Because of a power outage, I was not able to post here yesterday. We had a monster storm here in my area and were without electricity for 24 hours or so.
And now I come back to find problems with the comments section. I don't know if it's a Blogger problem or a problem with Haloscan, but it seems not all the comments are showing up here. So if you've left a comment that doesn't appear, it isn't necessarily that I'm editing it or deleting it, but due to some technical issue, it appears.
But on that note, I will say that I do occasionally delete posts that are insulting, uncivil, or which involve name-calling or race-baiting. I've mentioned that before, and generally the comments I get are civil and thoughtful. However I do seem to have drawn a dissenting commenter, and I am just repeating my comments policy for the record.
I'm a believer in free speech but not to the point of tolerating abusive, insulting, profane, or otherwise uncivil comments.
We have free speech in these United States but there are standards, and on this blog, my rules prevail.That's the way it works.
One commenter has accused me of 'bitching and moaning' on this blog about the state of America, and our immigration tsunami. Heck yes; that's a big motive for blogging, on my part. The fact is, we old-stock Americans are not allowed free speech when it comes to these issues; the only way we can 'bitch and moan' (sorry for the vulgar phrase; I'm merely quoting) is in the blogosphere, or in private conversations. And the fact that we cannot 'bitch and moan' and express our thoughts without being busted by the PC police or simply censored by the MSM is an affront to free political expression in our country -- and it's causing a huge buildup of pressure within the American population. People have noticed that our right to petition our government with grievances is discouraged and suppressed, and they are noticing that we are not allowed to protest our own dispossession.
So yes, we 'bitch and moan'; that's our right. Our colonial ancestors did the same, and out of their dissatisfaction came the new country which we call the United States of America.