In the 2000 Bush/Gore presidential election, George W. Bush carried the state of Texas, which came of little surprise to anyone. Texas is, after all, as red as red states can be on most socio-political issues and the former governor was a poster boy for socially conservative politics. But, here in H ... More >>
Surely one of Houston's biggest music-related events of 2013 was really a non-event: the failed screenings of Kanye West's "New Slaves" video, which was supposed to be projected onto three different local landmarks the evening of May 24. Technical difficulties scotched the events at the Houston Publ ... More >>
The makers of a documentary on the Astrodome are closing in on the $65,000 they need to finish the film and are optimistic that it will be released early next year. Filming of "The Dome" began in 2009 by Chip Rives and David Karabinas of Austin-based Texas Crew Productions. Another Crew member, Pat ... More >>
The major league baseball season opened up on Sunday night with the Rangers traveling to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington South to face the Astros. Most of the teams started up yesterday, and the rest of the league will get underway today. With the season getting underway, it's time once again to make ... More >>
Honestly, I thought George Foreman had a lot of Georges in his family, but now I'm beginning to wonder if the Bush clan doesn't have him beat. First there was George H.W. Bush, then George W. Bush. Now, there's George P. Bush (maybe even P.G. if you count his second middle name), son to Jeb and gran ... More >>
Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.
George H.W. Bush is still being treated for bronchitis at Methodist Hospital, negating doctors' predictions that he was to be released last weekend, the Associated Press reports. "There is no timeline at the moment for his release," according to the report. Methodist Spokesman George Kovacik told t ... More >>
Former President George H.W. Bush is in Methodist Hospital for bronchitis, his chief of staff has told the Houston Chronicle. Jean Becker says the 88-year-old Bush was hospitalized seven days ago, but doctors have said his condition is not life-threatening. He is expected to be released this weeken ... More >>
A European auction company says it plans to sell a vial of Ronald Reagan's blood, taken on the day of his attempted assassination. While any number of Republicans might like to own the fetishistic object in order to aid their rituals which banish from memory all the things Reagan did that meant he ... More >>
Portraying presidents on screen is always tricky. Crass imitation makes the thing look like a comedy skit, but completely ignoring the mannerisms and voice that people know doesn't work either. There have been some laughingly inept acting jobs when it comes to the 44 people who have been the countr ... More >>
Big-money supporters were treated to the first indelible moment in Barack Obama's reelection campaign last Thursday when the President crooned the opening lyric from Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" from the stage of the Apollo Theater in Harlem. It was just the sort of off-the-cuff instance that c ... More >>
For reasons better not gone into, Rocks Off has been running around YouTube searching for presidents singing, rapping, and otherwise making music, and YouTube delivered as usual. It's like the Web site is a kind of third-rate God that answers every prayer, but only with penis jokes and Rick Astley, ... More >>
George H.W. Bush did have some good ideas as president -- for one, he didn't invade Iraq just because he thought he could. But now the dude just seems off his rocker. In a MLB video that's unembeddable but can be viewed here, Bush encourages fans to vote for the hometeam. "Together, we can ... More >>
whitehouse.govWe've always wanted to run that photo credit.Our man Rizoh did a fine job yesterday detailing how, despite what the Fox News brigade may think, Common is a pretty standup guy. In fact, compared to some of the other musicians who have been invited to the White House, he's practic ... More >>
We know Houston has the best hamburger selection in the nation, and coming soon near you, the best real mojito north of Havana. A bigger surprise is that Houston has the best climate for growing rich and flavorful broccoli, and everyone I've served it to agrees that it's the best they've eve ... More >>
Rocks Off is celebrating Elvis week this week - the King would be 76 years old on Saturday. (Or hell, maybe he will be 76 years old on Saturday.) That's more than three-quarters of a century, but it just doesn't seem like a very long time. Maybe that's because whether or not he actually died ... More >>
Looking to spread Texas-size cheer to friends and family out of state? Need a universally appealing present for employees or clients? Below are five suggestions for food gifts chock full of local flavor and appeal. The "DJ Special." Original BBQ Sauce, Jalapeño Garlic BBQ Sauce, Heavy Garlic BBQ Sa ... More >>
James Baker: Not related to Velvet RevolverFinally, there will be a reason to visit downtown Houston: A statue honoring former Secretary of State James Baker will be unveiled Tuesday.Why Baker? As the monument's official website so modestly puts it, he's "A Magnificent American."Some people might ... More >>
We have to admit, the above Keyboard Cat clip contains the only footage of Walker, Texas Ranger we have ever seen.But the great and august government of Texas must have seen more, for today they officially voted to make Chuck Norris an honorary Texas Ranger.
What so proudly we hailed... Can you pass the earplugs, please? You can be forgiven for not realizing Opening Day for baseball season was here already (yesterday, in fact). Maybe you've been too busy cursing the guy in your NCAA tournament pool that filled out his brackets using the coin-flip met ... More >>
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison rolled out the big guns today as President George H.W. Bush endorsed her. Coming on the heels of the recent endorsement of former Secretary of State James Baker, Hutchison has ably demonstrated what it takes to win the GOP gubernatorial primary. If it were being run i ... More >>
Is the Omega Protein company overfishing the most important fish in the sea?
Photos by Brittanie SheySick of corporate Christmas? Try shopping local. Hair Balls presents a 12-part series highlighting ideas for holiday gifts made and sold in Texas. Cowboy boots are a Texas tradition, and not that Hair Balls cares, but they're apparently a huge trend for this winter. Houst ... More >>
Photo courtesy The BattalionSome Aggies got upset with our interpretation of President George H.W. Bush's open letter to them saying "Chill out, brosephs, when Obama comes to town."Now the President is in town, and how are they doing?You can follow along at The Battalion, the campus paper, which ... More >>
President Obama is headed to College Station Friday, at the invitation of former President George H.W. Bush, to speak about community service and whatnot.Obama, having already spoken at Notre Dame earlier this career, apparently decided to find an even more hostile environment. (Next stop: Bob Jo ... More >>
Via the always-entertaining Bayou City History blog at the Chron we learned of a budding documentary about that quaint old abandoned building that used to be the Eighth Wonder of the World.Chip Rives, one of the producers/directors/writers of The Dome, tells Hair Balls he and his partner have do ... More >>
Top Pentagon lawyer Alberto Mora risked his career arguing against Guantánamo abuses. Now he's an Obama man
Photos by Mark C. AustinOn the one hand you have your "scene," you know the one. With the super-skinny jeans, the ambivalently knotted skinny ties, the American Spirits blown carefully through the nose, the ironic hair. And on the other, you have your Broken Social Scene. With the music. And t ... More >>
Josh Harkinson used to write for us here at the Houston Press before he decided that living in San Francisco was somehow a lifestyle upgrade.Now he writes for Mother Jones, continuing his stellar career of raking muck.It turns out that Harkinson grew up just six blocks from where George ... More >>
There's a process under way to pick someone to be vice-president of the US.One candidate is "very attractive," but is young and doesn't have much experience.A rival to that candidate moans that he would never "win a personality contest" with the young foe.Who's the sparkling but inexperienced veep p ... More >>
It's not easy being a George W. Bush supporter these days. Even at Texas A&M.The Aggies, of course, have the somewhat dubious honor of having Bush deliver a speech to their December graduates. If there's anyplace in the US outside of Utah, or maybe Kennebunkport, where this event would go over w ... More >>
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