In my short time here, there have been a few fellow forumites who have made some erroneous assumptions about me. This post should clear any of that up, and also leave me with a handy-dandy little reference link for those who don't see this. Please feel free to ask questions or ask me to elucidate further on any of these points. Let's start with the most common assumption: POLITICAL AFFILIATION Myth: Right-Wing nutjob republican Fact: NO party affiliation, never registered for any political party, ever. Never voted straight ticket, ever. I align myself with no party or ideology. Example: Didn't vote for either McCain or Obama. I vote for people whom I believe will do the best job and who will represent me well, regardless of their stripe. It gets harder every cycle. Myth: Conservative nutjob Fact: I'm a fiscal conservative, I believe in self-reliance and personal responsibility, in small government with extremely limited power and believe it should always be adversarial between the branches. But I am a liberal-leaning moderate on social issues. I am no Christian, nor have any other religious beliefs. I don't quite fit in with atheists because I respect all religious beliefs, although I believe them all to be man-made. We create God in our own image, not the other way around. I guess secular humanist almost fits. But I am a practitioner of no religion. I believe abortion should be legal, but that we the taxpayer shouldn't be footing the bill for elective abortions (this does not count cases of rape or incest) more than once per patient. I believe in Gay rights, but not in the "right" for them to marry. I'm full of contradictions. Feel free to question me on them. Myth: Hates Obama Fact: It's well known in many other message board communities that this isn't true. I'm often the first to defend the man if I think he's right. I don't want him to "fail" as is often assumed, my reasoning is I don't want the country to fail. I don't believe Obama, even with a Democrat controlled Congress, can do any lasting damage to anything except the Democrat party. He can't and won't "destroy the country." In fact, his policies may indeed work. I believe in giving him time to see what he does. Right now, we don't really know him. I believe he's an intelligent guy and want to be fair as we go along. I believe every President is criticized far too much when things are looking bad, and given far too much credit when things go right. The POTUS has very little power so to me it's not fair to lay it all on him/her. But I do understand that's a natural tendency folks have. Myth: Anti-science Fact: I believe in evolution, specifically natural selection. I don't believe some all-powerful deity created life as we know it. However I do not replace religion in my life with blind faith in science. Anthropomorphic global warming (AGW) is such an example. I have been studying this intensively, daily since 1990. I am convinced this is a religion based on, at best, questionable science. And the fact that folks who do question it are savaged by the religious devotees merely strengthens my resolve that it's false. It's a lie. It's the best and most effective propaganda campaign since Goebbels himself. He's proud of it, wherever he is. Myth: Blind Bush backer Not at all. The fact that I know and have worked with the man in real life and often defend alot of his actions doesn't mean there isn't alot he did that I disagreed with. There's a hell of alot of these and I never hesitate to point them out. Like with Obama, I attempt to be fair on Bush and also like all Presidents, I recognize they have very little actual power and therefore try not to play the blame game or the too much credit game. Ok, this post is long enough. But there's clearly alot more to cover. Let the questions/comments begin.