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    July 18, 2014

    Texas Nationalists to Stage Border Protests Saturday, Just Not On the Border

    The Texas Nationalist Movement is calling for a National Day of Action Saturday, July 19 and demanding the government take action on the looming border crisis. The group will be demonstrating throughout Texas as part of their protests against what they call an "invasion," something they believe is b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    The Tall Texan's Jukebox Is Not a Toy

    "And I'm hungry like the wooooolf..." The music from the jukebox blares throughout this tiny bar on North Main. Although pleasing to our ears, the cheesy '80s rock has sparked a rumble of laughter from the regulars splayed across the crooked counter. It's not often that someone comes into Alice's ... More >>

  • Music

    July 10, 2014

    Nightfly: Cheap Beers and Questionable Music Choices at Alice's Tall Texan

    Abusing the jukebox at North Main institution Alice’s Tall Texan.

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Texas Pretty Uptight, Study Shows

    We love Texas and all, but damn can it be uptight - at least according to research. Psychology researchers at the University of Maryland-College Park's recent study ranked all 50 states (sorry, D.C.) by how uptight or loose they are when it came to enforcing rules and tolerating deviance. Texas cam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Freedom Over Texas, Tony! Toni! Tone!, etc.

    Freedom Over Texas Eleanor Tinsley Park & Sam Houston Park, July 4 Now in its 28th year as the City of Houston's official star-spangled salute to the good ol' U.S. of A., Freedom Over Texas is speaking with a noticeable country twang this year. Featuring four stages and numerous other "zones" sprea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Texas Blizzard Shave Ice Receives a Proclamation from the (Dairy) Queen

    blizzard (bliz´erd) n. 1 a severe thunderstorm characterized by colt temperatures and heavy drifting of snow 2 an overwhelming number or amount; deluge 3 a frozen treat made by Dairy Queen and only Dairy Queen. No, wait, that third definition isn't accurate, though it may soon be if the fast food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    A Ranking of Texas Whiskeys Under $40

    Though Kentucky and Tennessee have long been considered the whiskey and bourbon capitols of the country, Texas is increasingly making a name for itself as a whiskey producer. Walk into Spec's and ask for Texas whiskey, and they'll point you to a whole section filled with amber-hued liquor purporte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Supreme Court Nixes Buffers, But Texas Abortion Clinics Are Mostly Closing Anyway

    In the middle of the big Wendy Davis filibuster last year, it must have been tempting to think that something big was happening, that real change was afoot, or at least there was a chance the anti-abortion law would be stopped. Well, that was cute. It's been a year now, as of this week, and nothin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    County Attorney Vince Ryan Files Suit Against Industrial Container Cleaning Business

    We're not terribly strict about most things having to do with the environment around here. Maybe it's because we're living on the carcinogenic coast, or maybe it's because that's just not how things go in the Lone Star State, or maybe both. But when a company is spitting out enough chemical smells a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Texas Man Was Smuggling Rhino Parts in International Operation

    A Texas man pleaded guilty Tuesday in a smuggling operation that dealt in nearly $1 million worth of rhino horns and elephant ivory. Asian art appraiser Ning Qiu, of Frisco, took part in the operation, which was busted up in "Operation Crash". The nationwide sting was led by the U.S. Fish and Wild ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Psyche! Houston Texans Trade T.J. Yates to The Atlanta Falcons

    So this is why the word "unofficial" exists. Check the paperwork, people, lest you wind up like all of us in the media the last 48 hours who've been treating T.J. Yates' departure from the Texans as an outright release. It all seemed so simple. Two quarterbacks, Case Keenum and T.J. Yates, battling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Working Towards a VA Hotline (And Not Just Another Committee)

    Just what veterans of Texas caught up in the records falsification scandal have been waiting for: a hotline. Senator Leticia Van de Putte, chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee, this week proposed a recommendation to create a special hotline to help veterans deal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    So How Corrupt is Texas?

    According to a new study, Texas is among the second-least corrupt states in the country. Of course that might be hard to believe, given recent news about Rep. Steve Stockman . The study published by the Public Administration Review is based on work by the City University of Hong Kong and Indiana U ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 12, 2014
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    June 6, 2014

    Texas Patient Dies of Mad Cow Variant, but Officials Say Not to Worry

    State and federal health officials have confirmed that a Texas patient has died of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare and fatal brain disorder "associated with beef consumption overseas." "There are no Texas public health concerns or threats associated with this case," the Texas Department ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    NRA Doesn't Co-Sign Open Carry Protests

