Somehow the March for Our Lives just wasn't on my radar. A lot of friends, particularly from First UU Church, marched Saturday here in Houston. I decided to take a bike ride with some other friends and friends of theirs. It was good for me to catch up and make some new acquaintances; however, as the day went on, I felt an increasing sense of FOMO. (That's Fear Of Missing Out, for my less Web-savvy readers.) Dammit, I said to myself, I could have been collecting signatures for the Greens, assuming that not every registered voter at the March had voted in a primary election this year. I didn't even think about putting the event on the HCGP Petitioning Opportunities calendar until too late.
My clipboards and I also didn't hang out near the gates of the In Bloom Music Festival over the weekend as I'd kind of wanted to. In addition, there was the Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival (no, not that kind of Renaissance) in Fifth Ward.
But I'm not sweating it too profusely, especially since I'm not certain how many other Greenies across the state, if any, are actively petitioning.
In addition to the bike ride, there was the International Voices choir concert Saturday night (excellent overall, if a little shaky in places) and the new-look Houston Dash's season opener against Chicago Red Stars (1-1 draw, with a first-half goal from rookie Kimberly Keever and a fluky 90th-minute goal that came off Rachel Daly's head as she leapt to block it). In between, there was the shocking news that First UU's Sunday kitchen manager Adorn Strambler had been killed early Saturday when a stolen vehicle crashed into hers at high speed.
With this week's lefty blog post and news round-up, the Texas Progressive Alliance was delighted to let the youth lead the way this past weekend.
As if the March For Our Lives events weren’t epic enough, Texas Leftist was glad to see some Houston-area high school students begin another impressive movement. By bringing prominent Democratic and Republican leaders together in ways that political forces have fallen short, the Inaugural Day of Unity Texas is off to a great start.
Stace at Dos Centavos gives his impressions of law enforcement's and the media's portrayal of the Austin bomber. With a corresponding POV, Progressive.org employs an unfortunate pun to destroy the myth of Austin as the liberal bastion of Texas.
Across social media, especially, a narrative formed that the Austin bombings were another example that media does not cover tragedies in communities of color with the same determination as disasters affecting white communities.
Texas attorney general Ken Paxton revealed himself to be entirely clueless about the details of the Austin bomber in multiple media appearances, writes RG Ratcliffe at Texas Monthly.
In his irregular curation of criminal justice stories needing more attention, Scott Henson at Grits for Breakfast blogged about the Fifth Circuit getting benchslapped by the SCOTUS in Ayestas v. Davis.
Both The Intercept and Down With Tyranny wrote about the DCCC's greasy thumb on the scales in Texas Congressional primaries.
Stephen Young at the Dallas Observer names ten Texas celebrities who ought to get into politics, a list that might have been a bit more useful before we voted three weeks ago.
Off the Kuff analyzed Harris County precinct data for the Democratic Senate primary. (zzz)
SocraticGadfly offers his thoughts on the lawsuit by Seth Rich's parents.
Neil at All People Had Value made the point that we are facing an authoritarian/Constitutional crisis.
Ted at jobsanger enjoys watching Trump squirm over the Stormy Daniels business, but thinks it's time for the country to move on.
Lewisville municipal candidates debated at the city's renovated Music City Mall, and the Texan Journal has details.
Ahead of the 2020 census, the TexTrib counts the ways Texans are getting more difficult to find and include, which has ramifications from federal funding to redistricting.
Space City Weather explains why a hurricane forecast for 2018 will be a challenge.
Bonddad advises caution in interpreting opinion polls based on voluntary associations.
In transportation blame-game postings, Jeff Balke at the Houston Press faults negligent drivers for the spate of car crashes with light rail trains in H-Town, and Mean Green Cougar Red takes a long look at the Uber self-driving car that caused the death of a bicyclist.
In another post about closing the barn door after the cows have left the building, Dwight Silverman at Tech Burger shows how to manage your Facebook privacy settings. Just get off the crack, y'all.
And Harry Hamid writes a story about a friend who became an energy vampire.
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