Happy Birthday to Jennifer Jason Jeigh, 51.
And a bit of good stuff:
1. Jonathan Chait follows up on his first-rate essay about GOP anti-democratic efforts. If I was a totally annoying nitpicker, I'd mention that the distinction he makes between activists and "party" doesn't really work well, but then again as far as I know the Colorado effort he talks about was not, in fact, an effort to steal away electoral votes in a state Democrats believed was otherwise lost to them; it was, rather, a misguided (okay, in my view) effort to achieve fairness. The key question I'd ask isn't activists vs. formal party organization; it's state vs. national. I don't know, or don't remember, the facts about the Colorado ballot measure, but if it was national activists trying to grab a few electoral votes they otherwise thought Democrats had no chance to get, then it's very similar to the current scheme. If, however, it was locals who were basically following (poorly) the same logic that the National Popular Vote people are pushing now, then...well, it would have been foolish for Colorado, but it's hardly the same.
2. "[W]e get our Athena sprung right from the head of Zeus." Neil Sinhababu on immigration.
3. Via Farley (and I don't agree with him about what what happened to Tigh in the final half of the series), an interview with Ronald Moore about the military and his work, especially BSG. You probably should not click over if you haven't seen it -- but you really should see it.
4. And I'm not sure what to make of it, but interesting: Naomi Zeveloff on a study of Israeli and Palestinian textbooks. Short summary: lots of jingoism on both sides, but hardly any over-the-top dehumanizing slurs.