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.
ACORN as a criminal enterprise is no stretch at all. To make matters worse, I checked several of the troubled banks' sites sub-prime loan sections in 2007 when the warning signs started to appear. ACORN, NCLR (La Raza), and other were prominently displayed as "associates". A reasonable translation of that is that the federal government had bludgeoned the banks into dealing with ACORN et al so that they would not be protested in court as "racists profiteering off the poor" every time they opened an ATM somewhere or set up a new branch. As you may know, that behavior was enabled and facilitated by the Community Reinvestment Act, as revised in the 1990's.
The "5-a-day" thing is kind of silly and so is griping about having to import the "5-a-day" produce when it's out of local season. "Local-vores" have a small point: if you can get the foods (and other things) you want locally at a decent price, seems like a fine idea.
The amount of lettuce grown in New England in January is nill. We grow only a small amount of fruit in Montana but we dig a lot of coal and we raise a lot of cattle. New England raises only a few beef cattle. So regions trade, nations trade, and wealth grows. Transportation invigorates the economy and increases everyone's wealth. Use of energy makes luxuries into everyday items. This is great!