Joe Biden

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    November 20, 2014

    HISD Teacher Who Called Muslims "Goat-Fuckers" Challenges Quanell X Over Racism Accusations

    The controversial HISD teacher who made disparaging comments about Muslims on a local conservative cable access TV show is now challenging community activist Quanell X for accusing her of being a racist. Angela Box, a third-grade teacher at HISD's Ray K. Daily Elementary School on the West side of ... More >>

  • Film

    March 13, 2014

    Speaking Truth to the Choir

    The Anita Hill doc doesn’t bother making a case.

  • Film

    February 27, 2014

    Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?

    Rom-coms used to be a cash cow — and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    What Happened to Gun Control After Newtown?

    Yale law professor Dan Kahan has persuasively argued that the reason why we seem like two ships passing in the night when debating gun issues is because people disagree about the facts, as they see them: Gun-control proponents argue that greater restrictions will promote public safety by reducing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Joe Biden Is Coming To Houston: What He Might Say, Based On His Foot-in-Mouth History

    Vice President Joe Biden is that rarest of rarities, a politician with the savvy, skill and flexibility to continually stick his foot right in his mouth and just start chewing like there's no tomorrow. He does it on planes. He does it in the middle of presidential campaigns (his and those of his ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Five Ways the Inaugural Mass is Different from the Presidential Inauguration

    Pope Francis had his inaugural mass in the Vatican Square and, much like a presidential inauguration, a bunch of people came from all corners to bear witness. In some ways, the two inaugurations are not that dissimilar. There is singing. There are speeches. There are glimpses of the new pope and pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: The Lost Sinatra Group Christmas Episode

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared December 22, 2010. Through the magic of Christmas, Rocks Off has received a copy of the transcript ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Projection: Social Media Wins Big in 2012

    Thanks a lot Christians, for not showing up.You disgust me.— Victoria Jackson (@vicjackshow) November 7, 2012 Amidst the pundits and the graphics and the touch screen monitors and the iPads strapped to the arms of The Daily Show's John Oliver, probably the most watched network on election ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Bronco Bama For The Win: Your Election Night 2012 Live Blog & Comment Feed

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    A Gallery Of U.S. Presidents Working On Their Fitness

    I don't know about you guys, but when I looked at the crop of Republican presidential candidates about a year ago, as the media and primary wars waged on, I could only think about what they would look like jogging or working out. It's a hidden hot-button issue. Depraved, mindless people like me vote ... More >>

  • Music

    October 25, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Last Night's Veep Debate: Raaawrrr Biden Angry! Biden Smash!

    Put that grin away, Joe Biden. Thing's loaded. Last night at the vice presidential debate, Biden, ebullient and smirking, did everything Democrats wanted him to do. He was a jerk. He was aggressive. And he wouldn't let Paul Ryan get away with anything. Also, he said the peculiar word "marlarky" a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Which Joe Biden Will Show Tonight? Hopefully The One From The Onion

    "Sensual, powerful, Biden." So says The Onion. Vice President Joe Biden has been quite possibly the most-parodied man over the last four years. Gregarious, toothy, and with that "Hey-just-call-me-Joe" air about him, he's been the exact opposite of Obama, who's brains and little fire. Biden, meanwhi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    RNC Hoopla: Ted Cruz Saying Stupid Things, Fitting in Just Fine

    Ah, the Republican National Convention. Glitz. Glamour. Ted Cruz -- our newly-anointed Texan conservative savior -- saying really dumb things. And Christianity. Lots and lots of Christianity. But first, back to Cruz, who's scheduled to address the convention tonight. So here's the deal: This is his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Because It's Friday: 10 Great Photos Of Obama With Kids

    The presidential campaigns are ramping up, even though the heavy action doesn't come until after the conventions and Labor Day. But while we still have time, perhaps it's best to take one last look at White House activity that doesn't include attack ads, policy positions or focus-group polling. Le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    10 of the Most Painful Joe Biden Gaffes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    NAACP Likes Joe Biden More Than Mitt Romney (Just In Case You Had Your Doubts)

    What did Vice President Joe Biden prove to the delegates of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People? That he's not as white as super whitey-white GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney who, on Wednesday, jabbed attendees (on purpose, even?) of the 103rd NAACP Annual Convention wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Whitest Man Alive Tries To Curry Favor With Blacks, Somehow Doesn't Succeed

    Mitt Romney, the whitest Republican presidential nominee since every single Republican presidential nominee before him, informed an auditorium of black people at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People conference in Houston today that he, stilted awkward whiteness aside, knows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    NAACP Pledges "Strong Support" For Controversial AG Eric Holder

    It was on and then off. When it was back on, it was on. Kind of. Mid-morning Tuesday, United States Attorney General Eric Holder, who had canceled his Monday appearance on account of an airplane delay, addressed the delegates of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People meeting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    NAACP Focuses on "Outrageous Voter Suppression" at Annual Convention

    "We are wading through the greatest wave of legislative assault on the right to vote in more than a century," shouted National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous into a microphone at an over-air-conditioned exhibit hall at the George R. Brown Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2012

    Presidents' Sons at War: 13 Service Records, from the Mediocre to the Ultimate Sacrifice

    Being the parent of someone fighting in a war is no picnic, even if you're a president. In the modern era, several future or incumbent presidents had sons in the military in wartime. Some of those sons did much, some very little, one paid the ultimate price. Let's look, building up to that ultimat ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2012

    Rockets Mascot Gets in the Ring

    The man behind Clutch takes up the fight game on the side.

