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January 10, 2013 5:53 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

The dark, stormy morning gave way to a fine Central Coast day, so I can’t complain. This is traditionally the Monsoon season in these parts, and it’s good for the water table.

Here are some end-of-day items for your perusal, rain or shine:

* Another school shooting, this time at a high school in Taft, California (near Bakersfield). Only one victim, who is in critical condition. A teacher apparently talked the shooter—a student—into surrendering.

* In other gun news, the CEO of a Tennessee company specializing in “weapons and tactical training” threatens to “start killing people” if Obama issues executive orders regulating guns.

* Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, cited by some (not me) as possible moderating influence on national GOP, comes out for repealing income and corporate taxes and offsetting revenue losses by boosting sales taxes.

* At Ten Miles Square, Ryan Cooper continues his platinum coin series by laying out a detailed tactical plan on how Obama could use the idea to force Republicans to back off debt default.

* At College Guide, Matt Bauerlein explores the “entrepreneurship” message colleges are using to flatter and attract students.

And in non-political news:

* Argo, Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty snubbed in Oscar nominations; big potential winners are Lincoln and Life of Pi.

Some savage feel-good music for the close of the day from Richard Thompson:

Selah.

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.

Comments

  • Joe Friday on January 10, 2013 7:19 PM:

    "Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, cited by some (not me) as possible moderating influence on national GOP, comes out for repealing income and corporate taxes and offsetting revenue losses by boosting sales taxes."

    Just what we need, a MORE regressive tax code.

    What an ASS.

  • boatboy_srq on January 10, 2013 8:00 PM:

    In other gun news, the CEO of a Tennessee company specializing in “weapons and tactical training” threatens to “start killing people” if Obama issues executive orders regulating guns.

    Welcome to FEMA Camps 2.0. The only thing that would frighten these dingbats more would be tax breaks for gun purchases by the Urban League, or rumours that ACORN is going to gun shows and buying up weapons and ammo for distribution to liberal poor urbanites. Come to think of it, though, spreading that rumour might do some good: if it draws more attention to gun shows, and causes some of them to start the background checks they aren't doing now,...

  • pterosonus on January 10, 2013 10:37 PM:

    Very good song by Richard Thompson - but then, which one isn't?
    I saw him live twice, once with Fairport convention and once solo. Awesome shows both.

  • estamm on January 11, 2013 8:51 AM:

    Personally, I'm glad zero dark thirty got snubbed. The movie claims that torture got the critical bin Laden intel, and it did not. This movie will only make it more likely that captured terrorists will be tortured in the future. That is wrong.

  • T2 on January 11, 2013 9:43 AM:

    NRA wants an assault weapon in every house - to protect us. If you are interested in what its like when every man and boy in the country has an assault weapon, take a look at Iraq and Afghanistan. Pretty peaceful spots, huh?