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The US Court of Appeals: Just the Place for a Snark! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Monday, 30 June 2008 22:06
Now here's a important cultural landmark:
A Federal Appeals Court has quoted Lewis Caroll in an important decision.
CNN puts it this way:

"A federal appeals court has slammed the reliability of U.S. government intelligence documents, saying just because officials keep repeating their assertions does not make them true.

A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington likened the Bush administration's case to a line in an 1876 nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll: "I have said it thrice: What I tell you three times is true."
To follow the Court's reasoning, I think we need to understand the quotation in its context:  The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits"

Fit the First

Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
As he landed his crew with care;
Supporting each man on the top of the tide
By a finger entwined in his hair.

"Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
That alone should encourage the crew.
Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
What i tell you three times is true."

See?  Isn't everything clearer now?


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