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Top Five Fantasy Lunch Mates

    Driving home from work the other day, I found myself making a mental list. I wondered: Who would I have lunch with if time, money and social standing got thrown out the window? Would I pick an actor, singer, artist, politician? I established a few rules: 1- It can be anyone in history (no fictio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    International Incident! Georgetown Basketball Loses a Brawl to the Chinese (w/VIDEO)

    China, be glad Michael Graham wasn't there.​I've said many times that the greatest sports memories that we have tend to fall into that (relatively) carefree part of our lives from teenage years through mid to late 20s, before the burden of life and lack of free time infringe upon our ability t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    James Vernon McVay: Obama Assassination Plot Foiled After One Murder in Planned Spree

    South Dakota State PrisonJames Vernon McVay: Proud Houstonian​James Vernon McVay wanted to kill President Obama. After his arrest in Wisconsin earlier this month, he told police that he believed the best way to do that was to stalk the commander-in-chief while he was playing golf and pick him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    The Lost Sinatra Group Christmas Episode

    ​Through the magic of Christmas, Rocks Off has received a copy of the transcript of the "Sinatra Group" sketch that was filmed in an alternate reality last weekend, one in which Phil Hartman never died, and Saturday Night Live is currently in one of its funniest seasons to date. What else cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Lord, Now Right-Wingers Are Crying About "E Pluribus Unum"

    When do the impeachment hearings start?​You live in the rational world, so you probably were unaware of the latest great scandal to engulf President Obama. (And no, we don't mean agreeing to tax cuts for millionaires/billionaires.) Luckily for Houston, we have Texas Sparke, the Houston Chroni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Remembering Our Friends, The Mujahideen

    ​Obama's Wars, Bob Woodward's new book about the President's management of the Afghanistan War, exposes some pretty significant divisions between Obama's civilian advisers and the U.S. military on strategy concerning what is now America's longest war: Book excerpts published yesterday sugges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Rick Perry Chides Redskins Fans, And Is Actually Kind Of Funny Doing So

    Rick Perry mocks you, effectively​Governor Rick Perry has never exactly come across as someone with a good sense of humor, unless you like tired jabs involving things like "hot air" and "Washington."But either he's gotten funnier or (more likely) his staff has stepped up. Because Perry has issued ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Obama & JFK: Five Ominous Parallels Someone's Aware Of, Right?

    The Secret Service is on the case, we hope​As the dog days descend upon us, the mind starts to wander.It may wander so much that it occasionally turns into Fox News, although this is not recommended. Same with trolling though right-wing blogs.It's a scary world out there, folks. And it brings to m ... More >>

  • News

    July 8, 2010

    Lawn Mower Man

    Kenneth Page followed his peculiar dream from Texas to Florida.

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2010

    Give Me No Man's Land: 5 Songs For The Fallen

    ​Today is Memorial Day, and Rocks Off would like to honor our brave and beloved dead as we honor everything - through music. At no time in American history have there not been men and women in life-threatening danger trying to protect us, whether it was a declared war or not. This is a sacrifice w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    State Board Of Ed's Latest Wingnut Brainstorm: Use Barack Hussein Obama In Textbooks

    White House photoJoe Biden reacts after reading a Texas textbook and discovering the middle name of the guy next to him​The only good thing about the State Board of Education's ongoing textbook hearing is that it will soon be over. We hope.As yesterday's hearing dragged on and on into the night, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Why Notre Dame Will Win The BCS Title And Texas Won't: Part Nine

    ​We have documented weekly just how Notre Dame is moving inexorably towards a BCS championship while UT is deluding itself that it is doing so.Today, though, we discuss why ND's road may be harder.We have discovered, shockingly, that the pernicious influence of the KKK and other such anti-Catholic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Things To Look For At The Obama Inaugural

    You know where you could be right this moment, which is about 7:30 in the morning Houston time?You could be waiting in FREEZING Washington, DC, getting on line to go through security checks so you could wait for hours and hours to watch Barack Obama's inauguration from a half-mile away.On the one ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Tonight: Eugene Chadbourne and Walter Daniels at Rudyard's

    The willfully weird Eugene Chadbourne stops by Rudyard's this evening with Walter Daniels, harmonicist (as far as I can tell that is, in fact, a word) for 1980s Austin punk bands the Hickoids and Jack O'Fire, in tow. Chadbourne's music is a mishmash of folk, blues, bluegrass, country, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    At Least A Little Payback Against A-Hole Debt Collectors

    If you've ever been harassed by a debt collector, deserved or not, Texas AG Greg Abbott has just stood up for you (As Joe Biden might put it, since Abbott's in a wheelchair).Abbott's office announced a settlement this morning against NCO Financial Systems, one of the world's biggest debt-collection ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    The Cutest Fifth Grader Ever!

    For those of you who are tired of listening to Wolf Blitzer and Sean Hannity and the rest blab on about the current election, I have a clip that will give you a bit of respite from the media talking heads. I’m talking about fifth grader Damon Weaver of Palm Beach, Florida, who attended a speech b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    'Round the Kitchen Table

    Are you sitting 'round your kitchen table, contemplating how you’re going to pay those family bills? Are you sitting 'round your kitchen table, concerned about rising health care costs? Are you just sitting 'round your kitchen table, being American and all? Erg. And are you annoyed as Hell by ... More >>

  • Music

    February 10, 2005

    Radio Daze

    One man, one jambox and four walls. For 24 hours.