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  • Foul Language, Decorum, & the Soul

    10/27/2015 8:08:24 AM PDT · by don-o · 26 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | October 27, 2015 | Bradley J. Birzer
    While my memories might verge on the edge of fuzzy nostalgia from time to time, I remember quite clearly what the women and men of the 1970s did, said, and believed in small-town American neighborhoods. In those years, I absolutely loved reading (and researching and writing), but I also loved running, biking, and exploring. I could be… rather… well. ..hyper. When I got too hyper and misbehaved, neighbors (usually women, as the men were at work) corrected me. I do not remember ever being spanked by a neighbor, but I certainly remember receiving stern “talking to’s.” The worst thing to...
  • Obama and Biden Were Running Late for the Pope, So They Made His Plane Turn Around

    09/22/2015 1:09:09 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 95 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 22, 2015 | Emma Green
    s the pope stalkers of the world watched his flight path on the Alitalia website, suddenly… the plane started making donuts. Several loops over North Carolina later, the pope is back on his way to D.C.: A source on the ground at Joint Base Andrews said several government officials told him the reason the plane started circling was that Obama and Biden are running late to the greeting ceremony. Ooops. Seems like even the bishop of Rome has to adjust his schedule around Beltway traffic.
  • British Jihadist Gripes About Arab Manners and ‘Appalling’ Kitchen Cleanliness in Islamic State

    09/17/2015 12:59:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/17/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    A British jihadi posted a gripe-fest about the Islamic State on his Tumblr account, ripping on Arab manners including other jihadists walking off with his shoes.Omar Hussain, a 27-year-old former grocery employee from southern England, goes by Abu Sa’eed Al-Britani since running off to join ISIS. He frequently writes PR, including an appeal for doctors to come to the Islamic State, and other missives.His post on the “Culture Clash” is, like other writings, pulled from his “Message of a Mujahid” video series. His first complaint is that Arab get up in others’ private space too much.“They see no issue in...
  • Wilberforce didn’t quit: Neither should those who fight to save unborn babies

    08/06/2015 1:53:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Blogging Theologically ^ | 08/06/2015 | BY AARON ARMSTRONG
    Forty-six years.That’s how long William Wilberforce labored to see the end of slavery in the British Empire. His work began in earnest in 1787 when he first came into contact with abolitionists such as Thomas Clarkson, Hannah More and Charles Middleton. These activists found a kindred spirit in Wilberforce, whose conversion to the Christian faith had given birth to an abiding concern for social reform—so much so, in fact, that he wrote in his diary, “God Almighty has set before me two great objects, the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.”The dark and dehumanizing practice of slavery weighed heavy on him. He first...
  • LeBron violates royal protocol, puts arm around Kate Middleton during photo

    12/09/2014 9:51:14 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 41 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/9 | Kelly Dwyer
    As part of a holiday and also in support of the NBA Cares initiative, Prince William and Kate Middleton took in a Brooklyn Nets-Cleveland Cavaliers contest on Tuesday night, sitting alongside unofficial NBA ambassador Dikembe Mutombo. The royals sat courtside as the Cavaliers broke a tie game in the third quarter and ran away with a lopsided 110-81 score. Following the contest, LeBron James was kind enough to pose for a photo opportunity with Prince William and Kate, but he appeared to break a protocol that even the most ardent stateside royal admirers might still be unaware of. That’s right,...
  • Mom complains after restaurant kicks her out for changing diaper at table

    08/13/2014 7:52:56 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 64 replies
    Today Parents ^ | August 12, 2014 | Chris Serico
    A Texas woman has filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau after the staff of a pizzeria reportedly kicked her out for changing her baby’s diaper on a chair in the middle of the restaurant. In the report filed Thursday, Miranda Sowers informed the Houston branch of the BBB that she and her three daughters, including a 3-month-old, had visited Brothers Pizza Express in Spring, Texas. Was the restaurant right to kick out a mom for changing baby's diaper at the table? Yes 74%No 26% Total Votes: 9,334 Voting “When I asked about a changing table in the restroom,...
  • Why should we accept the hell of other people’s kids?

