I have been following the stories and comments surrounding Hotshot, and frankly, I'm appalled. Why can't Hotshot state the facts straightforwardly without their being exaggerated, aggrandized, altered, fiddled with, dressed up, falsified, and, in short, Hotshot-ized? Let me preface my discussion by quickly reasserting a familiar theme of my previous letters: Nature is a wonderful teacher. For instance, the lesson that Nature teaches us from newly acephalous poultry is that you really don't need a brain to run around like a dang fool making a spectacle of yourself. Nature also teaches us that Hotshot accepts superstition for science, hokum and magic for medicine, monotone chanting for music, and lethargic passivity in lieu of discovery and inquiry. I always catch hell whenever I say something like that so let me assure you that he may create a kind of psychic pain at the very root of the modern mind right after he reads this letter. Let him. As soon as our backs are turned, I will view the realms of imperialism and tribalism not as two opposing poles but as two continua. Lastly, a true enemy is better than a false friend.