Will Texas be Detroit 2.0 complete with village idiots?
In this series, we examine the history and origins of famous sweets, confections, and desserts associated with certain American states. First, I should acknowledge that the whoopie pie finds its roots in multiple states. Maine probably has the strongest claim, but there is also strong proof that t ... More >>
Drivers in Texas who tempt fate by texting and driving are likely to be non-white and educated. At least that's what the data from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute bears out. The study, released today and reported on by the Texas Tribune, surveyed 3,000 drivers and showed that nearly half of ... More >>
Lately, Food Network seems to be adding a multitude of new shows, pitting professional chefs against each other and against Food Network stars. But now, the culinary channel has added a series that showcases amateur home cooks. "America's Best Cook" is a cross between Master Chef and The Voice. Home ... More >>
This glorious Easter season, the Texas Department of Transportation has taken it upon themselves to disrespect the state's flourishing Latino population. How, you might ask? By using the Mexican game of chance known as lotería. The game is part of the branding for an anti-drunk driving initiative ... More >>
While the United States decides their fate, asylum seekers sit in immigration detention.
Leticia Van de Putte's experience and what she represents makes her more viable than either of her opponents.
In previous years, we'd be in the home stretch for NFL Draft season now. Forever, the draft has been in or around the third weekend of April, but for reasons that don't really matter at this point, the league has moved it to May 8 through May 10. And in the age of social media and a land rush to be ... More >>
Game of Thrones people like to talk about how "winter is coming" but around here, we all know summer is what you have to be worried about. It's the time when air conditioning is essential, and also the time when a blackout or brownout may see you AC-less. The rolling blackouts and brownouts have bee ... More >>
Texas is fighting a war on multiple fronts: The war against women, the war against minorities, the war against the middle class. Who could have imagined our educational system would wage a war against preschoolers? If we trust in the latest data from U.S. Department of Education, it appears that 4-y ... More >>
As we've unfortunately learned many times before, a bunch of oil dumped into bodies of water doesn't tend to work out well for the birds and other animals that live in the area. We learned it with Exxon Valdez and it hit much closer to home with the British Petroleum oil spill in 2010. Now the chic ... More >>
Yesterday was the beginning of another baseball season. For lovers of the game, there are two words that jumpstart the heart and clean the slate for another long, hopefully successful year: Opening Day.
Our state's flag is bigger and bolder than most. If you ask any Texan they'll agree the Lone Star state's colors represent thoroughly for who we are in America. There aren't many states that can claim that, and you know it doesn't even matter that some South Americans mistake our state flag for tha ... More >>
Why did the lesser prairie chicken cross the road? To get the hell out of Texas where a whole lot of people are not thrilled with the fact that the chicken, a Texas native, has been taken under the protective wing of the federal government and placed on the threatened species list by the folks over ... More >>
The organizers of the Dallas Morning News-TexSom Wine Competition announced this week the winners of the highly regarded annual event, now in its 30th year.
This little lounge is not in the cocktail business.
In this series, we examine the history and origins of famous sweets, confections, and desserts associated with American states. Maryland's Official State Dessert is a cake after my own heart. I've long been a proponent of equal cake-to-icing ratios, which is why I ultimately favor the layer cake o ... More >>
We must admit that we snicker anytime we hear the phrase "organ donation," but it's really no laughing matter. Every day, 75 people throughout the country are saved through donation, according to Donate Life Texas. That's the good news. But here's the bad: "More than 120,000 men, women and children ... More >>
As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>
How many people have to die before we take a hard look at the stand-your-ground defense in Texas? How long before the message gets out that this will-nilly shooting of people on your property is a bad thing? Stand your ground is intertwined with The Castle Doctrine, which was a Texas law revised in ... More >>
It's funny, it's been so long since I was in an NFL city that had a high draft pick and an acute need at the quarterback position, I had forgotten how much garbage fun Pro Days for quarterbacks are. Add into this the fact that the opinions among fans, and (now, to a lesser degree) pundits are so di ... More >>
Asparagus popping up from the soil is the first culinary sign of spring.
A lawsuit filed by the producers of "Machete Kills" accuses the Texas Film Commission of violating the producers' First Amendment rights by denying tax breaks usually granted to films made in Texas. Per the Courthouse News, the suit claims that the sequel to director Robert Rodriguez's 2010 "Machet ... More >>
In this series, we examine the history and origins of famous sweets, confections, and desserts associated with certain American states. Mississippi was the first state whose name I learned how to spell (the first, naturally, being my home state of Pennsylvania). If you uttered the letters in a cer ... More >>
Crème fraîche may sound fancy, but it's really just soured cream. With its roots in France, it was traditionally made by leaving fresh cow's cream at room temperature until it thickened. Today, since our cream is pasteurized (or even ultra-pasteurized), we have to introduce an outside bacterial cu ... More >>
"Don't worry, they died of natural causes at a farm out in East Texas," the older man says. "We raised all sorts of exotic animals out there." Mouth open, we're staring at a pair of stuffed zebras, right past the row of topless dancers flanking them. To be fair, mounted animals are surrounding us, ... More >>
Celebrating 25 years of women, drinks and zebras.
