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The movie "The Happytime Murders" uses "Sesame Street" puppets in a way that is "explicit, profane, drug-using, misogynistic, violent, copulating, and even ejaculating."

The Daily Beast reports on the lawsuit brought by the "Sesame Street" company to stop the distribution of the film, which, of course, it did not license or authorize in any way. The film is directed by "one of Jim Henson's family member."“Sesame seeks an injunction that forces Defendants to cease and desist their trading upon the goodwill associated with Sesame Street in furtherance of box office receipts,” the lawsuit says. “The promotion of The Happytime Murders should succeed or fail on its o...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Sesame Street, Court, Copyright, Karen, Pornography, Intellectual Property, Barbie, White, Kangaroo, Douglas, Todd Haynes, Marshall, Stewart, Haynes

The worst movie I've ever seen links the newly accused Morgan Freeman with the key Harvey Weinstein accuser Ashley Judd.

Last fall, when the stories about Harvey Weinstein were breaking, I blogged about him repeatedly and got pushback from commenters who thought my blogging was out of proportion to his importance and to the significance of his alleged misdeeds. Sample comment on a post titled "Not even one 'Weekend Update' joke about Harvey Weinstein on last night's 'SNL'":We talked about Benghazi for months and months despite the lower death toll and lack of new information.But Ann buries [the Las Vegas massacre...
Tags: Movies, Law, Blogging, Cnn, Harvey Weinstein, Beverly Hills, Nyt, Morgan Freeman, Snl, Las Vegas, Benghazi, ANN, Sexual Harassment, Weinstein, Judd, Ann Althouse

"Most scientists today live in cities and have little direct experience with wild plants and animals, and most biology textbooks now focus more on molecules, cells and internal anatomy..."

"... than on the diversity and habits of species. It has even become fashionable among some educators to belittle the teaching of natural history and scientific facts that can be 'regurgitated' on tests in favor of theoretical concepts. That attitude may work for armchair physics or mathematics, but it isn’t enough for understanding complex organisms and ecosystems in the real world. Computer models and equations are of little use without details from the field to test them against."That's from ...
Tags: Science, Law, Germany, Global Warming, Bad Science, Insects, Ann Althouse, Edmund O Wilson, Curt Stager

Amazon's Alexa recorded a conversation between a man and his wife and sent the recording to the man's employer.

The NYT reports: Now, Amazon says it knows what happened: As the woman, identified only as Danielle, chatted away with her husband, the device’s virtual assistant, Alexa, mistakenly heard a series of requests and commands to send the recording as a voice message to one of the husband’s employees.“Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa,’” Amazon said in a statement. “Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request. At which point, Alexa ...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Siri, Surveillance, Robots, Alexa, Danielle, Ann Althouse, Dirty Words

"Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution" and "Elia Kazan: A Biography."

Books Harvey Weinstein carried to his arraignment, reported in The Daily Beast.Could he have imagined that he would be allowed to carry the books through his booking? Did the mogul picture himself sitting around reading during the brief time before he was released on prearranged bail? Was he at all surprised that he only got as far as the front desk with them?“Get rid of them now,” a lieutenant commanded.... “I’m guessing those books were placed by some consultant,” the lieutenant said. “Why wou...
Tags: Law, Reading, Harvey Weinstein, Rodgers, Hammerstein, Elia Kazan, Ann Althouse

"A street fight between three men and a single fighter... ended when two men were knocked unconscious and the lone fighter fled before police arrived."

The Wisconsin State Journal reports on something that happened here in Madison (on State Street).The scrappy lone fighter is described as 5'8" or 5'9" and 145 pounds. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Crime, Law, Survival, Madison, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse

"South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a surprise meeting at the demilitarized zone Saturday aimed at keeping inter-Korean relations, and a possible summit between Mr. Kim and President Donald Trump, on track."

"South Korea’s presidential office announced the two-hour meeting after it had wrapped up, saying the two leaders met on the north side of the demilitarized zone and discussed how to successfully stage a summit between Messrs. Trump and Kim" (WSJ). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: South Korea, Law, North Korea, Kim Jong-un, Kim, Donald Trump, Kim Jong, Ann Althouse, Messrs Trump, Trump and foreign policy, Moon Jae

When the café opens at 6:30 a.m....

... and you had to wait 5 hours to be the first person in the door. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Coffee, Photography, Law, Cafe, Ann Althouse

"While his wife, the actress Cheryl Hines, waited in the car, Robert Kennedy Jr. met with Sirhan for three hours..."

