Day’s End and Night Watch

We got to 12 posts pretty fast today, eh?

Sorry I didn’t get to commemorate today’s third rock-and-roll birthday honoree, Mr. Krieger, but we do feature The Doors from time to time. What mainly interested me on the music front today is that Bowie offered more song choices than Elvis. That’s one of many advantages of longevity, I guess, from a guy who didn’t look like much of an actuarial favorite during his early career.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Saudi blogger convicted of advocating free speech to receive first 50 of 1,000 lashes (plus ten years in prison and a huge fine) outside Jiddah mosque after prayers tomorrow. Outrageous.

* Three American families heavily bankrolling Netanyahu’s reelection campaign. None of them are named “Adelson.”

* Greg Sargent points out Paris attacks are complicating GOP’s plans to mess with Homeland Security funding in order to fight Obama’s executive order on immigration.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Stoehr argues that only a “militant liberalism” unlike that exhibited by the New Republic can keep incidents like the recent bloodbath there from happening.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer suggests the new rules for fraternities at UVA don’t address structural problems with how the university handles sexual assault allegations.

And in non-political news:

* Elvis’ birthday celebrated in Memphis despite intensely cold weather.

That’s it for Thursday. We’ll celebrate Elvis’ birthday one more time here with one of his many movie performances: the title track from Viva Las Vegas. I saw this flick in Bremen, Georgia, during what was probably the tail end of its initial run.


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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.