Saturday, May 30, 2020
Friday, May 29, 2020
Race for the White House Update: The revolution gets televised
Minnesota police arrest CNN reporter and camera crew as they report from protests in Minneapolis https://t.co/IY0H1Lc77E pic.twitter.com/s9XmwVfabP— New Day (@NewDay) May 29, 2020
Hey .@BernieSanders here’s that revolution you were talking about. Where are you?— No Justice - No Peace (@pinkladyfoxx) May 29, 2020
Imagine thinking Joe Biden is going to solve any of this.— Jack Califano (@jackcalifano) May 29, 2020
Joe Biden has done only a tiny number of interviews since going into his bunker 2 months ago. In one of those he wildly insulted black people & in the other he audibly farted.— Lee Camp [Redacted] (@LeeCamp) May 28, 2020
...This campaign is gonna go great.
Joe Biden might have just shit his pants on a livestream pic.twitter.com/iFmM4oqFH2— Piney McKnuckle (@PineyMcknuckle) May 27, 2020
40M+ lost their jobs, and Joe Biden doesn't support monthly UBI payments.— Jackson (@Jacksonlzz) May 28, 2020
100K+ dead, and Joe Biden doesn't support Medicare For All.
If Joe Biden isn't adopting these progressive policies during a national crisis, why do you think he'll adopt them once the crisis is over?
Young voters overwhelmingly support the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-all, student debt forgiveness, and an end to imperialism.— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) May 27, 2020
Biden thinks they can be won with a "young professionals finance council," featuring an online discussion moderated by Symone Sanders and Pete Buttigieg
What is the Democratic Party plan to address structural racism?— Carl Nyberg (@CarlNyberg312) May 28, 2020
Trump Could Be “Reelected” Even If He Loses The Electoral College https://t.co/LWpTfjA77G— Greg Palast (@Greg_Palast) May 27, 2020
As chief prosecutor, Klobuchar declined to bring charges against cop that killed George Floyd https://t.co/qDH3u9zXo8— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 27, 2020
BREAKING: Nevada @SenCortezMasto has decided to withdraw her name from consideration to be @JoeBiden's pick for vice president. 1/— Steve Sebelius (@SteveSebelius) May 28, 2020
May 26, 2020
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The Weekly Wrangle
1/ The question of whether to wear a face mask has become a way to pick sides in what’s quickly becoming a coronavirus culture war.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) May 23, 2020
For some, forgoing masks in public during the pandemic has become a political statement. https://t.co/fKiYL9P9JQ
“There is no reason -- capital N, capital O -- no reason that anyone under 65 should be able to say I am afraid to go vote,” Patrick, a Republican, said in an interview with Fox News. “Have they been to a grocery store? Have they been to Walmart? Have they been to Lowe’s? Have they been to Home Depot? Have they been anywhere? Have they been afraid to go out of their house? This is a scam by the Democrats to steal the election.”
Roughly half of the Twitter accounts pushing to 'reopen America' are bots, researchers found https://t.co/hjTqh8N28W— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) May 22, 2020
Texas coronavirus testing: 6.4% were antibodies tests, new data shows. Deceptive misrepresentation of the actual infection rate. #Texas #abbot #covidlies #covid19 https://t.co/ZUArIF6I4Q— Kristen Maxwell (@kmax2go) May 25, 2020
Sanford Nowlin at the San Antonio Current also found Greg Abbott fibbing about how Texas handles COVID testing data. And the governor released a PSA urging Texans to wear a mask -- without showing him wearing one.
Employees say hundreds of Tyson Foods workers in Texas have tested positive for #COVIDー19 https://t.co/uCzyEWcAVZ #DFW— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 21, 2020
Our thoughts on the stunning photo of Colby Hutson, the nurse sharing his note about a dying COVID patient in Austin. (📷@statesman) pic.twitter.com/OZH9o41YLR— Reading The Pictures (@ReadingThePix) May 19, 2020
🚨 🚨 🚨— Sema (@_SemaHernandez_) May 26, 2020
With Moratorium Lifted, Houston Becomes Largest U.S. City Where Evictions Can Resume
🚨 🚨 🚨
A rental assistance program there ran out of funding in just 90 minutes.https://t.co/Cu2xS1tvFx
Domestic violence calls spike in Texas cities while falling in rural areas https://t.co/Rl8d5SRN4w #TXLege— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 19, 2020
Fifth Circuit stymies voting by mail in Texas. Again. https://t.co/wd0S4Rc0q9 #TXLege— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 20, 2020
The Senate on (May 19) confirmed a conservative Texas lawyer nominated by President Trump to the Federal Election Commission, restoring a voting quorum on the agency for the first time since August amid a mounting backlog of complaints and requests for guidance in an election year.
