Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Play the ball and not the man or moon

When we are asked to swear in American courts of law — that we will tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” — we are being asked the impossible. It is simply beyond our powers. Our memories are fallible; even scientific truth is merely an approximation; and we are ignorant about nearly all of the Universe… Carl Sagan on Moving Beyond Us vs. Them, Bridging Conviction with Compassion, and Meeting Ignorance with Kindness

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Man LaughingHave you ever read the transcript of a Supreme Court oral argument? When a justice makes a biting or witty comment and the gallery reacts, it is noted with [Laughter] in the official transcript. The natural question that follows is: who’s gotten the most laughs this Term?
A Boston University law professor (and acclaimed novelist), Jay Wexler, has made a bit of a cottage industry of tracking that statistic. In the past it hasn’t been much of a competition, as Justice Antonin Scalia tended to run away with it. But as the Daily Caller notes, things just aren’t quite as funny without the late Justice Scalia:

The U.S. Supreme Court post Antonin Scalia is much less amusing.
Though the duty of the high court is certainly not to entertain its observers, The Nine sometimes let fly a sharp witticism or barb at oral argument, soliciting laughter in the courtroom and note of “(laughter)” in the transcript. In this regard, none charmed the Court more than the late Justice Scalia.