For the 200 guests of the Mighty Oaks Warrior Foundation's annual gala, headliner Sarah Palin was a sparkly distraction from the stark statistics of soaring depression, suicide and homelessness among veterans -- problems the charity aims to defeat. The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presiden ... More >>
Even in the historic popularity contest, LBJ can't seem to win. Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy got to the White House on the same ticket, but the two weren't exactly best buddies. It was a marriage of convenience, because they needed each other to deliver their respective sections of the cou ... More >>
A gun-dumb Brit's journey into the heart of American gun culture.
Update at 2:41 p.m. According to KHOU, the shooting victim fired at least shots with an AR-15 assault rifle in the air before being fired upon by an air marshal. The victime then, allegedly, pulled out a pistol and shot himself. There have been no reports of injuries. George Bush IAH Terminal B is ... More >>
North Korea Is Aiming Nukes at...Austin?
Wednesday, Lil Flip made the news. Not for releasing a comeback single to regain his footing as one of Houston's first breakout rap stars post-2000, but for being jailed. According to the Shreveport Times, the 31-year old rapper was arrested near Shreveport, La., Wednesday after deputies found a B ... More >>
After KBR was ordered in November to pay $85 million to a dozen Oregon National Guard soldiers who were exposed to a toxic chemical while providing security for contractors in Iraq in 2003, we figured there'd be some foot-stomping and an immediate appeal. We didn't think KBR would have the chutzpah ... More >>
Hair Balls had been withholding our decision on the whole "should teachers bring guns to school" debate until we heard from State Rep. Debbie Riddle, who we've always considered a spiritual guide; a moral compass who always points to logic and reason. And now that she's announced her intent to intro ... More >>
Houston police say they were called to the home of a man who they found standing in his driveway armed with a shotgun and handgun and ended up shooting him dead after he threatened him. Houston police were not releasing the man's identity, pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Fore ... More >>
Just before his trial was set to start in federal court yesterday, Houstonian Joe B. Phillips, 73, faced up to the truth: He's a pretty despicable guy. How despicable? He entered a guilty plea to ripping off mentally incompetent veterans to the tune of more than $2 million. That's right: Phillips ... More >>
Thomas Caffall's mother told the media yesterday that she had been worried about her son's mental state, and from looking at his Facebook page, it's easy to see why. Having a right-wing gun nut in the family is one thing. Having one who goes around quoting Yoda and Emily Dickinson is another. Caffa ... More >>
Police can keep your cash, car and other property, regardless of whether you've been convicted of – let alone charged with – a crime.
Tailgating isn't just for football anymore. It's also for fútbol. Since the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium (and even when they were still playing at Robertson), fans have swarmed the parking lot before games to eat, drink and generally stir up a ruckus. Taking a cue from the massive tailgate event ... More >>
Tough-talking, Texas-bred Carroll McInroe was the Iraq / Afghanistan coordinator in the Veterans Administration's Spokane, Washington office from 2003 to 2008. It was his job to interview returnees from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and help them readjust to civilian life. ... More >>
Photo by Nicholas HallHubcap GrillI'm not really sure how Hubcap Grill owner Ricky Craig will feel about his DEFCON designation. Despite my feelings on the subject, I'm fairly certain that Hubcap isn't meant to be kid friendly. Not that it's meant to be unfriendly, but something about a grave ... More >>
Courtesy of Jean Garst(From L to R) Larry Toenjes, Sherry and Joe Wagner aboard their 39-foot sailboat.Larry Toenjes was living a pretty nice life in Clear Lake Shores, Texas with his wife Jean Garst. Then, in April, the 74-year-old retiree decided that he would ditch his comfy existence to s ... More >>
If this doesn't get your blood pumping for a Rick Perry presidential candidacy then you, sir or madam, are devoid of blood. Fighter jets twirling in the sky, vets saluting the flag, a hideous rock song and Rick Perry spouting cliches to the whitest audience outside of an NHL arena -- what more coul ... More >>
What the heck's that green stuff?Have you ever shown up at a party that was supposed to feature food, only to find nobody eating? Maybe they already ate it all, those greedy bastards. Maybe you're running behind, and everyone else has had their fill by the time you arrive, and the food has be ... More >>
No excuses now.If you've been eagerly awaiting a chance to volunteer but couldn't figure out how, you've just lost that excuse. Mayor Annise Parker unveiled a new program and Web site today called Houston SERVICE which highlights opportunities and makes it easier to get info on them. The We ... More >>
Samir Itani got rich sending expired food overseas to U.S. troops in the Middle East.
Lawsuit: Your baby's blood is secretly being sold to science. A lawsuit's been filed by lawyers at the Texas Civil Rights Project because, allegedly, for the last seven years, the state's Department of State Health Services has "deceptively and unlawfully sold, traded, bartered, and distributed b ... More >>
Alexander Kemos: Not a SEALWhen it comes to resume padding, there are two options. You can go small, like George O'Leary when he applied for the head football coaching job at Notre Dame and falsely claimed to have a master's from "NYU-Stony Brook University" and to have lettered in football a ... More >>
Paul Delacerda, rockin' onPaul Delacerda is looking for some bandmates. But not just any bandmates.Delacerda, from Houston, is the founding member of Warrior Spirit, a duo of combat vets that he hopes to grow into a larger band.Delacerda came home from Iraq a retired Staff Sgt. with wounds from a ... More >>
Like many of you, Rocks Off has friends and family members who have served (or are serving) in our armed forces. Memorial Day is when we honor the sacrifice so many of them have made - and are still making - fighting America's wars. Songs about the hardships suffered by soldiers and their familie ... More >>
On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death.
You, in the back, speak up
Photo courtesy of Dario LipovacHouston's Iraqi refugee community is saying a painful goodbye to one of its most valued members. Now Marwan Hamza's friends are scrambling to help his family do the same. Hamza, 22, is on his deathbed at Memorial Herman hospital after crashing his car earlie ... More >>
City Hall plays host to Houstons most needy
The candidate's fame is based on his POW status, but he has abandoned his fellow veterans time and time again
The Station's at its best
We’ve heard of unmanned drones used for military operations, border patrols and battling wildfires. Now the Houston Police Department is apparently planning to employ the expensive aircraft to take on another menace: speeding drivers.
PSP players, tonight you game in hell
And now for today's bizarre story: UPI reports that Army 2nd Lieutenant Brian Smith, killed in Iraq in 2004, is the proud father of a seven-month-old boy. Smith was from McKinney and opened a law practice in Austin before he joined the Army in 2003. His son, Benton Drew Smith, is one of the first ... More >>
Oh, dang. Looks like METRO's blogger is a little fed up with all the attacks she's been getting in the local blogosphere. We got nothing against the woman, although it seems we gave her critics some serious ammunition when we posted her salary information a few weeks back. Just think of us as yo ... More >>
A real view of the Afghan situation
The Army's realistic first-person shooter bogs down under fire
A gun shop and a school make great neighbors
Houston has no equal when it comes to hankering for war, a study finds
Getting in shape is like going to war