Since it has come up a couple of times in the last few days, here is a reminder of the comment policy on this blog:
1) I do not edit, moderate or delete comments, except for outright spam. The reasons for this are many. First, I don’t have time. Second, I don’t have the inclination. Third, I take zero responsibility from an editorial standpoint on what is in the comments. The comments are an open public forum I offer as a public service. Even light moderation or isolated bans would break this bright-line rule and might lead some to some confusion as to whether I implicitly support some particular comment because I didn’t delete it. So I don’t touch anything.
2) I encourage everyone who agrees with me to remain civil, rational, open-minded, and professional in the comments. Everyone else is encouraged to discredit his or her own opinions by making as much of an ass of him or herself as they choose. Some of my commenters seem particularly adept at the latter.
3) Commenter names are entirely arbitrary. It is amazing that I have to remind folks of this nowadays, but if you see a commenter named "Al Gore," you should be entirely suspicious as to the person’s true identity (though of course Al would be welcome to hang out here). Its not like I check everyone’s ID.