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2023-11-21 15:34
So, my House Legiscritter, David Spiller, was one of four rural Republican members of the House, anti-vouchers steadfast through the regular sesssion of the Texas Lege, and the first three… Read More
2023-11-15 15:00
The LA Times writes about the Californication of Tex-ass, and how, per the old "wherever you go, there you are" pop psychology adage, they're essentially bringing many of California urbaniza… Read More
2023-11-14 19:26
The carpetbagging (you are) CD-4 Texas Congresscritter is not running for re-election.OK, that of itself no big deal.But wanting to get back his old Texas Senate District 30 seat?THAT is a b… Read More
2023-11-14 15:28
A bunch of DSA oldtimers like Harold Meyerson and Peter Dreier say they're leaving the organization, primarily because it's too strong in support of Hamas, but also because it has other puri… Read More
2023-11-13 15:00
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has of course been an antivaxxer of long standing. But, he's far worse than that.Bob Jr. is also a Cold War 2.0 Cold Warrior, per this Tweet, getting a boner for the p… Read More
Veterans Day: In Memoriam Hiroshi Miyamura
2023-11-11 16:22
I grew up in Gallup, New Mexico, where the late Medal of Honor winner was born and lived all his life outside his military service time. As the feature part of a newspaper Veterans Day speci… Read More
2023-11-08 19:00
For me, there's no reason for sodium in soda, whether as salt or as sodium benzoate used as a preservative. Livestrong has more, starting with that it can be antifungal, and this may, theore… Read More
2023-11-04 14:00
As is normal, these may not all be FROM October, and I'll note those that are not.As usual, reverse order from 10 to 1 with the appropriate drumroll at the end.No 10 was a Texas Progressives… Read More
RFK Jr. Bringing New Donor Bucks Into Race
2023-11-01 18:14
A month ago, I wrote about the planned leak of RFK Jr.'s big announcement for Oct. 9, which is, of course, today, and the leak indicating that he will indeed run as an independent. And, n… Read More
2023-11-01 14:02
Credit where credit is due to Elon Musk IF he follows through on his promise. Last Saturday, Musk said he would extend Starlink connectivity to internationally recognized aid organizations… Read More
A Few More Thoughts On Cornel West
2023-10-27 07:09
I was planning on posting this a week or two ago, but a variety of other things giving me a full blogging plate made me wait. And West's announcement that he was ditching the Greens to run i… Read More
2023-10-26 18:56
I've hit multiple paywalls in the past week from both Seymour Hersh and Patrick Cockburn.And, I'm sure if I were a paid subscriber, below the fold (their paywall "folds" have been set at wel… Read More
2023-10-24 18:30
Small town rural America is generally bullshit as a myth, unless, per the link, you're an American Indian living on a Southwestern pueblo or a larger, still semi-isolated non-puebloan trib… Read More
2023-10-17 14:00
Now, he's got the Texas-New Mexico state line wired, as well as the Rio Grande where Texas borders various Mexican states. More here. As I said on Twitter, pretty soon, Wallbuilder Joe will… Read More
2023-10-12 18:00
Via Twitter, per Tarrant Greens, Houston Greens have been party disaffiliated as of last year's state party meeting. I assume that Greater Houston Area Greens is the local, as its Twitt… Read More
Green Party Post-Cornel West
2023-10-12 14:00
Now that the man is running as an independent (good-bye, good luck, and you're not getting my vote, in all likelihood), what's up for Greens?At the time of West's announcement, Jill Stein, w… Read More
2023-10-10 18:00
First, here in the US, it's "amazing" how many librulz who hate Putin also hate Palestinians, as we discuss the Hamas attack. Many of them, like many neocons and the Religious Right, repeat… Read More
2023-10-09 18:04
Electric vehicles may actually need MORE automotive labor man-hours than internal-combustion engine ones, and the claims the other way appear to be nothing more than urban manufacturing lege… Read More
2023-10-07 14:30
Gay and lesbian sex DOES have evolutionary benefits in the animal world, contra the old "Darwinian paradox."AC can be made more climate friendly, or less climate unfriendly. A big part of th… Read More
Is Cornel West Daft? Peter Daou? Both?
2023-10-05 20:46
Cornel West's announement today  he was ditching the Greens to run independent has me scratching my head, to say the least.I said, a couple of months ago, when West decided to run as a… Read More
2023-10-05 18:00
Started this a couple of days late, but here we go. Again, these are not all from September, but the top 10 by viewership for the month. Old posts will be indicated as such.No. 10? I called… Read More
2023-10-05 05:46
I think I'm going to do more "bare links" plus minimal commentary bulletin board stuff like this, on this and other political issues, from now through the election next year.Anyway, first?Wa… Read More
2023-10-04 15:42
Not with the lowest attendance at a playoff game in more than 100 years. (I also have to "love" that the Trop has a listed playoff capacity of just 26K because the Rays cover up seats becaus… Read More
2023-10-03 15:01
No, not the COVID vaccine, but the scientists who first developed the idea of using messenger RNA as a transmission vector in a vaccine. #Schadenfreude for the antivaxxers in general and Dr… Read More
#BlueAnon BS On The Fetterman Flap
2023-10-02 14:00
I'm talking about the Senate dress code, or now lack thereof, and now returned again, flap.Clothes may make the man, or woman; they do, also make the class distinctions.And? If you don't wan… Read More
RFK Jr. Going Independent
2023-09-30 19:19
Interesting, but not totally surprising, and also not totally smart to make this move.Given that he's already talked to Libertarian Party chair Angela McArdle, his growing frustration with t… Read More
2023-09-27 19:28
Yes, r/politics, the alleged all US political news website (it's not, I have experience of that), which is really, with many posts, little more than a #BlueAnon circle jerk.Take this one, ab… Read More
2023-09-26 17:46
Probably not.First, as with previous boosters, they're not really "indicated" for anybody under 65. The Conversation analyzes the new COVID vaccine. What they may not tell you is that COVID… Read More
2023-09-26 14:00
Dade "Dade" Phelan, Texas House Speaker, said "the fix was in from the start" in an op-ed he wrote for his hometown Beaumont Enterprise. That, in turn, set off not only Dan Patrick Goeb hims… Read More
Jimmy Carter, Government Shutdown King
2023-09-25 14:00
Well, actually the president, not the king, but you know what I mean.Last week, the Associated Press had a piece about the looming government shutdown. As part of that, it had a graphic of p… Read More
2023-09-21 14:00
Off the Kuff documents the conclusion of the Paxton impeachment trial, and then reacts to the verdict. (My own take on the verdict is here.)SocraticGadfly offers up reviews of two politics-t… Read More
Ken Paxton: Show Trial In Reverse?
2023-09-16 18:13
If even a Robert Nichols voted to acquit on about half of the 16 counts ...And, if even one-third of Democrats voted to acquit on Article 8, why were even here for half these charges? Why we… Read More
2023-09-12 13:25
Secret Service agent Paul Landis, releasing a book eight years after he first decided to talk to ONE person, former Secret Service director Lewis Merletti about allegedly finding an "extra"… Read More
2023-09-07 14:00
Showing how the political term "independent" is bullshit, here in Tex-ass, support for Warren Kenneth Paxton's impeachment conviction is almost as low among indys as among Rethugs.SocraticGa… Read More
2023-09-06 18:17
At the federal level:Blocked from enforcement: the Lege's school book rating law, First Amendment grounds and prior restraint grounds tied to that.Blog from enforcement: the Lege's near-ban… Read More

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