Thursday, October 21, 2010

Daddy on the Edge of Communication Breakdown

Some people just don't like Twinkies.

I said in my last blog post that I was putting an "end to tolerating toxic relationships, and putting others through a cost/benefit analysis".

Do you know how many people thought I was
talking about them? I've explained to most of them that I was referring to something very particular (and if you actually read past that one phrase you would've realized that this was a pretty specific thing to which I was referring), and mentally I was lumping in FOX News, and one of my former doctors who nearly poisoned me - that one was literally a toxic relationship - but the point is, several people completely misinterpreted that statement. One person even said to a mutual third party, "I'm just refusing to read the things he writes". Well damn, kid. Daddy's only got eight followers - I really can't afford to have people boycotting me.

I didn't think Daddy on the Edge needed ground rules, but here's one that apparently I actually need to say;

Talk to Me.

If you have a problem with me or something I've said, I would hope and expect that you would speak to me about it (or comment in the comments section below! It's easy! It's fun!). As you may have guessed from this blog, Daddy is not afraid of expressing his opinion and telling his side of the story, and is more than willing to listen to your side as well in the hope that we might find some common understanding and perhaps clear up misconceptions of the past. As someone once said, "There are three sides to every story - my side, your side and the truth". However, it is only through rational discussion that we can come anywhere close to finding that truth.

If however, you are one of those people that is so certain of their side of things that there can be no discussion, there must not be any debate, and anything other than your opinion of the way things are is just wrong, wrong, wrong - well then I have to ask; Are you a Republican?

The mid-term elections are coming up. I would sincerely request that anyone reading these words think carefully about the choices put before you this election. Do you want someone in office that will attempt to see both sides of an issue, and is open to compromise and working across the aisle, or do you want someone who is so hellbent on their own positions, so blindly certain that their story is the right story and the facts be damned - someone who will stick to their guns even if it means shooting themselves in the foot?

It's your choice, of course. Daddy is gonna vote for the people that aren't afraid to debate. The people that aren't afraid to talk to any and every news outlet - not just the ones that agree with them. The people that aren't afraid to at least entertain the possibility that there may be a legitimate "other side" to a story, and are at least open to hearing it.

Finally, let me say this - while Daddy on the Edge often deals with some very serious subjects, you should remember to not always take Daddy hisself too seriously. This is my place to rant and rave and howl at the moon - it is my place to be myself in all my irreverence. Sometimes, no matter how angry you are, you've just gotta stop, let it go, and laugh about it - if only for a moment.

Case in point - Meg Whitman's $140 million campaign recently sent out a tweet with a link that was supposed to send people to a statement from the Deputy Sheriff's Association of San Diego County and it's endorsement of her. Well, through miscommunication, misinterpretation or misinformation, the address posted sent people to the video below instead. Let it be lesson number one in making sure you have the right information, and in not taking yourself too seriously. ;)

Rock on Dude,


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