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.
Well, at least until we find out Professor Mann is including us in his defamation suit, heh. The comments on the guy's site made a number of good points. Sheesh -- of all the people to take on, Steyn isn't one of them.
The whole thing, as WUWT points out, only puts more of a spotlight on the fraud accusations against Mann and his unwillingness to engage his opponents in debate. On his own site, he deletes comments, not just those that are indecorous but those that disagree with him on the merits. Of course it's his site and he's entitled to censor as he wishes, but he's not entitled to the presumption of honesty or credibility that would come with showing more courage.
He may find the courtroom an unfamiliar and uncomfortable venue, where he doesn't get to set the terms of the discussion or silence his critics. I can't wait to see the products of e-mail discovery and the questions posited to Mann under oath. The whole business of the "trick" to "hide the decline" could use a more public airing. Here's a write-up to get started with: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/12/understanding_climategates_hid.html