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FORT WORTH, Texas — After the tragic mass shooting in El Paso, Roman Catholic Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio lashed out at President Donald Trump.

In a series of now-deleted tweets, he called Trump “a very poor man” and urged him to “stop hate and racism, starting with yourself.”

His response was emotional; the senseless killings first in El Paso and then in Dayton, Ohio, have left many people in a state of confusion and anger.

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But another screed squarely blaming Trump for the attacks is the last thing Americans need right now, especially from a religious leader.

Hurling such accusations, however founded they may be, fuels hatred at a time when emotions are extremely high.

And it allows all of us to shirk responsibility in contributing to the culture and environment that has made these kinds of mass shootings not only possible but increasingly common: a culture of narcissism, nihilism and death.

Another Catholic leader, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia — who, not coincidentally, presided over the funerals of several victims of the Columbine massacre 20 years ago — described it this way: “The people using the guns in these loathsome incidents are moral agents with twisted hearts. And the twisting is done by the culture of sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve systematically created over the past half-century.”

That’s a hard truth to swallow, and one that plenty of people will disagree with, because it doesn’t allow for easy answers and patchwork policy solutions — ban “assault weapons,” fix mental health care, impeach Trump — as if these things alone (or even in combination) will provide the immediate and permanent solutions our broken world demands.

And it makes us all complicit — if not active participants — in what The New York Times’ Ross Douthat describes as “our late-modern anti-culture, our internet-accelerated dissolution of normal human bonds.”

Indeed, it’s true that some people bear more responsibility than others in fomenting our current environment. Political leaders, with their bully pulpits and millions of Twitter followers, have a greater obligation than you or I to police our words and actions.

The duty to show restraint begins at the top — Trump gets no absolution here — but its frequent absence in the president is not an invitation for other public figures, or even ourselves, to follow suit.

Yet we accept it, even champion it, when it fulfills our own personal or political prejudices.

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Consider that not one of Trump’s Democratic political challengers has resisted the opportunity to use the president’s real or imagined role the tragedy as a means to raise money and score political points.

The brother (and also the campaign chairman) of Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro went so far as to tweet the names and employers of people in his district who had donated the legal maximum to Trump’s re-election campaign. It appears to be an effort to link them to the El Paso shooting — and let’s be honest, to generate harassment of and potentially other hardships for them.

That sounds like something Trump and his minions would do: reduce people to the lowest common denominator. Ally or enemy. Criminal or “very fine” person. Convenience or inconvenience.

That sounds like a world, as Chaput writes, that “markets violence,” promotes “selfishness and greed,” and enshrines “certain kinds of killing” in law.

In that sense, Trump isn’t the cause of the “dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred” as Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson would have it. That force has been building for decades on social media, in Washington, in the troubled minds of disaffected people all over the country.

Trump is just its current champion, its low-hanging fruit.

The world the cultivated the El Paso and Dayton, and Gilroy and Tree of Life and Charleston shooters existed before Trump.

Immediately removing Trump from the equation wouldn’t stop it or even slow it down.

And without profound cultural transformation that revolutionizes the way we perceive and treat every human being — from birth to natural death — it will continue to flourish after he is a distant, ugly memory.


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Cynthia M. Allen is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Readers may send her email at cmallen@star-telegram.com.

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Climatehoax

Awesome column! She nailed it. Worse happens in DemoRat run cities and it’s swept under the rug, why?

oldhomey

Worse what, Climate? And exactly what gets swept under the rug in Democratically dominated cities? It seems to me they do a pretty good job, sometimes with the assistance of federal investigations, in rooting out their crooked pols. Lord knows, if they didn't, you wouldn't have any corrupt Democratic city pols to point at in your accusations. And how about them Republicans in the Trump administration??? Trump doesn't hide them under the rug. He tries to protect them, but when it is too evident that they are dirty, he throws them under the bus. Eventually, I expect, this practice will come back to haunt him. Hope so.

oldhomey

Ms. Allen seems to be determined to run neck and neck with Mr. Ambrose as the absolute worst professional political pundit being published in America. She tells us: "But another screed squarely blaming Trump for the attacks is the last thing Americans need right now, especially from a religious leader. Hurling such accusations, however founded they may be, fuels hatred at a time when emotions are extremely high." Right. When the guy in the crowded theater, the head usher, no less, stands up and falsely yells "Fire", we should hold our tongues in criticizing the head usher for his mindless, self-serving behavior while we grieve the hundreds of people needlessly, brutally trampled.



