October 1, 2018

At the Dogs-Should-Vote Café...


... you can howl all night.

And buy stuff at Amazon through the Althouse Portal if you like.


rcocean said...

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.

rcocean said...

Trump and Dogs:

"Mitt Romney had his chance to beat a failed president but he choked like a dog. Now he calls me racist-but I am least racist person there is"


George Will is perhaps the most boring political pundit on television. Got thrown off ABC like a dog. At Mar-a-Lago he was a total bust!

Quayle said...

Multitudes, multitudes,
in the valley of decision!
For the day of the Lord is near
in the valley of decision.

Andrew said...

I thought that this post from Powerline a couple of days ago was very convincing about what the Dems are really up to.


MadisonMan said...

Do not go gentle into that good night,

I just watched, today, part of Dangerfield's Back to School. That poem is featured. Movie filmed in part on UW-Madison's beautiful campus, back in the day.

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Michael K said...

We'll see if Mitch has the guts to hold the vote this week.

If not the Congress is toast.

Ann Althouse said...

I watched the filming of a scene of Back to School from my office window.

gilbar said...

from andrew's powerline link:
This is the message they are trying to send: If we can do this to the Boy Scout Brett Kavanaugh, we can do it to anyone. the more ridiculous the better. . .
If we can accuse Brett Kavanaugh, one of the most respected lawyers and judges in America, of gang rape, we can accuse anyone of anything! ! !
That is the Democratic Party’s message. And we have learned from the Christine Ford fiasco that accusations don’t require corroborating evidence. . .

Seems to sum it up well.

Ken B said...

I am not a bit fan of the Republicans, but I lean R because for all their faults they serve one useful purpose: the stop the Democrats. This shit show has convinced me all the more firmly that the GOP must win this election. My preferences are a bad guide to politics but I have noticed over the years my initial emotional reaction to things is quite a good guide. I am disgusted with Feinstein and the Dems here. If the GOP doesn’t blow it I think they win big on this issue. Will it be enough to win November? Don’t know yet.

Andrew said...

Sam Kinison was great in that movie.

Dave said...

Yes, Ann does have her agenda. But, she holds her cards close.

We have our agenda too. You do; I do, and Ann Althouse does not mind. That is a wonderful thing. Free speech for all is worthwhile.

Thanks, Ann.

Fernandistein said...

Italian lecturer suspended by CERN for 'physics invented by men' speech

"CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, said on Monday it was shocked by the "highly offensive" comments made by Professor Alessandro Strumia from Pisa University at a conference."

"However the truth does not matter, because it is part of a political battle coming from outside".



gilbar said...

Ann Althouse said...
I watched the filming of a scene of Back to School from my office window.
Sally Kellerman was good in that; you would have been Better!
Back to Law School!

tim in vermont said...

Sally Kellerman was good in that; you would have been Better!

With Trump as the Rodney Dangerfield character?

D 2 said...

Dog reference in 80s songs ...... hmm

T Waits Rain Dogs might have been playing too loudly at a drunken underage swimming party if That Night That Summer Some Place Possibly '82 was but only four/five years later. And if it was playing, you can bet your adolescent beer money that some young hearts would be stumbling around spilling and swaying to it. Of course the police would be called in by the neighbours by the time the cassette got to "Anywhere I Lay my Head" and that would end all SCOTUS aspirations then and there. Plus maybe the party was in Canada. Hang down your head Marie.

The Rum pours strong and thin
Beat out the dustman with the Rain Dogs
Aboard a shipwreck train
Give my umbrella to the Rain Dogs
For I am a Rain Dog, too

Jay Elink said...

"The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine."

----3rd century Greek philosopher Sextus Empiricus

I think the Dems and Miss Ann will learn that lesson in November.

It won't be"cruel neutrality", but cruel reality.

Seems to me Miss Ann is trying intellectually to emulate "Shroedinger's Cat" thought experiment, where one can't know the outcome until he opens up the box.

But some things are manifestly true or false, at least according to the legal standards that Miss Ann MUST know apply. "Beyond a reasonable doubt", for example.

I guess there's a convenient exception: "Believe the woman". In all cases.

Crystal Mangum cannot be reached for comment. She's in the slammer.

Jupiter said...

Althouse, you need to get over to MSNBC, and check out Swetnick's interview. If you think Ford was credible, you'll really fall for Swetnick.


tim in vermont said...

Sally Kellerman was great in that role, BTW. So was Dangerfield.

“You got nothing in your spreadsheet for paying off the mob!” or whatever he said. Trump just paid off the Clintons so that they would show up at his wedding.

Dave said...

