I have little interest in pants

My darling girlfriend commented to me yesterday that she couldn’t believe none of us were writing about the 54 million dollar pants lawsuit. I told her – as I am telling you – that I can’t speak for the other authors, but the reason I haven’t mentioned it is because I couldn’t possibly care less about the whole thing.

It’s painfully obvious that it’s being driven by someone who is somewhere between socially twisted and overtly disturbed and to me that just makes it more sad than anything else. If you’re interested in the whole affair there’s been no shortage of coverage over at DCist and the WaPo’s Marc Fisher has written about it numerous times. Really, you’d be better served looking at his entire feed history – there’s more links than I care to dig up.

Most depressing, and the reason that I have avoiding talking about it, is that I have no doubt that this one little aberration is going to be fodder for the grinding of thousands of axes. Tort reform proponents and opponents will be all over it and use whatever result comes out of it as evidence that they Are Right. Worse yet, they’ll generate a metric frak-ton of words explaining in painstaking detail why they are right and it offends my sensibilities when someone passes up the 1,000,000 horses in order to use the one zebra to make their point about hoofprints.

1 Comment so far

  1. jps (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    Good show!

    Also worth noting: the media is apparently interested because he’s a judge, which isn’t technically true. An Administrative Law Judge has little in common with an actual trial judge. They tend to act more as arbiters than as individuals with an exceedingly firm grasp of the law.

    So when the county judge gets hooped up and runs his caddie into a tree: that’s news.
    When an ALJ is obviously nuts: that’s not news.

    By next week people will have stopped caring, and that makes me happy.

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