I'll echo Rob and for now simply express my condolences to the people of Norway regarding Friday's terrible events. There will be time to analyze and argue in a few days after the police establish more facts about what happened and Norway has had its time of grief and mourning.
The Long Recall has turned out to not be all that long after all. They are pulling the plug just after the 150th anniversary of the first major engagement. Obviously a lot of effort was going into what they were putting out each day and apparently it was too much. I'm very disappointed, but it's their call to make. I appreciated everything that they did post and I'll look for other sources and go from there.
Congratulations to Bert Blyleven on his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame today. I was just a little boy the first time he pitched for the Twins, and I guess from today's perspective, so was he at the age of 19. Bert's mouth and ego have got him into trouble over the years and I didn't like the guy by the time he was traded in 1976. But he came back and was part of the 1987 World Champions and that means most Twins fans will always have a soft spot for him. Way to go, Bert.
The Twins are only seven games out of first in the American League Central, but today I'm going to officially say stick a fork in them for this year. The first reason is they are 22-17 within the Central, but 1-7 now against the division leading Tigers after a 1-3 home stand against them. They just can't hang with the Tigers this year. On top of that is their 8-19 record against the AL East. Even if by some miracle they win the division they will go nowhere in the playoffs again. Nowhere.
The Taliban once again show their true face:
An 8 year-old boy was hanged by militants in Afghanistan's Helmand province after the boy's father -- a police officer in the southern city of Gereshk -- refused to comply with militants' demands to provide them with a police vehicle, officials said.
Can you imagine negotiating a truce with such people and then expecting them to leave you in peace afterward? I can't.
This is going to take its own post, oh yes: What will it take to get Americans to change our eating habits?