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.
I find it hard to believe that some folks would ask questions like these. In an interview you are selling your worth to an employer, so forget anything that refers to yourself unless it is directly connected with the job on offer. You can be their pal after you land the job.
Dr. Everett V. Scott
It is perfectly fine to ask when they will be making a selection. Especially in this day and age when one goes through several interviews before even meeting your future boss.
One interview I did have I said to them at the end of the interview, so do what time do I start on Monday? They laughed and I got the job.
The other questions.. yeah, don't ask until you have the offer.