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.
This silly thing is going around the email circuit, so I guess we can use it here:
"The good news is that I truly outdid myself this year with my Christmas decorations. The bad news is that I had to take them down after 2 days ... First, the cops advised me that my clever display would cause traffic accidents as they themselves almost wrecked when they first drove by. Secondly, an old lady grabbed the 75-pound ladder and almost killed herself by climbing to the top (she was not happy). She was one of many people who attempted to do that. My yard couldn't take it either. I have more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove into my yard."
Maybe 10 years ago there was a rancher in southwest Nebraska who posed a wrecked helicopter near his home which was located along a federal highway. I can't remember how he came in possession of a wrecked helicopter. Anyway, within just a couple of hours the FAA had telephoned him as they were being inundated by reports of a "helicopter crash". He had like, until 4:00 pm that day to move the wreck or they were going to prosecute him. I guess the moral of the story is that there are a lot of people who do not 'look the other way' when they see something out of the ordinary.