Day’s End and Night Watch

I’m not all that emotionally invested in the British elections, but it does suck if a Tory win occurs and is touted everywhere else as a big vote for austerity. It also looks like the Scottish Nationalists are just destroying Labour in what used to be its Scottish stomping grounds. They may be contributing to a good night for Cameron as well.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Big-time neocon Peter King says Pam Geller’s Texas event put “people’s lives at risk for no good reason.” Good for him.

* May 31 congressional deadline for highway funding looms with no game plan for long extension in sight.

* At the Grade, Alexander Russo gives, well, mixed grades to John Oliver for his celebrated piece attacking standardized testing.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Stoehr offers a partial defense of the efficacy of some kinds of violence as “illegitimate but rooted in legitimate grievances.”

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on the first (or so he figures) music video for standardized testing.

And in non-political news:

* If you miss tonight’s season finale of Big Bang Theory, you’ll apparently miss “life-changing decisions.” Or maybe producers are just giving us a big ol’ Bazinga!

That’s it for Thursday. We’ll close with a solo offering from Christy Moore, performing “Viva la Quinta Brigada,” a tribute to the Irish volunteers who fought for the Republic in the Spanish Civil War. There’s a fair amount of fine old Irish anti-clericalism in this one, pure and biting as whisky.


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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.