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.
No Bush-hating liberal bias in the news. Anchoress. You see, Bush is too crude to greet a Queen, unlike Clinton. The NYT doesn't like Sarkozy either, because of his strained marital siutuation, unlike Clinton of course.
Social cohesion. Stumbling and Mumbling. Of course people prefer to hang out with people who are on the same page. It's called tribalism, and it is normal and healthy - and adaptive. I am careful to never underestimate the communication, understanding, trust, and assumption gaps when dealing with those from other cultures or even subcultures. I have been burned too often by erroneous assumptions.
Do not eat any food made in China. SDA. Seriously.