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Seymour Hersh's
2023-02-19 17:25
That's what he's calling it, not me. (Pictured above: A pile of crap-foam floating on the surface of either the Baltic Sea or Seymour Hersh's Substack.)Sy's now doubled down on his Nord Stre… Read More
Crying A River Over The Brazos
2023-02-16 15:00
Having been to Big Bend many a time, I appreciated very much Texas Observer's piece over the struggles of the Rio Grande.I can now say the same as it's dropped the second piece over what is… Read More
2023-02-15 19:00
 Yes, we the US and NATO, are indeed at war with Russia, per Thomas Fazi. Let's stop lying about it. That includes you, Eric Dreitser, at Counterpunch, whom I've called out before, and… Read More
2023-02-15 15:00
Kenny Boy Paxton has officially surrendered on the lawsuit against him by filed whistleblowers. Kenny Boy claims he's settling "to save taxpayer money." Right. He, Strangeabbott, and Tricky… Read More
2023-02-13 19:20
Who will alert THE People's CDC and fellow travelers like Gregg Gonsalves, as well as general panic-mongers like Jessica Wildfire, that just maybe they can relax now? (Yes, especially since… Read More
2023-02-11 17:00
Politico, magazine version, says many Republican donors and leaders are actively working against him.So, where's the fun part?Trump making claims about "rigged elections," then calling for #… Read More
2023-02-08 18:25
Another ice storm, another series of failures, tho this one isn't blamable on Strangeabbott, the PUC or ERCOT, contra #BlueAnon. Should Texas be more "hardened" against this? State Rep. Erin… Read More
2023-02-06 19:00
Here's a blow-by-blow of Biden having the USAF shoot down the Red Chinese balloon, which was, per various updates, not the first on his watch, plus the one(s) on Trump's watch. Will China… Read More
2023-02-06 16:44
Per the Clerk of the House of Representatives, that would be the number of Democrat Congresscritters voting yes on a resolution "denouncing the horrors of socialism." NOTE: "Socialism,"… Read More
2023-02-03 15:46
The announcement that this will happen in May appears to have caught many Congressional Democrats off guard. Why it did, I don't know; without having a "date certain," Biden had first announ… Read More
2023-01-30 15:00
The Trib talks about casinos and sports betting both looking for legalization from the Lege this year. It says the two are operating on parallel tracks and may even conflict with one another… Read More
Indicting Alec Baldwin
2023-01-26 15:00
Jill Filipovic had a good piece at CNN last week that shows that it's not outlandish that Baldwin was indicted for involuntary manslaughter.First, contra the #BlueAnon wingnuts on Twitter, t… Read More
2023-01-25 14:30
At the Monthly, Chris Hooks takes a look at legends past and present surrounding the iconic "Come and Take It" flag. (In Sulphur Springs, there's a "Come and Taste It" stew cook-off.) The le… Read More
2023-01-24 15:00
A team of researchers has a piece there that looked in minute detail at the Internet Research Agency's activities on Twitter in the 2016 election campaign and says it was next to a nothingbu… Read More
2023-01-23 15:00
Kudos to the teen activists trying to shut down the state's last youth prisons. Kudos to their determination not to let up. Hope they've got a Plan B in mind, not just for full closure but s… Read More
I Just Threw Up Twice Over Nancy Pelosi
2023-01-22 04:31
I'm not sure which is worse, the pablum of Maureen Dowd breathlessly fellating her "satin and steel" leadership, or the New York Post reporting that she supposedly had their house exorcised… Read More
2023-01-19 15:00
Love me some Payday Report, but in this post, there's something wrong with:While most media outlets have ignored the election ...Especially when not followed by, but preceded by: For more, c… Read More
2023-01-16 18:07
And, whether this year or next, bigger or smaller?Interesting thoughts at New York mag from Jon Turek as interviewed by Eric Levitz.TLDR version? Turek thinks recession is more likely next y… Read More
2023-01-12 19:00
Pulled from last week's Roundup for more thoughts.The state Supremes said recently that Comptroller Glenn Hegar can officially say fuck-you to a late rush of Chapter 313 filings. I said a we… Read More
2023-01-11 14:51
So, Congress finally voted Kevin McCarthy as Speaker. Here's how much he cut off his balls and fed them to a mix of his own self and the last dissenters from the FreeDumb Caucus to get the j… Read More
2023-01-10 15:00
The Monthly details how Southwest Airlines got to the holidays snafu point. It says that part of the problem is an anti-tech bias within corporate management culture. The piece also explains… Read More
Top Blogging Of 2022
2023-01-06 19:00
Yes, we are here. Not because of procrastination, but for other reasons, I delay these blogging roundup pieces by a few days.Anyway, not all of these were posted in 2022, but they were the m… Read More
