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 am happy to be called a redskin. Flattered. I have a lot more injun blood than Mrs. Warren, and my sis looks just like an injun squaw. My grandma, totally. I am 1/8th. Or 1/16th Iroquois. I think it's cool. We were called redskins here in New England because we used old bear fat for winter skin insulation, but that was a bit before I was born. It looked reddish. Had to kill a bear with an arrow to get that stinky stuff.
OK, those ancestors were stone-age lunatics, but so what? I tan readily in the summer sun, I like warfare, and I have good eyes for wildlife. Interesting genes to have. Mayflower Christian fanatic-types on one side, some injun blend on the other. It's no wonder that I am half crazy. Call me "Chief Bird Dog."
I think I did some good by blending that with some Irish-Italian sauce for my kids. More American mongrels.
In law school there were all these racially exclusive groups: BLSA (Black Law Students Association); ChiLSA (Chicano/a Law Students Association), ALSA (Asian Law Students Association); PILSA (Pacific Islander Law Students Association, which you might think was for Tahitians, Samoans, etc., but was actually Filipino/a).
For some reason a WLSA was not permitted.
A bunch of us mixed-bloods felt left out since we didn't qualify for an alphabet letter pure-blood student group, so we started our own group: MLSA (Mongrel Law Students Association). In the group we had the following mixes: Hawaiian-White; Cherokee-White (yes a member of the tribe and grew up on the reservation in Oklahoma); Mexican-White; African Black-French (yes, from Africa); and Japanese-White. And of course we welcomed anyone as an honorary member, even purebloods. So we had as honorary members a couple of German-American guys from different parts of Wisconsin (who were both quite fluent in the Wisconsin dialect), and an Orthodox Jew from Chicago.
Our activities mainly consisted of watching old TV shows on Friday and Saturday nights, or going out for ice cream on Friday afternoon to celebrate surviving another week of law school. We were not a very high-powered group. In fact, if you saw us you would probably think we were part of another group, the NLSA (Nerd Law Students Association).