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I tend to agree with you, David, but we're not all convinced that these publicly expressed views are so “sincerely held” after all.

Maybe there's some training you can do to fool a polygraph, but I think if someone's lying they know full well that they're lying just as well as they did last year.

Still, as I said in my original post, the results might well be inconclusive.
May 13, 2016
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On another note: I had a hard time deciding between “myriad of other skills” and “myriad other skills.” I THINK I got it right but please someone correct me if I'm wrong.
May 13, 2016
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David,

If all Mike said was “I don't give a fuck” please don't act like he tried to solicit your 8 year-old daughter.

My understanding (which will soon be either confirmed or refuted) is that “I don't give a fuck” is speech that is tolerated, if only barely, on this forum. FWIW, I have received exactly ONE private message that offended me on this site & it came from one of the site moderators & contained exactly ZERO profanities. Are we really counting f-bombs & calling things “pulling a Hargreaves” now?

C'mon, you can do better.
May 13, 2016
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I leave the worst president ambiguous because it's far more important to me that we agree who the 2nd worst president is. But if you're curious my own personal ‘worst president’ is not Obama.
May 13, 2016
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Mike:

I'd love to read the emails/texts & hear the phone calls/conversations that Mike Passell sent back and forth before he published “The Whole Story”.

I'd love to hear the private conversations that Fisher & Schwartz have had since the accusations against them have come to light.

I'd love to have perfect information in EVERY criminal & civil case so I can judge innocent/guilt perfectly.

But such a world will never exist.

I think Mr. Hann's promotion of his exposé is overselling what rates to be a mediocre product, but I dearly hope I'm wrong. Nevertheless, none of us have the right to insist on seeing all of his notes & rough drafts since what he will publish likely relies entirely on what is already in the public record.

As for the Wetzel/Hargreaves dispute I think you've both behaved badly. I respect both of you & I encourage you to kiss & make up ASAP.
May 13, 2016
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I've never seen someone's (very short & simple) name misspelled as frequently in one thread as Mr. Hann's.

From the reactions I think he spells it Khan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRnSnfiUI54
May 13, 2016
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As for funding, perhaps a PayPal fundraiser like that for SiVY could be promoted here on BridgeWinners. In an ideal scenario, the pro-Darters crowd could fund the project if the Darters are determined to be lying & the pro-Passell crowd could fund it if Mr. Passell is.

If the results are inconclusive I guess we'd split the costs.
May 13, 2016
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Mr. Darter proposes a polygraph for all of the principals. That proposal, to this point, seems to have been entirely ignored.

I, for one, would welcome such a project. I hope Mr. Passell volunteers to participate in order to clear his name among those of us who still have doubts.
May 13, 2016
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I think that's a bad analogy.

FWIU the basic claim against Shrub as a draft dodger (serving in air guard via political strings and not showing up even for his limited duty) was correct, but relied to some extent on a bit of evidence that turned out (unbeknownst to CBS) to be falsified.

I think the ‘blame the victims’ folks who are targeting the Darters are relying purely on entirely fallacious arguments meant to distract from the underlying facts, but not to distort anything per se. It relies on faulty reasoning, not falsified facts.

At any rate I don't think comparing an upstanding couple like the Darters to the 2nd worst president in US history is very kind.
May 13, 2016
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Why such a discussion about an unpublished thing? The author's voice carries no great weight afaik. Any obmissions or bias can be pointed out when the thing (which at 35 pages still seems altogether too long imo) is printed.
May 13, 2016
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That being said perhaps my ‘4 is auto’ is as much of an overbid as pass is an underbid.

Still, this feels like playing scared. My favorite partner is playing it, I'd much rather bid it & not make it than pass & have it be cold.
May 13, 2016
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It wouldn't occur to me not to raise.
May 13, 2016
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I would imagine that a lawyer must ‘pull out all the rhetorical stops’ to sway a (often not-so-bright) jury, regardless of the logical inconsistency of his argument, or he would be considered guilty of malpractice. Take the famous Chewbacca defense, for instance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwdba9C2G14

I'm sorely disappointed with some who are choosing to do it here.
May 13, 2016
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Jan is a great VuGraph operator/commentator too, in addition to her myriad of other skills.
May 13, 2016
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“I can appreciate the need for editing. However, when the person doing the editing is on record as favouring one version of events, it seems to me essential that someone known to have no bias or even an opposite bias, be involved in the editing in some way.”

An excellent explanation of why the Bridge World's censorship of Mr. Darter's letter is so inexcusable.
May 13, 2016
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Trump isn't on the ballot, but imma write him in anyway.

Go Team Trump!
May 11, 2016
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“It's over. Let it go.”

What? Over? Did you say “Over”? Nothing is over until WE decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! And it AIN'T OVER NOW!
May 11, 2016
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Mr. Darter,

Shame on the publisher of the Bridge World for not publishing your letter unabridged.

Thank-you for coming forward.

There were a few folks in the original thread who were willing to fight the good fight but we were outnumbered. We know you did the right thing. I hope that's enough.
May 11, 2016
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Someone I respect a great deal asked me very politely to retract my comments. I haven't changed my mind, but what was primarily an attempt at humor has resulted in unnecessary rancor & I'm requesting that one of the BridgeWinners mods delete this subthread starting with ‘I’ve heard of the plight …'
May 5, 2016
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May 3, 2016
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