"... he revealed to The Washington Post last week. It was the culmination of months of research by Kennedy into the assassination, including speaking with witnesses and reading the autopsy and police reports. 'I got to a place where I had to see Sirhan,' Kennedy said. He would not discuss the specifics of their conversation. But when it was over, Kennedy had joined those who believe there was a second gunman, and that it was not Sirhan who killed his father. 'I went there because I was curious a...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, The Washington Post, Assassination, Conspiracies, Kennedy, RFK, Cheryl Hines, Robert Kennedy Jr, RFK Jr, Ann Althouse, Sirhan, Sirhan Kennedy

"In Portland, Ore., organizers of the 'Reparations Happy Hour' invited black, brown and indigenous people to a bar and handed them $10 bills as they arrived..."

"... a small but symbolic gift mostly funded by white people who were asked not to attend.... 'It was only $10, but when I saw them I saw their eyes light up,' he said. 'What I saw there was that people felt like they were finally seen.'"The NYT reports. So let's see... white people get off making black people "light up" by handing them money — a 10 dollar bill.Portlandia. ADDED: What if men at a bar funded the practice of offering a $10 bill to women who would come in? I guess some women would ...
Tags: Law, Portland, Affirmative Action, Portlandia, Reparations, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics

"He is prone to unhinged Twitter eruptions. He can’t handle criticism. He scolds the news media for its purported dishonesty..."

"... and threatens to create a Soviet-like apparatus to keep tabs on it. He suckers people to fork over cash in exchange for promises he hasn’t kept. He’s a billionaire whose business flirts with bankruptcy. He’s sold himself as an establishment-crushing iconoclast when he’s really little more than an unusually accomplished B.S. artist. His legions of devotees are fanatics and, let’s face it, a bit stupid. I speak of Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, the Donald Trump of Silicon Valley."Writes Bre...
Tags: Elon Musk, Law, Tesla, Bret Stephens, Ann Althouse, Elon Musk the Donald Trump of Silicon Valley

"Ireland is set to liberalize some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws after exit polls suggested a landslide vote for change..."

Reuters reports.Voters were asked if they wish to scrap the eighth amendment to the constitution, which gives an unborn child and its mother equal rights to life. The consequent prohibition on abortion was partly lifted in 2013 for cases where the mother’s life was in danger....“Yes” campaigners argued that with over 3,000 women traveling to Britain each year for terminations - a right enshrined in a 1992 referendum - and others ordering pills illegally online, abortion is already a reality in I...
Tags: Law, Britain, Ireland, Abortion, Reuters, Ann Althouse

The federal government did not lose 1,475 migrant children.

Speaking of headlines... did you notice "The feds lost — yes, lost — 1,475 migrant children" (in USA Today)?Here's Rich Lowry (National Review) asking "Did the Feds Lose 1,475 Migrant Children?"[T]hese children weren’t in HHS custody. They were placed with sponsors that HHS vetted. It’d obviously be better if HHS could locate all of the sponsors in its follow-up. Some of them surely moved, and perhaps others, if they or family members are illegal immigrants, may not want to be in further contact...
Tags: Headlines, Usa, Law, Immigration, Rich Lowry, HHS, Ann Althouse, Rich Lowry National Review

Hillary Clinton does not want to be CEO of Facebook.

I know I'm partly to blame for linking to a headline that's in this form because it's clickbait, but I've got to complain about "Hillary Clinton Wants to Be CEO of Facebook." It's getting attention, perhaps as a set-up for jokes about her wretched like-with-a-cloth relationship with technology. But Hillary was doing a "lightning round" interview in which the question was sprung on her, "If you could be a CEO of any company right now, what would you choose?"She had to say something fast, and she ...
Tags: Facebook, Headlines, Law, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Hillary, Ann Althouse, Facebook That, Hillary goes away

"Given the torrent of revelations of abuse against women in the #MeToo era, the [term 'wife-beater,' for the sleeveless undershirt] suddenly seemed grossly inappropriate."

That line was a forehead-slapper for me. It's by Moises Velasquez-Manoff in "Are We Really Still Calling This Shirt a ‘Wife Beater’?" (NYT).The word that got me was "suddenly." Is Velasquez-Manoff telling us that he just noticed the transgressive violent edge to "wife-beater"? It's right out there. If you think it's okay that you didn't mind until #MeToo woke you up, then why should we condemn the men who are at the receiving end of #MeToo accusations? Without #MeToo to enlighten them, they didn...
Tags: Law, Domestic Violence, Harvey Weinstein, Adam Klein, Hipsters, Pace University, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Moises Velasquez Manoff, MeToo, Velasquez Manoff

"The increasingly irascible Tesla chief executive went on a 24-hour, anti-media tirade from Wednesday to Thursday..."

