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September 29th, 2003

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08:36 am
CNN's story on the court battle over the national do-not-call registry includes a quote from U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-Louisiana, who says in defense of the registry, "Fifty million Americans can't be wrong."

Whenever I hear this sort of paralogic, all I can think of is Clive James, talking about some popular-but-awful German TV show: "Fifty million Germans can't all be wrong... twice."

(I do actually hope the national do-not-call registry gets implemented. I just don't think this is the best argument in its favour.)

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Date:September 29th, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
Funny, I had the same conversation with co-workers on Friday afternoon. I think what I said was "Fifty million Americans can sure as hell be wrong, but probably not about this".
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Date:September 29th, 2003 06:55 pm (UTC)
Once all the Germans were warlike and mean
But that couldn't happen again
We taught them a lesson in 1918
And they've hardly bothered us since then
- Tom Lehrer, ca. 1960

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