"The market is the best mechanism ever invented for efficiently allocating resources to maximize production . . . I also think there is a connection between the freedom of the marketplace and freedom more generally." -President Barack Obama We live in an era where income inequality is its grea ... More >>
FacebookRebecca Dauler: Take your little cease-and-desist letter and stick it, Texas Workforce Commission!Say what you will about Rebecca Dauler, but if what the State of Texas is alleging about her is true, you can't deny that the 33-year-old Clear Lake woman has plenty of pluck and good-old ... More >>
A dirty jobWho knew the crime scene/trauma clean-up business was so, um, cut-throat? If the allegations in a local civil court case are to believed, only rival drug lords conduct their business more ruthlessly. According to plaintiffs John DiGulio and K.P. Management, two area men and their ... More >>
Readers react to River Oaks splurge.
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 involv ... More >>
What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?
Not all gummi bears are created equal. Some people - including certain unnamed members of my family - do not seem to be aware of this, and blithely purchase generic gummi bears from supermarket bulk bins. While it's hard to get angry at someone who buys you candy, off-brand gummis have a cons ... More >>
La Migra, NAFTA and one piece at a time
Photo courtesy of CorazonSick of corporate Christmas? Try shopping local. Hair Balls presents a 12-part series highlighting ideas for holiday gifts made and sold in Texas. If you Google "fair trade Houston" one of the first results you get is the Rice Village mainstay Ten Thousand Villages. ... More >>
After years of fighting everybody and anybody, now the ornery, annoying civil rights activist has to concentrate on fighting for his life.
Photos by Robb WalshPeru Chanchamayo is a rare limited-production coffee that's on special this month during the 36th Anniversary of House of Coffee Beans, 2348 Bissonnet. The coffee comes from the sparsely populated Central Jungle of Peru and is certified organic, Fair Trade, and migratory b ... More >>
The Astros were able to actually win a series this weekend, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in two of three games. And the good news is that they should be able to win a couple of games this week as their next four games are against the Colorado Rockies, another losing team, like the Astros, but on ... More >>
It can be tough to dodge all the PR releases flooding journalists' inboxes offering swine-flu experts telling you to wash your hands.(Our favorite so far: Texas Dr. Gary Butka suggesting humming songs no one has hummed in years while washing hands."I'm not just talking about running your hands under ... More >>
A former wildcatter and corporate-takeover tycoon preaches alternative energy across America.
Notes toward a post-cheap-gas touring economy
The rising price of diesel hits independent owner/operators the hardest
Comic solves the worlds problems, one joke at a time
Foreign pickers aren't getting through the post-9/11 barricades to harvest U.S. crops
A pair of political pranksters invent the art of "identity correction"
Factory Direct might be the Next Big Thing
Gas station dealers find big oil blocking the way in their struggles against extinction
Major gas companies are driving away independent station operators, all in the name of greed
Some former associates aren't accepting the strange death in Mexico of eccentric attorney Roy Beene
From a forthcoming book by Charles Bowden and the street shooters of Ciudad Juarez The photojournalists of the border are capturing the grisly face of the future. And it's a lot closer than you think.
'The I-69 "NAFTA Highway" is supposed to create thousands of jobs. Thanks to your tax dollars, it's already provided a very good one for the underemployed brother of Tom DeLay.
Once upon a time in Humble, there lived two guys named Pat and Mike. They had a way of making people believe, and those people included some of Texas' highest public officials. While it turned out that their stories usually were just too good to be true
Wendy Gramm's all-American success story is a centerpiece of her husband's fledgling presidential bid. But there's more to the story than what's being packaged and sold by the Phil Gramm campaign.
When romance wanes, the politics can turn really personal
To a world worried about waste, Houston may offer an answer -- or at least a place for the garbage to go
A "gas leak" in a Matamoros chemical plant wafts a poison and paper cloud toward a corporate office in Houston