April 09, 2009

Context is everything

There are a number of ways to read this UPI headline:

Public defender chosen for porno teacher

Of course I picked the wrong one. My apologies to the former colleague I thought had been chosen to teach this.


Shelley said...

Until I read the story, I couldn't figure out another way to read the headline!

A Voice of Sanity said...

Quote: "Levine was charged federally under an interstate commerce provision because the video camera and tapes he used were made in Japan, The Tennessean said."

Really? Has the USA just given up completely on the concept of justice? The US system reminds me more and more of the Court of Chancery in 'Bleak House'.

Dickens writes:

"At the present moment (August, 1853) there is a suit before the court which was commenced nearly twenty years ago, in which from thirty to forty counsel have been known to appear at one time, in which costs have been incurred to the amount of seventy thousand pounds, which is A FRIENDLY SUIT, and which is (I am assured) no nearer to its termination now than when it was begun."