"These things alone he has forbidden to you: What is already dead, blood, the flesh of swine, what has been offered up to other than Allah." Al-Anam 6:145 While driving around Houston, you've probably noticed signs for Halal meat markets or Halal delis. You've probably read labels touting that a c ... More >>
The simple, solid story of a girl and her bike.
Wadjda provides a rare — and heartbreaking — look at life in Riyadh.
Who? Sitting at The Harp on Richmond with Jordan Bell, Kwesi Sackey and Blake Shepard, founding members of funk/soul group Electric Attitude, it's easy to understand why Electric is so eclectic. Of the three, Shepard is the more straightforward, serious one. Sackey, on the other hand, gives off a mo ... More >>
Every other month, Moez El-Shohdi travels through the greater Middle East. Stretching from Morocco to Pakistan, El-Shohdi dots the landscape, visiting models he helped perfect through his work in Cairo. He examines the factory sprung in Riyadh. He tours the facilities in Damascus. He makes sure that ... More >>
Environmentalists and landowners battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and its load of crude from flowing across Texas rivers and aquifers.
As of this writing, I am still comfortably ensconced in the Hotel Palomar in our nation's capital. There is a Negroni at my side, compliments of the hotel, which was waiting for me in the room after I returned from walking off a Shake Shack burger at lunch. That's service. Both the Shake Shack and ... More >>
A Shallow Yet Helpful Guide
One of the many things we love about Houston is the diversity of its music. For instance, on Tuesday night we went to Mango's to see Psychic Palms and Mikey & The Drags, two of our favorite local garage-rock bands. After The Drags performed their cover for "Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals, the du ... More >>
Photo by Mandy OaklanderMayor Parker backed Saturday's citywide iftar. Sealed bottles of water sit on the white-clothed tables before the crowd of thirsty fasters. It's Ramadan, so for one month, observant Muslims like those gathered here at the downtown convention center will abstain from ea ... More >>
Tamarie Cooper returns to poke mostly gentle fun at the U.S. and delivers a new national anthem.
Ed. Note: Jef With One F does not distinguish fiction from reality from video games. We let it slide because he accepts checks from the "Bank of Mordor"... we just hope it's not rubbing off on us. teecraze.comMusic is a weapon. That's what angry political bands will tell you. They'll bend yo ... More >>
Photos by John Nova LomaxWheels fit for a celebration.Early yesterday, Michael Berry, the former Boy Wonder of Houston politics turned radio rabble-rouser, sent out a press release plugging a "Houston Celebration: Osama Bin Laden Dead." The event would be later that day at Hefley's, a Texalic ... More >>
Samir Itani got rich sending expired food overseas to U.S. troops in the Middle East.
A Houston company gets nailed for $15 million for sending expired food to U.S. troops in the Middle East. The Department of Justice announced today that Houston's American Grocers, Inc., has agreed to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit that charged the company with shipping expired food to U.S. ... More >>
Marc Israel Sellum/ Isreality.comThe opposites of life attract us, we've always believed. Time and time again, that philosophy proves itself right. It's why in high school, the Catholic school girls were the biggest freaks. No, that's not a myth. They were suffocated with religion or "right" ... More >>
Fiona Dawson, fighting prejudice through reality TVHair Balls is a very finicky TV watcher, opting mostly for shark-based shows, or dramas featuring the Amish getting out of tricky situations using only their earthy wiles, but we'd definitely watch the series that Houston activist Fiona Dawson is ... More >>
Live! From Houston! It's Tuesday Night Live In Jerusalem!!Houston is the first stop for Israeli TV hosts Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel as they take Tuesday Night Live in Jerusalem across the United States. "We want to give an empowering, uplifting, inspiring message about Israel. And the ... More >>
Just in case you haven't heard the audio tapes of famed actor/ultra-religious headcase Mel Gibson unleashing slur-filled invective at his wife Oksana Grigorieva, you can listen to them here, but you've got to be warned, it is not even remotely safe for work unless you work in a Neo-Nazi biker ... More >>
Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next five weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lays ahead. If you're like me, you might wander up to the refrigerated drink case at Phoenicia and think that the red, yellow and white can of Vimto sitting o ... More >>
Photo by Katharine ShilcuttA death penalty protest march was held last week in downtown Austin.In its 2009 Death Penalty and Executions report released today, Amnesty International calls Texas the "worst offender," because -- with 24 executions -- it leads the country in the number of people ... More >>
Today is one of the most dubious anniversaries in all of rock and roll. Twenty-nine years ago this evening, Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon on the front steps of Lennon's apartment building on the Upper West Side of New York City, the Dakota. For Baby Boomers and even their older kid ... More >>
A citizen of Saudi Arabia has been charged by the feds here for lying to obtain a visa for an employee.What's so bad about that? Well, the lie was that he told visa officials he was bringing the woman over here to be domestic help at $1,300 a month at eight hours a day six days a week, but instead, ... More >>
With the world media coming dangerously close to announcing that Hillary Clinton plans to accept the Secretary of State position in Barack Obama’s cabinet, Hair Balls thought we’d reach out to longtime Clinton-family ally and former Ambassador to the Bahamas under President Clinton, Houston atto ... More >>
Bold stands are the order of the day, and U.S. Rep. Al Green is right on the front line. Fighting the Vietnam War. Green has issued a press release bringing notice to the fact that he's against the Vietnamese government opening a consulate here in Houston. "The Vietnamese government has come under ... More >>
Michael T. Luongo originally wanted to call his latest book Gay Travels in Islam, but the editor thought it was too controversial. Instead it became Gay Travels in the Muslim World. “I don’t really see a difference,” Luongo told Hair Balls. Luongo, who lives in New York, was working a travel ... More >>
Her son was beaten up by an angry caregiver at Denton State School
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
Peter Berg sends Jamie Foxx to fight the enemy over there in The Kingdom
During their massive, five-day Indian wedding, a local couple was worshipped
Okay, really, you can only use the "shiite" joke once in a post, so we got nothing. The blogosphere is all abuzz about CQ National Security Editor Jeff Stein's recent interview with Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, who has been tapped by incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to head the Intelligence C ... More >>
Other options to nuclear have their own set of drawbacks
In the profound Jarhead, a soldier can be his own worst enemy
Since 9/11, tanker sailors are having a tough time making it to dry land in Houston
Houston's Neutral Sisters look white, sing black and move to a reggae rhythm
When these soldiers became writers, the pen becomes very mighty indeed
Islamic fusion restaurants are all the rage because of their organic meat -- and whole chiles
Joe Mannke gives us the dish on German food
With billboards of windmills promising gentle, nonpolluting energy, Green Mountain offers Texans a new power avenue. Will they take it? Should they?
Rockin' On, A Stark Affair, Wrong War?
Jim Rose got a makeover, but he still has fans rolling in the aisles
Mai's and Van Loc revel in large similarities - and small differences
Why would the U.S. ship dozens of snowmobiles to the Caribbean?