I'm generally not a big fan of moderating comments or making it difficult for people to comment on my blog entries, since I would like to encourage discussion, even spirited discussion. However, I draw the line at certain things, including (but not limited to) insults and comments bereft of actual commentary. It's perfectly fine to disagree with me or any of the other commenters here. We're all big boys and can defend our intellectual positions if they're criticized. But if you're not interested in discussing and just want to come by to say I'm a stupid old guy who's looking down his nose at you (or some variation thereof), I'm sorry to say I'll delete your comments and not feel a moment's remorse for having done so.
I think it's great that this blog gets so many visitors from so many places. According to my web stats, I have over 400 unique visitors a day from every continent (and every state in the US except South Dakota) and that number is climbing. I'm tickled that people actually take the time to read my hastily thought out musings and even more pleased when they take the time to offer praise or criticism of what I've written. At the same time, I will not tolerate the virtual equivalent of drive-by shootings in my comments. There's simply no reason for it. If you dislike what I write enough that all you can say offer is vitriol, I'd prefer you go elsewhere. I don't make a habit of leaving nasty comments on others' blogs and forums if I disagree with them and I'd like to ask that my visitors show me the same courtesy.
Consequently, I'm disallowing anonymous posters for the near-future. I'd like to return to the old ways sooner rather than later, but, for whatever reason, over the last few days I've gotten more unpleasant comments than I've gotten since I started the blog and I simply don't want to deal with. My apologies to those of you who are showing me and the other commenters proper respect.