What’s in the Word Promise?

19 10 2010

UPDATE with video JJ just located:

Remember lawyer-former state governor Bill Clinton parsing the meaning of the word “is” under sworn testimony?

“Rick Scott’s straight talk gets fuzzy under oath”:

[Florida candidate for governor Rick] Scott, a former mergers-and-acquisitions attorney, stalled.

“I don’t know what the def — your definition or anybody’s definition of an `agreement’ is, or an `offer’ is, or `promise’ is,” he said in the Jan. 16, 1997, deposition.

These days, on the campaign trail, Scott showcases the word “`promise.’ He pledges to help turn the economy around and create jobs . . .

What was that Einstein quote again, that Roger Ebert used, oh yeah:
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with the important matters.”

Here’s his full two-hour deposition. Even in the first minutes, you can see he can’t or won’t answer the most straightforward factual questions about the very business he started and headed as CEO:

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21 10 2010
JJ

From the Miami Herald’s “naked politics” blog:

Video: The reel Rick Scott’s deposition-jitsu

Republican Rick Scott doesn’t ask what the definition of “is” is. But in a two-plus hour deposition taken in a 1995 anti-trust hospital case (Orlando Regional vs. Columbia/HCA) the former hospital exec did need to know the meanings of the words “chain,” “aegis,” “planning,” “occupancy,” “overcapacity,” “desirous,” “corporate hospital law,” “market” . . .

Here’s the candidate as you’ve never seen him, calmly slipping questions and answering them with questions of his own.

1 11 2010
JJ

What’s in the word “promise?” — hear Bruce Springsteen’s answer.

(Hint: as with Rick Scott, this involves a lawsuit too.)

24 02 2011
JJ

To have some fun (seriously) parsing corporate-sponsored speech, revisit “Large Dogs Welcome”:

Hmm — and after all the accountability and measurement fuss in the schools, I don’t even want to think about parsing the meanings of “large” as applied to dog breeds or individual doggie tenants.

Would we strictly adhere to the AKC or ASPCA designations, with a review and appeals process to consider exceptions, or set local standards to a fraction of an inch, or just go by self-identification the way my hair stylist agreeably allows — is shoulder-length hair long or short? Take your pick and who cares?

What would happen if a perfectly welcome large dog found herself unexpectedly expecting while in residence there? Large-breed puppies are very small but they have next to nothing in common with small-breed adults, and darned if they don’t keep changing too fast to legislate anyway!

6 10 2011
JJ

Colin and Alma Powell have a better definition of the word, I hope, with their Promise Alliance.

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