    05/08/2014 5:48:49 AM PDT · by relictele · 98 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 08 May 2014 | Amanda Craig
    Is there anyone on the planet who wouldn’t pay to avoid travelling with other people’s children? A survey has found that almost 70 per cent of travellers think planes should have child-free zones. Half of those would pay up to Ł63 extra to fly without children, especially on long-haul flights. I can see what they mean. Flying back from Italy recently, I had my back so thoroughly bruised by a small, restless boy that if King Herod were standing in the European elections, I’d almost be tempted. Under normal circumstances, I like children – an eccentricity which has led to...
  • No Slice for You: How Rockaway Beach Got Its Very Own Pizza Nazi

    02/11/2014 9:36:46 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    <p>Slices aren't an option at Whitney Aycock's Rockaway Beach pizza shop, as he will happily explain to anyone who orders one: “If you want a slice, go to Elegante’s. I don’t give a fig,” he told one customer late on a recent Friday night. Next in line was a pair of teenagers. One was eager to sample Aycock's handcrafted creations. The other was scared to try something new. She asked for plain. “Plain pizza?” Aycock asked, sounding offended. “What is ‘plain’ pizza?” After a playful yet testy exchange, both kids turned around without making an order and fled out the door. Aycock was fine with losing the sale if it helped him make his point.</p>
  • Why are liberals so rude to the right?

    05/27/2013 5:04:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 27, 2013 | Leften Wright
    Too many people who lean left would rather crack nasty jokes than actually be liberal and listen to other views. Why is it that liberals feel no qualms about being rude? Far too many people who are perfectly polite and courteous, otherwise, think nothing of insulting you for not sharing their political opinions. They look at us with disdain, thinking we're unenlightened conservatives and never hesitating to say so. As the lone conservative at the tennis courts, I cringe at the Sarah Palin jokes and the jabs at Mormons. When news came on 9/11 that planes had struck the World...
  • Heroic Theatergoer Smashes Cell Phone, Gets Thrown Out

    05/16/2013 4:55:24 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 27 replies
    The Gothamist.com ^ | May 16,2013 | TonyBeard)
    We can't count the number of times we've wanted to enact vengeance on some inconsiderate audience member whose cell phone goes off during a performance. But, like most people, we just bottle that fury up deep down inside and take it out on the break room vending machine later. Not Kevin Williamson. Last night the National Review writer was in attendance at the marvelous new musical Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 when one theatergoer's incessant cell phone use finally drove him over the edge... into vigilantism. The stellar production—a swinging cabaret-type musical adaptation loosely adapted from Leo...
  • Streets of Love, Streets of Hate!

    10/01/2012 5:20:22 PM PDT · by Revolting cat! · 17 replies
    Revolting cat! | 10/01/2012 | Revolting cat!
    I take a lot of photographs. So many, that my Sony DSLR broke, probably from abuse of my use, the LCD screen in the OVF mode won’t display, though everything else works OK, and two distant repair outfits sent me estimates of $200 and $235 plus shipping, while Sony says send it in, we’ll tell ya. (Ever hear any more of local repair shops for anything?) Repair or replace? Anyway, walking downtown this afternoon I saw a familiar figure a tenor saxophone player, a very good one, who plays at some or other spot downtown all the time, really, I...
  • Kim Komando: 10 Commandments For Mobile Manners

    07/14/2012 11:13:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    The Kim Komando Show ^ | July 14, 2012 | Kim Komando
    1. Thou shalt give top priority to those who are with you. Listen intently when you are with friends, family members and coworkers. When you constantly check messages, you send the message that other people and things are more important to you.
  • A Last Bastion of Civility, the South, Sees Manners Decline

