Reminder: The United States of America remains the only nation to use atomic/nuclear weapons. Seventy-three years ago this week, the USA used those weapons on two militarily important cities in Japan, with the full knowledge that thousands of civilians would be incinerated. This nation has no moral authority to dictate to any other nations what weapons they may or may not possess—especially given that, as we speak, it is participating in a non-nuclear holocaust in Yemen. (UPDATE: not just participating.) One would hope that an international authority such as the United Nations could move toward a consensus that all nations with nuclear weapons should dismantle them as quickly and safely as possible—and then act on that consensus.
Over the weekend, I received a notification that Cindy Sheehan had been invited to return to Hiroshima and give a speech there. Also, while grocery shopping Saturday, I saw a gentleman wearing a cap that said WORLD WAR II VETERAN. I calculated that the youngest veterans of World War II would now be in their 90s and reckoned he might be about that age. For his display of courage in visiting Generic Kroger on a Saturday morning, even with the aid of his wife and an electric scooter, I salute that veteran.
Here's the blog post and lefty news roundup.
In ordering the Trump administration to immediately begin locating immigrant parents and reuniting them with their children, a federal judge declared that the danger of creating "permanently orphaned children" will be "100% percent" the responsibility of the federal government.
Calls for a state investigation and to cease approving licenses for immigrant detention centers were made after a report that a toddler died after being released from a facility in South Texas, and allegations of sexual abuse of at least eight immigrant boys at centers in Arizona run by Southwest Key, the company that wants to open a "baby jail" in Houston.
Texas Standard wonders if Pope Francis' call to eliminate the death penalty will change any minds among Texas Catholics...like Greg Abbott.
The Texas Observer has a report (.pdf) that shows that two-thirds of the state's high schools have failed to comply with a decades-old law to register their seniors to vote, leaving over 180,000 Texans off the voter rolls. The problem is statewide, but concentrated in the Rio Grande Valley. Texas Leftist has more.
At Texas Rural Voices, they understand that arming teachers is dangerous. Yet they see it happening all over the state.
SocraticGadfly wonders why 25 House Dems and a Gang Greenish environmentalist group are recycling an old Ryan Zinke idea for new National Parks funding.
David Collins has some candid revelations about the state of mental wellness—his and others'.
Pages of Victory defines his progressive and liberal terms.
The Militant reports that more than 500 people attended a July 24 screening of the new film “Santos Vive,” which documented the murder of 12 year-old Santos Rodriguez at the hands of a Dallas policeman on that day in 1973. Background: Officer Darrell Cain played Russian roulette with his gun, killing the handcuffed Rodriguez in the back of his patrol car. Cain had arrested Santos and his brother David at their home, accusing them of stealing $8 from a soda machine a local gas station. Cain was convicted of “murder with malice,” but served only half of a five-year sentence. DNA tests after the boy's murder confirmed Santos was innocent of the burglary.
Alice Embree at The Rag Blog contributed her history to that of other '60s and '70s-era women activists in Austin in "Fight Like a Girl," featured in the recent edition of Life & Letters, a publication of the Liberal Arts College at the University of Texas.
Very Smart Brothas, one of the blogs under The Root, caught the mural in the Trinity Groves neighborhood of Dallas that depicts the Cowboys' Dak Prescott as being in "The Sunken Place." (It was the quarterback's 'house Negro moment' in supporting his owner's and the NFL's position on national anthem protests that inspired artist Trey Wilder.)
And a Tom Waits song serves as muse for Harry Hamid's latest short work of mostly fiction.
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