Lord. Have. And. Mercy. My loves, is it already that time again?
Of course it is! Welcome back, you kittens of wonder, you poodles of delight, you precious pips of political and current media sunshine. Here we are again, convening back at this lovely little corner of Persephone, to keep us up-to-date on all the types of shenanigans that make our world go round. So pop your favorite uppers, and swish back your favorite downers, and let’s hop to it!
General John R. Allen, the four-star Marine Corps officer who served until earlier this month as the top commander in Afghanistan, will retire from the military to focus on “health issues within his family.” (NY Times)
Armed men disguised as police officers stole $50 million in diamonds on Tuesday. Reports say that the men drove onto the tarmac at the international airport in Brussels on Monday night, and as the diamonds were being loaded onto a plane bound for Switzerland, the men stole them. (NY Times)
The death of Robert Sayler, a twenty-six-year-old man with Down syndrome, who was reportedly killed after lying face-down in police custody, has now been officially ruled a homicide. (Huffington Post, ABC7)
Shortly before his scheduled execution in Georgia, Warren Hill, a man with an IQ of 70, was granted a stay of execution by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The state’s own doctors say Warren Hill is too disabled for the death penalty. (Mother Jones)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has returned home to Venezuela after more than two months of medical treatment in Cuba after cancer surgery. (Al Jazeera)
An Israeli soldier has caused outrage with a photo published on a popular photo-sharing website that shows the crosshairs of a rifle aimed at the head of what appears to be a Palestinian boy. (Al Jazeera)
Oh yes. We feel you, baby. We can’t say with certainty that it’s all this bad everywhere. Either way, the world keeps spinning and those news stories keep coming, so remember kids, when things look rough (as they always do with the news), stock up on the good stuff, because it’s going to be a long journey. We just can’t wait to see you here again.