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December 14, 2012 5:33 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

The sad news continues to roll out regarding the Connecticut massacre, including the shooter’s apparent earlier murder of his brother in New Jersey. We’ll be hearing the depressing details for many days. But here are some other final items of the day and week, some related to the massacre, some not:

* Bobby Jindal, who is in quite the self-promotion phase right now, calls for making oral contraceptives available to adults over the counter, apparently to keep “pharmacists of conscience” from having to fill contraception prescriptions. Would tell you more, but it’s behind the WSJ paywall.

* Fallows notes that gun-toting citizens have killed a a lot more Americans over the last decade than Islamic Terrorists.

* Slate’s Dave Weigel reminds us that the president did, however hesitantly, call for return of assault gun ban during the second presidential candidates’ debate this year.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman notes that Obama’s “not a priority” remarks about federal action against state-legalized pot very similar to his Attorney General’s earlier posture on medical marijuana.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that SC’s Newberry College is planning to offer an undergraduate major in Social Media. Not as crazy an idea as it might have sounded just a few years ago.

And in non-political, non-gun news:

* Bennigan’s heads list of ten major national restaurant chains with calamitous drop in number of branches over last decade.

As mentioned earlier, I’m out o’ here for vacation the next week. Former Washington Monthly editorial intern and freelance journalist Sam Knight will be on duty this weekend, with Ryan Cooper having the controls next week, followed by Kathleen Geier the weekend of December 22-23.

See you December 24! If you have kids, definitely give them an extra gesture of security and affection tonight.


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.


  • c u n d gulag on December 14, 2012 6:11 PM:

    Enjoy the vacation, Ed! Well earned.

    What, no Adele Stan?

  • Celui on December 14, 2012 6:16 PM:

    Yeah! No Adele Stan??? (Sorry, Ryan)

  • Joe Friday on December 14, 2012 6:46 PM:

    Just as Obama, referencing the recent disenfranchisement of voters during the election, said, "We need to fix that", we now have yet another issue we need to fix.

  • Rick B on December 14, 2012 7:13 PM:

    I hope this will not be unpaid intern work for Sam Knight.

  • punaise on December 14, 2012 8:37 PM:

    bonnes vacances, safe travels

  • Mimikatz on December 14, 2012 9:47 PM:

    The CT shooter did NOT kill his brother. Rather, he killed his mother before going to the school and killing her students and several 4th graders.

    The guns. Were evidently registered to his mother, per TV. Owning 3 guns does not seem to have made her safer. There is a backstory here I hope gets investigated.

    And we need to look as much at mental health as gun control.

  • kabiddle on December 17, 2012 12:38 AM:

    Bobby Jindal and over-the-counter oral contraception are more mind-bending than even I can get my head around. The Pill is heavy medicine. (Yaz! anyone?) I don't care what the Lunesta crowd are saying -- you do NOT allow developing young women (girls!) to take this stuff without some kind of medical supervision. Sorry but it is dumber than a rock. So Bobby "Bobby" Jindal's concerned brow is telling us to shut down clinics that service young women's health issues on a regular basis so they can go and play Russian Roulette with powerful hormonal therapy OVER THE COUNTER so that some moral obligation to a doctor or boss or pharmacist can be met? Stop it. Now.