Because they were causing my blog to load very s l o w l y I have abandoned the haloscan comments and reverted to blogspot. The pages are indeed loading much faster. However, I have lost the haloscan comments. I am going to see if I can export them to blogspot--but in any event I not go back to haloscan.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
UPDATE: I can export 'em. But I can't import them into blogger. Bummer, that.
UPDATE 2: I restored the haloscan comments, be left off the "recent comment" widget.
UPDATE 3: Arggh. Back to where I started. Just have to hope haloscan improves.