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April 20, 2012 6:10 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Thanks to a week divided between blogging and service to the California Justice System, I am happy to reach Friday afternoon. But here are some additional items you might find of interest:

* Bill O’Reilly thinks Glee will make “dopey kids” turn gay or even identify as transgendered. Boy, Olbermann would have had fun with that one!

* Mitch Daniels says Mitt too negative, probably moving himself beyond the “bubble” in the Veepstakes.

* Unemployment dropping sharply in ultimate 2012 battleground states of Florida and Ohio.

* TPM’s Carl Franzen examines the politics and policy of California’s on-again, off-again, high-speed rail project.

* Syrian regime not exactly complying with “truce,” as troops fire on protesters and 57 people die today alone.

And in non-political news:

* As Blue Girl reported, Political Animal friend C U N D Gulag lost his father today. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Adele Stan returns for weekend blogging. Since she may be tied up a bit tomorrow morning, I may fill in with a post or two.


Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • gus on April 20, 2012 6:23 PM:

    So, based upon just reading that sentence about Bill O’Reilly:

    Is he jealous that “dopey kids” can choose to become hip like that?

    Does he think being gay is like going to the hair stylist and getting a new hair do?

    To O’Reilly, is gay the new black?


    Oh yeah. That’s right, he’s a feeble-minded, FALAFEL-sponging kind of guy.

  • schtick on April 20, 2012 6:38 PM:

    Gulag is one of my favorite posters here. I'm so sorry and my prayers are with him.

  • researcher on April 20, 2012 7:49 PM:

    Ted Nugent has been on the board of directors of the NRA since 1995.....unbelievable


    Deepest sympathy to Gulag. May time help heal, and memories bring peace.

  • Rick B on April 20, 2012 8:16 PM:

    My prayers and thoughts to C U N D Gulag and his family also.

    Re: Bill O'Reilly, I wondered if he had an explanation for the discovery a relative had that he was actually a she, but then I realized that time travel would have been required. First came the transgender discovery, and much later came Glee. I guess another cause is still necessary, not that it matters all that much why.

    Once again O'Reilly disgraces his Irish name with unmatched idiocy. I'm rather surprised that the Irish haven't attempted to retrieve the name and make him find something different.

  • Kathryn on April 20, 2012 8:24 PM:

    Condolences to our friend Gulag.

  • Brenna on April 20, 2012 8:27 PM:

    So sorry to hear about your father, Gulag.

    Take care friend. You're in my thoughts.

  • SBcardinal on April 20, 2012 9:44 PM:

    Condolences to Gulag. You've been in my thoughts, as your absence spoke volumes about what was happening. Blessings upon you.

  • roshan on April 20, 2012 11:24 PM:

    My sincere condolences to Gulag and his family.

  • Danp on April 21, 2012 7:09 AM:

    My sympathy to cund. I'll bet his father was a wise guy, er wise man, er well, both, actually.

  • Rugosa on April 21, 2012 8:19 AM:

    CUND - my sympathy as well. I have been missing your comments. Please take care of yourself and your family.

  • Bill K. on April 21, 2012 11:13 AM:

    Forget about Olbermann, I really hope Colbert does something on O'Reilly's stupidity! This is practically tailor made for him.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on April 23, 2012 9:26 AM:

    Condolences to Gulag. Do take care.