Let's all stop embarrassing Texas now, please.
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This time a week ago, we were all just beginning to digest the Arian Foster "baby mama" story. At the beginning of the day last Monday, Arian Foster was (as far as we knew) a happily married father of two young children who was rehabbing a back injury, anxious to wash the taste of a lost 2013 as a ... More >>
Texas, we're starting to earn our reputation. When we look at the recent headlines out of Texas that have made national news, it's pretty easy to see why folks outside the Lone Star state think that we all ride our horses to work. Our antics are becoming the punch line for national jokes, and real ... More >>
One of the more lamentable features of national political coverage is that journalists emphasize conflict and "horse race" coverage rather than policy. This is because many journalists -- e.g., David Gregory, George Stephanopolous, Major Garrett and many lesser known names that make up the D.C. pre ... More >>
Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! MAMA'S BOY OR GOOD SON? Dear Willie D: I'm a single 34-year-old man ... More >>
Some rabble-rousing pro-choicers are developing a video game that will "illustrate a woman's quest to obtain an abortion in the Lone Star state," according to the NY Daily News. In "Choice:Texas," the player picks one of five female characters to overcome "the struggle with geography, time, and mo ... More >>
Forty-eight hours after Sen. Wendy Davis began the Great Texas Abortion Filibuster, the state has gathered its breath. Having spent nearly a full work day suffering through the largest Democratic victory Texas has known in years, Gov. Rick Perry promptly overrode Davis's efforts -- knowing the tea p ... More >>
If you were anywhere near a computer, a phone, or the Hill Country over the past 24 hours, you'll know that Texas witnessed one of the most memorable, remarkable displays of political will it's ever known. In lieu of allowing nearly 90 percent of the abortion clinics across the state to shutter, Sen ... More >>
Gov. Rick Perry's office announced Wednesday afternoon that the governor has called for the second special session of 2013, set to commence at 2 p.m. on July 1. Only hours after Sen. Wendy Davis, her colleagues, and their supporters managed to block passage of legislation that would all but ban abor ... More >>
You don't mess with moms. Especially if it's about breastfeeding. The Texas legislature is once again taking up the ticklish subject of whether moms should be able to breastfeed in public. Representatives like Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) are backing a bill that would allow business owners to be sued ... More >>
Rob Gullatte (formerly known as Kritikal, Beltway Krit and more) is the most interesting rapper with a name change this side of 2 Chainz. Okay, that's plenty of loaded hyperbole, but the fact remains Gullatte is as obscure a talent as the term can be presently defined. SPIN ran a profile on him, hi ... More >>
This week's Doonesbury strips deal with the Texas law mandating sonograms for women seeking abortions. Many newspapers around the country are refusing to run the strips, which compare what the law requires to "rape" at one point. Some are moving the strip to the op-ed page, or just putting it onli ... More >>
The ribbon's been a bit charred this week.New Coke, you have a new rival for corporate ineptness. In a statement on its Web site, the Texas-based Susan G. Komen breast-cancer organization has reversed its fiasco of a decision to cut off funds to Planned Parenthood. We want to apologize to t ... More >>
Novel arguments from abortion-rights supporters, judge says.Opponents trying to block the state's new so-called sonogram bill may have a tougher road in Texas than they've had in other states. This morning's hearing in Austin, before U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, did not produce an immedia ... More >>
Group says new law "imposes stress and emotional strain on women as they prepare to undergo a medical procedure."The legal challenge to the new bill that forces women who are seeking an abortion to get a sonogram begins for real tomorrow, with a hearing on a temporary injunction barring enfo ... More >>
Jersey's Chris Christie sent his regrets, for obvious reasons.The Texas Independent has more or less been keeping a running tally of gubernatorial RSVPs to Rick Perry's invitation to come to Houston to pray and fast and be all Jesus-y. So far it's looking grim, as would any event where Kansa ... More >>
Time to fight back
Dan Patrick has reason to smile; women, not so much.Any woman seeking an abortion in Texas will be forced to undergo a sonogram and be asked if they want to view it or listen to the fetal heartbeat, thanks to a bill that passed today and that Governor Rick Perry says he can't wait to sign. P ... More >>
Readers rant about strict Texas food laws.
Check out our sample FB fetus pageThe Texas House of Representatives spent much of today debating a bill to force women who are seeking abortions to view a sonogram of their fetus. If there is a more august body to discuss such a bill, we don't know what it is. Unless it's the Ohio legislatu ... More >>
It's been about a week since Justin Bieber's infamous Rolling Stone interview was unveiled to the public, showing the teen idol to be a very clueless 16-year-old with extremely vague, simplistic ideas about an array of social issues such as war, health care, teen sex, rape and abortion. What ... More >>
The subtitle to the interview (coming in the March 3 issue of Rolling Stone) reads, "How Justin Bieber became the biggest teen idol in the world," so I have to assume at some point RS reporter Vanessa Grigoriadis gets to the subject of his rise to fame (and if he's familiar with the name "Rya ... More >>
Brittanie SheyKaty Perry look-alikeThe Hoff was there, chatting with Katy Perry. Lindsay Lohan was there too, in her sexy orange jumpsuit. Ziggy Stardust danced with members of Run DMC.As predicted, there were multiple Elvii (Costello and Presley) and a whole lot of people dressed like Bret Micha ... More >>
Anna Laura Gonzalez, 29, known to the hip-hop world as LALA, makes her own luck - straight up and down. And if we're going to keep it real, straight up and down, she's really easy on the eyes. The beautiful Latina, born in Monterrey, Mex., and raised in H-Town, had a dream of having her own televis ... More >>
The campaign of Governor Rick Perry has been gleefully sending out "pre-bituaries" -- in other words, stories analyzing what went wrong with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's gubernatorial race.Barring an upset of Truman-like proportions, the only question remaining in tomorrow's primary will be whe ... More >>
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