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At the Tuesday Night Cafe...

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

"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

That time I didn't violate a rule but I also didn't "feel free."

I think this can be regarded as a photograph of the First Amendment concept known as "the chilling effect."ADDED: This is why it's good for law to be negative. Let the government say what it's forbidding me to do. Don't tell me what I'm permitted to do. It gives the impression that I need affirmative permission for everything. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Voting, Law, Selfies, Freedom, Signs, Free Speech, Don, Ann Althouse

"The dimensions of American office paper are standardized so thoroughly, they seem almost naturally occurring — something inherent in the idea of office paper (that is, until you go to Europe, where letter paper is longer and narrower)."

I'm reading "Just-So Tech Stories: How the 8.5" x 11" Piece of Paper Got Its Size/The unfortunate size of office paper is why we double-space our documents" (in The Atlantic) because I bought a made-in-France Clairefontaine spiral notebook and wondered why it wasn't 8 1/2 by 11 inches — it's 8 1/4 by 11 3/4. I felt so awkward with it. It seemed perverse. I really did have that sense that 8 1/2 by 11 is "naturally occurring."But — according to this article —  8 1/2 by 11 really isn't naturally go...
Tags: Europe, Law, Wikipedia, US, Reagan, Reading, Atlantic, Ronald Reagan, Handwriting, Paul Stanley, Ann Althouse, France Clairefontaine, American Forest Paper Association

"A woman I don’t know and, to the best of my knowledge, never met, is on the FRONT PAGE of the Fake News Washington Post saying I kissed her (for two minutes yet)..."

"... in the lobby of Trump Tower 12 years ago. Never happened! Who would do this in a public space with live security... cameras running. Another False Accusation. Why doesn’t @washingtonpost report the story of the women taking money to make up stories about me? One had her home mortgage paid off. Only @FoxNews so reported...doesn’t fit the Mainstream Media narrative."2 tweets by Trump — here and here — published within the last hour. The piece looks like this in the middle of the front page of...
Tags: Law, Kissing, Orange, Sexual Harassment, The Washington Post, Mainstream Media, Trump, Trump Tower, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Rachel Crooks, Fake News Washington Post

A shameful political framing.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Murder, Law, Ann Althouse, Partisanship

Aw, no one's that mean!

Waking up a bunny with an air horn — bunnies (@jumpFloofs) February 18, 2018 ADDED: Via Drudge, at the L.A. Times, "Fake videos are on the rise. As they become more realistic, seeing shouldn't always be believing."Trump said it all in 3 words: "Get smart America!"ADDED: This...Made me think of this...He didn't do it. But he thought it was funny to photograph looking like he was about to do it. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Technology, Law, America, Rabbits, Hearing, Fake, Al Franken, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Times Fake

Who are the good trolls?

You can Google that...You can do a poll... Who are the good trolls? Check as many answers as you want. All trolls are bad. All trolls are bad once you give an appropriately narrow meaning to the word. A good troll has a good cause. A good troll does no damage other than confusing and flummoxing. A good troll challenges us to maintain skepticism and a good sense of humor. A good troll trips up the pompous, uptight people who want to control everything. A good troll...
Tags: Google, Law, Blogging, Trolls, Ann Althouse, Althouse, Blog Commenting, the Althouse comments community

"Thirty-two years ago I, too, fell in love with a man I worked with. It started the way so many office romances start..."

"... with common interests and a sense of shared purpose, but that isn’t where it stopped. All these years later... I still remember the way the temperature in that tiny grad-school office changed when he walked in the door, the way the heat radiating from him charged every atom in my body with desire, the way I thought I would not survive another second if I couldn’t touch his skin. We all know this heat. It can reduce people to ashes. It can make us take incredibly stupid risks and give no tho...
Tags: Law, Sex, New York Times, Nashville, Forgiveness, Instapundit, Megan Barry, Ann Althouse, Margaret Renkl, METOO NASHVILLE, Sgt Rob Forrest

Feel the Burns.

