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.
NHS mess drives immigrants away in the UK. Talk about unintended consequences.
Sweden's missed opportunity. I doubt that they care very much. Their energetic and ambitious citizens leave the country, and their slacker quotient rises. Soon they will all be either Moslems or on the dole, or both. Then what? Call the UN for help? Call the USA for money and food?
Be really careful having 2 or 3 beers and driving NJ. Have to stretch them out over a few hours. Seems DUI has become an industry. Law enforcement, lawyers, the courts and politicians, detox centers and MADD etc. all have big vested interests. Think a DUI might be worth thousands of dollars to all the partys that get involved now. Even a $50-$100 cab ride is cheap by comparison. Seems a bit ridiculous. I know plenty of drinkers who are very good drivers. ha. But also have known many families who have suffered immeasurably because of a drunk driver. Usually a very, very drunk driver but the legal limit is the legal limit. Today, people and/or their insurance companys pay large costs for a DUI. Have seen more than one person with a DUI go to very expensive detox for 21 days, before sentencing. Am told the courts like to see that.
On the UCC, I'm sure you've heard the old joke that the letters stand for "Unitarians Considering Christianity."
It's interesting, considering that they are both the lineal descendants of the Puritans and in the 1800s were one of the most evangelical denominations, sending hundreds of missionaries around the world. In fact, that's where the American missionary movement started, as a result of the "Haystack Meeting" of students at Williams College in 1806. http://www.urbana.org/_articles.cfm?RecordId=899