In the 2000 Bush/Gore presidential election, George W. Bush carried the state of Texas, which came of little surprise to anyone. Texas is, after all, as red as red states can be on most socio-political issues and the former governor was a poster boy for socially conservative politics. But, here in H ... More >>
Last week when I wrote about the most treacherous on ramps to freeways, many of you suggested connections between freeways as possible additions. Since I was sticking with entrances from side streets, I skipped out on freeway interchanges, but there are three in particular that are such a mess, they ... More >>
For about two seconds it looked like President Obama was finally going to have to make a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. The State Department report had been issued and there just wasn't any other way to delay a final, clear-cut yes or no from the White House. But then a Nebraska judge ... More >>
If you live around here and you haven't heard about the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas play in the past few years, you just haven't been paying attention. The shale play that stretches from South Texas into Mexico is one of the key developments that has revitalized the U.S. energy sector after ... More >>
Texas is renowned as a gun-lover's paradise, and firearm enthusiasts in Houston are fortunate to have a vast array of gun shops to choose from -- but unfortunately, if you want pork-laced ammunition to fend off a crazed jihadist, you'll have to order it from the clear-minded, level-headed folks at t ... More >>
Let's get this out of the way at the front. The study -- the one I'm about to delineate -- does not mean that there is a causal relationship between Republican presidents and infant mortality. It means that after the authors controlled for certain relevant variables -- e.g., education attainment, ... More >>
At the end of the day it's about firepower. Or, as it's being sold by gun advocates, it's about our Constitutional rights. Yet, maybe, it's about staying free from Mexico, as the group Open Carry Texas said in a message last week to media. "On March 2nd, 2014, the largest pro-carry group in the ... More >>
If you're heading out to the 2nd Badass Weekend festival downtown this weekend, don't forget to bring your earplugs -- the ones that go in your ear canals, not your earlobes, dude. Matter of fact, a mouth guard not be a bad idea, either, because Dallas' Power Trip is playing the extreme rock fest's ... More >>
Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, California, was forced to recall 8.7 million pounds of beef this past weekend due to improper inspection. And of course, some of the meat in the recall made its way to Texas, because it's not like we have a gazillion of our own cows here or anything. The Unit ... More >>
This past Sunday, we witnessed what was either a charming portrayal of the broad multicultural landscape that is America, or the most shocking betrayal of American values by an American cultural icon that we've ever witnessed. Of course, I'm talking about Coca-Cola's commercial during the Super Bowl ... More >>
Fifty years ago this Sunday, the Beatles ushered in a new era in pop music and youth culture when they made their first live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. While the four lads from Liverpool were still mostly unknown to Americans in 1964, they were already the most hyped rock and roll band in U ... More >>
It's hard to ignore a large metal pig, even when you're zipping home from the gym gravely in need of some post-workout fuel. Trust me, I know from experience. Rubbernecking at my giant porcine friend while she stands proudly in the window of the Texas Star Grill Shop has become somewhat of a morni ... More >>
Seething, agitated and anarchistic, DOA continues to unleash tuneful and frenzied songs, proving they are far from retired. For more than 30 years, the band has unleashed rock and roll tethered to lumberjack toughness and 'green' environmental issues. They balance flannel-shirt, beer-smeared, hocke ... More >>
It's hard to believe, but our long, frigid nightmare is over. OK, it wasn't particularly long or even that nightmarish, but Snowpocalypse the Sequel is over and we can get back to what we do well in southeast Texas. No, not sweat. We'll save that for August. For now, we'll have typical January weath ... More >>
Texas ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to access to emergency care, according to a report card just released by the American College of Emergency Physicians. That's a big fat F for that category. The state ranked 38th overall (a "D ") in the report, which measures "America's emergency care e ... More >>
Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?
Texas, we're starting to earn our reputation. When we look at the recent headlines out of Texas that have made national news, it's pretty easy to see why folks outside the Lone Star state think that we all ride our horses to work. Our antics are becoming the punch line for national jokes, and real ... More >>
So much for free speech. Last week, a Virginia court ruled that Yelp must turn over the identities of seven anonymous reviewers of a carpet store because the commenters may not have been actual customers. According to Yelp's terms of service: "You may expose yourself to liability if, for example, ... More >>