A Note to Commenters

I try to run a pretty loose ship here. I don’t ask for a lot. I don’t want lockstep agreements. I just want respectful disagreements. Think of yourselves as guests in my living room. I am not Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. In addition to believing a host should be nice to his guests I also think a guest should be nice to his host, and to other guests. 9/11 is a passionate topic, as is war, as is religion. So I know I’m asking a lot to keep it civil. But I am asking it. In fact, I’m requiring it. Disputes can be ardent, but they cannot get personal. Just ask the guy who decided to call me an idiot in my very own cyber-living room. He’s the one who formerly posted here but now finds he can’t. Others who are tempted to descend to this form of communication should take note and ask yourself if you are really addressing a substantive topic or just landing a good punch. Save the punches for private email if you must. My board is supposed to be about ideas, not personal insults.

Censorship? You betcha. If you want to insult people, blogspot is absolutely free. Get a blog and rave to your heart’s content.

By the way, banning is not necessarily permanent. People who contact me by email with sorrow, contrition, and a firm purpose of amendment, will be happily reinstated.