This story gets weirder. The comments responding to Washington Post ombudsperson, Debbie Howell, are brutal, personal and rude. But most of them are making a legitimate point; and I don't see much profanity in the removed posts. Just the usual hyperbole and hysteria from the pent-up activist left (not that the pent-up activist right is usually any better). If you're going to have open postings, this is what you should expect. Alas.

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