I like Oingo Boingo.

tim in vermont said...

Wow, she didn’t just “walk it back” she took it back to nothing but a miasma of “It’s remotely possible that he was involved.” - I paraphrase.

She does say she contacted the police, so given that BK has his much vaunted diary, it is possible to check that claim out.

Andrew said...

"With Trump as the Rodney Dangerfield character?"

I saw Trump compared to Dangerfield's character in Caddyshack (Al Czervik) several times by online commenters during the campaign. Meant as a compliment. "Who does this man think he is, behaving that way in our club?"

Humperdink said...

Lefties on Kavanaugh: "He abuses women, he's a sloppy drunk, he's prolly a pedophile ..."

Lefties on Mike Pence: "A holy terror, a bigot, a liar, and cruel" (Frank Bruni)

Michael K said...

I've been suspicious about "recovered memories" all along.

A "Christine M. Blasey" Co-Wrote a Paper on How to Conduct Self-Hypnosis to Recover Memories and "Create Artificial Situations"
Keep in mind, Blasey (now Ford) was about the right age to have gotten swept up in the eighties recovered memory/Satanic Panic hysteria while she was in school.

And impressionable. And maybe "looking to make a difference."

tim in vermont said...

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was questioned by police when he was a student at Yale over a bloody bar fight in 1985 after a UB40 concert. Kavanaugh was accused of throwing ice on a bar patron during the incident in September 1985, according to a police report obtained by the New York Times.

It gets less worse and less worse.

tim in vermont said...

She saw him near the punch bowl at a party. Of course only girls drink from the punch bowl... Boys drink beer, so he’s guilty already.

Then she saw him with a group of guys “outside a room” so obviously he is guilty of rape because Roe v Wade.

I don’t even want Roe v Wade overturned, but this is far scarier than the idea that some farmer’s daughter in Oklahoma won’t be able to get an abortion without telling mommy and daddy.

Mark said...

Speaking of Romney -- BK is said to be a guy that Romney was pushing back in 2012.

So where is that weasel now? Romney is always quick to shoot his mouth off when he thinks it will promote him. Why the silence now? BK is his guy. And Romney is being his usual worm.

Rick said...


((Christine Fair)))

Look at thus chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist's arrogated entitlement.
All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.

Academia's nutters are letting the mask slip again, but that's not the big problem. Note how she advocates actual violence with no impact even though no one this extreme could be trusted to be fair in the classroom. Yet the same hard left faculty and administrators which insist this is free speech support claims by their hard-left student allies that political disagreements and Halloween costumes justify suppressing non-left students.

The far left is ruining American academia. Thus far the ruin has primarily effected liberal arts but they are pushing into the productive fields like Engineering also.


tim in vermont said...

Still that tape of an Obama appearance in SF has never been, and never will be release.

tim in vermont said...

Look at thus chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement.

She’s about 30. years too late to call people on that score.

Sebastian said...

Hey, what have we here -- a Dem layer protecting a Dem pol against a Dem accuser:

“An allegation standing alone is not necessarily sufficient to conclude that conduct occurred" Is that so?

". . . particularly where the accusing party declines to produce supporting evidence that she herself asserts exists,” Ellingstad wrote" Hmmm -- so I guess we can just ignore accusations for which the accuser doesn't even assert evidence exists?

traditionalguy said...

Trump's Mega Rally at Johnson City, Tennessee tonight was like a homecoming with a happy family of 40,000. He closed out with his usual MAGA recital but then added in the Scots-Irish battle proclamations, to the joy of the crowd who once had been losing their country until Trump had come along and taken it back. He told his people ," We will never surrender. We will never bend. We will never break. We will never back down. We will never give in. We will always fight on to victory."

That's leadership.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

"Dogs Should Vote"

Yep. Early and often. Dems encouraging their base

bagoh20 said...

Dogs? Sure, OK, but no bitches. Let's not make the same mistake twice.

See, you didn't need to wait that long to get someone to say it.

Big Mike said...

I think I know why they want to let dogs vote in Madison

Big Mike said...

Amending what bagoh20 wrote. No bitches nor their sons.

Oops. Rules out everybody who's ever been a Democrat politician.

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tim in vermont said...

I think the fact that a raving liberal like Ramirez was “uncomfortable” around a conservative judge like Kavanaugh proves his guilt, because none of us know any crazy lefty women like that, or even heard of the like of it.

Humperdink said...

From Sweat-Nick's interview with NBC's Kate Snow: Swetnick claimed she told her mother and a specific police officer about the assault; both are deceased. (Via Legal Insurrection)

Original Mike said...

Dogs can vote!

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

lulz. Repeal the 19th? Bitchin' Freeze?

Michael K said...

A pretty good account from David French, who has not been much help lately.

He agrees with me that the reason the alcohol stories are center stage is that polling shows that the public is not buying what Ford is selling.

The dogs just don't like the dog food. Let's try the alcohol story and see if anyone salutes, as the saying goes.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

"I Think My Dog's a Democrat"

FullMoon said...

Conservative Treehouse

The highly predictable strategy by Democrats, far-left activists and compliant ideological media to smear/destroy Judge Brett Kavanaugh is solidly in phase three:

√ Phase 1 – Activate last minute delay chaos (prior “Me Too” investment).
√ Phase 2 – Use sex assault claims to demand investigation, further delay. Use republicans, not democrats, to establish/frame the delay.
√ Phase 3 – Use investigation to frame validity narrative; further delay. Use republican fear (leverage Jeff Flake) not democrats, to continue the delay. Manipulate FBI. Shift investigation goalposts. <=WE ARE HERE
Phase 4 – Use “deeply flawed investigation” narrative (witnesses ignored); to isolate Murkowski/Collins and keep Flake in position. Drum mid-term “Let the voters decide”.
Phase 5 – The mid-term election.

So far, the DC UniParty is executing this flawlessly. The shift to Phase 4 should be anticipated for Thursday’s media-cycle. On/Around October 15th the mid-term gravitational field will take over

Big Mike said...

@Ingachuck'stoothlessARM, I beat you 21 minutes.

Mr. Majestyk said...

"Speaking of Romney -- BK is said to be a guy that Romney was pushing back in 2012.

So where is that weasel now? Romney is always quick to shoot his mouth off when he thinks it will promote him. Why the silence now? BK is his guy. And Romney is being his usual worm."

Apparently, according to the Washington Examiner, George W. Bush was calling senators urging them to vote yes for Kavanaugh. Good for him.

Humperdink said...

Channel surfing tonight and stumble across ESPN and Monday Night Football. The announcers leave a lot to be desired. Quite a drop from Gifford, Dandy Don and Howard Cosell.

And who goes through life with the nickname Booger? Never heard of the guy. But there he is, on MNF.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

speaking of dogs voting Dem-- what's the low-down on that
low-down Weiner dog Carlos Danger? Can he vote?

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

@Big M
Yes--I waited til you posted first.

Big Mike said...

Bless you for that.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

@Big M
My pleasure-- I know you woudn't hesitate to do the same should a similar occasion arise.

Sebastian said...

"Phase 4 – Use “deeply flawed investigation” narrative (witnesses ignored); to isolate Murkowski/Collins and keep Flake in position. Drum mid-term “Let the voters decide”."

Sure. But at this point Mitch will hold a vote, even if he doesn't have the votes.

"A pretty good account from David French, who has not been much help lately."

Even the GOPe is learning, though slowly. The French stuff, or the Mitchell memo for that matter, could easily have been produced by Althouse in righteous fisk mode, taking the Ford utterances as her text. Of course, we got less than nothing, which is an easy standard for resentful feminists. So commentators learned along with everyone else. It's the great Kavanaugh Clarification.

AZ Bob said...

I’m shocked, shocked that he threw ice at somebody.

Birkel said...

Hat Tip: narciso


Check that link.

narciso said...

It relates the great party animal Stephen better, re Malcolm Gladwell account

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narciso said...

Breuer, like the yogurt.

Jay Elink said...

At the "Dogs-Can-Vote" cafe, they're debating whether wymyn should be allowed to.

Not looking good for the fems at this point.

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Unknown said...

Have you got the bottle handy? Look at the percentage of alcohol..

I've always wondered why high school kids don't just buy this stuff. No ID required.

Yancey Ward said...

"Apparently, according to the Washington Examiner, George W. Bush was calling senators urging them to vote yes for Kavanaugh. Good for him."

This isn't enough, not by a long shot. Bush needs to be public here. If he makes no public statement- a true broadside the equal to Graham's, then shame on him.

FullMoon said...


"According to the USFDA, one gallon of pure vanilla extract should contain a minimum of 35% alcohol, 65% water,"

Yancey Ward said...

So, 0% vanilla? I assume the regs are talking only the solvent volumes.

Yancey Ward said...

Of course, now that you have let that out on the internet, Democrats will be coming forth with "Brett Kavanaugh was a vanilla extract addict! His breath smelled like ice cream as he was gangraping me!"

narciso said...

How,long before you have to have id to buy vanilla, meanwhile they are pushing 24/7

Ray said...

This picture of Feinstein and Murkowski is strange.

