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  • Blogs

    April 13, 2014

    The Celebrity-Endorsement Scene at Coachella 2014

    Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, is going on this weekend in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. This article is by Paul T. Bradley. Perhaps you've heard about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Why New Organizations Are Trying On Upworthy Headlines: The Answer May Surprise You

    In the world of social media marketing, there is something called "click bait." These are images or headlines that, because of their salacious or outrageous nature, make people click them to see where they ultimately lead. There may be some on this very page you're reading in the form of hot girl p ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 21, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Repeat After Me: Gerrymandering Is Not to Blame

    Pundits and talking heads really like to blame gerrymandering -- here's a short history of the term -- as a/the reason for political polarization. This CNN news report blames gerrymandering for some of our political ills. Liberal media watch-dog Media Matters partially blames gerrymandering for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Five Ways the Government Shutdown Will Screw Up Your Life

    With the Affordable Care Act tied to the federal budget, and the Senate and House of Representatives about as cooperative as a herd of sugared-up, nap-free toddlers, it seemed inevitable that the government would shut down at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday...and it did. A government shutdown hasn't happene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Methadone Tastes Horrible: Anthony Bourdain's 10 Best AMA Responses on Reddit

    Early yesterday afternoon, celebrity chef, author and TV star Anthony Bourdain popped into social news mega-site Reddit to do an informal Q&A session -- or AMA (Ask Me Anything in Reddit Speak) -- with the site's users. AMAs have fast become a popular tool for celebrities, newsmakers and even politi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Guess Who Is Bringing Ted Nugent to the State of the Union Address?

    Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, arguably the Tea Party's No. 1 advocate on Capitol Hill, has already had an eventful first term his second time in Washington. About three weeks ago, Stockman said he was ready to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama if Obama's proposed gun-contr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    Texas Cattle Ranchers Face a Trifecta of Worrying Issues, Which Means Higher Beef Prices in 2013

    This year will mark the 136th time the Cattle Raisers Convention has met, but it's in a climate that these cattlemen haven't battled for a long time. More than 2,500 ranchers and landowners are convening in Fort Worth this March to discuss a trifecta of issues that won't easily be solved. Ranchers ... More >>

  • News

    January 10, 2013


    To the media outed by the gun owner: You had it coming.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Build-A-Bar: A Byrrh By Any Other Name

    First of all, a word on pronunciation. Ever since I requested a shot of "fur-neigh," I've made a habit of asking about pronunciation when ordering any new, especially foreign, ingredient. I've found that very few cocktail and spirit discussions bother with this, and while it's certainly not critical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Alex Jones, Texas-Based Radio Host, Conspiracy Theorist Goes Ape Shit on CNN's Piers Morgan (with Video)

    Every "9/11 was an inside job" conspiracy theorist's favorite radio host, Alex Jones, made an appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN Monday night after he launched a petition that has gained over 30,000 signatures to have Morgan deported back to England when the British news show host ripped into ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 3, 2013

    Special Best Of Edicion: Do Mexicans Cause the Closures of Hospitals?

    And how many cases of leprosy come from Mexico per year?

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    To the Media Outed by the Gun Owner: You Had It Coming

    To the Staff of the Journal News, When I read recently about how a gun owner published the names and addresses of many of you on a Web site in retaliation for you publishing the names and addresses of gun owners in your area, I have to admit my first reaction was, "Sucks to be you." I should note ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Bronco Bama For The Win: Your Election Night 2012 Live Blog & Comment Feed

    "There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth or something I guess..." -- Luke 13:28, A Copy Of The Bible I Swiped From A Hotel Room Hello and welcome to Hair Balls' election night live blog and comment, where tonight I will be chronicling the mania of the 2012 presidential ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Speak Out: How Far Is Too Far When Musicians Talk Politics?

    Imagine this: You go to a concert to see one of your favorite artists. Suddenly, mid-show, they start spewing political rhetoric. You disagree with their ideas, so you and many others leave. Free speech is something we claim to value in this country, but we are biased against opposing viewpoints. R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Anthony Bourdain, Part 2: Layovers, Twitter, Ruth Bourdain and the Dangers of Boredom

    Yesterday, we caught up with Anthony Bourdain -- chef, author, TV host, publisher and recent Texas barbecue convert. We talked about his love affair with Austin (he used the word "quirky" twice, if you're counting) and his disdain for Dallas Morning News critic Leslie Brenner, why restaurants servi ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 11, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Where Have All Our Heroes Gone?: The Four Saddest Fallen Idols of Our Generation

    When we're kids, we'll look anywhere for idols and role models. Most often, we look to pop culture and we find our heroes there by way of idolizing whoever's work we enjoy the most. We copy them in the worst ways. We adopt their style of dress, their opinions on music, their viewpoints on the world ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    Five Lessons Learned from Hurricane Isaac

