What drives some people to collect dinosaur bones? The author of this piece was a high school classmate of mine. Oklahoma really wants to hate the gays. This guy hates The Big Bang Theory more than you do. (Warning: profanity) Turns out the measles vaccine has been an even greater boon for public health than […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance is ready to be able to ignore Iowa again as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Evangelicals deserve Donald Trump. “Eventually, the two parties may come to agree on the challenges the country faces, and then have actual discussions — and disagreements and competition — over how to address them. That’s bipartisanship. And counterintuitive as it may seem, Obama’s executive actions may be necessary to produce bipartisanship down the road.” The […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance hopes everyone stays safe in the snow as it brings you this week’s roundup.
“This is such an ancient trope — crazy scientists doing outrageous experiments with money you could be investing in my uranium mine — that I wonder if anyone actually falls for it.” The next ice age may be a little delayed in arriving. “Would You Ditch ESPN To Shave $8/Month Off Your Cable Bill?” No, […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance hopes that Alan Rickman is attending a David Bowie concert in heaven as it brings you this week’s roundup.
“This is the job you dream of having; you can make such a big impact.” A close look at the Working Families Party and its electoral successes. We could use some of that here in Texas. “Drug epidemics—Oxy, meth, heroin, you name it—are devastating. It’s something to keep in mind when you consider both the […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance wouldn’t trust Greg Abbott to write a grocery list as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Good news: Really rich people are suddenly paying quite a bit more in taxes. Star Trek postage stamps are now available. RIP, Wayne Rogers, best known as Trapper John on M*A*S*H. RIP, “death panels”. And good riddance. All politicians lie, but some lies are starker than others. What to do with those idiots in Oregon. […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance understands the difference between thugs and patriots — and protesters and terrorists — in bringing you this week’s blog post roundup.
“As relations between Cuba and the United States warm up, Major League Baseball is hoping to avoid human trafficking of potential players by dealing directly with the communist government.” Cassette tapes are making a comeback? Seriously? On average, 2015 was a pretty good year. “Muslims, Christians and Jews worship the same God, just in different […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance is taking a cup of kindness yet as it brings you this last roundup of 2015.
What assembling IKEA furniture tells us about gender differences. “So basically what’s going on is that NBC is allowing Bush Hagar to use her journalistic credentials and access to shill for one side in this marketing war. This, folks, is next-generation influence peddling.” An Unbelievable Story of Rape. Which you really need to read. What […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance wishes Ag Commissioner Sid Miller a happy holiday as it brings you this week’s roundup.
So, when are pot ads going to start running on TV? The Happy Birthday copyright case has been fully settled. A low-tech solution for finding new kinds of antibiotics may be just what we need. “But many of the more steeply discounted gift cards for sale online are in fact the product of merchandise return […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance congratulates Houston Mayor-elect Sylvester Turner as it brings you this week’s roundup.
An oral history of Mork and Mindy. In doing too much reading on the tragic mass shooting in San Bernadino, I happened to come across this New Yorker story about Amy Bishop, a microbiologist at the University of Alabama who shot six of her colleagues, killing three of them, after being denied tenure. It’s absolutely […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance thinks we need fewer thoughts and more actions to curb gun violence as it brings you this week’s roundup.
How Shonda Rhimes treats story lines that involve abortion. Felicia Day joins the MST3K revival. Nerds rejoice. “I mention all this not just to point out that the fighting in Iraq lasted longer than five months and has now spread to Syria and the streets of Paris. I mention it because it’s a reminder of […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance stands with Planned Parenthood as it brings you this week’s roundup.
“Crime overall in 2015 is expected to be largely unchanged from last year, decreasing 1.5 percent.” “No, really. It’s an actual glossy, full-color magazine called Dabiq, complete with feature articles and photo spreads. So, in the interest of understanding just what makes these violent lunatics tick, I read through 700-plus pages of this oddly well-put-together […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance wishes everyone a happy Thanksgiving as it brings you this week’s roundup.
An oral history of Turkeys Away, the greatest episode of WKRP in Cincinnati and one of the greatest TV episodes ever. “As the Internet of Things grows, we can scarcely afford a massive glut of things that are insecure-by-design.” “The World Fantasy award trophy will no longer be modelled on HP Lovecraft”. “Traditionally, most American […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance thinks maybe we should finish celebrating Thanksgiving before we begin the Christmas season as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Nancy Lieberman is awesome. Doing spec work for free is something most people are never asked to do. Another reason not to eat at Taco Bell, in case you needed one. Two words: Pyramid truthers. I need a drink. RIP, Gunnar Hansen, best known as the villain Leatherface in the original 1974 horror film “The […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance reminds everyone that runoffs matter too as it brings you this week’s roundup.
“So the question remains: When a crime lab screws up, whose responsibility is it to clean up the mess?” And then read this and ask yourself why we should be surprised when there are effectively no consequences for that kind of behavior. A-Rod the Analyst. Turns out he’s pretty good at it. “It has taken […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance hopes everyone took advantage of their opportunity to vote as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Laverne Cox is your new Dr. Frank N. Furter. Minor league baseball players suing MLB over allegations that they were paid less than minimum wage have won their request to include a much larger class of players in the lawsuit. Still in mourning for the end of Mythbusters. “Other than blowing up an entire planet […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance is scouting out pumpkin patches as it brings you this week’s roundup.
I’m not saying it’s aliens, but I’m not saying it’s not aliens, either. The buildings that used to be Pizza Huts, and the people who love to photograph them. “A former meerkat expert at London Zoo has been ordered to pay compensation to a monkey handler she attacked with a wine glass in a love […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance is ready to vote as it brings you this week’s roundup.
“Mom says she’s busy and that you should just tell me where the thing is, because I promised not to get it.” Yes, I have had these conversations with my children. Also, too, the Lamentations of the Father are still relevant. Money changes everything. In the case of poor children, it’s mostly for the better. […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance is ready for some real Presidential candidates to take the stage and have some debates as it brings you this week’s roundup.