Columnist Dan Casey’s Friday blog post about moderating comments for civility already has 100+ comments.
But the call for civility didn’t seem to stop the name-calling.
One question that Dan addresses: Is calling Obama “the Fuhrer” acceptable? Yes, he says, but you’ll have to read his explanation in comment No. 51.
Our favorite comment so far is from Steve C. (No. 89), who writes:
“To everyone complaining about the new civility protocols, I urge you to consider a couple of points;
1-Dan does not have to provide or support this blog. It’s a service he’s providing us free of charge and he’s not making any ducats off this puppy.
2-Dan’s the strongest advocate of free speech I know. He’s put up with a whole ration of horse hockey from some ungrateful ingrates and malcontents that got kicked off lesser blogs. If I was the king a whole bunch of posters would have gotten the boot years ago.
3-The civility initiative is not his idea but he’s required to enforce it, meaning the blog just got about 8 million times more time intensive for our host.
The question we should be asking Dan should be thus;
“Dan, thanks so much for providing us this highly entertaining outlet for our creative talent free of charge; what make of fine single malt scotch can I buy you for Christmas to show my appreciation for sharing your blog with us?”
Dan responds: “Everything that Steve C wrote above is true, except I hate Scotch and like bourbon but it doesn’t matter much right now because I’ve pretty much given up whiskey and other alcohol for the holiday season.”