    The circus has finally left New Orleans as they begin their clean up after Hurricane Isaac dropped boatloads of rain on the Big Easy earlier this week. Despite some dire early warnings and a near-miss of the GOP convention in Tampa Bay, Isaac was fairly tame by hurricane standards. That didn't stop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    5 Simple Ways to Tell Hate Bands From Non-Hate Bands

    (UPDATED) Burn the Lies: CNN Calls Hatebreed a "White Power" Act CNN caused an uproar earlier this week when it ran a hastily-slapped-together story on racist hate bands in knee-jerk reaction to Sunday's utterly reprehensible Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. In the story, columnist Lon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    (UPDATED) Burn the Lies: CNN Calls Hatebreed a "White Power" Act

    If you would have told me 15 years ago that CNN and Hatebreed would be butting heads, I wouldn't have believed you, but that's where we are in 2012. This week, in the wake of Sunday's tragic Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, news outlets reported that gunman, Wade Michael Page, a 40-ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    SCOTUS, Obamacare, CNN Effing Up: Supreme Court Decisions In The Twitterverse (UPDATED With Keen Rick Perry Insight)

    If you were two seconds late posting your "BREAKING NEWS!" report of the Supreme Court decision largely upholding Obamacare, you were left in the dust and looking like a fool, fool. Hey, dude, tell us something we don't already know! You get your news by Pony Express? Harrumph. frowny face, etc etc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Joe Bankson, Gena Charlton: Liberty Co. Couple Sues Media, Sheriff Over That Psychic-Inspired Search For Mass Graves

    Remember last summer's sudden media hysteria about a large amount of children's graves on a Liberty County home? It was all inspired by a psychic who phoned the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, and, we think, some tipster in that office who gave out bad info that led outlets such as CNN to momentar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Hank Schyma: Southern Backtones Singer Is Fearless Tornado Chaser

    If you saw the dramatic footage out of North Texas Tuesday, hopefully from the safety of your living room or gathered around a TV at work, you know that weather events like those tornadoes can make pretty compelling television. And someone has to head straight into those storms to film all that vide ... More >>

  • News

    March 29, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Ingredient of the Week: Dark Chocolate

    First, a quick and dirty lesson on the varieties of chocolate: Unsweetened chocolate is all cacao and no sugar, making it incredibly bitter. It is also known as baking chocolate and is usually found in the baking aisle of grocery stores in the forms of blocks or bars. The sugar is added separat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Death Penalty Is Going Out of Style, New Report Says

    Texas is still doing its part​America, you just ain't the criminal-killin' place you used to be. A new report from the Death Penalty Information Center says that for the first time since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976, less than 100 executions took place in the U.S. There have bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    UT Sports, George Greanias: The Turkeys of the Year Runners-Up

    Almost, but not quite​Not everyone can be a winner. Not everyone can be such a loser that they become a Houston Press Turkey of the Year. But while we don't give out participation ribbons, we do think there were some candidates who only barely eked out our 2011 winners. So we salute these in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Boom. Penn State Fires Joe Paterno (w/ a VIDEO chronology) & CNN Kicks ESPN's Butt

    They are...Penn State​"Joe Paterno is no longer the head football coach, effective immediately." -- John Surma, Vice Chair, Penn State Board of Trustees Boom. Nothing is forever. We all knew there would be a day when Joe Paterno would no longer be the coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Liquor Treat: Using Leftover Halloween Sweets for Six Candy Cocktails

    Photo by terren in VirginiaCandy overload. Must. Make. Cocktails.​Once Halloween has come and gone, I'm always left with a giant pile of Halloween candy. I have eaten it, tortured people by bringing it in to work, and baked it into all kinds of cakes and desserts. But this year, I plan on tryi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Where Are We Eating?

    Last week, we touched on the tasty goodness of arepas when we looked at CNN's list of the world's 50 most delicious dishes (and where you can find them in Houston). This week, we're spotlighting yet another place in town where you can find arepas. But does the arepa below look familiar to you? R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    CNN Goes In-Depth on Houston and Katrina

    It's all about us.​CNN's series Defining America has taken a long look at Houston and its absorption of Katrina evacuees. "Houston, the sprawling, business-friendly oil city, has absorbed some of New Orleans, a compact mecca of music, merriment and food," the report says. One of the main sub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Time Has Come, The Walrus Said, To Feed Hugh Hefner To Sharks

    Hef's gonna need a bigger boat.​As you may have heard, Shark Week kicks off Sunday on the Discovery Channel. The seven days of (decreasingly) informative marine documentaries and (increasingly) lurid reenactments of REAL LIFE ATTACKS and exposing DEADLY WATERS and what not provide a welcome br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    CNN Won't Answer Questions About Its Child-Sex Trafficking Crusade