    11/03/2011 1:43:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 122 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/1/11 | Kim Severson
    ATLANTA — One August night, two men walked into a popular restaurant attached to this city’s fanciest shopping mall. They sat at the bar, ordered drinks and pondered the menu. Two women stood behind them. A bartender asked if they would mind offering their seats to the ladies. Yes, they would mind. Very much. Angry words came next, then a federal court date and a claim for more than $3 million in damages. The men, a former professional basketball player and a lawyer, also happen to be black. The women are white. The men’s lawyers argued that the Tavern at...
  • Rick Perry and the Wingnuts for Jesus

    09/19/2011 1:39:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 19, 2011 | Stuart Schwartz
    [snip] "This nation has to be governed by someone's values, so let's have Christian values guide" us, Perry said quietly. This was Rick Perry standing tall and proud -- proud to be an American, proud to be a Christian, proud to stand for "a life of consequence" and "faith." And when he advised the students that each, individually, was "a spiritual being meant to live in relationship with God and one another," Philip Rucker of the Washington Post rolled his eyes so hard that he spent the rest of the convocation looking like a character out of the Little Orphan...
  • And then there's THIS: Police Nab Alleged Zit-Popper Grossing Out Fast-Food Customers

    08/10/2011 11:20:51 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 53 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | August 10, 2011
    CAPE CORAL, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Definitely not lovin’ it. A man accused of disgusting McDonald’s patrons by popping his pimples was under arrest after customer complaints led to a brief chase by officers. It started Monday when customers of the McDonald’s located at 2404 Santa Barbara Blvd. alerted authorities to a man standing outside the restaurant for about 10 minutes squeezing away at the acne on his back. Events that followed with police ended in a brief chase and the arrest of the man, who allegedly gave a false name when confronted about the
  • Middle school student suspended for opening door

    05/29/2011 8:47:39 PM PDT · by cycjec · 14 replies
    tidewaternewsdotciom ^ | February 26, 2011 | Gwen Albers
    COURTLAND—A Southampton Middle School student was suspended Thursday for opening an exterior door for a visitor. “Students are not allowed to open the doors, and if anyone does, they will be suspended,” said Dr. Wayne K. Smith, executive director of administration and personnel. A districtwide policy prohibiting students and staff from opening doors to the outside was recently adopted after a $10,800 security system was installed at the middle school, Southampton High School, Southampton Technical Career Center and Nottoway, Meherrin and Capron elementary schools. Riverdale Elementary had a similar system installed when it was built three years ago. All of...
  • 25 Manners Every Kid Should Know By Age 9.

    05/10/2011 11:33:11 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 111 replies
    Yahoo! Shine ^ | May 3, 2011 | By David Lowry, Ph.D.
    Helping your child master these simple rules of etiquette will get him noticed -- for all the right reasons. By David Lowry, Ph.D. Your child's rude 'tude isn't always intentional. Sometimes kids just don't realize it's impolite to interrupt, pick their nose, or loudly observe that the lady walking in front of them has a large behind. And in the hustle and bustle of daily life, busy moms and dads don't always have the time to focus on etiquette. But if you reinforce these 25 must-do manners, you'll raise a polite, kind, well-liked child.-
  • Civility Doesn't Exist In A Vacuum

    03/01/2011 8:24:24 PM PST · by massmike · 30 replies
    grasstopsusa ^ | 03/01/2011 | Don Feder
    About a week ago, I had another lesson in liberal civility. I was pulling into the parking lot of a burger-joint when an agitated young man drove up next to me. He rolled down his window, as I did. I thought I might have cut him off in traffic and prepared to apologize. The first words out of his mouth were: “Are you a retard?” This is known as a rhetorical question. I was tempted to answer, “No, but I am still beating my wife.” The graduate of The Charlie Sheen School of Refinement was incensed by one of my...
  • Better in than out: African country set to make breaking wind a crime

