George Washington

  • Calendar

    December 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    The Most Important Person Ever: Hitler, Jesus, Shakespeare Make the List

    Who's the most important person ever? Two computer scientists wanted to figure out who the most historically significant human beings to ever walk the face of the earth were (well, since we decided to start recording things with various forms of writing). So, being computer scientists, they develop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Patriotic Cocktails, Part 1: The Betsy Ross

    This Independence Day, set yourself free from garish red-white-and-blue cocktails by mixing up some patriotic drinks whose taste as well as appearance honors the spirit of the holiday. In this series, I will explore some off-the-beaten-path adult beverages for your July 4th party. When I was a wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    George Washington: Fan of the Native Americans (Even Though He Calls Them Indians)

    It's pretty much common knowledge in our country that once America got discovered the Native Americans pretty much should have taken a good hard look at the guys in the Pilgrim hats and told them to get back on their boats and back across that ocean, pronto. Obviously that didn't happen - or, you k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    New Fifth Ward Education Center to Teach Girls Sewing, Boys Leadership

    Okay, so Masjid At-Tawhid is establishing a community center in the Fifth Ward. The center will offer hot meals, free monthly clothing giveaways, and tutoring in math and reading, along with streaming video seminars on family strengthening and self-esteem -- these are the kinds of places that can ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Urban Dictionary's Top 10 Musician Slang Terms

    Fapulous 1. Orgasmic, amazing, awesome. 2. Really, really hot. "Did you see that ass?" 'Yeah. It was Fapulous!" "Urban Dictionary is flat-out fapulous." And it's true. Urban Dictionary is fapulous, always available to help a blogger out with a never-ending supply user-submitted definitions th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Nine Awful, Terrible, "What Were They Thinking?" Political Halloween Masks

    You're deep into your Halloween plans, possibly distracted by the presidential race. Or possibly not. Should you combine the two and do your trick-and-treating dressed as one of the leading pols of the day? You might want to think twice about your answer. A survey of Halloween websites shows that ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 12, 2012

    Texas BBQ Predates the Civil War

    The tradition of open-pit barbecues in Texas is older than you think.

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    How I Got Banned from the "We Survived Bush, You Will Survive Obama" Facebook Page

    When I started following the popular We Survived Bush, You Will Survive Obama page I did so because I liked the sentiment it seemed to project of telling the doomsayers to breathe into a bag, pull on their big-girl panties and stop saying that the world was ending because of Obama's election. I was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Walking Through The Five Stages Of Grief With Ghostface Killah

    This weekend, my father and I had a falling-out. The specifics of the exchange will not advance the narrative in any meaningful way. You just need to know that he felt one way about something and I felt another way about that same thing, and we let each other know that neither agreed with the othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    The 5 Most B.S. Rebuttals in Internet Arguments

    Lately, my colleagues here on the Houston Press blogs have posted some kind, helpful tips on proper usage of social media to help you avoid pitfalls in a world where employers regularly look you up. That was sweet of them because I work with good people full of love and huggles (hugs snuggles) fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Gun Culture Gets Creepy

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    No, George Washington Doesn't Want You Armed Against the Government: E-Mail Debunking Part II

    This little infographic has been making the rounds on Facebook among the more pro-gun people... especially a certain kind of pro-gun people. See, there are hunters, there are people who want to own guns for home protection, and there are people who want to own guns simply because they are adults who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    For President's Day: The Best Movie Portrayals of 15 Presidents

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    7 Little-Known (And Completely Unverified) Facts About U.S. Presidents

    Today, the nation celebrates Presidents' Day, the most important holiday of all time. No other national holiday has such a clear purpose or overall popularity. Therefore, why not recognize this momentous occasion with a look back at some of our greatest presidents, and learn some facets of their bio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Rick Perry's Unique American Revolution Analysis: Best Twitter Responses, and Our Dumb-Quotes Random Generator Is Updated

    Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economyRick Perry last night did what most presidential candidates do after sucking again in a debate -- he went to a frat house. In explaining to the Beta Theta Pi boys his views of governance, Perry said that the American Revolutio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    We Want to Dine with These Five Dead Famous People

    Consummate hostess: Dolley Madison.​5. Dolley Madison. Forget about Martha Stewart. As First Lady, Madison took the role of hostess to a whole new level, earning accolades for her brilliant dress, witty conversation, and terrific dinner menus. And she had moxie as well domestic graces: She off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    Can You Spot the Real Meat?

