The dark, stormy morning gave way to a fine Central Coast day, so I can’t complain. This is traditionally the Monsoon season in these parts, and it’s good for the water table.

Here are some end-of-day items for your perusal, rain or shine:

* Another school shooting, this time at a high school in Taft, California (near Bakersfield). Only one victim, who is in critical condition. A teacher apparently talked the shooter–a student–into surrendering.

* In other gun news, the CEO of a Tennessee company specializing in “weapons and tactical training” threatens to “start killing people” if Obama issues executive orders regulating guns.

* Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, cited by some (not me) as possible moderating influence on national GOP, comes out for repealing income and corporate taxes and offsetting revenue losses by boosting sales taxes.

* At Ten Miles Square, Ryan Cooper continues his platinum coin series by laying out a detailed tactical plan on how Obama could use the idea to force Republicans to back off debt default.

* At College Guide, Matt Bauerlein explores the “entrepreneurship” message colleges are using to flatter and attract students.

And in non-political news:

* Argo, Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty snubbed in Oscar nominations; big potential winners are Lincoln and Life of Pi.

Some savage feel-good music for the close of the day from Richard Thompson:

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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.