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.
Poor Joe: I guess Operation Thundering Blunder is in difficulties.
Sigh, The Daily Mail is reporting that rescue transport aircraft are having to engage counter measures for heat seeking missiles to in order to land and depart from Kabul.
The Year Without A Summer led to Vermonters, and to a lesser extent the rest of New England, heading west to settle in Ohio and Indiana. It started as a trickle, but gained steam over the next decades. I was taught as a boy that it was the Civil War which inspired the migration in search of better land, but the numbers show it started decades before.
Assistant Village Idiot
Those New Englanders moved into Ohio and Indiana and found they didn't have to harvest rocks every spring before planting their crops.
The Great Plains was settled after the Civil War and Union veterans were a hefty percentage of those settlers.