Alright folks- time to tone it down in the comments or I am going to start knocking heads.
I don’t care if you disagree with me- I disagree with many of you a good bit of the time, and I do my best to be fair. That is allowed, and I expect people to disagree with me on a number of issues. Sure, I fly off the handle when you push the right buttons- but guess what- it is my site. Tim and I are allowed to get a little unhinged when we see fit.
I try to be respectful of opinions that differ from mine, and, in fact, have even opened up my home to a liberal to add a broader range of opinions here. But some of you are simply over the line, and it is time for some house cleaning.
Believe it or not, but you are guests here. This site does not exist so you can turn entire comments threads into attacks on other bloggers, particularly ones I like.
Quite frankly, I don’t know why some of you even come here, since all you do is launch attacks on Republicans, conservatives, libertarians- basically anyone to the right of Howard Dean is the enemy in the eyes of some of you, and I am more than a little tired of it. I have no problem with people who want to argue, and forcefully- that is why I liked Tim enough to ask him to start writing. But some of you just come in here and shit all over the place, add nothing (rather, you detract) to the conversation, and then simply sit and heckle those people who you disagree with.
It ends now. Shape up, or get out. Quit coming in here and heaping all your bile on whoever you think best represents the archetypal ‘evil Republican.’ Go work out. Go start a DKos diary. Go donate some money to MoveOn or Code Pink. Go swap spit with James Walcott. I don’t care- just stop coming in here and crapping all over the place.
I am not trying to stifle debate- I could just close comments on posts if I wanted to do that. I do, however, want the comments threads to look more like this than this. I tried to do open threads, where people could flame away- but some of you just can’t control yourselves, and muck up every thread. Again- it stops, and now.
And Andrei- we can start with you. You can post your apology for your previous comments here (you know what they were), or just leave and don’t come back.
BTW- this is the last time I am going to try to get people to voluntarily clean up the comments. If this fails, we will go to registration.
*** Update ***
Of course this isn’t directed at only those on the left (although I can see how you would get the impression I am going to purge only lefties. I am not. Although the few people giving me the most agita have been from the left, I don’t want people running around calling people traitors. Just calm down, everyone, although a lot of you are simply being paranoid.
In fact, I don’t even intend to ban people permanently. The two people I have muted are free to come back in a week or two when they have calmed down.