International Relations

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    February 18, 2014

    Native Americans to Take Last Stand Against the Keystone Pipeline

    It's a gross understatement to note Native Americans haven't done well in the United States, historically speaking. They tend to end up on reservations, on the losing side of history and with the short end of the stick. It's a truth that's hard to ignore these days, but it isn't stopping some of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    The Keystone Pipeline, Another Victim of the Shutdown

    It looks like the federal government will be back up and running soon, but the damage may already be done where the Keystone XL Pipeline is concerned. That's good news, bad news or that which doesn't much matter if you're against the pipeline, for it or politely indifferent, respectively. The Keyst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Does It Mean Anything to Be a Democrat Anymore?

    "The market is the best mechanism ever invented for efficiently allocating resources to maximize production . . . I also think there is a connection between the freedom of the marketplace and freedom more generally." -President Barack Obama We live in an era where income inequality is its grea ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 8, 2013
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    July 19, 2013

    More Keystone Pipeline Shenanigans: This Time With Canadians And Failed Disclosure

    The Keystone XL Pipeline has a lot of proponents, and it shouldn't come as a shock -- though it somehow still seems surprising, because, you know, it's Canada -- that one of those proponents is the Canadian government. Yup, that place to the north where people say "Eh" a lot and take the Queen very ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    The Manhattan Project Is Finally (Sort of) Coming to Texas

    Back in the early 1940s when the U.S. Department of Defense was looking for some remote corner of nowhere to work on the Manhattan Project, maybe Texans were just a bit hurt that none of the out-of-the-way corners of our state (ahem -- the Panhandle) got picked. Alas, Texas wasn't even on the list, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Tribal Chiefs Walk Out of Keystone Talks, Demand Presidential Meeting

    If you're the leader of a sovereign nation meeting with another sovereign nation to discuss a pipeline that will tote thick, sticky tar sands oil through your land if the project is approved, you might be just a little put out when the head of the other nation doesn't make time to sit down and talk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    What Did Dennis Rodman Do To Piss Off North Korea?

    To say the United States' relationship with North Korea is less than cordial would be a bit of an understatement. A draconian cesspool of a society with nuclear weapons perpetually aimed our way, North Korea and its leadership (Kim Jong-un, yo!) represent the antithesis of everything the United Stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Grey Victory: A Playlist for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

    In 1945, the Japanese city of Hiroshima became the first target of a nuclear weapon ever. The United States called for the unconditional surrender of the country at the end of World War II, an ultimatum that was ignored. In response, we deployed a weapon that killed between 90,000 and 166,000 Japane ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    February 22, 2012

    Introducing Treaty Oak Collective, Houston's Newest Promoters

    ​Brandon Lemons is no stranger to the Houston music scene. If you've been around long enough, you've most likely either seen a show he's organized, or, if you're a real club junkie, sat and had a beer (or three) with the guy once or twice at a venue around town. The Silsbee, Tex. native bro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Thank God, Ted Cruz Will Protect Texas from the U.N.

    This ad for GOP primary senatorial candidate Ted Cruz has been showing up on conservative Web sites. It alerts -- thankfully, finally -- all Texans to the growing threat that the U.N. will....invade? Take over in a bloodless coup? We don't know. All we know is that the U.N. is (apparently) a grave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Rebecca Dauler: State Says She Ran One-Woman Extortion Racket

    FacebookRebecca Dauler: Take your little cease-and-desist letter and stick it, Texas Workforce Commission!​Say what you will about Rebecca Dauler, but if what the State of Texas is alleging about her is true, you can't deny that the 33-year-old Clear Lake woman has plenty of pluck and good-old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    The Keystone XL Pipeline: Houston's Cardno Entrix In The Crosshairs

    Keystone XL: Coming to Texas​Houston-based Cardno Entrix is the latest target of scrutiny in the newest allegations of cronyism surrounding TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline project. A group of U.S. senators has called for an investigation into the State Department's handling of the Keystone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Treaty Oak Platinum Rum: The Gateway Spirit?