    It's not only us normal folk who find it odd when open carry nuts walk into a coffee shop with AKs and rifles and such swinging from the shoulder. The NRA has also recently backed-off any cosign of these tactics. The gun right's organization isn't down with rolling into crowded areas in a show of d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Perry Joins Parker for Human Trafficking Campaign Kick-Off at City Hall

    "Human trafficking is a crime that impacts communities around the world. Unfortunately, in the U.S., our state ranks second in number of calls to the human trafficking hotline, next to California, and most of the calls from Texas come from Houston," Mayor Annise Parker said today at a gathering of l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2014

    Houston Second in Population Growth, Census Says

    Humidity, hurricanes and no zoning laws weren't enough to keep people away. According to US Census data, from 2012 to 2013, Houston was second in population growth behind New York. H-Town added an estimated 35,202 residents from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013. New York was far ahead, adding an esti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Ruby Red Dog: A Totally Tex-Mex Vodka Drink

    The Ruby Red Dog is made entirely from Texan and Mexican ingredients.

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Second Chances Rarely Apply to Texas Death Row Inmates

    "America is a country of second chances" Rick Perry said in a recent television interview. His declaration was very statesmanlike, but he was referring to himself and his possible repeat performance as a presidential candidate. If he truly believed in the concept of second chances, things might be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    NFL Draft 2014: Live Twitter Feed

    The NFL Draft is finally here, and I'm so happy! Not just happy, we are talking like "Navin R. Johnson when the new phone books arrive" levels of happiness. We are talking Roscoe P. Coltrain thinking he just caught those diabolical Duke boys level of happiness. We are talking Carlos Lee on the earl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Congrats to Anita Perry, But Here Are Four Other Women Who Shouldn't be Inducted in the Texas Women's Hall of Fame

    The Texas Women's Hall of Fame has a few new members, and of the nine selected by Gov. Rick Perry this week, we couldn't help but notice that one of them just so happens to be his wife. Yes, First Lady Anita Perry has been doing the whole First Lady thing for more than a decade, but that still seems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    The Heartbreaking (Loss) History of Houston Sports

    The Rockets went down in dramatic fashion Friday night, losing on a Damian Lillard three-point shot with 0.9 left on the clock. The shot happened because the Rockets played bad defense in the clutch, just as they did through most of the series. They also lost because Portland did something the Rocke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    At Celebrate Australia, Texas Barbecue Reigns Supreme

    The theme of this year's Houston International Festival may be Australia, but at Celebrate Australia, the main food event of the festival, the best eats were decidedly Texan in nature. The barbecue cook-off competition, the first of what the International Festival hopes to make an annual event, br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    The Ten Weirdest Terms That Use "Texas" on the Urban Dictionary

    The Urban Dictionary, http://www.urbandictionary.com/ the great crowd-sourced primer of modern language, has so many disgusting entries that include the word "Texas" it would make your drunken uncle blush. Yet, it's surprising when parsing through the entries how many are just downright strange and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Are Oil and Gas Just False Hope for Texas' Economic Glory?

    Will Texas be Detroit 2.0 complete with village idiots?

  • Calendar

    April 24, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Living on the Edge: Why is Intexticated Driving the Thing In Texas?

    Drivers in Texas who tempt fate by texting and driving are likely to be non-white and educated. At least that's what the data from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute bears out. The study, released today and reported on by the Texas Tribune, surveyed 3,000 drivers and showed that nearly half of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    TxDOT Doesn't Want Mexicans to Drink and Drive this Easter

    This glorious Easter season, the Texas Department of Transportation has taken it upon themselves to disrespect the state's flourishing Latino population. How, you might ask? By using the Mexican game of chance known as lotería. The game is part of the branding for an anti-drunk driving initiative ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Van de Putte Isn't One of Those Serape Wearing, Tortilla Tossing Candidates

    Leticia Van de Putte's experience and what she represents makes her more viable than either of her opponents.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Texans Tracker: Texans Have Allegedly Already Decided on Jadeveon Clowney

    In previous years, we'd be in the home stretch for NFL Draft season now. Forever, the draft has been in or around the third weekend of April, but for reasons that don't really matter at this point, the league has moved it to May 8 through May 10. And in the age of social media and a land rush to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Texas Might Avoid Blackouts and Brownouts This Summer

    Game of Thrones people like to talk about how "winter is coming" but around here, we all know summer is what you have to be worried about. It's the time when air conditioning is essential, and also the time when a blackout or brownout may see you AC-less. The rolling blackouts and brownouts have bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Nation of Preschool Troublemakers

    Texas is fighting a war on multiple fronts: The war against women, the war against minorities, the war against the middle class. Who could have imagined our educational system would wage a war against preschoolers? If we trust in the latest data from U.S. Department of Education, it appears that 4-y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Galveston Oil Spill Animal Body Count Continues

    As we've unfortunately learned many times before, a bunch of oil dumped into bodies of water doesn't tend to work out well for the birds and other animals that live in the area. We learned it with Exxon Valdez and it hit much closer to home with the British Petroleum oil spill in 2010. Now the chic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Astros and Yankees Opening Day (Photos)

    Yesterday was the beginning of another baseball season. For lovers of the game, there are two words that jumpstart the heart and clean the slate for another long, hopefully successful year: Opening Day.

