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Re: Budd Hopkins

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 19:17:57 -0600
Archived: Tue, 08 Feb 2011 09:44:04 -0500
Subject: Re: Budd Hopkins


>From: Carol Rainey <csrainey2.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 12:17:02 -0500
>Subject: Re: Budd Hopkins

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2011 09:52:16 -0600
>>Subject: Re: Budd Hopkins

<snip>

>>I will simply state (as a divorced man myself) that ex-spouses'
>>claims about the character of their ex-spouses need to be read
>>with due caution.

>It was especially disappointing to find Jerome Clark,
>a guy with mental contrails that have always been a pleasure to
>observe - how even he yanks out the old pre-feminist cliche that
>a former spouse's statements about an ex-spouse "need to be read
>with due caution."

Is there any divorced man or woman on this List - besides
Carol, apparently - who doesn't know exactly what I meant?

>Anybody recall the last time such a comment was made about a
>male UFO investigator? I don't. This is a male-dominated field
>and such facile dismissal of serious concerns raised by someone
>outside the old boy's club is not terribly promising for a field
>that has not even learned to tie its investigative shoes.

And who couldn't see the conveniently self-serving male-baiting
coming from a mile away?

Seriously, folks:

My sole point, which I would have thought blindingly apparent to
any adult reader, is that an ex-spouse has his or her story, but
- as we have already seen - it isn't the only one to be told.
That's such commonplace wisdom that it's even the subject of
country songs (e.g., George Jones and Tammy Wynette's famous "We
Live in a Two Story House," on which I often reflected ruefully
as I was going through my own divorce years ago). I am _not_
accusing anybody of insincerity, by the way, nor am I urging
onlookers not to read or consider what interested persons, Carol
included, have written recalling their particular (and, as we've
already seen, conflicting) observations.

Enough. I have no desire to get caught in this pool of
quicksand. Carol has said what she wants to say, I've said what
I have to say, and now others can tell their stories. Nobody
owns this story.


Jerry Clark



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