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.
Blame Newsweek, or blame the rioters and their inciters? Interesting thoughts from The Shape of Days:
There's something wrong, dangerously wrong, in the Muslim world. When a society is so willing to commit widespread violence over such an inconsequential thing, it just makes me nervous about what they'd be willing to do with, say, a nuclear bomb.
How can we fix this? The only answer I can think of will get me branded as an Ann Coulter-loving fascist racist homophobe who dresses funny: missionaries. I'm serious. I'm not saying that the only way to fix the obvious and terrifying problem with the Muslim world is by wiping it out and replacing it with Christianity, though there are certainly those out there who subscribe to that point of view. I think the answer could be less drastic. I think the cross-polination of cultures could do wonders for the Muslim world. Their language, customs, faith … these things are their business, and they're welcome to them. But the idea that God wants them to kill people, that it's okay to murder women, that Jews are the descendants of swine and deserve to be wiped out, these are dangerous, harmful ideas. Saying "that's just part of their culture" is the worst possible thing we can do right now. It would legitimize the horrors that are being committed all over the world in the name of Islam today, from these most recent riots to holy wars to honor killings and everything in between.