I suppose I’m bawling up a drainspout here (to steal a phrase from Mencken), but if you’re commenting on this site, please read Da Roolz (the commenting rules), which you can find here or on the left sidebar. We’re getting a lot of new commenters who bull their way in, expecting this site to be like Ph*rnyg*l*, in which all kinds of rudeness is not only tolerated, but is de rigueur.
Nope, not here. You must be civil and not insult either other readers or your host. And don’t start crying “free speech!” if you’re banned. I repeat Rule #22:
Finally, do not cry “censorship” if I don’t post your comment. I reserve the right to trash comments that are hyperreligious, hyper-creationist, uncivil, trollish in nature, or otherwise inappropriate. There is no “right” to have every comment you make published on this site. If that is “censorship,” then it’s also “censorship” when the editorial section of a newspaper doesn’t publish some readers’ letters in the interest of keeping a civil and interesting atmosphere. I try to use as light a hand as I can consonant with keeping an atmosphere of civility and sanity. If you have something to say that I won’t go along with, you are free to start your own site. Readers who are obnoxious and keep making the same argument again and again, adding nothing new, will be considered trolls and subjection to sanction.
I blame the onslaught of peevish, splenetic, and uncivil people on the pandemic. But, virus or not, they won’t be tolerated.