favoring an unrestrained assault on the presidency. 'The more "woke" staff thought that urgent times called for urgent measures; the dangers of Trump’s presidency obviated the old standards,' she writes [in her forthcoming book 'Merchants of Truth']. Trump claims he is keeping the 'failing' Times in business—an obvious exaggeration—but the former editor acknowledges a 'Trump bump' that saw...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Nyt, Fox News, Times, Trump, Ny Times, Howard Kurtz, Abramson, Jill Abramson, Ann Althouse, Trump and the press, Merchants of Truth -RSB- Trump

"In October 2016, Ron Hiers and his wife, Carla, feeling despondent after years of addiction, had made a suicide pact to get high until they were dead, and ended up passed out by a bus stop in Memphis."

"A bystander live-streamed footage of the couple, and the video of them being mocked and laughed at was viewed by hundreds of thousands of people."From "How Do You Recover After Millions Have Watched You Overdose?/Amid an opioid crisis, police and strangers with cameras are posting raw images of drug users passed out. For those whose bleakest moments now live online, life is never the same" (NYT).The NYT embedded the video, so lots more people are seeing it now, including me. I'll refrain from e...
Tags: Law, Drugs, Rob, Viral Video, Times, Memphis, Humiliation, Breitbart, Carla, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Laughing, Rob (the commenter, Ron Hiers

Verizon/Aol fined $5m for knowingly helping advertisers track children

Aol deliberately provided advertisers with the means to illegally track children and target advertising to them. It will pay a $5m fine, reports The New York Times. At Ars Technica, Jon Brodkin reports that it's the largest COPPA hit yet. Verizon has consistently fought government regulation of privacy in broadband networks. As owner of Oath, Verizon is forcing users of Yahoo services to waive their class-action rights and agree to resolve disputes through arbitration. The attorney general inves...
Tags: Verizon, Post, Crime, News, Privacy, Yahoo, Law, Aol, New York Times, Times, Jon Brodkin, Verizon AOL, Oath Verizon, New York Times At Ars Technica

George H.W. Bush Has Died

Former President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94. This may be the longest obituary I can recall (I didn't finish reading it) but the Times has probably been working on it for years. It mentions that his son, GW, put out a call for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Times, Gw, George H W Bush

The ABC executive who said "Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show" is now leaving ABC.

I'm reading "Channing Dungey, First Black Entertainment Executive at a Major Network, Is Leaving ABC" (NYT).Ms. Dungey was thrust into the spotlight earlier this year — an unusual spot for the publicity-shy executive — when the network made the sudden decision to cancel its biggest hit, “Roseanne,” after the show’s star, Roseanne Barr, sent a racist tweet....Terrible journalistic style to say "a racist tweet" instead of something like "a tweet that many people decried as racist." Tell the facts....
Tags: Law, Abc, Journalism, Times, Roseanne Barr, Burke, Roseanne, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Dungey, Race And Pop Culture, Karey Burke

"Without Facebook, Donald Trump probably wouldn’t be president, which is reason enough to curse its existence."

Writes Michelle Goldberg in the NYT, in "Democrats Should Un-Friend Facebook/It’s time to treat Facebook like the ruthless monopoly it is."The platform was an essential vector for Russian disinformation. It allowed the shady “psychographics” company Cambridge Analytica to harvest private user data. And Facebook helped decimate local newspapers, contributing to America’s widespread epistemological derangement. In general, people trust local papers more than the national media; when stories are ab...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Congress, America, Warner, Republican, Times, Sheryl Sandberg, George Soros, Michelle Goldberg, Ann Althouse, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook Donald Trump

The fake news about Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez not being able to afford to move to Washington, D.C. until she gets her first paycheck as a Congressperson.

I'm seeing that over on Facebook, where my son John says he's unfollowing The Hill because...I've noticed multiple inaccuracies, but this was the last straw. This article is simply false about what she said in her New York Times interview, which is the source for the article. (I get the impression the Hill doesn't do original reporting.) This *might* be true for all I know, but she didn't say or even suggest it in the Times interview.Go to the link for details of what O-C said that was quoted in...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Washington, New York Times, John, Times, Hill, Jaltcoh, Ann Althouse, Fake News, Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandra Ocasio Cortez

"Yet the current Democratic leadership has insisted that no one so much as mention the word 'impeachment.'"

"Instead, they have suggested using Mr. Trump’s abuses of power as bargaining chips in future negotiations. For too long, Democratic leaders have convinced their fellow elected officials that bland, nonconfrontational and incremental centrism is the way to win elections and make progress. In truth, it’s just the easiest way to protect the balance of power in Washington. But by trying to meet a corrupt Republican Party halfway, instead of taking clear stands for what’s right, they have failed to ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington, House, Republican Party, Times, Trump, Normal, Don, Tom Steyer, Steyer, Ann Althouse, Impeachment, Trump derangement syndrome, Trump's new Congress

"Blue wave or no, Trumpism lives on. And it continues to be America's loudest voice."

An L.A. Times editorial. Excerpt:Many Americans had believed that Trump’s election two years ago was a brief deviation from the norm that would be reversed once rational voters saw what he was like in office. The [midterm election] returns were a depressing wake-up call to the true extent of division in the country. In fact, tens of millions of people turned out to vote in favor of Trumpism....That message is horrendous. It is a message suffused with alt-right, racist ideology.... It is a messag...
Tags: Law, America, Times, Trumpism, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump and immigration, 2018 Elections

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