The mods and admins have discussed the matter privately and we have decided to enact CosmoNut's suggestion.
Bad behavior in AppleOutsider will (under most circumstances) get you banned from AppleOutsider only. That should give the offender the freedom to use the PM system and participate in the rest of AppleInsider. Optimistically, the ban from AO should open the offenders eyes to the fact that political debates are not an essential part of AppleInsider, maybe even getting the offender to participate civilly in some *gasp* Apple-relevant discussions.
Repeat offenses in AO or any offenses outside AO while on the above mentioned probation period will lead to a temporary ban from the entire site.
Upon any third offense or at our discretion, the offending member may be banned permanently.
The moderators and administrators will decide on the length any ban at the time of the event. Most often, this period will range from three days to a week.
Registering new or using additional accounts to circumvent any of these restrictions will be considered a hostile act and may get your IP addresses permanently banned from AppleInsider. Any such extra accounts will be deleted.