    01/31/2011 5:53:40 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | January 28, 2011 | Colin Fernandez
    Breaking wind is set to be made a crime in an African country. The government of Malawi plan to punish persistent offenders 'who foul the air' in a bid to 'mould responsible and disciplined citizens.' But locals fear that pinning responsibility on the crime will be difficult - and may lead to miscarriages of justice as 'criminals' attempt to blame others for their offence. One Malawian told the website Africanews.com: 'My goodness. What happens in a public place where a group is gathered. Do they lock up half a minibus? 'And how about at meetings where it is difficult to...
  • Seattle one of the country's rudest cities [no surprise]

    01/20/2011 6:09:14 PM PST · by Clint Williams · 40 replies
    MyNorthwest.com ^ | 1/20/11 | Stephanie Klein
    We have coffee, rain, traffic, and apparently some of the rudest people in America. According to survey in Travel and Leisure Magazine, Seattle is ranked number 16 in a list of the country's 20 rudest cities. The magazine recommends striking up a conversation at Pike Place Market, which is actually Washington state's number one tourist destination meaning you'll probably be talking with an outsider. Cities ruder than Seattle included Chicago, Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Miami. Los Angeles beat out Boston and New York for the top spot. People in Seattle are nicer than those in Anchorage, Houston, and...
  • Do good manners and discipline still survive in Dixie?

    11/21/2010 8:23:21 AM PST · by Huck · 89 replies · 1+ views
    11/21/10 | Huck
    I'd like to hear from any Freepers down in Dixie on a societal question. I'd like to know if the old southern virtues survive, or if mass-media culture has erased or eroded them. I'm talking about the basic manners, and in particular, the relationship of young people to adults. Allow me a moment to explain. I was born and raised in New Jersey. I was in many respects NOT raised right. EXCEPT, I was fortunate enough to spend extended periods down in Alabama with my grandmother. I attended public school for a short time in Alabama as well. This was...
  • Bush says he won’t criticize Obama

    11/05/2010 2:53:04 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 69 replies
    Hot Air ^ | NOVEMBER 4, 2010 | ED MORRISSEY
    George W. Bush has come out of his self-imposed media blackout to promote his new book, Decision Points, which goes into full release on November 9th. Oprah Winfrey will air a pretaped interview with the former President on that day, but has a preview of the appearance out already, via The Right Scoop. In this clip, Bush tells Winfrey that he refrains from opining on Barack Obama’s performance because he wants to treat the current President the way he wished other former Presidents had treated him. Also, he elects to stay out of the “swamp” of punditry when Winfrey asks...
  • The Civil Rebellion

    10/28/2010 3:26:40 AM PDT · by Scanian · 17 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 28, 2010 | Rick Rinehart
    One of the more satisfying conclusions I've reached as a participant in American life for nearly six decades is that we've grown into being a fairly kind, forgiving, and empathetic citizenry. Everywhere I travel, I find people striving to be helpful. I see complete strangers acknowledge each other walking down the street or standing in an elevator. Eating dinner out alone, as I often do when I travel, seems to bring about magically ephemeral friendships purchased with the currency of nothing more than the exchange of a first name. It's been a long time -- years, really -- since I've...
  • Franken apologizes to McConnell for rudeness

    08/06/2010 8:58:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | August 5, 2010 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday for being rude to Sen. Mitch McConnell as the Senate's top Republican was winding up a solemn debate on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Franken, a liberal Democrat from Minnesota, was presiding over the Senate as McConnell explained his opposition to President Barack Obama's high-court nominee. A Senate GOP aide said Franken made theatrical gestures and whispered under his breath as the Kentucky senator spoke. It was distracting enough that McConnell went up to the former comedian afterward and said, "This isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' Al."
  • It's the Little Things...

