I apologize for misunderstanding you, Spanky,
Well, I don't think that anyone should feel compelled to apologize for "misundertsanding" anyone.
But I do feel that people should apologize when another person objects to something that was said and tells the person saying it that they found it to be offensive. I also think that apologies should be given freely and easily.
As I said, it's up to you whether you find it to be appropriate to apologize or not...but what I found to be offensive wasn't that you 'misunderstood' me...but that you attempted to mischaracterize my remarks in an inappropriate manner...'putting words in my mouth' that very clearly weren't there. That's not appropriate, in my opinion.
Sorry to hear that."...but this may indeed be a "chronic" condition for which there really is no cure".
Because if you indeed, cannot differentiate between the speaker...and what they are saying...then you are going to have a lot of trouble on the internet, let alone, here.
There was a well-publicized example of this...just the other day here. A Federal judge dressed down an attorney and publicly blasted a post-trial motion they had filed, referring to it as "hare-brained". Now, kind of embarrassing for the attorney, happened in front of the media and the entire city and state in the post-sentencing conviction of our former governor.
(So, as some have suggested, it probably should have been spelled: "hair-brained". That's a pretty funny joke...if you have a mental image of Illinois' former governor).
But the judge wasn't calling the attorney "hare-brained", you see...just talking about the lack of substance of their motion. (And the judge was certainly correct).
You can call a proposition like the 'tick advisory committee' stupid...without calling the people who think it is a good idea...stupid.
Haven't you EVER heard someone say to you, "that's a STUPID idea"?
And for the record, I wasn't "mocking' my fellow citizens, for crying out loud...or calling them 'dumb' or anything else.
As I believe I said, I think they are being "used and abused".
You might want to look at this, also: