The ultimate example of the legal principle of res ipsa loquitur, meaning that the existence of something alone is sufficient evidence to prove misconduct, comes from a classic case,which I have quoted here before, involved a lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds. The suit was brought by a customer who had chawed down on a rotting, severed human toe while trying to enjoy a plug of chewing tobacco. He initially lost his case based on the theory of “let the buyer beware,” but won on appeal. On the subject of whether the plaintiff had to prove negligence, a wry appellate judge wrote (in 1918) that assuming ordinary care, it boggled the mind to…
“imagine human toes could not be left out of chewing tobacco, and if toes are found in chewing tobacco, it seems to us that somebody has been very careless.”
In today’s example of the same principle, I can imagine no reason why, with ordinary care, a trans, anarchist, Satanic candidate using the campaign slogan “Fuck the Police” should be the Republican candidate for sheriff in Cheshire County in New Hampshire. If a trans, anarchist, Satanic candidate using the campaign slogan “Fuck the Police” is the Republican candidate for sheriff in Cheshire County in New Hampshire, it seems to me that somebody has been very careless.
The story is here.
Aria DiMezzo, the Republican primary-winner, said in a blog post that her victory in the primary was an argument for anarchy because of how “clueless the average voter is.” The Satanist garnered 4,211 votes, easily beating a traditional candidate who received only a few hundred votes, FOX News reported.
“Sweet Satan, how can you not be an anarchist?!” DeMezzo wrote. “Between 75 and 80 percent of the primary voters — the ones alleged to be more politically aware than the average voter — were completely and totally ignorant of who they were voting for! What is the percentage with the average voter? 90 percent? 95 percent? These people are deciding who gets to rule you!” Aria is calling on Cheshire County to secede from both New Hampshire and the U.S.
If I had known about this in time, I would have run a write-in campaign for the rotting toe.