commented on To Tip Your Server or Not to Tip Your Server: That Is Not the Question
Until restaurants implement a mandatory service charge, a 20% tip is customary and appropriate.
In my view, the tip shouldn't be reduced unless deficient service is clearly the fault of the server. There are plenty of restaurants where deficient service is caused by restaurant management (servers have too many tables, insufficient restaurant staffing, hosts fail to seat guests in a thoughtful manner, inadequate infrastructure, etc.).
Sure everyone has the option to tip less. Have you been to restaurants where people customarily tip less than 20% (i.e., not in urbanized areas or less sophisticated restaurants)? The quality of service is noticeably lower. You get what you pay for.
commented on What He Said: Andrew Sullivan On Anthony Weiner
How is showing someone your junk, without their permission, not sexual harassment? Doesn't matter if it's real life or the internets. If he had exposed his junk to someone he barely knew in Central Park, would we even be having this discussion? (If he was mayor and did the same thing, wouldn't that be an abuse of power?)
Also agree re the abject lack of judgment, the lying, etc. etc. No reason to grant power to someone who has repeatedly shown pathological behavior.