Several of my readers have suggested that they are to blame for my cessation of comments. This is not the case, and I don't expect those that might be considered to be blameworthy to ever acknowledge it. So there is no finger to point and the guilty parties do not feel guilty. So it's clearly not you and it really doesn't matter who it is, because the problem was never so much a 'who' problem as a 'what' problem.
The 'what' problem is and stands as a problem of inadequate context. I had setup an environment in which some of my best writing was interactive, and indeed it was my aim to be Socratic. But everybody, not just some who, was engaging me on subjects I thought of secondary import. And it was more important to me at the time to let no subject go undiscussed than to write about what I really wanted to write about. And so I came to see that the center of gravity of this blog became something other than what I wanted it to be - I ceded control to the public and burned up a lot of my own time.
To the extent that I want this to be a philosophical, theological and curious blog, it cannot be, because it was designed to be a political blog. The problem is I'm not interested in the political so much as I used to be. So until such time as I feel that I can be utterly dismissive of that which used to get me all fired up - which is the compelling flamewars over policy, then I'll have to keep comments off, with various exceptions.
Tangentially, I've tried to be friendly and open up other angles on Facebook. And now you can snarkily say "Hows that working out for you?". The answer is that I play a lot of Mafia Wars and not much else but interject stuff there that in fact I'd rather have discussed here. Go figure.
So I'm frustrated.