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Republican National Convention

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Why Aren't There Any Books About the Astros?

    Esquire recently published a list of the 20 best non-fiction baseball books. I have read most of these books, as well as lots of baseball books not listed. But the list got me to thinking. I've yet to come across a really good baseball devoted to the Houston Astros. There are libraries full of books ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Space Memorabilia Up for Auction Includes Canceled Checks, Postcards from the Moon, Carl Sagan Letters

    My friend, Frank, is a bit of a space enthusiast and by that I mean the walls of his office are lined with autographed photos of NASA astronauts. When I read about an upcoming auction of space memorabilia, he was the first one I thought of. The auction, hosted by RR Auctions, includes a ton of space ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Paul Ryan's Airplane Stuck in Houston -- How'd He Spend the Delay?

    On the campaign trail, there's not a moment that goes unused. BlackBerries -- oh, the BlackBerries. While the iPhone triumphs in the general population, it appears the only subspecies of man still trolling with BlackBerries are the political stooges and groupies. Every time there's a lapse in schedu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Which Fake Randy Travis Should You Follow?

    The passion of Randy Travis has been one of the saddest and most compelling musical dramas of the past year. One of Nashville's most beloved and seemingly mild-mannered singers (now a North Texan) has suddenly gone full-on Johnny Paycheck, brawling in church parking lots, popping out to buy smokes w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Thus Endeth The Republican Convention: The Best Of Our Miami Sister Paper's Coverage

    Florida has survived the 2012 Republican National Convention, which perhaps should not surprise too many people because Florida has always shown a knack for surviving whatever gets thrown at it. Even if it's Clint Eastwood arguing with a chair. The RNC was in Tampa, but our sister paper Miami New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Ted Cruz & The GOP Convention Playbook

    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 or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    From The GOP Convention: The Seven Craziest Souvenirs

    Our sister paper Miami New Times is hard at work covering the 2012 Republican convention in Florida. To which we say Thank Christ because, you know, someone has to. We did our time in the Dome in 1992. New Times' Victor Gonzalez has been roaming the halls, looking for the mementoes available to att ... 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 27, 2012

    The Republican Candidate's Guide To Picking Campaign Music

    This week Republicans from around the country gather in Florida to celebrate all things conservative and curse Issac for stealing the national spotlight. For me the 2012 Republican National Convention marks the true start of the presidential campaign season, the playoffs to the primaries' regular se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    New Lynyrd Skynyrd: What Have We Been Missing?

    Though the plane crash that claimed the lives of singer Ronnie Van Zandt and guitarist Steve Gaines looms horrifically large over the history of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band's legacy is as much about survival as it is tragedy. More than 35 years since the band was nearly snuffed out for good, their clas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Uh-Oh, Texas: Why You Shouldn't Ignore Tropical Storm Isaac Just Yet

    With all the advances in computer modeling and meteorological technology, ultimately, weather is just sometimes difficult to predict. Case in point: current Tropical Storm Isaac, floating along in the Caribbean Sea worrying the crap out of people all along the Gulf Coast. For the past couple of day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Bye, Bye Rick Perry: How Ted Cruz Became Texas' Most-Important Republican -- and He's Not Even Elected!

    Rick Perry, it's so over. Sure, you've been fun. Hell, you've been great to us here at Hair Balls. Like that time you thought Solyndra, a solar company, was a country? Or, when you applauded George W. Bush for all his work defending us from freedom? Oh, man. That was a good one. And just recently wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    DPS Says It's ID'd "Persons of Interest" in Governor's Mansion Arson

    DPSThe car in question​The seemingly unbreakable case of the 2008 arson at the Governor's Mansion may be a step closer to being solved. Or maybe not. DPS has just announced they have "a person of interest" in the case and are offering a $50,000 reward for him. Also, they're blaming GOP-hatin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Your Buzzword Is My Band Name, Part 1

    Friedrich Glorian via Flickr​It's a Google-rific society we be a-living in, and the fastest way to notoriety is to coin a phrase that, when Guantanamo Bayed safely between quotation marks in a search field, will bring up endless debate upon your win or fail. We have been blessed with some rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Ten Fun Facts About "God Bless The USA"

    ​As America (fuck yeah!) prepares to celebrate its 234th birthday over the long July 4 weekend, our proud yet troubled nation is about to be inundated once again by Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA." About as innocuous as a song can be on the surface, it's become one of the most polarizing t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Houston To Be Transformed Into District 9, Entirely Plausible Radio Host Says

    ​Alex Jones, the sometimes-entertaining nationwide radio host based out of Austin, has seldom met a conspiracy theory he didn't embrace whole-heartedly. He's the author of 9/11:Descent Into Tyranny which, as you might guess, outlines the New World Order's plans to enslave us all.His latest call to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Breathe Easy, Houston: We're Not Getting The GOP Convention

    ​Yesterday we noted that respected national publication Hotline had reported that Houston was one of four finalists for the 2012 GOP convention. Naturally, this caused much panic among  those people who aren't the kind to listen to Glenn Beck and nod their head saying "Damn, that man makes se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Guilty Plea In The Trial Of Texans Involved In GOP Convention Protests

