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.
More news on the Venezuelan front from the Miami Herald. The Herald due to its location is one of the few papers that follows the Latin American happenings. Will Americans ever learn to look at the their neighbor's policies and realize that their perils affect us in the long term more than one could possibly think?
"Poverty figures undermine Chávez's success claims. If the Bush administration is really serious about countering democratically elected Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez's claims that he is a champion of the poor and victim of a U.S. smear campaign, here's an idea -- broadcast the Venezuelan government's own poverty statistics." The full article will be available on the Web for a limited time: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/columnists/andres_oppenheimer/11272295.htm