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A note about spam filtering

To whom it may concern (you know who you are):
I found 239 comments in the spam filter today. Some of you are having a great deal of difficulty understanding how you ended up here and can not accept it (just walk away, Renee). Others ended up in spam through no effort at all and I have despammed the harmless comments. Still others were the unfortunate victims of a very clever spam filter but deserve it nonetheless. Here are the basic criteria for ending up in the sludge:

1.) You intentionally repeat Obama talking points. Some of these talking points are intended to intimidate and instill a sense of hopelessness in the reader. Others repeat character assassinating memes and self-serving misinterpretations. For example: the RFK remark from Clinton during her Argus interview was mistwisted to imply that she hoped for assassination so that she could step into the frontrunner’s spot. Only the most cynical of political operatives would spin her statement that way and we know it was false. When a meme like this starts to propagate, it is our job to act as weedkiller and stop it from going further. Therefore, the comment gets sent to spam and the commenter’s address is added to the filter.

2.) Your comment contains character assassinating, racist or Republican talking points about Barack Obama. No one here believes he is a Muslim. We don’t believe in racial stereotypes. We don’t reprint rumors about Rezko without proof. There is no reason to take the low road when his campaign is doing such a brilliant job of making him revolting to us just by being themselves. Prejudice is unwelcome here and we don’t tolerate it.

As for censorship, we don’t censor here. Censorship is something the government does to stifle dissent. Your dissent is not stifled. There are plenty of places on the web to post your opinion. But if your comment violates one of the two things above, your comment will be deleted or spammed. If you had nowhere else to go, I would feel obligated to let you post here. Fortunately for both parties, this is not the case.

We appreciate that you have a choice of blogs to register your comment. We encourage discourse violators to exercise that choice. Do not be worry about offending us. I assure you that the insult to our sensibilities will be slight if you decide to go elsewhere.