Well, you knew that was going to happen. No sooner do I suggest that Richard Evans has worn out his welcome here than I get a comment, shrieking about "censorship" and "freedom of speech" and equally asinine accusations. I deleted the comment, but now I regret it because it was such a splendid example of the lack of critical thinking skills in the dumbass-o-sphere.
Let me explain censorship. The following is what I received -- verbatim -- when I registered once upon a time at Joel Johannesen's septic tank of a blog "Proud to be Canadian." Appreciate, if you will, the noble open-mindedness and willingness to partake in honest dialogue in the following:
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Yessir, that's some serious open-mindedness. One wonders why Joel didn't just save the bandwidth and write, "If you don't already agree with everything I think, fuck off. Really."
I, on the other hand, like to give people their say, even if they disagree with me. But I've made it clear numerous times that I have a limit, and that limit is when commenters just won't shut the fuck up from saying the same stupidity over and over and over and over. At that point, I point out that, if they have that much to say, they're welcome to get their own blog to say it.
So, to recap, I generally don't toss peoples' asses out of here until they've made total dickheads of themselves, while Joel, right from the registration procedure, makes it clear that he will tolerate absolutely no dissension whatsoever, and will ban your sorry ass for the slightest infraction, real or imaginary.
And with all that in mind, guess which one of us is constantly accused of "censorship" by the dumbshit-o-sphere? Go on ... guess. Really. You'll never guess.