Sunday, April 05, 2009


Stanley Fish shows again that "intellectual" is another word for fool:
Churchill, the committee noted, argues that the U.S. army, among others, “intentionally introduced the smallpox virus to Native American tribes,” and he claims also that circumstantial evidence implicates John Smith (of Pocahontas fame) in this outrage.

The committee found that with respect to Smith, Churchill “did not connect the dots in his proposed set of circumstantial evidence.” As for the allegation that that the army spread smallpox by knowingly distributing infected blankets, the committee found no support in written records, but notes that Native American oral traditions rehearse and pass down this story, which has at least one documented source in British General Jeffrey Amherst’s suggestion in 1763 that infected blankets be given to hostile Indians.
At least one documented source.

Update: At History News Network, Thomas Brown on Churchill's "truthiness."

Update II: O/T, but no new trial for cop-killer and Wart-fave Mumia Abu-Jamal.

(via jammiewearingfool)

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