After months of abnormally high (but by other folks’ standards, perfect) temperatures, feels like autumn (or in a normal year, July) here on the Central Coast. Confusing to us transplants.

Here are some final items of the day.

* Oh Lord, there’s a new conservative demon in the lexicon: “Fecundiphobia,” or the “fear of children and fertile women.”

* IRS to delay the beginning of tax-filing season “a week or two” due to the shutdown. But alas, April 15 filing deadline stands.

* Paul LePage probably should have used different number in asserting that “about 47% of able-bodied people in the state of Maine don’t work.”

* At College Guide, Michael O’Hare deplores the absence of any real quality assurance measures for college teaching.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein warns us in advance of over-interpreting whatever happens in the upcoming special election to replace the late Rep. Bill Young.

And in sorta non-political news:

* This is getting old: stock rise as sluggish jobs report boosts hopes Fed won’t “taper” stimulus any time soon.

Let’s end with commemoration of still another anniversary: first American casualties (13 military advisors injured) in Vietnam reported on this day in 1957.


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.