Found April 18, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
TEAMS: New York Mets
The New York Mets may be off to a surprising 7-4 start to the 2012 season, giving their fans some hope, but that hope just got smashed in the biggest way ever as Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan has ruled that the Mets stink and will not win the World Series. Yes, you read that right. The Supreme Court of the United States of America is biased against the Mets. Ouch. Here is exactly what Justice Kagan had to say about the Mets in a recent ruling summary about some boring thing relating to pharmaceutical manufacturers: Truth be told, the answer to the general question “What does ‘not an’ mean?” is “It depends”: The meaning of the phrase turns on its context. See Johnson v. United States, 559 U. S. ___, ___ (2010) (slip op., at 5) (“Ultimately, context determines meaning”). “Not an” sometimes means “not any,” in the way Novo claims. If your spouse tells you he is late because he “did not take a cab,” you will infer that he took no cab at all (but took the bus instead).

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