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"If you read his speech and listen to it carefully, much of it is thinly-veiled innuendo calling us white supremacists, calling us racists, calling us every name in the book, calling us people who don't tell the truth."

Said Rand Paul on Fox News last night, quoted in "Power Up: Unity in Washington will be harder than Biden makes it sound" (WaPo)("Some Republicans such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) even trashed Biden's speech itself, which was widely-lauded for its appeals for Americans to set aside their political differences and work together for a better country").  If I had a little more time at the moment, I'd go through the speech line by line and look for every phrase that can be interpreted as saying that...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Washington, America, Rand Paul, Fox News, Republic, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, PAUL R KY, PAUL, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Civility Bullshit

"The ability of companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google to control what people see online is so potent, it is the subject of antitrust hearings...."

"But the decision by Amazon to push Parler off its dominant cloud-computing service illustrates just how powerful its content-moderation capabilities are as well.... [T]he companies that provide the technical infrastructure that powers websites and services where people express opinions have vast power as well, though they rarely use it. They include little-known companies that register website domains for customers; so-called content delivery networks, which can boost the speed at which webpage...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Cake, Same-sex Marriage, Law, Censorship, Antitrust, Free Speech, Amazon Web Services, Facebook Twitter, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Analogies, Parler, Trump Without AWS Parler

"QAnon reshaped Trump’s party and radicalized believers. The Capitol siege may just be the start."

WaPo headline.  Subhed: "The online conspiracy theory, which depicts Trump as a messianic warrior battling ‘deep state’ Satanists, has helped fuel a real-world militant extremism that could haunt the Biden era." Oddly, that makes QAnon sound like the leader of the movement — QAnon, not Trump. But the impeachers portray Trump as leading an insurrection. Is Trump the evil mastermind, or more of a dupe, standing in the middle of things, thinking he's a fine leader and surprised by the violent t...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Congress, Washington, Biden, Conspiracies, Trump, Capitol, Sidney Powell, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Parler, Lin Wood, the Trump resistance

The fork as a weapon.

In the previous post, discussing a WaPo article about various characters in the January 6th incident at the U.S. Capitol, we encountered a man named Pete Harding, who "said that the only weapon he carried was a dinner fork, which he put in his pocket." He said — humorously, I think — "Fortunately, I didn’t have to wield the kitchen fork menacingly." So I want to look into the topic of the fork as a weapon. When I was a college student and went through a phase of thinking I might take a course ...
Tags: Murder, Law, Things, Capitol, Harding, WaPo, U S Capitol, Hitchcock, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance, Pete Harding

If the "Capitol mob" was "a raging collection of grievances and disillusionment" as The Washington Post says...

... in its headline, here, then doesn't that mean it wasn't an "insurrection" or much of a plan at all, just a coming together of disparate elements? Let's look at the long article. I'm reading it for the first time and making excerpts and comments as I go. I'm doing this without an agenda, just wanting to figure out what the hell happened and what it means. Those who made their way to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday hail from at least 36 states, along with the District of Columbia ...
Tags: Post, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Canada, Grammar, Salem, Graham, District Of Columbia, Capitol Police, Trump, Mike Pence, Don, Capitol, Guthrie

"'Soon after he met me, he took me to lunch and told me he was in love with me. I thought it was sweet, but he was 11 years older and I had a boyfriend at the time who I was madly in love with.'"

"Eventually Mr. Fieger won Ms. Alperin after writing the catchy bass-driven track about her. She spent her late teens touring the world with him.... 'It played everywhere I went... It was in the elevator, it was in the dentist, it was on the airplane, in the market, played by every Top 40 band. It was everywhere. It was exciting, and it was everything.... When we broke up it was time to be my Sharona.... The word ‘my’ in that song says a lot. There’s not more of a possessive or obsessive word in...
Tags: Music, Law, Wikipedia, Los Angeles, Teenagers, Feminism, New York Times, George Bush, Npr, Names, George W Bush, Trump, Bush, WaPo, Sharona, Ann Althouse

"Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse’s new merchandise site signals ‘new era’ of criminal defense."

