Country music has an interesting relationship with current events. Unlike other forms of pop that deal with one form of fantasy or another -- starlets forever falling in love with that guy who is just out of reach; aspiring rappers' dreams of a ghetto-fabulous lifestyle, for example -- country draw ... More >>
We all thought Sarah Palin would be focused on seizing the White House, but this week she announced that she is seizing the internet. Carpe diem! Or something. Yep, the lovable former Alaska governor and infamous vice presidential candidate is offering herself up to the world via the Internet. You ... More >>
A debate on Houston transit was settled Tuesday, mostly by people who don't live here. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a transportation spending bill for fiscal 2015 Tuesday, 229-192, cutting off funding for METRO's proposed University Line in the process. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston ... More >>
The National Journal's newest rankings are out. What the NJ does is determine who the most conservative/liberal/moderate senators and representatives are (it's a non-partisan D.C. magazine). Let's see where Texas's elected officials rank. We'll start with the two esteemed senators: Cruz and Cornyn ... More >>
In this week's Houston Press cover story, you can read about Kinky Friedman's completely serious campaign to become Texas' next Agriculture Commissioner in the November 2014, a position he hopes will allow him to be the state's leading advocate for marijuana legalization. This is not the first time ... More >>
Tim Fleck, a former reporter for the Houston Press and KTRH before moving to the editorial board of the Houston Chronicle, had a somewhat odd relationship with Steve Stockman, an occasionally successful GOP candidate for the U.S. House. At various times events involved sheriff's deputies and a laws ... More >>
Despite glitches, Houstonians flock to sign up to be covered by the new insurance plans.
West sues fertilizer company while Senate cries phooey on EPA, wants changes.
It's pretty darn well known around here that most Texans love their guns. If you're from Texas, it's a fair bet that you can boast at least one relative who basically owns an arsenal that would be enough firepower to defend a small country, if the need arose. Earlier this year a University of Texas ... More >>
After all of the hubbub that surrounded the passing of the state water plan, Gov. Rick Perry signed some water conservation legislation into law last Friday with nary a ripple in the political waters. Water companies will have to audit water lines to check for leaks that could be losing water, and ... 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 >>
Governor Rick Perry will honor six Houston police officers tomorrow for the service they gave the public, service that left them wounded from gunshots or other actions. The officers will receive the Star of Texas Award, which "were created to honor and commemorate selected first responders who made ... More >>
Governor Rick Perry didn't go safe and sound when picking a new commissioner of the Texas Education Agency -- instead he's installed bomb-throwing Tea Party favorite Michael Williams. The former Railroad Commission chair has been nosing around a few political options in the past couple of years -- ... More >>
In 1985, the Parental Music Resource Center was formed as basically a watchdog group over popular music. Essentially, their goal was censorship. However, there was one big problem: The group was made up of the likes of Tipper Gore (wife of then-Senator and future Vice President Al Gore), Susan Bake ... More >>
Let me preface what I am about to say by noting that I love the State of Louisiana. I don't think I've ever had a bad trip to the state. It's one of my favorite places to visit, complete with otherworldly cuisine, ultra-accessible alcohol and gambling, and unintentional comedy galore. In short, I a ... More >>
All of Texas is feeling the excitement of the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. It's really all that Texans are talking about, apart from everything and anything else. Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, a bland and boring pol, is facing Ted Cruz, a Tea Partier who has been endorsed by Sarah Palin. (The Te ... More >>
Today, the nation celebrates Presidents' Day, the most important holiday of all time. No other national holiday has such a clear purpose or overall popularity. Therefore, why not recognize this momentous occasion with a look back at some of our greatest presidents, and learn some facets of their bio ... More >>
A new poll for Texas's open U.S. Senate seat has bad news for Houston's Craig James, former SMU star and ESPN analyst. Most people don't know the guy. Those that do, don't like him. James had the biggest gap between "favorable" and "unfavorable" ratings, a whopping 15 percent. Two-thirds of those ... More >>
Image via Westerville Public Libary (Westerville, Ohio).To understand our state's peculiar relationship with alcohol, we need to look back to the early post-Prohibition era when the TABC was founded (1935).In the wake of a recent post on the absurdity of wine shipping regulation in Texas, a c ... More >>
The next senator from Texas?Great news if you're a fan of inept political campaigns, or if you just want less awful announcing on your TV. Craig James, ESPN college football analyst who was personally involved in two ugly college football scndals of varying degrees, is running to replace Kay ... More >>
