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 progress in Iraq. Gateway. As we have opined here many times, the task in Iraq is more about effective policing than about war - probably similar to what the task would be to clear all of the violent gangs out of LA, if anyone wanted to try. The war itself was won long ago.
Good lord! An optimist? What's wrong with you people? Don't you know we are dooooooooomed and defeeeeeeeeted? Don't you know that the Iraq war is the most catastrophic blunder in the history of the universe?
Your optimism is an offense. I bid you good day, sir (and ma'am).