I have a temper and there are some things that set me off in about zero seconds.
- Being patronized 'cos I have not travelled much, had a real education, or come face-to-face with even the beginner's introduction to the run-up to The Elephant. Yes, it's true: I'm a small-town girl, an autodidact and I never even so much as dated a JROTC guy. It does not follow that I am therefore ignorant, parochial, or sneer at those who serve in the military and if you'd like a screaming argument, one quick way is to assume those things are so.
- Ted Kennedy. Well, any Kennedy, really. This is prejudice, for all it has so far been borne out by their behavior in and out of office. I won't make mock of the unfortunate man's brain cancer and I'm glad for him that he appears to have recovered so well from surgery, but he still afflicts me like chalk on a blackboard. Woke up to him on the tube hovering like a Zeppelin over the Democrat convention and regretted having set the television to go off. Gah! Before coffee?
- The two-party system. Sorry, but in my ever-so-amateur opinion one of the very worst features of U. S. politics is the "big tent" theory (a lot of the campers do not so very much play well with others) and the worst of all is the bedamned casting every election as an uber-apocalyptic Ragnarok of Light vs. Darkness. Aw, crap -- it's just another choosing-of-fools to (try to) run things for an even number of years; later, we'll pitch 'em and get another set of meddling eejits. And I'd like to see a wider assortment of fools being elected, who will argue with each other more and meddle with you and I less.
- Unfounded authority. Yeah, yeah, maybe any MBA can manage anything and any biz-school poser can work as a supervisor; but it's all play-pretend unless they understand the specific nature of the endeavor. Slingin' buzzwords doesn't count.
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