And, lo and behold, Ms. Allen lays the blame at the feet of society in general, a unique accusation for a right-winger like her who usually snorts when liberals generalize the blame of crime and poverty in this country. But, of course, she does not do that, she quotes a right-wing cleric who ascribes mass shootings to "sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve systematically created over the past half-century.” I think the political hatreds and intellectual dishonesty have something to do with it, but I think the archbishop who is saying this indulges in those two things himself in trying to make his point. I guess we are to think that giving women choice over their own bodies, accepting the right of gay people to fall in love with and marry whomever they want and other "perversions" are supposed to be what is at fault here. However, Europe and Japan are far ahead of us on public and legal acceptance of these matters, and they do not have the problems that we have with mass shootings. What humbug, Ms. Allen. Bah!

Jobaba

"Intellectual dishonesty". From the supposed leader of the free world. It is not good to call up, down or night, day. Of course culture plays into these shootings. But let us measure since God gave us marbles to count with. Are these shootings accelerating under Trump's watch? Are they becoming more and more lethal? Are there actions the president can take that might have some tiny affect on these shootings? Yes, culture is surely to blame. After all, "culture" and intellectual dishonesty (and Putin) are what put Trump in office.

Kronosaurus

Allen's argument is weak. A strawman. Of course Trump is not to blame for all the wickedness these days. No one is making that argument. But he is the president and in our culture the top dog takes the blame. That's why CEOs supposedly "earn" their millions. If they can't lead effectively they are out. When Obama was president we routinely heard arguments that he was divisive. Of course, he was not the only one to blame for societies divisions.



But also, Trump is unique. Because he routinely says and does things that are morally repugnant, whether you publicly praise or blame him matters. For far too long people have tolerated and even defended his words and actions. That's not acceptable. Even his supporters should be telling him to resign. Now. No more excuses. What kind of leader publicly blame's Clinton of killing Epstein with absolutely no proof? His photo opps and campaign video from the Dayton and El Paso vistis makes Obama's actions after Benghazi seem quaint. Remember when Obama was not quick enough to say Benghazi was pre-meditated terrorism? Everyone was inflamed and demanded his head. Obama quickly fixed that and got on board but was nveer forgiven. Critics said he ws in campaign mode. They never relented and it lead to three years of investigations. Now we have a president who uses babies as props and releases campaign videos complete with emotional music mere hours after his visits. So yeah, we should be blaming Trump. He should resign now. Everyone should recognize what a moral degenerate he is. To fail to see this makes his supporters complicit. And no, we are not stupid. We know Pence is waiting in the wings. But sometimes you have to act on principle. Remember principles?

DMoney

It was the product of insanity. Only a mentally deranged person would use a gun to kill innocent people. Period.

PhysicsIsFun

If you talk to experts in mental health your statement is not true. Some of these people who commit these horrible acts may be insane, but most are not. I listened to a talk by a psychiatrist who studies this sort of thing. I am getting this from what he said. Then again most conservatives can't be bothered talking to experts in the field. They just know (with no evidence) that certain things must be true. You certainly demonstrate that on here all the time. Though you are the guy constantly asking for proof for things which conflict with your world view.

DMoney

Maybe not clinically insane, but deranged, vengeful, twisted, etc. In other words, a "normal" or mentally "stable" or "healthy" person doesn't simply hear someone say something and decide to go on a murder binge. Suggesting that Trump (or anyone's) opinions caused/unleashed this is a cheap, immature excuse for political slander.

martian2

there goes D again, moving the goal posts, redefining what insane means to suit his argument. Now here is another chance for you. Do you think the FBI should go after white supremacists groups like they did the KKK? It should be an easy answer for anyone, but you D are struggling and avoiding an answer. Seems you got something to hide

oldhomey

D, the fact remains, these people with violent, deranged fantasies have access to terrible weapons that should not be available to anybody in our society except military personnel in the defense of our nation. We also have a president who constantly uses inflammatory language in belittling targeted groups in our society that these sick minds express outright hatred for. It is a powerful, toxic combination. Everything I have just said is a fact, is provable, is on the record. If that is cheap, immature political slander, so be it.

