It is not yet clear to me that I will be able to stay on top of having to moderate all comments that are being made, but it appears that the amount of spam will no longer be intolerable. The spam-checking software is doing a reasonably good job and helps to keep the volume of work for moderating down to manageable levels.
About the moderating, it is not being done to censor but solely to make sure to keep spam out. Still, this is a moderated blog, and unacceptable language will not be tolerated. When the mouth is in the gutter, the mind is right next to it, and that makes it difficult to take in enough of the greater picture to be able to comment intelligently.
Foul language never was a problem on this blog and will not be permitted to become one.