Jumping to Conclusions

It is too bad that jumping to conclusions is not a form of physical exercise.  If it were, Americans would not be nearly as out of shape as we are.


A gunman in Norway?  Clearly he must be an Al Qaeda terrorist.  The afternoon of the attacks, The Weekly Standard had a post up based entirely on the assumption that Al Qaeda was behind the attacks.  In the Standard’s defense, the article does maintain the “if” stance.

Less than two hours later, Jennifer Rubin at The Washington Post, following up on the Standard’s post, explains the policy implications of Al Qaeda’s continued existence.

Now we “know” that Al Qaeda had nothing to do with what happened in Norway.


When Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of rape, everyone assumed he was guilty and the maid was a poor victim of a man of wealth and power.

Then it leaks out that the maid had trouble keeping her “story” straight and has been/is a prostitute and we all assume that Dominique Strauss-Kahn is the victim of a scheming woman out for a chunk of his change.

If it turns out she is not a prostitute, is Dominique Strauss-Kahn now guilty all over again?

Be sure to rush to judgement when the next detail emerges!



When it first came out that Justice David Prosser choked Justice Ann Walsh Bradley at the Wisconsin Supreme Court (with the added detail that he had recently called Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson a “total bitch”) we all assumed that Prosser was guilty.

Then it turned out that Bradley had angrily approached Prosser with her fists in the air.

I have no idea what I know about that incident at this point.



Finally, here is a story of a woman who spent seven months in jail having done nothing wrong.  An ex set her up and the police assumed guilt.



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