WaPo headline. From the article: Jeff Neslund, a Chicago-based civil rights attorney and a former prosecutor with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, said the website “is dangerous for prosecutors” attempting to secure a conviction in the pending trial, because it has the potential to taint a jury pool. “You’re going to have a lot of people who want to be on this jury to help this kid because they have an agenda, so prosecutors will have a tougher time to do their homework to flush those ...
Tags: Isis, Crime, Guns, Law, Los Angeles, Chicago, Free Speech, Kenosha, Cook County, Kyle, WaPo, Pierce, Rittenhouse, Ann Althouse, John Pierce, Kyle Rittenhouse

"When the new House convenes at noon on Jan. 3, all members will have to be physically present to be sworn in, and they will have to re-pass the rule that allowed the House to vote remotely."

"If, let’s say, five Democrats have covid-19 and are quarantined or hospitalized, or can’t make it to Washington, while all the Republicans can be present, the majority could rest temporarily with the GOP. What would then happen on Jan. 6, when Congress meets in joint session to affirm the electoral college results, is anyone’s guess.... The House has not had a margin this close since after the 1930 election. That year, Republicans won 218 seats but had enough deaths before the convening of the ...
Tags: Law, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Joe Biden, Gop, House, Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom, WaPo, Kamala D Harris, Norman Ornstein, Ann Althouse, Biden's Congress

"Boko Haram asserted responsibility on Tuesday for laying siege to a secondary school in northwest Nigeria and abducting more than 300 boys..."

"Hundreds of gunmen on motorbikes surrounded the boarding school in Katsina state Friday night and opened fire on police, witnesses said, before rounding up students and dragging them into the woods. Abubakar Shekau, the group’s leader, said in an audio message released in the early hours of the morning that fighters stormed the school to discourage 'Western education'..." "Boko Haram" means "Western education is forbidden." WaPo reports.  "Boko Haram has swollen its ranks over the years b...
Tags: Education, Law, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Terrorism, WaPo, Abubakar Shekau, Katsina, Ann Althouse

"Rush Limbaugh isn’t saying he wants the country to split into red and blue factions as a result of conservative fury over the election results."

"As he attempted to make clear Thursday, he’s just saying that other people are saying it. 'I know that there’s a sizable and growing sentiment for people who believe that’s we’re headed to, whether we want to get there or not, secession,' he said on his nationwide radio program. 'Now, I didn’t advocate for it. I never would advocate for secession. I’m simply repeating what I have heard.'... He didn’t say where he’s heard anyone float the notion of states seceding, let alone spell out how such a...
Tags: New York, Law, Washington, Oregon, US, United States, Alaska, Donald Trump, British Columbia, Trump, Northern California, Limbaugh, WaPo, Rush Limbaugh, Oregon Washington, Cascadia

"When I found the treasure, it ended the hopes of the many people around the world who wanted to one day find it."

"I understand both the disappointment and disbelief many have and are experiencing and do not take personally the vitriolic comments made about me or the conspiracy theories that some seem to find comfort. But, to be clear, I am not and was never employed by Forrest, nor did he 'pick' me in any way to 'retrieve' the treasure. I was a stranger to him and found the treasure as he designed it to be found.... I do not see myself as being better than anyone else who searched for the treasure because ...
Tags: Law, Poetry, Wealth, Puzzles, Wyoming, United States of America, Forrest, WaPo, Forrest Fenn, Ann Althouse, Litigiousness, Jack Stuef

Why is ice hockey the one youth sport producing outbreaks of coronavirus?

"One critical way hockey differs from other contact team sports is how players do line changes — substitutions of groups of players — and are expected to sprint for nearly the whole time they are on the ice. Experts say it probably leads to heavier breathing, resulting in more particles being exhaled and inhaled. Jose-Luis Jimenez, an air engineer at the University of Colorado, speculated that the spaces occupied by rinks keep the virus suspended, perhaps six to nine feet, just above the ice. S...
Tags: Science, Law, Sports, University Of Colorado, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Jose Luis Jimenez, Coldness

"Airlines no longer will be required to accommodate travelers who want to fly with emotional support animals such as pigs, rabbits and turkeys..."

