Saturday evening, as noted in last Wednesday's entry, I went to BBVA Compass Stadium with a party of six to see the Dash play Sky Blue FC. Six different Dash players scored a goal each, one for each in our group. And my niece got a photo with Dynamo Diesel before the match. Even a 6-1 victory wasn't enough, however, to keep the club's playoff chase alive, as the Chicago Red Stars beat the Orlando Pride that evening, and one of Chicago's two remaining games is against the Utah Royals, who are ahead of the Dash on head-to-head results, so effectively there's no way for the Dash to jump into fourth place.
Consolation: the Dash can go have fun and play under no pressure against the first-place Courage in Cary NC. It sure beats where the squad was at this time last year, playing home games in Frisco and Edinburg while their stadium and the surrounding neighborhood were partially submerged. (Sidenote: Frisco and Edinburg, along with Cary, are venues for the upcoming CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifiers.)
Reminiscences were the theme of the week, as Texas Progressive Alliance bloggers and news sources looked back at Hurricane Harvey, John McCain, and other people and events in the week that was.
Last Tuesday's conviction of Paul Manafort and guilty plea by Michael Cohen--which occurred within minutes of each other—was a turning point for the Trump presidency, and both items were briefly summarized by Somervell County Salon.
Socratic Gadfly remembers Senator Maverick (not fondly, either).
#Harvey1YearLater was an opportunity for many Houstonians to contribute their stories to the narrative of the region's most destructive storm in over a century:
Grist focused on Meyerland's recovery, while Offcite went to a couple of Houston's poorest neighborhoods, Kashmere and Trinity Gardens, to gauge the rehabilitation efforts.
Meanwhile, as developers began building new homes in the floodplain (an abandoned golf course in west Houston), Mayor Sylvester Turner and city council's reaction was... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The neoliberal storm rages on in the Bayou City, as Harvey's damage did absolutely nothing to change the way bidness goes down at City Hall between the developers and the Democrats.
In some cases, MUDs directly lied to residents about whether their housing units were located in the region’s floodplains. In others, they directly disfigured water flow patterns of the land, opening it to more hazardous flooding against the complaints of residents.
In election news, Beto O'Rourke is quickly becoming a cult of personality for Democrats, not just in Texas but across the country. The Sulphur Springs News-Telegram opined about "Havana Ted McCarthy Cruz and Robert Francis Kennedy O'Rourke" playing debate chicken. Socratic Gadfly took down the Buzzfeed puff piece about Beto. And Off the Kuff took a look at the latest Senate race poll and compared O'Rourke's numbers to those of Lupe Valdez.
The Dallas News reported that Valdez's missing pistol was located exactly where it should have been: in the Dallas County Sheriff's Department property room. It took a second audit to locate it.
The madness of Dan Patrick was on full public display, as our state's lite governor went on Fox to rage at CNN and MSNBC for the death of Mollie Tibbetts, and challenged Geraldo Rivera--and not Mike Collier, his actual November election opponent—to a debate.
Doyin Oyeniyi at Texas Monthly has the latest on Reality Winner, sentenced to five years and three months in prison for leaking classified information.
Winner is a Kingsville native who joined the Air Force after graduating high school. During her time in the military, Winner worked as a linguist and translator in Arabic and Farsi with the National Security Administration in Fort Meade, Maryland. She later left the military and moved to Augusta, Georgia where she worked as a contractor translating Farsi for the NSA. It was while contracting in 2017 that she printed out and mailed a classified document regarding Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 election.
Leif Reigstad at TM also has another update on Amazon's HQ2, showing Dallas and Austin as frontrunners for the coveted economic prize. Austin isn't all that thrilled about it.
Fracking is using up already-scarce water in the Permian Basin, says Courthouse News. The coming underground water war between Mexico and the US is part of the focus of the Texas Observer's nine-part series, "Shallow Waters."
David Collins riffed off of Quetzal Cáceres's post at Black Agenda Report about fauxgressives and fauxcialists.
Neil at You Must Act Right Now was witness to an act of civil disobedience at the proposed location of the baby jail/family detention jail in Houston.
The Rag Blog's Paul Buhle eulogized a pair of global peace leaders, Uri Avnery and David McReynolds.
And Harry Hamid wrote about his annual near-death experience.
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