The UW is pushing student turnout on this dark rainy morning...Polls are officially open in #MadisonWI for the Wisconsin Spring Primary Election. Find your polling place at from 7 AM to 8 PM today.— UW-Madison (@UWMadison) February 20, 2018 For discussion of the Wisconsin Supreme Court primary (and a basis for understanding this post's title), go to last night's post, here. It's a real puzzle who to vote for, especially if you're a...
Tags: Voting, Law, Wisconsin, UW, UW Madison, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Ann Althouse


"Michael Moore participated in anti-Trump rally allegedly organized by Russians" (Fox News).(If that link fails, I'm going to have to stop linking to Fox News.)The post title is a witting allusion to the latest indictment in the Mueller investigation. And let me quote Trump's best tweet one more time: Get smart America! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Protest, Law, America, Fox News, Michael Moore, Trump, Mueller, Ann Althouse, Things Are Not What They Seem, Crazy Russian Dad

6 minutes ago Trump tweeted this quote, without attribution, but an ellipsis suggesting more to come.

“There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, there’s no evidence that that has happened in the past or that it will happen this time, and so I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and make his case to get votes.” .....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2018 I haven't Googled yet, but I think that was Obama, some time during the 2016 campaign. UPDATE, 1 minute later: Yep.UPDATE, 3 minutes ago:....The President Obama qu...
Tags: Law, Obama, Russia, America, Hillary, Trump, 2016 Campaign, Donald J Trump, Electoral College, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Obama rhetoric, Hillary goes away

Delaware man — at an after-hours ugly-sweater party at a Philadelphia museum — posed for a selfie with a terra-cotta warrior statue and broke off and stole its thumb.

The sculpture was part of a temporary exhibit of 10 statues, on loan from China, where "[t]housands of the life-size statues, each unique" were buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor, who died in 210 B.C., the NYT reports.“We call on the American side to severely punish the person who committed this destruction and theft of mankind’s cultural heritage,” the unidentified [Chinese] official told the Beijing Youth Daily, a Communist Party affiliated newspaper, on Sunday.After-hours ugly-swea...
Tags: Crime, Law, Selfies, China, Museums, Sculpture, Philadelphia, Delaware, Franklin Institute, Qin Shi Huang, Ann Althouse, Beijing Youth Daily a Communist Party

"my dog hates his nails getting clipped so my dad literally bought a purse & cut holes in it"

my dog hates his nails getting clipped so my dad literally bought a purse & cut holes in it— Kendal Peifer (@KendalPeifer) February 11, 2018 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Technology, Law, Dogs, Ann Althouse, Fingernails, Kendal Peifer

"Fergie has officially stolen the title of the most controversial national anthem performance from sitcom queen Roseanne Barr."

Fox News Reports.Roseanne's tweet: "Who saw Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey." As she explained in 2015:“I started too high. I knew about six notes in that I couldn’t hit the big note," she admitted. "So I just tried to get through it, but I couldn’t hear anything with 50,000 drunk a--- booing, screaming ‘you fat f---,’ giving me the finger and throwing bottles at me during the song they ‘respect’ so much.”At TMZ, Fergie explains:"I'v...
Tags: Law, Fergie, Nba, Fox News, Roseanne Barr, National Anthem, Roseanne, Ann Althouse, Fox News Reports Roseanne

The 3 candidates in the supposedly "nonpartisan" race for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.

The primary is tomorrow, NPR reports, and one candidate, Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock, avoids talking about politics: "I know the dangers of a court legislating from the bench," Screnock said. "Judges are not legislators. Nor are we executives. The role of the court is to interpret and apply the letter of the law as it is written based not on our personal beliefs or political preferences, but based on the statutes and the Constitution."The other 2 candidates, Madison attorney Tim Burns an...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Milwaukee, Npr, Trump, Burns, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Sauk County, Milwaukee County, Ann Althouse, Tim Burns, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, Judicial Restraint, 2018 Elections, Rebecca Dallet

At the Blue Ink Café...