James E. “Trey” Trainor III, an Austin-based election law attorney, has pushed for less regulation of money in politics and opposed efforts to require politically active nonprofit organizations to disclose their donors. He previously advised the Republican National Committee and Trump during the 2016 election.
The party-line confirmation of Trainor ends the longest period in the agency’s history without a quorum, giving the panel the four votes necessary to regulate and enforce federal campaign finance laws.
With Trainor, the commission is again equally divided ideologically, which could resume the FEC’s practice of often deadlocking on alleged elections violations. Two vacancies remain on the panel, and it is unclear when the Senate will take action to fill them.
BREAKING: The U.S. Senate has confirmed John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence. The Texas Republican congressman was opposed by most Democrats in a 49-44 vote. https://t.co/CSVMEZSIGZ— The Associated Press (@AP) May 21, 2020
Sir, would you be okay with giving the head football coach job at @UTAustin to someone who’s never played or coached football? Barely watched a game? Why are you okay giving the stewardship of our massive national intelligence enterprise to someone with no qualifications? Sir? https://t.co/Pi74WXVPvj— John Sipher (@john_sipher) May 22, 2020
(Ratcliffe's) eventual resignation will leave the CD4 seat vacant until at least January because Gov. Greg Abbott is not expected to order a special election. Ratcliffe is the Republican Party’s nominee for the general election ballot. An August 8 meeting of the CD4 Congressional District Executive Committee has been scheduled to select a replacement Republican nominee for the general election ballot, if they can.
Jason Ross, Ratcliffe’s former district director, and Rockwall council member Trace Johannesen are actively seeking the seat. Former congressional candidates Floyd McLendon, who lost the CD32 primary to Genevieve Collins, and T.C. Manning, who unsuccessfully sought the party’s nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston), are believed to be considering the “race.” Any replacement nominee is highly likely to serve in the next Congress. CD4 was 22 points redder than the state as a whole in 2018 and is trending redder.
Unless there is no replacement nominee, in which case Ratcliffe’s name must either remain on the ballot or, if he withdraws, no Republican would be on the ballot except as a write-in candidate, as happened in CD22 in 2006. If Ratcliffe won the general election, a special election would be needed to fill his vacant seat.
Section 145.036, Election Code provides that a political party may make a replacement nomination “only if” any of three circumstances apply.
Let's make sure we can hold this administration & DNI Ratcliffe accountable! Chip in $20.20 for us to get the message out to our district and #FlipTexasBlue in November. https://t.co/YKzPCy8KgC— Russell Foster (@RussellFosterTX) May 22, 2020
Big update to this thread: The Congressional Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, and Progressive Caucus have all teamed up to demand the DCCC intervene on behalf of the progressive the way they have often done on behalf of centrists. Never seen this before: https://t.co/9yu5mWPfbN https://t.co/ZQ8ovdoL3n— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) May 21, 2020
In a stunning deathbed confession, the woman who made Roe v. Wade possible tried to erase years of anti-abortion activism. But the damage has already been done. https://t.co/ZJBStSO6WF— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) May 26, 2020
FULL SPEED AHEAD: TX GOP will go ahead with in-person convention in Houston in July expected to be nation's largest— ChickenFriedPolitics (@ChkFriPolitics) May 21, 2020
--ChickenFriedPolitics.com is The Place for Southern Politics--https://t.co/eVjHjVuV4F
New: Commissioners Court appoints Christopher Hollins (@CGHollins) as interim Harris County clerk. He'll replace @dtrautman, who is resigning due to health concerns. Hollins a Houston attorney and Texas Democratic Party official. https://t.co/1UZ12ynIOA— Zach Despart🖊️ (@zachdespart) May 20, 2020
Former DEM presidential candidate and San Antonio mayor @JulianCastro signs on as senior advisor to @votolatino— ChickenFriedPolitics (@ChkFriPolitics) May 23, 2020
--ChickenFriedPolitics.com is The Place for Southern Politics--https://t.co/zA4hhe8HPn
NEW: The @txrrc has rolled back rules that once prohibited producers from storing oil and liquefied gas in geological formations. Watchdogs warn the rollback could lead to polluted water across the state.— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) May 20, 2020
Union nurses in Texas are fired up✊🏾✊🏿✊🏼— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) May 22, 2020
More than twenty NNU RNs held actions yesterday outside two Corpus Christi Medical Center facilities to demand #SafeStaffing.
