At the risk of being a bit repetitive, let's talk about censorship. Here's how it works around here.
Like most bloggers, I write stuff. And I like people to read that stuff. And I even like getting feedback on that stuff. And that's why I enable comments on this blog -- because I like to hear what other folks have to say. Sometimes, they agree with me, which makes me feel good and gives me warm fuzzies inside. And sometimes, they explain where I've gone wrong, and those people can just fuck off and die ... no, wait, that's just the cocaine talking. Where was I? Ah, right.
Not only do I have a comments section, but it is unmoderated. And, to top it all off, I even allow anonymous commenters. In short, come one, come all, pull up a chair and let's chat. However, I do have my limits.
As I have explained on a number of occasions, while I like a good intellectual tussle as well as the next man, there's a difference between an honest disagreement, and someone just wandering in here, shrieking incoherently and flinging feces at everyone in sight. At that point, I have a policy -- if you can't behave, there's the door and don't slam it on your way out.
This is not an original policy; many others do the same thing. Perhaps the best summation can be found here: "Comments are great; obnoxious comments get deleted. Deal." And that strikes me as perfectly reasonable. If you play nice, you can stay. If you act like an asshole, you can't. What's not to like about that? Sadly, though, others are not as graciously accommodating.
As I explained back here, "Proud to be Canadian"'s Joel Johannesen's position is that, if you don't agree with whatever oozes out of his intellectually syphilitic brain, you can hit the fucking road. Put simply, if Joel wants your opinion, he'll give it to you.
Then there's Canada's Lowest Common Denominatrix™ and white supremacist Kate McMillan who, as my regular readers are well aware, for the longest time blocked me and/or people redirected from this blog from even reading her racist swill. We're not talking about blocking comments; we're talking about Kate living in such abject fear of my rapier-like wit and intellectual superiority that she refused to allow me to even see the crud she published. (And this is when I have never, ever, ever left even a single comment at that cesspool she calls a blog. Yes, that aroma you detect? That would be the fear wafting out of Delisle, Saskatchewan.)
And, finally, when it comes to censorship, well, you can't top Canada's best-known Catholic sociopath, Kathy Shaidle, who simply doesn't allow comments, period. Yes, we have some serious examples of the right-wing echo chamber here, don't we? One big wankery circle jerk, as it were.
But on the rare occasion when I turf someone who's just being an obnoxious dumbass, and contrast that with someone like Joel Johannesen, I get comments like this:
So you both practice censorship, whats your point?
A decent, openminded blogger like Olaf allows all comments to stand on their own merit.
But you wouldnt understand that premise, methinks.
Why, yes ... the obvious conclusion to be drawn here is that I censor comments, and Joel censors comments, so we're even.
There's your debate topic, Paladiea: Resolved -- that conservatives are moronic retards. No, seriously, there's your resolution. Sure, you might have to clean it up a bit to make it official but, hey, if you're up for it, I'm game. Really, I'll argue for the affirmative and, truth be told, I'm feeling pretty cocky since I have a bottomless supply of right-wing dumbfuckitude to work with.
So whaddya say? I'm psyched, I'm primed. You set it up and supply the scotch, and I'll be there faster than you can say "conservative assclowns."
Give it some thought. You know where to find me.