... you can share all the colors of your thoughts.That's Tsuyu-Kusa — Dayflower Blue — ink I bought for my beautiful Pelikan pen. Those are Amazon Associates links, which empower you to support this blog while buying things that you want for yourself. If you don't like that ink (or the many other colors at that link) and don't want that pen, please consider using the Althouse Portal to Amazon whenever you're buying something that you do want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Writing, Law, Drawing, Amazon Associates, Ann Althouse, Blueness, Pelikan, Blue Ink Café, Tsuyu Kusa

"Younger Than Springtime."

This was the first song that popped into my head when I needed a Rogers and Hammerstein song for a footnote earlier today. I came up with something else for that post, but the song "Younger Than Springtime" has stuck with me all morning. I rewatched this version — from the movie "South Pacific" — even though I don't like the singer's voice and I find it absurd the way the man has to hold up the woman the entire time he's singing... Now, the actor you see there — in his shirtless glory — is John ...
Tags: Music, Movies, Law, South Pacific, Frank Sinatra, Rogers, Hammerstein, Nancy Sinatra, Von Trapp, John Kerr, Ann Althouse, Bill Lee, Race And Pop Culture, Neckties, Joe Cable

A NYT op-ed: "How Does Trump Stack Up Against the Best — and Worst — Presidents?"

Ha ha. What do you think the answer is? The piece is by University of Houston polysci prof Brandon Rottinghaus and Boise State University polysci prof Justin S. Vaughn.Did you guess? Trump is dead last!Obama is up 10 since their last survey of "presidential politics experts" in 2014. He's now the 8th greatest President. Why would that be? Obama laid the groundwork for the Trump election and failed to fend off the Russians who were, apparently, bent on keeping Hillary Clinton out of office, but h...
Tags: Law, Obama, History, Hillary Clinton, University Of Houston, Republican, George W Bush, Trump, Ron Chernow, Vaughn, Boise State University, Ulysses S. Grant, Ann Althouse, The Presidency, President Trump, what Trump did to the GOP

"Tribalism is humans’ default mode. De-tribalizing requires effort."

"Americans’ atavistic impulses got the better of us because we grew complacent. Progressives failed to imagine that identity-mongering and victim-worshiping would not only take over the academy but could help elect Trump to the presidency. Now they know. Conservatives failed to imagine that rage-mongering and conspiracy-theorizing would not only take over conservative media but could help elect Trump to the presidency. Now they know. Those who hold with what Chua calls group-transcending values ...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Mothers, Hillary Clinton, Trump, Rauch, WaPo, Better Angels, Amy Chua, Chua, Jonathan Rauch, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Partisanship, Fate of Nations Chua is the Yale

A great kiss!

Didn't realize this moment was being filmed yesterday but I'm so happy that it was. My childhood self would never have dreamed of seeing a gay kiss on TV at the Olympics but for the first time ever a kid watching at home CAN! Love is love is love. — Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 19, 2018 There are lots of news stories about this. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Olympics, Homosexuality, Kissing, Gus Kenworthy, Ann Althouse

Flaunting unserious journalism: What I hate about the NYT headline "Trump’s Delight Over Russia Indictment Hardens to Fury."

That's the headline on the NYT website front page. When you click through, it's a little less bad "Trump’s Evolution From Relief to Fury Over the Russia Indictment."Isn't this fake news? The authors — Katie Rogers and Maggie Haberman — do not know how Trump really felt on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They only know what he chose to say publicly, how he spun it, first when the indictment was announced, and later, after other people had taken their turn spinning it. He could have been happy or an...
Tags: Headlines, Music, Law, Russia, America, Journalism, Moscow, Nyt, Theater, Names, Rogers, Trump, Mueller, Maggie Haberman, Katie Rogers, Haberman

I'm sorry. I don't care enough to read the article.

"Do Trump’s alleged affairs even matter?" by Callum Borchers (at WaPo).I did take a look at the top-rated comment: "If President Obama had had an affair, it would have mattered a lot to these same people. Hypocrites without honor, all of them."If President Obama had an affair, it would matter because we have an opinion of him as a man who has been an excellent husband. It would have mattered to people who love him more than those who hate him.Trump's affairs don't conflict with much of anything ...
Tags: Law, Obama, Adultery, Trolls, Trump, Hypocrisy, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Callum Borchers

Trump's tweet this morning is reading my mind.

