We try to give veteran posters as much benefit of doubt as possible....and when we notice problems late and there are long, interesting threads we hate to hack through them just to remove a fleeting provocative aside (though sometimes we have to).
But you guys were right: the original post, funny and interesting though it was (aside from the political crap) had nothing to do with chowhounding in Chicago. Plus we really need to protect this site as an oasis from politics. We need an escape fer sure.
1. if you ever notice a problem, please don't squawk about it on the boards. Instead, shoot a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org (save that address!) so whoever's on duty can take a look...and stave off disruptive brouhahas early.
2. please....resist the urge to pepper chowsome postings with political baggage. It upsets people, divides the community (ideally Rush Limbaugh and Noam Chomsky would both feel welcome here, even if nowhere else!), and gives us big dogs major indigestion!
If you have questions/comments, please address them to the Site Talk board so we can get back to undistracted chow talk in C-town (is the ice cream parlor in the museum of sci and industry still great?)