I assert that Keith is wearing nothing today. He is teaching all of his classes today naked. He will attend a department meeting this afternoon nude. He rode his bike in the buff.
I can assert all of this because he will not let me take his picture today, and until you have photographic proof, how will you know the truth of my assertions?
Adding to our tragedy, Keith has forbidden me from taking a picture on any day in the future unless there is an outcry from the Keith-wearing community which sufficiently moves him. Rudeness will only strengthen his resolve. Snide comments will be met with equally snide rejoinders. Even complements and well intentioned pleas will only raise his expectations of outcry.
When the goalposts can be moved by an opponent, who can expect to win? Answer: those who play a different game.