I remember a long-ago segment on the Howard Stern show involving a feud between comedian Sam Kinison and some other celebrity, whose name I no longer recall. They traded increasingly furious barbs back and forth, vicious personal attacks. Finally, the other player lambasted the stocky Kinison as a “fat-ass tub of lard,” or something along those lines.
Kinison sighed. “I gotta lose some weight,” he mused. “It’s my only vulnerable attack point.”
Of course, in the world of reason and debate, such as the one that univerally reigns here on the SDMB (pause for dutiful chuckle), it’s absolutely irrelevant how much your opponent weighs. Such a comment would be instantly recognized as a classic ad hominem, a logical fallacy the seeks to distract from the merits of the argument with a personal attack on the rhetor.
But in some areas, rhetors here are vulnerable to distractions that, like Kinison’s weight, can detract from their effective debate.
It is even so with Huerta88.
I have found Huerta88’s posts, in general, to well well-written, logically constructed, and supported by relevant citation to authority. But on more than one occasion, I’ve seen speculation about the meaning of the 88 contribute to a distraction that should not occur in a realm of pure sweet reason.
I have no idea if the 88 in Huerta’s name is a sly reference to the eighth letter of the alphabet - ‘H’, which in doubled turn would be a sly reference to the phrase ‘Heil Hitler,’ which in turn would identify Huerta88 as a Nazi sympathizer.
It strikes me as unlikely, but I’ve seen stranger things, like Dennis Kucinich running for President.
So - Huerta88, I invite you to consider that your name may be causing an unnecessary distraction. How you might go about mitigating that distraction, should you even choose to, is obviously up to you.