PhysicsIsFun

Well you said insane not me. People may say that he had to be crazy to do such a thing, but those people are not experts in the area of insanity. I agree that is does not seem to be part of normal human behavior to kill innocent people, but it is not necessarily insanity. I see that the Republicans in Wisconsin are pushing some new programs for mental health in Wisconsin. Meanwhile they fight the highly popular expansion of Medicaid which would in fact give more people access to mental health professionals. I can tell you that listening my wife (retire primary care physician) talk over the years. Mental health care is not readily available in Wisconsin. Plus due to non coverage it is often affordable to those who need it.

DMoney

Yes, Oldhomey, what you are saying is accurate. It still doesn't assign the blame to Trump (or anyone) for why a killer kills.

DMoney

The FBI should obviously target any/all hate groups that use violence and intimidation towards other citizens of this country. Now what?

oldhomey

The assignment here is not to determine why the killer kills, D. It is to discourage the president of the United States from making racist comments that seem now to have provable agency in decisions of right-wing mass killers to proceed with their killing rampages. It is astonishing that this should even be an issue, let alone one in which you side with this bone-headed president.

The Mouse of Death

[censored]It would behoove Trump-Nazi gun culture to The South Is Gonna Rise Agin! We are indeed bemezzled by Adolf Trumpler, Kommandant of the Russian States of AmeriKKKa.

martian2

Ms Allen makes some good points when it comes to our culture. It is violent and and divisive. People have far less proper manners and seem less educated in their thinking. But many countries are that way, not just us. Yet we lead the world in mass shootings by far! Ms Allen fails to mention one primary reason that is so. And that is the proliferation and easy access to guns in this country. As we've seen previously, Canada requires safety classes and registration and back ground checks on every gun purchase. While here in this country it is easier to buy a gun than it is to vote! Couple that with the rhetoric coming from the white house, you got a deadly mix. People will always find a reason to hate and kill, we sure don't need encouragement from the executive branch. The killings won't go away when Trump and Moscow Mitch do, but at least some sanity will be restored, then maybe we can do something meaningful with gun safety laws.

lostinparadize

Martian, why are you sure that sanity will be restored when Trump and McConnell are gone ? Do you know who will be replacing them ? This column makes some great points and no, it is not easier (at least in WI) to buy a firearm than it is to vote. Do you have to go through a NICS background check to vote? And if some MD or mgovernmental group fails to input info into NICS, that is a failure of our society not NICS. At 69 years of age, I can say that life in the US has gotten way too easy and people feel too entitled to the latest gizmo to make life easier and insulate them from face to face interactions that might make our society a little more understanding of others. Nope, we just kept texting away and let our twitter acct speak for us with no personal feedback. That in my opinion is affecting our society more than Trump McConnell and firearms. There, I vented, just like you did when you brought up T ,M, and so called easy access to firearms.

martian2

well lost, I am hopeful that sanity will be restored when Trump and McConnell are gone, of course there are no guarantees. I can't see the insanity and rhetoric getting worse but I could be wrong. In Wisconsin, lostinparadise, it is easier to buy a gun than to vote, that is a fact! You can buy guns from unlicensed dealers at a gun show, or from a private party without any background check, without any identification, without any paper trail what so ever. While to vote now, you need a valid ID in all elections to prove you who say you are, even if you lived in the same house for 30 years! So it is a fact that it is easier to buy a gun than to vote in this state of WI, I know its nuts, but its true. I agree that face to face interactions are becoming less and less so as a result we have less manners, less respect of others. We are becoming more divisive as a result. You can see that when Trump uses his twitter account on a daily basis making fun of people and other leaders. It is beneath the office of president. There I vented too, and proved my points of easy access to firearms compared to voting.

DMoney

"it is easier to buy a gun than to vote, that is a fact! "



Least intelligent thing I've read in a long time

martian2

well D, prove me wrong! come on bring on your argument, if you have one. Or you just going to sit on the side lines again and make snide little remarks but offer nothing of substance. Come on, we are waiting!!!

martian2

just crickets again, along with childish comments from D and ricky boy. Not one attempt to prove I am wrong in my 11:17 post! Gosh I am almost embarrassed to be so right on so much of the time.

