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April 03, 2013 5:44 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Didn’t get around to writing about the Jason Mark piece on enviros and fracking, but will try to do so tomorrow. You should read it yourself if you have time.

Here are some quick remains of the day:

* Salon’s Alex Pareene has just one big question for HRC in anticipation of 2016: will she stop paying for the services of Mark Penn?

* Islamophobic Tennessee Republicans facing same crisis on private school voucher bill that freaked out their counterparts in Louisiana: could a Muslim school get aid?

* Greg Sargent predicts U.N. passage of weapons trade treaty will become fresh argument for those opposing gun legislation.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman contrasts “fact-checking” with “reality-checking.”

* At College Guide, Edward Glaeser makes the case for independent evaluation of teachers.

And in non-political news:

* Video of physical and verbal abuse of players costs Rutgers men’s basketball coach his job. Bet lesson some will learn is: avoid cameras!

To end the day on a high, sunny note: here again are The Doors, performing their last great classic, “L.A. Woman,” in 1971.

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

  • Ron Byers on April 03, 2013 5:59 PM:

    The Rutgers lesson should be don't abuse your players, but most coaches around the NCAA have learned don't hire former NBA players who are independently wealthy to be assistants because they can be hell on your career when you fire them.

  • Bodacious on April 03, 2013 6:13 PM:

    Just to qualify RByers, former NBA player voiced concern over coach behavior BEFORE he was let go. I think that could be the story in itself. Initial film of coach turned over in Nov/Dec with virtually NO punishment. Only when released to press was there true action.

  • T2 on April 03, 2013 6:29 PM:

    I noticed a Milbank column blaming Obama for the breakdown in passing significant new gun laws.......apparently he doesn't find the GOP obstructionism part of the problem. What's he smoking?

  • David Carlton on April 03, 2013 7:39 PM:

    Ed, re the Tennesee voucher proposal, word now is that the governor has pulled the bill because Republicans wanted to expand it far beyond what Haslam himself proposed (to limit it to poor students in failing schools). According to the Nashville Scene, expanding the measure was getting a full-court press from a group called the American Federation for Children, which is headed by Betsy DeVos of Grand Rapids, presumably of the Amway family.

  • max on April 03, 2013 7:48 PM:

    will she stop paying for the services of Mark Penn?

    It would be most wise.

    Islamophobic Tennessee Republicans facing same crisis on private school voucher bill that freaked out their counterparts in Louisiana: could a Muslim school get aid?

    The answer, of course, is yes. If the answer isn't yes, then voucher bill is unconstitutional. Such a hard problem, I know.

    Greg Sargent predicts U.N. passage of weapons trade treaty will become fresh argument for those opposing gun legislation.

    Well, the UN is the homebase of the Anti-Christ according to everything I've ever so of course it will. In fact, in the future, if Hill gets elected, it'll be the Shanti-Christ and the UN. (And I would like to point out that what Bush the Elder actually meant by 'New World Order' is what happened with Bush the Junior invaded Iraq. So I'm not sure why it has to be shadowy or obscure.

    Edward Glaeser makes the case for independent evaluation of teachers.

    With machines, he should have said.

    Bet lesson some will learn is: avoid cameras!

    Well, yes. The Nazi Flying Saucers From Antarctica certainly understand this.

    (No! Really!: "In 1978 Miguel Serrano, a Chilean diplomat and Nazi sympathizer, published El Cordón Dorado: Hitlerismo Esotérico (The Golden Thread: Esoteric Hitlerism), in which he claimed that Adolf Hitler was an Avatar of Vishnu and was at that time communing with Hyperborean gods in an underground Antarctic base in New Swabia. Serrano predicted that Hitler would lead a fleet of UFOs from the base to establish the Fourth Reich. In popular culture, this alleged UFO fleet is referred to as the Nazi flying saucers from Antarctica." I knew about the Nazis being on the moon in 1943 from Weekly World News, but I had missed this bit and the actual connection to assorted (true believing!) Neo-Nazi neo-pagan esoteric types in Austria. They're waiting for the Second Coming of Hitler. From Antarctica. On a UFO.

    max
    ['The British Empire Masons, the Secret Vatican Gnomes and the Rothschilds really need to up their game here.']

  • Citizen Alan on April 03, 2013 11:44 PM:

    Back in 2008, the defining factor that made me favor Obama over Clinton (aside from a gut feeling that he would be slightly less inclined to military bellicosity) was Mark Penn. I honestly believed (and still do) that his incompetence might give the election to McCain.