The cruel world the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act is trying to shut down.
Just as we predicted in our cover story on the Texas Agriculture Commissioner race last November, it has turned into one of the best political circuses since Claytie Williams went on his dove hunt, opened his arrogant, chauvinistic pie-hole, and handed Ann Richards the last statewide Democratic vict ... More >>
You are surely aware of Wikipedia, the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia. While sometimes comically inaccurate (but rarely nowadays), Wikipedia is actually a fairly reliable resource for basic facts (How many touchdowns has Tom Brady thrown? Which years was Warren Harding president?). It is almost a ... More >>
Yesterday, the Senate, in a rare show of bi-partisanship, passed ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) 64-32. The bill would ban anti-gay discrimination in the workplace. This highlights that a civil rights struggle we have all been watching slowly but surely come to an end. Of course, not ever ... More >>
Maggie Carey's debut is full of promise.
Planned Parenthood's quarterly "Cocktails For A Cause" get-together last Tuesday had some extra star power -- Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student famously called a slut by Rush Limbaugh for daring to speak her mind. What the event didn't have was a venue, after the bar that had agree ... More >>
The imam smiled. He'd been waiting for this question, it seemed. It was a soft Saturday afternoon, and this imam, Azhar Haneef, the national vice president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, had just finished an hour-long tour of videos displaying the prophet Muhammad's pacifism at the Baitus Samee ... More >>
For a moment, let's talk fantasy. Let's say Mitt Romney somehow overcomes all of his apparent weakness -- Bain Capital rapaciousness, tax-record speculation, rich-guy aloofness -- and somehow ekes past President Obama in November in one of the narrowest victories in recent American politics. Democra ... More >>
Leaked document reveals the secrets of the GOP's coded language.
The Houston sports talk landscape is complicated and fascinating. We are blessed with four full-time sports stations, several other sports-themed shows scattered along the dial and one national sports network headquartered right here in the Bayou City. When I ranked the best sports talk shows in Hou ... More >>
South Dakota State PrisonJames Vernon McVay: Proud HoustonianJames Vernon McVay wanted to kill President Obama. After his arrest in Wisconsin earlier this month, he told police that he believed the best way to do that was to stalk the commander-in-chief while he was playing golf and pick him ... More >>
The Houston Chronicle's David Barron just reported that longtime KTRH news anchors J.P. Pritchard and Lana Hughes are leaving the station in favor of new hosts Mike Patrick and Lois Melkonian. In case you need an introduction to Mike Patrick, check out the above video where he personifies the term ... More >>
Father's Day: What are you gonna do? You are forced by the powers that be to get something, unless your Dad has passed on to his reward. And if you're a Dad yourself, then you have to resign yourself to books from that one author someone saw on your shelf (never mind that you hated that book), tool ... More >>
It's not nature's way, it's Houston'sIf we were to list all the great, terrific things Texas, Our Texas has given to civilization, we would be here all day. (Two words: Jessica Simpson.) Unfortunately, Texas has also gifted America and the world with some things the world and America would n ... More >>
Dear Aeros, can we get some Ice Girls already?The Houston Aeros had a disappointing 2009-10 season, and closing in on the midway point of the 2010-11 season, playoff chances are up in the air. Then again, this being Houston, just having a chance at the playoffs should be seen as successful, espe ... More >>
Rick Perry: One race he couldn't winIt's just one day from the 2010 Turkeys of the Year issue, where we honor what is best in Turkeydom for the past year. This will be our eighth edition of the awards, and as always competition is stiff. Building up to the grand announcement of the winners, w ... More >>
KTRH's vox populi: Out on the edgeOne of the fee remaining joys of listening in the morning to KTRH, once the city's proudest newsradio station, is not weather or traffic.Sure, those are about the last reliable things the station broadcasts, but that doesn't mean there's no other entertainment va ... More >>
KTRU could be a UH sports resourceDear Dr. Khator:Now that some time has passed, I thought I would offer up my congratulations on the University of Houston's purchase of KTRU from Rice. I know that you have probably been hearing from some angry people, but seeing as how the station didn't even ge ... More >>
You know what you were needing right now?Video of a screaming Rick Perry making the sanity-challenged rube-riler Glenn Beck an "honorary Texan" in front of a yahooing crowd of East Texans.What, you didn't need that?
Aside from all the epic cheating, drinking and fighting songs country music has given us, one of the best things it does is make us laugh. Apart from all the crying and cussing, there is a whole deal of laughing going on. This year at RodeoHouston, there aren't many performers on the humorous si ... More >>
Since his debut in 1981 as Black Flag's fourth, last and best lead singer, Henry Rollins has been the emissary of intelligent hardcore punk rock and its accompanying ideals. Through his five-year history with the band, from the LPs Damaged to In My Head, he brought an animalistic, poetic spirit t ... More >>
Photo by bing The Goodman cabin in FloridaSome further developments in the case of John Goodman, the billionaire Houston / Palm Beach polo patron who was involved in a fatal Bentley accident last week... The coroner's report is in on Scott Wilson, the victim in the crash. His death was ru ... More >>
Governor Rick Perry, in a valiant bid to be talked about approvingly on Fox News and Rush Limbaugh's show, came to Houston today to announce he will be rejecting $700 million in federal stimulus funds for education.Because, you know, Texas has the whole education thing covered."Texas is on the ri ... More >>
Another week and yet another clash of the sorta-titans, wherein we pit some of Houston's best and brightest music luminaries against each other in brutal mortal combat. This week we will briefly take a step away from the burgeoning Bayou City indie scene to spotlight two of the town's radio perso ... More >>
Photos by John Moulder I'm always looking for good lyrics that make sense of the current military situation. I recently got Slaid Cleaves' fine new album, Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away, which contains this wonderful verse in the song "Hard to Believe": "Here comes another blown up kid from ... More >>
It's Super Bowl week. The game is on Sunday, but by the time kickoff rolls around we're going to be so sick of the hype that nobody is going to care about the game. The memes have started coalescing, so here's a little primer for every storyline that you will be sick of come Thursday evening once ... More >>
An egg-seller's defense gets strange
No betting shows on one sports-talk station
A cop learns the pain of piercing
Soundtracks for your Election Night shindigs
Politically oriented matchmaking sites are surging toward the election
Revolt of the operagoing socialites
A stuntman is mightily impressed by Houston's rail crashes
Shortwave radio: Where the lunatic fringe lives, breathes and flourishes
The major labels want the Internet to be as arid as the airwaves
Strom Thurmond as a gay man's date to the prom? New York City without Queens? Yeah, When Pigs Fly.
Rob Nash flits between characters, and time frames, in his hilarious high school comedies
Without question, enhanced CDs offer more but of what?
Houston's dinner theater leaves a bad taste in our critic's mouth
What excess comes with riches? A tea party reveals all -- almost
A Comedy of Errors for the television age