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How we live now.

Time to go take a stupid little fucking afternoon stroll— ben (@bitch_updates) March 27, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Solitude, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus

"We Can Safely Restart the Economy in June... Get tough now. Test widely to isolate those infected, and slowly revive businesses with workers and customers who have developed immunity."

Writes Ezekiel J. Emanuel in the NYT. Excerpt:President Trump’s wish to open up the country by Easter and avoid a nationwide shelter-at-home policy is understandable. After all, a Covid-19-induced recession will cause its own serious health problems — depression; suicides; the damage stress will cause to those with heart disease, diabetes and other conditions, not to mention the effects of growing poverty....A nationwide shelter-in-place or quarantine should take place for the next eight to 10 w...
Tags: Law, States, Easter, Trump, Ezekiel J Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus

Commenter Ryan suggests a fantastic drawing game!

From the comments thread on the first post of today:If you have kids try this game that I came up with by accident about 10 years ago: get their yearbook and draw someone, and then give them the drawing and the yearbook and see if they can figure it out. It's a fun game! We were playing last night and even cynical high school kids love it.Even without kids! This is a great game and great as a drawing project.You just need something to draw. Once, years ago, I came across an ad that had a collect...
Tags: Law, Drawing, Ryan, Ann Althouse, Ryan (the commenter

I like the way this story is kept factual — we don't really know if the man who fell was the burglar or even if there was a burglary going on.

From The Wisconsin State Journal:A man fell from the third story of a building on the 100 block of State Street when Madison police responded to a burglary in the early morning on Saturday.Police were called to a burglary in progress on the second floor of the building just before 3 a.m.As officers arrived, "a male subject fell from the third floor," Madison police said. Whether the man was involved with the burglary is unclear....ADDED: Actually there's a factual deficiency in "Whether the man ...
Tags: Crime, Law, Madison, State Street, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse

"My literary heroes were not Julien Sorel, Raskolnikov, or the local yokels of Yoknapatawpha County; they were Batman, Superman, the Flash, the Sub-Mariner, Hawkman."

"Yes, and Donald Duck and Bugs Bunny and Archie Andrews. Folks, you are reading the autobiography of a misanthropic gangster-loving illiterate; an uncultivated loner who sat in front of a three-way mirror practicing with a deck of cards so he could palm off an ace of spades, render it invisible from any angle, and hustle some pots."From Woody Allen's "Apropos of Nothing."Also: "I always took to anything that required solitude, like practicing sleight of hand or playing a horn or writing, as it k...
Tags: Law, Reading, Cartoons, Woody Allen, Donald Duck, Black, Ann Althouse, Archie Andrews, Yoknapatawpha County, Julien Sorel Raskolnikov, Julien Sorel

"Pick up anything and start sketching. Your iPhone - take all those ridiculous pictures you took - all of that is a form of drawing."

"All the funny little songs you thought, oh, that's got a great lyric, those are the beginning of ideas. Every dream you have is a possible little bit of an idea. And all of that can be put into use - all of your obsessions. Yes, you like to watch dog videos. Well, maybe you might want to make one. So what if it's not that good? I'm telling you the lessons I've learned in a lifetime of doing it and being terrified of doing it and a lifetime of talking to real artists. The only way to take the cu...
Tags: Art, Writing, Law, Drawing, Jerry Saltz, Ann Althouse

"President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden are in a tightly competitive race for the White House in the November general election, with the president gaining ground..."

"... on his likely challenger over the past month as the coronavirus pandemic convulses the country, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Trump has moved from what was a seven-point deficit in February to a near tie with Biden today. Among registered voters, Biden is favored by 49 percent and Trump by 47 percent.... Trump is more trusted to handle the economy, while Biden is more trusted to deal with health care. When voters are asked whom they trust more to confront the coronavirus out...
Tags: Law, White House, Joe Biden, Biden, Polls, Trump, Democratic Party, WaPo, Washington Post ABC News, Ann Althouse, 2020 Elections, Trump 2020, Coronavirus

At the Saturday Night Café...

