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Wed, 12/31/1969 - 7:00pm

"The wounded man looks up through his one dyin’ eye/Says, 'Wha’d you bring him in here for? He ain’t the guy!'"

Althouse - 4 hours 53 min ago
"Yes, here’s the story of the Hurricane/The man the authorities came to blame..."

Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, dead, today, at age 76.

Dylan's song came out in 1976, and:

Based on the recantations and the new information, the New Jersey Supreme Court overturned the guilty verdicts in 1976. Overnight, Mr. Carter was hailed as a civil rights champion, with a national defense committee working on his behalf and fund-raising concerts headlined by Mr. Dylan at Madison Square Garden and the Houston Astrodome; the Garden concert also included Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Roberta Flack. Muhammad Ali attended a pretrial hearing in Paterson in 1976 to show his support for Mr. Carter.At a second trial, in December 1976, a new team of Passaic County prosecutors resuscitated an old theory, charging that the defendants had committed the Lafayette Grill murders to exact revenge for the earlier killing of the black tavern owner.  There was a new trial, in December 1976, and Carter was convicted again.
Over the next nine years, numerous appeals in New Jersey courts failed. But when the issues were heard for the first time in a federal court, in 1985, Judge H. Lee Sarokin of United States District Court in Newark overturned the convictions on constitutional grounds. He ruled that prosecutors had “fatally infected the trial” by resorting, without evidence, to the racial revenge theory....There was no third trial, and Carter went free.
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Inane War-on-Women headlines of the day.

Althouse - 7 hours 58 min ago
From The Washington Post:

1. "75 years after ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ we need Ma Joad in the White House." The author, an English professor named Susan Shillinglaw, expresses enthusiasm for Ma Joad's threats of violence — that she’ll "knock you belly-up with a bucket" or "slap ya with a stick a stove wood" when you're sleeping or have your back turned. Domestic violence is such a thrill when it's a woman hitting a man, I guess. Shillinglaw also admires the rabid totalitarian spirit: "She would fire up the country with collective energy, too. 'Maybe if we was all mad in the same way.'" A demagogue would be great... if she's a female demagogue.

2. "Why we root for Chelsea Clinton." This one is just egging you on to say I don't root for Chelsea Clinton. Watch out. It's a trap. Don't react by attacking Chelsea. That's what they want you to do, and when you do that, you're giving them a target in the war. You've got to outsmart the enemy... and by enemy, I mean devious liberal politicos who are propagating the meme that conservatives want to hurt women (i.e., they are at war against women). So I would recommend responding to this article by latching onto that word "root." If "we" are "rooting" for someone, then "we" are cast as cheerleaders. Cheerleaders???!!!! Sexist stereotype! I am not a cheerleader looking on while someone else plays and scores. I am the active participant! How dare you consign me to the sidelines, with pom-poms, hopping around girlishly, admiring somebody else! See? That's how you do it.
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Meade casts a long shadow on a long tongue.

Althouse - 8 hours 21 min ago
At "The Mastiff."

More tongues at "Zeus and Iris." All lab at that one.

Much more obscure breeds at "Blue the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog" and "Kora the Deutsch-Drahthaar."

And don't miss the 2 Lucys at "I loves Lucys."

A Lucy:

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The economics of Everest.

Althouse - 9 hours 23 min ago
"The math simply doesn’t work out in the Sherpas’ favor...."
Most Sherpas work on a day-on, day-off rotation, and can make a dozen or more round trips through the icefall over the course of a 10-week season. Most clients pass through it twice or three times at most....

For bearing such risk, a typical climbing Sherpa can expect to bring home approximately $3,000 to $6,000 at the end of the season....
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"I meet my Glass Guide, Danielle. She is young and blonde, and bears some resemblance to the actress Alicia Silverstone."

Althouse - 9 hours 34 min ago
"I pull out a micro-recorder, asking if she minds if we document the experience. She doesn’t. She is wearing Glass, too, as do all the Glass Guides. With camera lenses embedded in our titanium eyewear, we are all documentarians now, although she asks me not to photograph other Glass base-campers when I pull out a traditional camera. It’d be a shame to violate their privacy while they’re learning how to violate everyone else’s."

Writes Matt Labash, with a photograph to prove not only the resemblance to actress Alicia Silverstone, but also the disquieting dorkiness Google Glass imparts even to those who resemble Alicia Silverstone.

