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son (usually a politician) with the most votes was then exiled for ten years.
This practice was called “ostracism”.
Putting himself in line to be ostracized, a dissenting judge on the Supreme
Court of Missouri noted in State v. Haggard, 619 S.W.2d 44 (1981) that the
majority was “vainly seeking authority to justify its action” in a manner
that was “reminiscent of Quixana’s Don Quixote de la Mancha’s search for
giants that became a comic tilt with windmills”.
Invoking Don Quixote seems to be a favourite pastime for judges in dissent.
When the majority of the Supreme Court of South Dakota was open to a
review of election results in Thorsness v. Daschle, 279 N.W.2d 166 (1979), the
unhappy dissenting judge stated his belief that “the majority has embarked
this court on a quest that will expend an extremely large amount of judicial
time for no purpose, not unlike Don Quixote riding out to joust with windmills
for the favor of the illusory Dulcinea. When the quest is over, whatever
the outcome in this court, I am convinced that Daschle will still
represent the First Congressional District in the United States Congress.”
“Due to a number of people in the housing segment of our community experiencing
symptoms of gastro-intestinal illness, we have asked our residents
on campus to limit their movements”—Duluth News Tribune.
“Hey everyone! I am looking for two male actors aged 18 to 25 for a 30 second
film about a guy who gets the power to turn people into packets of
crisps. Tuesday afternoon. Won’t be paid but there will be snacks provided”—
seen on the Facebook page of an aspiring filmmaker.
Carol Ann Marie Brewer was appointed as a commissioner of the British
Columbia Utilities Commission for a term ending January 31, 2024.
In December 2019, various new organizations reported that President
Trump—who had, in pre–White House days, engaged in an unsuccessful
legal battle against a wind farm that would be visible from his golf course in
Scotland—discussed wind turbines (which he called windmills) in West
Palm Beach with a conservative student group. “I never understood wind,”
he said, presumably meaning the use of wind turbines to generate energy.
He continued: “You know, I know windmills very much” and “I’ve studied
it better than anybody I know.” In an earlier speech, evidently unaware of
how the power grid works, he told a story about a woman who “wants to
watch television and she says to her husband, ‘Is the wind blowing? I’d love