As we continue to follow Gov. Rick Perry's quest to stay viable as GOP 2016 White House contender, we have to wonder how he has actually convinced himself that putting a whole bunch of armed people on the border is in any way a good idea.
Even in the historic popularity contest, LBJ can't seem to win. Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy got to the White House on the same ticket, but the two weren't exactly best buddies. It was a marriage of convenience, because they needed each other to deliver their respective sections of the cou ... More >>
When health problems forced U.S. Air Force veteran to retire from his post-military job, he was unable to afford repairs to his home, which was ravaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008. But on Thursday, volunteers with The Home Depot Foundation will renovate the interior and exterior of the home, which Brit ... More >>
There was a generation of kids who grew up idolizing the astronauts. The men of the Mercury missions, the Apollo crews -- the guys who risked everything, put it all on the line to beat the Russians and launch into outer space. John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong -- these guys were national he ... More >>
The Texas Air National Guard decides to step in the middle of an officer's private business, tossing him after he dates an about-to-be-divorced woman.
After KBR was ordered in November to pay $85 million to a dozen Oregon National Guard soldiers who were exposed to a toxic chemical while providing security for contractors in Iraq in 2003, we figured there'd be some foot-stomping and an immediate appeal. We didn't think KBR would have the chutzpah ... More >>
More than 200 soldiers are suing KBR for knowingly exposing them to toxic chemicals in Iraq, whose effects started with nose bleeds and could end with cancer. KBR says that didn't happen. But even if it did, the company isn't responsible. Taxpayers are.
These dudes know how to write a sweet contract.A KBR government contract protected the company from liability for injuries or deaths caused by willful misconduct, according to recently declassified Army documents. Although the existence of the clause was revealed as a part of a lawsuit file ... More >>
Things can go wrongNext time you go to an air show, take a look at the fine print on the ticket. Besides the usual stuff about acts of God and "Promoter not responsible if the frontman doesn't show due to injecting Drano into his balls," there's something else. It says they're really, really ... More >>
You got served....by ArizonaThe squeaky wheel gets the grease, Rick Perry.Perry was famously, and surprisingly, critical of Arizona's controversial law regarding immigrants and demands to see their papers.Arizona governor Jan Brewer became a darling of the right, trumpeting about protecting ... More >>
One bad Memorial Day followed by one good oneA year ago, U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Chris Stokes was tubing in New Braunfels. His vehicle, parked at the Landa Park Rec Center, was broken into while he and his wife were on the river.Among the items stolen -- Stokes' Marine honor medals. Bummer o ... More >>
The first time Rocks Off the Younger truly heard "Happy," we were loading a case of Dannon yogurt into the display case at the Kroger in Pearland we worked at from 1999 until he first left home. It would have been September 2002, and we had just signed the papers that would mark our entry into the ... More >>
David Raziq, one of the winners from KHOUKHOU's look into discrimination and corruption in the Texas National Guard has racked up a slew of awards, and today it won a biggie: an IRE medal.The medal is the highest honor awarded by the Investigative Reporters and Editors association; also winning o ... More >>
Houston's resident urban mannerist takes a hard look at life in black America
As unconventional as the warfare it depicts, The Hurt Locker is a ticking time bomb of a movie.
A Houston sailor was killed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego Tuesday.Here, verbatim, is the version of the AP report the Houston Chronicle is running on it: Houston sailor killed at Camp PendletonCAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Navy officials say the death of a 29-year-old Camp Pendleton sailor is being inv ... More >>
The Right-Wing Nutjob Forces are on the march again!! Today's Target: Houston!!Not all conservatives are "nutjobs," obviously, but Debbie Schlussel is. The Ann Coulter-wannabe spouts nonsense pretty much full-time, and she has a new cause: President Obama has ordered officials at Ellington Field to ... More >>
For Any Season
The candidate's fame is based on his POW status, but he has abandoned his fellow veterans time and time again
No matter the run time and budget, Spike Lee's WWII drama is an epic bore
Jason Franco now struggling in civilian life
Call of Duty 4 hits maybe a little too close to home
Galveston escapes with a close call
Music for a good cause
Steven Soderbergh tries, and largely fails, to make 'em like they used to
An Air Force Staff Sergeant stationed in San Antonio has been relieved of her duties after posing in Playboy. The Chron has the story: In a six-page spread in February's issue, hitting newsstands this week, [Michelle] Manhart is photographed in uniform yelling and holding weapons under the headli ... More >>
The World's Fastest Indian is powered by Anthony Hopkins
The Army's realistic first-person shooter bogs down under fire
In the profound Jarhead, a soldier can be his own worst enemy
Celester Hall went to Afghanistan to help the troops and make his fortune. He came back deaf, in diapers and looking for benefits.
A bad reaction to a drug trial sparks an investigation into Houston's Fabre Clinic and its founder
Two artists ask how boys become men in a videocracy
Ernie Manouse chitchats with visiting stars
When these soldiers became writers, the pen becomes very mighty indeed
The Chron's embedded reporter is far from the action
Neil Burger fabricates Kennedy's Assassin, and he's mostly on target
Some are ready to die. Others aren't -- they just want a chance at a better life. But even the most careful of local teens who enlist in 2003 may find their plans for a desk job interrupted by war.
Was Jeffery Prible the cold-blooded murderer of an entire family? Or the gullible target of an opportunistic jailhouse informant?
Nicolas Cage plays the real protagonist in World War II epic about Navajo codetalkers
Scott's Black Hawk Down pays grim, gritty homage to real-life warriors
He wants to castrate pedophiles and purge the courts of politics. He has assailed fellow jurists, lawyers and lawmakers. He's maverick Mike McSpadden, a tennis ace with a tomahawk tongue.
Funding cuts kill work programs as well as treatment services
Less than two years after Billie Bob Harrell Jr. took the $31 million lottery jackpot, he took his own life