By Chris Lane
By Jeff Balke
By Aaron Reiss
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By Aaron Reiss
By Camilo Smith
By Craig Malisow
Trouble in Fort Worth
WWJD? I am so sorry this happened to you guys in Fort Worth [Gay Panic in Cowtown," by Thomas Korosec, August 18]. I would like to hear more, especially about the independent investigation results. Also, why didn't the large networks cover this? This type of behavior is reprehensible, especially being tolerated by an elected official. For those in Fort Worth who support these actions by the police, I can only pray for you to start living like Christians and start by saying, what would Jesus do?
Comment by Capistranoboy from Houston
Audit the cops: I have never understood how conservatives can grouse about how badly the government screws everything up, yet give law enforcement a pass. Why would these government agencies be any different? Why would they be immune to wasting resources or abusing their authority? Time after time, we see stories of entire investigations that are screwed up and some innocent schmuck sent away for a crime he didn't commit. Cops, DAs, CSUs and lab techs are all to blame. But beyond the HPD Crime Lab, when was the last time we had an audit of the entire police force? When has anyone ever examined exactly how much policing we are actually getting for our tax dollar?
More important, why would we want to create this class of supra-citizen who can do as he pleases and get away with it by simply flashing a badge? For the sake of "law and order," we are going to relinquish our civil rights? (Yes, even the right to smart off to a cop.)
Comment by EC_Esq from Houston
Online readers respond to King Bubba," by Robb Walsh, August 20:
Village idiot: The bacon cheeseburger at this Cypress roadhouse Rockwell Tavern blows all of Texas Monthly's favorite Houston burgers out of the water. Who the hell wants to eat a burger in a European village? When you are in a European village, eat whatever the local food is, don't eat a burger. The people at Texas Monthly probably eat their burgers with a knife and fork.
Thanks for another great story, Mr. Walsh. You know a burger is good when it makes tiny little ladies and big burly men weak in the knees.
Comment by Nate the Snake from Pearland
Burger time: It's hard to describe how there I am right this very moment. Okay, maybe this weekend, but then it's on!
Comment by Cramer from houston
Name change: They shouldn't even call it Texas Monthly anymore. It should be titled The Toniest Parts of Dallas and Austin Monthly. Wine bar burger, my ass.
Comment by WMSmith from Houston
Texas Monthly? I thought they stopped publishing awhile back, at least in regards to Houston restaurants. Sounds like they have the same "adventurous standards" as My Table here in Houston. Very sorry they coast off Houston Press and Alison Cook to get their "groove on." Thelma's is one example, as is a way belated, after-the-fact Lankford's. Will they ever have any breaking news about any restaurants? Seems like they both share the same whispery, copycat, scared-to-venture-out suburban mentality. Oh, until someone else discovers it. Then it's, hey, very cool, let us tell you about this "off the beaten path" restaurant. "Charming" is a word they like to use because they can't speak street and get the real story about what's real and what's BS. Sad that people buy that gloss-over.
Comment by Einladung from Houston
Online readers comment on,"It's Not Too Late for a Hurricane to Interrupt Talentless Taylor Hicks's Turn in Grease. Please?" by Craig Hlavaty, Rocks Off blog, August 21:
Best review ever: You're going to get a swarm of cranky grannies now.
Silent song: There is a quote that I love which says, "Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music." You, sir, cannot hear the music.
What a nasty, nasty, nasty article: Was this meant to be a joke? It's certainly not funny. What a vicious, stupid article. I don't think this was meant to just create controversy — I think you really dislike him. How dare you write this sort of poison-type article about my favorite idol? How dare you slur this handsome and talented man? He won Idol because he received the most votes, whether you like it or not. Why are you bringing up ancient history, anyway? And, again, whether you like it or not, he is the main draw for Grease.
After reading this, I wouldn't be surprised if you aren't one of those jerks coming on other Web sites slurring and slamming him. No, I'm not a member of the Soul Patrol, just a devoted fan who wants bullies, such as yourself, to stop your nastiness. If you can't be neutral about him, don't write anything at all.
Rave reviews: Uh, you want to invoke the gods to hit Houston with another hurricane so you can avoid Taylor Hicks. I've got an idea: Stay home.
Taylor puts on fantastic, energetic live shows, and he has gotten rave reviews for his performance in Grease. The reason he's in the traveling show is that Broadway World reported he made an extra $150,000 a week for the show when he was on Broadway last summer.