1. BBC News provides a little practical therapy for the workaday world. Their captions: priceless.
2. Life after Stevens in Alaska: will Palin spearhead a vanguard of new-generation-cons?
3. McCain's new strategy for sinking Obama is, as Marc Ambinder suggests, dreadful. For it to succeed, it must be cruelly, brutally hip and funny. The Bush people who have come on to implement it are sometimes cruel and often brutal but will never, ever be hip and funny, and if McCain lets them have their way with his campaign, he is doomed.
4. Saletan thinks zoning fast food megachains out of poor, fat neighborhoods is just awful. My question: what right do you have to a McDonalds in your neighborhood?