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Lesser Prairie Chicken Listed as 'Threatened', Cornyn's Not Thrilled

    Why did the lesser prairie chicken cross the road? To get the hell out of Texas where a whole lot of people are not thrilled with the fact that the chicken, a Texas native, has been taken under the protective wing of the federal government and placed on the threatened species list by the folks over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Texas Wineries Bring Home Gold in Dallas Competition

    The organizers of the Dallas Morning News-TexSom Wine Competition announced this week the winners of the highly regarded annual event, now in its 30th year.

  • Music

    March 27, 2014

    Texas Hookah Lounge Opens the Door to a New Kind of After-Hours Scene

    This little lounge is not in the cocktail business.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    It's National Donate Life Month, Yo!

    We must admit that we snicker anytime we hear the phrase "organ donation," but it's really no laughing matter. Every day, 75 people throughout the country are saved through donation, according to Donate Life Texas. That's the good news. But here's the bad: "More than 120,000 men, women and children ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Honky-Tonks

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Stand Your Ground, or Murder?

    How many people have to die before we take a hard look at the stand-your-ground defense in Texas? How long before the message gets out that this will-nilly shooting of people on your property is a bad thing? Stand your ground is intertwined with The Castle Doctrine, which was a Texas law revised in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Texans Tracker Update: The Blake Bortles' Pro Day Gushing Adjustment

    It's funny, it's been so long since I was in an NFL city that had a high draft pick and an acute need at the quarterback position, I had forgotten how much garbage fun Pro Days for quarterbacks are. Add into this the fact that the opinions among fans, and (now, to a lesser degree) pundits are so di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    "Machete Kills" Producers Sue Texas Film Commission

    A lawsuit filed by the producers of "Machete Kills" accuses the Texas Film Commission of violating the producers' First Amendment rights by denying tax breaks usually granted to films made in Texas. Per the Courthouse News, the suit claims that the sequel to director Robert Rodriguez's 2010 "Machet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Texas Isn't All Rednecks and Bible Thumpers as Gay Marriage Ban May Suggest

    In the 2000 Bush/Gore presidential election, George W. Bush carried the state of Texas, which came of little surprise to anyone. Texas is, after all, as red as red states can be on most socio-political issues and the former governor was a poster boy for socially conservative politics. But, here in H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Eagle Ford Shale is Causing Air Pollution -- Lots

    If you live around here and you haven't heard about the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas play in the past few years, you just haven't been paying attention. The shale play that stretches from South Texas into Mexico is one of the key developments that has revitalized the U.S. energy sector after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    How Open-Carry Group Wants to Honor Texas Independence

    At the end of the day it's about firepower. Or, as it's being sold by gun advocates, it's about our Constitutional rights. Yet, maybe, it's about staying free from Mexico, as the group Open Carry Texas said in a message last week to media. "On March 2nd, 2014, the largest pro-carry group in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Power Trip Returns for Another Badass Weekend

    If you're heading out to the 2nd Badass Weekend festival downtown this weekend, don't forget to bring your earplugs -- the ones that go in your ear canals, not your earlobes, dude. Matter of fact, a mouth guard not be a bad idea, either, because Dallas' Power Trip is playing the extreme rock fest's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Pinky Stars at Texas Star Grill Shop

    It's hard to ignore a large metal pig, even when you're zipping home from the gym gravely in need of some post-workout fuel. Trust me, I know from experience. Rubbernecking at my giant porcine friend while she stands proudly in the window of the Texas Star Grill Shop has become somewhat of a morni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Northern Punk Avengers DOA Return to the Dirty South

    Seething, agitated and anarchistic, DOA continues to unleash tuneful and frenzied songs, proving they are far from retired. For more than 30 years, the band has unleashed rock and roll tethered to lumberjack toughness and 'green' environmental issues. They balance flannel-shirt, beer-smeared, hocke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Snowpocalypse Part Two: The Wrap Up

    It's hard to believe, but our long, frigid nightmare is over. OK, it wasn't particularly long or even that nightmarish, but Snowpocalypse the Sequel is over and we can get back to what we do well in southeast Texas. No, not sweat. We'll save that for August. For now, we'll have typical January weath ... More >>

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