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"These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism..."

"... because they’re choosing to live that life. That’s bullshit. I mean, what the f*** are we really talking about here?"Said Kyrsten Sinema back in 2006. She's now the Democratic Party's nominee to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate.I haven't been following the Sinema drama, so anything about her is news to me. But I was motivated to read her Wikipedia page because I wanted to know if she had children. If you stay home with children, you probably don't see yourself as "leeching." Some facts:...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, Wikipedia, Sports, Feminism, Arizona, BYU, Democratic Party, Mount Kilimanjaro, U S Senate, Blake, Bisexuality, Atheists, Jeff Merkley, Sinema


I learned a new word (and a new concept):Kangatarianism is a recent practice of following a diet which excludes meat except kangaroo on environmental and ethical grounds. Several Australian newspapers wrote about the neologism "kangatarianism" in February 2010, describing eating a vegetarian diet with the addition of kangaroo meat as a choice with environmental benefits because indigenous wild kangaroos require no extra land or water for farming and produce little methane (a greenhouse gas), unl...
Tags: Meat, Law, Dogs, Wikipedia, Usda, Williams, Nebraska, Allergies, Kangaroo, Mike Williams, Rationality, Ira Glass, Ann Althouse, Dix, Woodside Queens, Piney

Who watched the Scott Walker/Tony Evers gubernatorial debate? It conflicted with Game 6 of the NLCS, Brewers vs. Dodgers!

I know, there's always YouTube. You can watch any old debate you failed to see in real time, but it's a test. If you don't watch it in real time, are you really going to get around to it, or will you just scan a few articles?Like: "Scott Walker and Tony Evers spar over immigration, taxes, health care in first debate" (Milwaukee State Journal)("Walker argued the state's economy, its workforce and its schools benefit when he is in charge.... Evers argued the state has been divided and critically u...
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Baseball, Milwaukee Brewers, Debates, Brewers, Walker, Dodgers, Evers, Tony Evers, Ann Althouse, Scott Walker Tony Evers, NLCS Brewers, Milwaukee State Journal Walker, Capital Times Walker

At the One-More-Weekend Café...

... you can listen to old records, write the first pages of your book, watch the Brewers game, and talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Brewers, Ann Althouse

"Da Vinci is believed to have had a condition called intermittent exotropia — commonly referred to as being 'walleyed' — a form of strabismus, eye misalignment..."

"... that affects about 4 percent of the U.S. population. Those with exotropia usually end up favoring one eye over the other, which means they are more likely to see the world as if it were, say, painted on a flat canvas. 'When they’re in that condition . . . they’re only seeing the world monocularly, with much reduced depth cues,' the study’s author, Christopher Tyler, a professor at City University of London and researcher at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, told ...
Tags: Art, Eyes, Law, San Francisco, Pablo Picasso, The Washington Post, Picasso, Da Vinci, WaPo, Tyler, Leonardo da Vinci, Ann Althouse, Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, City University of London, Christopher Tyler, Rembrandt Edgar Degas

Advertising ineptitude.

A screenshot of something displayed in my Facebook timeline this morning. Glance, then look away, and tell me what you saw:I saw, "DON'T VOTE." I had to look a lot more closely to see what that other word was. (Admittedly, I'm going blind.) It felt like, "DON'T VOTE, BRO."And the bro is looking at me hypnotically. Don't vote. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Facebook, Eyes, Law, Advertising, Hypnosis, Don, Ann Althouse, Subliminality

Nikki Haley has "a shark rhetorical break" from Trump.

