Day’s End and Night Watch

Washington Navy Yard shooting spree now claims 13 victims, including a shooter, identified as Aaron Alexis, believed to be a military contract employee based in Texas. The hunt is still on for another suspect, but still no public word of any possible motive.

Here are some other remains of the day:

* Twitter and radio creeps linking Aaron Alexis to Trayvon Martin and the President of the United States. Even Erick Erickson is disgusted.

* TNR’s Noam Scheiber certain there will be government shutdown; National Journal‘s Ben Terris certain it ain’t happening.

* David Brooks deplores rise of “Ted Cruz-ism.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humpreys isn’t impressed with the solidarity expressed by Starbucks customers with employees of fast-food chains they don’t patronize.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes problems with ranking schools by earnings of its graduates, which mostly vary by career choices rather than quality of colleges.

And in non-political news:

* SNL finalizing major cast overhaul.

That’s it for a troubling day. To close it with a troubling subject, here are two more songs about the draft. One is Phil Ochs with his 1965 tune “Draft Dodger Rag.”

And the other is Frank Zappa’s catchy “I Don’t Want To Get Drafted.”


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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.