Babalú's "magnificent cadre" of contributing writers appears to have taken a vow of silence or had one forced on them. Perhaps they are all on Spring break as I suggested in an earlier post, or, more likely, they are hiding from Val's autos-da-fé. Since many of them blog anonymously, they must feel a bit apprehensive (to say the least) at Val's kamikaze outing of Killcastro on his own blog. A friend suggested to me that Val is holding his writers "hostage." I should not be surprised. The trick will be to hold his readers hostage. The commenters have already deserted Babalú in droves.