It's long been known by political scientists that the longer a party has been out of power -- that is, has not held the presidency -- the more likely it is to nominate a moderate. This is one reason, out of many, that we can expect Chris Christie to emerge as the Republican standard bearer in 2016. ... More >>
"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 >>
Three completely different emotions and narratives of the United States unfolded in each of the keynote addresses this week at the Democratic National Convention by two presidents and one first lady. In a way, all the speeches were spectacular displays of poise, command of the issues, and sheer lika ... More >>
Yesterday at Houston's NAACP rally, Vice President Joe Biden gave a well-received speech arguing that a Mitt Romney presidency would hurt the black community. As expected, the audience liked him a lot more than Romney, who got booed during his appearance last week for his opposition to Obamacare. Pe ... More >>
One of the greatest late-night talk show hosts of all time was Arsenio Hall. He was the quintessential Ed Sullivan for the '80s and early '90s. He featured all kinds of musical artists, but most importantly, he helped introduce rap music into the mainstream. Hall, who won Donald Trump's most recent ... More >>
Intrigue drowns out argument in political thriller.
It's mid-term election season again, and no doubt you have been subjected to seeing Governor Rick Perry's suave Steve Reeves-style pompadour in his campaign commercials, or Democratic candidate Bill White's righteous chrome dome testing the limits of your HD television with it's high-gloss sheen dur ... More >>
Music and a vigil this SaturdayBen Felleman is hoping that the vigil he is hosting this Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of his cousin Josh Fattal's arrest and imprisonment in Iran's infamous Evin Prison is canceled: "I would be thrilled to get that call that could transform the event fr ... More >>
Nobody's Daughter propels Hole into the 21st century.
"Just 10 more years of this and I'm free"If you've been wondering why the internet is full of awful global-warming related puns today, it's because Al and Tipper Gore have announced that, after 40 or so years of marriage, things are just not going to work out.We're guessing there are some shoes a ... More >>
On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death.
The United States Congressional District 18 race just got a bit more exciting after Jarvis Johnson, the District B Houston City Councilmember, officially filed on Monday at Harris County Democratic Party Headquarters. Not to be outdone, Attorney Sean A. Roberts also decided to jump into the race ... More >>
Photo courtesy UTWell over a year ago -- back in May 2008, when Hillary Clinton was still a viable candidate for the Democratic nomination -- the UT Health Science Center here in Houston hired Dr. Larry Kaiser as its new president.How much does he love Houston? So much that the UT Board of Regent ... More >>
Photos by J.C. ReidMontrose has seen some exciting new restaurants open lately: Poscol, Little Big's and Feast. It's fun to discover something new. But there's also the opportunity to "discover something old" in the Montrose. For the last 15 years I've lived a block away from the intersection of Wes ... More >>
In the end, it exceeded the expectations of even its once-seemingly wildly overenthusiastic organizers. Approximately 3,500 pissed-off demonstrators packed Jones Plaza for a warm-up blues-rock concert and harangues about high taxes, debt, bail-outs, and socialism. You'd have to th ... More >>
Good news for Houston politicians trying to get camera time at events, bad news for the rest of the world -- rumors are swirling that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee might be taking a job in the State Department.Jackson denies (sorta) the rumors, telling KHOU she's "baffled" by them and is happy re ... More >>
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies. (Churchy) Single of the Week: "I Love You," Von Won Wire To Wire   ... More >>
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 >>
Full of itself and not half as funny as it thinks it is, this movie is simply tragic
The stand-up comedian weighs in on the Clinton/Obama race
Seniors Scorsese and the Stones together again
The oil business ain't pretty
It was the year 2000 and I was a young hungry reporter in Chicago covering a young hungry state legislator
As I type this, my belly is swollen with Star Pizza and my dearest pal Tamarie is eating raw cookie dough…yeah, it’s that night. The Oscars. The Super Bowl for girls. The freaking show hasn’t even started yet, and we’ve already eaten too much. So here we go with the running commentary… ... More >>
Ferret-hater and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was hospitalized overnight last week while in Missouri for flu-like symptoms, which makes you wonder how much attention to detail is being paid by his handlers. What a sissy thing to take you out on the campaign trail, especially if i ... More >>
Confession: I don’t really like the Beatles. Exception: Ringo Starr. Why, you ask? With three other brilliant Beatles, why Ringo? Why, indeed. The answer is complicated, and does not lie in the songs of Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo. In the history of the earth, only four people have claim ... More >>
Gore Vidal digs for political truisms
Health, in life and film, dominates Cannes
The always feisty blog Kiss My Big Blue Butt is offering a good tale about Terriann Carlson, the public information officer for the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. Carlson apparently thought she had a really, really humorous bit of Internet magic. It was a slide show purporting to demonstrate ho ... More >>
The Warriors nicely complements the bloody cult classic that inspired it
The Silent Majority (Terry Allen's Greatest Missed Hits)
Politics are hot in Houston at large, but lukewarm in "The Voting Machine"
Radio Active, Robo Right, Labor of Love
Local conservative talk radio lives to rant again
Ranch Rescue's Jack Foote swears he just wants to mend fences. Is pseudomilitary secrecy, right-wing rhetoric and an armed vigilante militia the best way?
Basic Instinct author crawls up Bill Clinton's pants and hangs on tight
"Marvelous" test scores
Rising asthma rates have experts scratching their heads - and children struggling to breathe
Harrison plods through the flat Pollack mystery Random Hearts
Shopping for Dummies
October 22 - 28, 1998
Donna Ballard and her Christian conservative cohorts have transformed the State Board of Education. But will they transform the way Texas teaches its kids?
Cisneros and Medlar conduct a seminar on realpolitik
A Comedy of Errors for the television age