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July 12, 2013 6:16 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Ah, it’s been a crazy day. Starting tomorrow, don’t think I’ll voluntarily listen to another disco song for a good while.

Here are some final items of the day. Just so you know, the Zimmerman jury has adjourned its deliberations for the night.

* If you can stand it, check out Daniel J. Flynn’s argument that the whole Trayvon Martin tragedy was the result of “civilizing men out of existence.” Yeah, I figured feminism was to blame, too. Naturally, Rush Limbaugh agrees.

* TAP’s Paul Waldman posts chart showing GOP percentage of white vote in southern states in 2008 (last presidential contest where exit polling done nationally); it’s over 70% in seven states, peaking at 88% in Mississippi and Alabama. Not news, but still: wow.

* Texas Senate expected to pass long-stalled abortion restriction bill, clearing it for Rick Perry’s signature, this evening. At least they will not have done so with no one but antichoicers much noticing, which was the original idea.

* At Ten Miles Square, Matthew Kahn predicts the consequences of climate change for the electrical grid.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses report labeling career and technical education in the U.S. a “risky investment” for students.

And in non-political news:

* Star LSU running back Jeremy Hill avoids jail time for sucker punch in bar fight, but DA releases “ugly” video of incident that may force coaching staff to extend suspension.

That’s it for the day. As noted earlier, Kathleen Geier is in for Weekend Blogging. As at many parties, wedding receptions and radio signoffs over the years, we’ll end Disco Demolition Day with Donna Summer’s “Last Dance,” which was also, appropriately, on the soundtrack for the movie Thank God It’s Friday. It even won an Oscar.

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.

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