    Here is George Washington demanding shaved meat from a fellow patriot. (No, really.)​What's more patriotic for a red-blooded American to do on the Fourth of July than eat meat? Grill it, barbecue it, broil it, fry it, tie it to the end of a bottle rocket and shoot it in to the sky (don't reall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Five Presidents Who Could Kick Chuck Norris's Ass

    Abe Lincoln: Let's get rrrrready to rrrrumble​In our continuing series of scholarly meditations on the United States Presidency, we now bring you a list of five presidents who could kick the crap out of Chuck Norris. Of note: only one of the top five served after 1908, although two honorable m ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Tea Party: At The Race Track With George Washington

    Photos by Craig HlavatyNo treading allowed​On Saturday afternoon I visited the North Houston Tea Party's "I Will Vote" rally, held at the Sam Houston Race Park. This was my second Tea Party rally in six months, following on the heels of the one in April at Discovery Green where my photographer was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    So THAT'S what they did with all the oil-coated octopi they fished out of the Gulf.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where THE SPICE MUST FLOW. We started the week off by getting some terrible tapas in the Arcade Fire's least-favorite Houston suburb, the Woodlands. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs for Your New Year's Eve Party, Part 2

    ​ When it comes time for He Said to make a party mix, you would think he would go for some classic metal or punk rock. But you would be totally wrong. When it's time for single boys and single girls to drink, mingle and start making questionable choices, we can leave the Motorhead and AC/DC for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Thanksgiving Edition

    We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving -- the Penguins traveling to the New World in the rickety Mayday; Squinty the Indian teaching the clueless newcomers how to grow potatoes (the Penguins had left Ireland because of a famine); George Washington marrying Pocahantas on Plymouth Mount.These ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Holy City

    Photos by Brittanie Shey​Traveling for the holidays? If you'll be near Wichita Falls you should consider crossing the border to the north to explore the village of extraordinary weirdness known as The Holy City, near Lawton, Oklahoma. Nestled in the measly foothills of the Wichita Mountains, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 12, 2009

    The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment

    Author A.J. Jacobs goes honest, female and whipped (but not all at the same time)

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Now You Can Watch The State Board Of Education Hijinks Live!! On Your Computer

    ​Television just got a lot more entertaining this week. And we're not talking about the Jay Leno show.The State Board of Education announced today that it will be televising its committee meetings for the world to see. (A new law requires them to do so, but we like to think it's just civic-mindedn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    10 Ways To Tell Your Teachers & Staff Are Getting High

    HISD teachers and staff getting arrested for pot and other drugs have become so common lately that we don't even feel like providing all the links to stories we've done on it. You'll have to scroll down on your own.The onslaught of dope arrests is a PR nightmare for the district, which is dispatchin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Sam Houston's Not The First Politician To Be In A Cheesy Ad

    If you needed any more evidence that Comcast was an agent of evil on par with Al Qaeda or whomever makes those peanut-butter-filled pretzels, look no further than the cable company's inescapable local commercials featuring Sam Houston. The former Texas President/Governor is shown engaging in a varie ... More >>

  • News

    November 20, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Big, Big Upset Coming Tomorrow, Says Possibly Untrustworthy Source

    The next POTUS, the next POTUS, tomorrow will know who it is, who it is! But what if we told you that we’ve been emailed some exclusive information…a bombshell, if you will…about the outcome of the election. We could publish the two stories we have received about this, but that would require ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008
  • Music

    March 20, 2008
  • Calendar

    February 28, 2008

    Sarah Miles Bolam

    A former journalist looks at presidents on film

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Bar Hopping and Political Posturing

    So George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and a llama walk into a bar… Happy Presidents’ Day, y’all. Does anyone actually get this day off, besides Newman and Claven? We sure could’ve used the extra sleep, especially after yesterday’s beautiful weather (i.e. outdoor drinking). 12:09 a.m. a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 3, 2008

    “Jackie Gendel and Valerie Hegarty”

    Painters’ painters show off their work at CTRL Gallery

  • Calendar

    May 10, 2007

    “Forgers, Fakes and Pirates: Faking the Book”

    See original printings of the Texas Declaration of Independence and Adolph Hitler’s autobiography – Not!

  • Culture

    September 14, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our critics' opinions on local exhibits

  • Culture

    September 7, 2006

    Pop Rocks

    "Power Pathos" presents pop surrealism with Texas ties

  • Film

    October 28, 2004

    Green Achers

    Undertow relishes the pain and beauty of a reclusive Southern family

  • Music

    October 2, 2003


    Dopesmoker (Tee Pee Records)

  • Culture

    July 11, 2002

    Land of the Free

    "Made in USA" gives patriotism a twist

  • News

    April 4, 2002

    The Immigrant's Song

    Carroll Robinson has been running for something ever since he arrived in Houston. Now he may be nearly out of track.

  • Dining

    October 18, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    Mark's Maker's Mark Lemonade

  • News

    August 9, 2001

    Punched Out

    Have patience: From the wrath of dangling chads comes computerized dial-a-voting

  • Dining

    December 21, 2000

    Cold Comfort

    Though their usefulness melted away long ago, icehouses continue to float to the surface

  • Calendar

    December 23, 1999
  • Film

    October 14, 1999

    Back to the Beat

    Source pays homage to Kerouac and company

  • Dining

    June 2, 1994

    Thai One On

    Sawadee trades in summery charm and sweet -- but engaging -- Thai cuisine

  • News

    December 9, 1993

    Arming Peggy MacGregor

    Why is this winsome public sculpture, created by Mount Rushmore's sculptor, languishing in disrepair? And where is her arm?

  • More >>