I appreciate all y’all indulging my Guadalcanal Diary fetish today. I’ve always thought this all-but-forgotten band deserved at least a fraction of the success of their Athens/Atlanta contemporaries, R.E.M. (both, unfortunately, often shoehorned into the dismissive musical category of “Jangle Pop”). Or maybe it’s just that their blend of Christian mysticism, populist belligerence, psychedelia and dark hillbilly humor reflects a lot of my own formative influences. Suffice it to say that if Flannery O’Connor had lived in the 1980s, she would have probably been a fan.

In any event, here are some remaining news items of this August day:

* UNH poll of New Hampshire testing 2016 possibilities shows Chris Christie moving up to 21% as Marco Rubio loses half his support and drops to 5th place at 6%. Same poll shows HRC holding steady among Democratic primary voters at 62%, with no one else out of single digits.

* Charles Pierce gets bonus points for working in reference to Randy Newman’s “Louisiana 1927” in headline of post on climate change denial.

* At her new digs at MSNBC, Irin Carmon has a very thorough analysis of the antichoice strategy of “protecting women” through abortion clinic restrictions, and of the path of litigation around it.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys has good news from conservative South Dakota, whose legislature has approved a package of sentencing reforms providing alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on the “TFA apostates”–former Teach for America participants who are now rejecting the organization’s practices, beginning with a group in New Orleans.

And in non-political news:

* Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi shut down by huge fire. No terrorist connection evident.

To close the day, here’s Guadalcanal Diary one more time, with “Litany (Life Goes On),” from 1987.


Ed Kilgore

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.