Ha ha. That's the typo of the day for me. Clipped from Politico and displayed on Memeorandum:"Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley insisted Thursday night that 'in America, our political opponents are not evil,' a shark rhetorical break from her boss..."Politico has corrected the mistake. Now, it's just "a sharp rhetorical break." That's no fun. I love the idea of "shark rhetoric." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Politico, America, United Nations, Trump, Nikki Haley, TYPO, Ann Althouse


My favorite word in this sentence from "Ugly Beauty/Cindy Sherman's New Self-Portraits Are Her First Pure Protagonists: Gloriously, Catastrophically Themselves" (NYT):After a number of high-profile relationships — with the Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, the artist Richard Prince and a 16-year marriage to the filmmaker Michel Auder that was haunted by his heroin use — she is now single, “except for my bird,” a 28-year-old macaw named Mr. Frieda, a superb mimic in his own right.And they go tw...
Tags: Photography, Law, Selfies, Drugs, Birds, Talking Heads, Richard Prince, David Byrne, Cindy Sherman, Frieda, Ann Althouse, Michel Auder

"Unless the miracle of all miracles happens, I would acknowledge that he’s dead. That’s based on everything — intelligence coming from every side."

Said Trump, interviewed by the NYT in "In Shift on Khashoggi Killing, Trump Edges Closer to Acknowledging a Saudi Role."Later, before leaving on a trip to Montana, he was asked what the consequences would be if Saudi Arabia’s culpability was established.“Well, it’ll have to be very severe,” he said. “I mean, it’s bad, bad stuff.”But it is not at all clear what Mr. Trump has in mind, given the central role that Saudi Arabia plays in the president’s strategy for the Middle East and the web of ties...
Tags: Law, Montana, Saudi Arabia, White House, Middle East, Trump, Said Trump, Ann Althouse, Jared Kushner, Jared Kushner Trump, Trump and foreign policy, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi, Khashoggi Killing Trump

"This week, a friend texted me, 'I feel a panic that won’t stop.' I didn’t have to ask what she meant..."

"... we are, after all, less than three weeks from the midterms. '#MeToo,' I replied. Many women I know — though, of course, not only women — are walking around with a churning knot of terror in their stomachs. The confirmation of the cruel former frat boy Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court brought back the anguish and degradation so many of us felt after the 2016 election. Donald Trump grows more thuggish and mendacious by the day; 'gaslighting,' a term taken from a play about an abusive husb...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, America, Donald Trump, Trump, Goldberg, Kavanaugh, Michelle Goldberg, Hyperbole, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Insanity, Brett Kavanaugh

"In a startling reversal, Mayor Paul Soglin will now seek another four-year term, dramatically shaking up the city elections early next year."

The Capital Times reports on the Madison mayor, who said he was not running for reelection. That happened last July when Soglin was running for governor. But he lost badly in the primary. Soglin had created an opening that encouraged many new people to run for Mayor:Since mid-summer, seven candidates have filed initial paperwork for the mayoral race: Ald. Maurice Cheeks; former Alds. Brenda Konkel, executive director of the tenant Resource Center, and Satya Rhodes-Conway, who works for the UW-Ma...
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Madison, UW Madison, School Board, Ann Althouse, Resource Center, Paul Soglin, Capital Times, Soglin, Michael Flores, Nick Hart, Ald Maurice Cheeks, Brenda Konkel, Satya Rhodes Conway, Raj Shukla

Watching scenes in movies and on TV where there are lots of candles next to the bed, do you worry about the bedding catching on fire?

I understand why set designers want to put candles around a bed — to set a mood. But my mood ends up being: Get those candles away from bed.I've seen the candles-by-the-bed setup many times, but here's where I saw it most recently. As you may know, I'm slowly working my way through a box set of the complete episodes of "Friends," so that's where this comes from. I like this little scene a lot, quite apart from the candles-by-the-bed issue. Phoebe is trying to soothe the lovelorn Monica by doing ...
Tags: Lisa Kudrow, Law, Friends, Fire, Monica, Phoebe, Ann Althouse

At the Mendota Café...

... come in and talk. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Mendota Café

"But a remarkable number of stories poured in from men about past misbehavior. The stories covered a wide spectrum of sexual misconduct..."

"... some of it deeply disturbing: There were multiple submissions that discussed participating in gang rapes. In others, men looked back and thought differently on activities that might be considered the everyday realm of high school boys: 'I would walk up to girls in my school and undo their bras. I thought it was funny but they thought it was horrible,' one wrote. 'I felt like I had a right to touch them or undo their bras as a joke and honestly thought it was O.K.' Above all, the submissions...
Tags: Law, Sexual Harassment, Ann Althouse

"Lenny Letter, the website and newsletter created by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, will be shutting down on Friday..."

