|"We didn't lay a hand on it."|
A famous piece of sophistic cross-examination runs thus.
Sam: You're a son of a bitch.
Joe: I am not.
Sam: I can prove it. Isn't it true that you own a dog?
Sam: And furthermore that this dog has puppies?
Sam: Therefore this dog is a mother? And that she belongs to you?
Joe: Yes, yes.
Sam: So therefore, she is a mother that belongs to you? She is your mother?
Joe: Yes - no, wait a minute. That's not right.
Sam: Moreover, the puppies also belong to you, do they not.
Joe: Yes, of course.
Sam: And the puppies are brothers and sisters, correct?
Sam: So all those brothers and sisters are yours. They are your brothers and sisters.
Joe: Wait a minute!
Sam: I rest my case.
Ma and Pa Kettle provide another piece of sophistry.