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.
Posted at 8 AM: I am heading down to Maine in about an hour, but I wanted to register one thought first: This Supreme Court has handed the Repubs more ammunition than they want or need to correct the course of the Court, or for the 2006 elections, for that matter. McCreary County, and Kelo, have given regular people fits. Respect for religion, and Right to Property - what could be more basic to the lives of Americans? The lefty-elitist hubris of this Court will lead to its correction, in good time. The fight to protect our freedom from government power is endless, as is the fight to protect freedom from external powers. It's a damn shame that we ever have to think about the former, but we do. Show me a government, and I'll show you a sponge for money and power over the individual, and it will mainly be run by phonies who couldn't do much in real life, except schmooze and BS.
Why does a Texan, even though he lives in CT now, say he's going "down" to Maine? Also known as "down east"? First correct email answer gets a Maggie's Farm t-shirt.
One XL Maggie's Farm t-shirt to RT of Portland, Maine: You go "down east" because the prevailing winds carry your sailing ship northeast along the Atlantic coast easily, especially on the Boston to Maine stretch. If not downwind, at least on a reach. Sailing from Maine to Boston or New York usually involves much more tacking and is a more arduous, upwind trip. Thus, in Maine, the older generation still goes "up to Boston."