First, I want to sincerely thank you for visiting Blackfive. Unfortunately, we have some unpleasant business to discuss.
I almost never ban someone for having a differing opinion than mine or others who comment as long as the discussion is fair, collegial and well-reasoned. If the comment degenerates into anti-war slogans and foul language, I ban 'em. It's that simple.
Over the last 9 months, I've had to ban only five commenters for vile remarks on this blog. While I don't necessarily deserve the label, a lot of people believe that I am too even-handed in dealing with commenters who disagree with me. The commenters on this blog have as much to do with Blackfive's success as I do. The discussion and the sharing of information is why the blogosphere has been growing at an exponential rate.
But now I have to make an exception because it has to do with honoring a fallen hero.
Unfortunately, someone out there is sending quite a few people to this site to post anti-war and anti-American messages on the post about Taking Chance Home. This is horrific to me. You may disagree with me about that but this is my blog. If you don't like it, you can go somewhere else. It's a free Blogosphere.
Don't mistake my allowance for open discourse for permission to dishonor the memory of an American Hero. That would be a huge mistake to make.
So, after 80 or so great comments, I have to start watching that post. I may turn off commenting all together on that post...and that's very disheartening and unfortunate. I have banned over twenty IP addresses this morning alone.
And whoever is encouraging those people to visit that post and attempt to reduce it's intent, I'll be sure to find you so we can have an honest discussion about Honor, Integrity, Patriotism and Humanity.