Rick Perry and many of his GOP brethren support the idea of beefed up security along the Texas-Mexico border. Because the Obama administration has failed to act, Perry says, he must do it himself. On Monday, he ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to deploy along the border in something he is calling ... More >>
Free Press Summer Fest is itching to expand.
Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! WHILE I WAS SERVING MY COUNTRY MY WIFE MOVED ANOTHER MAN INTO OUR HOUSE AND SERVED HIM Dear W ... More >>
Are you the Saddam in your family?
An alleged domestic assault on election night has a local defense attorney and marine Iraq vet facing a felony family violence charge. According to court records, David Christopher Hesse was drinking beer and watching election returns with his wife Sandra Hesse in their Clear Lake-area home on Nove ... More >>
Some people take great pride in their cars, and decided to use them as a way of expressing themselves. Modifying your ride to give it an unique appearance or performance style is a big business, but other folk tackle it with an older world in mind. Wagon Wheels on a Hummer Hummers represent the ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayThis Week's Panel: Not Invited: This Week's Prompt: There are a bunch of things we're responsible ... More >>
You rotten flexible bastard. Sting. He's the artist we love to hate: Sting, everyone's favorite somnambulant acoustic pop star, has developed a somewhat checkered experience in Central Asia. In 2009, Gulnara Karimova--herself a fledgling pop singer under the name GooGooSha and daughter of ... More >>
You rotten flexible bastard.Sting. He's the artist we love to hate. From The Atlantic: Sting, everyone's favorite somnambulant acoustic pop star, has developed a somewhat checkered experience in Central Asia. In 2009, Gulnara Karimova - herself a fledgling pop singer under the name GooGooSha ... More >>
Jamie Leigh Jones' fight finally finds a courtroomAfter years of delays, today Jamie Leigh Jones is finally getting her day in court against Halliburton and KBR. Jones -- we've done a number of stories on her -- has become famous through her attempts to hold the company responsible for the g ... More >>
It's a valid question, even in light of the specter of Satanism rearing its seven heads over Delaware last week. Actually, maybe that's the quick and dirty answer to my question: the reality of the Tea Party is funnier than any airplane food joke Christine O'Donnell could tell at the Improv. ... More >>
Marc Brubaker/ Click here for a slideshowKids these days must like throwing shit. Judging by what we saw at the Vans Warped Tour Friday afternoon, it seems to be second or third to smoking dope and being sexually active. Don't worry about that, though; Trojan Condoms was out in force giving u ... More >>
His new novel has been called a "rich, hard-hitting epic"
Jennifer Pastor goes hand-to-hand with images of war
A lot of people were shocked by the shootings at Fort Hood. Should they have been?Rick Anderson of Village Voice Media takes a look at how the Army handles issues of soldiers under stress, including a sergeant from Texas man who shot up a clinic in Iraq. In many respects, Sgt. [John M.] Russell's ... More >>
Sam Houston Race Park has a new way of trying to entice customers to the park: radical, extreme political events wherein the office of the President of the United States will be disparaged and its occupant compared to Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and whatever other figure talk radio comes up with.Th ... More >>
It was the morning of October 18, 2007, and three Iraqis were taking a cab from the city of Erbil to Sulaimaniya in northern Iraq, near the border with Iran. About halfway through the journey, at about 10:30 a.m., the taxi passed through the village of Kara Hanjir, when the road started to slope ... More >>
We've written several items about Jamie Leigh Jones, the local woman who is suing KBR over a gang-rape she says happened while she was working for the company in Iraq.The company put up roadblocks to her attempts to resolve the situation and her claims of rampant sexual harassment in KBR camps, b ... More >>
There are movies, there are films and then there is cinema
Spoofing the run-up to war, In the Loop is political satire done right.
Jo Frederiksen of The Woodlands has joined the ever-growing number of women who claim they were sexually abused and harassed in Iraq under the watch of their former employer, Halliburton's Kellogg Brown & Root. She recently filed a lawsuit in Harris County District Court against the company. ... More >>
We've already noted the five biggest local deaths in 2008; now it's time to look at the five deaths that leave the smallest amounts of sympathy or significance.5. The Playoff Chances of the Texans and Astros. Insignificant because really, did anyone expect anything different? The teams blew when the ... More >>
To say I’m a little miffed is an understatement - I‘m actually feeling lonesome, onry and highly pissed off. My daughter, an Air Force Tech Sgt., lifted off for a six-month tour of duty in Qatar yesterday, leaving behind my two-year old granddaughter. As her departure time got closer over the pa ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. Normally, we do everyth ... More >>
Yeah, yeah -- the internet is a wild-west world where there are no rules, where anonymity lets pseudo-tough guys act like macho jocks. Still, sometimes you want to make it clear that some commenters are idiots. Yesterday we wrote about Jamie Leigh Jones, a former KBR employee who claims she was ra ... More >>
Okay, so now’s the time when someone explains to me two things: 1) Why the Hell is the tween set so captivated by the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus? and 2) What kind of a world do we live in when a mother helps her daughter fake an essay about a dead dad (who does not exist) only to get concert tick ... More >>
One count of obstruction, two counts of perjury and one count of lying to the FBI. So we were sitting around the office, trying to figure out a local angle for the breaking news that Scooter Libby has just been found guilty in the CIA leak trial. As a service to our readers, we wanted to let y' ... More >>
To Galt, this ain't police brutality -- it's justice. Editor's note: John Galt, Houston's favorite right-wing hipster, contacted music editor John Nova Lomax demanding to be given equal time in the debate over the Walter's on Washington War. HouStoned, being a fair and balanced blog, has complied. ... More >>
DiverseWorks goes apocalyptic in "Run For Your Lives!"
Voices from the Frontline
Passionate Sex with a Bartender
A 1960s British sketch comedy is as fresh as ever at Main Street Theater
HPD loses its cool at the Halliburton demonstration
"Eyes Wide Open" brings statistics to life
A spoken-word siren unleashes a virulent war against war
Ernie Manouse chitchats with visiting stars
Guerin's Bistro fights the good fight while anti-French sentiment swirls about Houston and the United States
Houstonians get a second chance to oppose the war against Iraq
Where have all the Turkish restaurants been? Hiding in plain sight as "Mediterranean" cafes.