When nurses are outside, something is wrong inside! pic.twitter.com/QFk3469y3r
The small Native American tribe fighting Trump's wall in South Texas https://t.co/bVkL1y8xCV #INDIGENOUS #TAIRP pic.twitter.com/s3vVGH5InE— Indigenous (@AmericanIndian8) May 20, 2020
Rep. Lloyd Criss, D-Galveston, a longtime and former state lawmaker who helped champion the labor movement including helping secure rights for farmworkers, addresses a joint session of the Texas Legislature in this image taken in the mid-1980s on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives. Also in this photograph, seated from left, are Texas Speaker of the House Gib Lewis, D-Ft. Worth; U.S. Speaker of the House Jim Wright, D-Ft. Worth; Gov. Bill Clements and his wife Rita.
.@ConorDougherty's new book, "Golden Gates," is a stunning, deeply reported investigation into the housing crisis. Join Dougherty and @megankimble on May 26 for a virtual discussion of the book, hosted by @BookPeople.— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) May 24, 2020
Tickets here: https://t.co/ZtIoT6Vaxe
Julie and Bruce Webb opened Webb Gallery in historic downtown Waxahachie to showcase eclectic artwork and antiques.— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) May 23, 2020
But the playfulness of the gallery has moved into their upstairs abode. Fortunately, we have photos: https://t.co/hTvd9wax85
U.S. President William Mckinley greets people from the back of a train in Del Rio, 1901. Such details! The hats, parasols and ESPECIALLY the girl in the foreground who is dressed up to see the President in her hat and dress and ribbons in her hair but no shoes ... too great! pic.twitter.com/lRwOiWXfFH— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) May 23, 2020
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Friday, May 22, 2020
Race for the White House Update: #YouAintBlack, Amy
Biden Klobuchar ticket as a sandwich pic.twitter.com/HqoZPeukUL— pokey pup (@Whatapityonyou) May 21, 2020
“I would vote for Joe Biden if he boiled babies and ate them” is an actual sentence published in @thenation in a disgusting hit piece against @ReadeAlexandra by @KathaPollitt https://t.co/s84taelC8J pic.twitter.com/Vot70PM8Lk— Jenn Dize 👩🏻💻 (@JennElizabethJ) May 20, 2020
He’s all but announced her. https://t.co/uWCGp5gxJE— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) May 20, 2020
When's the perfect time to backtrack on free universal health care in favor of the employer based ACA? In a pandemic when 16 million people just lost their fucking employer health insurance. https://t.co/dmgGaRTRpR— It's only called class war when we fight back (@IIRONINTHEFIRE) May 21, 2020
Congratulations Democrats, you played yourselves. Joe Biden is the epitome of establishment attitudes towards ordinary Americans. You're not entitled to the vote, go out and earn it.#YouAintBlackBiden #DropOutBidenhttps://t.co/yMQGviOTy5— Movement for a People’s Party (@4aPeoplesParty) May 23, 2020
Fuck. I might just win.— Vermin Supreme (TM) (@VerminSupreme) May 16, 2020
Jo Jorgensen wins Libertarian Party presidential nomination https://t.co/kwepKOS03x— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 24, 2020
.@GloriaLaRiva got over 66,000 votes in California alone for President in 2016—the most of any socialist presidential candidate since the 70s.— Mike Prysner (@MikePrysner) May 21, 2020
Officially on the ballot again for 2020, let’s goooo https://t.co/HtvH27Ynno
Tonight we will be hosting a call for the DSA rank-and-file and other #DemExiters to talk about our #LeftUnity campaign to provide an independent voice for the working-class.— Howie Hawkins (@HowieHawkins) May 22, 2020
8:00 PM EST
Register for the call at https://t.co/Saig3Jv5oS pic.twitter.com/qXmbwRuXwR
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
TexProgBlog Wrangle, Tuesday edition
Raise a glass to the class of 2020.https://t.co/zz6mZuOLHo— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) May 19, 2020
Today we'll open with a breaking development in the Harris County clerk replacement selection story.
