Since it would appear that at least for a while I have commenters again, there are a few things that I should clarify.
First, thank you Lizard for including me on your blogroll at Reptile Dysfunction. I've never considered such a thing as an endorsement or the removal a vilification. I've never thought that sidebar links were anything really other than that the web author says "Hey, I go there so I probably should just give myself an easy way to do it." That appears to be what you did. On that level alone, I appreciate the link.
Second, if any y'all attempt to comment on older posts and find you can't, it has nothing to do with moderation, or authoritarianism or any personal fantasy that someone is out to silence your voice. All posts here are set to turn comments off after one month. Typepad has a comment spam issue, and those spams flood the older posts. That moderation is a matter of convenience, not malicious intent. If there is something you absolutely have to say concerning past matters then email me. That's not hard to find. A related point is this. The Typepad comment engine does not convert URLs to links as many of you have come to expect Wordpress to do. I am looking into switching to the Disqus comment engine. I haven't found it to be all that user-friendly at other sites. If any have thoughts, suggestions or recommendations, I would like to hear them.
Third, I have a difficult and stressful job. I know that many reading this will instantaneously react with the thought "Well I do TOO!" Yes, you probably do, and I respect you for it. But that doesn't change what I've just written, now does it? In addition, my beloved is chasing a dream of training and breeding German Shepherd Dogs. That means that I'm chasing it too. They require care and attention. The takeaway is this: I still don't have the greatest amount of time to do my blogging. If that doesn't live up to your expectations, then I am somewhat sorry, but I won't change my life to suit you.
Fourth, there are different kinds of bloggers and this seems to have gotten lost in the greater milieu of Montana blogging. I am not a political blogger. I do not focus on geo-political chicanery, or supporting the Democratic party, or supporting the rational Republican faction in Montana or analyzing every minutia of a candidates whims. I am an opinion blogger. It would be easy to insert several sentences of original content into long quotes from the opposition or the favored. It would be easy to throw a link-storm of the crap most people likely reading would have already read that day. Uhhh, I'm not going to do that. I am, first and foremost, an ongoing student of philosophy, which means I take time to consider things, and I have a startling small amount of time to write about them. Please consider the third point here. Do not expect me to post everyday. I thank you for your readership, but I may not be worthy of your expectation. You'll have to query yourselves on that point.
This will likely be the most irksome plank of any reading this. Life is a difficult and stressful endeavor. The only release we often find is joy. For me, that joy is found in Football. I love the game and will continue blogging about it, regardless of the complaints of many. I do not bet on football, or even put money into fantasy football. It is a sport I admire, respect, adore and understand deeply. I study it, with some apparent success, none of that professional (though that would be truly my dream.) I will continue to blog about football, and I have no interest or will in responding to those who a) think I should be blogging about something else, or b) wish to demean my source of joy, pain and drama. If that is a problem for any, then find your own joy. You have no authority to impose your will on mine.