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 always assume any accusation against a politician is at least possibly true, and similarly, of any group. What I never bought from the start was that they were the only ones. When people are quick to accuse, I reflexively assume they are trying to distract us. Thus, when there were accusations that some of Trump's people had bad connections to some Russians, I figured "Sure, why not? But don't I recall something about Hillary and uranium?" Similarly, when neo-nazis were descending on Charlottesville, and some were reported to be bad people, I thought "Duh. Now tell me about the people coming to counterprotest."
I still feel that way, which is why I feel no need to deny or evade the parts of the Mueller Report that make Trump look unsavory. So what? I expected that, not because he's Trump, but because he is a politician. Less corrupt than Hillary is what I ask, and he's doing just fine on that.
Assistant Village Idiot
Add the AGW hoax, the race Hoaxes, and the rape hoaxes to the tab and count me as a skeptic of any and all. AGW is as manufactured as Russia, Russia, Russia. Racism requires the Smollets and Anita Hills have to fake it to make it and the rape hoaxes are a university/slutwalker creation to maintain victimhood. Truth seems to be as vaporous as the Popes Catholicism. There are exceptions to the rule but they seem few and far between
Not Russian hoaxed but Charlottesville hoaxed me in a different way. Like AVI I think of the truth reported by others as an array of probabilities. If one side is immediately portrayed as pure as the driven snow while the other is more evil than the devil (hands up don't shoot) the probability is near zero and wait a week or two. Dirt will come out that changes the picture. If narrative (politics and money) are involved one has to be especially suspicious. The truth will be in the middle somewhere. The problem with sorting out probabilities like a juror is that near zero is not zero. Also in the internet age, insanely bad ideas get out there instantly w/o any sort of peer, friends and family beat down. So much so that I wonder if the "reasonable man" standard for the law can remain a standard test. For example Dianne Pappas Dem Illinois appears to have really recommended castration for all men to solve abortion. RE: Charlottesville, I had been hearing real people go on, insanely, about how Trump was Hitler and soon there would be concentration camps. Alt Right was being used as a weaponized label to chill speech of not alt right people. I had cut out news because of too much crazy. Even in a cave I managed to hear about Charlottesville. It was the tiki torches that got me. Probability near zero that anyone is that dumb. My initial reaction was total skepticism about the tiki marchers. I thought it was a pro -anti statue protest. I still do, but apparently some people are tiki stupid. Just now waiting for tiki torches to be called culturally appropriated and racist for the rest of the population, or something.