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THORNE DREYER / REMEMBRANCE / Kinky Friedman 1944 – 2024

Kinky Friedman. Image from Wikipedia. By Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | July 4, 2024 Kinky Friedman, a singer, songwriter, humorist and sometime politician who with his band, the Texas Jewboys, developed an ardent following among alt-country music fans … Continue reading

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ALICE EMBREE | REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS | Second anniversary of Dobbs

By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | July 2, 2024 This article originally appeared in Alice Embree’s Substack and was cross-posted to The Rag Blog. AUSTIN — It was 8:30 a.m., June 24, at the Texas Capitol when the … Continue reading

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LAMAR HANKINS | REFLECTIONS | An old lawyer’s thoughts on Trump’s 34 New York convictions

By Lamar Hankins | The Rag Blog | June 13, 2024 [Listen to Thorne Dreyer’s interview with Lamar Hankins on Rag Radio, Friday, June 14, 2024, 2-3 p.m., on KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin, and streamed at KOOP.org.] I followed Trump’s … Continue reading

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RICHARD CROXDALE | REMEMBRANCE | Doyle Niemann

Photo by Alan Pogue | The Rag Blog. By Richard Croxdale | The Rag Blog | June 2, 2024 [Originally posted May 28, 2024, in the People’s History in Texas Substack and cross-posted to The Rag Blog.] Doyle Niemann passed … Continue reading

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ROBERT COTTRELL | ALTERNATIVE MEDIA | Looking Back at ‘The Village Voice’: ‘The Freaks Came Out to Write’

By Robert Cottrell | The Rag Blog | May 8, 2024 [Robert Cottrell will be Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio, Friday, May 10, 2-3 p.m. on KOOP-FM 91.7-FM in Austin, and streamed on KOOP.org, where they will discuss the … Continue reading

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ALICE EMBREE | AUSTIN HISTORY | Save University Junior High

Portion of ‘Heart and Soul’ mural by Raul Valdez. By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | May 6, 2024 This article originally appeared in Alice Embree’s Substack. AUSTIN — I attended University Junior High (UJH) as did my mother-in-law … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN | STUDENT PROTEST | Columbia protests now and in 1968

Demonstration on University of Texas campus, April 27, 2024. Creative Commons image. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | May 3, 2024 This article was originally published at CounterPunch and was cross-posted to The Rag Blog by the author. … Continue reading

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MICHAEL MEEROPOL | REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS | First, they came for abortion, now they’ve come for in vitro fertilization

Alabama Supreme Court. Photo by Jeffrey Reed / Creative Commons By Michael Meeropol | The Rag Blog | April 22, 2024 The following is an expanded version of a commentary delivered by Michael Meeropol, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Western … Continue reading

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LAMAR HANKINS | POLICE AUDITORS | How police deny us our rights:  A view from YouTube

By Lamar Hankins | The Rag Blog | March 20, 2023 In 40 years as an attorney, I have encountered the police in many contexts.  I have received three warnings and two tickets for speeding or car malfunctions; I have … Continue reading

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IVAN KOOP KUPER | NOSTALGIA | The Summer of ’72: A look back after more than 50 years.

Coming of age in Houston, Texas, with The Rolling Stones Photo by John M. Lomax (John Lomax III), first published in underground newspaper Space City!, June 29, 1972, and later in the book Exploring Space City! published by the New Journalism … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN | BOOKS | ‘Material Wealth
: Mining the Personal Archive of Allen Ginsberg’

By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | December 27, 2023 [Compiled and annotated by Pat Thomas; PowerHouse Books; 256 pages.] Pat Thomas has written and published colorful books about the Black Panthers — the defiant organization that rocked the … Continue reading

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NORMAN SOLOMON | DEATHS | For media elites, war criminal Henry Kissinger was a great man

Can a war criminal really be a “noted statesman”? By Norman Solomon | The Rag Blog | December 13, 2023 For U.S. mass media, Henry Kissinger’s quip that “power is the ultimate aphrodisiac” rang true. Influential reporters and pundits often … Continue reading

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