I never thought I'd have to write this post, but the tone of some of the comments from readers have gotten way out of hand.
Mostly, I cannot continue to allow personal attacks on other people who comment. Calling them scumbags and the like will not be allowed here. Such attacks will be cause for blocking your participation.
I also will look for logical and fact-based argumentation that address the specifics of any commentator's remarks. Constructing straw men and deploying red herrings will not be permitted. Responses must address the actual argumentation that has been made. Respect is encouraged.
I had thought that I might require that any posters must use their real names, based on how cowardly it is to hurl invective anonymously. Newspapers, for example, always require confirmed identification for any letters-to-the-editor that they publish. Real names. They also chose which letters to publish based on a number of standards. Personal pot shots are not allowed. Editing is standard procedure.
Confirmed IDs are still on the table, depending on how it goes from here on. In the meantime, I exercise every publisher's right, to be selective about what is posted and to edit posts to eliminate offenses against my standards of decency.
So, I am looking for intelligent, respectful discussion on my blog. Those unable to do so will be gone.