OK, I have locked this thread because apparently feelings are being hurt all over the place.
Mish, I would be sorry to see you go as you contribute so much to this site. I cannot let you say that you are not one of the folks "arguing", look at your last post. I am not going to point fingers and name names as anyone reading the thread can see who said what to whom.
I am a disappointed that this thread went the direction it did. I had hoped it would get back on track and become more lighthearted, as it was intended to be.
It seems odd to me that it is OK to "nudge" other cultures/Countries (I have been on the receiving end of some teasing about Canada, and have seen teasing of those in Australia recently as well) yet someone posts something about the US and there is a hue and cry like no other. I haven't had to lock any of those other threads because the people involved moved past it and didn't dwell on the imagined slights.
As for the Admins/Mods not doing things you want done or doing things you don't think should be done, forgive us. We are all volunteers, we work as a team and it is often a thankless job as is clear from the slams we regularly get in our PMs. We do it because we love this site, and we love the people we meet here. It is such a kick to talk to people from all over the world and I hope that all who were upset about this thread take a moment, and a deep breath and continue to post and enjoy the site.
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams