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Thursday, December 22, 2005

traipsing into controversy

Recommended reading: the full ruling of U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III in the case of Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District. It's an extraordinary lesson in legal reasoning, US history, and the critical parsing of propaganda.

On page 63, about to embark upon the question of whether Intelligent Design is science, Judge Jones states, "after a six week trial that spanned 21 days and included countless hours of detailed expert witness presentations, the Court is confident that no other tribunal in the United States is in a better position than we are to traipse into this controversial area."

Judge Jones is my new hero, despite being a Republican and a Bush (II) appointee. Who knew Republicans could traipse?

Note: yes, we will write a poem again someday. The nightquill publishing empire has been succumbing to an epidemic of Lehrer's Disease ("it's easier to be funny when you're not bitter and angry" -- Tom Lehrer, on why he gave up political satire).


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