    Photo by Zack AkukumbaWe've written before about the tangled set of circumstances revolving around Brandon Darby, a Pasadena native who was an FBI informant on a group staging protests at last year's GOP convention.Darby Darby has become a villain to the left. He was a key piece of the case against ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Jury's Still Out On The Houston Radicals (And Informant) Who Tried To Bomb The GOP Convention

    Texas-style radical politics took center stage last week at Minnesota's Federal district court in Minneapolis, as a trial which has involved anarchists, death threats and bomb-sniffing dogs paused Friday with a deadlocked jury. David Guy McKay, of Austin, faces up to ten years in federal prison, for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Will Rappers Cost Obama the Election? Will Big & Rich Cost McCain the Election?

    Young Jeezy's brief flirtation with John McCain on the set of Saturday Night Live aside, it's clear rappers favor Barack Obama by a wide margin in this election. (Check out this survey, for starters.) Though MC after MC has supported Obama with endorsement tracks, the big-ups at this point are likel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Five Spot: Love's What I Got, Don't Start a Riot

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. So, politically charged L.A. rap-rockers Rage Against the Machine had a free concert scheduled to coincide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008
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    September 4, 2008

    Clear Channel Has The Balls CBS Doesn't, When It Comes To Semi-Controversial Billboards

    File this in a drawer marked Things We Never Thought We’d Say: Go, Clear Channel! The company has agreed to run billboards for the Soldier Billboard Project, which feature Suzanne Opton’s photos of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The billboards were originally slated to be run by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    James Dobson, Are You Serious?!?

    OMG, y’all. Did you hear how right winger James Dobson and his organization Focus on Your Family With a Judgmental and Righteous Attitude actually asked their followers to pray for rain on the final night of the Democratic Convention, so Obama would be unable to give his speech outdoors? I canno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2008

    Ron Paul, the Jason Voorhees of Presidential Candidates

    Like a disgustingly rich, misanthropic cancer-ridden nonagenarian clinging on his hospital bed to what few remaining brain cells haven’t atrophied, just to spite all his would-be heirs, Ron Paul’s presidential campaign just won’t freaking die already. Apparently unfamiliar with the terms “g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2006
  • Calendar

    January 19, 2006

    Unholy Matrimony

    Dubya would be aghast at Here Come the Brides

  • News

    November 10, 2005

    Veggie Tales

    An alternative to gasoline-based fuel gains traction in Houston

  • News

    November 18, 2004

    Chasing Its Tale

    The Chron gets scooped on Bush -- by one of its own

  • Culture

    October 28, 2004

    Beating Around the Bush

    Politics are hot in Houston at large, but lukewarm in "The Voting Machine"

  • Music

    October 28, 2004

    Rockin' in the Free World

    Soundtracks for your Election Night shindigs

  • Music

    October 7, 2004
  • News

    September 9, 2004

    Clash Course

    Warriors of the right take their battle against the left to the streets of New York

  • Calendar

    September 9, 2004

    Hair and Now

    TUTS's version of the hippie musical parties like it's 1968

  • News

    June 10, 2004

    Sweet Charity

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

  • News

    December 4, 2003

    Super Bowl Special

    Houston's game will beckon the big leagues of a profession far older than the NFL

  • News

    February 7, 2002

    Art of the Deal

    Plus: Grim Reality, Hale to the Chief, Get Some Class

  • News

    April 5, 2001

    Tuning Out the Static

    Protesters scream about censorship. The board denounces potentially crippling boycotts. Will the two sides in the Pacifica conflict ever learn that, beneath their shrill cries, they're on the same team?

  • News

    August 24, 2000

    Same As the Old Boss

    A lack of Bush means a lack of news in Houston

  • News

    August 10, 2000

    Subpoena Envy

    A legislative panel summons local GOP leaders to a show-and-tell

  • News

    August 3, 2000
  • Calendar

    June 29, 2000

    The Harley Party

    Texas Motorcycle Rights Association

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    The Good, the Bad, the Imprisoned

    Houston's best politicos were not always the ones elected -- or the ones who stayed in office

  • News

    January 7, 1999

    Which Bug Gets the Gas?

    Will the next house DeLay fumigates be that big White one or his own?

  • News

    September 3, 1998

    Rogue Elephant

    Log Cabin Republicans want to be part of the GOP, which wants no part of them

  • Calendar

    March 12, 1998
  • News

    July 3, 1997

    Fast Eddie's Getaway

    Insider deals. Outrageous perks. Exorbitant salaries. No wonder Eddie Webster's taken a permanent vacation from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  • Music

    September 26, 1996
  • News

    September 14, 1995

    Maxwell's Demons

    If you get crosswise with Larry Maxwell, beprepared to go to court

  • News

    August 18, 1994

    Sam Nuchia in Black and White

    Houston's top cop has been a pleasant surprise to the city's black community. But in his own department, it's a different story.

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