"... under a final rule announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.... Emotional support animals aren't considered service animals under the new rule.... Over the years, airlines have had to accommodate a growing variety of animals as the definition of what is considered a service animal expanded to include animals that travelers said they needed for emotional and psychological support when flying.... Service animals are those that have been trained to perform a certain functio...
Tags: Law, Airplanes, Dexter, WaPo, Transportation Department, Voltaire, John Stuart Mill, David Leonhardt, Ann Althouse, Leonhardt, Service Animals, U S Department of Transportation Emotional

"The most prosaic of routines can now deliver delight. Like a bona fide night of restful sleep. Or a prolonged moment of enriching silence. Or, say, the leather chair..."

"... that Al Jirikowic, 68, an art critic and former Adams Morgan bar owner, now sits in five hours a day because there’s nowhere to go. The Churchill, as his throne is known, is where Jirikowic meditates, contemplates the end of civilization and figures out what to eat for lunch. Whatever the case, he’s comfortable. 'I’m thankful I can sit here and space out,' he said. 'You learn to like your solitude. If you don’t, you go nuts.'"  From "A comfy chair, a locked door, an old record. Covid Than...
Tags: Peanut Butter, Law, White House, Mitt Romney, Secret Service, Churchill, Solitude, Trump, Don, WaPo, Romney, Nate Silver, Ann Althouse, Paul Schwartzman, Adams Morgan, Trump 2020

"Women can choose to knock each other down or build each other up. I choose the latter."

Said Ivanka Trump, ironically knocking the artist Jennifer Rubell, who'd made a performance piece called "Ivanka Vacuuming."    Rubell said: "I truly did not intend the piece to be only a critique of her. I thought it was just as indicting of the viewer and all of us in our perception of her. I invited her to see the show. I was so naïve — I thought she would think it was kind of funny."  That happened in 2019, but I didn't notice at the time. I'm seeing it today in a NYT piece called ...
Tags: Cleaning, Law, Feminism, New Jersey, Manhattan, Upper East Side, Donald Trump, Performance art, Irony, Trump, Marie Antoinette, WaPo, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump, Ann Althouse, Rubell

"For the last four years, the tone from the White House was contemptuous of Washington, dismissing the permanent establishment..."

"... the longtime politicians and former administration officials who call it home — as the 'swamp' or 'deep state.' The social arbiters, traditionally respectful of a new administration, quickly found themselves between a Trump and a hard place: To invite or not to invite?.... Trump went to a handful of galas but his attendance — even the prospect of it — often brought controversy and protests.... Without Trump, the White House correspondents’ dinner — typically a night of mutual good will betw...
Tags: Law, Washington, White House, Biden, Trump, WaPo, Roxanne Roberts, Festivities, Ann Althouse, Wilbur Ross, Trump and the press, Without Trump the White House, Gridiron Ford, WaPo Another

The first and last sentences of a Washington Post article titled "Supreme Court continues capital punishment trend with Barrett on the bench."

First sentence: "The Supreme Court continued its trend late Thursday night of allowing federal executions to go forward, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett participating in her first capital punishment case on the court."  Last sentence: "Hall and three others drove the teenager to a motel room in Arkansas, where they assaulted her and then beat her with a shovel before she was buried alive." ADDED: Notice the switch to the passive voice: "they assaulted her and then beat her with a shovel ...
Tags: Murder, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Arkansas, Death Penalty, Catholic, Notre Dame, Catholics, Hypocrisy, Robert Barnes, WaPo, Supreme Court Justice, Barrett, U S Court of Appeals, Religion And Government

"One more lame defense you hear from Republicans: Democrats did this to Mr. Trump. But that’s false, too."

