Just can’t help cracking up over and over about the idea of “Two Dope Boyz in a Cadillac” being carved on Stone Mountain. But that’s probably because I’ve always thought the mountain itself was a bit absurd–the giant piece of granite outcropping that’s just sort of there like a divine practical joke–and the carving on the side even more so. If not an Outkast carving, maybe the most appropriate image should be of another Atlanta-based rapper, Ludacris.

Here are some midday news/views treats, mostly not from the Dirty South:

* In least surprising vote ever, Senate Republicans reject amendment to No Child Left Behind reauthorization that would create climate change education program.

* Al Gore very unhappy with Barack Obama for allowing exploratory oil and gas drilling in the Arctic.

* At National Journal, Nora Caplan-Bricker examines the bro-centric nature of Rand Paul’s base of support.

* Germany’s central role in crushing Greece in debt conflict bringing back some unpleasant Teutonic stereotypes.

* At the Plum Line, Paul Waldman argues that Scott Walker’s gratuitious support for the old right-wing chestnut of drug testing food stamp recipients shows him as too overtly mean to become president.

And in non-political news:

* As always, Steve Spurrier the unrivalled star of SEC Media Days.

As we break for lunch, here’s more from Denise Lasalle, probably her biggest hit: “Trapped By a Thing Called Love.”

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.