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.
Joe Luke ... I think that just about all of us who post here, even us occasional folks, are well aware that we are teetering on the edge of a precipice. That "theme" is at the back of our minds every day, especially now that Obama has decided to track and punish individuals who wish to contribute to the campaign of Mitt Romney. You won't find a story about that in the New York Times, but you will in today's Wall Street Journal.
One more thing bird dog. It's cute that you are self conscious about your blog. I find it endearing. Hugs. However, I see your blog on many bloglists in my travels and they sometimes even re-post your stuff. So, not being an expert, I would say you're doing well. I check in periodically and pounce on the posts I think I can play with. Nice job, all around. Yes, I was going to ask for bikinis, but heck, that stuff I get all over.