>however, like i said, it's the moderator who calls the shots.
Yup. I like polemic. I don't want to see pure personal attacks without any content, but a little spice brings out the flavor, I say. Most American political discourse is too bland for my taste. I do try to make some allowance for the target - if the person under attack isn't a battle-hardened veteran, then I'll ask the flamer to desist.
Anyone who feels unfairly attacked, please contact me offlist and I'll try to work things out.