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.
Barrister ... So glad that you selected this article to post. It hits the nail on the head. Most of us grown-ups find very little on the telly to watch with pleasure, as Dr. Merc pointed out in his series on NCIS, which is certainly or arguably the best series on TV ... the only one, besides House, with a really well crafted script, excellent acting and good character development. The other episodic shows are either conventional shoot-em-up thrillers with the obligatory pair of sleuths, one black and one white, or ballsy feminist protagonists who take pleasure in demeaning men by dumbing them down or fem-ing them up.
We are glad to have cable in the house, because we can still get some of the older, wittier shows to give us a giggle -- Frasier, for instance, which cheers us up at night before we struggle our arthritic ways to bed, and Barney Miller, which after all these years still makes us laugh. But it's a desert out there as far as newer shows are concerned. We never could see the point in Sex and the City, or Friends or any of the spin-offs from those shows. And after the first few months, we got very bored with Boston Legal, and didn't really want to know what Bill Shatner [Denny Crane] was doing with Alan Whatshisname out on that balcony, or in those "sleepovers" they kept talking about. Too Much Information, as the kids say.
The most annoying thing Hollywood does, as well as Depravity Central, our nation's capital, is to misunderstand and demean the American military. The men and women in our military are truly "the flower of our country" and its last, best hope. And both Sodom, on the West Coast, and Gomorrah on the East Coast, are too dumb and too depraved to realize it.