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A skeptical left-liberal's blogging on Texas and national politics, environmentalism, journalism, church-state issues, atheism, more
2022-02-14 15:30
How can you have NObody running in your primary for the 26th Congressional District?Sure, redistricting made it more reddish, but not wingnut, not totally. Yes, the city of Denton itself is… Read More
Plant-based Food: The New Gluten-free?
2022-02-11 15:00
Thanks, Sprouts! Without your ad:I never would have known that bread is a "plant-based food."You know what else is a plant-based food?Oreos. (Not Hydrox, though, unless they stopped using la… Read More
2022-02-06 01:04
Between current and older posts, it was a baseball-heavy month as far as the most popular posts last month.Tops? My hot take on Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy using David Ortiz's induction into Coo… Read More
2022-02-03 21:14
Off the Kuff looks at the developments in the SD10 redistricting lawsuit.SocraticGadfly talks about the odiousness of antivaxxers blathering ignorantly about the Nuremberg Code, especially w… Read More
2022-01-28 15:00
The Trib hopes that Biden's infrastructure bill funds an "Ike Dike." I hope they're most certainly wrong. Knowing that an Ike Dike is actually the most oversold bit of grift in Tex-ass… Read More
2022-01-27 19:30
The Dallas Observer points out that medical labs are also facing staff shortages.Your Local Epidemiologist explains what antigen tests are all about.Biden's OSHA officially withdrew its nati… Read More
2022-01-26 16:56
Who would say such an Orwellian thing?Well, the president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, Sam Kennedy, that's who:"David Ortiz is the most important player to ever wear a Red Sox uniform."The… Read More
2022-01-25 15:00
Kenny Boy (how BOUT them "rule of law" Republicans) is refusing the Travis County DA's Public Information Act ruling that he needs to give the media his Jan. 6, 2021 text messages. The real… Read More
2022-01-19 18:23
I have long, per the head of this blog, called myself a "leftist of some sort, at least for America."In other words, while not an intellectual descendant of a 1968 French New Leftist, I am… Read More
2022-01-12 15:00
I think that's the best name for the Cooperstown Cred baseball blog.I'd looked at an occasional post of his before, but gave it my first hard look last month.That was when I said Danny Murta… Read More
2022-01-10 15:23
Now that we know Shohei Ohtani, with his two-way heroics, produced "exactly" 9.0 WAR this year, let's look at this in terms of not the best pitching ever, or the best batting ever, but by re… Read More
2022-01-07 15:00
CRT, as many people know, is Critical Race Theory. GCRF? Gender Critical Radical Feminism.They're both essentialist theories in the roots of their identity. I believe that this is in part du… Read More
2022-01-06 15:00
Welcome to the first Roundup of this year by Texas Progressives, with a mix of members' blogging from last week and the best of news from around the state and beyond. Texas school districts… Read More
The Year In Blogging 2021
2022-01-05 15:30
Here's the 10 most read posts from the past year. Not all are from 2021, just the 10 most read. The biggest from this year were primarily baseball-related.No. 1? My old 2014 post about the "… Read More
2022-01-03 15:30
As normal, not all posts were from last month, just the most popular.No. 1? Me calling out the Cooperstown veterans committees for choosing the likes of Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva and Gil Hodges f… Read More
Coronavirus Week 90C: Vax Mandates, Nuanced
2021-12-29 16:30
As a brouhaha spills out on organized lefty (or not so lefty) circles about the Green Party's Steering Committee officially backing a vaccine mandate, and with conspiracy theory lefty horses… Read More
Merry Christmas And Into Next Week
2021-12-25 17:10
As you see this, I'm out in the semi-wilds of Southern California. I should be out and about hiking and birding at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, which I stumbled upon last year.This year, I'm… Read More
2021-12-15 15:22
Sounds shocking to even think about talking about this, doesn't it? Especially for a Nuggets team that was in the Western Conference finals two seasons ago.I don't think it's "shocking." Red… Read More
Top Blogging November 2021
2021-12-13 15:14
This is backdated to before my post about the Veterans Committee skyrocketed, so here goes. As is usual, not all items were posted in November. This is just the ones that were the most popul… Read More
2021-12-02 15:00
A slow week with Thanksgiving, but not totally slow, so let's dive in. The race to succeed Eddie Bernice Johnson is heating up. (The person I put money on, Carl Sherman, hasn't yet filed, bu… Read More
2021-12-01 15:00
With the kick-in of a federal Drought Contingency Plan earlier this year, Arizona, California and Nevada all have to cut the amount of lower Colorado River water they use. But, because of pa… Read More
2021-11-30 15:00
The new "variant of concern" has moved well beyond southern Africa and is likely in the US, just in time for the post-Thanksgiving spikes that the likes of Gottlieb warned about. Here's what… Read More
2021-11-26 23:06
You'll find plenty of blogs, especially Red Sox related ones, making the case FOR David Ortiz to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame.Here's the case against.First, the PEDing cloud. Big Papi rep… Read More
2021-11-24 19:08
Just a few minor things in this week's roundup while hoping you have a happy Thanksgiving in the USofA. (Hope you already had one, Canadians.)Speaking of?Your Local Epidemiologist explains h… Read More
2021-11-19 15:00
The Biden administration vax mandate has been blocked by (shock me) the Fifth Circuit. One of the leading, youth division, legal beagles in this effort is Jenin Younes, part of wingnut AIER… Read More
Cardinals Free Agency, Pitching
2021-11-17 16:37
Per MLB's official list of free agents, which include players with opt-out options in the middle of contracts, or team or player options for single add-on years, the Cardinals don't face a l… Read More
2021-11-12 15:00
There's plenty to not like about the Great Barrington Declaration. That would include that, arguably, technically, on denotative definition, that it was "eugenics-embracing," yes. But, Orac… Read More
2021-11-09 15:00
Lots to talk about on various issues, so let's dig in!StateTexas Monthly discusses what all is behind all the recent American and Southwest flight cancellations. Job loss, pre-vax mandate, i… Read More
2021-11-06 14:45
This is an expansion, editing and reframing of my post of three days ago about the retirement of Buster Posey and whether he would make the Hall of Fame, and if so, sooner than Yadier Molina… Read More

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