This edition of the best of the left of, about, and from around the Great State was composed entirely without duress from any murder hornets.
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
Beyond Bones would also like to put your mind at ease about those fearsome flying insects.
With some updates to yesterday's Wrangle ...
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
Here are some of the latest COVID-19 developments:
#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
And some Texas business news that doesn't mention oil companies or Shelley Luther.
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
Odessa's police department objected to patriots protesting for freedom with their firearms visible, so they sent SWAT to break up an anti-coronavirus shutdown rally at a bar in that city.
Dan Solomon at Texas Monthly hands out some awards for coronavirus performance, and Paul Basaldua at The Rivard Report shows how recovered COVID-19 patients can help others by donating their plasma.
And a couple of updates from the Lege.
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
And some posts to mark Mothers Day -- Mother Earth specifically.
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.
Allen Young at The Rag Blog examines Planet of the Humans, the climate crisis film produced by Michael Moore, which has received some scathing reviews from climate activists.
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.”
In his Earth Day post three weeks ago, David Collins -- the Texas Green Party's US Senate nominee -- also had some thoughts about the movie.
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
Another Wrangle in the books with some lighter fare.
Paradise in Hell brings us an important butt-shaking legal update.
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