Monday, March 06, 2006

Footnotes of the Damned

From the San Antonio Bankruptcy Court:
"The Court cannot determine the substance, if any, of the Defendant's legal argument, nor can the Court even ascertain the relief that the Defendant is requesting. The Defendant's motion is accordingly denied for being incomprehensible.1"

1 Or, in the words of the competition judge to Adam Sandler's title character in the movie "Billy Madison," after Billy Madison had responded to a question with an answer that sounded superficially reasonable but lacked any substance,

Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Deciphering motions like the one presented here wastes valuable chamber staff time, and invites this kind of footnote.



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