Tag Archives: Rag Bloggers

Roger Baker :
TRANSPORTATION | Is widening I-35 Austin’s biggest
boondoggle ever?

It costs too much and does too little. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | January 14, 2021 AUSTIN — I think I can make the case that widening I-35 through Central Austin is the biggest boondoggle ever, because … Continue reading

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Steve Russell :
POLITICAL HISTORY | Ranking Donald Trump
among the one and done

Donald John Trump had his papers graded and the voters failed him as decisively as he failed them. By Steve Russell | The Rag Blog | January 5, 2021 Those of us who consider history to be recreational reading started … Continue reading

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Steve Russell :
BOOKS | Martha Ture’s ‘Joe Walker’ should be a screenplay

Her prose is too visual to rest quietly on library shelves. By Steve Russell | The Rag Blog | January 3, 2021 [Joe Walker, by Martha Ture. (Lulu Press 2007); paperback; 370 pages; $23.95 on Amazon.com.] SUN CITY, Texas — … Continue reading

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Allen Young :
ENVIRONMENT | Appreciating nature as a political act

By Allen Young | The Rag Blog | December 14, 2020 ATHOL, Massachusetts — Do you consider yourself an environmentalist? Dictionary.com has this definition: “A person who is concerned with or advocates the protection of the environment.” That definition suits … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN :
OPINION | Top 12 heroes of 2020

In alphabetical order for your convenience. Compiled by Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog |December 9, 2020 [Also see Jonah Raskin’s “Top 11 criminals of 2020” on The Rag Blog.] 2020 has been the year of the collective, often unheralded, … Continue reading

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Alice Embree :
MIXED MEDIA | The not so funny comics of indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | December 5, 2020 The Great Pen Caper: In 2013 Ken Paxton picked up a $1,000 Montblanc pen from a Collin County metal detector tray. Fifteen months later, after being identified by a … Continue reading

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Carl Davidson and Bill Fletcher, Jr. :
ANALYSIS | Post-election reckoning: New hypotheses for the road ahead

By Carl Davidson and Bill Fletcher, Jr. | The Rag Blog |December 1, 2020 Carl Davidson and Bill Fletcher, Jr. are Thorne Dreyer‘s guests on Rag Radio, KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin and streamed at KOOP.org, Friday, December 4, 2-3 p.m. … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN :
OPINION | Top 11 criminals of 2020

In alphabetical order for your convenience. Compiled by Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog |November 26, 2020 [Also see Jonah Raskin’s”Top 12 heroes of 2020″ on The Rag Blog.] If you don’t like this list, make up one of your … Continue reading

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James Retherford :
POLITICAL CARTOON | Grand Old Party!

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Alice Embree :
REPORT | Houston’s historic underground newspaper…

…on the really small screen. By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | November 25, 2020 Space City News hit the streets of Houston in June 1969, but got a name change when a UFO group informed the paper they … Continue reading

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Larry Piltz :
OPINION | Trump’s revenge: The only way he thinks
he can win

(Or, I’d rather be scared now than shocked and scared later.) By Larry Piltz | The Rag Blog | November 12, 2020 AUSTIN — There’s nothing and no one to stop Trump from disregarding all and every convention, practice, protocol … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN :
POLITICS | Eat the 2020 election

“Tell me what you eat and I shall tell you what you are.” — French writer, Jean Anthelme Brilliant-Savarin, 1825 By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | November 12, 2020 SONOMA COUNTY, California — Voters were definitely on edge … Continue reading

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