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 saw a study once that in the US in the 1700s about 1/3 of the brides were already knocked up...
You want to do something about Western morality? Forget gays. The bigger hole is adultery and divorce. If we could bring back stoning for adultery and 40 lashes for fornication we might get somewhere. It all started going bad long before women got the vote. But it didn't help.
Rabbi Shumley thinks the officials and reporters who praise Hamas are nuts. Not so: they are very clearly stating the kind of religious leader they respect. No Christian or Jewish group can gain Friedman's respect until it can match Hamas terror for terror. That is why Islam appeals to these people: The bloodthirsty moloch god of Islam is their kind of god. They're not crazy; their words accurately express their natures.