... you can talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse

"It was such an amazing sight. She woke up, stood up and we saw it was her. It was so, so surreal and so amazing. And what’s more amazing was how calm she was."

"I figured after two nights alone in the woods, she would be panicked and distraught and crying [but instead 4-year-old Vadie Sides just said] 'Oh, I can’t wait to tell my mommy about my two nights out here.' She was just talking, talking, talking."Said Edward D. Casey — the commander of the 187th Fighter Wing of the Alabama Air National Guard — who was one of the first searchers to find the little girl, quoted in "4-Year-Old Girl, Lost in the Woods for 48 Hours, Is Found Unharmed" (NYT).The gir...
Tags: Facebook, Children, Law, Dogs, Survival, Nanny, Ann Althouse, Said Edward D Casey

Another look at Dylan's "Murder Most Foul" — does it hold LBJ responsible for the Kennedy assassination?

There are some lines in the song that had me thinking that. In the first verse, the men who come to kill Kennedy say "We've already got someone here to take your place." There's the proximity of Johnson's name to the song title accusation: "Johnson sworn in at 2:38/Let me know when you decide to throw in the towel/It is what it is, and it's murder most foul." In "Hamlet," "murder most foul" is the murder of the king by his close relation, his brother, and, though Kennedy famously had brothers, t...
Tags: Art, Law, Jfk, Johnson, Hamlet, Assassination, Conspiracies, Kennedy, Dylan, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, LBJ, Ann Althouse, Robert A Caro, Ugliness, Lee Oswald

Biden — right from the get-go.

Now, I have a transcript for last night's CNN town hall with Joe Biden talking about coronavirus. I guess I should go back and rewrite the first post of today, which was cramped by the lack of a transcript. But this is blogging, and that post happened where it happened. I must roll forward, and all I want to do here is talk about Biden's use of the word "get-go." I'm aware that I would never say "get-go" (other than as some kind of joke), so it makes Biden seem old fashioned and corny to me.He u...
Tags: Music, Law, Joe Biden, Cnn, Language, Biden, Dick, Slang, Jane, Cade, Ann Althouse, Negro Digest

"When I ponder our country and its greatness, its weaknesses, its potential, my heart aches for less divisiveness."

So said Senator Tom Coburn on September 12, 2005, the first day of the hearings on the confirmation of John Roberts. I live-blogged:"When I ponder our country and its greatness, its weaknesses, its potential, my heart aches for less divisiveness," he says and pauses a long time, choking back tears. "He's crying?!" I exclaim. We rewind the TiVo and play it again and, I'm sorry to say, laugh a lot. After the long pause, he goes on: "...less polarization, less fingerpointing, less bitterness, less ...
Tags: Death, Crying, Supreme Court, Law, Senate, Tivo, John Roberts, Roberts, Coburn, Tom Coburn, Ann Althouse, Partisanship, Cryin Tom Coburn

"I I was surprised at how badly-written this book is. First of all, the very first line has an obscure reference to Holden Caulfield."

"Does he not realize that Catcher int he Rye is not the touchstone it once was?... I suspect that age has hindered his ability to write coherently, The book could have used a very strong editor, or an editor at all. Some sentences are so labored and confusing that they have to be read a number of times to be understood. Perhaps his vanity prevented him from seeking an editor who could have corralled it into a better book...."From a 2-star review of Woody Allen's autobiography "A Propos of Nothin...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Writing, Law, Navy, France, Atlantic, Brooklyn, Wwii, Woody Allen, Holden, Dickens, Brooklyn Dodgers, David Copperfield, Holden Caulfield, Ann Althouse

Donald Trump wants you to be appreciative. Could you just be appreciative and stop constantly chirping about what's wrong?

