We’ve glided from the holiday to the weekend pretty quickly. But here are a few final items of the day and week:

* WaPo comes out flatly for suspending aid to Egypt.

* Prosecution rests in Zimmerman trial after Trayvon Martin’s mother and brother ID’d voice screaming for help in 911 call as Trayvon’s.

* Rod Dreher occupies last ditch of Paula Deen apologetics by defending the “cultural deformation of older white Southerners” against the “puritanical zeal” of “cultural enforcers.” Wonder if he knows he’s uncannily echoing culture-based defense of secession against “puritanical” abolitionists?

* At Ten Miles Square, Bill Gardner questions definitions of “health care quality” by those who insist America’s number one.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that the University of Denver’s decision to give George W. Bush its “Improving the Human Condition” award isn’t going over real well among students.

And in non-political news:

* Publicity Stunt? Gold Striker roller coaster at Great America theme park in Santa Clara, California, temporarily closed because “excessive screaming” by riders disturbing nearby property-owners.

That’s it for the day. Jamie Malanowski will be back for Weekend Blogging. Let’s close with another piece of southern New Wave wit from the Swimming Pool Q’s, “Stock Car Sin.” They know it’s evil; can’t help but like it.

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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.