On tasteless line crossing.
I posted a shot at Jonah Goldberg that, on reflection, was tasteless and cheap and crossed the line.
I thought salting it with reference to prostitution as his chosen profession ("now we're just negotiating the price") would take the bile out of it, but it didn't, and I felt queasy about it the minute I finished.
That quease was my bullshit detector calling me on my own attempt to mask bad, mean writing with cleverness.
A reader called me on it and he or she was absolutely right to do so, so I took it down: not out of censorship, but because in exchange for getting to post damned near whatever I want here, I owe it to my own ideas of ethical behavior to back down when it turns out I'm wrong, and frankly I'd have no business calling anyone else out on their shit if I didn't take my medicine when I deserved it.
You all are very generous with your kind words and email, and I appreciate them greatly. In exchange I really do try to be as honest as possible, and as clear as possible when I think someone has crossed the line.
This time it was me.
And I apologize.