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Sunday, March 26

There really is a list for everything!

Central library is a book lover's paradise. Seriously. I love coming here. If you're not a book lover, you'll never understand that. And, there are PLENTY of reasons why people don't want to come here. I understand each and every one of them better than you might think. But, it all comes down to this: if you like books.......this is the best place in the city. It always has been, and it still is.......despite.....things.


So I'm checking out the "new" book of lists today. Basically, its a book of lists. I turned right to

10 defendants from History Alan Dershowitz would like to have defended

  1. Jesus of Nazareth: Think how much difficulty would have been avoided if a Jewish lawyer had successfully defended Jesus.
  2. Socrates: I would have urged him to appeal rather than taking the hemlock.
  3. Galileo Galilei: Whose innocence for espousing the heliocentric theory -- that the earth revolves around the sun -- was finally acknowledged by the Catholic Church, 350 years after he copped a plea to avoid being burned.
  4. Shoeless Joe Jackson: The baseball star who took the fall for Charles Comiskey, the crooked owner (Oh NO HE DIDN'T!!!) of the Chicago Black Sox, who knew the World Series of 1919 was fixed.
  5. John Brown: Who was hanged for trying to free the slaves, but whose truth goes marching on.
  6. Oscar Wilde: I would have advised him not to sue for defamation unless he was willing to come out of the closet.
  7. The Salem Witches: What a challenge! To defend in front of judges who genuinely believed in witches!
  8. John T. Scopes: I would have loved to make monkeys out of politicians who forbade teachers from teaching evolution.
  9. Mendel Beilis: a Jew charged with the "blood libel" -- that Jews kill Christian children to use their blood for ritual purposes -- in Russia in 1911. What a great opportunity to expose one of the most pernicious frauds in history.
  10. King Charles I of England: I always wanted to defend a king.

Aside from his crazy talk about Comiskey, its a good list! That "blood libel" thing is crazy! That really happened?!

I love lists!


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