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.
Removing turtles from the environment - for the environment. People are insane. Furthermore, I know a bit about tortoises, and they do not transplant well. They just try to get back home, and die on the way.
ON THE UPSIDE, THEY PRODUCED VASTLY MORE INTRUSION INTO FAMILIES: Child Abuse Investigations Didn’t Reduce Risk, a Study Finds. “Child Protective Services investigated more than three million cases of suspected child abuse in 2007, but a new study suggests that the investigations did little or nothing to improve the lives of those children.” Also, this employed lots of people in “helping” professions, who tend to vote Democratic. So you’ve got to score this as a win, even if children weren’t any better off. And the study authors suggest that since what we’re doing doesn’t work, we should redouble our efforts! See above. . . .
Re the probable Democrat debaucle this year: I do hope so. Partly it's schadenfreude: when snotty commentators pronounced the deat of the Republican party and conservatism, I was very annoyed. But it's more patriotism: the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda will damage our nation as a body and our people as individuals. It's already damaging my family and me by hurting our savings. The immediate impact on my daughter's college funds is serious. The long-term impact could be worse. And if my family has been damaged somewhat, others have been pushed totally under water. Not the rich, generally, but the middle class and the poor have suffered from the attempt to "shaft the rich", "save the planet", and "make up for all the evil America has done".