This look, of course, is part of what other people with Glass will catch on you, if you have Glass. We'll all be Glass-y eyed, and yes, you might say, Labash probably chose the stupidest-looking shot of not-Alicia, but the internet is only just beginning to fill up with shots chosen by other people, often on the principle of stupidest-looking.

Later in the article:
Colleagues find the spectacle dorky enough that three of them whip out their smartphones to click pictures of me, causing me to threaten violence if anyone posts them to Twitter. So, within Labash's moral scheme, how many lashes at Labash does not-Alicia get?
With or without Glass, we are already a surveillance society.Much more at the link, including using Google Glass at church, during communion, in a casino, counting cards.
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Purity and paralysis

Fighting Bob - 14 hours 5 min ago
Let’s hear it for the moderates and the mavericks with their ideas and adaptability. Enough already with the absolutists and extremists and their pat answers.

If the absolutists who are surer of everything than I am of anything were in charge, would they have approved of Democratic Governor Lucey’s tax break for job producing corporations or Republican Governor Dreyfus’s quick and decisive signing of the nation’s first gay rights bill or any of many unpredictable solutions to intractable problems enacted during Governor Thompson’s long reign?

Don’t even ask.

The “Tea Party” (in quotes because it isn’t a party) is predictably, even admirably, frugal. It is also preprogrammed and inflexible on a large collection of questionable social ideas. One of their prominent members has been quoted saying, “Compromise is surrender.”

This position is at one with the generals who fought World War I. Dig a trench and hold to a long series of untenable positions.

Is this the kind of government and country we really want?

I doubt it.

But it is the country we are most likely to get if we continue to elect most of our legislators in extremist-dominated primaries, if we buy into fast and easy solutions to complicated questions, if we base our votes on the blandishments being advanced in the major, expensive media by those with large amounts of money to spend to relieve us of the ability of thinking for ourselves.

The history of this country is a story of imaginative, unpredictable acts from unexpected sources to deal with the long series of crises for which there were no simple responses.

Washington made a collection of very diverse states into a country.

One Roosevelt, with the not inconsiderable help of a vigorous, free press, saved the democracy from the robber barons.

Another Roosevelt’s ideas replaced those of another set of totalitarians who were selling Russia as “an idea that worked.”

Jack Kennedy cut corporate taxes.

Dick Nixon went to China.

Ideas work.

Ideologies paralyze.
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It must be hard being a sports columnist

Fighting Bob - 14 hours 5 min ago
Check out Tom Oates in the Wisconsin State Journal. Not too long ago, Bud Selig and lobbyists hired by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel were spotted at 3:00 in the morning in the Wisconsin Senate pushing for a bill that would be a godsend for Selig. The maneuver ultimately caused Senator George Petak his job. What were they up to? They wanted you to feel extremely guilty if the city of Milwaukee lost the Brewers because they moved out of Milwaukee after the taxpayers would not buy them a new stadium. How pathetic! The Journal Sentinel was pushing through a law that would pay for a new stadium. Who helped them? Tommy Thompson, of course. Who did they endorse every time he ran for office after that? Tommy, of course.

Why didn't Herb do something important with the sale of the Bucks? He might have given half of the muti-million dollar profit on the sale of the Bucks to homeless people in Milwaukee. He could have sold the team to an African American. He could have done lots of good things but he did none!

Tom Oates? Well he had to swallow hard and be careful. Too bad, Tom: you could have done something worthwhile as well, but instead you suck your thumb and hope Herb's fantasy works out.

Kohl will make a ton of money by selling to hedge fund billionaires from New York.

More on the Kohl theft later.
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It must be hard being a sports columnist.

Fighting Bob - 14 hours 5 min ago
Check out Tom Oates in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Not too long ago, Bud selig and lobbyists hired by the Journal Sentinel were spotted at 3:00 in the morning, in the Wisconsin State Senate, pushing for a bill that would be a godsend for Selig.The maneuver caused Senator George Petak his job. What were they up to? They wanted you to feel extremely guilty if the city of Milwaukee lost the Brewers moved out of Milwaukee.How pathetic!The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel pushing through a law that would pay for a new stadium. Who helped them? Tommy Thompson of course. Who did they endorse every time he ran for office after that? Tommy of course.

Why didn't Herb do something important? He might have given half the mufti-million dollar profit to homeless peop;e inMilwaukee; he could have sold to an African American; he could have done lots of good things but he did none!

Tom Oates? Well he had to swallow hard and be careful. Too bad Tom--you could have done something worthwhile as wellbut instead you suck your thumb and hopeHerb's fantasy works out.