"Democrats did indeed focus on Russia’s assistance to Mr. Trump’s election campaign. But they did not claim that he wasn’t president. Hillary Clinton immediately conceded. President Barack Obama invited Mr. Trump to the White House and attended the inauguration."  From "One more lame defense you hear from Republicans: Democrats did this to Mr. Trump. But that’s false, too" by the Editorial Board of The Washington Post. The "lame defense" is put into words — "Democrats did this to Mr. Trump...
Tags: Law, White House, Russia, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Biden, Trump, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Mr Trump, 2020 Elections, Trump 2020, Hillary goes away, Editorial Board of The Washington Post

"A two-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit found that Harvard’s race-conscious admissions process does not violate civil rights law..."

"... when the university selects an incoming undergraduate class.... The plaintiff alleged that Harvard... intentionally discriminated against Asian Americans in ways that benefited applicants from other groups seeking entry to one of the world’s most competitive universities.... Judge Juan R. Torruella, who had also been on the panel reviewing the appeal, died last month.... The university says it adheres to Supreme Court rulings over decades that have allowed the use of race within certain lim...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, California, Harvard, Affirmative Action, Black Lives Matter, First Circuit, Ginsburg, WaPo, U S Court of Appeals, Nov, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Amy Coney Barrett, Juan R Torruella

"Something extremely bogus is going on. Was tested for covid four times today. Two tests came back negative, two came back positive. Same machine, same test, same nurse" — tweeted Elon Musk...

... quoted in "Elon Musk, with cold symptoms, says his covid-19 tests are inconclusive" (WaPo). When one follower asked if false tests could be driving the national surge in cases, Musk replied, “If it’s happening to me, it’s happening to others.”  When another follower suggested that “revenues from tests are likely not bogus & very consistent,” Musk replied, “Exactly.”... WaPo goes on to say that Musk has been a coronavirus "skeptic" since last March, when he tweeted "the coronavirus panic is...
Tags: Elon Musk, Technology, Law, California, Freedom, Tesla, Musk, Trump, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Trump and the press, Coronavirus

"A record-breaking surge in U.S. coronavirus cases is being driven to a significant degree by casual occasions that may feel deceptively safe... dinner parties, game nights, sleepovers and carpools."

"Many earlier coronavirus clusters were linked to nursing homes and crowded nightclubs. But public health officials nationwide say case investigations are increasingly leading them to small, private social gatherings. This behind-doors transmission trend reflects pandemic fatigue and widening social bubbles, experts say — and is particularly insidious because it is so difficult to police and likely to increase as temperatures drop and holidays approach." WaPo reports. It is so difficult to ...
Tags: Law, Indiana, Surveillance, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus

"At the center of much of this creative coordination is Wisconsin’s Ben Wikler, chair of the state party Democrats, who was focused on comedy two decades ago, writing for the Onion and working for Al Franken..."

"... on his books and radio show, before rising in the political world. Now, his state party is the leading beneficiary of these fundraisers, raising more than $7 million since August, part of the $58.7 million it’s reportedly brought in over the past two years. David Mandel, former 'Veep' showrunner and 'Seinfeld' writer, says of the virtual format: 'I give credit to Ben Wikler for really weaponizing it.' Americans don’t particularly want to be politically lectured to by Hollywood, Mandel says....
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Law, Wisconsin, Seinfeld, Campaign Finance, Al Franken, WaPo, Ben Wikler, Ann Althouse, David Mandel, Merging Politics And Showbiz, Hollywood Mandel

Is he taking off the mask or putting it on? That's not like asking whether a glass is half full or half empty. Do you see why?

That's a sidebar teaser that gets you to this column by the WaPo editorial board — "What America would be like under a President Biden." The text isn't particularly interesting. We're told Biden will impose environmentalist regulations, defend Obamacare, protect "dreamers," accomplish a "project of racial healing," and rejoin the "good guys" in foreign affairs.  I just want to talk about the mask. Is he taking it off, so that it symbolizes an eagerness to get us back to normal life, or is h...
Tags: Law, Masks, America, Optimism, Biden, Trump, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Analogies, 2020 Campaign, Coronavirus

I get the feeling the NYT is bracing for a Trump win.