Feinstein is totally dominating her, and Murkowski is crunched over.


This was pointed out in the body language videos mentioned in the comments on a previous thread. I found the one on Feinstein revealing, on the leak. 6 minutes.

Seeing Red said...

Nice flag u got there, Green Bay! Whose is it?

It looks Russian.

Seeing Red said...

Via Insty:


FIDO said...

A professor at Georgetown University known for making incendiary comments against supporters of President Donald Trump said white men deserve “miserable deaths” for supporting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

C. Christine Fair, an associate professor at Georgetown in the School of Foreign Service, tweeted Saturday, saying white Republican men should die and an added bonus would be if women “castrate their corpses and feed them to swine.”

God I love both Feminism and the Academy.

THIS is scholarship!

Not coming soon to a University near you: Federal Funding

rehajm said...

If they get what they want it’s all over. You get this every time for everybody.

rehajm said...

CNN isn’t even on at the airport in Boston anymore. Boston is in the liberal haven state of Massachusetts.

Big Mike said...

There has been a loud clamour over Kavanaugh’s yearbooks. I demand that Holton-Arms put the yearbooks for 1982 and 1983 for all of us to examine, and judge what sort of person the young Christine Blasey was.

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Saint Croix said...

The fact that Soros funded the Flake elevator confrontation

and somebody paid for the lie detector

and somebody paid to have Ford's internet presence wiped

and somebody paid for her attorneys

makes me ask

why no investigation into the alleged death threats made against Christine Ford?

Threatening a witness is a federal crime.

I think it's entirely possible that some people did threaten her with death. If so, they should be investigated by the FBI.

I also think it's possible that these death threats were manufactured in-house to create sympathy for Ford.

Either way, that should be part of the FBI's investigation this week. It's highly relevant. Check her computers and track down those death threats.

tim in vermont said...

God I love both Feminism and the Academy.

I bet they didn’t take away her blue checkmark, let alone her account.

rhhardin said...

Soon there will be recovered memoirs.

Kevin said...

I saw the best minds of my litter destroyed by the cable news cycle, starving hysterical naked,
dragging their owners through the empty streets at dawn looking for an absentee ballot,

Michael K said...

A good column today about what is really going on.

Among other things, it follows that Donald Trump’s tenure is, for these people, existentially illegitimate. And from that conviction it follows that a policy of resistance, obstruction, and illegality is (in the minds of these people) sanctioned. It is OK, for example, for a Justice Department official to boast that he is conducting a guerrilla war of “resistance” behind the scenes. It is OK to stalk Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his wife to their favorite restaurant and scream at them until they are forced to leave. Why? Because Cruz supports Kavanaugh. And so on. (Wouldn’t you like to know what Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said to the spineless GOP Senator Jeff Flake the other day just before Flake announced that he would allow Kavanaugh’s confirmation to proceed to the Senate floor only if there were another FBI investigation authorized into his behavior in high school?)

Here is my thought. The scurrilous attempt at character assassination directed at Brett Kavanaugh is part of a larger war: the war to demonstrate that Donald Trump, though duly elected in a free, open, and democratic process, is fundamentally illegitimate.

That's the bottom line.

gilbar said...

Donald Trump, though duly elected in a free, open, and democratic process, is fundamentally illegitimate

It's True! Our living constitution explicitly states that to be qualified to be President, one person Must Be approved by the special set of people that run our country.
Those people were uniformly opposed to Trump. Trump had the audacity to think that just because 'the people' voted for him, that that meant he was President.

TwoAndAHalfCents said...

Seeing that picture reminds me, if you are an IPA fan and ever find Against the Grain's Citra A** Down you must try it. One of the best IPAs out there, IMHO.

MadisonMan said...

Vanilla Extract has gotten really expensive lately.

RichardJohnson said...

I walked a neighbor's dachshunds for years, before she and her dogs moved. A fair amount of people struck up conversations during my dog walks, telling me how they used to have a dachshund, or that the dachshunds were adorable, etc. During election times, I would inform others that they should cast a write-in for the dachshunds I was walking. "Since the country is going to the dogs, vote for the real thing!"

RichardJohnson said...

I saw the best minds of my litter destroyed by the cable news cycle, starving hysterical naked,
dragging their owners through the empty streets at dawn looking for an absentee ballot,

Good one! Would Allen Ginsberg be pleased that his poem was remembered in popular culture, or would he be angry that his poem was appropriated- especially that a deplorable may have been the one who appropriated it? Rather like the rock star who doesn't like a Republican politician playing the rock star's songs.

OldManRick said...

A blatant and very public lie from the Christine Ford camp. Someone should be thrown under the bus. Who will it be?

