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.
This story reminds me of the time my apt. got robbed in NYC, westside of Manhattan, but when we found the guy in the bathroom, he had my Brooks Brothers suit on, but I had a brand-new ice axe in my hands, and an annoyed attitude. Will tell the story sometime.
In a great post last week, M. Simon recognized how the Drug War helped facilitate the corruption so obviously apparent in the Duke University "rape" case. A common thread is popular hysteria, in which feelings are more important than freedom or facts. It's more important to win the drug war or stop cultural racism than to be concerned with trifles, and if the rules (or the Constitution) have to be bent or disregarded, so be it. Aren't we forgetting that under our system, certain principles are more important than facts? That if the police lied to get a warrant, it does not matter whether drugs were found? That even if a certain student displays evidence of racism (or a dislike of homosexuals), that does not make him guilty of rape?
I'd rather keep my freedom, even if it's 70 degrees outside.
There. I just said it. I'm prepared to face a Nuremberg tribunal for Holocaust advocacy.
My Uncle John & Aunt Vivien lived in Katy, Texas. Uncle John had the Katy Drilling Company there (drilled water wells), up 'til he retired and sold it back some years. I know the Pig Races area well. Too bad about the trouble the folks are having, but, honestly, who wants a bunch of hostile religious lunatics setting up a base camp next door? Maybe they are not religious lunatics but their early actions sure do point that way--not to mention the (cough) general history of the whole kit & kaboodle.