You know, as Thoreau points out, the chattering classes never report on all the good news on civil rights. Checked out the Third Amendment recently? Looking pretty good, isn't it? In fact, two marines came by demanding a room and a light supper last week, and I told them "The hell I will; we're not officially at war." They grumbled, but they left. Take that, Al Qaeda.
"I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do."