Kohl will meke a ton of money by selling to billionaires;

More on the Kohl theft lster
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Bordering on ridiculous

Fighting Bob - 14 hours 5 min ago
Minnesota's enlightened leadership on wages, once again, puts its neighbor to shame.
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"It turns out that a group of burly umpires powwowing at the edge of the field, communicating via headset with the league’s central-replay headquarters, in New York..."

Althouse - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 7:50pm
"... is among the most cripplingly boring scenes ever produced by a major American sport."
Even when the replay process is swift and the outcome is correct, it is nonetheless so dull and deadening that it leaves one longing for the thrills of a pitching-coach visit to the mound, a reliever sauntering in from left field, or a batter wandering halfway from the plate to the dugout between every pitch.
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Lady keeping chickens in the backyard in her posh NYC neighborhood seems to think the rules don't apply to her...

Althouse - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 7:25pm
... because: 1. She bought the chickens from a place recommended by Martha Stewart, 2. These aren't ordinary chickens but a bantam Easter egger (with blue eggs), black copper marans (supposedly loved by French chefs), silkies, and a Belgian bearded d’uccle, 3. The coop cost $2,500 and was built by some Amish people, 4. She feeds the chickens "organic soy-free feed and... fresh vegetables," 5. She believes (and is telling the world) that her daughter Scarlett is "developing faster than her peers" and thus needs a "hormone-free diet" (and the NYT conveys this concern to us without mentioning that that "all eggs in commercial egg production in the United States" come from hens that "are not given hormones").

The New York Times, for all it's leftish sentimentalism, panders absurdly to the elite class. The linked article could be a humor piece, but it's not. It's a human (and chicken) interest story for aging, soft-(boiled)-headed female readers.

BONUS: The NYT fawns over extremely wealthy young people.
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Althouse - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 6:49pm
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Flying tentacles of Drudge.

Althouse - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 6:36pm
The imagery at Drudge right now:

The parallelism of hair and hands, the hair of Michelle Obama (for this story) and Johnny Depp (for news of the flop of his new movie) and the waggling fingers of Scalia (for "TSA GROPING UNDERSTANDABLE; NSA SPYING ON CITIZENS COULD BE GOOD...").

I'm enjoying the abstract coherence of the tentacles...
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The Clinton White House "conspiracy commerce memo" warned, in 1995, that "THE INTERNET... allows an extraordinary amount of unregulated data and information to be located in one area and available to all."

Althouse - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 6:09pm
And: "The right wing has seized upon the internet as a means of communicating its ideas to people. Moreover, evidence exists that Republican staffers surf the internet...."

Here's the whole PDF for your amusement/disgust/horror. Here's the Politico article with the background about this document: It was long understood to exist and to have been the underlying analysis to Hillary Clinton's old "vast right-wing conspiracy" remark, and it was dumped yesterday — Good (day to dump documents) Friday — along with thousands of other things from the Clinton Presidential Library.

I love that direct admission that they were afraid of the internet. They could see that they couldn't control the media anymore.

The memo pushes the theory that there is an illicit "food chain" that brings material into the mainstream press, as if the mainstream press ought to be disciplined to reject news stories that are noticed and promoted this way.
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At the Surrealism Exhibition...

Althouse - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 5:40pm

... you're on your own.
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How to be as unheterosexual as possible.

Althouse - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 1:20pm
Have a sexual partner who looks exactly like you.

Photos of examples of such couples here, where the examples are all male.

Via Metafilter, where the first comment calls attention to the way this can also happen with a male-female couple.

What's the basis for the belief that partners should be different from each other? You could say it's needed for sexual reproduction, and we could look at how sexual dimorphism evolved, but there's no reason why faces need to look different for reproductive purposes.

Perhaps it has something to do with the old-fashioned notion that you shouldn't be in love with yourself. (I say "old-fashioned" because it contradicts the modern "self-esteem" movement.)

Related topics: 1. Whether a couple starts out looking alike or just ends up that way, 2. The fear/love of twins ("geminiphobia"/"geminiphilia"), 3. The way people get dogs that look like them (or end up looking like their dogs), 4. The way women are getting little dogs instead of having babies.
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"A History of the Letter W."

Althouse - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:28pm
There are, I think, 2 main questions people have if they stop and think about the letter W: 1. Why is it called double-U when it looks like double-V? and 2. Since we can spell words with double letters, why did this one instance of a double letter become a letter of its own? It was the second question — I think the first is silly — that got me looking for an answer. The history of W is explained in detail at Wikipedia, and quickly and amusingly in this video:

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