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Ronald Reagan

  • 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 14, 2014

    Five Things Ukrainians Need to Know About Ted Cruz

    There's been a lot going on in Ukraine, what with Russia and Putin and all that upheaval. It's been so crazy that everyone in Washington D.C. has an opinion on Ukraine and half of them seem to be actually crossing the big water to go tell Ukrainians in person what they ought to do. Well, you can now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Can't Knock Me Down: Vex Singer Returns for One Last Howl

    In a time before Houston was overly infested with sprawl, when portions of downtown were dripping with decay, mechanical bull-riding mesmerized crowds at Gilley's, and police violence regularly marred neighborhoods, bands like Vex, peppered with heavy duty politics, the "plague" of punk, and bruisin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Rand Paul Calls Ted Cruz on Bashing Their Party

    Lots of people in the Republican party are fed up with Sen. Ted Cruz, but Sen. Rand Paul is the guy who is doing something about it. On Monday, the conservative news website, Breitbart News, published an op-ed by Paul, where the senator from Kentucky took Cruz to task -- without ever actually namin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    White and Educated? You're One of the Reason Politics Are So Polarized

    If you're white and have a college education or greater, you're probably (one of) the reasons our politics is so polarized. Using abortion, a polarizing issue if there ever was one, as a proxy, researchers have shown that since 1980, educated whites' stances on abortion have skewed in two very diffe ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 21, 2013
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    October 29, 2013

    Privatization Everywhere: Public Universitites Want to Go Private

    Privatization -- the other side of the deregulation coin -- has long been a favorite watchword among economic conservatives. Indeed, we can go back all the way to 1981, when President Reagan warned us that government was the problem, not the solution. Thirty-plus years on, this rhetoric still has s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Happy Inventors Day! 5 Musical Inventors to Celebrate

    On this day in 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed February 11 to be National Inventor's Day, and commanded the observation of same by all of us less awesome citizens. The day was chosen because it was the birthday of Thomas Edison, who held more than a thousand different patents, including pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    10 Best Modern Political Speeches

    We'll be hearing a lot of great speeches this election season, but lets take a second to remember the true giants of political rhetoric. 10. Martin Luther King: I've Been to the Mountaintop King delivered this speech in Memphis, Tennessee the day before he was assassinated. After talking for a whi ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 22, 2012

    Forget Reagan's Blood: 5 Other Presidential Fluids That Should Be Auctioned

    A European auction company says it plans to sell a vial of Ronald Reagan's blood, taken on the day of his attempted assassination. While any number of Republicans might like to own the fetishistic object in order to aid their rituals which banish from memory all the things Reagan did that meant he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    For President's Day: The Best Movie Portrayals of 15 Presidents

    Portraying presidents on screen is always tricky. Crass imitation makes the thing look like a comedy skit, but completely ignoring the mannerisms and voice that people know doesn't work either. There have been some laughingly inept acting jobs when it comes to the 44 people who have been the countr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Comment of the Day: The Coked-Up Belushi Movie Ronald Reagan Watched Wasn't That Bad

    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 involving wit ... 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 >>

  • Culture

    November 10, 2011

    His Whole Self

    Donald Moffett shares it all in a strong survey at CAMH.

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    The Eight Toughest Soldiers Texas Ever Produced (Featuring Heroism, Betrayal & Many Dead Bodies)

    Audie Murphy, starring in the story of his own life​Our war heroes are presented to us in different varieties. There are those we create for ourselves, in the mold of what we think a hero should be: David Crockett (nobody but Walt Disney called him Davey), astride the ramparts at the Alamo goi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    The Song Stylings Of The Modern Presidents

    For reasons better not gone into, Rocks Off has been running around YouTube searching for presidents singing, rapping, and otherwise making music, and YouTube delivered as usual. It's like the Web site is a kind of third-rate God that answers every prayer, but only with penis jokes and Rick Astley, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Berlin Wall at 50: Five Iconic Moments

    Just another brick in the wall​Fifty years ago today, East German construction crews were in the last stages of preparation for building the Berlin Wall. On August 13, they began, instantly giving an incredible propaganda tool to the free world. The Wall has been down for 22 years and will so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Five Disastrous Modern-Day Presidential Decisions Not Involving Iraq or Vietnam

    Ronald and Nancy Reagan face the consequences.​Making tough decisions is what being a president is all about. But sometimes those decisions backfire. Sometimes the backfire hurts only the president who made the decision; sometimes it hurts a whole lot of other people. Here are five most disas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    President's Day List: Five Biographies You Need to Read

    Dutch received undeserved scorn​President's Day is a time to reflect on the people who've lived in the White House, and how best to learn more about them. Presidential biographies have always been a huge industry, with a staggering amount of trees felled for books both incredibly dense and an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Mexico Military Invasion Bravely Repulsed, We Guess

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  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Ronald Reagan: Biggest Punk Icon Of The '80s

