Having some medical issues this week that could disrupt regular blogging, but I’ll try to minimize it as much as possible.

Here are some midday news/views treats from the hospital snack bar (just kidding!):

* Missouri State Police Captain Ron Johnson flashes college fraternity signal in various pix, and some of our woolly-headed friends thought it was a “gang sign.”

* TNR’s Brian Beutler examines conservative fury over Ferguson voter registration drive.

* ISIS-executed James Foley was one of the last Western journalists to have reported from Syria.

* Obama promises “justice” for Foley, could increase airstrikes.

* Pryor first red state Senate candidate to run major ad touting his vote for Obamacare.

And in non-political news:

* Porcine virus causing massive number of deaths in U.S. pig population.

As we break for lunch, here’s Sneaky Pete Kleinow performing with the Burritos on “Lazy Day.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.