This is a pet peeve of mine that just never seems to go away and I would be interested in what others think, especially different age groups. In short, I hate being called by my first name by people…Continue
"I tend to use someone's full name when I first make contact with them. I will only use an honorific if it's something like Doctor, Professor, or Judge as that's an earned honorific and should be respected. Only when I'm…"
"I dislike being called by just my last name. Of course in high school, we all called each other by last names, as atheletes are prone to. When I joined the army, I expected to be either called by only my last name or private. Now that I have risen…"
"Well, I can only speak for myself, but I like to be addressed with the courtesy of "mister so-and-so" in banks, doctor's offices, pharmacies, etc. It's basic good manners, and just plain polite. I do the same on my job when I…"
"I too am a confirmed bachelor. Modern American women are just not worth the trouble. Yes, it is difficult but worth it to me. Yes, holidays are difficult but that gets easier with time. I hate it when people assume I am gay. Depending on the…"
To be specific the monarch is removed from the competition between competing interest groups and individuals for power and influence by virtue of his title. Since he owes no one for his position he is free to choose the greater good for its own… Continue
This next group will take rather more explanation. Everyone is used the the left/right contiuum that has been a commonplace since the French revolution to describe liberal/conservative poltics. Building on that, I think we can map out most… Continue
I am an American and I am a monarchist. Yes, it is possible to be both but what does that mean? Oddly enough, I'm more sure of what it means to be a monarchist than an American. A monarchist is one who believes in the inherant superiority of… Continue
"This reminds me of when people whine that a new Starbucks opens and pushes the little local guy out of business. They never seem to remember that the local guy's coffee was crap.
America doesn't force its entertainment on the world. The…"
"You gave an entire paragraph to the Obama admin and then finished it with one sentence about nazis. That is how your comment "got twisted".
But even if we are talking about isis. I still don't see the nazi connection. What I see is a…"
"I was speaking not of this admin, but of the political and social parallels in the middle east and the rise of ISIS. (Extreme nationalism -> extreme religious fervor; disenfranchised populace unwilling/incapable of confronting the extremism, mass…"
"It doesn't need to rise to the level of thought to have meaning.
Moving toward the sunlight means survival. I'm arguing for meaning within material existence, not that all material reactions are thoughts.
If there is meaning like this for…"
"Simplicity is your friend. Start with the half-dozen staples you eat all the time, and learn to cook them first. You don't need fancy gourmet meals ... you need the basics. Burgers. Steaks. Pork chops. …"
"Get an easy basic cookbook for people who've never done it before, with a title like Easy Basics or Where's Mom Now that I Need Her? It'll tell you the things other books assume you know, from how to boil an egg to…"