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.
There apparently was too much swelling in his leg to do the needed surgery, so the current stabilization technique (photo yesterday) is temporary for a week or so, then I assume a tibial rod or other internal fixation.
A real conservative would get a wooden peg leg. Then, he could stump about like an old fashioned Yankee whaling captain cussing about the cussedness of this and that. Whaling captains have gravitas. I would listen to a peg legged whaling captain. A peg legged whaling captain could run for president.