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If you question whether your comment is appropriate for this space, I encourage you to err on the side of caution and refrain.
In short, be nice or be quiet.
And lastly, the (unfortunately necessary) legalese disclaimer: The views expressed on this blog and on my social media sites do not reflect those of my employer. (However, should someone try to get me fired for cursing or expressing liberal views, I imagine my boss would laugh at them.)