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  •  A point poorly phrased (0+ / 0-)

    is in fact not well made, no matter how truthful it is.

    There's a reason why it's called communication.

    •  Flyspecks in pepper. Was that comment necessary? (2+ / 0-)
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      priceman, sturunner

      If so, respond to him.  I don't need the lecture.

      The Dude abides, now get off my lawn.

      by Boris49 on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 02:22:31 PM PDT

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      •  I was directly responding (0+ / 0-)

        to your response to me, so your comment is perplexing to me.

        If you think my comment was a "lecture" then what do you think your comment was?

        •  This comment formatting is confusing at times. (3+ / 0-)
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          priceman, cpresley, sturunner

          Excuse me for the snippiness.

          On the other hand, I believe that the polite political discourse in Washington serves to detract from the attenuation toward real issues.

          It is time that we speak more plainly.  Anger, frustration, fear, hopelessness are things many of us are experiencing.  I would rather be candid about this than worry about any feathers discourtesy might ruffle.

          The Dude abides, now get off my lawn.

          by Boris49 on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 03:13:56 PM PDT

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          •  I think I differentiate (1+ / 0-)
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            between polite and tactfully persuasive (my own term admittedly).

            One can be forceful, direct, honest, and critical without being personal, snarky, and basically using phrases like:

            "utter arrogance and tone deafness"
            "get a clue"
            "idiotic nonsense"
            "pony up on actual knowledge"
            "economic stupidity"

            There is nothing persuasive about that, and if you aren't being persuasive then you are simply "spleen venting" and accomplishing nothing other than turning someone off and blowing off some anger/steam (and if that's all one wants to do then that's a different story).

            I'd rather be candid AND persuasive then candid and snarky if I am actually trying to accomplish something.

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