Scoop: A week after #HarrisCounty Clerk @dtrautman announced she would resign due to health concerns, Commissioners Court plans to debate whether to appoint an independent administrator to run elections instead. Most big TX counties already do this.https://t.co/XKYvJo2Xzy— Zach Despart🖊️ (@zachdespart) May 18, 2020
With GOP officials fearful of a blue November wave, AG Ken Paxton continues to lead the charge against voting, particularly in the state's metropolitan areas.
Harris County clerk Diane Trautman’s resignation earlier this week serves as a warning about the dangers of in-person voting during the pandemic.— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) May 15, 2020
Why does Ken Paxton insist we risk it? https://t.co/cNcYkiKkap
As the US Senate contest heats up, John Cornyn's propensity to mimic Trump's bad habit of nicknaming opponents quickly comes back to haunt him.
Screen shot from new @RoyceWestTX ad in #TXSen that accuses @JohnCornyn of "racist dogwhistle." https://t.co/41rqCz5XAb pic.twitter.com/VzGgBrPmfT— Todd J. Gillman (@toddgillman) May 19, 2020
And David Collins has the very latest on the status of the Texas Green Party's candidates and the lawsuit that will settle the issue of whether they -- and the Texas Libertarian Party's candidates -- will have to pay filing fees to appear on the November ballot.
While the rest of Houston’s legal community was adapting to COVID-19, DA Kim Ogg was determined to find who leaked an internal document—with devastating consequences.https://t.co/oXbJ1V2Euf— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) May 17, 2020
Texas is set to end a freeze on evictions and debt collections, even as almost 2 million of its residents have claimed unemployment over the past 2 months https://t.co/xex8bBQ6SM pic.twitter.com/DLFgd7k5Mh— Forbes (@Forbes) May 15, 2020
Just in from an advocate in Texas: A 61 y/o man caged in Smith County Jail died of COVID. Didn't tell his family when hospitalized. Didn't tell them when he died. Didn't tell them until they completed the autopsy. Called them at 5am this morning. No humanity. Only cruelty.— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) May 17, 2020
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. at the TexTrib via Progrexas reports that the Texas Workforce Commission had planned to modernize its outdated computer system, but then the pandemic struck.
Mary Lou Ketchum, a substitute teacher in San Antonio, has been calling the Texas Workforce Commission for six weeks and still hasn’t been able to talk to a representative.
Ketchum, 59, filed a claim in early April and was denied, but she thought she’d be eligible for unemployment benefits under the federal coronavirus relief bill, which extends unemployment eligibility to part-time workers. After appealing the decision, she said she is still waiting to hear back.
She said the commission’s website is “primitive” and outdated. Pages load extremely slowly, and whenever she uses the backspace key, the system logs her out, she said.
“It definitely has put a strain on me,” Ketchum said. “I went to the food bank -- I never thought I’d ever have to do that.”
Thousands of people lined up in Dallas by 5:00 a.m. Thursday, 4 hours before food distribution lines started moving. Each family received dry goods, produce, milk and snacks. U.S. jobless claims rose by 2.6M last week, bringing the total during the pandemic to at least 36.5M. pic.twitter.com/8dTx5Lo8Sj— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 14, 2020
A couple of ecological news updates: The Texas Living Waters Project interprets a SCOTUS decision having to do with the Clean Water Act.
Kinder Morgan can't even figure out how to handle water runoff from the Permian Highway Pipeline but we should believe they will be able to handle an oil spill?#NoPHPhttps://t.co/cDV9unC3Ra— Indigenous Environmental Network (@IENearth) May 18, 2020
Deep in the Rio Grande Valley, the onion harvest is in full swing, even as the state fights COVID-19 with restrictions and lockdowns elsewhere. https://t.co/g3CA7H3IGf— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) May 14, 2020
.@kroger has ended its +$2/hour "hero pay."— Gus Bova (@gusbova) May 18, 2020
"Kroger is choosing to ignore this pandemic. This is not how we treat heroes in America," says @UFCW president. @HEB's "Texas proud pay" is set to end May 24. @WholeFoods: June 1. pic.twitter.com/uAKW21JHEb
About two-thirds of U.S. seafood consumption is done through a restaurant, whether around a table or forked out of a to-go container. So when Texas’ stay-at-home order went into effect, despite some exceptions, fishermen’s sales lines dried up. https://t.co/LaXg7T8fqP— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) May 16, 2020
And some notable passings with Texas connections.
