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I can see people are unhappy with the ending of "The Game of Thrones."

But I can't understand why. It's too complicated. I just want to know why people are dissatisfied. After all these years of feeling vaguely prodded into experiencing the satisfaction of watching this purportedly great TV show, now, I find that I am spared a dissatisfaction.Generally, I believe I should be compassionate when I see that there is something causing pain to my fellow human beings, and, of course, there's an exception for pain that is unserious and essentially meaningless, and there a...
Tags: Crying, TV, Law, Survivor, Laughing, emotional Althouse


"What 'constitutional crisis? It seems to me the Constitution is in place, working as usual. There are some legal issues in play, but what's constitutional..."

"... other than that some of the various actors in the drama have positions defined in the Constitution and obtained by normal constitutional procedures? It was assumed that I would excitedly spring into action because of this assumed 'constitutional crisis,' but my response was that I felt distanced from all the ugly divisions, though I thought some good might ultimately come from the crumbling of the 2 political parties. They were 'getting what they deserve,' I said darkly, adding, 'We all are...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Russia, Trump, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Althouse, emotional Althouse, Trump troubles, Davidd


I've been looking at real estate... because we might move somewhere (where??)...

... but I'm dismayed by how bad the architecture is. Zillow and Trulia send me things from a particular city I've shown interest in, but every single thing is badly designed and much of it is atrocious. Even if I found one house that suited my taste — and all I want is something clean and simple — I'm afraid I'd have to look out on ugliness. It's really discouraging! Why haven't people figured out how to design a house? I know, what I'm seeing is what people have figured out. So then, my problem...
Tags: Real Estate, Law, Furniture, Architecture, Zillow, Trulia, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Interior Decoration, emotional Althouse, Ugliness


"We need to legalize this plant, this life-saving plant.... It's medicine, natural medicine, and the old 2 parties want to throw you in jail for using it. Vote Libertarian...."

From the Marijuana Harvest Festival on the UW Library Mall today. The video ends abruptly when one of the men on the stage calls out to me, "Ann!" I put the lens cap on the camera.Actually, the camera continues to run, so I had audio of my reacting to getting run into by a man in an electric wheelchair, who came up behind me, ran into my foot, and kept his motor running with his wheel ramming into my foot as if to say, move your foot, I'm coming through.Transcription from the audio: "Oh! Oh! Oh!...
Tags: Law, Etiquette, Marijuana, Disability, Driving, ANN, Don, Ann Althouse, emotional Althouse, UW Library Mall


Ever have one of those Facebook exchanges that make you think, I need to stay out of Facebook for a good long time?

I have!I'm used to being the blogger, and readers come to me, and they comment here. Over on Facebook, I'm a passive reader and an occasional commenter. I do very bland posts of my own sometimes, mostly of the here's-how-Lake-Mendota-looked-today kind.I should probably never comment on a political thread (other than my son John's posts, which are feel very much like a blog I'd love to read outside of Facebook). But I do sometimes see awful things that other people have written and feel called to...
Tags: Facebook, Law, John, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Rhhardin, Insect Politics, emotional Althouse


Am I not all excited about the "constitutional crisis" — me, a former constitutional law professor?

Asked the lawyer friend I'd run into on the way back from my walk over to check the after-the-deluge water level of Lake Mendota. What "constitutional crisis"? It seems to me the Constitution is in place, working as usual. There are some legal issues in play, but what's constitutional other than that some of the various actors in the drama have positions defined in the Constitution and obtained by normal constitutional procedures? It was assumed that I would excitedly spring into action because...
Tags: Photography, Law, James Taylor, Ducks, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, emotional Althouse, Trump troubles


There's some kind of race going on here in Madison. I think that's nice, but..."

... must the people scream continually? I guess it makes sense to the people who are on the scene, somewhere a few blocks from me — maybe Camp Randall (the football stadium)— but it just sounds like chaos from my desk next to open windows. The screaming started at 8 a.m. and has been continuous for now over an hour. I got up at 5, so it didn't wake me up, or it would have been even more annoying.Last night, there was continual noise from the cicadas, but it didn't bother me because they're insec...
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Hearing, Worms, Insects, Madison, Meade, Ann Althouse, emotional Althouse, Order And Chaos


After 4 days of avoiding Facebook altogether — my habit had been to click many times a day — I decided to drop in and see how it felt.

