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.
1Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit. 2From you let my vindication come; let your eyes see the right. 3If you try my heart, if you visit me by night, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress. 4As for what others do, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent. 5My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped. 6I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words. 7Wondrously show your steadfast love, O savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand. 8Guard me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings, 9from the wicked who despoil me, my deadly enemies who surround me. 10They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly. 11They track me down; now they surround me; they set their eyes to cast me to the ground. 12They are like a lion eager to tear, like a young lion lurking in ambush. 13Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them! By your sword deliver my life from the wicked, 14from mortalsóby your hand, O Lordó from mortals whose portion in life is in this world. May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them; may their children have more than enough; may they leave something over to their little ones. 15As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.