Such a small question can easily bring a ferocious discussion. I have been toying with purchasing a Mac for years. I find myself reading the spymac.com and macrumors.com forums every day. Ive even spent hours and hours changing the look of my PC to mimic a Mac using various applications (ObjectDock, FireFox with a Safari theme, XP with an OS X theme, Windows versions of icons and mouse pointers, etc ). Ive even brought myself to purchase an iPod (15GB 3G-er). The one thing that has stopped me from purchasing a Mac is not price, not software, but politics. Strange as that may sound, I find it quite curious the positively hateful responses one incurs when it is obvious their political affiliation is not that of the Democrats. For instance, I shoot competitively for a living. Im not talking about photographs here. I shoot an Olympic Arms AR-15 rifle. Nearly 100% of the time, when guns are brought up in discussions, the 2nd Amendment proponents are eventually called killers, barbaric, idiots, and generally the cause of all the worlds problems. Now I understand that computer forums are not gun forums, but they are communities where discussions from photograph techniques to cars, to music are routinely discussed. Now I certainly dont want to get into a 2nd Amendment discussion here, but I use the point to illustrate the problem I am facing. Its not just guns, but the very ideologies of the two different parties. Its obvious that as a whole, the Macintosh communities lean decisively to the left, and its a real frustration to have to wade through the political garbage. Simple injections in computer related topics such as I hate Windows almost as much as I hate Bush leave a sour taste in my decision making process. I am certainly not suggesting a political topic ban. I am a firm believer in the right to free speech. I am curious on how to handle this situation and what others thought are on the matter. Any comments are welcomed.