I don’t have any particular Memorial Day rituals, other than making a real effort to think about the meaning of the holiday. If you have any, particularly if they are cool and different, please feel free to tell us about it in the comment thread, if anyone’s still reading late Friday on a holiday weekend.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Threat becomes reality: Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns launches two-week, $350,000 ad buy in Arkansas blasting Mark Pryor for voting against Manchin-Toomey bill. They might want to take a look at the gun views of Pryor’s likely opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton.

* Federal appeals court hears arguments on potentially explosive issue of government’s power to deem employees “unfit” for “sensitive” positions.

* Michelle Nunn, daughter of Sam, reportedly in the race for her father’s old Senate seat representing Georgia. She’d probably have a clear field among Democrats.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys administers a short quiz on political history that illustrates the power and limitations of stereotypes.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the movement towards “fossil fuel divestment” and why it probably won’t hurt the bottom lines of college endowments.

And in non-political news:

* Unnamed bidder at Cannes auction ponies up $1.5 million for seat next to Leonardo DiCaprio on Virgin Galactic space trip.

That’s it for another scandalicious week. Jamie Malanowsi will be in for Weekend Blogging tomorrow and Sunday; I’ll be back for the Mini-Jumbo Holiday Edition on Monday.

Let’s close the day with one of my very favorite Randy Newman songs, and one of the strangest and most touching love songs ever, “A Wedding in Cherokee County.” It’s mildly off-color, and comes with a hilarious prologue from Newman about the song’s genesis.

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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.