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.
Pudd'nhead Wilson is my favorite Mark Twain book. For those that haven't read it, here is the paraphrased opening where "Puddn'head" gets his name.
There is a dog yapping incessantly in the distance. Wilson turns to one of his companions and says "I wish I owned half that dog." His partner asks "why?" and Wilson says "because I'd kill my half." This story got around and the locals decided Wilson must be slow because killing his half would kill the whole dog; hence "Puddn'head Wilson."