"... culminating in an online poll that saw nearly 700,000 people showing their support for his plans to create a website to vet journalists’ credibility," the NY Post reports.[Elon] Musk said that he is thinking of a site where “the public can rate the core truth” of news stories, as well as track “the credibility score” of journalists and publications. The website would be called “Pravda,” the Russian word for “truth” and also the name of the official newspaper of the Soviet Union’s Communist ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Law, Journalism, Tesla, Musk, Communist Party, Ny Post, Elon, Soviet Union, Ann Althouse, Fake News

"Once the blaze was doused, firefighter Thomas Hunt’s eyes zeroed in on the ashes: clothing, jewelry, and a human nose and fingers appeared to be in the smoking pile."

"'Why are you burning a body?' the disturbed firefighter asked the homeowner, Ouissem Medouni, Hunt would later testify. 'It’s a sheep,' Medouni, a French Algerian financial analyst, replied. 'Bollocks,' the firefighter answered. Later, Hunt would tell a court Medouni then insisted the remains were from an animal, but that a look of 'resignation' crossed his face, as if 'the game’s up.'"From (WaPo).[T]he judge in the case noted the crime was a remarkably rare instance of “folie a deux” — or du...
Tags: Murder, Law, Walton, WaPo, Mark Walton, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Sophie Lionnet, Thomas Hunt, Medouni, Ouissem Medouni Hunt, Sabrina -RSB- Kouider, Kouider, Lionnet

"Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who posed as black, charged with welfare fraud."

WaPo reports.The investigation into Dolezal began in March of last year when an investigator from the Washington Department of Social and Health Services learned she had written a book that had been published.... At this time, Dolezal had been reporting a monthly income of less than $500.... In total, between August 2015 and September 2017, Dolezal’s bank statements showed she had deposited nearly $84,000, documents said. Investigators believe the money came from her book, speaking engagements a...
Tags: Law, Welfare, Rachel Dolezal, WaPo, Dolezal, Ann Althouse

"Behind the Scenes of Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest."

By Ronan Farrow at The New Yorker.After a seven-month investigation, the producer Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to the New York Police Department's First Precinct on Friday morning to face sexual-assault charges. According to law-enforcement officials, the charges against Weinstein are based on the allegations of two women. One is Lucia Evans, a marketing consultant and former aspiring actress who told The New Yorker last October that Weinstein sexually assaulted her in his Manhattan office...
Tags: Law, Rape, Harvey Weinstein, Manhattan, Evans, New Yorker, New York Police Department, The New Yorker, Harvey, Upstate New York, Weinstein, Ronan Farrow, Ann Althouse, Lucia Evans

Trump's antagonists are enjoying themselves over the break in the momentum toward a North Korean deal.

But the process isn't over, and I assume it's a dealmaking dance in which breaks like this a part of the process. Isn't that what Trump wrote in "The Art of the Deal" and has talk about innumerable times? Trump haters shouldn't exult over his failure until they see how this ends. And maybe even then, they shouldn't exult. Don't we all want a better, safer world? Or is seeing Trump fail better? [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, North Korea, Trump, Don, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome, Trump and foreign policy

Robert Indiana's last sculpture — in the style of his iconic "LOVE" — "BRAT."

"Brat," meaning bratwurst, commissioned by Johnsonville Sausage, the Wisconsin manufacturer of brats.  There's a lawsuit accusing Indiana's associates of taking advantage of him in his old ages, the NYT reports, and the revelation of "BRAT" seems[A] company that had long acted as Mr. Indiana’s business agent, Morgan Art Foundation, accused [Michael McKenzie, an associate of Mr. Indiana, who worked with the fabricators of "BRAT"] and the artist’s caretaker in Maine of isolating him from his old f...
Tags: Meat, Art, Law, Wikipedia, Indiana, Indianapolis, Maine, Sculpture, Wisconsin, McKenzie, Robert Indiana, Johnsonville Sausage, Ann Althouse, The Midwest, Morgan Art Foundation, Michael McKenzie

"Smoked 3 joints been bothered by non cops 6 times... Suck my d--k San Antonio... San Antonio sucks and so do their tacos."