Sportscaster and former Miss America Phyllis George passed away last Thursday. In our March 2007 issue, Evan Smith spoke with the Denton native about her road to pageantry and the competition's transformation in modern times:https://t.co/RZsfO7Nmoz— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) May 18, 2020
Yeah ... about that time that Waylon Jennings got fired for playing Little Richard... I wonder if Waylon and Little Richard are laughing about it in rock and roll heaven now.https://t.co/KlA1UeOaJf— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) May 12, 2020
A 1994 interview with Little Richard in the HouChron allowed him to reminisce about his early years playing in Houston.
He credits Houston's robust R&B scene in the early 1950s as his starting point.
"We played on Lyons Avenue at a club called the Club Matinee," Richard said. "We had a quartet called the Tempo Toppers, and I was the lead singer."
Even in those early days, Little Richard's appearance was as much of a box-office draw as his music.
"Everybody would come to see me because I wore this wild hair, and my complexion was reddish. I think they thought I was an Indian or something. They would pack the club. Houston was really beautiful back then," he said. "I remember the Shamrock Hotel."
Under the branding-iron Texas sun, the corner of Lyons and Hill, Times Square of the Bloody Fifth (Ward), drowses and stirs and drowses again. But let the sun go down behind the Lewis Undertaking Parlor -- “You overtake him, honey; I’ll undertake him” -- and the corner comes alive. It becomes Pearl Harbor, heart of the city to the people who named this town Heavenly Houston.
Pearl Harbor, named that by a weary homicide detective who once had to investigate, in one night, 11 killings in a radius of one block from Lyons and Hill.
By eight bells, Pearl Harbor is a revolving stage, a spectacle that has to be seen to be believed. But you can’t go there at night. Or you can, but you won’t. You can hear it though. Each workday night at 8, Henry Atlas, owner of the Atlas Radio and Record Shop, corner Lyons and Hill, sits down at a broadcasting console in his store. Through a corner of plate glass he can watch the languid tumult of the dusty night unfold in at least three dimensions, while he produces a marvelous radio program called Jive Session.
There’s a piano waiting behind the console, in case live talent drops in. Among the vocalists and musicians who have appeared live on Jive Session are Duke Ellington, Ivory Joe Hunter, Earl Hines, Johnny Hodges, Buster Cartwright, the Ward Singers, the Soul Steerers, the Pilgrim Travelers, the Angelics, the Clouds of Joy and the Stars of Harmony.
“This is Henry Atlas speaking from the word-famous corner of Lyons and Hill. Dig me with a boogie beat and let the good times roll.”
Henry is a white man who loves the people of the Bloody Fifth. And they love him. He spins a biscuit on one of two turntables. Ray Charles singing “I Got a Woman All the Way Across Town.”
The music goes round and round. It comes out of a loudspeaker on the corner, over the cart of Oscar the peanut vendor, echoing against the walls of the Busy Bee Barbershop and a gumbo house. The Atlas Jive Session comes out of speakers all over town via Radio Morales, KLVL, 1480 kilocycles. And when the show begins the characters of the Ward drift down to the Harbor.
Monday, May 18, 2020
The Weekly "Hey, Bartender!" Wrangle
2 weeks after Texas began to roll back coronavirus restrictions, the Lone Star State counted its largest single-day totals in new cases and deaths as local and state governments grapple for power over reopening https://t.co/8ObdXJk6YD pic.twitter.com/Niz2ZjWKiJ— Forbes (@Forbes) May 15, 2020
.@GovAbbott says childcare services are allowed to open starting immediately.— Alexandra Samuels (@AlexSamuelsx5) May 18, 2020
— Restaurants 50% by Friday; bars and wine rooms can open at 25% capacity
— Professional sports without spectators in Texas can reopen on May 31
— In-person summer school can begin on June 1 #txlege
NEW: Rules for bars in Texas:— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) May 18, 2020
* 25 percent capacity.
* No loitering at bar, and people should be seated.
* Dancing is discouraged.
* 6-feet between parties.
* No tables of more than 6.
