Fair enough, Ed.
But I still wonder at which of Mindyís posts have been uncivilized, as Joe has said some have been.
I recall all too well my own incivilities toward yourself, Bill, Joeóyet here I am. Apparently I am also very charming, perhaps even more so than I have imagined.
Or, perhaps I am perceived as not exceedingly bright and therefore not too much of a threat, and therefore tolerable. Offhand I would estimate Mindy as well smarter than I, so maybe this is it. I donít know. But there must be something.
Joe brought up the subject of popularity contests. I consider you a major offender. I recall our last engagement on the question of fortunes to be made vs. impossibility of fortunes to be made following a legalization of heroin. You argued the latter, saying that free markets teach us to be virtuous and no one could either get or stay rich in the heroin business following legalization. Bill made a post packed full of insights as usual, but he took no side one way or the other. You tried to piggy-back on his thoughts with something to the effect of ďThank you so much, Bill, for putting wayward and confused Jon straight.Ē I pointed out that he had neither put me straight nor supported you in the least. Later, he came out explicitly against your position. Then, you stopped arguing. You didnít actually say you had been wrong, you just stopped forwarding your argument. Your last statement was that you would like to punch me in the kisser.
I left it at that because thatís all fine with me, because I know that you know all of it. I know I will never get you to say you know it, but I donít have to. You know that I know it and thatís enough for me. You didnít want to say anything about being wrong.
And me too, by the way! I love to win. Sometimes I let myself get lured into winning instead of focusing on whatís true. I say letís forgive each other for that once in a while. I perceive you as letting go of truth and going for the win OFTEN. Surely you often perceive me the same way. Big fucking deal.
Point being that you earlier described yourself as a seeker of truthóand you certainly are oneóbut donít try to billboard that as though thatís all you are. I am a seeker of truth, too, but the next time we tangle I will be looking for truth up and Edís chin down, not just truth up. It was you who observed some time back that we are like two alpha dogs. I still love you, so I guess it works for us but not for you and Mindy.