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merjet last won the day on August 10 2020

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    Merlin Jetton
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    retired actuary (Fellow of the Society of Actuaries), Chartered Financial Analyst
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  1. Heh. The pot calls the kettle black. Here is one of many, many instances in which you have made up crap, tried to cram it in my mouth, or portray it as my thoughts (psychologizing), and then attack your own concoction rather than what I did say or did think. LOL. You are addicted to making personal attacks on me. You can't even follow the advice you gave to anthony, which was to ignore me.
  2. Wrong. That's what the software did (to my surprise). I did not plan it that way.
  3. "You shouldn't poop in public."--Brant (link). Thank you, Brant. I also salute you for your service, fellow Vietnam vet. Maybe MSK will learn something from this, but I seriously doubt it.
  4. Hogwash. That's a passing analysis of your lame Sep 19 story, though. No thanks, snooty. I know plenty about humor, having read some astute observers, which doesn't include you.
  5. Two Articles by Walter Williams, RIP Moral debate per Alasdair MacIntyre
  6. Hear this total bs in the first few seconds from Trump's mouth.
  7. MSK made a parody Sep 19: I apologize for taking so long to return the favor. Mighty MSK at the Bat It was a fine but gusty, windy day for baseball in OLville. The home team was behind in runs 2-0, going into the bottom of the 9th. The visitors' pitcher was nicknamed The Magician, since he could baffle hitters with his toolkit of pitches, including tricky ones, made with superb control. He was often compared to Greg Maddux in his prime (e.g. 1995). Still, the home team managed to get two runners on base. The home team's play-by-play sportscaster, who was much like the late Harry Caray, announced the mighty MSK's turn to bat. The mighty MSK had doubled earlier in the game when his high pop-up, easily caught on most days, was blown by a big gust of wind beyond the fielder's reach. With the count 2-1, the mighty MSK swung at the next pitch. All heard the loud crack as his bat struck the ball. The crowd roared. The sportscaster began his oft-heard commentary. "It might be. It could be." Many in the crowd stood. ThatGuy and Marc leaped and yelled with delight. Then the flight of the ball began to curve and curved more and more, enhanced by the wind. The ball sailed well over HR-distance but landed foul by more than 50 feet. The sportscaster continued, "It is. [long pause] Oh, no. It's a long-winded foul ball!" The home-team crowd sighed, but they kept hope for change they liked. The next pitch was a gem. It neared the plate well outside and low. Then MSK watched --stunned -- as the ball curved in and apparently rose over the outside edge of the plate. His bat stayed over his shoulder. The ump yelled, "Ste-e-e-e-rike three!" Sadly, there was no joy in OLville that day. The home team lost. In a post-game interview a local reporter asked The Magician, “You were sure lucky with that pitch MSK crushed in the 9th, weren’t you?” The Magician grinned widely, then said “Lucky?” [long pause] “Do you have another question?”
  8. Heh. Re theocracy, you dropped the context. You first arbitrarily invoked ‘theocracy’ trying to sneer at Andrew Sullivan, who did not use the word. “Theocracy’ implies more than a fusion of religious and political ideas. The more is real people practicing them in real-world politics. By your murky, presumptive premises, Sullivan must have meant a theocracy in the USA. I applied your premises to infer a theocracy in the USA in a different way that you didn’t like – Trump and Paula White-Cain – but wholly consistent with your premises. That's checking your premises. Your 2nd sentence is a non sequitur and a smear of me. My positions of liking X about Trump but not Y about Trump is not logically inconsistent. If you believe it is, then you must like everything about Trump, including all his lies, bs, and bad performances, or else you are inconsistent. Low tactic? My referring to OO members was merely mentioning another judgment like mine – trying to have a rational discussion with you is a waste of time. If I had not mentioned OO, then would have my expressing that judgment be okay with you? Moreover, why did I see no objection from you when MSK fabricated junk about my reference to OO, tried to cram the junk into my mouth, and then criticize it? “Goad” is a loaded word; “challenge” is much better. I challenged your questionable assumptions and questionable logic; I didn’t goad them. You want to play zoo metaphors? Okay, try this. Maybe I’m the janitor at the zoo trying to identify the results of carelessness, faulty premises, and faulty logic. It sure needs done. Is that enough "personalizing" – identifying who said (and did not say) what -- for you?
  9. LOL. Anthony gets duped by MSK's mis-diagnosis. Then he tries hypocrisy. He doesn't personalize anything? LOL. Here is anthony to me within only the last 24 hours: "I think your trouble is that you would not see the way to individual freedom if you tripped over it" (link). "I'm one step ahead of you" (link). In other words, his arrogance posing as a rational argument.
  10. Wow, you are that far out of focus! ..... Wrong again. ..... LOL. Wow, you somehow believe your arrogance is a rational argument! The OO folks were correct. Trying to have a rational discussion with you is a total waste of time.
  11. Ditto to you. You seem unhinged. I haven't been posting about them. Stop trying to change the subject.
  12. You get an F in logic, but have your way -- a pro-Trump theocracy led by Trump and his spiritual advisor Paula White-Cain. She can be the mystic of spirit and he the mystic of muscle. .... That's more of your pigeonholing and lack of focus, and you are wrong again. Andrew Sullivan is not "the Left." Enjoy your upvote from an idiot.
  14. LOL. A sneering piece of “intellectualism” from a smug pro-Trumper based on pigeonholing, psychologizing, and fabrication. Sullivan said nothing at all about theocracy, yet that’s what you try to cram in his mouth. Sullivan is not a leftist like Bernie Sanders, Liz Warren, AOC, Nancy Polosi, or Adam Schiff, yet that’s how you pigeonhole him. For example, elsewhere he has been very critical of wokeness that is so popular with leftists. Sullivan said nothing about Islamic “Fundamentalism.” It’s nice that you noticed that while trying to smear him for it. Finally, not surprisingly, you sweep under the rug any fusion of religion and politics from right-wingers who talk with religious fervor as if Trump is a savior. I’m not surprised MSK liked your post. He’s fond of pigeonholing, psychologizing, fabricating, and smears.