Since it transpired over the weekend, allow me a brief “woof” of happiness at the 41-30 victory of the Georgia Bulldogs over the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Here are some remainders of the day:

* Lindsey “Give War a Chance” Graham dismisses peace overtures as Russians “playing us like a fiddle.”

* CNN’s Hamby chronicles last full day of Weiner mayoral candidacy.

* Kevin Drum notes Obama’s record hardly that of a president reluctant to use military force.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman disagrees with anti-tobacco groups expressing alarm about e-cigarettes, noting they are vastly less harmful to health than your regular coffin nails.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer clarifies the issues involved in efforts to unionize adjunct college faculty.

And in non-political news:

* Ads coming to Instagram by year’s end.

That’s it for this unusual day of dueling war and peace signals. Here’s one more tune from a musician born in Chattanooga, and no, it’s not Usher, who grew up there but was actually born in Dallas. Here’s Jules Alexander with the band he co-founded, The Association, performing “Along Comes Mary” on the Smothers Brothers show in 1967.


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.