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.
One of the basic problems faced by liberals, and the reason why they tend to get sensitive whenever the subject of patriotism comes up, is that a large majority of Americans share the conservatives' view of their country. Rasmussen Reports adds up the numbers: 75% of respondents are proud of America's history, while 13% are ashamed of it. 64% say the U.S. is a positive role model for human rights.
As always, these numbers break down quite differently based on party affiliation. 91% of Republicans are proud of our country's history, compared to 64% of Democrats. Not surprisingly, there is also a racial divide: 81% of white respondents, but only 44% of African-Americans, are proud of America's history. (It would be interesting to see the breakdown for other races, but for some reason Rasmussen doesn't provide it.)
Yeah, what artwork? Jeez, BD, isn't that typical of today's blog reader? The Dyl goes a little 'mod' and he's automatically accused of being fake. I want to go on record as saying that when BD sent me that picture to resize and touch up (the Dyl has a 4" mole in the middle of his forehead that's really unseemly), I did NOT hit the 'Disguise' button in Photoshop. If anything looks amiss in the photograph, it's merely the "artifacts" left over from unused pixels caused by using a cheap camera. Apparently, Dylanmastering doesn't pay like it used to.