Well I don't know if this is a just a backdoor to my ego but I may have fallen for it if it is:)<quoted text>
Thanks. I recognize that I was being annoying, but nothing more. I wasn't being dishonest or disingenuous. I remained civil, and refrained from assaulting his character. Something I said may have been insulting to him, but I levied no insults. I understand his frustration, but I don't think his insulting responses are warranted.
I may have helped burn the bridge with Skombolis, but I really did want to have a more serious and important discussion with him. I like debating, often times, just for the sake of debating. It's one way I learn, and it helps to train myself in critical thinking. It helps me be more self reflexive.:)
And I'm picky. You know how it is to debate with people who can barely string a few words together. People like Skombolis, who are capable, at least of articulation, are rare on Topix. My eagerness to debate with him is a compliment.
The truth is I really don't like having things so contentious with the handful of intelligent posters on Topix. As you obviously know, good discussions are few and far between. And I like to debate as well, simply for the sake of debating but not to declare a winner but because I enjoy the mental exercise. Ok..and i am a little competitive!
How about we just start fresh?
I apologize for the insults before. There a more sh^theads than I can shake a stick at on topix if i want to waste my time in that kind of pointless exchange. No reason to do so with people I might learn from and/or enjoy talking to.
Although instead of looking for an opportunity to disagree on subjects were we know it is likely, let's try simply to look for things that will make a good conversation. If we agree or disagree will simply be a consequence instead of the intent. We probably have a lot in common as far as our political views as I am a pretty liberal democrat.
Anyway, I look forward to starting over