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.
I've got the fresh skinny on how the average East Indian on the street views global warming. I spoke to one just yesterday on the matter.
I was returning a piece of computer gear to an American company so naturally it made sense to relay my call 10,000 miles so a foreigner could take down the information.
She sounded fairly bright and had a pretty good grasp of Engrish, so I complimented her for her country's sane and reasonable approach to the global warming issue. I asked what she and her friends thought about it. Her answer is etched in my mind.
"We think you very silly."
Two hundred years of defending democracy around the globe, the longest-running democracy on the planet, and that's the word our proud legacy is reduced to.
To anyone interested in the article on chilled reds, my wife and I have been comming across quality Lumbrusco (slightly sweet sparkiling Italian red) at Aldi's and at our local wine shop. It's inexpensive and is a perfect pairing to my sweet and spicy slow smoked pork shoulder.