Yes. Im still here. I think that I have become more of a political moderate. I wonder - Are moderates a quiet percentage of the voting public? I guess that their comments would be somewhat boring not as emotionally charged as extreme political rhetoric. As an example, I think that there should be some government welfare available to help those who fall through the cracks or to help those who fall onto hard times. The questions become How much? and How is it to be distributed? I think there should be minimum wage. It should not be set at $1 per hour and it should not be set at $100 per hour. Look. I think that we all set what we consider to be reasonable limits we draw the line. While smoking is an unhealthy habit, some people do not oppose keeping cigarettes legal. Yet, they oppose legalizing marijuana. Some would legalize marijuana but oppose the legalization of cocaine. I think that I would legalize marijuana but keep it controlled perhaps allowing it only by prescription under special circumstances as an addictive pain-reducing medication. As for animal rights At one extreme, some people would go so far as to outlaw any and all fishing and hunting. Closer to the middle, some people have no problem with eating pigs (pork) and cows (beef). Yet these same people would not only refuse to eat cats but would also support laws that would prohibit others from eating cats. At the other extreme some people have no qualms with eating any kind of animal. As I said, people draw the line. Look at the abortion issue. Some people would outlaw abortions under any and all circumstances. Some people would allow abortions for any and all reasons and for no reason at all. I would outlaw abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and when the mothers physical health is at serious risk. (Hmmm. Does that, by itself, make me a Liberal, or a conservative, or a moderate?) As for Marriages/Unions, I think that if government is going to recognize them for couples of the opposite sex, it should recognize them for couples of the opposite sex. Yet, I would not support government-recognized marriages between humans and other animals. I wont explain this line myself (perhaps it has no reason) except to say that that is where I would draw it. Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays May whatever you believe in give you peace.