Day’s End and Night Watch

I forget to mention earlier that I was discharged from jury duty without even having to physically show up. So I did not get to blog from the mighty city of Salinas, or share the excitement of watching other people get selected for juries. I’ve yet to be on one in all my years of being summoned. I did have a state government friend back in Georgia who was about to be fired and managed to get impaneled for a long, high-profile federal case, and was transferred into a new job before it was over. It was a real Mr. Magoo manuever.

Here are some remains of the day:

* The new federal overtime rules are official, with no surprises. They are, however, still “proposed” rules, and won’t take effect until next year.

* Greece officially misses payment to IMF after “troika” refuses further assistance, so a technical “default” precedes the July 5 Greek referendum.

* Released tax returns show Jeb Bush made $29 million in first seven years after leaving public office–or as Mitt Romney would call it, “peanuts.”

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo looks at a suddenly questionable media narrative about special education and minority students.

* At Republic 3.0, Anne Kim discusses the slow progress towards an internet-friendly 911 emergency dispatch system.

And in non-political news:

* Turns out least popular airline seats–middle seats near the rear of the plane–are statistically the safest.

That’s it for Tuesday (a 13-post day, without extra charge). We’ll close with one more Korean War song, from the bluegrass banjo legend Sonny Osborne: “A Brother in Korea:”


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.