    ​Forget names like Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Joe Strummer, Sid Vicious or even Joey Ramone. The most iconic figure of the '80s punk and hardcore scenes wasn't a dude with liberty spikes or a three-inch gash in his forehead. It was the retired film actor, father of five, former governor of C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Challenger Disaster, 25 Years Later: The Five Most Chilling Moments

    Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, a news event that remains so vivid -- especially to Houstonians -- that most everyone can remember where they were when they learned of it or when they first saw a replay of that launch, embedded above. That day and its aftermath trigger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    The Adolescents: Still Punk Rock Kids From The Black Hole

    "We were little pricks, but bored out of our minds..." The Adolescents on the 2007 Warped Tour​For 30 years, seminal Orange County punk band the Adolescents has unleashed anthemic teen angst, since mutated into wise adult aggravation, in intermittent bursts. Sure, members come and go at revol ... More >>

  • Film

    November 4, 2010

    Greed, Interrupted

    Part meltdown memoir, part essential finger pointing, Inside Job will make you seethe.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    "Hannibal's On The Jazz:" A Stephen J. Cannell Retrospective

    ​If you were born before, say, 1976 (the year of my little sister's birth and hence my arbitrary demarcation line for coolness), you probably spent a healthy chunk of your prime TV-watching years enjoying the programs of the late Stephen J. Cannell. The longtime writer/producer created some of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Ernest Withers: 5 Other FBI Informants Of Note

    Also an FBI informant, but not on our list​Pretty shocking news via the Memphis Commercial Appeal this morning that Ernest Withers, the well-known photographer of the Civil Rights movement who was seen as a trusted friend byt its leaders, was an FBI informant.Because, you know, Martin Luther King ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Aftermath: We Are Not Sorry For Liking LIGHTS And Owl City At Verizon

    Photos by Kendra Berglund​Friday night at a sold-out Verizon Wireless Theater, LIGHTS and Owl City put on surprisingly solid performances. We use the word 'surprisingly,' because we fall into the category of people who oftentimes dismiss these kinds of artists as sans-substance pawns of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Now-Former Wired Live Announcing New Name This Afternoon

    Chris GrayClick on this image to read the amusing message, and Bible verses, someone scrawled on this flyer.​Rocks Off just spoke with Jeff Barry, attorney for SG Properties, the landlords who locked out Wired Live/Chartres Entertainment owner Anosh Ahmed overnight Wednesday for nonpayment of rent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    For Teddy: Our Favorite Dead Kennedys Songs

    ​That's right, we went there. Longtime Massachussetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy, better known as Teddy, passed away late Tuesday night at age 77. News media sites have already gone to Defcon 2 - "A Famous Person Not Named Michael Jackson Has Died" - so Rocks Off thought we'd take a different appro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    For Ramadan: Five Movie Muslims

    Ramadan is a time of reflection and prayer for the world's Muslim population. It is meant to teach them patience and self-restraint, and to bring them closer to Allah. We at Hair Balls know little of patience, and have never been good at self-restraint, but we're nothing if not equal-opportunity i ... More >>

  • Music

    April 9, 2009

    Texas Punk Music Is Gay

    The smartest people in rock and roll are queer.

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Musicians Don't Have W. to Kick Around Anymore... So Now What?

    Now that Lil' Bush has shuffled off the Presidential coil - or will in a couple of hours, anyway - and heads off into some Dallas burg to write his memoirs and reflect on his two wild and strange terms as Commander in Chief, it seems that the writers of so many protest songs can call off their guns ... More >>

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    July 19, 2007
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    June 12, 2007
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    December 7, 2006
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    October 26, 2006

    Assassination Tango

    Controversial docu-drama imagines a post-Bush scenario

  • Culture

    February 16, 2006

    Go Ahead, Ask Him

    Mel Chin brings his art -- and his convictions -- to The Station

  • Calendar

    February 17, 2005

    Buggin' for Bling

    Michael Stadther's Treasure's Trove is a real gem

  • Film

    December 23, 2004

    Fahrenheit 2004

    Remembering the movies that heated up cinemas this year

  • Music

    September 9, 2004

    Boogie for Bush!

    Dubya and Franz Ferdinand have made it okay for white guys to dance

  • News

    June 17, 2004

    Sign Language

    Traffic problems? One woman's novel guide to getting city action

  • Music

    January 15, 2004

    Messing with Texas

    Rockers bash Bush, with varying results

  • News

    March 27, 2003
  • Culture

    August 22, 2002

    Face the Facts

    Nancy Burson has been morphing and manipulating images since the '70s. Can we now trust her photos?

  • Dining

    February 8, 2001

    Junk-Food Journalism

    A new book detailing the "dark side of the all-American meal" could use a little more beef itself

  • Film

    May 25, 2000

    Love in the Time of Chundering

    Hoping to be a modern-day Pillow Talk, Bossa Nova merely blows its cookies

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    June 4, 1998

    Trading with the Enemy

    Houston oil companies maintain their profitable ties to Libya, in roundabout ways

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    June 6, 1996
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    December 30, 1993
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