1.) Does everyone have a router of a nature you describe?
DD WRTs? They're just consumer routers.
2.) Does everyone have a hosts file?
No. There are devices in my home that do not provide access to a hosts file, such as the Logitech harmony, PS3, Wii, Wii U, the 3DSes, unrooted Android and iOS devices we have here. Do they all benefit from my DNS setup which redirects certain traffic through US proxies to get access to US-only content? Yes. Do they benefit from my DNS setup which blacklists certain really 'bad' advertisements and malware sites? Yes.
Pretty certain these other devices exist with numerous other consumers too.
3.) Do custom hosts files have less "moving parts" complexity/programs to run vs. other "so-called" (BRIBED) "solutions"?
And, they take up more memory than my solution. I have a TTL of 1 minute for blacklisted domains and they don't need to pre-loaded into all the PCs on the network, therefore reducing memory consumption on all systems involved. There isn't even setup effort at all involved for any system connected, any guest on our network automatically obtains these benefits.
4.) Do custom hosts files do MORE w/ LESS?
Nope, see what I'm doing with DNS. I don't need to waste memory or CPU of multiple systems in my house to pull it off.
5.) Have YOU incorrectly claimed I "broke services" using hosts?
Yes, your method actually breaks parts of windows that you have t turn off to make it function again, you can't deny it.
P.S.=> Lastly - Those aren't 'ad hominem attacks'
An ad hominem attack involves deviating from the current argument by attacking the person's character, rather the content of their arguments. That is exactly what you were doing with that point.