Yes, very interesting. And LoraX -- you go, girl! Seriously, you wrote so many things I just wasn't willing to take the time to write.
Sometimes I just get "fried out" with what's going on in this country and I get so tired of arguing with knee-jerk republicans and right-wingers, so I, too, try to avoid the more extreme political threads here.
I'm not quite ready to apply for citizenship in Canada, but approx. 6000 Americans did during 2006 (according to a newspaper article I read a while back). Those of us here who work for positive change end up being called "unpatriotic." (Gee, now why does that sound so darned familiar? Hmmm- oh yeah, the Vietnam era! You'd think Americans would've learned something from that disaster!) Oh, oh - I'm ranting -- I'll go back to budgie topics now -thanks for letting me rant!