Started in 2015 by the Girls co-creators, Lenny Letter first launched as a weekly email newsletter with advice, essays and product recommendations for millennial women, before expanding to a website. Its mission statement read at the time of its launch: 'Lenny is your over sharing Internet friend who will yell at you about your finances, help you choose a bathing suit, lamp, president … AND tell you what to do if you need an abortion.'... During its tenure, the newsletter grew to more than 500,0...
Tags: Law, Lena Dunham, New York Magazine, Lenny, Jenni Konner, Lenny Letter, Ann Althouse

How would you know if you were withdrawing from the visual world?

Maybe you'd begin to wear a brimmed hat as you sat in front of the window to write. You'd block half of the view of the leaves and branches you used to love filling your peripheral vision.On your long walks, you'd always have an audiobook plugged into your ears and preoccupy your mind with the scenes inside a written story instead of looking around at the details of the buildings, the flowers, and the faces of passersby. You wouldn't run into things, you'd still use your eyes to find your way an...
Tags: Psychology, Eyes, Law, Ann Althouse

Time for MSM at long last to get serious about Hillary Clinton's complicity in rape and sexual harassment.

Why now? Because she's gone out hounding publicity right before the midterm elections and it's the Democratic Party.I'm reading, in the NYT, "Hillary Clinton’s Master Class in Distraction/Democrats need to be focused on the midterms." by Michelle Cottle. The headline makes no secret of the staunchly partisan reason for pushing back Hillary after giving her a pass all these years. President Trump being a pig and an alleged sexual predator in no way excuses Bill Clinton from being a pig and an all...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Sex, Time, Journalism, Hillary Clinton, Feminism, Rape, Bill Clinton, Abortion, Hugh Hefner, Cbs, Propaganda, Republican Party, Matt Lauer, Hillary

"Who’s Winning the Social Media Midterms?"

Asks the NYT.A New York Times analysis of data from the Facebook and Instagram accounts of hundreds of candidates in next month’s midterm elections reveals that Democrats — and especially Democrats running for House seats — enjoy a sizable national lead in engagement on the two influential platforms....The data, collected from more than 53,000 posts by more than 1,100 accounts, reflects a month’s worth of social media activity by nearly all of the Republican and Democratic candidates running for...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Law, Democrats, House, New York Times, House Senate, Ann Althouse, Social Media Midterms

At the Brewery...

... raise your glass and your game. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse

"Warren ended up providing one of the clearest examples yet of how Trumpian rhetoric shifts the political conversation."

"The woman who is hoping to become the most progressive Democratic nominee in generations is not merely letting herself get jerked around by a Trumpian taunt. She is also reinforcing one of the most insidious ways in which Americans talk about race: as though it were a measurable biological category, one that, in some cases, can be determined by a single drop of blood. Genetic-test evidence is circular: if everyone who claims to be X has a particular genetic marker, then everyone with the marker...
Tags: Law, Elizabeth Warren, Warren, Native Americans, Bad Science, Ann Althouse, Masha Gessen, Racial Politics, Trump rhetoric, Elizabeth Warren Falls for Trump

"Hannah Jenkins speaks English in the morning and German in the afternoon. It's not a routine she chose to adopt - but something her brain requires her to do."

"It all started with a cycling accident.... Hannah eventually came to on a busy ward in the Royal Berkshire Hospital with no idea where she was, what had happened or why, in her mind, no-one spoke English. 'I couldn't understand anything,' she says. 'I felt as though I'd woken up in a foreign country and I couldn't understand why people weren't speaking to me in a way that I could understand.'...  [Doctors] contacted her next of kin, her sister Margaret, who asked to speak to Hannah. As Hannah s...
Tags: Law, Brain, Language, Margaret, HANNAH, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Hannah Jenkins, Ann Althouse, Strange Medical Condition, Hannah As Hannah

An amazingly obsolete observation — made by George Carlin 22 years ago.