    06/29/2010 7:24:11 AM PDT · by Stoutcat
    Grand Rants ^ | 06-29-10 | Stoutcat
    ...These are all things we’ve been experiencing in large and small ways for some time now. For every item in the list above, I’m sure you can call to mind several recent occurrences that you’ve read or heard about in the news. Good grief, if our current economy and the ridiculous legislative attempts to spend ourselves out of debt isn’t a poster-child for doom, I don’t know what is...
  • The Economics Of Being Nice

    03/25/2010 8:00:48 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 341+ views
    Daily Reckoning ^ | 3-25-2010 | Bill Bonner
    Economics Of Being Nice By Bill Bonner 03/25/10 Paris, France – Dear readers get a break today. We’re on our way back to the USA. No time to check the markets… Here’s something for the “miscellaneous” file, something we found in the paper this morning: A team of Canadian researchers wanted to know if people who bought “green” products were nicer than other people. They did a study of it and came to the conclusion, as reported in The Financial Times, that “those who bought supposedly ethical products were more likely to lie, cheat and steal and less likely...
  • Etiquette Arising, Combating the Coarsening of Culture

    03/14/2010 7:46:19 PM PDT · by ezfindit · 29 replies · 921+ views
    CDS ^ | 3/12/2010 | Chuck Colson
    Can something as simple as good manners help to stem the coarsening of our culture? Yes! Cord Ivanyi, a Latin teacher at a Phoenix high school, was tired seeing the boys in his class subject the girls to vulgar words and behavior. The behavior was disrespectful, and disrupting to his classes. So Ivanyi decided to give the boys an example in chivalry. When a girl got up to go to the restroom, Ivanyi stood as a sign of respect. When she came back to class, Ivanyi held the door for her. [...] Christians need to resist the slide into vulgarity...
  • Moviegoer Stabbed After Asking Woman to Silence Her Phone

    03/06/2010 10:12:15 PM PST · by tlb · 103 replies · 2,088+ views
    ktla ^ | March 6, 2010 | staff
    LANCASTER-- A man was stabbed in the neck with a meat thermometer after asking a woman to silence her cell phone in a movie theater, a sheriff's department official said. The stabbing occurred last Saturday at the Cinemark 22 theater at 2600 West Avenue I in Lancaster, according to Detective Richard Cartmill of the Lancaster sheriff's station. Deputies say that while the movie was playing, a woman was talking on her phone and the victim asked her to turn it off. The victim was attacked by the woman's boyfriend and another man. Deputies say he was stabbed in the neck...
  • Between Heaven and Earth: Conversations with American Christians (Holocaust Survivor quote!)

    01/02/2010 8:48:18 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 1 replies · 441+ views
    book on Amazon ^ | January 1988 | Helmut Thielicke
    A series of conversations between Dr Thielicke and American Christians...
  • A Renaissance , Not a Revolution - Bringing Morality back to America

    07/24/2009 7:15:07 PM PDT · by AuntB · 10 replies · 1,388+ views
    TownCrierNews ^ | July 24, 2009 | TheTownCrier
    renaissance n. A rebirth or revival It’s amazing what goes on in the middle of the night when most of us are sound asleep. After a unfortunate encounter with a Brown Recluse Spider crawling over my bed, and my misguided attempts to kill it with a slipper and then chemicals, I had to abandon my bedroom. So I turned on the radio, unable to get but 3 stations, 2 of them in Spanish, and Coast to Coast Am. I ordinarily don’t listen to conspiracy theories and worries of boogymen I can do nothing about, because as our patriot friend, Terry...
  • Bonnie Henry : Etiquette and table manners appear ready to skip this generation

    07/19/2009 7:17:12 AM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 1,073+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Bonnie Henry
    The command from his father was gruff, but not unduly so: "Stand up. Put your hand over your heart." Quickly, the boy, I'd say about 7 or so, jumped up from the curb and did just that as several men, all no doubt older than his grandpa, marched by. One played the bagpipes. Another carried the American flag, slowly fluttering in the midday mountain air. All was quiet, save for the bagpipes, as the men strode by. Yet another Fourth of July parade in small-town America. Every year, we go to Show Low for a few days on either end...
  • is reading at the table considered bad manners?

