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.
So much for that major threat to the US. The hype certainly keeps people watching the news, though, with the dopey reporters in rain jackets saying "Wow, look at that wind." Of course, if you live in storm or flood zones, you must always expect such things. The poor people of Haiti can not be prepared even though storms are part of life there.