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.
More on the Paris riotshere- things seem to be rapidly spinning out of control. Every day I read that De Villepin is "vowing" to restore order, yet the situation only seems to get worse as French authorities are paralyzed by their own politically-correct inhibitions. Meanwhile the mayor of a nearby town recommends that France "give these people a message of hope" to remedy the situation, a textbook example of 60s thinking that views criminals merely as victims of societal oppression and exclusion, thereby excusing and even justifying their violent behavior. Amazing that Sarkozy seems to have received more criticism from calling the rioters "scum" than the rioters themselves have received from their own actions.