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.
At 8PM tonight in Israel sirens will sound and all stop whatever they are doing, drivers pull over and exit their cars, and stand silently for one minute. Israel prepares to remember 23,646 fallen soldiers and 3,134 terror victims.
That number may not sound very high to an American. However, proportionate to population it would be as if the US lost almost 800,000 in WWII alone, versus the 291,000 combat casualties the US suffered in WWII, almost triple the casualties for Israel.