We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Is Hollywood "progressive"? Quite the opposite. But knowing no history - or anything else - they think they're cool.
Are Tea Parties a sickness? You put 10 demented ladies going menopausal in pink t-shirts, and it's a front-page protest. Yet half a million good citizens defending American values is a sickness? I think the O would rather chat with Chavez than with me.
Not in my backyard: Uirghur terrorists. How about one-way tickets to Paris? My intuition tells me that they might not appreciate the blessings of America.
In all my years of watching news coverage in America, I don't believe I have ever witnessed more condescending, amateurish, purely politicized reporting than what just transpired among the liberal MSM covering America's Tax Day Tea Parties. The Tea Parties represented a very significant news event.
Unfortunately the "ethanol scam" doesn't fit within the "save the environment" narrative. Pointing out all those inconvenient facts about ethanol is like kissing a brick wall. The wall doesn't care and you just get dirt in your mouth. I notice a MARKED (1-3mpg) increase in gas mileage when I go from ethanol diluted gasoline to the straight stuff, even at higher altitudes where the oxygen content of the air is less and minus the "oxygenating effect" of the ethanol. Alcohol just plain has less energy per lb than gasoline, but that is just an inconvenient fact. It appears to me that alcohol fuels are still trying to solve 1970's pollution problems...in spite of better computerized fuel management and catalytic converters. Oh, well. Until enough people elect enough like minded representatives to overturn this farce, we all are stuck with it.