Black Is Mistaken and Will Not Concede

RECEIVED Fri., May 18, 2007

Dear Editor,
    I was interested in moving on to another point about the Bush administration, specifically a connection between the Bush family fortune and Hitler.
    However, before making that case, I will clarify comments of Louis Black about my previous letter [“Postmarks,” May 18].
    Black wrote that conspiracists have no interest or knowledge in history, economics, or government. I then quoted Gore Vidal, who describes himself as a conspiracy realist. Black countered that Vidal’s superior intellect does not make him correct on every matter. That is beside the point, which is that Black is mistaken that everyone who contends there is a nefarious government conspiracy is uneducated and unknowledgeable.
    But Black will not concede. He will intentionally make the same false statement at a later point in time.
    This manipulation of semantics makes carrying on a debate quite difficult. But that is the nature of the media beast, apparently.
    Humorists are very important in our society. I do not think I could cope without laughing at the work of David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Jon Stewart, and Bill Maher. Humor is very difficult to do, making these individuals and others very rare and valuable.
    Absurdists (not a reference to Black) are people who have disdain for just about everyone and everything in society. Their response to any dialogue will be something that makes very little sense. While they are attempting humor, unfortunately, this is seldom the result. They are merely sabotaging progress in a debate because that is what they do. They are particularly fond of name-calling, seemingly without the slightest awareness that any idiot can call someone an idiot.
    I would caution fellow conspiracists attempting to impart a point of view or statement of fact to pay no attention to these persons behind the curtain pulling their levers, sounding bells and whistles that mean nothing.
Kenney Kennedy
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