DMoney

I'm not wasting my time "proving" why it's easier to vote than get a gun. You've clearly never purchased a firearm. Anyone who stumbles upon this dialogue with any logic or experience will simply roll their eyes at your claim, and move along.

martian2

wasting your time? why is it a waste of time? Is that your way of saying you can't dispute what I said? Simple logic proves my point. And yes I bought fire arms in my life. I bought from gun dealers and private citizens. The ones I bought from private citizens was just a cash transaction, no ID, no back ground check, no registration... and perfectly legal. Now you tell me how that is not easier than voting where you have to have an ID. By the way thank you for your response about the FBI targeting hate groups. don't have a clue why it took so long for you to respond. It was like pulling teeth but I do give you a little credit for finally answering. And its an answer I agree with, so now you can sleep better tonight.

martian2

and again just crickets from D. No proof to the contrary. Just blabber about how stupid it is. No discussion, no nothing from the big D. chalk another one up for the good guys!

Rick Czeczok

Martian was tossed off this board under the old fake name "Kingman" he was tossed for false comments sreading lies and insulting anyone who disagreed with him. This guy worked for the county of LaCrosse and is responsible for the faulty roads he layed. Even when he was told it was the wrong method and mix he did it his way. Go talk to the guys down at the county shop and they will tell you when he left it was the best thing that happened. It was his way or the highway. Go ahead Martian tell us anything I just stated is incorrect, as it can be proved true. Now go away, and let your socialist ideas go out the door with you. He is a socialist activist along with 6 others poisoning this board daily with their fake, twisted, method of print. Sick people are out there, and he is the proof of that. I love America, we are not perfect, but what he wants is government to run all of our lives, as he doesn't believe we are smart enough to make decisions on our own. If you hate America that bad move to a country of your liking. You will be so much happier when your hand is held for you through the rest of your miserable life. I'll buy the one way ticket for you.

Jobaba

No one cares. Did you have an opinion on this column? If not, let the adults talk.

oldhomey

Jo, you are a delight. Thanks.

capedcrusader

Once a troll always a troll. He's got nothin.

martian2

poor ricky boy/fake veteran, got his panties in a bunch. Didn't single out one fact I presented, instead goes on another drunkin rampage. thanks for providing a prime example of what is wrong with society. Lostinparadise is right, social media brings out the worst, especially in the feeble minded.

Rick Czeczok

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA I'm in your head little man.... I see you didn't deny anything I said though. Got ya!


martian2

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Rick Czeczok

Once again I never said I was a veteran because I am not. I respect our veterans and would never claim it. I wish you could get that trough your little head. I have disclaimed it three times to you on this board. Now talk about off topic, back at you fool.

PhysicsIsFun

Ricky, Martian is saying that you and Veteran are the same person, because your posts share a particular brand of bitter obnoxious vitriol and lack of writing ability. If you are in fact two people you should meet. You have a lot in common. None of it is good.

martian2

you're not fooling anyone ricky boy/fake veteran. We all know you are the same person. Hitting the sauce a little hard again it seems. Please look up the local chapter of AA and get some help.

oldhomey

Amen, Physics. I, for one, think Ricky and A Veteran (of no known military unit) are two different people. But it doesn't make any difference. They share an identical level of toxic anger and abysmal ignorance. The only shame there is in this is that there are two people running around in this world with the same, identical screws loose, not just one.

capedcrusader

Czeczok, do you deny using more than one name on here?

Rick Czeczok

OK you clowns, I HAVE NEVER, AND DO NOT USE ANY OTHER NAME OTHER THEN MY REAL NAME. Now all of you same question back at you, please respond. I would bet that does not happen though. All these socialist activist have to hide and dodge everyone as they know what they are doing and that they are afraid of the repercussions. COWARDS, GIVE YOUR REAL NAMES......

martian2

the question idiot rick is whether you use more than one screen name, not if you use a real name. If you are that stupid to use a real name that is your problem. Get it right idiot. And you lied about using more than one screen name. So why would we believe anything else you say. Pathetic little man you are, just pathetic.