Let's dip into the rhetoric from yesterday's task force press briefing. Donald Trump was full of energy, ready to talk and talk until you just can't stand it anymore. And his word of the day was "appreciative." Why won't people appreciate him?!From the transcript:TRUMP: Well, I think we’ve done a great job for the State of Washington and I think the governor, who is a failed presidential candidate as you know, he leveled out at zero in the polls, he’s constantly chirping, and I guess complaining...
Tags: New York, Law, Washington, Fema, New Jersey, Michigan, Donald Trump, Cuomo, Mike Pence, Task Force, State, Army Corps, Murphy, Donald J Trump, Jay Inslee, Gretchen

Joe Biden did a town hall about coronavirus last night on CNN, and I don't think there is a single news article about it...

... other than on CNN itself, which doesn't seem to have a transcript, only "5 takeaways from Joe Biden's CNN town hall on the coronavirus response."We watched most of it, and I was going to do a substantial blog post about it — if I had a transcript. But I've just go this stupid "5 takeaways" format, which is highly protective of Joe Biden. I watched to see what kind of shape he was in, because I didn't think he had the ability to string cogent sentences together. I can report that when I switc...
Tags: Facebook, Microsoft, Law, Washington, America, Joe Biden, Cnn, Pennsylvania, Bill Gates, Anderson Cooper, Michigan, Louisiana, Biden, Trump, Cooper, John Bel Edwards

There's a line between light and dark, and sometimes it's clear.

This post is a place for talking only about the concrete matter of what's in the photograph and the abstraction of the line between dark and light. It is not a café — go 2 posts down for that — and it's especially not a place to drop news flashes about the coronavirus — go one post down for that. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

At the Springtime Café...

... you can talk about whatever you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Flowers, Ann Althouse

I listened to Dylan's new song twice now — that's 34 minutes of listening — and I'm almost ready to talk about the lyrics.

I need to hear things about 5 times to have a decent feeling of understanding, but I'm going to try anyway, with the help of the written text, here (at Genius, where there are some annotations, but they're not at all time-tested and I see inaccuracies at the first glance). The song begins with JFK in Dallas, "led to the slaughter like a sacrificial lamb" and asking those who are leading him if they know who he is. They sure do, and "they blew off his head while he was still in the car." So, an u...
Tags: Law, Time, America, Bob Dylan, Broadway, Dallas, Bob, Jfk, Ruby, Jack, Nina Simone, Kennedy, Woodstock, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Dylan

"The coronavirus pandemic could kill more than 81,000 people in the United States in the next four months and may not subside until June..."

"... according to a data analysis done by University of Washington School of Medicine. The number of hospitalized patients is expected to peak nationally by the second week of April, though the peak may come later in some states. Some people could continue to die of the virus as late as July, although deaths should be below epidemic levels of 10 per day by June at the latest, according to the analysis. The analysis, using data from governments, hospitals and other sources, predicts that the numb...
Tags: Law, United States, Reuters, University of Washington School of Medicine, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus

"Congress gave final approval on Friday to the largest economic stimulus package in modern American history, a $2 trillion measure...

"... designed to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and deliver direct payments and jobless benefits for individuals, money for states and a huge bailout fund for businesses battered by the crisis. The House approved the measure by voice vote... It now heads to President Trump’s desk, where he is expected to sign it. The legislation would send direct payments of $1,200 to millions of Americans, including those earning up to $75,000, and an additional $500 per child. It would substantially expan...
Tags: Law, Congress, House, Trump, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus

"Thus each of us had to be content to live only for the day, alone under the vast indifference of the sky. This sense of being abandoned..."

"... which might in time have given characters a finer temper, began, however, by sapping them to the point of futility. For instance, some of our fellow citizens became subject to a curious kind of servitude, which put them at the mercy of the sun and the rain. Looking at them, you had an impression that for the first time in their lives they were becoming, as some would say, weather-conscious. A burst of sunshine was enough to make them seem delighted with the world, while rainy days gave a da...
Tags: Psychology, Photography, Law, Rain, Sunrise, Albert Camus, Ann Althouse

"The Chinese government is under pressure to stave off economic calamity, and is treating Uighur laborers as dispensable because they have no rights..."