TX US @replouiegohmert rails against proposed proxy voting in House, calls those afraid of coronavirus exposure "wishy washy"— ChickenFriedPolitics (@ChkFriPolitics) May 15, 2020
--ChickenFriedPolitics.com is The Place for Southern Politics--https://t.co/02cAVSbhCC
The pandemic’s next blow: Over 1 million Texans will lose health insurance https://t.co/rTiLVRLClV— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) May 18, 2020
The Texas Supreme Court won’t meet in person because of coronavirus but imposes voters to cast their ballots in person and be denied the opportunity to vote by mail — Judge safely, but risk death to votehttps://t.co/KbBHhvMl1T— Alfons López Tena (@alfonslopeztena) May 17, 2020
As a reminder - it’s not fear of COVID-19 that is the reason all Texas voters should be able to vote by mail during a once-in-a-century public health crisis, it’s the lack of immunity to this deadly, highly infectious virus. @ACLU @ACLUTx @TXCivilRights @TBuserClancy @S4ldivar https://t.co/VSguVwMzar— Sophia Lin Lakin (@sophlin229) May 16, 2020
Vice President Wallace was run out of the Democratic Party for being too principled. Read this book. https://t.co/sH7yb2Dswp— Alexandra Halaby🌹 (@iskandrah) May 15, 2020
As 5 p.m. filing deadline nears for #SD14 special election, @TXsecofstate has six candidates filed, no big surprises:— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) May 13, 2020
- Waller Thomas Burns II (R)
- Pat Dixon (L)
- @sarah_eckhardt (D)
- Jeff Ridgeway (I)
- @EddieforTexas (D)
- @DonZimmermanATX (R) #txlege
In a new XL episode, @joestwat and I share our #QuarantineLife, update the #worststatepowerrankings (covid edition), roast Trump, Cuomo, and Pelosi, and openly dream of moving to Canada. Rate/Review/Subscribe:https://t.co/7Ef2dcu3x4— Los Twostonians🎙️ (@TwoStonians_Pod) May 11, 2020
J.C. Penney files for bankruptcy, capping a long decline in the department store chain that was dealt a final blow by COVID-19 https://t.co/PJ0PP72ef4 https://t.co/PJ0PP72ef4— Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) May 15, 2020
Tesla's next factory is going to be in Austin https://t.co/ZUa71BavSQ— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 16, 2020
After advocating for solar energy for twenty years, I finally pulled the trigger and put solar panels on our home this spring. Solar prices have declined 60% in the last decade and financing our system meant my family didn’t have to pay any money out of pocket. The pandemic meant the timing was even better than I had anticipated.Amid all the social upheaval, I feel more secure knowing I'm producing my own power. With utility workers declared “essential”, there thankfully hasn’t been any major disruption in service. But even when utilities are fully staffed, a couple of downed power lines can leave thousands of people without power and cause large human and economic consequences. Homes and buildings with enough solar energy and energy storage capacity installed may be able to keep their own lights on during and immediately after outages.With my new rooftop panels, I’m also saving money on my energy bill at a time when we’re using a lot more electricity working and schooling from home (and with our A/C about to be working real hard). According to Energy Sage, the average Texan who goes solar would save a net of $13,000 over 20 years. And by installing solar panels, consumers protect themselves from the unpredictable swings and spikes in utility electricity costs. Solar panels also help reduce demand on the grid, which can lower electricity rates for all customers.
As an environmentalist, I’m happy to do my part to reduce air pollution as COVID-19, a respiratory disease, rages. Research shows people living in areas with polluted air having a higher chance of dying from the disease. Austin, with 108 days of elevated particle pollution in 2018, is unfortunately one of those areas. But replacing coal- and gas-fired power plants with solar energy reduces the particle emissions that harm our health, while cutting the pollution fueling global warming (which itself is helping spread dangerous infectious diseases).
