- Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is Sensible thinkers:
- What you missed on Sunday Kos ...
- Rand Paul's outreach coordinator declares "holy war" on us, by Denise Oliver Velez
- Bill Clinton (and Barack Obama?) demonstrates the type of thinking that led to the Iraq Debacle, by Armando
- Book discussion: Eyal Press' "Beautiful Souls" ... and whether Edward Snowden is one of them, by Susan Gardner
- What polling tells us (and what it doesn't) about public reaction to NSA revelations, by Greg Dworkin
- After Newtown: An interview with American Academy of Pediatrics president Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP, by Greg Dworkin
- It's not personal, it's just business, by DarkSyde
- Extra, extra, read all about ... what's killing journalism, by Mark E Andersen
All good things must come to an end, even after numerous awards and accolades, it’s time to acknowledge that I cannot continue to run on fumes alone. The Blend could continue limping along, but my health and well-being come first; over the last few years burning the candle at both ends with a full-time offline job and PHB. It has taken a severe toll — most readers have learned that I am dealing with chronic pain conditions — fibromylagia, and in the last couple of years, aggressive rheumatoid arthritis.
My decision to close the blog is just as reality-based as its content has been.
- Probably one of the most bizarre "he said, he said" of all time:
Russia's president is fighting back: No, he did not steal a Super Bowl ring. And no, he's not rocking the diamond-encrusted prize on his finger, either.
President Vladimir Putin's spokesman denied that the leader kept a Super Bowl ring that New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft wanted back.
- Sweet gig if you can get it:
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen, have used taxpayer money for a range of small personal items they should have paid for themselves under state policy, according to spending records.
The McDonnells have billed the state for body wash, sunscreen, dog vitamins and a digestive system “detox cleanse,” the records show. They also have used state employees to run personal errands for their adult children.
- Offered without comment:
Thursday night at the Capitol Hill Club, Representative Ted Poe had a scary choking incident and was thankfully aided by a doctor-turned-GOP-aide, Nick Muzin, who may have saved his life.
Poe was eating dinner alone downstairs at the Club’s Grill when he began choking on a piece of popcorn.
- You're going straight to hell ... now give me your money:
Danielle Powell was going through a hard time in the spring of 2011, just months away from graduating from a conservative Christian college in Nebraska. She had fallen in love with another woman, a strictly forbidden relationship at a school where even prolonged hugs were banned.
Powell said she was working at a civil rights foundation in Mississippi to finish her psychology degree when she was called back to Grace University in Omaha and confronted about the relationship. She was eventually expelled — then sent a bill for $6,000 to reimburse what the school said were federal loans and grants that needed to be repaid because she didn’t finish the semester.
- Possible gravesite #8,732:
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, NSA remains at the top of the charts this week, with things only becoming more confused the more articles are written on the subject. A CNET story stirred the hornet's nest over the weekend, setting off parallel chain reactions of rebuttal, retraction, walk-backs, debunkings, and everything in between. Greg Dworkin rounds up still more polling on the issue, and most of the show is once again given over to scurrying down the rabbit holes. Just for a change-up, we threw in the Lower Hudson, NY area Daily Journal's follow-up on their publication of names and addresses of area pistol permit holders. Did it in fact result in criminal targeting of those gun owners?
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