I don't think the front page would look like this if they believed Biden is coasting toward victory.  Front-page headlines/subheads that support my intuition: "Anxious but determined, Americans are pushing through challenges like the pandemic and long lines to cast their ballot," "A Frazzled World Holds Its Breath While the U.S. Chooses Its Leader," "The Day After Election Day/Current and former Trump administration officials are worried about what might happen on Nov. 4," "Fueled by Cash, He...
Tags: Florida, Supreme Court, Law, Senate, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Nyt, Michigan, Biden, North Carolina, Trump, Frank Bruni, WaPo, Joseph R Biden, Electoral College, Ann Althouse

A WaPo perspective on family love.

A screen shot from the home page of The Washington Post right now: Not going to click. Not going to make links for you. I am fed up with the stupidity... the mere thought that we should want to read such dreck. It's an insult. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Stupid, The Washington Post, WaPo, Ann Althouse

"The inside is out."

  It's a podcast of the odd last few hours on a blog called Althouse. Topics: "Sacha Baron Cohen, Giuliani, and revenge porn; WaPo reports from the inside of Trump’s head; Biden ad, Sam Elliott, and Tegridy Farms; Bobulinski and The Big Guy; grasping the stinging nettle; Schumer orates against Amy Coney Barrett; antitrust and Google; Obama at the drive-in calling Philadelphians lazy." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Google, Podcast, Law, Obama, Biden, Trump, WaPo, Schumer, Sam Elliott, Ann Althouse, Amy Coney Barrett, Sacha Baron Cohen Giuliani, Bobulinski

"Trump weighs firing FBI chief..." "Trump aims for adulation..." — the Washington Post reports on the inside of Trump's head.

I feel a little embarrassed for the Washington Post, embarrassed and disgusted. They flaunt their disregard for journalistic standards with front page headlines that state — as if it were verified fact — what's going on in Trump's psyche. These are front page headlines right now:1. 1. "Trump aims for adulation. Biden goes virtual. The two are running vastly different presidential campaigns." The facts here are that Trump is doing rallies, while Biden is staying out of view. "Trump has been spen...
Tags: Headlines, Law, Washington Post, Journalism, Fbi, Johnson, Biden, Justice Department, Fox Business Network, Trump, WaPo, Comey, Sen Ron Johnson R Wis, Senate Homeland Security, Governmental Affairs Committee, Michael Horowitz

The gooiest ad I've ever seen — with a tinkling piano playing the National Anthem and the hilariously sentimental voice of Sam Elliott.

  That ad played during the World Series. I'm not watching the World Series. I read about the ad in that WaPo article I linked to in the previous post. According to WaPo: "While Trump on Tuesday appealed in person to his most ardent fans with divisive themes, Joe Biden’s campaign beamed in to the nation’s living rooms during the World Series with a much broader audience in mind."  Yes, whoever made that ad, sure had the "broader audience in mind." I can picture clever fellows laughing at...
Tags: Voting, Law, South Park, Marijuana, Advertising, America, Joe Biden, United States, Stupid, Baseball, Biden, Nostalgia, The Big Lebowski, National Anthem, Joe, Trump

The University of Texas school song, "The Eyes of Texas," is disparaged as originating in minstrel shows.

I'm reading a WaPo column by Cindy Boren: "Texas players told to stand for school song, despite its origin in blackface minstrel shows."  The lyrics to “The Eyes of Texas” were inspired in part by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, who after the Civil War was a teacher at what would become Washington and Lee University, where he made an impression on future UT president William Prather by repeatedly telling students that “the eyes of the South are upon you.” .  ... Edmund T. Gordon, a professor of...
Tags: Art, Music, Texas, Law, Washington, Slavery, Surrealism, Blackface, Gordon, UT, University of Texas, WaPo, Robert E Lee, Lee University, Race And Education, Ann Althouse

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