Getting excited about attending this weekend’s big event in Pacific Grove, California: the Butterfly Parade, honoring many thousands of migrating Monarchs, and featuring children and dogs dressed up as butterflies, jellyfish, artists, chefs, sea otters, miners, etc.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Well, something good came of it: voter registration booms in Ferguson, MO, after Michael Brown killed.

* John Boehner’s public desire for a Jeb Bush presidential candidacy explained as reflecting deep ties with whole Bush family.

* Et tu, Leon? Panetta joins argument that Obama should have left more U.S. troops in Iraq.

* At TNR, John Judis reports Sam Brownback abandoned his support for wind farms at behest of his biggest donors, the Kochs.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues we need to stop focusing on admissions policies of highly selective colleges if we really want to promote equal opportunity in higher ed.

And in non-political news:

* Just in time for Yom Kippur and memories of Sandy Koufax refusing to pitch a World Series game, Dara Lind offers “The Secret History of Jews in Baseball.”

That’s it for Thursday. We’ll close with a video from the successor band to (or some would say “reincarnation of”) Uncle Green, 3 Lb. Thrill, with “Something Will Come.” These guys rank up there with another Georgia band, Guadalcanal Diary, in my “Should Have Been Rich and Famous” pantheon.

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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.