A gun-dumb Brit's journey into the heart of American gun culture.
Lately, I've been finding the best beers in some unexpected places. On Monday night, it was a jaw-dropping line-up at the brand-new D&T Drive Inn, where the guys behind Down House have renovated a neighborhood icehouse and installed a huge tap wall of eccentric draft beers to rival the records in i ... More >>
Update at 2:41 p.m. According to KHOU, the shooting victim fired at least shots with an AR-15 assault rifle in the air before being fired upon by an air marshal. The victime then, allegedly, pulled out a pistol and shot himself. There have been no reports of injuries. George Bush IAH Terminal B is ... More >>
Investigators are nowhere near declaring what caused the explosion of the fertilizer factory in West April 17. Other investigators, however, have come to their own conclusions, or raised their own questions. Their own nutty, farcical, inane conclusions and questions. They are the West Truthers on ... More >>
North Korea Is Aiming Nukes at...Austin?
North Korea, that mysterious country of Photoshopping experts, is once again rattling sabers. So who cares if they're shaking some ancient cavalry weapon, you ask? Well, the sabers North Korea rattles are intercontinental nuclear missles aimed at New York, LA, DC and Austin. Austin?
Wednesday, Lil Flip made the news. Not for releasing a comeback single to regain his footing as one of Houston's first breakout rap stars post-2000, but for being jailed. According to the Shreveport Times, the 31-year old rapper was arrested near Shreveport, La., Wednesday after deputies found a B ... More >>
Hair Balls had been withholding our decision on the whole "should teachers bring guns to school" debate until we heard from State Rep. Debbie Riddle, who we've always considered a spiritual guide; a moral compass who always points to logic and reason. And now that she's announced her intent to intro ... More >>
Much has been made over the last decade or two of the rise of popularity (and skill, quite frankly) in international basketball. Many trace it back to the 1992 USA Dream Team's ceremonious romp through the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Ask any international star today between the age of 30 and ... More >>
Among crime blotters in the state, two of the best belong to the Lufkin Daily News and the Wise County Messenger. But those are both private sector news sources. Our favorite "socialist" crime blotter comes from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, whose periodic Game Warden Field Notes is must ... More >>
Houston police say they were called to the home of a man who they found standing in his driveway armed with a shotgun and handgun and ended up shooting him dead after he threatened him. Houston police were not releasing the man's identity, pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Fore ... More >>
A 21-year-old Houston woman has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for using false information to purchase at least 15 AK-47-type weapons over a two-month period. Nayely Ruby Herrera, 21, made her purchases at a Valley gun store called The Armory, located in McAllen. "During trial, th ... More >>
Thomas Caffall's mother told the media yesterday that she had been worried about her son's mental state, and from looking at his Facebook page, it's easy to see why. Having a right-wing gun nut in the family is one thing. Having one who goes around quoting Yoda and Emily Dickinson is another. Caffa ... More >>
Police can keep your cash, car and other property, regardless of whether you've been convicted of – let alone charged with – a crime.
Kevin Corley was one of a group of men whose arrests were announced today by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston, and let's just say the man makes for a good criminal complaint. It reads like a Quentin Tarantino rip-off and has guns, drugs and a murder for hire in which the killer promised to car ... More >>
Peace outHere's a tip if you're planning on running a Liberty County weed farm: Get a rocket launcher. Apparently you're going to need one, if the operation busted by cops yesterday is any indication. Acting on a Crime Stoppers tip, law enforcement authorities raided a property near Clevel ... More >>
If this doesn't get your blood pumping for a Rick Perry presidential candidacy then you, sir or madam, are devoid of blood. Fighter jets twirling in the sky, vets saluting the flag, a hideous rock song and Rick Perry spouting cliches to the whitest audience outside of an NHL arena -- what more coul ... More >>
Dad, get me out of this oneA Houston-area couple has been charged with smuggling arms to Colombia, and a whole lot of weaponry was seized. Federal agents arrested Patrick Regan, 40, and his wife Ximena del Pilar Echeverry Aria, 25, who was a Colombian native, on Tuesday, prosecutors announce ... More >>
Photo via The EagleThe real-looking AK-47 that set hearts racingThe student who caused a frantic shutdown of the Texas A&M campus was carrying a realistic-looking fake AK-47 he planned to use as part of a Halloween costume, an official report says. The Bryan-College Station Eagle obtained th ... More >>
Renowned forensics experts say a Pinal County deputy's high-profile tale about getting shot after encountering drug smugglers doesn't add up
He'd received a book entitled 42 Ways of Supporting JihadA Hempstead man who told an undercover FBI officer he wanted "to travel overseas to fight in violent jihad for" Al-Qaeda was indicted today on charges of trying to help a terrorist organization.Barry Walter Bujol, Jr., 29, was arrested as h ... More >>
The world's hottest pepper is now a weapon? Yep! According to today's Houston Chronicle, the Indian military in now using what we know as the ghost pepper to make a type of tear-gas hand grenade. We've seen enough Man vs. Food episodes to know that this will be an effective weapon. Just the t ... More >>
You, in the back, speak up
Photo by David A G WilsonHamilton Pool, AustinSchool starts soon and Labor Day will eventually herald the unofficial end of summer. But as Houstonians know, the sweaty season lasts well into fall around here. There's still time to dip your toe in a stream or two, so Texas Traveler presents to ... More >>
A promising glimpse of the next Halo.
Oh, dang. Looks like METRO's blogger is a little fed up with all the attacks she's been getting in the local blogosphere. We got nothing against the woman, although it seems we gave her critics some serious ammunition when we posted her salary information a few weeks back. Just think of us as yo ... More >>
Saturday, April 22, at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar, 1031 East 24th Street, 713-862-8707
A real view of the Afghan situation
Friday, March 31, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717
The Army's realistic first-person shooter bogs down under fire
The NRA convention takes aim at the next generation of members
At Miami's Winter Music Conference, P. Diddy blows up dance music while the U.S. blows up Iraq
Friday, January 18
Owen Wilson goes down Behind Enemy Lines and lands in familiar terrain
Shooting people is fun
Slinging a guitar and the New Testament, Bruce Cockburn preaches the gospel of progressive politics
Director Rod Lurie's nuclear debate blows up in his face
The Pusher's convincing, despite the familiar turf
In 1991, the Missiles were the coolest lame band in Houston. Seven years later, the irony still lingers.
Surrounded by machine guns, grenades and troop carriers, Earl Tucker makes his peace with the world.
The Missiles cap ten years with a farewell. Their manager remembers.