Ron, we hardly knew ye.Will the U.S. be able to survive without Ron Paul in the House of Representatives? We're about to find out. Paul's district newspaper, the Brazosport Facts, reports today that Paul will not seek re-election after almost a quarter-century in Congress. Instead, the 75-y ... More >>
naylandhouse.comFuture ordained minister MC Hammer wasn't kidding on his 1990 hit single "Pray."Let's face it. Not everyone is cut out for - or interested in - being a sixtysomething rock star. But what type of careers awaits a retired musician? Many rock stars stay in the music industry real ... More >>
kMatherlyCheers indeed. Local breweries celebrate a win in the House of Representatives.Just as we were bemoaning the huge, wet bite the IRS took out of our savings account, along comes an example of tax dollars being put to good use. On April 21 the office of State Representative Jessica Farrar (D, ... More >>
The Hammer gets the slammerTom DeLay's sentence has been handed out, and it's not a slap on the wrist: He's going to prison for three years with no probation on the conspiracy charges. DeLay was also sentenced by judge Pat Priest to 10 years' probation on a money-laundering charge, according ... More >>
And a partridge in a pear tree...Last week, we gave you our list of celebrities who manage to save their careers after difficult times. This week, we go a different direction. If we have learned anything from TMZ, it's that people love celebrity scandals and the more salacious it is, the more ... More >>
Texas is a big winnerRepublicans in the Texas Legislature have already been salivating over the opportunity to redraw Congressional districts with little to no interference from those annoying Democrats. The U.S. Census just handed them another gift: Four more seats to mess with. A 20 perce ... More >>
Maybe it's leaving behind our twenties and embracing our thirties, but we've been so concerned with the past lately... history, that is. We've been talking to our grandmother in the last few months about her life as a young child growing up on the Texas border. You truly don't know someone b ... More >>
Christine O'Donnell's "I Am Not a Witch" ad gave us truckloads of comedy during a rather boring election season. Thanks to that unintentionally hilarious ad and the upcoming election, Christine has been on our minds lately. To better understand what drives the Teabag candidate, we stole her ... More >>
Sheila Jackson Lee: You call the woman who honored MIchael Jackson a "Show Horse"?Wanna know the inside skinny on your U.S. Congress members?Every election year, Washingtonian magazine gets Capitol Hill staffers to dish on their bosses and rank them from best to worst. And as you might expect, r ... More >>
HISD might close cosmetology program.
You won't be smiling when the leak comesThink all those toxic chemicals stockpiled at industrial plants around Houston are safe and secure? Well, think again.According to Greenpeace, the giant holding tanks and railroad cars full full of hazardous materials are ripe for disaster -- be it by terro ... More >>
Hair Balls was glad to learn that one of our musical heroes, David Byrne, is taking on The Man; namely, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, for using the Talking Heads song "Road to Nowhere" in his U.S. Senate campaign without permission. (Crist is running as an independent, but historically has belonge ... More >>
Iron Man 2 will lead to 3 and probably 4, but that doesn't mean it's good.
Stuck in the asylum with Martin Scorsese — head-trip Shutter Island is the good kind of insane.
If they're taking their laptops and cell phones to bed with them, it's probably not to do homework.
In a highly competitive 2009 field, Governor Rick Perry is the biggest gobbler of them all.
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to email@example.com. It was recently menti ... More >>
The Houston Chronicle reported today that the burgeoning problem of jail overcrowding may be dealt with by releasing low-risk offenders. They are also, as we mentioned today, eventually creating a mental-health court that will aim to treat the ill instead of simply repeatedly sending them to jail.Th ... More >>
With the recent news of Barack Obama's record-breaking $750 million campaign fundraising efforts, it's an interesting time to release a novel about greed and deception in the field of political moneymaking. Especially if you, the author, were part of the team that helped secure Obama's three-quarter ... More >>
This Texas lawyer/novelist uses experience in campaign finance to keep you on the edge of your reading glasse
There are two solutions to help the population of uninsured children in Texas, according to a Houston pediatrician: Pray for change or move to Canada. That's overstating it a bit, but Dr. Ana Malinow, a pediatrician and co-founder of the advocacy group Healthcare for All Texas, tells Hair Balls that ... More >>
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison sends over missives on a pretty regular basis - Senator Kay did this, Senator Kay did that. They are usually pretty boring. Today’s press release details the fact that Senator Kay presented Dr. Michael E. DeBakey with the signed bill she pushed through Congress awardin ... More >>
U.S. Fish and Wildlife services spent $80 million to reclaim wildlife habitat in South Texas. Now Homeland Security is ready to wipe that out.
Photos by Steven Devadanam for HouStoned Images Ltd., Ulmtd. A multi-tasking protestor denounces prison torture while modeling an excellent Halloween costume. As you know, the Leader of the Free World held court at the Sugar Land Regional Airport yesterday, stumping for one Shelley Sekula-Gibbs ... More >>
A not-exactly-original idea (at 7 a.m., 4, 5 and 10 p.m.)