1. I haven't clicked yet, so my 4-day record is still intact, and I could keep going, but the purpose of avoiding Facebook hasn't been to achieve purity, but to become conscious of what was a clicking instinct that did not correspond to genuine feeling of reward. Having broken the unconscious instinct, I want to take a look — a somewhat objective look — at what I missed. I presume I'll spend about 5 minutes scanning what would have taken up much more than 5 minutes if I'd done it in little piece...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Police, Happiness, Brain, Tiger, Purity, Steven Spielberg, Instapundit, Ann Althouse, emotional Althouse


20 minutes of movie trailers — yes, I went to the movies — left me feeling utterly creeped out by Hollywood.

This is what I was forced to look at before getting to see what I'd paid to see (and which ended up putting me in the worst mood for seeing what I'd come to see):Notice how they all have strong female characters at the center but everything is paranoid, violent, and sexual. This is what Hollywood gives me? I felt like I was dragged into the mind of one of the sexually abusing Hollywood producers. Of course, the actresses do what they are told, and I, the little person in the dark, passively sit ...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Law, Evil, Domestic Violence, Margot Robbie, Nancy, Tonya, Harding, Looney Tunes, Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, Ann Althouse, emotional Althouse, Jeff Gillooly Sebastian Stan


Where is it?

You can see I bought "Fire and Fury" and was promised that it would arrive at 9 a.m. ET.It's 11 minutes past and still no ebook. Hype. Empty hype. So symbolic. I am annoyed. I have better things to do with the day that wait for this thing I'd planned to plunge into and pick apart in a way nobody else would, but now I'm rethinking the worthiness of this enterprise. I've got another book — in text and audio — and if it weren't for "Fire and Fury," I'd put on my new hiking boots and go tromping out...
Tags: Cold, Law, Shoes, Michael Wolff, Symbols, Ann Althouse, emotional Althouse


"If you’re going to make up an entire false identity, why would you make yourself into a shitty person?"

Key question in the tl;dr Deadspin piece, I got there from Metafilter, which sums it up like this:A 13-year-old girl managed to become a writer for on-line sports publications. She pretended to be a man and kept up the masquerade for eight years. During this time she harassed and insulted women on line, even getting nude photos from a few before being exposed....  As for that question I put in the title — "If you’re going to make up an entire false identity, why would you make yourself into a s...
Tags: Writing, Law, Evil, Blogging, Teenagers, Baseball, Sexual Harassment, Ann Althouse, emotional Althouse


Gloria Steinem is still alive. Let's hear her speak for herself.

I'm reading Jeff Greenfield's piece in Politico, "How Roy Moore’s Misdeeds Are Forcing an Awakening on the Left/Years of excusing Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct suddenly seems morally indefensible":There's no better illustration of how the ground has shifted than to look at Gloria Steinem’s 1998 New York Times op-ed piece, “Why Feminists Support Clinton.” Published as the Lewinsky story was on full boil, the piece talked not about that story, but about the charges of harassment leveled by Paul...
Tags: Law, Censorship, Feminism, New York Times, Bill Clinton, Nyt, Sexual Harassment, Collins, Gloria Steinem, Clinton, Juanita Broaddrick, Roy Moore, Greenfield, Steinem, Lewinsky, Willey


"You may have told Glenn you were a 'sly trickster' but you were only being a sly trickster when you did."

"I think you could more accurately be described as a perceptively independent observer who enjoys pointing out where a generally accepted opinion is, if not wrong necessarily, at least questionable. Contrarians are more indiscriminate. Maybe the word you were looking for was impish."Wrote Luke Lea in the comments to "I resist Glenn Loury's label for — me — 'contrarian,' explain why, and offer an alternative label, which he then readily slaps on himself."That felt very accurate to me... except fo...
Tags: Law, Blogging, Satan, Trolls, Glenn, Schumer, Rolling Stones, Chuck Schumer, Meade, Ann Althouse, Althouse, emotional Althouse, Glenn Loury, Luke Lea, Paco Wové


"I love the NYT. I have been reading it for 50 years. I'm begging it to go straight."

