I have a new accomplishment to boast of today: “Blogging while interviewing real estate agents.”

Here are some less confusing midday news/views snacks:

* Russians carping about conduct of Scottish independence referendum, apparently in “so’s your old man” gesture aimed at criticism of their own elections.

* Justin Wolfers notes betting markets did better at predicting outcome of Scottish referendum than most polls.

* At TNR, Elaine Teng explains “devo max” agenda Scottish nationalists will push after referendum.

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman reflects on new debate over corporal punishment.

* Bob Dole, 91, to thump the tubs for beleaguered Sen. Pat Roberts.

And in non-political news:

* Seems I also share a birthday with Jimmy Fallon, who’s turning 40 today.

As we break for lunch, here’s more David Bromberg, with “I Will Not Be Your Fool.”

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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.