"The market is the best mechanism ever invented for efficiently allocating resources to maximize production . . . I also think there is a connection between the freedom of the marketplace and freedom more generally." -President Barack Obama We live in an era where income inequality is its grea ... More >>
In honor of the 25th Annual Houston Press Music Awards, we present the Houston Music Hall of Fame.
Whenever I think of U.S. 59, I think of constant gridlock from Shepherd through the 288/I-45 interchange, the flat, treeless drive to Ft. Bend County and the piney woods of east Texas, in all its glory. It is a unique stretch of road that runs from Mexico well into Missouri. Oh, sure, it changes num ... More >>
With little fanfare, the Texas Department of Transportation has announced that some segments of U.S.59 have been officially renamed I-69, the new NAFTA Highway. Why te hush-hush? Is Colonel Angus going to be driving down to make a visit? We don't know if I-69 was named by the Official Middle-Schoo ... More >>
You'll probably be paying more for your rib eyes and Whoppers thanks to the great Texas drought of 2011.
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 >>
What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?
Problems n a First World country
Juarez kids surrounded by violence, dead bodies.
La Migra, NAFTA and one piece at a time
On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death.
What exactly is a hamburguesa estilo Monterrey? I visited the Hamburguesas Del Rio location at Avenida Constitucion 1121 Pte. Centro in Monterrey, Mexico to seek the definitive answer to that question. I had long assumed that the term described a specific Mexican-style set of garnishes, namely the ... More >>
Turn out the lights, the party's over
Foreign pickers aren't getting through the post-9/11 barricades to harvest U.S. crops
In which we examine Cancuntry music
Two Houston-connected musicians offer up different takes on the war. One veteran tells Racket which he thinks is better and why.
Pachuco Boogie Sound System
Critics say Perry's turnpike plans will take a terrible toll on Texans
County Judge Bob Eckels, the Doc Ock of transportation, is busy planning more roads
Microcinema International gets political
Celebrate life on the Day of the Dead
Ranch Rescue's Jack Foote swears he just wants to mend fences. Is pseudomilitary secrecy, right-wing rhetoric and an armed vigilante militia the best way?
If Betti was Dorothy, and the FBI was the Wizard, who was Toto?
From a forthcoming book by Charles Bowden and the street shooters of Ciudad Juarez The photojournalists of the border are capturing the grisly face of the future. And it's a lot closer than you think.
Why have bus lines to Mexico bloomed all across the East End? Maybe because it's a family affair.
'The I-69 "NAFTA Highway" is supposed to create thousands of jobs. Thanks to your tax dollars, it's already provided a very good one for the underemployed brother of Tom DeLay.
Dolly McKenna is the GOP candidate for the 25th District. But will Republicans vote for her?
A retrospective of the dishes that made us shudder, not salivate
When romance wanes, the politics can turn really personal
The employees of Allied Fibers came to America looking for work and freedom. They found work.
To a world worried about waste, Houston may offer an answer -- or at least a place for the garbage to go
A "gas leak" in a Matamoros chemical plant wafts a poison and paper cloud toward a corporate office in Houston
A citizen among the up-treading