After yet another dental emergency this afternoon, I think I’m going to take a dental assistant’s course so that I can moonlight there and cut down on the driving time. An employee discount would be nice, too.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Ugandan President Yoweri Musevini decides to sign bill imposing long jail terms for homosexuality, after being assured by “scientists” that “this condition is not genetic.”

* TPM offers fine collection of “groan-inducing” political attacks tricked up as Valentine’s Day messages.

* At the Prospect, Tom Carson looks back on the tediously scandal-ridden New Orleans reign of Ray Nagin.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humprheys imagines what Ayn Rand might have written to “the 99%” of Americans as a Valentine.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer speculates that doctors may soon experience the same rapidly plunging ROI for their expensive, debt-inducing educations that lawyers are enduring now.

And in non-political news:

* Stock markets enjoy best week so far of 2014, which isn’t saying much.

That’s it for the week. Martin Longman will definitely be back for Weekend Blogging, and on Monday, President’s Day, we’ll be on our Federal Holiday Lite Blogging schedule.

Here’s a last love song for Valentine’s Day, expressing the eternal passion of the requited but vulnerable lover: Badfinger with “I’d Die, Babe.”


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.