dinner table. My dad was a brilliant devils advocate, usually prodding me with some outlandish suggestion. When I came up here, Nancy and I were at the Morden's for dinner when Bill Morden, prominent lawyer and QC, turned to me and said, "I think all society's problems arise from the adoption of universal manhood suffrage." I could see the twinkle in his eye, but I still bit. I must have done well enough because we were invited back.
My son and I discuss politics and social issues and just about anything (especially books) but we're both on the same side so it's more of a back patting session. I discuss pretty much everything with everyone. The woman whose husband would have fit right in with James and Toni turns out to be far more of my opinion than she was of her late husband Nick's (another Morden). I listened to Nick, and respectfully disagreed with him and told him why at length, but he was a conspiracy theorist who bought all the strange stories about Bill Clinton (that his aide who committed suicide was actually assassinated for example). He'd have bought the "Obama was born in Kenya or Mozambique or anywhere but Hawaii", too I expect. And so it goes.
It is far easier to moderate one's speech face to face than at a remove in space and time, but I speak about Rushie Boy the human Pharmacy in just that way face to face. And I call Stephen Harper "Bush 2 without the personalilty" as well. Face to face, one can smile and take some of the sting out of the comment, but the comment isn't different. The Song Remains the Same.