"If you're under 30 and not a liberal you don't have a heart. If you're over 30 and not a conservative, you don't have a brain." - Churchill
You asked me what I thought of recent POD like activity--I think it is for sure occurring--are you specifically referring to the Miss CA article/how quickly it got nasty?I think that there are certain issues that some people who frequent LR get tunnel vision on: 1. Anything related to gay marriage (understandable) But you are right: the gay rights mvmt is hurt by gay rights adv's who go after donors, ridicule others...2.Obama as Sinner ("Stole" nom, lies,generally sucks)3.Hillary as Saint, a Saint who was entitled to the throne and Sinner Obama stole it;JSOM is a great blogger, who moderates fairly, and his blog has been (in my mind, up until around Oct/Nov) the gold standard for polite discussion, stimulating posts and so forth.Some commenters just like to be over the top--like calling you greedy, or coming at you /others in an outright hostile "I can learn nothing from you" tone.I think there are some core people who genuinely love to listen/share and grow--for instance, Jeannie, JSOM,......?