    ​Before I turned it into banana-infused deliciousness, I tried Treaty Oak Platinum Rum for the first time recently. I now have a grand master plan to surreptitiously replace all the vodka in the world with this rum. The world will thank me for it. With all its talk of "double filtered" this a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Back to the `50s, But All The Way

    ​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 involv ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Return to Sender

    What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    The James Baker Monument: Five Things It Needs

    James Baker: Not related to Velvet Revolver​Finally, 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 >>

  • Culture

    September 2, 2010


    La Migra, NAFTA and one piece at a time

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2009

    "Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews during the Holocaust"

    Photographer Norman Gershman sheds some light on an often overlooked bit of history

  • Calendar

    May 7, 2009
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    May 7, 2009
  • Culture

    April 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    A Politician's Blog Actually Worth Reading

    Every politician these days is doing The Twitter, or having some unpaid intern blog for them. It's great if you're looking for the latest in boilerplate rhetoric.And then there's Texas State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, a Democrat from San Antonio.Check out his blog, Poli-Tex.Here's a note to former ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 11, 2008
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    November 18, 2008

    Ambassador Schechter On Secretary Of State Clinton

    With the world media coming dangerously close to announcing that Hillary Clinton plans to accept the Secretary of State position in Barack Obama’s cabinet, Hair Balls thought we’d reach out to longtime Clinton-family ally and former Ambassador to the Bahamas under President Clinton, Houston atto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008
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    January 24, 2008
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    November 29, 2007

    Kyoto Protocol: The View from Kyoto

    Without U.S. participation, the first-ever global-warming treaty was doomed to only partial success. Will Bali be better?

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2007

    It’s Mathew Knowles’s Town. We Just Live Here.

    This guy can definitely pay the bills, bills, bills. Mathew Knowles, sire of singing sisters Beyonce and Solange Knowles and impresario of Houston’s Music World Entertainment, has been selected by the Greater Houston Partnership and Kiwanis Club of Houston as the 2007 recipient of the Internation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2007
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    December 12, 2006

    Hu Ha

    Courtesy of Press publisher Stuart Folb, Dubya and Yes-Woman Secretary of State Condi Rice doin' it Vaudeville-style:

  • News

    December 7, 2006


    Foreign pickers aren't getting through the post-9/11 barricades to harvest U.S. crops

  • Film

    April 21, 2005

    Lost in Translation

    All talk and little action, The Interpreter doesn't even make sense

  • Film

    January 6, 2005

    Blade Runners

    Hotel Rwanda finds hope amid the horrors of tribal genocide

  • News

    January 6, 2005

    Holiday Spirit

    A real-life Christmas move in Kemah

  • Film

    October 7, 2004

    The Power of Yes

    A pair of political pranksters invent the art of "identity correction"

  • News

    April 18, 2002

    Lost & Found

    One year ago, the Lost Boys of Sudan came to Houston in search of America, a future, safety and an education simple things that got somewhat complicated in the translation

  • News

    November 1, 2001

    Bayou City Body Snatchers

    How cold war fears fueled a hot market for Houston's human parts business.

  • News

    August 2, 2001

    Battle Corps

    How the fine art of diplomacy dissolved into a bitter two-word war

  • Calendar

    May 3, 2001

    Overthrow the Revolution

    Factory Direct might be the Next Big Thing

  • Film

    April 27, 2000

    Seek Bomb Shelter

    Director Rod Lurie's nuclear debate blows up in his face

  • Music

    July 9, 1998
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    December 11, 1997

    See Juarez

    From a forthcoming book by Charles Bowden and the street shooters of Ciudad Juarez The photojournalists of the border are capturing the grisly face of the future. And it's a lot closer than you think.

  • News

    May 22, 1997

    Brothers of the Road

    'The I-69 "NAFTA Highway" is supposed to create thousands of jobs. Thanks to your tax dollars, it's already provided a very good one for the underemployed brother of Tom DeLay.

  • News

    March 28, 1996

    The Brother Graham (Part II)

    Once upon a time in Humble, there lived two guys named Pat and Mike. They had a way of making people believe, and those people included some of Texas' highest public officials. While it turned out that their stories usually were just too good to be true

  • News

    January 18, 1996

    He Spanked an American Hero

    And it's not every candidate for Congress who can say that

  • Calendar

    January 19, 1995
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    October 27, 1994

    Faded Love

    When romance wanes, the politics can turn really personal

  • News

    January 6, 1994

    The Poison Connection

    A "gas leak" in a Matamoros chemical plant wafts a poison and paper cloud toward a corporate office in Houston

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