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Subject:  Re: Is your 401(k) Inadequate For Retirement Date:  8/5/2008  11:31 AM
Author:  fleg9bo Number:  13820 of 19483

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem

An ad hominem argument, also known as argumentum ad hominem (Latin: "argument to the man", "argument against the man") consists of replying to an argument or factual claim by attacking or appealing to a characteristic or belief of the person making the argument or claim, rather than by addressing the substance of the argument or producing evidence against the claim.
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This is a device you often see employed by liberals at TMF. When unable to respond rationally to a point or an argument, they call you a name or accuse you of being racist, sexist or homophobic or characterize what you said as a "rant" or, one of Cliff666's favorites, "right-wing spew."

It wasn't effective in high school debating club and it isn't effective now.

--fleg
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