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.
Thanks so much for posting the video of Eartha Kitt, being as charmingly naughty as ever, singing one of my favorite of her songs [probably the only pop Christmas song which never grows old, to my mind]. And the quick pix of Laura and George W. were charming as well. Here's to a civilized and Merry Christmas for all the grown-ups in the room.
Marianne Matthews [a fellow Columbia U. graduate -- Barnard 1951