If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 Yes, yes, yes, exactly. Aptest Trump tweet ever. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Russia, Moscow, Trump, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Committee Hearings Investigations and Party, Aptest Trump

Signs that no one gives a damn about the Olympics anymore.

From the front page of New York Magazine:Elsewhere on that front page is: NBC Declared Wrong Olympic Winner in Women’s Super-GAnd gold medalist Ester Ledecka pulled off a massive upset.If NBC can't even bother to get it right...I myself am watching quite a bit of the Olympics. I use the DVR to skip over most of it, but I like zeroing in on the best skaters and snowboarders. I wish NBC would do what I seem to remember the Olympics broadcasters doing decades ago: Focus on the individuals, not the ...
Tags: New York, Makeup, Nbc, Law, America, Olympics, Norway, Propaganda, Dan Wetzel, Ann Althouse, Evan Doherty, Ester Ledecka

Taking the Russian troll test: "I first had to write something about, 'What do you think about vegetarians?' or something like that."

"Then it was, 'What do you think of Hillary Clinton? What chances does she have to win in the U.S. election?' You had to write at great length about this. … The main thing was showing that you are able to show that you can represent yourself as an American. … I failed the test because you had to know English perfectly."Said Marat Mindiyarov, interviewed by the Washington Post in "A former Russian troll speaks: 'It was like being in Orwell’s world.'"The quote is confusing with that headline. Mind...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Russia, Lying, Hillary Clinton, Satan, Jesus, Propaganda, Ben Stiller, Trolls, Orwell, Clinton, 2016 Campaign, Derek Zoolander, WaPo, Hipsters

"Everything seems to go to seed along the Gulf: walls stain, windows rust. Curtains mildew. Wood warps. Air conditioners cease to function."

"In our room at the Edgewater Gulf Hotel, where the Mississippi Broadcasters’ Convention was taking place, the air conditioner in the window violently shook and rattled every time it was turned on. The Edgewater Gulf is an enormous white hotel which looks like a giant laundry, and has the appearance of being on the verge of condemnation. The swimming pool is large and unkempt, and the water smells of fish. Behind the hotel is a new shopping center built around an air-conditioned mall, and I kept...
Tags: Mississippi, Law, New Orleans, Joan Didion, South, Gulf, The South, Ann Althouse, Gulf South, Edgewater Gulf Hotel, Edgewater Gulf, midstream America

"Is There an Obstruction Case against President Trump?"

If anyone can analyze the hell out of that question, it's Andrew McCarthy. Let me express my awe and thanks.And let me point also to this column of his from a couple days ago, "What Did Comey Tell President Trump about the Steele Dossier?," which he links to in the new column with this mind-bending summary:In a column on Thursday, I argued that the Obama administration saw the Russia probe as an opportunity to paralyze President Trump. As I noted in the column, the motivation for this could have...
Tags: Law, Obama, Russia, Fbi, Trump, Andrew Mccarthy, Comey, Mueller, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Trump President Trump, Did Comey Tell President Trump

Moderation woes.

We've been having trouble with moderating comments for a few days. As you may know, if you comment on a post more than 2 days old, it doesn't go up until we approve it. But we haven't been able to get to the moderation page, so whatever is there is just helplessly waiting. Sorry, but I can't do anything about that, at least for now. If this continues, it will mean that on older posts, comments are essentially closed.We're also unable to get to the spam page, so that means that we can't liberate ...
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse, Blog Commenting

At the Demand-Superior-Walls Café...

... you can talk about whatever you want. These walls have ears. No one says that anymore. All the trite phrases that have gone away. Occasionally you notice one. Remember when people said Let's run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes?Anyway, that image is a screenshot from Meade's computer the other day. I don't know if some algorithm picked up his interest in Trump's wall or what. It was last Tuesday, the day of the Fat Tuesday Café — pictured in the screen grab. You may remember th...
Tags: Google, Law, Advertising, Pink Floyd, Handbags, Ashley Madison, Trump, Chloe, Meade, Ann Althouse, Althouse + Meade, Fido, Althouse, Trump's wall, Althouse Portal to Amazon, Demand Superior Walls Café