"... and no say, Dr. Ferhat Bilgin, a Uighur American, told the Uighur Times, a Washington-based website disseminating news about the Uihghur crisis. 'If they survive they produce a profit, if they die, that would be "too bad"... For the first time in history, Uyghurs [have] become commodities of the State.' The activists’ demand is simple: The Chinese government must close the camps, free the innocent people and provide for other Xinjiang residents’ basic needs...."From "The coronavirus brings ...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Washington, China, Xinjiang, Genocide, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Ferhat Bilgin, Uighur Times

"There’s a theory of risk stratification... Isolate people but really isolate the vulnerable people. Don’t isolate everyone because some people, most people, are not vulnerable to it."

"And if you isolate all people, you may be actually exposing the more vulnerable people by bringing in a person who is healthier and stronger and who may have been exposed to the virus, right.... Younger people can go back to work. People who have resolved can go back to work... People who — once we get this antibody test — show that they had the virus and they resolved can go back to work. That’s how I think you do it. … It’s not [that] we’re going to either do public health or we’re going to d...
Tags: New York, Law, Empathy, Optimism, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, Trump, Ann Althouse, Too Much Drama, Trump and medicine, Coronavirus

"The Biden campaign has not quite figured out what will replace the traditional set piece events of a presidential campaign."

"For now, in the teeth of the crisis, when attention is necessarily focused on the people in charge, Biden has two big problems. The first is how can he actually do any events outside of his basement that will get attention and coverage? The second is what can he say about Trump now? This is a new problem for Democrats. Ever since he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower in 2015 to announce his campaign, there has been absolutely no hesitation by any Democrat to attack Trump.... 'Biden has a th...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Biden, Trump, Trump Tower, Trump Politico, Ann Althouse, Trump Biden, 2020 Campaign, Coronavirus

For some reason, Bob Dylan has decided that what we need right now is a 17-minute song about the Kennedy assassination.

Released at just this last midnight:Bob adds a message: "Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty across the years. This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting. Stay safe, stay observant and may God be with you."You might find interesting....According to Variety, all Dylan's people will say is that the song was recorded "a while back." Dylan hasn't released any new songs (only cover songs) since 2012. Some of the s...
Tags: Law, America, Bob Dylan, Venice, Bob, Jfk, Memphis, Kennedy, Paying Attention, Woodstock, Lindsey Buckingham, Glenn Frey, Dylan, Gerry, Tommy, Charlie Parker

Boris Johnson tests positive! The number of detected and reported coronavirus cases in the United States is now larger than the number for any other country!

I'm putting up this post so I can put up the next post without getting the first comment informing me of one of those facts. Talk about whatever you need to say right now about the coronavirus. I'll have some coronavirus posts soon. This post is here to catch whatever it is you would put in the next comments thread if I didn't put this up. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Blogging, United States, Boris Johnson, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus

At the Sunless Sunrise Café...

... you can talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Trees, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Why did the duck cross the street?

I don't know, but I saw 4 cars and a truck stop and wait for the very slow mallard to complete the journey. Things are slowed down, careful, and kind. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Ducks, Ann Althouse

"Cuomo’s rise is an unalloyed benefit for his state and the nation’s largest city, but it is not an unalloyed benefit for his party."

"To almost any sentient observer, it looks like the Democrats have picked the wrong guy to oppose Trump this fall. But the Democrats have painted themselves into a corner. They can’t simply stride out across the wet paint now that Biden has effectively won the nomination. He won it in open primaries, with settled rules, and there’s no way to change them. Biden won’t offer the party an easy escape. He won’t suddenly renounce the prize he has sought his entire adult life. And even if Uncle Joe wok...
Tags: New York, Law, Milwaukee, Biden, Andrew Cuomo, Bernie Sanders, Cuomo, Trump, Democratic Party, Biden Cuomo, Uncle Joe, Ann Althouse, Charles Lipson, 2020 Campaign, Coronavirus

We're all doing what we can.

The next time someone tells you that celebrities aren’t making sacrifices for the community, just show them this...— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) March 26, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Makeup, Law, Julia Roberts, Ann Althouse, Titania McGrath, Coronavirus