Bigotry and hate speech on the python mailing list

Rurpy rurpy at
Tue Apr 18 13:04:52 EDT 2017

On 04/18/2017 09:35 AM, Wildman via Python-list wrote:
> On Tue, 18 Apr 2017 03:28:32 +0000, Rurpy wrote:
>> On 04/17/2017 08:19 PM, Wildman via Python-list wrote:
>>> [...]
>>> Your words remind me of this:
>>> "The seriousness of the charge mandates that we investigate
>>> this. Even though there is no evidence, the seriousness of
>>> the charge is what matters."
>>>   --Tom Foley (D) Speaker of the House
>> Amusing, like Bill Clinton's "depends what your definition
>> of is is", or Donald Rumsfeld's known unknowns and unknown 
>> unknowns.  But yet, isn't investigation what produces evidence?
>> Sometimes things that sound silly at first really aren't.
> Yes, investigation is what produces evidence but "probable
> cause" is needed to begin the investigation.  That means
> there has to be something more than just an accusation.

Your "quote" comes from a joint statement by Tom Foley (D House)
and George Mitchell (D Senate) made in 1991 that actually was: 

 These allegations are both persist and disturbing.  We have
 no *conclusive* evidence of wrongdoing, but the seriousness
 of the allegations, and the *weight of circumstantial information*,
 compel an effort to establish the facts." [*]

To get back to topic, it is interesting how the internet morphs
the quote to match our stereotype of stupid politicians and then
how willing we are to believe it.


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