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.
To the Class of 2013: You have lived any Adam Sandler movie. Congratulations. But seriously, folks. In 1971 an editor at my first newspaper said, "Hey, Merriman! You're a three-time loser. You're a Vietnam veteran, so everybody's afraid of you; you're a college student, so nobody trusts you; and you're a newspaper reporter, so nobody believes you."