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.
Would you call this an easy shot, an average shot, a long shot, or out of range? (although it's moot, in fact, because you do not want to drop a bird in those tules because you'll never find it. Shoot them when they are over open water.) A flock of Mallards as seen from my duck boat, a couple of weeks ago:
While I give thanks for being born in this great nation, speaking this wonderful language and living through such interesting times, I would be remiss if I didn't mention something that I'm sure everyone reading my words is thankful for.
Thank you for Maggie's Farm.
Occasionally, one of the bloggers here will semi-rhetorically ask 'Why do we do this?' A few months ago, I answered one of these queries, and, on this day of thanks, I shall do so again.
There are really two things that make sites like this so valuable.
First, if all we had to read was Michelle, Ed, Tiger, and the rest of the political bloggers, I think we'd all go crackers at some point. The balance that Maggie's provides isn't just desired. It's necessary.
But what I see as the real value in a site like this is the potential it carries.
One day, someone's going to invent the cure for cancer, and he'll be at the press conference when a reporter asks him how he came to discover that the synthesized derivative of the Red-Winged Amazonian Beetle's sweat glands was the miracle cure. He'll say,
"Well, it was kind of crazy, but I was just drifting around the web one day and read this real intriguing article on beetles on some blogsite, and that got me interested in the little critters and eventually led me to the Amazon Basin where I discovered this amazing cure."
This potential does NOT exist on Michelle Malkin's site.
So my thanks this day go to the blogsites that view us as human beings, not just "readers". To the ones that reflect life in its entirety, not just a microcosm of it. To the ones who offer us doors to new worlds, rather than spinning us around the same old tired whirlpool.
Yeah, if you want to improve on your namecalling technologies, go to the church of MM. But if you want to expand in ways where you might actually benefit yourself, (especially if you're struggling with country bumpkin technologies) participation sites like this are vastly superior.