• Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Does It Mean Anything to Be a Democrat Anymore?

    "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 >>

  • Culture

    August 8, 2013
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    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Rebecca Dauler: State Says She Ran One-Woman Extortion Racket

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Messy Lawsuit Features Rival Crime Scene Clean-Up Companies

    A dirty job​Who 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 >>

  • News

    August 4, 2011

    Polarizing Playhouse

    Readers react to River Oaks splurge.

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Back to the `50s, But All The Way

    ​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 >>

  • Calendar

    February 10, 2011
  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Return to Sender

    What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Food Fight: Battle Gummi Bear

    ​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 >>

  • Culture

    September 2, 2010


    La Migra, NAFTA and one piece at a time

  • Calendar

    May 13, 2010
  • Music

    May 13, 2010
  • Music

    January 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Three Days of Giftmas: Where To Shop For Stocking Stuffers

    Photo courtesy of Corazon​Sick 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 >>

  • News

    December 10, 2009

    O'Brien's Song

    After years of fighting everybody and anybody, now the ornery, annoying civil rights activist has to concentrate on fighting for his life.

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    36th Anniversary: House of Coffee Beans

    Photos by Robb Walsh​Peru 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Who's Leaving First: Ed Wade, Cecil Cooper or Roy Oswalt?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Dept. Of Badly Timed Press Releases: We're Building A New Border Bridge From Mexico!

    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 >>

  • Culture

    April 2, 2009
  • News

    March 26, 2009

    The T. Boone Pickens Road Show

    A former wildcatter and corporate-takeover tycoon preaches alternative energy across America.

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2008
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    June 30, 2008
  • Music

    June 5, 2008

    High Gas Prices Still Hurting Touring Bands

    Notes toward a post-cheap-gas touring economy

  • News

    May 22, 2008

    Truck Drivers Falter Under the Weight of High Fuel Prices

    The rising price of diesel hits independent owner/operators the hardest

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2007

    It’s Mathew Knowles’s Town. We Just Live Here.

    This guy can definitely pay the bills, bills, bills. Mathew Knowles, sire of singing sisters Beyonce and Solange Knowles and impresario of Houston’s Music World Entertainment, has been selected by the Greater Houston Partnership and Kiwanis Club of Houston as the 2007 recipient of the Internation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2007
  • Calendar

    August 2, 2007

    Ty Barnett

    Comic solves the world’s problems, one joke at a time

  • News

    December 7, 2006


    Foreign pickers aren't getting through the post-9/11 barricades to harvest U.S. crops

  • Film

    October 7, 2004

    The Power of Yes

    A pair of political pranksters invent the art of "identity correction"

  • News

    March 13, 2003
  • Calendar

    May 3, 2001

    Overthrow the Revolution

    Factory Direct might be the Next Big Thing

  • News

    November 2, 2000

    Pumped Dry

    Gas station dealers find big oil blocking the way in their struggles against extinction

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Paying the Price

    Major gas companies are driving away independent station operators, all in the name of greed

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
  • News

    January 6, 2000


    Some former associates aren't accepting the strange death in Mexico of eccentric attorney Roy Beene

  • Dining

    August 6, 1998
  • News

    December 11, 1997

    See Juarez

    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.

  • News

    May 22, 1997

    Brothers of the Road

    '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.

  • News

    May 16, 1996
  • News

    March 28, 1996

    The Brother Graham (Part II)

    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

  • News

    April 6, 1995

    The Wendy Card

    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.

  • News

    October 27, 1994

    Faded Love

    When romance wanes, the politics can turn really personal

  • News

    April 14, 1994

    Trashing Houston

    To a world worried about waste, Houston may offer an answer -- or at least a place for the garbage to go

  • News

    January 6, 1994

    The Poison Connection

    A "gas leak" in a Matamoros chemical plant wafts a poison and paper cloud toward a corporate office in Houston