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Thrusting for faith.

I'm reading a very worthwhile essay in Commentary by Bari Weiss "We Got Here Because of Cowardice. We Get Out With Courage/Say no to the Woke Revolution." (Google some of the text if the link doesn't work.)  Read the whole thing. Maybe I'll write another post later, but this post is to concentrate one thing — "thrusting for faith": Why are so many, especially so many young people, drawn to this ideology? It’s not because they are dumb. Or because they are snowflakes....All of this has taken p...
Tags: Law, Israel, Metaphor, Communism, Jesus, Waters, Abner, Asahel, Ann Althouse, Arthur Koestler, Left-wing Ideology, Koestler, Religion Substitutes, Bari Weiss, David See, Cancel Culture

"I went running up the road with my holy oils.... [The police officer] said 'It’s a crime scene. You can’t go in. There’s evidence that needs to be collected.'"

"It’s very sad. It’s something that’s necessary in Catholic belief for the soul’s journey to God, to have those last prayers."  Said Father Jeffrey Woolnough, quoted in "Father’s shock after son held over Sir David Amess murder" (London Times).  The word "Father" in the headline doesn't refer to the priest but Ali Kullane, the father of Ali Harbi Ali, who has been arrested for the murder. That father said: "I’m feeling very traumatised. It’s not something that I expected or even dreamt of."...
Tags: Murder, London, Law, Catholics, Ann Althouse, David Amess, Jeffrey Woolnough, Ali Harbi Ali, Ali Kullane

"I firmly believe in not exposing people to offensive words, especially racial, gendered or sexual slurs."

"Any offensive words that appeared in ‘Typeshift’ puzzles were there in error, and when I was informed of them I updated the block list and generated new puzzles."  Said Zack Gage, the 36-year-old developer of the word game “Typeshift," who had a licensing agreement with Merriam-Webster, quoted in "Merriam-Webster promoted a word game littered with offensive terms — the latest reckoning over language in the puzzle world/From Scrabble tournaments to the New York Times crossword, word games grap...
Tags: Games, Law, Censorship, George Orwell, Language, New York Times, Spelling, Don, Merriam Webster, WINSTON, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Dirty Words, Said Zack Gage, WaPo Typeshift, Typeshift

"Did you know what a caparison is? It's those crazy clothes they put on a horse."

I say out loud as Meade looks over my shoulder at this image: Those are the Dukes of Brittany and Bourbon on caparisoned horses at a tournament fight (1460s), from "Le Livre des tournois" by Barthélemy d'Eyck, illustrating the Wikipedia article "Caparison." I encountered the word this morning in the sentence "But he prances in his new caparisons, and neighs a happy scorn at the old." The "he" is a grotesque racist Democratic Senator (in 1905), who popped onto my blog this morning as I delved in...
Tags: Elon Musk, Law, Wikipedia, Horses, Poetry, Earth, Language, Jeff Bezos, Shakespeare, Brittany, Meade, Maccabees, Ann Althouse, Eyck, Barthelemy, Le Livre

Sunrise — 7:15, 7:11.

I arrived on the scene at 7:11 and waited for what I called "the dot":  There it is, our dot, our orb — the star of the show, the whole show, life on Earth.  That's not me admiring the sun. I was taking that photograph. But 4 minutes earlier, pre-dot, it was me in the photograph, greeting the photographer, Meade: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Meade, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, photos by Meade

"From every direction, in every direction, people are moving: zigzagging by foot, wheel, and hoof."

"A man selling newspapers walks backward toward an approaching carriage. A trolley car nearly cuts off an automobile being pursued by a gaggle of taunting children. At one point, a man stands in the middle of the street, folding his handkerchief and gazing absently as figures weave around him." "It’s an orchestrated series of near misses. But nobody gets hurt. An ancient law is at work: right of way."Writes Brett Simpson in "Why Cars Don’t Deserve the Right of Way/The simplest way to make ro...
Tags: Law, San Francisco, Atlantic, Driving, Ann Althouse, Brett Simpson, England Western

"According to Ms. Evangelista’s lawsuit... those stubborn fat deposits that balloon beneath their skin do not look like normal flesh."

"Instead, they resemble longish, solid rectangular bars — which in fact, reproduce perfectly the shape of the hand-held CoolSculpting wand, the device that is passed over the flesh to 'freeze' the fat. In other words, in cases of [paradoxical adipose hyperplasia], the body permanently takes on the precise contours of the tool used to reshape it. The body has literally, visually, internalized the weapon that deformed it and conformed to that weapon. In Ms. Evangelista’s case, she says her body cr...
Tags: Law, Fat, Theater, Linda Evangelista, Linda, Evangelista, Paradox, Feminine Beauty, Ann Althouse, Seen And Unseen, Rhonda Garelick, Garelick

"The political warhorse of the past has been checked, martingaled, cruppered, and bestridden by King Cotton."

