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.
I'm not sure if there remains much interest in the von Trapp backstory if you're under forty. I only have a curious as in "I wondered about the family that was the impetus for Sound of Music" .... mainly because Sound of Music was one of the Rogers & Hammerstein plays that the arts department put on, and I was part of, in high school. (I was on the sound crew)
As in all things, time fades all memory, and even significant, momentous events become historical curiosities. And so goes even World War 2 events (and worse for footnote events like the von Trapp family)......
Well here we go again--illegal immigration and truth--haven't seen it yet. But, how about this perspective: wonder if we included in the discussion about illegal immigration some scientific facts. Facts about soil and water capacity. Facts about over crowding. Facts about forcing the Mexican people to finally, get what it takes to create their own government, take control of their own lives in their own country. MOSTLY any discussion about immigration must contain an agreement on population: how many, how to control, etc. The real fear in all of this is that we will look like them in the very near future. Overcrowded, hungry, corrupt beyond our comprehension, helpless, etc. If we cannot come to a systemic approach to dealing with these issues we will never come to an agreement about immigration "policy". Now--there's honesty for you!
RE: Climate Bill: Here's the answer - Shell Oil’s Marvin Odum, Duke Energy’s Jim Rogers and NRG Energy’s David Crane. Anybody who follows CNBC or business news on a regular basis understands that these three folks, which I'll bet money that most of you don't know anything about, stand to make BILLIONS (illions with a B) for themselves and their companies off the cap and trade schema - in particular Duke Energy's Jim Rogers.