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  • Film

    March 13, 2014

    Speaking Truth to the Choir

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

  • 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 >>

  • Film

    October 4, 2012

    How To Survive A Plague

    David France's stirring history of ACT UP.

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Kill Us Now: We Covered the Houston City Council Today

    Things at a Houston City Council meeting can get pretty dull. And by dull, we mean crushingly boring. As in, it was so lifeless today that matters got desperate for several reporters listening to the council members drone on and on. And on. One TV reporter -- an exceedingly friendly fellow -- took ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Montrose, Meet Your New Congressman: Ted Poe, Homophobe

    It looks like Texas just might finally have a redistricting map, after several tries. If this one goes through, Montrose will be represented by...Ted Poe. Now, it's not like the neighborhood has been represented by a GLBT-friendly rep prior to redistricting; John Culberson is a hardcore rightwinge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    The 10 Worst Movies Ronald Reagan Watched at Camp David, and the Five Hippest

    During a panel discussion on C-SPAN recently, someone mentioned that the Ronald Reagan Library has a list online of every movie he and Nancy watched at Camp David or the White House. So we checked it out. They watched a lot of movies, including Reagan's old films. There are a lot of Hollywood class ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    C-SPAN Geeks Unite! The Bus Is Coming to Town!

    The 2011 edition is coming!!​It takes a certain kind of nerd to admit it, but we will -- C-SPAN is on our regular, limited weeknight channel-clicking rotation. First, see if there's breaking news on CNN, then see if there's even a low-rent college football game, and then on to the glories of H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    8 Memories from Congressional Page Land: Sandwiches with the Speaker, Shaking Bill Clinton's Hand and Stealing KFC Decals

    Qui-Gon in your room?​Today, it was announced that the House of Representatives Page Program, a program both steeped in history and marred by scandal, is coming to an end. According to USA Today, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cited the $5 million annual expenditu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Robert Caro: Understanding Texas and the Importance of Place to LBJ's Story

    The need to understand the Hill Country as it was.​We've written before about our unabashed admiration for Robert Caro's towering and ongoing multi-volume LBJ biography. A tweet from Lisa Gray alerts us to a presentation Caro recently gave on "the power of place" when it comes to biographers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Even Ted Poe's Grandkid Is Bored To Distraction With Him

    Ted Poe loves to hear himself talk, but apparently not everyone in his immediate family has the same taste.The Awl found this piece of C-SPAN footage of Poe giving yet another of his windy "special orders" speeches to an empty House floor. The site says Poe had taken his grandson on the floor with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Stephen Colbert Testifies In Front Of Sheila Jackson Lee And Ted Poe

    Sheila Jackson Lee and Ted Poe were props today in the terrific Stephen Colbert performance at a House hearing. (How terrific was it? GOP House members and Fox News are outraged, OUTRAGED, that such a cheap stunt has sullied the honored floor of the U.S. Congressszzzzzzzz.)Houston's Sheila Jackso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Which Classy Texas Congressman Shouted "Baby Killer" Last Night? (Updated)

    Last night's historic health-care vote was an emotional event on both sides of the aisle. Only one side, however, showed the class it takes to yell "Baby Killer!!" at a colleague.And all signs point to a Texan doing the deed.Anti-abortion Democrat Bart Stupak got up to speak late in the evening, exp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    The Curse Of Self-Loathing, Self-Loving Sportscasters

    ​So we're watching the ALCS last night, a couple of days after watching Sunday Night Football on NBC, and it just gets to be too much.We've had this feeling for a while, but now there's just no getting away from it.Since when has it been such a goddamn favor for announcers to deign to bring themse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    A Little Couple? A Little Booooorring.

    ​Oh my God, Miss Pop Rocks, now you're going to pick on little people? HAVE YOU NO SHAME, WOMAN?  Truth is, I don't. But hear me out. I am not picking on TLC's latest reality stars -- Houston's very own Jen Arnold and Bill Klein -- because they are small. I am picking on them because the ... More >>

  • Music

    June 4, 2009

    Fight for Your Right

    Does the U.S. belong with the Axis of Evil?

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Whitney Casey, Giving It All Up For You

    Whitney Casey is fast turning into the gift that keeps on giving.We got an e-mail blast from "her people" today, touting the new book by the Houston Chronicle columnist and former Great Day Houston host."Relationships expert Whitney Casey, who has dated Lance Armstrong and Rocco DiSpirito, and was m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2008

    Last Night: Steve Earle and Allison Moorer at Cactus Music

    Steve Earle, Allison Moorer Cactus Music April 24, 2008 Better Than: "A Night at the Opry, Sponsored by C-SPAN" Download: It was an IN-STORE, for God's sakes. No downloading allowed. For all his prickly politics, Steve Earle deserves credit for knowing exactly what his audience wants to hear. The ... More >>

  • Film

    June 28, 2007


    Michael Moore's pill goes down easy, but his diagnosis of U.S. health care still devastates

  • 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 >>

  • Music

    June 1, 2006

    Rebel with a Cause

    Dimebag lives on in these new recordings

  • News

    March 2, 2006

    No-Balls Buzz

    Morning-radio wackiness has its limits

  • News

    February 10, 2005

    The Smartest Film at Sundance

    Alex Gibney tells the story of Enron's rise and fall -- and you won't need an economics degree to understand it

  • News

    October 28, 2004

    Toll-Free Hassle

    When good EZ TAGs go bad

  • News

    June 10, 2004

    Sweet Charity

    For years Tom DeLay has used nonprofits to help himself. Now the heat is on.

  • Music

    February 5, 2004

    The Doctor Is Insane

    Are they any Howard Dean remixes on the Web? Yeeeaaarrrgggghh! And some Texans are leading the charge

  • Music

    December 11, 2003

    Rallying Round Al

    Houston pitches in to help an ailing Austinite; also: Dennis Kucinich hits the hip-hop hustings

  • Culture

    May 29, 2003

    Dem Blues

    The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture

  • News

    February 13, 2003

    Protesting Peace

    Plus: Been There, Din That; No Smut Glut; Cursory Check

  • Culture

    December 26, 2002

    Fear Factor

    But just think, no one hates TV more than Trent Lott

  • Music

    May 2, 2002

    Pop Goes the Bastard

    Unlike the UK, Houston resists the urge to commit plagiarhythm

  • News

    February 14, 2002

    The Kopper Caper

    Enron's secret domestic-partner benefits program

  • News

    August 24, 2000

    Same As the Old Boss

    A lack of Bush means a lack of news in Houston

  • News

    May 11, 2000
  • Film

    April 27, 2000

    Seek Bomb Shelter

    Director Rod Lurie's nuclear debate blows up in his face

  • News

    June 25, 1998
  • News

    January 1, 1998
  • Culture

    March 10, 1994

    Po' PoMo Moliere

    The Alley concocts a Blazing Shambles of its slapstick commedia dell'Tartuffe

  • News

    December 30, 1993

    Bring On the Dancing Girls...

    In this age of the voyeur and non-contact sex, a leading Houston export may be its strip-joint fantasies

  • News

    December 2, 1993

    Violence, TV and Demagoguery

    Congressional attempts to ax TV violence may put the First Amendment under the gun