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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Poh-tay-toe, Poe-tah-toe?

Poh-tay-toe (from NAM):

Well, here's a good piece from John Stossel on the topic. So many innovations -- notably vaccines -- are being held back out of fear of lawsuits and the climate of fear created by over-zealous trial lawyers. Time to get them in check and unleash all the innovation that we're capable of creating.

Poh-tah-toe (from Blog 702):

Having made its original appearance in the August 4 New York Sun, an anti-tort* column by ABC's John Stossel (you know, the guy who needs a break) has now been pressed into service as a retread at Point of Law.

It is a retread in more than one particular. In the space of a few short paragraphs, it deploys so many shopworn propagandistic parlor tricks that it's hard to keep track of them all.

[Lengthy taking apart omitted, but worth reading.]

Stossel knows this, we submit, in the way that the faithful can know things even in the absence of evidentiary support. He knows it because its truth is integral to Stossel's canonical story. Are there features of reality that correspond to parts of this story? You bet there are. Princesses and pumpkins really exist as well. But that doesn't make Cinderella anything more than a popular fairy tale.

...and the original tuber.

Actually, using the potato/potato thing makes them sound equivalent, while Nordberg's clearly taken the more careful look at the piece.  Maybe potato/truffle?

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/tortsprof/2006/08/pohtaytoe_poeta.html

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