I say in the comments, half an hour after posting "The NYT struggles to fight off Trump's use of that NYT headline 'Wiretapped data used in inquiry of Trump aides.'"And Original Mike says:You are in an abusive relationship and you're the enabler. Isn't there a hot line you can call? [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Nyt, Trump, Mike, Ann Althouse, Original Mike, emotional Althouse


"In reaction to the growing globalization of the Roman Empire, elite corruption, the banality of bread-and-circuses, and the end of the agrarian Italian Republic, the Stoics opted out..."

"... choosing instead a reasoned detachment from contemporary life. Some, like the worldly court philosopher Seneca, seemed hypocritical; others, such as the later emperor Marcus Aurelius, lived a double life of imperial engagement and mental detachment. Classical impassiveness established the foundations for the later monastic Christians, who in more dangerous times increasingly saw the world around them as incompatible with the world to come — and therefore they saw engagement as an impediment...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, History, Rome, Philosophy, Paying Attention, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Madison Wisconsin, Victor Davis Hanson, Italian Republic, Ann Althouse, Althouse, emotional Althouse, Order And Chaos, Jeff Kuebler


"The state has accepted my tax return!" — I exclaim with genuine happiness.

That's what it's come to. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Taxes, Law, Ann Althouse, emotional Althouse


This blog is 13 years old today.

If you want to read in chronological order, you'll have to start here, January 14, 2004:This blog is called Marginalia, because I'm writing from Madison, Wisconsin, and Marginalia is a fictionalized name for Madison that I thought up a long time ago when I seriously believed I would write a fictionalized account of my life in Madison, Wisconsin. There is nothing terribly marginal about Madison, really, but I do like writing in the margins of books, something I once caused a librarian to gasp by ...
Tags: Psychology, Supreme Court, Law, Blogging, Reading, Madison, Scalia, Madison Wisconsin, Ann Althouse, Marginalia, Lawprofs, emotional Althouse, Annual Nonsense


How Clinton/Trump lost me.

Do I have a "lost me" tradition on this blog? In September 2004, I wrote "How Kerry lost me," mining the archive to trace down where my hostility to Kerry came from. On November 8, 2008, I wrote "How McCain lost me," using the same method. I can't remember or search out what I did in 2012. Was there a "How Obama lost me" or a "How Romney won me"? I can't find it. If I didn't do it in 2012, I feel less of a call to do it now in 2016, but on the other hand, maybe I need to do it just to figure out...
Tags: Law, Obama, Mitt Romney, Kerry, 2016 Campaign, McCain, Romney, Clinton Trump, Ann Althouse, emotional Althouse


I'm saying this for the last time.

I'm teaching my last semester at the law school. Every class I teach I'm teaching a case for the last time — sometimes a case that I've taught 30 or 50 times. Yesterday, I taught Marbury, a case I've taught about 100 times and the first case I ever taught. It means nothing, I don't think, to the students, but there's something transcendent for me. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Retirement, Law School, Marbury, Ann Althouse, Lawprofs, emotional Althouse


Wow, writing that last post...

... I felt so uplifted, I questioned all the time I've devoted to following politics. Before I woke up, got out of bed, and read the news today, oh boy, I thought I'd spend the first hours of this new day sifting through the results of the Little Tuesday primaries. Donald Trump even won Hawaii. He has a big hotel there, let me tell you. Bernie burned Hillary in Michigan. But you know that, whether I write about it or not. I'd love to turn you on with a fresh new insight for 2 or 3 of the 6 presi...
Tags: Photography, Hawaii, Sun, Michigan, Donald Trump, Hillary, Beatles, 2016 Campaign, Bernie, Madison Wisconsin, Ann Althouse, emotional Althouse