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.
For those of you unplugged into the right-wing conspiracy that President Obama's AttackWatch.com is supposed to combat by your neighbors, friends, children reporting you for speaking against the new Reich, here's a sample of the reactions:
For those of you who watch Falling Skies: "I, for one, am honored to be recruited as an informer by our new insect overlords."
For you Dos Equis drinkers: ""I don't always report on my neighbors, but when I do, I use #AttackWatch." -- Stay snitchy, my friends..."
For you joiners: "Oooo, can I be a Neighborhood Block Captain? Do we get a uniform? When will you post the new rewards system?"
For those nostalgic for the 1920s or 1930s: "will the coming show trials be streamed? Can we recant our thoughtcrimes via Twitter, or must we appear in person?"
I also reported that honest-to-pete real aliens from outer space had landed and they definetly were royally pissed at Krugman for suggesting that war with them would spur the economy.
I also reported The Barrister and Doc Mercury as subversives doing their best to undermine the Presidency.
Related subject: I've been fascinated with this whole Twitter thing since it started. At first, I didn't get it - I thought this was really stupid - 140 characters doens't seem like a lot of room to "post" anything and who was going to follow who anyway - how would you find somebody to "follow"? Why would you want to do that? Seriously, didn't Facebook have a "check in" feature for that kind of thing?
Turns out, it's bloggier than most blogs. You can do a lot with 140 characters, there is a whole sub-set of addon sites for shortening URL's, three or four really good Twitter interfaces eclipsing the original Twitter site (I use Tweetcaster for Android on my phone and Tweetdeck on the 'puter).
What's so great about Twitter is its immediacy. Like the debate the other night - you can watch the reactions to the candidates, get a quick look at opinion and it gives you sense of what is actually going on.
The problem for politicians and Twitter is that they just don't understand it. For a Presidential administration that is supposed to be "tech oriented", they sure don't seem to get it. That #AttachWatch was just waiting to be abused by folks with a penchant for comedy.
The odor of incipient national socialism is a constant everywhere this administration has poked and prodded. Always half an eye cocked toward any little chances and opportunities to inch it forward everywhere whenever there's no seven-league bootsteps possible. And most of the activists and footsoldiers have no idea of the provenance of their mindsets.
I remember back in 2008, just after Obama was elected, that he started agitating to have his own militia. It startled me, since after all we had our own Army, Navy, Marines, Special Forces, National Guard, and Coast Guard, as well as police forces big and small for every town and village as well as the big cities.
What did he want his own militia for? Then I remembered Adolf Hitler's drafting of the teenage children throughout the country, putting them into brownshirt uniforms and urging them, as Janet Stupitano does, "If you see something, say something." " Report on what your parents are up to, " he said. Called his little army the Hitler Jugend, he did. Told them their first loyalty should be toward the State and to him, not to their parents.
There are still folks alive who remember what happened next. If you need reminding, watch The Sound of Music again.