Ku Klux Klan

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    An Unfiltered Chat With Jello Biafra

    For more than three decades, Jello Biafra has remained the brassy conscience of punk rock, willing to knock down the sacred cows of politics and rock and roll. First honing his diatribes in the Dead Kennedys, next dabbling in film and spoken word, and ultimately joining forces with DOA, NoMeansNo, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Five Songs That Were Grossly Misinterpreted

    Songs get misinterpreted all the time. Sometimes it's because they have vague lyrics, others it's because singers can't enunciate properly -- looking at you, Eddie Vedder -- and still others it's just because they're misleading and people don't take the time to think them through all the way. That ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Grace Church (Obviously) Uneasy About Giving LGBTQ Community Some Protections

    Oh, the Riggle's were at it again last night at their Grace Community Church. After sending out a three-page letter last week giving their followers some of the all-caps "truths" about Houston's equal right's ordinance proposal. Their main fear, as usual: the mobs of gay and transgender people (and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    The New Hate Group List Is In, Y'all!

    The Southern Poverty Law Center has released its 2014 map of hate groups, and we're so stoked over the 57 choices in Texas that we don't even know which one to join! Choices include Holocaust deniers, Nazis, black separatists, neo-Confederates, and that ol' chestnut of hate, the KKK. The Klan is es ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 17, 2013

    "Luc Tuymans: Nice" Is Just That and Nothing More

    Artist Luc Tuymans at the Menil is a better painter than curator of work done by himself and others.

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Miss America Isn't White. Calling All Twitter Idiots!

    As has become commonplace on the Internet, when there is a person of color involved in something somewhere, it seems to race bait every idiot on social media out into the open. For this round, we have the recently crowned Miss America, a New Yorker who is of Indian descent. Yes, she was born in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Some Thoughts About KKK Cuisine and Stereotypes

    A few months ago, photographer Anthony Karen made headlines when he published a series of photographs of Ku Klux Klan members. For nearly eight years, Karen observed and photographed 'knights' and theihr families at home, at work, at play, and, indeed, pursuing their supposedly peaceful white pride ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Anti Pit-Bull Group Eatin' Wings, Spreadin' the Stupid in Rosenberg Saturday

    A friend in the animal rescue community tipped us off to an anti-pitbull group organizing an event for dog-bite victims at Buffalo Wild Wings in Rosenberg Saturday, and we had to roll our eyes. For one thing, Hair Balls felt bad we weren't invited -- after all, we own a pitbull mix (our second, actu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    13 Wacky Texas History Facts That Texas School Kids Need To Be Taught

    This week Mother Jones uncovered a handful of spurious, less-than-scientific facts that Louisiana grade-schoolers will be learning while attending the state's new voucher schools. Obviously, people aren't happy. A new voucher program under the watch of Governor Bobby Jindal will allot money for st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    True Blood: Care Bears on Fire & Some New Wallflowers

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Have I mentioned that Tina Marjorino is running around True Blood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Top 6 Rap Songs That Criticize the USA

    Word to your mamas, sucka emcees. It's the Fourth of July (or, as the Native American guy that I went to college with used to half-jokingly refer to it, "The Most Fucked Up Holiday I Can Think Of... Why Don't We Just Go Ahead And Start Celebrating 9/11, Because That's Basically What This Is For Me") ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 31, 2012
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    February 22, 2012

    Cover Story: How Black Riders Made Their Way to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

    Jamie Francies, Jr. grew up in West Houston, for the most part flying under the radar of the local Ku Klux Klan operating in the middle of the 20th century. As a kid, he did see the victim of a lynching where Post Oak crosses Buffalo Bayou and he had to go to colored school in the segregated times. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Rife Kimler, Odd SETX Attorney, Arrested for Harboring Wanted Young Woman

    Photo via 12NewsNowRife Kimler: Only a coincidence that his name rhymes with Himmler.​Criminal defense attorneys are often colorful characters, but few seem as downright eccentric as Rife Kimler of Nederland. Kimler is currently in hot water for hindering the apprehension of an accused thief ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Print Industry Troubles, As Analyzed by Chronicle Street Vendors

    The newspaper industry hasn't been in the best of shape for a while now, and layoffs and buyouts and declining subscriptions are common. Besides the employees directly affected, hard times have also hit the people who will sell you the Houston Chronicle while you're waiting at intersections across ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Broke Down: A Playlist From The Middle Of Nowhere​There are eight spark plugs in the Eddie Bauer edition of Ford's 2001 Expedition. Eight. And if one of them isn't working properly - if it becomes loose or stripped or a gremlin sneaks under the hood and gobbles it up (a common problem in Fords) - the whole car is pretty much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    "Change Your Name To A Symbol" & Other Dumb Ways To Derail Your Music Career

    brightestyoungthings.comThe sign officially known as "Love Symbol #2"​Sunday marked the 18th anniversary of the date Prince changed his name to that confounded "Love Symbol", and we can't help but wonder if he would have had more success had he waited a decade or two. Like it or not, in toda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Friday Night: iceage & Balaclavas At The Mink

    Photos by Allison Wagoner​iceage, Balaclavas The Backroom at the Mink July 15, 2011 A lot of folks have a dirty habit of going full-throttle on a new band with only one album and a few singles, lumping praise on them before they can really live up to it. Aftermath has done it in the past (Die ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Twilight vs. Harry Potter And 9 Other Geek Throwdowns