    ​CNN reporter Amber Lyon has made a crusade out of trumpeting the "fact" that "100,000 to 300,000" children are enslaved into sex trafficking each year. As our sister paper the Village Voice pointed out, in a piece we ran in the print edition, those numbers are almost certainly a gross exagge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Cruel Summer -- Andre Jones (1969-2011)

    Notable deaths: They do come in threes sometime​In a recent blog post about Major League Baseball realignment, I expressed the following sentiment: The best memories for most sports fans are the ones that took place from their mid-teenage years through their late 20s. Generally, for most of u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Gabrielle Giffords: What She Looks Like Now

    Giffords: A CNN special on her recovery at TIRR airs Sunday.​Very few people have laid eyes on Gabrielle Giffords since the congresswoman was shot in January. She did appear, in a blurry fashion, in a long-distance shot as she boarded a jet at Ellington Field to go to her husband's shuttle li ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 5, 2011

    Shisha and Chardonnay

    At Skewers, you can smoke, drink and eat classic Lebanese food.

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Bin Laden's Favorite Performers -- Whitney Houston, MacGyver Dude, Etc. -- Offer Twitter Silence On His Death

    Losing a big fan is apparently hard on Richard Dean Anderson​When you're no longer in the absolute prime of your career, it can be disheartening to lose a hardcore fan. That's the only reason we can think of that several specific stars haven't tweeted their thoughts on the death of Osama Bin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    April 29, 1992: Ten Songs About The L.A Riots

    ​It was 19 years ago today that the Los Angeles riots began after four white police officers, caught on videotape beating the African-American Rodney King after a drug-fueled high-speed chase, were acquitted by a Simi Valley, Calif. jury. The rest of the world watched in shock and sadness as ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Wall of Shame

    CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Cleveland Gang-Rape Coverage: Controversy Doesn't Die

    A "clusterfuck of fail"?​The heat over media coverage of the Cleveland gang-rape doesn't show much signs of slacking, as critics question whether stories in The New York Times and Houston Chronicle displayed a "blame the victim" tone. A round-up of the latest (We've asked Chronicle editor Je ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Gabrielle Giffords: Get This Woman Toast STAT

    Probably not the first thing we would have ordered​There's a breakthrough on Gabrielle Giffords's road to recovery in Houston: She wants toast. Okay, perhaps more important, she asked for it. With her voice. "It's very good news," Giffiords's spokesman C.J. Karamargin told CNN. Well, only i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    CNN Celebrates Houston's Brother-Filled Marine Batallion

    CNN has a piece up that celebrates the 1st batallion of the 23rd Marine Regiment that's stationed at Ellington Field. The Texas reserve unit has gathered fame because it has five sets of brothers, as the Houston Chronicle reported a while back. The unit is set to deploy to Afghanistan soon, so kee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Mexican Pop Singer Fights Rape Allegations, Racism

    ​The latest chapter in Mexican pop singer Kalimba's life saddens us for a number of reasons, but the possibility of never hearing his music again is not one of them. If you haven't heard, while recording his latest album in El Paso, Kalimba was held by the U.S. Border Patrol on suspicion of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Animal Abuse: The Five Worst Houston Examples In 2010

    Humans: Will you ever learn?​We like to think that animal abusers will not only get a lump of coal from Santa this time of year, but a pitchfork-in-the-ass from the Other Guy in Red as well. For those of you who like to keep tabs on just how low the human race can sink, here's a roundup of some of ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Juggalo Hijinks

    A Facebook crime spree.

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    NFL -- Bob McNair's Delusion, Twitter Madness And The Weekend's Best Bets

    Orange slices for the Texans!​"I wanted the team to know not only how close we think they are but how close our competitors think they are to being an outstanding team." -- Texans owner Bob McNair, presumably not being held at gunpoint nor under the influence of any drugs or alcohol What Bob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    State Rep. Leo "Birther Bill" Berman: CNN With Another Texas Beatdown

    Texas State Representative, Leo Berman, you have joined the hallowed ranks of Congressman Louie Gohmert and your colleague Debbie Riddle: You have been utterly humiliated on CNN. Berman, as we reported earlier, has introduced a "birther" bill in the Lege, demanding that no candidate can get a Texan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    An Ethiopian Breakfast at Sheba Cafe

    Photos by Troy Fields​Whether you've grown tired of typical breakfast and brunch places, whether you're on the hunt for something exotic and new or whether you are simply interested in seeing traditional breakfast foods in a far different setting, breakfast at Sheba Cafe will suit you to a T. ... More >>

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