From: Glenn Joyner <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 02:19:10 -0600 Fwd Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 09:54:29 -0400 Subject: Re: Witness Anonymity With apologies to Alfred Lehmberg.... (Heh) WITNESS ANONYMITY (ad nauseum) by Glenn Joyner In this field we would call UFOlogy, Fraught with questions and bad psychology, There lies a thread of truth, elusive, For which investigation is conducive. There are those that pound their fists and claim, And others who only shout, "For shame!" Still some folks try to shift the blame From those upon which we should take aim. Witness anonymity, This thread is such an absurd pity! Tossed barbs and flames abound within, Yet some of us just sit and grin. The point of investigation, it would seem, Is to verify whether those that scream That they have been abducted by Those little critters from the sky. Now if these things do really occur, Why is it such a saddle burr, For us to ask the abductees, For the full details, if they please. Witness anonymity, This thread has become a joke to me! Many feathers will be ruffled I see, Because I spew this soliloquy! If your questions they do not like, They impale your heads with verbal spikes, Rather than converse with civility, It becomes a shouting match, with duplicity. The encounters become, as things progress, A personality-bashing, sordid mess. Why do the proponents become so defensive When the nature of questions is comprehensive? Witness anonymity, The thread that will not "vanished" be! We understand the need for it, But should it contain such venomous spit? If you go public with your identity, Even in a UFO lecture’s sanctity, Then who you are becomes known by all, So why cry "foul!" and kick the stall? The principal gnashes out vehement words, And snarls about backward-flying birds, While those who watch drop their jaws, And wonder "why?" ... what is the cause? Witness anonymity, The thread that drove this writer to see That maybe things aren’t as they’re claimed, And any who question will get flamed. Take pause for a minute, if you will, If sharp retorts can momentarily be still, To consider how this mess appears, To those with brains between their ears. This one subject, with its vehement cries, Has effectively served to polarize, A group of people who should toil as one To determine if Budd has jumped the gun. Witness anonymity, Oh why won’t you let me be? That awful thread which I deplore, And yet I find myself reading more.
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