    07/16/2009 7:47:15 AM PDT · by franksolich · 62 replies · 1,268+ views
    conservativecave ^ | July 16, 2009 | franksolich
    Much to my disconcertment, last night (Wednesday night), a local dowager had complained about my "bad manners" of reading while dining with nine other people; not to me--she had complained to friends of mine. I was reading the Encyclopedia Americana, specifically the entries about the silkworm industry in France during the 1840s, while everybody else was yik-yakking away. Of course, there's a practical matter here; too many people, too much light and movement, too much color, which to me is "noise," and so I can't keep track of what's being said, or what I think's being said. What is one...
  • Senator Objects to Being Addressed as “Ma’am”

    06/23/2009 10:30:06 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 23 replies · 1,406+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 21 June 2009 | John Semmens
    Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) took offense when Brigadier General Michael Walsh used the phrase “yes, ma’am” in response to one of her questions during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, calling it a “typical demonstration of the military’s inherent disrespect for women.” “They want us to accept it as a term of respect,” Boxer said. “Bit it’s a code word for what they’re really thinking—‘broad,’ ‘bitch,’ or something even more derogatory. After all, ‘ma’am’ is a contraction for ‘madam’—a term used to describe the head prostitute in a whorehouse.” Boxer said that “the proper way for a so-called officer and...
  • Obama’s Odd Behavior toward British Explained

    03/08/2009 12:58:41 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 54 replies · 2,171+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire | 8 March 2009 | John Semmens
    The recent meeting between British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Barack Obama struck many observers as “odd.” During the meeting itself, Obama appeared bored and uninterested. The gift of home movies that he gave Brown was considered tacky and bizarre. And after the meeting, Obama said that one of his “life-long dreams” was to meet the Queen of England. “Those who are jumping on the President for what they consider his erratic behavior in this meeting are ignorant of several key facts,” insisted Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. “First of all, the meeting was running long. The President was anxious...
  • Mind your workplace manners -- it pays

    01/15/2009 1:40:05 PM PST · by BornToBeAmerican · 8 replies · 705+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Thu Jan 15, 9:48 am ET | Miral Fahmy
    SYDNEY (Reuters) – Manners maketh the businessman, with a global survey finding Americans and Britons to be the most easily insulted by lack of workplace etiquette, while Australians are among the most offensive. The survey, by Australian-based international office space provider Servcorp, listed the top five most offensive workplace behaviors as not saying hello or good morning, not offering office guests a beverage, speaking loudly across the room, using swear words and taking calls on mobile phones.
  • GOP Mike's Gripes - A Conservative's Top 10 Commuter Pet-Peeves...

    01/13/2009 4:34:56 AM PST · by gopmike.com · 10 replies · 695+ views
    GOP Mike's Blog ^ | 1/13/09 | GOP Mike
    To my Conservative Friends: Since it is a slow news day, I would like to comment on a topic that has been sitting in my craw for some time... I, like many of you, commute to work and often use mass transit. Therefore, I am constantly amazed at the absolute, unabashed, naked selfishness of people. I live near New York City, which is comprised of approximately 75%-80% of the most bed-wetting, out-of-touch liberal socialists there are. So you would think the caring, open-minded, sensitive, PC libs of the big city should show some civility and care about their fellow man....
  • How the One-Child Policy in China Causes Bad Manners

    11/28/2008 5:06:01 AM PST · by robertvance · 22 replies · 1,589+ views
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 11/28/2008 | Robert Vance
    This sense of entitlement on the part of Chinese men is a big problem in China. In a country where 'manhood' is still highly prized, however, such behavior is not entirely surprising. One child families - where parents and grandparents spoil their children 'silly' - produce millions of men who grow up believing that they are the kings of the world. After all, even well into their late teenage years, everything is done for them. Their mothers wash their clothes, cook meals for them, and their fathers pay for four years of university - the young men never have to...
  • One little word about discourse between the right and the left

