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.
All the red-faced tirades of Lindsay Graham and Ted Kennedy, and the condescending and insulting comments by GWB (all furious at the "emotional" arguments of the opposition, apparently), were not enough to save the Senate immigration bill, which essentially died yesterday when it failed to garner enough votes to limit debate. This marks the second time in two years that an amnesty bill has been defeated before making its way to the President's ready-and-waiting desk.
President Bush, who recently lashed out at his own Republican base by questioning their patriotism and accusing them of trying to "frighten" Americans by calling the bill an amnesty, apparently came down sick the same evening, according to Larry Auster. Perhaps not coincidentally, Bush was photographed drinking a beer (see above photo) before the episode, despite his well-documented abstention from alcohol.
Update: As noted in the comments, the official line from the White House is that it was a non-alcoholic beer. The actual source of Bush's stomach ailment? A surfeit of rootbeer and raspberry cheesecake at the G8 dinner, apparently.