Well, it finally happened – I had to set a commenter straight. I’m not happy about having to do it, but apparently some people’s lessons in manners didn’t take the first time. So here is a copy of the e-mail that one lucky reader got in their e-mail inbox this evening:
I have tolerated your remarks up until now on my blog. Despite the fact that you never seem to have learned that you do not go into someone else’s house and pee on their carpet, I was willing to let your lack of manners slide.
I have had enough.
Your latest comment has been moved to the trash, and if you choose to comment again on my blog and I do not feel like you are behaving in a civil manner, I will remove those comments as well.
If you have a problem with that, well quite frankly, I really don’t care.
You are a guest on my blog, and if you do not know how to behave when you are a guest, it isn’t my responsibility to teach you that most basic of social skills.
You may have the right to comment on other peoples’ blogs; they also have the right to remove those comments if they do not stay within the boundaries that have been set up by the person who writes the blog.
My mother and my children read this blog, as do other members of my family and many of my friends. They visit my blog to catch up on what is going on in my life and to get a laugh or two on my commentary on what I see happening around the world.
I do not claim to be a journalist; I look at these blog posts as the modern-day equivalent of a hand-written letter.
The post that you were commenting on had NOTHING to do with the “Occupy Wall Street” protest, which you would have known if you had actually taken the time to read the entire post all the way through in the first place.
It was written in a light-hearted manner; it was sarcasm and satire – it was not some grand observation about the human condition.
If you are willing to abide by my rules for comments, you are more than welcome to continue commenting at my blog.
If you are not, then kindly do not come back.
I have already raised 3 children, and I am still raising my youngest child, who has Down syndrome.
Frankly, she has better manners than you do.