That lie is the fear of flying lie. It may not have been under oath but it was sent to the Judiciary Committee and they responded with the offer to fly to Christine Ford. So it was a lie to the Committee. It was a lie for what Ford’s camp perceived as an advantage, delaying her testimony. It was a lie that undermines the credibility of someone or everyone in Ford’s camp. And since it was used to deceive the committee, it could well be a lie that is actionable. Let’s look at the possibilities.

1. Only the Lawyers lied, they made it up out of whole cloth. They should have known it was a lie because she flew to Washington for her grandmother’s funeral and took the polygraph test. But for this to be true, it means they never checked with her. This weighs heavily against their ethics and competence as lawyers as they would open up their client to charges of lying.

2. Christine Ford lied to her lawyers and they unwittingly passed it on. When it came to sworn testimony, she couldn’t maintain that lie without obviously perjuring herself so she had to drop it. But this could cast doubt on the rest of her story. She knew the risk of perjury here, so she crafted other “facts” – only one drink, 100% sure it was Kavanagh – that could not possibly be confirmed one way or the other. She avoided facts, - where, when, how she got home – that could be used to show perjury. In any case, from item 1, the lawyers should have known it was a lie and stopped her from passing it on.

3. Christine Ford and her lawyers conspired to tell this lie. Both knew it was a lie but told the committee anyway. They didn’t expect the committee’s response of “we’ll fly to you” so they were stuck with it. They were doing it to get delays so they could “practice” her testimony. They were doing it to adapt her testimony to facts and responses to her allegation that would come out in response. At least one “new” fact came out when it was revealed that Kavanaugh had detailed schedule books. Ford responded that the party was an ad hoc event, not a scheduled event. Another aspect of this lie was that it was in conjunction with all the Democrat calls for delay. Her lawyers may have been more interested in helping the Senate Democrats than their client. After all, they are Democrat activist lawyers.

This brings us to the second aspect of the “fear of flying” lie. The testimony that she never knew about the Judiciary Committee’s offer to fly out and take her testimony, in private, to spare her the flight and the exposure that she claimed she didn’t want. We can look at the same three possibilities for that issue.

1. The Lawyers didn’t tell her. This one is simple. The lawyers were behaving unethically on behalf of the democrats rather than their client.

2. Christine Ford lied in her testimony. This one is interesting. By saying she never heard about the offer, she avoided any questioning about why she refused. She has portrayed herself as a reluctant witness who did not want to come out publically. The judiciary made an offer to maximize her privacy. She would have a hard time explaining why she refused this offer, so she reactively threw her lawyers under the bus.

3. Christine Ford and her lawyers conspired to ignore the offer. Delays were what the democrats wanted and what she wanted. Delays allowed MSM pile on; delays allowed the other accusations to come out to build momentum. The grand plan all along was to pressure Kavanaugh to withdraw or the republicans to bail on him. If that didn’t work, we were going to see the almost weepy testimony that we saw on Thursday. She and her lawyers didn’t have sense enough to prepare a good answer to why she refused the offer, so she panicked when asked.

Conclusions in next post

OldManRick said...

So who gets thrown under the bus?

I’m trying to look at this logically, not emotionally. The fear of flying lie, while not under oath, was made directly in her dealings with the committee, was made very publicly, and has been shown to be a blatant lie. It was made to deceive the committee. It was made to get the self perceived advantage of delaying her testimony. It should undercut credibility of a witness when they lie about something publicly and then recant that lie under oath knowing that they cannot sustain it. When I combine both issues, the logical answer is number 3.

By the way, if I look at this emotionally, someone tried to feed me a lie. I don't care if it was under oath or not. I don’t know when and where they stopped lying.

Kevin said...

On stage Tuesday morning, Coons and Flake both expressed dismay about the partisan brawling over Supreme Court nominees. Coons called for “reduc[ing] the frequency with which we describe judges as wearing red or blue jerseys.” He argued that senators need to commit to reviving the practice of confirming nominees based on their qualifications, not ideology.

Now that Kavanaugh's been nominated, RGB will go soon, and Trump is likely President for the next six years, it's time for civility and nonpartisanship on the Supreme Court.

Civility bullshit, once again.

The problem is there are always R's who fall for it. Calls for civility when the D's are in the minority are rarely heard from them once they regain control.

Kevin said...

Good one! Would Allen Ginsberg be pleased that his poem was remembered in popular culture, or would he be angry that his poem was appropriated- especially that a deplorable may have been the one who appropriated it?

I hope he might chuckle at Howl being appropriated to discuss the issue of dogs voting.