One of the many beeves that my adversaries have against me is that I do that Tom Petty thing, and don’t back down. And then, when I do issue a retraction or something, it is done in such a manner as to not let the bad guys hit me over the head with it. In that spirit, let me issue an apology to all my sane readers. This last week, we have seen multiple runaway trains in my comment threads, which I should have been able to stop, but was not.
I really am a technological lummox. And as many of you know, in the recent past we have upgraded this blog and its interface, and we are now using Disqus to manage the comments. But when I say we are using Disqus to manage the comments, this is like saying the six-year-old boy taking his dad’s Mercedes out for a joy ride was managing the stick shift.
So I say all this because last night I got a very fine tutorial in how to use Disqus, and I hope that calm will soon be restored to this somnolent little blog. Certain commenters have been blacklisted, and will be blacklisted again upon reemergence. The feature where you can flag problematic comments should be of use to me now, and so please feel free to have at it.
Because God works all things for good, there could be an edifying lesson for you readers in this failure of mine, which is to see the internal contradictions of hatred. It is not every day that you get to read the thoughts of a licensed, bonded, trained, certified counselor who wants to kill you while saying ha, ha, ha, and one might wonder in such cases if the training had really gotten down to the root issues. Still, the point can be made without a torrent of such folks.
Accusations against me are still in bounds. Strong disagreements are in bounds. But if you want to make an accusation, try to do it like a responsible prosecutor inside a courtroom, and not like a member of the mob outside the courtroom, burning the defendant in effigy. What I want to block is scurrility, abuse, and irrational hatred. If you have questions, you may still ask them. If you have a protest, you are still welcome.
So there it is. It was my responsibility to have been ahead of the game on this one, and I wasn’t. My apologies, and please forgive me.