Every day after baseball practice, my Dad picked me up. Still clad in my dirt-stained pants, still too young to have a full appreciation for deodorant, I would toss my bookbags and gear in the back of our Volvo and jump in the front seat with him. He'd ask how practice was, and I'd tell him about th ... More >>
Whatever your role in the U.S. war effort, if you were injured overseas, at least you'd be covered back home, right?
On this day in 762 A.D., caliph Al-Mansur founded the city of Baghdad in what is modern-day Iraq. The area was and remains one of the commercial and intellectual centers of the Arab world, though it's obviously had a few problems since the U.S. invaded in 2003 and toppled Saddam Hussein's regime. No ... More >>
It may not be PTSDs or brain injuries that pose the most long-term danger to our surviving vets from their Middle East tours.
Skype: Putting murderers behind barsA man was convicted or murder in Conroe based partly on testimony delivered via Skype from an Army base in Iraq. A Conroe police officer who had been involved in the investigation into the December 2008 murder is serving now in the Texas National Guard in ... More >>
Rocks Off combs through Craigslist's postings hoping to find the genesis of some great musical endeavor. So when we saw a posting looking for Arabic singers, we were intrigued. After all, this is a time of mosque burnings and our upstairs neighbors passing anti-Sharia laws. It must take a he ... More >>
Readers debate asylum for Mexicans.
Not only the big players get hit with Iraq sex-abuse suitsHouston-based energy services companies have gotten plenty of ink over the past several years due to allegations and accusations that male employees working in places such as Iraq have raped and abused their female co-workers. Much of it i ... More >>
Meet a woman who's 3,800 years old - and still looks good
See the story of the U.S. smashed into just 90 minutes
Like many of you, Rocks Off has friends and family members who have served (or are serving) in our armed forces. Memorial Day is when we honor the sacrifice so many of them have made - and are still making - fighting America's wars. Songs about the hardships suffered by soldiers and their familie ... More >>
We expected nothing more than "Bourne in Iraq" from Green Zone, but we were pleasantly surprised. Although the movie didn't delve too far into the juicy tales of utter administration incompetence that the book did, it still delivered a good bit of entertainment and a fair recapping of the WMD sea ... More >>
The mass shooting at Fort Hood was just one of a growing number of troubling military deaths, murders and suicides.
Sometimes it's not enough to simply bring in billions from no-bid contracts from in Iraq; sometimes a company needs a hug.And that's what KBR got from federal judges in Houston and Florida, the company announced late yesterday.Judges dismissed two lawsuits stemming from the electrocution death of ... More >>
As unconventional as the warfare it depicts, The Hurt Locker is a ticking time bomb of a movie.
Mack Brown, along with a handful of other NCAA coaches, is making a goodwill visit to the troops in Germany, Iraq and Kuwait. (He's following in the footsteps of a coach at an actual good football school, Notre Dame's Charlie Weis, who visited the Middle East earlier this year.)Brown's to be com ... More >>
Stephen Patrick Day of Houston is a patriot.When war came in Iraq, he asked not whether it was the right war; he asked not if WMDs existed or if Iraq had anything to do with 9/11.Instead he asked how he could scam some serious bucks out of the venture.Day owns Logistics Group International, and he p ... More >>
KBR (Halliburton to the old-schoolaz) has had its share of troubles on its way to making untold billions of dollars of profit in Iraq.There's the rape and sexual harassment (Female and male-on-male!). There's the electrocuting soldiers. There's the dogs running around chomping on human remains inten ... More >>
Looks like this time they picked the wrong country.
UPI (Motto: "Yes, we're still around") is reporting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a "follow-on" contract to Houston's KBR (Halliburton) to continue work on a convoy supply camp in Iraq.And why not?It's not like KBR has senators demanding investigations into allegations that soldi ... More >>
Congratulations Houston, you showed your big heart once again. The Move America Forward tour stopped off at the Wal-Mart on Highway 6 North this afternoon and asked Houstonians for help in sending care packages overseas to American troops. Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee spoke with Hair Balls and had good ... More >>
The Station Museum of Contemporary Art presents the first look at work from Iraqs banished
Find out whos responsible for the Iraq war
Ah, the Iraq War. Great opportunity to do bid-ness, Houston-style. It's all fun and games until the FBI gets involved, though. Houston-based EGL, also known as Eagle Global Logistics, has agreed to pay the federal government $750,000 to settle allegations that they bribed employees of KBR (Hallibu ... More >>
Surviving our War on Terror calls for more than an ability to dodge bullets and IEDs
Of late, even a cursory perusal of the B-section of the Houston Chronicle reveals a disturbing trend. Gang crime, of the most odious sort. In today’s paper alone, there are accounts of three MS-13 members accused of stabbing Ernesto Garcia to death on Wednesday. Three other gangbangers shot up a ... More >>
Click here for a slideshow. Photographer Jonathan Hollingsworth traveled from San Francisco to Orange County, in California, with a stack of poster-board in hand. Along the way he stopped and asked people to write their opinions on the current war in Iraq. Then he took photos of the people holding ... More >>
Iraq war movie does its best not to mention the war
Author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal speaks at Rothko Chapel
Don't let Paul Haggis's heavy hand stop you from seeing his latest
Hey all you trust-fund hippies, zonked-out hillbillies and confused stoner-rock doods: It’s time to pack up the Mystery Machine (and the bong) for Freedom Fest ’07, starring Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel and Houston’s Carolyn Wonderland.. Yes, tonight in Austin we can all share in our lov ... More >>
Opposition is a Commodity in Sundance Docs.
What? Were you expecting something controversial? All the endless debating about the Iraq War wearing you down? How about gay marriage? Do you even care anymore? And when was the last time you heard someone say anything new about immigration? Sounds like you're suffering from Big Issue Fatigue ... More >>
Stop that grinnin', camel. Normangee's on to you. We know America can be a tense place, what with the looming threat of a terrorist attack and a war in Iraq. And it's clear that any symbol of the Middle East — dark men with beards, women in burqas, terrorists — is enough to send certa ... More >>
FrenetiCore's new show is all-out Bedlam
A Houston-area man leads the fight against the ban on gays in the military
The Army's realistic first-person shooter bogs down under fire
Houston Press writers are finalists in two journalism contests
Hundreds of Houstonians have signed up for wartime jobs with KBR. The hefty paychecks come with a scary, bloody price.
Inside Al-Jazeera, journalists tell a familiar story unfamiliarly
At Miami's Winter Music Conference, P. Diddy blows up dance music while the U.S. blows up Iraq
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
Plus: Been There, Din That; No Smut Glut; Cursory Check
The MFAH presents "Afghanistan: A Timeless History." What's next -- "Iraqis Are People Too"?