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Is PRO Gainesville In More Trouble?
2023-06-06 18:00
The Gainesville, Texas based group was convicted of a Misdemeanor B offense a year ago for violating the legal limitations of their parade permit on their last protest against the Confederat… Read More
2023-06-05 19:12
Kenny Boy Paxton just can't or won't stop being a legal idiot, despite House Investigations Committee member David Spiller (my district) praising his legal mind, per a Trib story previewin… Read More
2023-06-05 18:11
Mueller, She Wrote #BlueAnon / #Russiagate Tweeter Allison Gill is apparently as much a fraud as the Steele Dossier and some other parts of Russiagate. (Sorry, though, conspiracy theorists… Read More
2023-05-29 18:58
PRO Gainesville, the group that has protested Cooke County, Texas', refusal to remove its Civil War monument (the city of Gainesville did remove its), had some pertinent thoughts related to… Read More
Colorado River Deal Is Not All That
2023-05-25 18:16
The New York Times actually has a decent story.Here's the biggies on what the Lower Basin states of the Colorado River Compact — California, Arizona and Nevada — have agreed to… Read More
Deconstructing Sarah Fay
2023-05-18 14:08
Cliches become well-used before they get known as clichéd for good reason: They express near-universal truths, to venture into the land of clichés. And, the best of them never… Read More
2023-05-11 14:00
Off the Kuff celebrated the Senate candidacy of Rep. Colin Allred, as well as the opening list of his potential successors in Congress. Yours truly has his own take on Allred and related iss… Read More
2023-05-10 13:47
Someone on Twitter mentioned racial and other problems there.And, they weren't wrong on the racial issues, at least by one example. Mastodon's hived off servers also mean security problems… Read More
2023-05-09 14:00
Based on this Toronto Star piece, my three basic thoughts, and one add-on, are:It's not censorship, though the Trudeau government's refusal to accept one Canadian Senate amendment wasn't tot… Read More
2023-05-05 18:07
Or maybe it was mobsters on a grassy knoll! Or the ghost of LBJ! Or any Castro scions running around Cuba!Contra Jefferson Morley channeling David Talbot, JFK conspiracy theory mongerin… Read More
2023-05-02 18:18
Two of the eight metaphorical Trump Train riders who harassed the literal Biden (campaign) Bus during the 2020 campaign swing through Texas have settled the lawsuit that Wendy Davis et al… Read More
2023-05-01 17:08
Yes, he met with Jeffrey Epstein, and yes, he met with him more than once, per a leak of Epstein's calendar, reported on by the Wall Street Journal. And, yes, he got tetchy when asked.But, c… Read More
2023-04-28 15:16
I wasn't ready to call Twitter a general cesspool in the first weeks and months after Musk's takeover.But, the blue-check fiasco? Different.On topics like RFK Jr. and his various conspiracy… Read More
2023-04-26 14:00
The Texas Progressive Alliance is rooting for the Daisetta Sinkhole to migrate to the Capitol as it brings you this week's roundup. Will the Lege listen to Uvalde parents and raise the… Read More
2023-04-22 16:12
As we look at the career of Albert Pujols, aka Phat Albert, aka The Machine, with his retirement official and a new baseball season starting without him, where's he stand on the all-time ra… Read More
2023-04-21 15:38
I stole the guns That were on the rack   And which You were surely ignoring And not only Because of Ramadan. Or Yom Kippur. Or Good Friday.   They were dangerous. No for… Read More
2023-04-20 18:00
This piece from New Left Review is good in explaining not only that but also how the Blair-Clinton project of New Leftism has spread even to the corners of Scandinavia.The observation that t… Read More
2023-04-20 13:36
PRO Gainesville, the North Texas Black Lives Matter-focused protest and activist group that, in 2021, clearly violated terms of a parade permit, then clearly lied about that, and had its thr… Read More
2023-04-18 18:08
This is a pullout from the regular Texas Progs because both Kuff and I talked about him this week and there's other news as well.First?Add Matthew Kacsmaryk to the list of Rethuglican f… Read More
2023-04-18 13:57
Of course, the moment re-inaugurated Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva "cozies up" (scare quotes if not obvious) to China, there's trouble!And, while Responsible Statecraf… Read More
2023-04-13 14:00
Or, could he try, at a minimum? At least the mRNA vaxxes, with all the conspiracy theories about them?Frankly, I'm surprised nobody has yet court-shopped to file a case with him.I have no do… Read More
2023-04-07 15:00
Both of these in the "service" of pseudoscience, in its March issue.First, in the story "Ancient Enigmas," about pueblitos (of which I'd already read plenty by David Roberts), there's:&ldquo&hell…Read More
2023-04-05 16:27
In a puff piece touting lab meat, it can bemoan the environmental costs of eating meat yet not say a word about the potential environmental costs of eating lab meat. (Nor does it even mentio… Read More
2023-03-30 14:05
The Texas House Approprirations Committee'ss proposed budget is a mixed bag. At least it said no to what is indeed a slush fund, his disaster and economic-development accounts. That said, th… Read More
2023-03-29 14:00
Even though I'm a renter, not an owner, I support the Lege raising the homestead exemption. BUT?There's two things they're missing, both of which I've mentioned in newspaper columns before… Read More
2023-03-28 18:52
Via Kuff, Talking Points Memo talks about how Rethug Congresscritters' proposals for age hikes on Social Security amount to benefit cuts for early retirees. True. Unmentioned by these #Blu… Read More
The Iraq War At 20
2023-03-21 00:15
After that start-off by Two-Party Opera, let's add a few more thoughts. March 20 is the official start, but, I'm jumping the gun a day with Brian's prodding, and it may still have been March… Read More
2023-03-20 18:04
Austin's Third Court of Appeals said last week the Public Utilities Commission royally screwed the pooch with its $9,000 per megawatt-hour electric rates during Winter Storm Uri. Now, the b… Read More
2023-03-14 14:22
That question, raised rhetorically, seems to be more and more the new trope by BlueAnon-type, if you will, thought leaders, whether politicians and political advisors on the one hand, or PhD… Read More
2023-03-13 13:47
We knew this was going to happen anyway, but it still doesn't make it easier to see Danny Goeb unveil his priority bills for the Texas Senate.The so-called "parental rights" bill has all sor… Read More
2023-03-09 14:50
RIP Tulia defendants' lawyer Jeff Blackburn.  Scott Henson, aka Grits for Breakfast, spoke at his memorial. SocraticGadfly looked at, and laughed at, Rich Lowry's hilarious typo about t… Read More
2023-03-04 16:00
Type your summary here Type rest of the post here I have Skeptophilia, a blog by Gordon Bonnet, on my blogroll, and he's been here for several years. It's generally good stuff, but at times… Read More
2023-03-02 16:03
Via Pat the Berner on Twitter, sounding like he's trying to score points on Warmonger Joe's coronavirus coverage.He cites a medical news site which, first, gets the ratios of the original st… Read More

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