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dvx has picked up on a couple of obvious points in your comment, Frank, and (though he takes care not to say it that openly) they can fairly be read as inflammatory.

I appreciate how exasperated you are at almost any criticism of ET no matter how diplomatically couched

Thank you for "appreciating" that I may not have stopped beating my wife. Or, in other words, there's an implied ad hominem there. My comment to you above seems quite measured to me - you might quote "your comment makes the place sound horrible", but that I maintain: your comment denigrated ET very clearly and openly. It's more than a criticism, it's a slur, ("diplomatically couched", not so much.) Yet I did not reply in an "exasperated" manner.

and how little credit you feel frontpagers get for the very time consuming and difficult job they do

Not so, I have never asked for credit. I have asked people to stop endlessly knocking ET. Not the same thing.

I am going to leave this conversation at this point because my experience is that my views on this simply aren't accepted and seem to inflame others.

I'm leaving the room so you can beat your wife as usual?

Being a Devils advocate can damage your health.

If I were to stick around I know you'd beat me too?

So, having read your diary, I was going to discuss some of the ideas in it. Having read this comment, so apparently nice and full of humanity but in fact full of underhand ad hominems, I'm not going to waste my time.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Apr 5th, 2009 at 03:38:51 PM EST
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