Well let's see.. I apologize to theantijock, for past misunderstandings, and I apologize to riddler, because I made it a little too personal in the politics forums.
Haven't you heard: love is never having to say your sorry. (Well, except maybe for the douche (not you of course) who told me to die in my own vomit--what a fucking thing to say somebody, and other's like him). But thank you, Doug. Accepted & appreciated entirely and never needed to mention now nor again. I get that I'm hypersensitive.
Though, unrelated to our little tiff, I'll never buy into the butthurt bullshit people pass off as an excuse to be inconsiderate towards the feeling of others, as the only thick skin I care to develop is on the pad of my ignore click finger. Thick skin works both ways. It keeps feelings from getting in but also it keeps feelings from getting out. I aspire to neither.
So if you do not mind, and I'm not looking here to be argumentative, but simply to explain how I perceived our last little blow up (& you know that wasn't our first). We were arguing over some point, I don't even recall the topic. As I do recall, I proved to you my point but instead of conceding that point, you just dropped it in silence (and many of the guys here do that, not just with me but I observe it in other conversations) and then went off on some tangent seeking someplace else to bash me.
Which is precisely the pattern I'd recognized from our first harsh encounter and I did not care to get pulled into that again. You often are on target on your perceptions and in your expressions of them. But you can not stand being corrected if someone has thought of something that maybe you hadn't yet considered.
With the exceptions of appropriate applications of motherly Jewish guilt, or when someone has shot at me first, please know that I will never add suggestion to anything someone says--if I think I see where someone hadn't considered something or considered it weighty enough--in any attempt to try and make them feel badly. My only ever concern is that people think to their highest ability. If they surpass in that my abilities to sort something out, I'm so cool with that you have no idea. Since I was a child I have always involved myself with those smarter than me. I thrive on thinking. I often think consciously in my sleep for God's sakes.
I'd imagine many think I can't stand being corrected if ever I misspeak or haven't thought something out in good order because I am otherwise so quick to click ignore. But I never click ignore just because someone questions or attempts to correct something I've written. I adore having my ideas challenged. I click ignore when someone continuously argues for the sake of argument (and I'll sometimes test my suspicion of that by agreeing with them and inevitably they find a way to disagree with me even while I'm on their side--it's so bizarre). Certainly I click ignore as soon as the other person tries to treat me like shit. I click ignore if I see someone continuously treating others like shit, even if they haven't attacked me. Also I click ignore when someone talks down to me particularly when they've little substance supporting them.
But just for someone challenging an idea I've expressed? Bring it.
So, again, thank you for your apology. I already knew that you're a good man.