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.
George W. in Brazil discussing the trade agreement of the Americas with the leaders of a Continent hell bent upon America's destruction. The former ruling classes (Los patrones) have grown older, richer and now less inclined to fight for the American Way Latin style. Most of the upper classes are moving to their second homes in the Caribbean or Miami. They are sending the rest off their kids to school in the US and getting the hell out. Chavez, Lula, and Castro are forging quite a triumvirate of possibilities with oil and manufacturing leading the front and Fidel's ideology bringing up the rear.