"But he prances in his new caparisons, and neighs a happy scorn at the old. 'We Democrats,' he avouches, 'are few potatoes in the hill at Washington, and we don't cut much figure;' therefore, let us hold and mind our own cotton at home, 'for the future is bright and promising.'... 'At Washington my policy, which some of the newspapers don't like, has been to get anything in sight for the South when I saw the chance, and I tried to get it, right or wrong, honestly or dishonestly, because the peop...
Tags: Law, Washington, Senate, Wikipedia, History, United States, Language, New York Times, Nyt, South Carolina, South, Democratic, Democratic Party, U S Senate, Clemson University, Tillman

"It might be supposed that a melancholy man would here make acquaintance with a grim philosophy."

"He should learn to bear patiently his individual griefs, that endure only for one little lifetime, when here are the tokens of such infinite misfortune on an imperial scale, and when so many far landmarks of time, all around him, are bringing the remoteness of a thousand years ago into the sphere of yesterday. But it is in vain that you seek this shrub of bitter sweetness among the plants that root themselves on the roughness of massive walls, or trail downward from the capitals of pillars, or ...
Tags: Law, Rome, Language, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ann Althouse

It's all going as planned.

I said "Nice PR" back in 2018 when "Banksy Painting Self-Destructs After Fetching $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s."  Now, predictably, "Banksy tried to destroy his art after it sold for $1.4 million. The shredded version just went for $25.4 million" (WaPo). On Thursday, three years after Banksy’s act of destructive creation, the anonymous buyer put up for auction “Girl With Balloon,” or rather, its successor — the retitled “Love Is in the Bin.” After nine bidders battled for 10 minutes, the semi-sh...
Tags: Elon Musk, Law, Wealth, Earth, Banksy, Jeff Bezos, Sotheby, Ann Althouse, Destruction Of Art

In trying to present Sanjay Gupta as a science-is-real hero for talking to Joe Rogan for 3 hours, CNN laid the groundwork for fact-checkers to draw attention to all the most damaging omissions.

Fox News embraces the opportunity in "CNN praises Dr. Sanjay Gupta for interview with Joe Rogan, buries viral moments" (Fox News). Ironically, CNN's self-serving effort to make Gupta look better than he did has the unintended effect of highlighting Rogan's serious and informed questioning about the vaccine and the covid therapeutics. And, more generally, it undermines CNN's reputation for journalism.  Lots of transcribed conversation and video clips at the Fox News link. That's just Fox ...
Tags: Podcasts, Law, Journalism, Cnn, Fox News, Propaganda, Joe, Sanjay Gupta, Gupta, Joe Rogan, Rogan, Ann Althouse, COVID

Sunrise at 7:11, 7:12.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

"Students said they sat in stunned silence as [Laurence] Olivier appeared onscreen in thickly painted blackface makeup."

"Even before class ended 90 minutes later, group chat messages were flying, along with at least one email of complaint to the department reporting that many students were 'incredibly offended both by this video and by the lack of explanation as to why this was selected for our class.' Within hours, Professor Sheng had sent a terse email issuing the first of what would be two apologies. Then, after weeks of emails, open letters and canceled classes, it was announced on Oct. 1 that Professor Shen...
Tags: Law, New York Times, Shakespeare, Andy, Blackface, Olivier, Laurence Olivier, Bosley Crowther, Sheng, Crowther, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Bright Sheng, Laurence -RSB- Olivier

"The dozen young people said they were part of a now 3,000-strong troop of young Zemmour activists who dub themselves 'Generation Z.'"

"They describe themselves as radical but not extremist, backing a man who wanted to get to the root of France's perceived ills. 'Zemmour speaks often about insecurity, it's a big topic. He has the courage to speak openly about it, without mincing his words. That touches me especially as a woman...We don't talk enough about insecurity in France,' said [23-year-old Anne-Lys] Falicon." From "In France, right-wing maverick's young supporters campaign to cheers and jeers" (Reuters). "A polarising ...
Tags: Law, France, Immigration, Paris, Reuters, Ann Althouse, These Kids Today, Right-wing Ideology, France Born, Éric Zemmour, Zemmour, Anne Lys, Eric -RSB- Zemmour

"The U.S. military has sent 'gender and protection advisors' to Fort McCoy... to address gender-specific needs of the nearly 13,000 men, women, boys and girls..."

"Gender advisors for the Department of Defense were created by a 2018 law that mandates the U.S. military to address the gender needs of people and minorities in war and conflict zones.... The Wisconsin State Journal reported in September that some Afghan women at the base had faced harassment by Afghan men, many of them former members of the Afghan military. One Afghan man at the base was charged in federal court for sexually abusing two underage boys, while another is charged with choking and ...
Tags: Law, Department Of Defense, Afghanistan, Domestic Violence, Military, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse, Fort McCoy, Fort McCoy Wisconsin State Journal

"Now, could someone write an erudite, historically informed analysis arguing for why 'trap house' should be considered offensive?"

