Given that most comments are from people who have nothing better to do than attack, slander, and attempt to intimidate me, I'm simply done with it. I've dealt with it literally every day for nearly two years and I'm tired of their tedious and boring drivel.
So from now on, in order to leave comments, you must be a registered member.
I truly hope that those who have something to contribute here besides contant and incessant harassment, threats, and attacks will take the time to register.
After some consideration and in light of some feedback from a loyal reader, I've abandoned the "registered user only" policy and restored the anyone can comment policy as before.
The difference is that from now on, I will not comment or respond to comments.
Apparently I'm a bit too strong for some folk's sensibilities. And in light of the fact that I never wanted to be the only person arguing against right wing positions in the first place, and only did so because no one else seemed to step up to the plate, I gladly use this opportunity to step out of the picture.
From now on, if there's some comment that's blatantly false or which unfairly smears a Democrat or anyone else, it'll have to just sit there unchallenged unless one of you wants to take it on.
All those who have gotten into the habit of writing in and addressing your arguments to me specifically, don't. From now on, address it to all readers.
If no one responds.... well, guess that's too bad.
From now on it's your show. Make the best of it.
And good luck.
Comments will still be moderated and those whose comments amount to nothing more than, "You suck" or psychotic remarks about the bizarre, incredibly extensive, and almost comic lengths you've gone to to try to find ways to intimidate me will, as always, never see the light of day.
If this doesn't work out, then the option to simply not allow comments at all will be considered.
The bottom line is that a handful of people, including elected public officials, have been reported to have hired private investigators, tried to gather and analyse fingerprints, spent countless hours trying to analyse computer records, snooped around and investigated people suspected of being associated with me, arranged for a person in another state to send a large contribution to the blog in hopes of finding information, and who knows what else.
I suspect this may be criminal, especially since it appears likely that they've used government resources to do this.
And why their obsession?
I've been told by a couple commenters that the paragraph above is too rough. They suggest that I really can't complain about any abuse I may get when I use such language, as if that means whatever anyone does to me, it's justified.
I find it rather disturbing that the idea of elected officials hiring investigators to go through all sorts of records to try to dig up dirt on someone and their family, including interrogating those who they suspect to be associated with them and gathering fingerprints, for God's sake, doesn't seem to register. Trying to publish what dirt they can dream up anywhere online they can find which will let them, manufacture lies and threats all designed to try to intimidate an individual into either giving the blog up completely, handing control of the blog over to them, or writing what they dictate, they can overlook that.
But what really bugs them is when I'm not polite to the people who have done all these things and more for nearly two years.
They're more concerned about my calling these people "nit-wits".
Makes me wonder why I try, seriously.
Rough language, bad. Blackmail, intimidation, threats, and non-stop harassment for nearly two years by elected officials? No big deal, after all, I call unspecified anonymous attackers names. WTF??!!
Forgive me if that makes me a bit naseous. Guess no one grasps the principle that anyone should be free to say what they want, as long as it's not simply a smear against an individual personally. And the idea that people in positions of power shouldn't abuse that power by using it in efforts to intimidate, threaten, and attempt to blackmail people into not being able to freely publish facts and opinions regarding those same public officials? Am I the only one who thinks that principle is very important?
Must be just a quaint old-fashioned idea, eh? Well, if you choose thugs over independence, then you get thugs. If you side with those to try to stomp out any dissent or opposition, then you get ruled by thugs. And if you aid them in their efforts at personal destruction, you become a thug yourself.
I'd rather not have anything to do with thugs. Even if it means not being polite to them.