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Posted by ESC on March 07, 2002

In Reply to: Schediasma posted by Bruce Kahl on March 07, 2002

: Here in the USA, Mr. Bush is attempting to stuff the courts with a Mr. Pickering who is a way off there in right wingmanship.
: This Mr. Pickering on CNN the other eve after he was asked about a few of his past actions and letters that are clearly racist defended his views by stating that they were said/done many years ago and were nothing but a "schediasma".

: "Schediasma" is Greek---schediasma, -atos ("caprice, something
: done off-hand")

: The word flowed into Rome and was frequently used by Cicero who was a writer--some say gossip columnist--for some saucy tabloids back then.

: Mr. Pickering, Dont attempt to fool us!

: Main Entry: pre·tense
: Function: noun
: 1 : a claim made or implied; especially : one not supported by fact
: 2 a : mere ostentation : PRETENTIOUSNESS b : a pretentious act or
: assertion
: 3 : an inadequate or insincere attempt to attain a certain condition or
: quality
: 4 : professed rather than real intention or purpose : PRETEXT
: 6 : false show : SIMULATION

It was a mere peccadillo.

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