France won its second Men's World Cup yesterday, defeating a strong Croatian side 4-2. That's a lot of goals for a World Cup final, and some of them were just weird—especially the last one, with France and Tottehnam goalkeeper Hugo Lloris emulating Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius's boo-boo from the UEFA Champions League final, allowing Mario Mandžukić
to make up for his unfortunate own-goal in the first half. (It has since been revealed that Karius was unknowingly playing through a concussion suffered earlier in the match.)
The championship adds to the one from 1998, when France hosted the tournament. France will host next year's Women's World Cup, and I hope to travel there with my Francophile ladyfriend to catch the US Women in action (assuming that they qualify).
I wasn't actually rooting for France, and I predicted that Belgium would emerge on top. But Kayleen had it right all along, so congratulations to her and Les Bleus. We watched the final yesterday morning, merely talking about making a drinking game out of Fox commentators' constantly reminding us that Kylian Mbappe is a teenager, but not actually drinking anything until we washed down our lunch with snifters of Chambourd.
My inspiration for inserting all this France stuff into a Texas-focused weekly blogroll is the historical fact that France was among the few nations to recognize the newly minted Republic of Texas back in the 1830s. The two republics even had constructed makeshift embassies in each other's capitals; Houston was the capital of Texas at that time. Not that the short-lived Republic of Texas—or the way Anglo-Texians fought to make it slave territory—was anything for a Progressive like me to be proud of, but I do love this land that I've called home for most of my life.
This week's Texas Progressive Alliance roundup of lefty news and blog posts begin with two things that could happen that would improve the lives of Texans at large, and correspondingly Texas Democrats...which is why they won't.
Stephen Young at the Dallas Observer sees one thing Texas Republicans could do that would give more than a million Texans some insurance coverage.
Despite their elected officials' position, the majority of Texans support Medicaid expansion, according to a June poll from the same group that published Friday's report, the Kaiser Family Foundation. Sixty-four percent of Texans, according to the poll, believe that the state should accept federal cash to expand the low-income insurance program, with the same percentage agreeing that the state is "not doing enough to help low-income Texas adults get health care."
As with automatic voter registration, Medicaid expansion is simply not going to happen without a substantial increase in public pressure on our lawmakers.
Some Republicans have used the specter of foreign hacking of digital voter registration databases as evidence that (automatic, online registration) would be too risky, even though the Texas secretary of state’s office has testified to the contrary. In May, a federal judge in San Antonio ordered Texas to allow drivers who are renewing their driver’s license online to also register to vote. The Texas Attorney’s General Office has appealed the decision, hoping the conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will give a more favorable ruling.
You can read PDiddie's editorial comments on this news on Brains and Eggs. The following paragraph also includes some heavy PD.
Relying on pollsters for some glimmer of hope for Texas Democratic candidates is probably a fool's errand, but that doesn't stop Kuff from reviewing the prognosticator projections for Texas' Congressional races. Nor does it slow down Ted at jobsanger, who would simply have nothing to blog about if the political polling industry were to suddenly collapse under the weight of its illusions. Like tea leaves and goat entrails, the guessing games that some people are paid to play for the masses are a charade that even the not-so-gullible enjoy watching.
In a few Capitol-related developments:
The Texas Moratorium Network reprints El Paso state representative Joe Moody's eloquent call for abolishing the death penalty in Texas.
The TSTA Blog suggests using the state's increased revenue on public education.
Ross Ramsey at the TexTrib explains how Greg Abbott is cementing Rick Perry's legacy of consolidating power in the governor's office.
At the national NAACP convention in San Antonio last week, Brooklyn branch president Joy Williams explained why she would not date anyone who didn't vote. CNN contributor Roland Martin went further.
" ... Because Trayvon Martin can’t, because Tamir Rice can’t, because Philando Castile can’t, because Laquan McDonald can’t,” Martin said, referencing black boys and men who were killed by police officers. “They can’t vote, but you can vote for the city manager who hires the police chief, you can vote for the [district attorney] who prosecutes the cop that killed them.”
Sanford Nowlin at the San Antonio Current frets about the sorry state of the Alamo City's media.
And several pieces of environmental news were blogged...
Greensource DFW believes in the recent research that suggests there's a microscopic solution to the macroscopic plastic pollution problem.
Downwinders at Risk found the Clean Air Fund that time forgot.
In 2006, then-Dallas Mayor Laura Miller teamed up with Houston Mayor Bill White and organized a coalition of Texas local governments to oppose the “fast-track” permitting of a dozen new coal plants Governor Rick Perry was pushing.
Offcite becomes the latest blog to take the "Toxic Tour" of east Houston neighborhoods (Manchester) and small communities (Galena Park), still living under the oppressive yoke of some of the worst refinery pollution in the United States.
In Corpus Christi, Naveena Sadasivam at the Texas Observer reports that the minority neighborhood of Hillcrest is finally getting some relief, though not from the cessation of the fouling of their air and water by the petrochem giants there, and with some mixed feelings about leaving.
Grits for Breakfast chides liberals in and out of Congress for allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good with respect to the FIRST-STEP criminal justice reform bill.
Renaming his blog, Neil Aquino at You Need To Act Right Now detailed some steps he is taking to defeat Trump and his associated wickedness.
SocraticGadfly talked about how the latest animal research seems to partially refute some ideas of Elizabeth Loftus' claims about how memory can operate.
Last, Elise Hu bids adieu to her house in Austin.
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