even though this is my first post on this forum, i've been around the internet for a long while now --- at least as long as al gore. i like to think of myself as a religiously devout eclectic and politically staunch middle of the roader. my literary influences include kurt vonnegutt, lenny bruce, george carlin, mike royko and hunter s. thompsen. browsing the board, i noticed a poster slamming the mentally conditioned jingoistic jerkoffs of the left and the right and said, hmmmm, looks like we can have some fun here, so here i am. who wants to play in my sandbox?