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.
And a depressing story about what is going on in Turkey these days - one of my favorite countries to visit. wonderful smart people, great food, good wines which they refuse to export, and fascinating, deeply historical countryside. If they lose their tourism, and the EU membership, it could end badly, and that would be a heck of a shame.