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16 May 2015 @ 06:24 am
Republicans killed the Amtrak derailment victims. NWS: The Rude Pundit, as usual, Uses Language.
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Johnjohnpalmer on May 19th, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
There's a way to have reduced the speed on the train automatically. It wasn't in place. Funding and authority definitely played a role there. "Doesn't pass the smell test" means your sniffer's got a problem. It might *still* be "false" and even "unfair" - but it passes the smell test just fine.

(I will note that one of the most memorable uses of odor as a truth test was when the CIA claimed that Saddam used those mobile hydrogen-producing stations to produce hydrogen for weather balloons (not used for weather, of course) didn't pass the smell test. So, "doesn't pass the smell test" is now inextricably linked to "because... SHUT UP! BOOGA BOOGA SADDAM HUSSEIN!" so I might not be as coolly rational about the term as I might be about other expressions.)