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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Keystone XL: Coming to TexasHouston-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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?
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 >>
La Migra, NAFTA and one piece at a time
Photographer Norman Gershman sheds some light on an often overlooked bit of history
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 >>
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 ... More >>
Without U.S. participation, the first-ever global-warming treaty was doomed to only partial success. Will Bali be better?
Foreign pickers aren't getting through the post-9/11 barricades to harvest U.S. crops
All talk and little action, The Interpreter doesn't even make sense
Hotel Rwanda finds hope amid the horrors of tribal genocide
A real-life Christmas move in Kemah
A pair of political pranksters invent the art of "identity correction"
Revolt of the operagoing socialites
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
How cold war fears fueled a hot market for Houston's human parts business.
How the fine art of diplomacy dissolved into a bitter two-word war
Factory Direct might be the Next Big Thing
Director Rod Lurie's nuclear debate blows up in his face
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.
'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.
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
And it's not every candidate for Congress who can say that
When romance wanes, the politics can turn really personal
A "gas leak" in a Matamoros chemical plant wafts a poison and paper cloud toward a corporate office in Houston