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2024-03-01 15:31
David Rieff, the sole child of Susan Sontag, is definitely the type of person I'd call a public intellectual.I became Twitter friends with him on a previous account, the one that Elmo's Jack… Read More
2024-02-26 18:51
John Scalzi fellates BlueSky, while ignoring that "blocking" there sounds no different than blocking on Twitter, and that BlueSky was a project of "Blue Balls Ice Bath" Jack Dorsey when h… Read More
Reddit IPO Has Many
2024-02-23 19:03
Nine months or so after the Reddit "strike" (and ensuing hypocrisy by the moderators at r/NBA and perhaps elsewhere) over Reddit putting the dinero squeeze on third-party mobile apps in lead… Read More
2024-02-20 16:59
Independent Political Report says a new "Liberal Party" is forming. It's some state parties from the old Libertarian Party, pre-Mises Mice takeover. Per the piece, and contra what the founde… Read More
2024-02-19 15:00
RFK Jr.'s SuperPAC blew $7 million on that controversial Super Bowl ad (I wasn't watching, but heard about it), only to piss off his own family. We probably should say "piss off his own fam… Read More
2024-02-15 15:00
Norman Solomon wonders if Nancy Pelosi's smear job against pro-Palestianian protestors isn't part of once again reviving Russiagate for the 2024 elections. (Don't forget the NYT went down th… Read More
2024-02-12 15:00
THAT is the bigger reality than just a record-setting January.Yes, the neoliberal wing of climate change scientists, or climate change Obamiacs as I call them, the Michael Manns and Katharin… Read More
2024-02-09 15:07
Caught snatches of the live argumentation in front of the Supreme Court on NPR. Here's one of the stories from Thursday. SCOTUSBlog has more.A few thoughts, with an intro before that.First… Read More
2024-02-08 15:07
Cooke County Republican Women had another candidate forum Feb. 1, and it was a doozy. The House District 68 race features a wingnut incumbent vs a wingnuts squared, wingnuts on steroids or w… Read More
2024-02-07 18:01
First, I think it's kind of funny that Wallbuilder Joe has either actually pissed off, or else, more likely, caused major loss of face at home, to Mexico's President Andrés Manuel L&o&hell…Read More
2024-02-06 15:00
All posts in the 10 most read of January actually were from last month.No. 10? A personal roundup of oil and gas pollution and infrastructure issues.Ninth? A Texas Progressives roundup of ea… Read More
2024-01-31 19:00
Texas GOP Vice Chair Dana Myers is challenging jefe Matt Rinaldi for the leadership role over Rinaldi's ties to Defend Texas Liberty/Nick Fuentes.  That said? The Austin Chronicle… Read More
2024-01-25 20:09
At one time, I thought getting rid of downvote buttons on social media sites was a bad thing. I even argued with others about that.I stand corrected.The downvote is hugely abused by people o… Read More
2024-01-24 15:30
Biden now has a leg back up on Abbott in one area: the DOJ report on Uvalde, releasing more information about the clusterfuck that Strangeabbott continues to do his best to try to hide. Kuff… Read More
2024-01-17 15:55
SocraticGadfly got to hear Republican SD-30 candidates schwaffle on vouchers. Off the Kuff interviewed six candidates for the open SD15: Karthik Soora, Michelle Bonton, Molly Cook, Rep. Jarv… Read More
2024-01-12 14:56
I do NOT think that Ohio transgender (we don't use those object-free prefix "trans" here) or transsexual candidates getting knocked off the ballot for not revealing a name change of less tha… Read More
2024-01-09 15:00
Cooke County Republican Women had the first of two candidate forums Jan. 4. At the regional level, it featured the four contenders for Texas Senate District 30, and locally, the four for Cou… Read More
2024-01-05 15:00
Talking about cis-Saharan vs. trans-Saharan Africa is sure a trigger. I was even called "sis." Guess nobody on r/geography has heard of old Roman Cisalpine Gaul vs Transalpine Gaul.Speaking… Read More
2024-01-04 15:00
SocraticGadfly looks at the number of independent and third-party candidates in the 2024 presidential race and speculates on the chances on it going to the House. Off the Kuff's main issue w… Read More
RIP Eddie Bernice Johnson
2024-01-03 15:00
Or "Peanut Butter and Johnson" as I called the South Dallas AND South Dallas suburbs Congresscritter, who only visited the burbs once in 9 years, and that for a Recovery Act highway project… Read More
2024-01-02 15:00
As usual, not all are FROM 2023, but these were the most read of last year. We'll work from bottom up.At No. 10, I wrote about the cautionary tale of Jacob de Grom and his being shelved agai… Read More
2023-12-29 17:11
The Last Honest Man: The CIA, the FBI, the Mafia, and the Kennedys―and One Senator's Fight to Save Democracy by James Risen My rating: 3 of 5 starsI really wanted to like this book whe… Read More
2023-12-18 15:00
I heard about this more than a week ago, but wanted to offer something up anyway.First, some apologists may say this is like defending the Nazis in Skokie 50 years ago.No it's not.The NRA ma… Read More
RIP Craig Watkins
2023-12-14 06:06
Saw the story on the front page of the Snooze earlier this week. Wow. Not even 60.He was indeed a trailblazer, especially on the matter of exonerations of those wrongly convicted, one of the… Read More
2023-12-13 14:55
Again, not all of these posts are from November; they're just the most popular of the last month.No. 10? Based on a piece from Smithsonian, my takedown on the Ev Psych sexism of "man (the ma… Read More
2023-12-05 15:00
Via Local Profile, an online mag for Collin County, we learn that Texas is the third-worst state for people in financial distress.The only two worse? Louisiana and Mississippi. So, in the no… Read More
2023-12-04 15:00
A day or two ago, I posted about the possibility of the Cardinals trading Nolan Arenado. And most commenters went batshit crazy.First, as to "he'll never be traded except for another future… Read More
2023-12-02 18:42
I guess Lancaster City Manager Opal Mauldin-Robertson is doing what she thinks a good city manager would do, but this PR statement after a shooting in Lancaster is a transparent howler:While… Read More
2023-12-01 17:58
Quo vadis vouchers, Switek asks at the Trib, even as Strangeabbott released an endorsement list of House Rethuglicans. No voucher foes got one, but the four flip-floppers on the last bill, i… Read More
2023-12-01 15:00
This one dips a bit hard into the ev psych world, so take it with a grain or two of salt, but reportedly, homosexuality in mammals may have evolved to reduce group conflict. Given that same… Read More
2023-11-28 15:05
A press release run through the Texas Press Association from Laborhutt said that was the best analogy to explain who they are.Basically, people sign up through Laborhutt to help people in th… Read More
2023-11-22 18:59
Just dropping tidbits here, including parts of my editorial column from last week for starters.First, it's "lovely" that NY Mag's Intelligencer is platforming a conspiracy theorist in Scott… Read More

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