People are oddly fascinated with horrible happenings. We get it. Some want to see the evidence and make contact with people who perpetrated the crimes. But it's still stunning to see the gun Charles Whitman used at the University of Texas Tower shootings up for auction. That is, until we saw all of ... More >>
The message went out at 5:01 p.m. on Ft. Hood's Twitter account: "All personnel on post are asked to shelter in place." The message was re-tweeted more than 1,800 times and by then news spread that the army installation in Killeen had seen another deadly shooting. Three people are dead and 16 inju ... More >>
Sen. John Cornyn has had some interesting notions, but his latest move -- a law to ban "murderabilia," aka the move to ban the sale of artwork, letters or any other stuff that is valuable because of an association with a mass murderer/serial killer/someone-who-committed-any-other-heinous-crime -- j ... More >>
When I was in school at Baylor University in Waco, our dining options -- both on- and off-campus -- were sadly limited. I hear they've built a Hooter's there now, though, so good for them. (Not on the campus, obviously. Hell, the Chili's they built on campus a few years ago isn't even allowed to ser ... More >>
Wednesday, the NAACP released an extensive, in-depth study of the main six groups which provide the lion's share of support for the infamous Tea Party movement, and the results of their study are not encouraging. It chronicles a great deal of cross-pollination between Tea Party and white supr ... More >>
The mass shooting at Fort Hood was just one of a growing number of troubling military deaths, murders and suicides.
A lot of people were shocked by the shootings at Fort Hood. Should they have been?Rick Anderson of Village Voice Media takes a look at how the Army handles issues of soldiers under stress, including a sergeant from Texas man who shot up a clinic in Iraq. In many respects, Sgt. [John M.] Russell's ... More >>
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. - and the author's daughter - Sara Blount, on duty in Afghanistan"In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead. Short days ago ... More >>
The once-respected Waco Tribune Herald was purchased this summer by a very conservative family whose first move was to put "In God We Trust" on the front page of each edition.Since then the paper has become very right-wing (even for Waco!!) on its editorial pages. We don't read it enough to know ... More >>
Madness has come to Fort Hood in Central Texas.Various media outlets are reporting that gunmen have killed seven people and wounded up to 20 others, and the situation is still fluid.Schools are on lockdown.CNN and others are following events; head there for more info."At least one person is 'neutral ... More >>
The sentence has come down in the case of Fort Hood soldier Victor Agosto, who has refused a stop-loss deployment to Afghanistan after doing a stint in Iraq.Agosto, an IT specialist, never saw any up-close combat in Iraq, but he says the Afghan War is illegal and hell no, he won't go.The Army hel ... More >>
The weekend visit to Houston had been going well enough for Army Sergeant Mohammed Sesay. Now stationed at Killeen's Fort Hood, he'd been back in the States for less than a week, after serving for over a year at Camp Bucca prison in Iraq, where he had helped guard the estimated 20,000-30,000 d ... More >>
Surviving our War on Terror calls for more than an ability to dodge bullets and IEDs
Paul Miles returned from Iraq needing help with the death in his head. He got prison.
Just $249 gets you a bachelor's -- or, hell, a master's -- from Belford University, an online diploma mill with local ties
The site of Cindy Sheehan's war protest is crowded with opinions and ghosts
The Chron's embedded reporter is far from the action
Foster programs try to save departing soldiers' critters from becoming casualties
Texas Motorcycle Rights Association
Surrounded by machine guns, grenades and troop carriers, Earl Tucker makes his peace with the world.
Houston's newest film production company shoots for the video moon
A gray November day spent in the gray world of the inmates and staff of the Texas State prison for women