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2022-05-20 14:00
And not from a parishioner.With a private as well as public high school in my current newspaper bailiwick, I occasionally, as in once a year, have to stick my head inside the local Catholic… Read More
2022-05-19 14:00
Per a presumably accurate translation, Putin's May 9 Victory Day speech went kind of flat. Rehashing of old tropes. No actual declaration of war nor deeper incitement to patriotism. Kind of… Read More
2022-05-14 05:34
Note the following resolution, adopted last month at the state convention: "A disciplinary list should be created and composed of the names of individuals who are not in good standing with… Read More
2022-05-13 14:00
Last week, after blogging my piece calling The Squad as really The Fraud for embracing Biden's Ukrainian warmongering bill, I twice Tweeted the link to David Sirota and his latest online new… Read More
2022-05-12 14:00
Back after a week off on the theme to various notes for this week.Katharine J. Wu says that Omicron's numerous variants and mutability have put paid to herd immunity. But, she says we can st… Read More
2022-05-10 18:32
The Northern Ireland wing of Sinn Fein, the Irish nationalist political party, won a plurality in Northern Ireland local parliamentary elections Saturday. I don't know if somebody will coali… Read More
2022-05-07 14:30
Notes from a primary runoff candidates forum held Thursday.It’s “nice” that Cooke County Republican Women’s invocation person supports #StartTheSteal and at the same… Read More
2022-05-05 14:00
In his usual violation of at least spirit if not the letter of fair use regulations through his massive block-quoting, Kuff blogs about a new piece in the New Orleans Times-Picayune talking… Read More
2022-05-04 13:44
These were the most read posts of last month by readers. As normal, not all of them are from last month. Older ones will be marked as such.No. 1 was from last month, based on new information… Read More
2022-04-28 13:30
So much Russia-Ukraine news, including one bigly item from last night, I split the update into two.Let's jump in.==Guess we may have to talk about Polish and Bulgarian tankies as well as th… Read More
2022-04-27 13:26
Texas' Green Party gubernatorial candidate was on Ryan Knight's podcast recently.A few thoughts.First, the Lege is who passes constitutional amendments to send to the public, and they need a… Read More
2022-04-23 15:00
Not quite two weeks ago, I wrote a post about the dangers of Russia-cancelling. I linked at the sports stats site Hockey Reference to Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitols, as a Russian a… Read More
2022-04-06 17:13
A briefer roundup than the first three weeks, but there's still things to talk about.We start with Patrick Cockburn at Counterpunch. He argues that the US/West foreign policy establishment i… Read More
2022-04-06 14:00
It was sports-and-Ukraine heavy. For one reason, in summarizing the sports stories, I won't be linking to Baseball-Reference or other Sports Reference sites. Nor, for right now at least, wil… Read More
2022-04-05 14:00
Jasmine Crockett, in a runoff in the Dem primary to succeed Eddie Bernice Johnson as a presumably wasted Black neoliberal vote in Congress, has been claiming she represented Botham Jean's fa… Read More
Big Bend To Get Wilderness Protection?
2022-04-01 14:00
I totally support the idea of getting federal wilderness protection for a big chunk of Big Bend National Park, but that's not the only thing that needs addressing.There's light pollution fr… Read More
2022-03-29 18:44
I was getting enough in this week's Roundup that I decided to split it into two.Beto-Bob, aka R.F. O'Rourke, known long ago in these pages as part of an El Paso real estate grifting family… Read More
2022-03-29 14:00
More oil from the Permian? Not so fast. The Trib has some of the obvious reasons why, not only that Wall Street lost its shirt on previous fracking, but that the oil patch also has its probl… Read More
2022-03-24 18:00
The New York. Times wonders if the BA.2 variant now running through Europe will hit the US in late spring. Actually, in Tex-ass, and other "southern tier" states, this would be about the sta… Read More
2022-03-24 04:57
Just because you make "firsts" doesn't make you good.Madeleine Albright, the first female US Secretary of State, died earlier today. And, yes, this is a takedown type obit. And, it's HU… Read More
2022-03-23 14:25
Jeff St. Clair's Roaming Charges last Friday at Counterpunch nails it: I can call out the US, and US nationalism, NATO expansionism, etc., and yet still decry Putin's reaction to it by invad… Read More
2022-03-19 14:00
First, that second word? It's my blog, my language.Second, that first word? Most identity activists within BlueAnon Democrats haven't even heard of it."Trans activists" have, though, and the… Read More
2022-03-18 13:30
Ronny Jackson and other Texas Congresscritters love to attack Washington ... while still sucking at the federal teat. Latest case in question? Interstate 27. It doesn't need to expand f… Read More
2022-03-17 23:04
Katharine Wu looks at various semi-worse to worse-case scenarios post-Omicron.Zeynep Tufekci writes a counterfactual history of early COVID responses in her NYT column and discusses at her S… Read More
2022-03-16 16:29
I have written longform pieces on the Russia-Ukraine war, about the NATO expansion broken promises and related issues, the Minsk Agreements, the potential endgame, and a first roundup of dis… Read More
2022-03-14 14:29
The Roundup was long enough, and I didn't really have a Monday blog piece, so I split it into two. With that, let's dig in.With oil at and above $100 a barrel, the Monthly explains (most of… Read More
Who Won The MLB Standoff?
2022-03-11 18:10
As I tweeted yesterday afternoon about ESPN's first analysis piece, IMO Jeff Passan is wrong and (sad as I am to say it) Buster Olney and others are right. The owners won more. The players… Read More
2022-03-02 19:00
Regular readers know that I differentiate between transgender and transsexual, because they're not the same — and the National Institutes of Health notes sex and gender aren't the same… Read More
2022-02-26 19:35
People who actually think outside of boxes better than Max Blumenthal and Aaron Maté are appalled by Putin. This analysis is very good, noting that Putin had won most of what he sough… Read More
2022-02-25 15:00
Cue up that old Village People song, even though it's about "In the Navy."The Justice Department last month greenlighted the right of national guard troops to unionize while on state duty, s… Read More
2022-02-24 03:39
"Russia looks poised to launch an attack on Ukraine" ... doesn't that Wednesday headline mean that the invasion Biden claimed happened Tuesday HASN'T HAPPENED YET? OOOPS.That said, it has no… Read More
2022-02-18 15:00
When you live in a small "red" county in Texas, the local offices are all R's these days. Plus, with Greens not having anything contested at the state convention, AFAIK, and having no desire… Read More

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