RIP Ratzi The Nazi
2023-01-01 20:07
Can't think of many better ways to see the old year end and the new one begin than with the death of Joseph Ratzenberger, aka Pope Benedict XVI, aka Ratzi the Nazi. Yes, I know his Hitler Yo… Read More
2022-12-29 18:09
The Observer's longform is informative, sad, scary, and hilarious in the sense to the the 2021 state constitutional amendment sent to the public by the Lege, over public health measures re… Read More
2022-12-29 16:12
Thanks to a library card at the nearest large library, I smashed my Goodreads reading challenge with room to spare. Take a look at what was on my list. I hit 130-plus books, with probably on… Read More
2022-12-20 19:19
Will Donna Howard's bill to do a narrow sexual assault carve-out to Texas' abortion law actually draw any GOP backers once it hits the light of day? Color me skeptical, though Joan Huffman… Read More
2022-12-20 15:39
Shock me Tony Tinder(holt) has hired a Christian nationalist as his legislative director.The White/non-White birth death gap remains high."Matthew Kascmaryk ruled X" should be saved in a mac… Read More
2022-12-17 16:40
I blogged about six weeks ago how a majority of Americans want the US government to take the lead on starting Russia-Ukraine peace talks. Now, via Counterpunch, if not a majority, a signific… Read More
2022-12-16 18:53
I had a theme going with this week's roundup yesterday, so I decided to separate out non-hypocritical news items.Unionizing solar panel installers sounds like a great idea.Reform Austin flag… Read More
2022-12-15 15:00
For me, even seeing the Muskhole shithole that Twitter is becoming, it's nay.Because it was 6 years ago.I signed up shortly after it was launched and, like many new joiners are learning, fou… Read More
2022-12-14 15:00
I get Texas Department of Public Safety reports on fatal accidents from time to time and not just in my immediate area. Here's one from last month. A driver is westbound on US 80 near W… Read More
2022-12-13 19:43
Per all the talk, in Brittney Griner's release, about why Paul Whelan wasn't released, the issue of who Whelan might really be doesn't get directly touched, even though Wingnut Walrus John B… Read More
2022-12-09 15:00
How's that for the ultimate in existentialism? Throwing in, if not a Nietschean eternal recurrence, then at least a hard feedback loop.It's a theme that I will likely explore more in bits an… Read More
2022-12-08 15:00
THIS:The CIA holds documents that show presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was involved in an intelligence operation before the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a prominent Kennedy assa… Read More
2022-12-07 15:00
Texas (shock me) is becoming a bitcoin haven, even encouraged by ERCOT. Despite all the dubiousness involved after Sam Bankman-Fried, I'm sure this won't slow down. Another issue: what if… Read More
2022-12-06 18:49
Team Biden (maybe in part the Deep State within DOJ, but the buck has to stop somewhere) refused to make publicly available documents on the legal negotiations re the Fisher private border… Read More
2022-12-06 04:43
As referenced in a piece by Scott Ritter earlier this week, here's her long and broad interview (English-language website version) with der Spiegel recently, which includes, but is not limit… Read More
2022-12-05 15:00
First, sorry for wingnuts in the Texas House, but since incumbent Dade Phelan won the GOP Caucus vote, which is, yes, nonbinding, he'll be back as Speaker. Tony Tinder-holt got all of six vo… Read More
2022-12-02 15:30
Older posts had the lead in most viewed stories for November, some signal-boosted by me, others not.An old blog post, from the end of Shrub Bush's first term, my blogging about the Dallas Sn… Read More
2022-12-01 20:04
Fascinating story, seen via Bruce Schneier.In the 1500s, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V/Spanish King Charles I had as his most vigorous foe Francis I, king of France. Francis was of course wor… Read More
2022-11-28 19:00
The EU complains of Warmonger Joe's war profiteering off natural gas prices (while also attacking the Inflation Reduction Act as trade protectionism). Both are true, but? What are you goin… Read More
2022-11-28 14:52
I've written about this before, from the deductive side. Hegelian dialectic, in addition to being crappy philosophy, is pseudoscience by its very nature when made into the backbone of any sc… Read More
Texas Progressives Talk Shop
2022-11-17 15:00
The Lege's Sunset Commission said TCEQ needs to get tougher on big and repeat offenders. It also needs to be pushed to follow through on the possibility of getting tougher on concrete batch… Read More
2022-11-16 17:41
The Trib notes that some suburban "collar counties" that had been trending more blueish reversed that trend. Fort Bend County was the biggest reverser, of counties it samples, followed by De… Read More

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