Day’s End and Night Watch

One of my fellow janitors the summer between high school and college could recite all of the announcements from the Woodstock movie from memory with pitch-perfect voices. “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome warmly…Country Joe and the Fish….” “Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen…we’re certainly delighted to be here today…We’re gonna start off our portion of the show by giving you a taste of a little something called ‘Rock and Soul Music’…” and on and on.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Scott Walker tries to play the martyr again by proclaiming he’s “unintimidated” by single heckler in large Iowa State Fair crowd.

* Josh Marshall points out possible negative–or for that matter positive–impact on U.S.-Saudi relationship the under-discussed aspect of Iranian Nuke Deal.

* Unclear whether and if so which political motives responsible for bombing in Bangkok that killed at least 16 people.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman is of two minds about the new White House initiative on heroin addiction: positive and furious.

* At College Guide, Sarah Butrymowicz discusses the vast variations in high school graduation rates in the Northeastern tri-state area.

And in non-political news:

* Beloved Batman impersonator killed on roadside near disabled Batmobile.

That’s it for Monday. Let’s close with one more less movified Woodstock act: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band performing “Everything’s Gonna Be All Right.”


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.