Day’s End and Night Watch

Having begun and ended my blogging day with efforts to deconstruct the thinking of Second Amendment Absolutists, I’m ready for a gun-free evening.

Here are some final news/views items:

* Charles Pierce translates Obama’s 23 executive orders on gun violence into NRA Tyranny Language. It’s funny, but what’s not so funny is that it’s pretty close to the real thing.

* Safety issues continue to mount for Boeing’s new “flagship” airliner, the 787.

* Harry Reid’s very limited filibuster reform plan likely to be adopted, and not by the “constitutional option.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein discusses the congressional GOP’s habit of manufacturing crises.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues that changing standards, not lead exposure, most probable cause of fluctuating high school graduation rates.

And in non-political news:

* Bizarre story unfolding about Notre Dame star Manti Te’o’s apparently fictitious girlfriend.

Tomorrow I plan to write about Planned Parenthood’s announced abandonment of the term “pro-choice”–and whatever else makes news.

Having posted Ebn Ozn’s risible tribute to modern love in the Daylight Video, guess I’ll end the day with the duo’s stab at social consciousness: “Bag Lady,” featuring Imogene Coca (!) and a framed portrait of JFK.


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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.