The humpback whales have really been putting on a show on the Monterey Bay today, amazingly close to the shore. Seems they are chowing down on the anchovies, as are the suddenly abundant pelicans.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Here we go again: Oregon judge refuses to perform same-sex marriages, wants clerks to refer applicants to other judges.

* At the Plum Line, Greg Sargent urges wavering Senate Dems to support a filibuster on the resolution of disapproval for the Iran Nuke Deal to minimize the number of votes they have to cast. All true, though he doesn’t address principled opposition to filibusters; maybe I’m the only one who cares about that anymore.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman observes that the Kim Davis saga is proving to be another shot-in-the-foot moment for the GOP.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Julia Azari reevaluates Jimmy Carter’s impact on the presidency.

* And at College Guide, Daniel Luzer reminds us old folks of the very different historical frame of reference of today’s college freshmen.

And in non-political news:

* Dow Jones rebounds a bit, but still a bad day for markets, apparently on grounds that investors are unhappy with anything other than very bad news on our own economy.

That’s it for Friday. David Atkins and D.R. Tucker will be in for Weekend Blogging, and I’ll be back for very Lite Major Federal Holiday Blogging on Labor Day. Let’s close with a performance on which another of today’s birthday boys participated: Quicksilver Messenger Service’s Gary Duncan, who is 69 today. Here’s Quicksilver with “Who Do You Love?” at Winterland in 1975.

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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.