    09/09/2008 1:46:25 PM PDT · by Yanni.Znaio · 25 replies · 217+ views
    HotelSierra blog ^ | 09-SEP-2008 | Yanni.Znaio
    I hang out at both right-wing and left-wing sites as I enjoy seeing a broad range of opinion and having reasoned discourse not only with people with whom I agree (at both types of sites) but also people with whom I disagree (again, at both types of sites). And frequently the latter discussions are more fun, not to mention more interesting. And one thing I've noticed recently is the fact that all too often, when a poster is trying to discuss a position, they tend to overgeneralize. People on the right post "Liberals think this" and people on the left...
  • "Thank you". "No problem".

    08/05/2008 11:24:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 88 replies · 603+ views
    August 5, 2008 | me
    Service workers, such as waiters and waitresses, often reply "no problem" to my "thank you". I think that's silly. A "you're welcome" or just a smile would be better. Any other silly phrases you'd like to gripe about? I'm aware that if I am time to gripe about this, my life is pretty good :). I'm not saying it's a big deal, but I'd prefer that my children not pick up this verbal tic.
  • Ascot to turn away women for wearing short skirts

    06/13/2008 8:29:47 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 43 replies · 605+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/13/2008 | Nicole Martin
    Women face being turned away from the Royal Enclosure during Royal Ascot if their skirts are too short or if their dresses have straps less than an inch wide. Visitors who display their midriff or wear off-the-shoulder tops or halter necks will also be ejected on the orders of the Queen's representative, the Duke of Devonshire. The duke, the chairman of the course, has clarified the strict dress code for next week's event in guidance sent to all 80,000 Royal Enclosure badge holders. The code dictates that only "formal day dress" is acceptable and that ladies must wear hats or...
  • Excuse me, Sir

    02/20/2008 6:52:02 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 1 replies · 189+ views
    self | Feb 20,2008 | swampsniper
    I picked Greatest Grandson up at the high school this afternoon, I needed groceries too, so we went to Walmart. Standing in the checkout line I heard a voice behind me say, "Excuse me, Sir, I'm sorry I blocked you". This shouldn't be exceptional, but it is, today. On the way home I told him how proud he made me feel, and he said, "I was raised that way". He made the honor roll too, life is really good sometimes.
  • Carving the turkey like a 1791 gentleman

    12/25/2007 5:30:48 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 31 replies · 200+ views
    Telegraph.Co.UK ^ | 24/12/2007 | Nick Britten
    For anyone who finds the very prospect of carving a turkey tomorrow brings them out in a sweat, help is at hand. A 200-year-old book has recently been discovered detailing the traumas faced by the head of the table when preparing and carving the bird, and giving crucial advice on how to get it right and impress your guests. It says manners and etiquette are vital, and the ability to carve with "ease and grace" gains great respect among fellow diners. advertisementOn no account must the carver stand up while doing the deed, but must always have a chair high...

    12/10/2007 8:12:11 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 5 replies · 59+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | December 10, 2007 | Neal Boortz
    NOT EVERYONE LOVES THE TALKMASTER! Yeah .. I know. Imagine that! Here's the edited text of an email Web Guy forwarded to me. Web Guy wanted me to see this particular piece of "hate mail" because he says the writer, whoever he is (he left no valid email address) has such a succinct way of expressing his feelings and his dreams for America. We're more than happy to share these thoughts with you today: I'll admit, we did correct a few spelling and punctuation errors. We didn't want this gentleman's message to get lost in some typos. "Why don't you...
  • Arabs in FIRST class in Democratic Israel, literally

    09/17/2007 3:37:21 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 2 replies · 265+ views
    Jimmy from Jerusalem writes: Arabs in FIRST class in Democratic Israel, literally To Arab lobby’s Jimmy Carter’s ‘Apartheid slur‘:Young [horny] Arabs in the front, elderly Jews & pregnant women in the back! You have already heard about the Israeli courts that favors Arabs over Jews. You have already heard about the Israeli security that favors Arabs over Jews in access to holy sites like temple mount & Hebron’s ancient Jewish tomb.. You have already heard about the Israeli military that favors Arabs over Jews in “illegal” squattering, like in Jerusalem, Hebron, etc. You have already heard about the Israeli universities...
  • The U.S. Friendliness Deficit