(Watch out: he says "fucking.")Speaking of nostalgia, I'm nostalgic for the time when we had that to be irritated about. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, George Carlin, Nostalgia, Ann Althouse

"I'm not enrolled in a tribe, and only tribes determine tribal citizenship. I understand and respect that distinction."

What distinction?That's Elizabeth Warren in this 5-and-a-half minute video dealing with the white-hot issue of the DNA test that does or doesn't support her statements over the years about her purported Native American ancestry.I can figure out what distinction she means, but I'm interested in what bad writing reveals: "I'm not enrolled in a tribe, and only tribes determine tribal citizenship. I understand and respect that distinction." No distinction has been articulated. She's just conceded th...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Elizabeth Warren, America, Lying, Iowa, Warren, Native Americans, The Washington Post, Henry Ford, Trump, Harvard Law School, Scott Adams, Woodrow Wilson, Milbank, Dana Milbank

I'm glad I didn't get around to blogging about the Shorewood School District reversing its decision to cancel the high school theater production of "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Because now they've reversed the reversal and are back at cancellation. An email from Shorewood superintendent Bryan Davis said that there would be no public performance of "To Kill A Mockingbird," which was scheduled to be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, "due to mental and emotional health of our entire student body related to the production."There will be a "dress rehearsal" with only the family of the cast and crew in the audience. There will also be a press conference:"It's going to be an opp...
Tags: Law, Milwaukee, Censorship, Davis, Harper Lee, Shorewood, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Dirty Words, Bryan Davis, Shorewood School District

Killing Roseanne "through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show."

Says a statement from Roseanne Barr (and her rabbi, Shmuley Boteach) posted on Facebook. Roseanne got kicked off the show she created and, to go forward without her, was that she died. But, of course, real-life Roseanne isn't dead, and the presumed audience for the Roseanneless "Roseanne" (AKA "The Conners'), probably misses her, and yet they are supposed to absorb the narrative that Roseanne died of drugs.This was a choice the network did not have to make. Roseanne was the only show on televisi...
Tags: Law, Drugs, America, Roseanne Barr, Forgiveness, Shmuley Boteach, Roseanne, Ann Althouse, Art And Politics, Conners, Roseanneless Roseanne, Facebook Roseanne

"Anne, you are funny. The things that rile you. That's why we love you. But 'dirty?'"

"It was an infraction, for sure, but 'dirty' is reserved for intentionally trying to hurt a player."Wrote stonethrower (calling me by my first name and spelling it wrong), in the comments to my post on Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, in which I said, about Manny Machado, "Look how dirty he played twice when sliding into second."After Game 4, last night, I now have Christian Yelich to back me up: "Machado called ‘dirty player’ by Yelich after benches clear" (WaPo):“He’s a playe...
Tags: Law, Milwaukee, Baseball, Spelling, Anne, Manny Machado, Stephen Watson, Machado, Yelich, Christian Yelich, Ann Althouse, Stonethrower, Manny Machado Look

At the Tuesday Night Cafe...

... we’re getting a late start. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse

Fraternizing with the enemy.

While at second base, Ryan Braun was trying to talk Manny Machado into visiting him out in Malibu this offseason. — Roger Octobernameier (@yayroger) October 15, 2018 Ryan Braun, on base for his team the Brewers, chats with the Dodger defending second base, Manny Machado. Braun, despite playing for Milwaukee, lives in Malibu, and he's inviting Machado to his house: "C’mon bruh! I know your wife’s about that beach life. … You come out this offseason, you gotta come th...
Tags: Law, Milwaukee, Mlb, Baseball, Malibu, Braun, Brewers, Manny Machado, Machado, Ryan Braun, Ann Althouse, Roger Octobernameier, Manny Machado Braun

"A white woman was fired after getting caught on video blocking a black man from entering his own apartment building and then calling the cops on him..."

The NY Post reports. You've probably already seen this. I didn't get around to blogging it yesterday. I'm just blogging it now because I have a question that I'm not seeing anyone else asking. I'm familiar with the problem of living in an apartment building with a locking entrance door. You worry that someone who doesn't belong there will use the opportunity of your opening that door to enter the building without a key. But you don't know everyone in the building so you don't know when someone i...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Scary, Ny Post, Racists, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse