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Re: TV Host At Kucinich Again

From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2007 19:16:35 -0700
Archived: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 09:25:36 -0500
Subject: Re: TV Host At Kucinich Again

>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2007 11:50:31 -0600
>Subject: Re: TV Host At Kucinich Again

>>From: Jan Aldrich <project1947.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 14:40:14 -0500
>>Subject: TV Host At Kucinich Again

>>Chris Matthews on his show on MSNBC-TV, here in the US, today
>>once again got on Kucinich's UFO incident, nominating Kucinich
>>for an unfavorable goof for seeing an ET manifestation.

>>Matthews ignored Kucinich's statement that he saw something in
>>the sky he couldn't identify. It is pop-culture and ufoology
>>that equate UFOs = ET spaceships.

>Uh, no. The ETH is surely the most scientifically defensible
>speculation about UFOs if one judges them to represent the
>operations of an unearthly intelligence.


While I agree with the sentiment, your phrasing has a certain
circularity to it. Indeed, it is difficult to state your point
(as I gather it) without it sounding logically equivalent to
"For all those cases where nothing else makes sense, the ETH is
the most scientifically defensible".

Perhaps it could be phrased, "For that subset, if any, of UFOs
that exhibit intelligent behavior and are genuinely anomalous
(i.e., human activities - including hoaxes - are ruled out), the
ETH is the most scientifically defensible". It would be
difficult to replace ET in the latter with any of crypto-
terrestials, time travelers, trans-dimensionals, supernaturals,
etc., and arrive at an equally plausible statement.

I believe Jan is wrong to limit "UFOs = ET spaceships" to pop
culture and "ufoology", whatever the latter is supposed to mean.
This identity is now effectively universal, to the severe
detriment of the entire discussion. Thus we arrive at the
incomprehensible query, "Do you believe in UFOs?". No one with a
functioning mind can deny the existence of UFOs, as originally
and properly defined. Yet, how many presidential candidates
would dare to acknowledge this, no matter how much time they
were allotted to qualify their terms? Had he not been 'outed' by
Shirley McLain, and/or if he had any realistic shot at the
nomination, I suspect Kucinich would have taken pains to avoid
the subject in its entirety, this notwithstanding his genuinely
courageous stand on a variety of issues.

It is thus with great sacrifice that I have posted to UFO
UpDates at all, archived for all the world to see, effectively
shattering any hope of aspiring to public office! To which
Kucinich would undoubtedly reply, "Yeah, like _you_ had any
chance". Touche, Dennis.


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