crank

This is hillarious! Here oldhomey, the guy who accuses others of having multiple accounts while doing this himself, is accusing yet another person of using multiple screen names via his sock puppet login! #brazen #enemieslist [rolleyes]

capedcrusader

So, you are saying you are not "A Veteran" then? Why do you insist on knowing who anyone is? We had another fellow on here that ran for Mayor once or twice that used to do that. Sounds very familiar... Kind of borders on stalking though Czeczok...

capedcrusader

And crank you can prove that how?

martian2

crank has no proof and he knows it. Just childish tom foolery with accusations and name calling, no proof. And there never will be. It doesn't exist. Try to at least fabricate some more lies crank. Put some effort into it. Let us all see again how cowardly you are.

crank

I can't prove it. I didn't keep anything after I confirmed my suspicions. I had no need for it.



I've covered this so many times already...



capedcrusader, you seem awfully intent on asking these questions but you don't bother answering any of mine.



"Capedcrusader, you might enjoy jumping through hoops of your own but I'm not interested in your challenges, your identity or anyone else's. Try this... Google "have I been pwned" to locate sites which provide indexed searching of email addresses, passwords, etc found in compromised data from various data breaches. Go put in your email address or a password and see what turns up. You may be surprised. PLEASE DO let us know what you discover about yourself (or don't).



Lots of sensitive data is out there. Read about Equifax... https://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/a-year-after-the-equifax-breach-are-you-protecting-your-data/"




You STILL have not replied. Seems you might simply be another of the trolls that seem to frequent this site. Given the state of 'discourse' on this site, I wonder why the Tribune doesn't simply disable the comments completely.



Oldhomey claims that I have cyber-stalked Physicsisfun... Nope! The IP address I believed to be his was linked to a trove of sensitive data. Oldhomey, in his usual manner, says I threatened to share "embarassing" data about him. Nope again! It wasn't at all embarrassing. Sensitive was the word and I never threatened to share it. In fact, I actively refused to share any of it. I offered up enough information so that Phsyics could know (if he was indeed Dennis) and take necessary steps to protect himself from identity theft. Oldhomey calls this threatening or an attempt at intimidation. Nah! I was trying to help someone avoid a problem. Of course he'll disagree. It's moot in any case because Physics says he is not Dennis. Asked and answered (again). I did confirm, for my own purposes, that oldhomey and martian are the same person. He's obviously embarrassed by this revelation.



More recently, you, oldhomey and the puppet here have started saying "Ricky Boy" is using multiple screen names on this site? Where is your proof?



You wrote: "capedcrusader Aug 15, 2019 7:58am

crank, you have come out and said that you aren't using more than one name. Do you believe Czeczok is? You are convinced oldhomey is but you never make that claim about anyone else. Why is that?"




I answered: "crank Aug 15, 2019 1:25pm

Simple, capedcrusader...I've only made that claim about oldhomey because he is the only one I suspected, scrutinized and found to be doing this. Oldhomey would have you believe I'm tracking anyone who has disagreed with me all over the internet while attempting to uncover/reveal their identity. Uh, no... and the enemieslist thing is his M.O.

Do you believe Czeczok is using multiple names, capedcrusader? If so, why do you believe this? If not, why have you asked me if I believe he is using multiple names?"




Why not answer this question, capedcrusader? Are you simply stirring the pot as an internet troll would do?



I said from the start I wouldn't dox anyone by sharing IP addresses or anything else. I haven't... I also stated specifically that I would not seek anyone's real identity. I didn't... Oldhomey ignores this and exaggerates/fabricates more nearly every time he posts saying I'm cyber-stalking him all over the internet. It was only after I told him the data collected was not kept, purged automatically after 14 days, that he started this defiant chest-thumping ritual. Here he is again using his puppet account... coward indeed.

oldhomey

Well, that lengthy and confusing (to say the least) 3:37pm entry by crank certainly seems to indicate that he is feeling cornered and desperate, and rightly so. He has proven himself to be the skunk in the works here, smelling up the place with his unethical behavior. What is truly curious, however, is that he seems to think he is denying that he is tracking people (or at least trying to convince people that he is tracking them) while supplying even more proof that he trying to do these things.



To wit: "Oldhomey claims that I have cyber-stalked Physicsisfun... Nope! The IP address I believed to be his was linked to a trove of sensitive data. " So you have not been trying to trace Physics identity and computer IP address, crank, but -- ahem -- here you say that is exactly what you are doing.