    Still the only crossover I'd pay to see.​Anyone watch the MTV Movie Awards? Anyone? I didn't think so, mostly because I suspect the majority of Hair Balls/Art Attack readers are over the age of 12. And while I have no intention of revisiting the whole "'Music?"Television line of jokes, I did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    Comment of the Day: White Pride

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Have A KKK Memorial Day

    Come one, come (not really) all​If your white-power group is having trouble finding cool Memorial Day rallies where you can wave the stars 'n stripes 'n swastikas, then we suggest you check out reputable racist-friendly website for cool holiday ideas. We especially recommend tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    KPFT Knocked Off Air -- Not By The KKK This Time

    No Elena Kagan hearings for KPFT listeners​Pacifica station KPFT-FM has been knocked off the air and may not be able to broadcast over the airwaves until tomorrow because of damage to its radio tower.Don't blame the KKK this time. Blame copper thieves.A group of what KPFT general manager Duane Bra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Remember Willie Dee's Controversy?

    The best album cover in rap history​Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email Willie Dee Controversy (Rap-A-Lot, 1995) Note: Yes, we' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    The Day The KKK Bombed KPFT

    Yesterday morning during KPFT's biannual pledge drive, the station was paying homage to recently deceased color-barrier breaker Lena Horne by giving away copies of her biography Stormy Weather and highlighting a 40-minute interview with the black singer/actress about her relationship with whites in ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 22, 2010

    "Santiago Forero: I Want to Live in America"

    Want to live in America? You'll need a Molotov cocktail and a mask.

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    You Are Your Avatar, UT Study Declares

    ​Attention gamers: If you find yourself overflowing with hatred and killing your virtual teammates when you're supposed to be helping them, you might want to reconsider that Grand Dragon of the Knights of White Purity avatar -- a new study out of UT suggests that your online persona can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Texas Is Doing Great -- In The Hate-Group Rankings

    The count is in, and the number of hate groups in the U.S. exploded to 926 in 2008, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center's totally non-fearmongerishly titled "Year in Hate" issue of the Intelligence Report. And Texas can proudly boast the second-highest hate group count, at 66, right behind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Have A KKK Christmas!

    Since Hair Balls is here to serve, we have a Hints from Heloise-style Christmas decorating recommendation, courtesy of one loyal Hair Balls reader: the "Original Christmas Cross" yard decoration from the American Family Association. "Light up your front yard, porch, patio, driveway, business, organ ... More >>

  • Film

    April 24, 2008

    Harold and Kumar Go to Prison

    The duo get shipped to Gitmo in this forced act two

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2008

    “John Alexander: A Retrospective”

    The Lone Star artist, on display at the Museum of Fine arts, Houston, made multiple points

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Listing 2007

    Yeah, it’s that time of year again when all of us people in the rock journo cabals start telling you what we liked this year. Then we make little lists and try out-obscuring one another. It’s fun, in a very sad and angry nerd sort of way. Anyway, this week I figured each day this week I would go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2007

    Master P Makes the KKK Say “Ugh!”

    The opposing team stretches before the big game Master P, the former Phi Slama Jama benchwarmer recently in the news when his son Lil Romeo was offered a full basketball scholarship to USC, hit the blogosphere like the proverbial freight train this morning with his new video, “Gutta Time,” whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007

    Shot Fired at KPFT During Zydeco Program

    For a radio station whose motto is “Radio for Peace,” KPFT 90.1 FM sure attracts a lot of violence. Last night, during a Zydeco music show, a shot burst through the station’s Plexiglas window, nearly striking programmer Mary Thomas. The station manager, Duane Bradley, sounded perplexed about ... More >>

  • News

    May 24, 2007
  • Blogs

    May 10, 2007

    Kwoutable Kwoutes

    So some people are a little ticked that U.S. Rep Ted Poe quoted Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the KKK, in a speech before the House Monday. But the Houston Press obtained a rough draft of the speech with other quotes he considered, and we feel Poe picked the best one of the lot. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2007

    Rebel Yell

    Former state district judge Ted Poe has been in Congress for a couple of years now, and he’s been a huge disappointment to those of us expecting him to continue his headline-grabbing ways. As far as we can tell, he hasn’t introduced a single bill calling for unwed mothers to be placed in stocks ... More >>

  • News

    January 11, 2007
  • Dining

    December 7, 2006
  • Calendar

    January 26, 2006
  • Calendar

    June 16, 2005

    He's Bill, Beeyotch!

    A Chappelle's Show token offers some light comedy

  • News

    December 9, 2004
  • Music

    January 22, 2004
  • News

    January 1, 2004

    Crash Course

    A stuntman is mightily impressed by Houston's rail crashes

  • News

    November 14, 2002

    Fueling the Ire

    Despite downpours and dwindling diesel, the Klan tries to mount a soggy comeback

  • Music

    July 5, 2001


    Steel Pulse

  • Film

    January 11, 2001

    Road Outrageous

    The Coens take Homer on a Southern-fried odyssey in O Brother

  • News

    February 29, 1996
  • Culture

    August 18, 1994

    Cosmic Trash

    Sincerity Forever boasts energy, but little intelligence

  • News

    July 21, 1994

    The Watchman of the Electronic Frontier

    As the cyber-future creeps toward Houston, one group stands guard: EFH

  • Calendar

    February 17, 1994
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