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Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:43 am, Thu Oct 21, 2010.

Mr. Miller (Aug. 30) suggests that Mr. Bocchi, the Democratic Party and I have “philosophy.” I object, since the word has at least six meanings and he doesn’t say which I have. If it’s a disease, I’ll have my doctor consult with Mr. Miller.

He writes, “... everyone I know, of any stripe, accepts the fact that President Obama was legally elected, is black and was probably born in the United States.” I’ve heard that “birds of a stripe gripe together.” If so, he doesn’t travel with anyone not wearing stripes like his own. Further, I don’t think he “knows” Mr. Bocchi. He doesn’t know me and I doubt he knows our acquaintances. So, the “striped” everybody he knows is not everybody.

Note, dear reader, that he calls two facts and one probability a single fact. Note, too, that when he writes “all this is driven by racism ...” he unknowingly refers to his own statement as well as to Mr. Bocchi’s. Tsk! Tsk!

Wandering away from his “critique,” he presumes to teach readers the meaning of ad hominem and then to stereotype Democrats as having a common reaction to attack. Stereotyping is a favorite tool of philosophism. He invalidates his own position, granting that Mr. Bocchi wrote “... there are those who doubt President Obama’s election, race and place of birth.” Surely he knows that “those” means only some, not all; and when I write “some” I do not mean everybody.

Did he read what we wrote or what he wanted to read? He concludes with his ultimatum that a political card “game” must stop. Even then, he cites a vague “etc.,” which can include whatever he chooses. In my world, politics is no “game.”

If I take two aspirin and go to bed, will my philosophy be cured?

Jim Turner

Lodi

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7 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:21 am on Wed, Sep 15, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Joanne Bobin posted at 8:15 pm on Tue, Sep 14, 2010... Joanne... thank you for today’s humor... it really is fun to see you in action... in my blog that you claim that I lost you... as satire... I copied and pasted your blog, inserted your name, made a few minor changes, and posted it... rather funny that I lost you using your own words.... Joanne, thank you for cheering me up... you are a great source for laughter... since you thought I was high on drugs in saying what I said, are you suggesting that you are the one partaking in drug activity as you could not understand your own words??? Interesting!!

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:38 am on Wed, Sep 15, 2010.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Joanne wrote:

    Sorry, but you lost me with your second paragraph. Suggests a temporary loss of control due to imbibing some mind-altering sustance.

    -By suggesting that someone might be on drugs is the typical approach by a progressive. And I can just see Joanne high fiving herself as if she has somehow won the argument.

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 9:21 pm on Tue, Sep 14, 2010.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2353

    Ms. Bobin, the fact that Mr. Baumbach and I agree on some issues does not mean we agree on all. The difference being that when we don't see eye-to-eye, we discuss our differences in a civilized fashion. Progressives are trained to divide and conquer, and usually with little consideration for their own integrity and sense of dignity.

    My review of the myriad letters authored by Jim Turner bear this out about him as well. I don't know him personally, but by his writings he appears to be a hyper-sensitive fellow especially when anyone has the audacity to take him on aggressively - which is one of the purposes of any Op/Ed page as well as this online forum. Sadly, he usually comes across as a sophomoric whiner even going so far as to accuse me and others of "ganging up on him" whilst bemoaning how "quite painful to be unread, misread, misunderstood, misrepresented and, among other wounds, misquoted" by those who simply disagree with him. ("Portions of letters should be republished," by Jim Turner, LNS, May 18, 2010.)

    With few exceptions, this is what I’ve come to expect from Mr. Turner.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:15 pm on Tue, Sep 14, 2010.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    That certainly is not my goal, Mr. Baumbach. What you call belittling is no different from the type of comments many posters make here. Try reading your own posts for once, i.e. your 12:14PM post to Mr. Fields' letter.

    Sorry, but you lost me with your second paragraph. Suggests a temporary loss of control due to imbibing some mind-altering sustance.

    And really, are you and Mr. K. members of some sort of mutual admiration society? Do you sincerely rely on Mr. K's agreement with your comments. From the history here on these boards, the answer is, "yes!"

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:26 pm on Tue, Sep 14, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Very bad satire, Ms Bobin ... Ms Bobin's goal is to belittle anyone with an opposing opinion and project herself as some sort of small-town "modern society", elitist.
    Accusations about one's character/beliefs that are published in the newspaper require response, something to which Ms. Bobin is clearly opposed judging from her response here. If she could only take the time to read carefully, she would realize her arguments have no merit. But apparently this logic defies, right, Mr. K?

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:44 am on Tue, Sep 14, 2010.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Very good satire, Mr. Turner. Mr. Kinderman's goal is to belittle anyone with an opposing opinion and project himself as some sort of small-town intellectual.

    Accusations about one's character/beliefs that are published in the newspaper require response, something to which Mr. Kinderman is clearly opposed judging from his response here. Mr. Turner must have written some sort of original "opinion" or Mr. Miller would not have mentioned his name. But apparently this logic defies, right, Mr. K?

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 9:13 am on Tue, Sep 14, 2010.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2353

    I wonder which world Mr. Turner is presently living in (actually, it’s not the first time the question has formed in my mind). Not only is politics a game, but so is life. We're dealt a hand of cards and it's up to us how we play them. Do we have too many "tells" that lessen our chances to catch our opponents off guard? Or are we careful with our bets so as not to lose everything at one time?

    Politics may not have been created by Parker Bros. or Milton-Bradley - but it certainly could have been. There are winners and losers; at least there were until this age of touchy/feely nonsense that believes competition is a bad thing and everyone should get a prize - even if they've done nothing to win it.

    As far as Mr. Turner is concerned, with all of his letters that respond to only what others say or think about him and his offerings here, I don't think he's quite gotten the hang of the debate contest. I've yet to see him win one round. But I do need to give him credit for at least trying. Still, as with most games one should start to develop at least a modicum of skill as they keep playing. From where I sit at the table, Turner has yet to "Pass Go" even once to collect his first $200.00.

     

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