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.
The Ethanol Scam: It requires more fossil fuel to produce ethanol from corn, than there is energy in the ethanol. Fact is, the ethanol program is a farm subsidy and nothing more, under false pretenses.
Wind Farms indeed are hugely destructive to migratory birds. Shut 'em down - what a dumb experiment.
"On your visit to Minnesota, you will sooner or later come face to face with Minnesota's most popular native food, HOTDISH ... A traditional main course, hotdish is cooked and served hot in a single baking dish and commonly appears at family reunions and church suppers. Hotdish is constructed on a base of canned cream of mushroom soup and canned vegetables. The other ingredients are as varied as the Minnesota landscape. If you sit down to something that doesn't look like anything you've ever seen before, it's probably hotdish."
- Howard Mohr How to Talk Minnesotan: A Visitor's Guide Penguin, 1