Lunch Buffet

Unbenownst to readers, I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time since Wednesday night dealing with the intricacies of Louisiana tax law in order to respond to a criticism of my knowledge and integrity emanating from one of our fine conservative media outlets. I’ll report my findings this afternoon.

Here are some end-of-the-week midday news/views hors d’oeuvres:

* Darrell Issa, the richest member of Congress, says America’s poor are the envy of the world.

* Hispanic-owned BBQ joint in Colorado (named, no kidding, Rubbin Buttz) announces White Appreciation Day where white people get discount because there is a Black History Month.

* Conservative white evangelical pens WaPo column criticizing evangelico-centric nature of National Day of Prayer. Good for her.

* At TNR, Suzi Khimm examines the “fiscal abandonment” of impoverished West Baltimore.

* Bibi Netanyahu’s last-minute coalition agreement with Naftali Bennett not going over very well with other Israelis.

And in non-political news:

* A “pollen tsunami” predicted for northeast.

As we break for lunch, here’s one of the most heavily covered songs in rock and blues history, Robert Johnson’s “Cross Road Blues.”

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.