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.
Now that's what I call a well-guarded border: at right, the Israeli-controlled border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Though Israel is pulling back its settlers, it appears it will not loosen control of the border checkpoints around the territory. While terrorism is a day-to-day concern for many Israelis, Israel is equally cognizant of the even greater long-term threat posed by mass Palestinian and Arab immigration, which threatens to reduce Jews to a minority within Israel itself. Hence the need for strict border controls and rigid enforcement of immigration laws. If this country devoted one-tenth the effort to its own border, I suspect we'd see illegal immigration brought under quick control. Hopefully it will not take another terrorist attack to convince us of the necessity of securing our highly vulnerable borders.