Tweeted the comedian Ronald Funches, quoted in "Comedian unhappy with San Antonio shows leaves a crude message for the city" (LMT online).I'm blogging this because: 1. I think the contrast between the insults and the headlines is funny, 2. I can't tell exactly how hostile/self-critical Funches really is and the complexity intrigues me, 3. The concept of "non cops," 4. The specificity of the numbers 3 and 6 and the issue whether details like that are essential to humor, 5. This is the second post...
Tags: Food, Comedy, Texas, Law, Marijuana, San Antonio, San Antonio San Antonio, Funches, Ann Althouse, Insults, The Blog Has A Theme Today, Ronald Funches


Hi everyone, I know your idols are falling, I know it hurts to be disappointed, but imagine if that person you thought you knew from his image sexually harassed you. Stay the course, we will be better for this societally. The conversation must be had. #MorganFreeman— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) May 24, 2018 Background: "Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment" (CNN). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Morgan Freeman, Rose McGowan, Ann Althouse

"Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul, is expected to surrender to the police in Manhattan on Friday on charges that he raped one woman..."

"... and forced another to perform oral sex on him, law enforcement officials said.... The Manhattan district attorney’s office faced an outcry over not charging Mr. Weinstein in the groping case, but the outcome this time was different."The NYT reports. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Rape, Harvey Weinstein, Manhattan, Weinstein, Ann Althouse, Prosecutorial Ethics

At the Springtime Café...

... blossom. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Trees, Flowers, Ann Althouse

"You would think people might be put off, but they weren’t. Not when Mr. Sedaris wrote 'Christ died for you' in one woman’s book..."

"... or when in another’s book he drew a picture of a three-legged bear with blood spewing from its stump because, he said, it had stepped on a land mine; or when he wrote 'you will not be alone forever' in the book of a fan who said she was single. Nor did anyone mind when he asked a (nonpregnant) woman if she might have an abortion this summer and then advised her to 'do it while you still can, because you may not be able to have one in the future'; or when he wrote 'you’re using that cane as ...
Tags: Law, Richard, Christ, David Sedaris, Sedaris, Ann Althouse

"The NFL’s New Anthem Policy Is Madness... an obvious capitulation to red America, its president, and the league’s most conservative owners."

"The players have the power to stop it, if they dare," writes Robert Silverman at The Daily Beast. If stars like (don’t laugh) Tom Brady locked arms, stood up to this cabal of billionaire bullies, and refused to let the NFL get away with this profit-guarding nonsense, it would end quickly. Maybe then the NFL would grudgingly come to accept that its plummeting TV ratings had far more to do with an overexposed, subpar product and cord-cutting than any (false) question of a political backlash, and ...
Tags: Protest, Law, Football, NFL, America, Commerce, Tom Brady, National Anthem, Robert Silverman, Ann Althouse

James Taranto applies grammar-gotcha pain to Charles Blow.

"like I" — James Taranto (@jamestaranto) May 24, 2018 It's particularly funny because Blow — in "The Elevation of Imprecision" — is trying to look down on Trump. Trump, we're told, uses "language that muddles to the point of meaninglessness, language that rejects exactitude, language that elevates imprecision as a device to avoid being discovered in his deceit." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Grammar, Trump Trump, James Taranto, Charles Blow, Ann Althouse

"North Korea said on Thursday that it had destroyed its only known nuclear test site, three weeks before its leader, Kim Jong-un, is scheduled to meet with President Trump."

The NYT reports this morning.The action came two days after Mr. Trump backed away from his demand that Mr. Kim completely abandon his nuclear arsenal without any reciprocal American concessions.Does this mean that Kim did what Trump had publicly demanded after Trump made a public statement that he was not demanding it? UPDATE: "President Trump has notified Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, that he has canceled their much-anticipated meeting, which was set for June 12" (NYT). [Author: noreply...
Tags: Law, North Korea, Kim Jong-un, Kim, Nuclear War, Trump, Kim Jong, Ann Althouse, Mr Trump, Trump and foreign policy

"What was America in 1492 but a Loose-Fish, in which Columbus struck the Spanish standard by way of waifing it for his royal master and mistress?"

"What was Poland to the Czar? What Greece to the Turk? What India to England? What at last will Mexico be to the United States? All Loose-Fish. What are the Rights of Man and the Liberties of the World but Loose-Fish? What all men's minds and opinions but Loose-Fish? What is the principle of religious belief in them but a Loose-Fish? What to the ostentatious smuggling verbalists are the thoughts of thinkers but Loose-Fish? What is the great globe itself but a Loose-Fish? And what are you, reader...
Tags: England, Greece, Law, Mexico, India, America, Economics, History, Metaphor, Fish, United States, Poland, Whales, Dick, Santa Monica, Melville