A wounded U.S. Marine Corps veteran will receive a mortgage-free home today, courtesy of The Texans Sentinels Foundation and Bank of America in Alvin. Bandera native Nick Perales lost his right leg and fractured his left after an improvised explosive device incident in Afghanistan in February 2011. ... More >>
Scooter Brown Band Firehouse Saloon, January 4 Few bands on the Texas country circuit -- a scene largely made up of affable college dropouts -- can say that they have a true-blue U.S. Marine up front, but the Scooter Brown Band can. Lead singer-songwriter/Iraq war combat veteran Scott Brown chose ... More >>
Every year a whole bunch of you (you know who you are) wait until the last minute to buy Christmas gifts. You scramble and go crazy trying to get everything done just in time to see the disappointed look on the faces of your relatives as your reveal your latest holiday blunder. Let's be honest here. ... More >>
It took about a month but Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators finally have U.S. Marine George Aragon back in the United States, specifically in the Harris County Jail on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The 22-year-old Aragon was picked up about a month ago in Guam but refuse ... More >>
This past week one of the most beloved rock disc in the decade turned 10 years old. It was August 27, 2002 that the world met Queens Of The Stone Age's third LP, Songs For The Deaf, a blistering, swaggery, pummeling kick-in-the-nuts of a rock album. The band, lead by towering Ginger Elvis Joshua H ... More >>
Along with his wife Tonya Gleason, Houstonian homeless advocate Tyler Gleason was arrested yesterday and charged with child endagerment. Harris County Sheriff's deputies say that the couple left their five-month-old son in a car-seat in the median of FM 1960 near Kuykendahl while they solicited fu ... More >>
Memorial Day is, of course, the day we honor those soldiers, sailors, airmen (of both sexes) and Marines who have given that last full measure of devotion. Luckily, most who serve do not have to do that. They sacrifice time with friends and family and put themselves in danger, but they do make it h ... More >>
Memorial Day is just around the corner. With my brother, a U.S. Marine (oorah!), currently back home from his first deployment in Afghanistan, the holiday is near and dear to my heart. Wanting to make something special to celebrate and honor all those who have served and who continue to serve in ou ... More >>
Katy Perry's newest video for "Part Of Me", featuring her chopping off her hair in a bathroom before joining the Marine Corps, seems to be pissing off a few people, including our fellow Texan Alex Jones. According to the Austin freedom fighter and radio host, it's a man-hating recruitment video. W ... More >>
A former Marine will get nine years in a federal prison for possession of a particularly gruesome genre of child porn. Jarod Barry, 30, who left the Marines in January with an "other than honorable" discharge, was sentenced after entering a guilty plea last June. He had been a sergeant. Investigat ... More >>
It may not be PTSDs or brain injuries that pose the most long-term danger to our surviving vets from their Middle East tours.
A Navy corpsman stationed at California's Camp Pendleton will be serving several more months in the base brig after he pleaded guilty in a court-martial to one charge of unauthorized absence and one charge of disorderly conduct. According to Hair Balls' Orange County sister blog Navelgazing, Daniel ... More >>
Erica LoveSee a slideshow of the athletes' performance. Remember the people who would come to your school telling you to "D.A.R.E to be different"? Then you have officially dated yourself. D.A.R.E. was a police officer and stuffed lion-led lessons that taught elementary school children how t ... More >>
I'll see you in court, SIR!They don't make Marines like they used to. Or Texans, for that matter.That's the likely response from grumbly old-timers who learn that Zachary Ryan Snow, a Marine recruit, is suing the USMC in federal court because, he says, he was forced to exercise in a Texas s ... More >>
Try the wasabi-flavored Kit KatsThe Texans cheerleaders are headed to Japan on an Armed Forces Entertainment tour, because our brave service members want to hear what Matt Schaub is really like. Or maybe they want to look at cheerleaders.Texans cheerleader Lindsay (as always, first names only to ... 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 >>
This coming Monday, Craig's Hlist enters his 27th year of decadence and shame. One year closer to 30, with no signs of getting wiser or smarter. This year we have no clue as to what to do or where to go, other than see live music and drink too much. But that's a typical weekend anyway and will mo ... More >>
This Valentine's Day, get her what she really wants: Russell Stover's Blood Diamond-Filled Truffles. Savor the Sparklies, Taste the Oppression!™ Hello, and welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we were considering being cremated upon death, but now we think we'd ... More >>
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. Thirty-eight simple rules go ... More >>
Of all the bands to emerge out of the Houston music puppy mill this year, none has been as steadfastly working class and punk rock as the American Heist. Rocks Off first spied the band opening up for Florida's Fake Problems in May. At the time they were still called Born Anchor, but a Seattle ... More >>
Taxicab Confessions this isn't: Ramin Bahrani's quietly profound Goodbye Solo.
KBR (Halliburton to the old-schoolaz) has had its share of troubles on its way to making untold billions of dollars of profit in Iraq.There's the rape and sexual harassment (Female and male-on-male!). There's the electrocuting soldiers. There's the dogs running around chomping on human remains inten ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightClint CannonRodeo cowboys basically live on the road, traveling with a herd of men and women crazy enough to ride, rope and wrestle live animals for a paycheck. Each day, Hair Balls is asking a different cowboy to tell us a little bit about himself and his wildest story from a l ... More >>
Cypress Springs High no doubt was proud of 2000 graduate Christopher Jack Reid when he joined the Marines and served in Iraq.They might have been a little less proud when he returned, adopted the name "Jack Venice," and started starring in porno films. Although hey, maybe they were still proud. You ... More >>
[Ed. note: Five Spot got bumped by the Latin Grammys Friday, so better late than never...] Welcome back to Five Spot. Every week, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Because it makes per ... More >>
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