"Sure—and [Yale Law School diversity director] Yaseen Eldik, in his lecture to the sender of the email, has provided a helpful outline. But if you have to write a mini-dissertation on why something should be seen as offensive—or deliver a twenty-minute speech, as Eldik did—then it’s… probably not offensive.... In situations like this one, involving an allegedly offensive communication, law schools should have a 'meet and confer' requirement, like courts do when it comes to discovery disputes. Be...
Tags: Law, Censorship, Conversation, Yale, David Lat, Yale Law School, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Yaseen Eldik, Eldik, Yale Law School Cancel

"Oh, my gosh... there’s a rock in my bed."

Said Ruth Hamilton to the 911 operator, quoted in (NYT).  Hamilton was asleep in bed at the time, 11:35 p.m., and she called 911 before understanding what had happened, and then "noticed a large charcoal gray object between her two floral pillows." “It just seems surreal,” Ms. Hamilton said in an interview on Wednesday. “Then I’ll go in and look in the room and, yep, there’s still a hole in my ceiling. Yep, that happened.”... Ms. Hamilton did not sleep the rest of that night, she said, and ...
Tags: Law, Survival, Hamilton, Christie, Ann Althouse, Said Ruth Hamilton, Ms Hamilton

"Hyper-educated?! Who's hyper-educated?"

 Here's the column: "What happens if the progressive vanguard talks mostly to itself?" (WaPo, Megan McArdle). McArdle is reacting to the Ezra Klein piece about the progressive election analyst David Shor that we talked about back here. She writes: Shor thinks the left has a major problem with its youthful and well-educated activist base, which staffs left-leaning newsrooms and runs campaigns. They focus, naturally, on issues that excite them, and Shor told Klein “the things that are most excit...
Tags: Education, Law, Language, Kate, Ezra Klein, James Joyce, Matt Yglesias, Julia, Klein, Shor, Megan Mcardle, Ann Althouse, These Kids Today, David Shor, WaPo Megan McArdle McArdle

"For the first time since Donald Trump left office, he has surpassed Joe Biden as the betting favorite to win the 2024 presidential election."

"Trump emerged as the favorite Monday at multiple offshore sportsbooks to return to the White House in 2024. On Wednesday, he became the top choice over President Biden at Smarkets, a London-based betting exchange. Trump also is now the favorite at Ladbrokes sportsbook in London. According to Smarkets, the former president has a 20 percent chance.... Biden’s odds dropped to 19 percent (+426), and Vice President Kamala Harris’ odds dropped to 13 percent (+669).... 'Trump’s odds have been improvin...
Tags: London, Law, White House, Joe Biden, Biden, Ladbrokes, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Trump, Las Vegas Review Journal, Ann Althouse, Smarkets, Todd Dewey, Trump 2024, Matthew Shaddick

"The difference between is that Carter was a bumbling fool. Biden is destroying this country on purpose."

That's the most-responded-to comment at a WaPo column by Marc A. Thiessen called "It’s the 1970s all over again, and Joe Biden is the new Jimmy Carter."  That commenter says: "The headline for this piece is all wrong. Biden is nothing like Carter. He is much much worse. He is trying to make this country into a socialist communist place."  From the column:  Biden’s energy policy is not only hostile, it is incoherent.... Under Trump, the United States became an energy superpower.... In jus...
Tags: Energy, Law, US, America, Reagan, Joe Biden, United States, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Biden, Carter, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Marc A Thiessen, Biden is like Carter

"[Joe Rogan] seems to see himself less a rapscallion and more of a sort of guardian of the galaxy, pointing out the missteps made by large institutions..."

"... such as the government and mainstream medicine, and then wondering aloud if they can still be trusted to make recommendations or even mandates for the rest of us." Writes Sanjay Gupta in "Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why Joe Rogan and I sat down and talked -- for more than 3 hours" (CNN). To many, he represents a queen bee in a hive mind, advancing free will and personal liberty above all else. The free will of your fist ends where my nose begins. When I said this to Joe, the MMA fighter, he paused...
Tags: Law, Cnn, MMA, Joe, Sanjay Gupta, Gupta, Joe Rogan, Rogan, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, CNN podcasting, Gupta Gupta

"Could Led Zeppelin happen today? Could one of the world’s biggest bands get away with making albums without as much as their name on the cover..."

