Alright, so there is no longer a moratorium on political threads. This also does not mean that it's open season. Please take a moment to re-read the "Posting Guidelines" thread at the top of this forum. It is imperative that all members practice absolute discretion when posting any thread that is political in nature, or has a very probable chance of turning political. Some key points to remember: Avoid using "rolleyes". Understand that this usually conveys disdain for another's opinion, which is obviously disrespectful. We have lost many members of this board because of events that took place in political threads. It is not necessary to ever insult or offend. Remember that we lose so much in an internet forum, voice inflection, tone, facial expressions, mannerisms. Give people the benefit of the doubt, most times they do not mean to anger you. If you become upset or offended at a post, walk away. It's an internet forum people, about music! There's no need to get worked up, but if you do, resist the urge to "Post Reply". Simply walk away from the computer, and compose your retort when you have a more level head. You'll find what you say to be more thoughtful, appropriate, mature, and considerate. The OT mods still reserve the right to close political threads if we believe that a flame war has erupted, or is about to. Remember, our job is to keep the peace, and sometimes the greater good is to simply end the conversation. We're all friends here. Good luck.