Date: Tue, 04 Jun 1996 17:58:54 -0400
To: Athena Discuss 
Subject: Re: state of the question

Steve Finley wrote:
> Nice try at a preemptive strike--"Thus pricked, their responses will be
> predictable, and when adopted, offer further examples of the artful but
> morally and intellectually bankrupt stratagems that we have already
> seen displayed on the list."  I guess anybody who doesn't agree is
> glue, and everything sticks to them.  Nah, nah.

Believe it or not, I'm actually waiting for simple, straightforward
argument. Thus far, the receivists would appear to want me to
either deny the evidence of my senses, or to lean always to the
less reasonable, and more contrived hypothesis, as most recently
seen in Frank Yurco's contribution where, faced with an Egyptian
mummy with an Egyptian name, we are to believe as the likely
hypothesis that she was from Nubia... and had a name-change.  All
presumably because under the maintained hypothesis that the 
Egyptians were not black, or not *that* black, it is necessary
to resort to this sort of inferential gymnastics.  So yes, I
do make a preemptive strike.  Put in vulgar fashion, it is simply 
this: cut the crap!; the days of the hoodwink and the bamboozle
are over. 
(who is thinking, that is about as scatological as I want to get)

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