"... with making far-reaching, hugely ambitious music that veers anywhere from heavy metal thunder to folky laments, all bound together with lyrics that delve into the mysteries of the universe? The answer is a resounding no. 'We used to throw songs into the live set that we hadn’t recorded yet, just for fun.... We did that with Immigrant Song at Bath Festival in 1970, and nobody had heard anything like it. You don’t have that freedom now because it would be posted online immediately. It was a f...
Tags: Law, Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, Zeppelin, Yardbirds, Ann Althouse, Jimmy Page Plant, Will Hodgkinson, Hodgkinson London Times

7:07 a.m.

Talk about whatever you like in the comments. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Joe Rogan corners Sanjay Gupta.

Joe Rogan asks Sanjay Gupta if it bothers him that CNN outright lied about Rogan taking horse dewormer to recover from covid. This is fantastic:— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 14, 2021 All Gupta can do is smile and act casual and charming. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Cnn, Defamation, Sanjay Gupta, Gupta, Joe Rogan, Rogan, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus

"How prescient was Jimmy Carter when he made his 'malaise' speech in 1979? The seeds he saw being planted have now..."

"... grown to sad, desperate fruition. What he said then might well describe where we are now: 'There are two paths to choose. One is a path I’ve warned about tonight, the path that leads to fragmentation and self-interest. Down that road lies a mistaken idea of freedom, the right to grasp for ourselves some advantage over others. That path would be one of constant conflict between narrow interests ending in chaos and immobility. All the traditions of our past, all the lessons of our heritage, ...
Tags: Law, America, Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Biden, Carter, Peter Van Buren, Ann Althouse, Biden is like Carter

"By all rights, Russiagate should be dead as a serious news story. But as the Real Time episode showed, 'collusion' is still alive for some..."

"... and the bulk of the case essentially rests now upon the characterization of one person from the above passage as a Russian agent: a former aide to Paul Manafort named Konstantin Kilimnik...." Writes Matt Taibbi in "Konstantin Kilimnik, Russiagate's Last Fall Guy, Speaks Out/The Senate Intelligence Committee, the Treasury, and even Robert Mueller pointed fingers. But none bothered to question him" (Substack). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Matt Taibbi, 2016 Campaign, Robert Mueller, Ann Althouse, Paul Manafort, Russiagate, Konstantin Kilimnik, Konstantin Kilimnik Russiagate, Senate Intelligence Committee the Treasury

"But you all know how much I love Oregon, and how much I’ve been seared by the suffering of old friends there. So I’ve reluctantly concluded that I should try not only to expose problems but also see if I can fix them directly."

Writes Nicholas Kristof, quoted in (NYT).  Kristof "grew up on a sheep and cherry farm in Yamhill, Ore." That sounds wonderful. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Oregon, Nyt, Nicholas Kristof, Kristof, Ann Althouse

"Instead of guessing — or worse, allowing politicians to favor explanations that fit their political agenda — it behooves us to find out the cause or causes of this phenomenon."

 Writes Jennifer Rubin, in "We should not have to guess why Americans are quitting en masse" (WaPo).She says that right after asserting: "We know what is not a cause: unemployment benefits." She proceeds to say: "Academics, private pollsters and government researchers need to get cracking." But why didn't she wait before asserting that government benefits are not sapping people of their will to work.  And she goes on to suggest the very explanations that, unlike government benefits, would s...
Tags: Law, Labor, Washington Post, America, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Brookings Institution, Rubin, Labor Department, Jennifer Rubin, Ann Althouse, Build Back Better

What is a gender-neutral dressing room?

I'm trying to understand "A Black Trans 'Hamilton' Cast Member Has Filed A Discrimination Complaint Against The Show/In the federal complaint, Suni Reid said their contract was suspended after requesting a gender-neutral dressing room" (BuzzFeed). Is this a demand for one's own separate dressing room while all the rest of the cast is using either the men's dressing room or the women's dressing room? Or is it a demand to remove the separation of men and women into 2 different rooms and mix the ...
Tags: New York Post, Law, Los Angeles, Transgender, Theater, Hamilton, Tyler Perry, Reid, Ann Althouse, Suni Reid, Black Trans Hamilton Cast, Equal Opportunity Employment Commission Reid, Madea Madea, Mx Reid, Lafayette Thomas Jefferson

The morning shows "say whatever comes to their mind, like writing a fictional novel" and books "are made up stories and should only be sold as fiction."

According to a "Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America" that went up yesterday. Here's the full text (which is, I assume, someone's tightly edited transcription of what Trump is saying these days): Not even possible to believe the lies, exaggerations, and outright fraud committed by very poorly rated Morning "News" Shows about the January 6th protest. They say whatever comes to their mind, like writing a fictional novel. The press has lost its way at a l...
Tags: Law, Trump, Nixon, United States of America, Grassley, Newsweek, Donald J Trump, Woodward, Bob Woodward, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, what Trump did to the GOP, Radical Left