When this Texas newspaper started looking into the death of a woman in jail, the local sheriff told them it was "not news."— NPR (@NPR) May 17, 2020
Now, the Palestine Herald-Press has won a Pulitzer for its work on the story.https://t.co/NiCNcHoQym
Tonight my dad and hero Bob Watson has passed away after a long fight with kidney disease.. #Astros #Yankees #RedSox #Braves #Athletics #USABAseball #MLB #1stBlackGM pic.twitter.com/obKe1mwJYc— K Dubb (@TheReal_KDubb) May 15, 2020
Bob Watson's wife, Carol, delivered a fitting tribute in March as the #Astros honored him at their Urban Youth Academy: ‘Job well done, Bob Watson. Life well lived, and time well spent.’ https://t.co/OYew9cX87W— David Barron (@dfbarron) May 15, 2020
A bathing girl revue in Galveston, 1922. Proving I guess that, for just about forever, men have done almost anything to try to get women to show a bit of skin. pic.twitter.com/Gwj85vhHek— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) May 14, 2020
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Sunday "Maskuline" Funnies
Major League Baseball's proposed safety protocols call for no finger licking; no spitting; no mascots; no bat boys/girls; no swapping of lineup cards; no high-fives or fist bumps; no restaurants for road teams; and showers at the ballpark are discouraged.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Race for the White House Update
-- Anybody else watch "Bernie Blackout" last night?
If anyone wants to watch #BernieBlackout here is the link. You can use a free 2 hour pass to watch it. #NeverBidenNeverTrumphttps://t.co/nMan0CMnFi— DarrylRevok (@DarrylRevok6) May 14, 2020
Tonight: watch our live town hall featuring special guests on the existential threat of climate change and what we can do to save our planet. Tune in at 8 p.m. ET at https://t.co/vreIiWfeoS. pic.twitter.com/gqQD9Jeudg— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 13, 2020
The Senate on (Wednesday) took up a key bill to reauthorize domestic surveillance programs while making changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, with several substantial amendments on the line. One of the amendments, introduced by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and Republican Sen. Steve Daines, would have required authorities to obtain a warrant to access internet users’ search histories and browsing information. Uh, yes, pass that??
The amendment, however, met an extremely Senate grave: It “failed” with 59 yeas to 37 nays, one short of the 60-vote threshold it needed to overcome the streamlined vestigial filibuster. The splits didn’t fall neatly along partisan lines: 24 Republicans voted for it, while 10 Democrats voted against it. (Would you like to see the names of the Democrats who voted against it? Their names are: Tom Carper, Bob Casey, Dianne Feinstein, Maggie Hassan, Doug Jones, Tim Kaine, Joe Manchin, Jeanne Shaheen, Mark Warner, and Sheldon Whitehouse.)
But where was Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, ranking member of the HELP Committee and assistant Democratic leader, or Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats and also constantly comes in second place for the Democrats’ presidential nomination?
Murray, a spokeswoman told me after the vote, was “flying back to D.C. from Washington state today. She isn’t in quarantine; she’s just been working remotely.” An aide confirmed separately to Politico that Murray would have supported the Wyden–Daines amendment had she been there.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday named the co-chairs and members of their joint task forces meant to shore up Democratic Party unity ahead of November’s general election.
The announcement follows through on a pledge the two men made last month — when Sanders, the runner-up in the Democratic presidential primary, endorsed Biden, the party’s presumptive nominee — to establish working groups to advise the Biden campaign on six key policy areas: climate change, criminal justice reform, economy, education, health care, and immigration.
Amid a pandemic that could cost 45 million people in the US their healthcare coverage, Joe Biden can't even pretend to support Medicare4All - because his owners won't allow it. And as usual, he can't complete a sentence without looking unelectable.#DropOutJoe pic.twitter.com/dfOa66DY4Z— Pat, just Pat. #IBelieveTara🌹🦺 (@PatTheBerner) May 11, 2020
MSNBC, CNBC founder: Biden "not ready for a prime-time election season" against Trump https://t.co/wXDJWFhhQE pic.twitter.com/BKgyLDpVUO— The Hill (@thehill) May 12, 2020
The money Democrats waste on consultants & strategists could probably fund enough grassroots organizing that they wouldn't need to claim that beating the GOP requires corrupting corporate $$$, which ironically is what's preventing them from being meaningful opposition to the GOP. https://t.co/y5ELo7z1FW— Eldon Katz 🌹 (@eldon_katz) May 11, 2020
