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U.S. Army Special Operations Command

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Eli Young Band at Reliant Stadium, 3/5/2014

    Eli Young Band Reliant Stadium March 5, 2014 Anyone who's ever wondered if the entertainers for the rodeo's annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day are chosen at random might have had a few of their questions answered Tuesday night. Show business is selfish almost by design, but the Eli Young Band und ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    The Eight Toughest Soldiers Texas Ever Produced (Featuring Heroism, Betrayal & Many Dead Bodies)

    Audie Murphy, starring in the story of his own life​Our war heroes are presented to us in different varieties. There are those we create for ourselves, in the mold of what we think a hero should be: David Crockett (nobody but Walt Disney called him Davey), astride the ramparts at the Alamo goi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    The Scene of A Fantastic Metro Crash: Conveniently, Near Lawyers' Offices

    At around 9 a.m., a dump truck headed eastbound on Capitol was struck by a southbound MetroRail train. The truck was knocked up on the sidewalk, where it came to rest very near the door to Ziggy's deli. The train derailed, but both vehicles remained upright. A statement from the Houston Fire Depart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Green Berets' 50th Birthday: Five Best Pop-Culture Moments

    One hundred men we'll test today, but only three win the Green Beret.​The Green Berets, at least the unit everyone thinks of when they think of the Green Berets, are 50 years old tomorrow. President Kennedy, on one of his romantic James Bond flights of fancy, approved activating the U.S. Army' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    KBR Loses Bid to Have Iraqi Court Hear Electrocution Suit

    Ryan Maseth: Electrocuted while showering at an Iraq base.​A federal judge has said no to KBR's move to have a (friendly) court in Iraq, rather than one in America, handle the lawsuit filed against the company by survivors of a Green Beret who was electrocuted in one of their facilities. U.S. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    R.I.P., Army Berets: Eight People Who Could Actually Rock That Look

    Monk: Round Midnight is the right time for a beret​We read with mixed emotions the news that the U.S. Army is dropping the beret from its official combat uniform after soldier complaints. On the one hand, the overall foppishness of the beret tends to cancel out the otherwise serious, assertive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    William McRaven, Supervisor of SEAL Team That Got Bin Laden: A UT Journalism Grad

    William McRaven: Knows a pyramid lede when he sees one.​Don't mess with journalism majors!! A lesson Osama bin Laden learned to his regret recently; the last thoughts through his diseased mind were no doubt about how journalism -- especially University of Texas journalism -- had triumphed aga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Bin Laden Mission: Six Other Notable Raids; Three That Worked And Three That Didn't

    You don't want Chuck Bronson coming after you.​There are uncountable things that could have gone wrong in the raid that ended up with Osama Bin Laden dead; operations like this usually have the odds against them. The Bin Laden raid will join the ranks of historic missions, some famous because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    American Grocers: Joins A Stellar List Of Companies Ripping Off Troops

    ‚ÄčThis week's cover story in the Houston Press details the case of Houston-based American Grocers and its owner Samir Itani, charged with shipping expired food to troops stationed in the Middle East and ripping off the government with bogus shipping costs. As noted in the story, "the case stretched ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    WikiLeaks: Texas Company Helped Pimp Little Boys To Stoned Afghan Cops

    DynCorp: WikiLeaks is not kind​Another international conflict, another horrific taxpayer-funded sex scandal for DynCorp, the private security contractor tasked with training the Afghan police. While the company is officially based in the DC area, most of its business is managed on a satelli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Nancy Ames: This Is What KUHT Fundraising Needs Again

    KUHT, always with the fundraising and "Viewers Like You" and all that.They think they can get us to donate with some cheap Les Miz collector's CD, a totebag and some doo-wop reunion concerts? No chance.KUHT used to take this stuff seriously. As evidenced by the above clip, featuring Houston songstr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Inquiring Minds: An Hour With The Red Krayola Mastermind Mayo Thompson

    Chris Strong/ Drag City‚Äč Last Friday, Rocks Off had the distinct pleasure of talking to Mayo Thompson, the man behind psychedelic (or not) art-rockers The Red Krayola, whose career spans the early days of Houston label International Artists, the art worlds of New York and Europe in the '70s, a sti ... More >>

  • News

    August 6, 2009

    A Darker Look at Che's Revolution

    After Guevara destroyed his family and his fortune, Gustavo Villoldo hunted the revolutionary leader to his grave.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    For the Fourth Of July: Worst Cinematic Attempts At Patriotism

    This weekend, as we come together to celebrate Independence Day, let's do our best to remember what this holiday is all about. It's more than merely dodging DWI checkpoints on your way home from backyard barbecues and trying to decide between the Jon & Kate 8 or Deadliest Catch marathons on TV ... More >>

  • News

    March 26, 2009

    The T. Boone Pickens Road Show

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

  • News

    January 15, 2009

    Quanell X

    The Houston activist says he's dumped the hate

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    A Veterans' Day Montage: Dixie Chicks, the Clash, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Pogues and More

    Ninety years ago today, in a railroad car in Northern France, representatives from Germany and the Allied Powers signed an armistice agreement to cease hostilities in what was then known as the "War to end all wars." That lasted until Hitler's Wehrmacht rolled into Poland, and ever since, as we well ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2007

    Spy Stories

    Edwin Wilson said he was still in touch with his former employer, the CIA, when he shipped explosives out of Houston to the Middle East. The CIA denied it. The CIA lied

  • Culture

    September 7, 2006

    Heart Stopper

    Theatre New West presents Larry Kramer's revenge -- and his testament

  • Home Entertainment

    March 23, 2006
  • News

    June 13, 2002

    In Search of the Sleuth

    Edmund J. Pankau trades on his hard-boiled private-eye image to attract clients and speaking engagements. To find out more about him, we resort to some Sam Spade work of our own.

  • Film

    February 28, 2002

    Solid Soldiers

    Vietnam's first battle delivers a real dread of war so lacking in Black Hawk Down

  • Film

    January 17, 2002

    Hell and Back

    Scott's Black Hawk Down pays grim, gritty homage to real-life warriors

  • Music

    November 1, 2001

    Ballads Nuevo

    Corridos get updated with drugs and guns

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    War Dance

    Alabama-Coushatta Indians are shedding their passive ways in big bets on land claims and casinos. But some fear they could be gambling away their great tribal heritage.

  • Film

    September 30, 1999

    Desert Gold

    An imaginative Three Kings skewers the combat genre

  • News

    November 26, 1998

    Need or Greed

    A Bible-quoting con man finds easy pickings among those looking for a miracle or a windfall

  • News

    November 5, 1998

    Fugitive Justice

    Gary Robert Williams's violent career began spectacularly 29 years ago. This is the story of how one determined U.S. marshal brought it to an end.

  • Film

    May 30, 1996
  • News

    July 27, 1995

    The Sound and the Fury

    Talk radio's Rob Thorn warns of the New World Order and impending apocalypse. The Texas Constitutional Militia is listening.

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