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.
Off topic B, but I find the reasoning in this assault and death of a complete stranger to be a little strange.
Matthew Smith, 42, who turned himself in at the 75th Precinct stationhouse in East New York on Monday, originally was slapped with both counts — but on Tuesday he faced only a charge of assault with intent to cause physical injury.
The attack on Gorman is colloquially known as a “one punch homicide.” In most instances, there is no proof of any felonious intent, according to the Queens DA’s office.
At most, a prosecutor can charge assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor, which requires only the intent to cause physical injury, the office noted, as it explained why the homicide charge was dropped before Smith’s court appearance.