In an unsigned final post, Rick has closed Stuck on the Palmetto in order to protect his career and future. Certainly he cannot be faulted for it. As we have pointed out repeatedly, he was in an untenable position. His blog had become a liability to him. He could save it or himself. So he killed the thing he loved. What else could he do? SotP was a log of his work, or, rather, of his dereliction of duty. Carefully noted, on every post, was the day and time it was written. This constituted an irrefutable self-indictment, prima facie evidence of his betrayal of a public trust. He has silenced and erased his blog before his malfeasance became public knowledge and he had to face the consequences. It may be too late already. Contrary to Rick's expectations, however, his drastic action in closing his blog will call further attention to it and to him and may actually hasten his exposure.
We are sorry for the readers of SotP, and, especially, Rick's stoic defenders who now have nothing to defend and nowhere to defend it. Alex is also a casualty of Rick's implosion of his blog. Of course it was always Rick's blog, not Alex's. Perhaps Alex will create his own blog now where he can decide when and under what conditions it will shut down. It appears from his silence that Alex had no real imput in this decision.