    09/09/2007 8:26:41 AM PDT · by Clemenza · 54 replies · 1,045+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 9/8/07 | Gary Silverman
    After several days at sea, I have begun to suspect that the US may be in worse shape than I thought. Not only does our economy need imported oil and foreign capital to prosper. It also could be developing a dependence on the kindness of strangers. I left dry land because my mother decided to celebrate her 70th birthday by inviting her children and grandchildren on a cruise – a five-day voyage from Bayonne, New Jersey, to Bermuda and back. Having grown up in the Long Island suburbs of New York, I viewed cruises as the vacation equivalent of a...
  • Publisher Nan Talese's Remarks on Oprah Winfrey

    07/31/2007 5:40:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 1,165+ views
    Youtube ^ | 7-31-07 | DOUBLEDAY PUBLISHER
    Publisher Nan Talese's Remarks on Oprah Winfrey
  • Teen Loses Job For Whistling At Co-Worker

    06/04/2007 2:59:24 AM PDT · by ShadowDancer · 62 replies · 2,173+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | June 3, 2007 | AP
    Teen Loses Job For Whistling At Co-WorkerPOSTED: 9:12 am EDT June 3, 2007 UPDATED: 10:07 am EDT June 3, 2007 CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The wrong kind of whistle resulted in a grocery store employee losing his job. Tom Pacholke, 18, said he was fired April 27 by his employers at Nino Salvaggio market in Macomb County's Clinton Township after using what is known as a wolf whistle to get the attention of a co-worker. The co-worker, who Pacholke said he's known since seventh grade, was wearing a prom dress and walking into the market, The Detroit News reported Saturday....
  • Rudeness continues on Potomac River

    05/21/2007 11:11:59 AM PDT · by JZelle · 31 replies · 1,197+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5-20-07 | Gene Mueller
    A newcomer to tidal Potomac River bass fishing recently sent a blistering note to a popular Web site, the Bass Fishing Home Page. With tongue in cheek, the e-mailer wondered what happened to common boating courtesy on one of the nation's top bass fishing waters. He signed his name Tony, and although some sorely needed word clarification has been added, here is the note from www.wmi.org/bassfish: "[I] was wondering. Just moved or should I say [got] stationed here from Ala. [I] just want to get the rules right. Is there no common courtesy on the lakes and rivers here? Is...
  • Muslim's Manners and Duties

    05/16/2007 10:27:30 AM PDT · by bedolido · 12 replies · 816+ views
    islamonline ^ | 05-15-2007 | Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi
    Surat Al-Israa' was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in Makkah after his Night Journey from Makkah to Jerusalem. In verses 23–39 of this surah, Allah mentions some basic commitments of Muslims. Without fulfilling these commitments, no individual or group can succeed. Muslims have to live by these values and should invite humanity to these principles. These principles are not limited to one race, tribe, or group; they are universal in their scope and application. These are also called the hikmah or the teachings of wisdom. It is wise for everyone to follow them. If followed...

    04/05/2007 8:46:45 PM PDT · by Pistolshot · 399 replies · 6,232+ views
    April 5, 2007 | Self
    I came here in 1998 looking for conservative, logical, thoughtful conversation and debate on the things that matter to us the most. I was a Reagan Republican. One of those who had watched in horror as our embassy staff in Tehran was taken by fanatics. The answer should have been overwhelming force, but it was Carter, that limp-wristed, can’t-we-just talk-this-out, weakling who had made the military a shambles, and stripped it of its soul because of VietNam. I knew from the beginning that there was no room in this world for weakness and that was the beginning of my road...