The morning of September 11, 2001, I was asleep upstairs at my house in the Heights. It seems like 100 years ago considering all the changes that have happened to the world and for me personally since then. As was typical, my alarm went off. It was the radio tuned to 610 AM KILT. Lance Zierlein and ... More >>
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Louis Gohmert doesn't need evidence. He doesn't need proof, or sourcing, or the ability to back up a claim with anything other than the vitriol in his voice and the consternation in his gut. All he needs is an idea, and a microphone, and away we go. Gohmert's idiocies idiosyncrasies have brought pl ... More >>
Houston police spokesperson, John Cannon, has trouble not laughing when he hears about the food truck Oh My Gogi. It's not their complaints, or their food, or the owners. It's the name. Oh. My. Gogi. The punchlines pretty much write themselves. Oh My Gogi isn't laughing. Owner Eric Nguyen says the ... More >>
Houston police spokesperson John Cannon has trouble not laughing when he hears about the food truck Oh My Gogi. It's not their complaints, or their food, or the owners. It's the name. Oh. My. Gogi. The punchlines pretty much write themselves. Oh My Gogi isn't laughing. Owner Eric Nguyen says the H ... More >>
Brigitte Gabriel, coming to town.If you're wanting to hear a bigoted, pathetically overbroad stereotyping of a religion and a culture, what better place to go to than a church? First Baptist Church in Katy, to be exact. They're hosting a speech by Brigitte Gabriel, the rightwing ranter who's ... More >>
We all await the next misstepRemember the good old days, when Houston's Continental Airlines only had to endure PR fiascos like killing off the Concorde? The airline has, of course, merged with United Airlines, and things have not gone smoothly from a public-relations standpoint. The new pl ... More >>
Now that more details are starting to emerge about Sunday's Navy SEAL helicopter raid that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden and several members of the al-Qaeda jefe's entourage - especially how the months-long planning and 40-minute firefight was planned in total secrecy, and executed ... More >>
The hat is out!!The man who killed almost 3,000 Americans was dead, and Houston played its part. At least we can assume so. For who can forget the Houston Chronicle's zoned edition for the Heights, which in 1999 told readers -- probably along with the fact HISD's menus for that week would in ... More >>
Stages' Yankee Tavern lacks a dramatic core.
The U.S. House's bizarre hearings on Muslims (sorry, "radical" Muslims) included a noteworthy speech by Rep. Keith Ellison, the only Muslim member of Congress, who teared up while remembering a Muslim first responder who died on 9/11. And then there was Sheila Jackson Lee. Love her or hate her, she ... More >>
The latest round of anti-Muslim rhetoric to spew forth from the nation's right-wing extremists has formed from the strangest combination of ingredients: Canada and Campbell's soup. News that Americans have started a Facebook group called "Boycott Campbell Soup" [sic] -- which has nearly 3,50 ... More >>
I can haz felony on my record?There's a certain lack of common sense inherent in building homemade acid bombs, but it's the type of lack that can be common in males in their teens and early 20s.There's a very special lack of common sense, however, in building such a bomb and setting it off in you ... More >>
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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 >>
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