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.
When the true believers start rioting because someone has ‘dissed’ their increasingly absurd religion I just wonder what the police response will be? Will they stand idly by, “not wanting to inflame racial tensions further” or will they smash people’s skulls in as the thuggish Metropolitan Police did to old whitie when we went to Parliament Square to protest against the Hunting Bill?
Last year I attended a New Year's eve party. Most of the guests were from academia. Some were teachers of lower grades, who had returned to university for advanced coursework. The following is a conversation I had with a woman, who was teaching Civics and American History to 7-9 graders.
Teacher: "Did you know what Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington all went on a camping trip for two years. They lived with the Indians on the East Coast. That is where they got all the ideas for the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. "
Self (in stunned nausea): "Oh really, what tribe did they live with?"
Teacher: "Oh, it doesn't matter--they all (Indians) had these ideas before those white men had them!"
I stumbled into the kitchen for another glass of anything!