Please join us this Sunday to have a discussion surrounding the rights of the disabled community. This topic effects so many of us personally, from ourselves, to friends and family. (ASL interpreters will be in attendance) #DeafAwarenessWeek #Disability @HowieHawkins pic.twitter.com/iKR61rAy6r— Angela N Walker (@AngelaNWalker) May 13, 2020
I'm looking at you @nytimes @CNN @abcnews @NBCNews @CBSNews @washingtonpost @latimes @FoxNews @TheDailyShow @FallonTonight @AP @NPR @politico @NewsHour @jimmykimmel @StephenAtHome— Mark Charles (@wirelesshogan) May 14, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
TexProgBlog Wrangle II
Just look at what the 99.9% can accomplish when they join together to fight the 0.1%pic.twitter.com/0ujCdMKNFU— Dr. Victoria Dooley (@DrDooleyMD) May 7, 2020
The #DemDebate between @RoyceWestTX and @mjhegar will be broadcast on these #NexstarNation stations in Texas:#txlege pic.twitter.com/0DDVBRKnXf— Wes Rapaport (@wesrap) May 11, 2020
"Gov. Abbott and our other state leaders have proven again that the rule of law doesn't matter, and court orders can be ignored as long as you are well-to-do and white," says Dale Hansen.https://t.co/ApeIIhnKTt— WFAA (@wfaa) May 8, 2020
“He talks a good game, but his behavior does not demonstrate that he was serious about reform. As a result, we’ve been living with a broken system for his entire tenure in the Senate.” https://t.co/QZBGqZ56Fn— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) May 10, 2020
#Houston #coronavirus strain reported to be more contagious https://t.co/P0w310gOaW #HouNews #pandemic #VirusCorona #lockdownhouston— Felicia L. Mason (@FeliciaLMason) May 11, 2020
Texas Sees Highest Single Day Jump in Coronavirus Cases Since Outbreak Began Within Two Days of Reopening https://t.co/z4r1h8WI6K— Dylan Russell (@TxTrialAttorney) May 9, 2020
Houston City Council member @CMPlummer4 has tested positive for COVID-19. https://t.co/9qoqZL5Vq2— Houston Public Media (@HoustonPubMedia) May 11, 2020
Stage Stores files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy, latest retailer felled by coronavirus. Like most human victims, it had underlying conditions. https://t.co/iZuuohXzEe #hounews— Matt Schwartz (@SchwartzChron) May 11, 2020
“These are folks that will fight to make what they want and fight to make their businesses successful and do whatever it takes." -@paulflahive of @TPRNews with @Maria_Hinojosa @LatinoUSA on TX Latino-owned businesses struggling to access #COVID19 relief.https://t.co/ObG0sIKSvB— Futuro Media (@futuromedia) May 8, 2020
Texas has billions in its rainy day fund. But legislators say they won’t use it until January. https://t.co/n4idrtkHGx via @Progrexas— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 11, 2020
“AG Paxton’s letter intentionally misled TX elections officials about eligibility to vote by mail,” said @KendallScudder. “Mail-in ballots aren’t where the election fraud is happening, it’s happening in the office of our indicted attorney general.” #txlegehttps://t.co/D29v3vkJDe— Progress Texas (@ProgressTX) May 11, 2020
Due to our southern location and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, #Houston and the surrounding bay area are hot spots for seasonal bird migration. We are home to a lot of avid, eager birdwatchers anxiously awaiting to check off their “life list.”— HMNS (@hmns) May 8, 2020
READ: https://t.co/7Y7iFUQUF4 pic.twitter.com/DF6lV3Lrd6
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is one of the year’s most exciting film events. We always look forward to it. Living here in the city, we can learn about, explore, and vicariously adventure all over our wild world.
Locally presented by the Bayou Land Conservancy -- and sponsored by Save Buffalo Bayou (among others) -- this year’s film event has gone online, like so many other events. [...] All you have to do is sign up for the Bayou Land Conservancy’s newsletter, which you would want to do anyway, and they’ll send you a link to watch the films.
Among this year’s winners is the Texas-produced The River and the Wall, in the category of Most Inspiring Adventure Film.
Two old adages are perfect for analyzing the controversial new environmental documentary film, Planet of the Humans.
One saying is, “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”
The other is, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”
Beautiful but dangerous blue dragons on Texas beach are 'rare find' https://t.co/4V8ap5m5x4— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 9, 2020
TOT reader Justin Holland kindly sent in this nifty historical photo of former Governor Preston Smith campaigning in Gruver, Texas, back in 1968. Note that Preston and at least one other man on the stage is wearing a Stetson Open Road. GREAT hats and boots! And that old PA .... pic.twitter.com/kXszn8fPYR— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) May 10, 2020