More: "Oldhomey, in his usual manner, says I threatened to share "embarassing" data about him. Nope again! It wasn't at all embarrassing. Sensitive was the word and I never threatened to share it. In fact, I actively refused to share any of it. I offered up enough information so that Phsyics could know (if he was indeed Dennis) and take necessary steps to protect himself from identity theft. Oldhomey calls this threatening or an attempt at intimidation. Nah! I was trying to help someone avoid a problem. Of course he'll disagree. It's moot in any case because Physics says he is not Dennis. Asked and answered (again)." Duh, again, crank! Why would you go ahead and publicly talk about having found all this information about a poster with whom you disagree unless you wanted the poster to think twice about crossing you? It seems to me the whole intent on your part is implicitly to make people worry that you are gathering information about them that they just as soon would not like to have made public. Why else would you do it?



And more: "I did confirm, for my own purposes, that oldhomey and martian are the same person. He's obviously embarrassed by this revelation." So you confirmed this, did you big fella? I have repeatedly invited you to show what you know about me that would prove that you know this to be true. It doesn't bother me at all, as I know the truth, and so do you, that I have one account and one screen name on these boards, old homey. I haven't the vaguest idea who martian is. But, as I have said repeatedly, crank, the ball is in your court with this, big fella. Put up or shut up.





I do see a chance for a small piece of redemption here, crank: "More recently, you, oldhomey and the puppet here have started saying "Ricky Boy" is using multiple screen names on this site? Where is your proof?" I have never said I thought Ricky had multiple screen names on these boards. I see others insisting that Ricky and A Veteran (of no known military force) are one and the same. I always thought they were wrong, but never said so until recently. It doesn't matter to me, anyway, just as it doesn't matter to me that you and HolmenPackerFan are one and the same. Those two birds can throw all caps and multiple exclamation points at the rest of us until the cows coe home. It only makes them look silly. You can lie all you want under crank or any other name, but what you say remains a lie.Period. Full stop. But if you can find me ever saying that I think Ricky has multiple screen names, I will apologize and stay off these boards for a month. If you can't, you could do something I have never see you do, admit you were wrong and apologize.

crank

Yes, I will agree that it may be confusing for you, oldhomey. You have been confusing things from the beginning. Now you are replying to a post/inquiry directed to capedcrusader. Is capedcrusader another of your puppet accounts or are you simply confused again?

oldhomey

Well, excuse me, crank. Sincere apologies. I just thought when I saw you using my name in vain, I would reply, particularly because youse were using it in the context of easily provable lies on your part. I guess you think I and others on here won't notice that you do not have the courage to answer to the facts as I lad them out. That is typical of you. No class. No ethics. Why don't you try the truth once in awhile? And an apology for acting so unethically would not be out of place, either.

capedcrusader

Crank, I assure you I'm not using more than one name. Not oldhomey nor anything else. He is much smarter than I am. You should know that by now. I suspected Czeczok was using more than one name (AVeteran) because of the writing style. Caps, exclamation marks, and most telling , appear to be the only ones trying to find out other persons "real" name. Hows that? If that isn't enough "they" complain about name calling and then turn around and do it on almost every post "they" make. The only other person I know of that was constantly doing that stuff before was Buggs. But, he apparently got the boot and nowadays spends his time regurgitating old news and grinding axes in the Letters to the Editor Dept once a month. I think that answers the questions you had for me... I'm still a bit confused regarding you comment about oldhomey and martian being one and the same. I have once again asked Scott to look into putting an add reply button by each comment in order to reply directly to that person each time to make it easier to keep the flow of the discussion going. Every other newspaper I read does it that way.

crank

So, since they're calling people names and asking others about their real identity, you thought you should start modeling your behavior after their? [huh]

oldhomey

Once again crank gets an answer to his direct challenge, and rather than respond to it or acknowledge it, he tries a deflection into another direction. He is probably a bit like Trump on this. He is apparently not smart enough to know he is deflecting and the possible consequences to those deflections, it just comes naturally to him.

oldhomey

And caped, as to my relative intelligence, I appreciate your regard, but I would not be so certain of the conclusion that you are drawing about it.

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