Everywhere Else, It’s Called Football

I’ve had a hard time making a baseball fan of my 9-year-old son, Gabriel. The night Enron Field opened, I pulled an Astros T-shirt […]

Buy Some Stuff, Enslave Somebody

Years from now, when the story of our corporate age is told with the clarity of hindsight, I’m guessing one of the phrases scholars […]

Muhammad Rocked the Casbah

This article has been updated to correct the location of the Islamic Society of North America conference. Last update: December 18, 2007 Kourosh Poursalehi […]

Long Live the King

Punctuated by chiming, infectious laughter, it was an otherwise serious affair that brought several hundred people to a conference on the seventh floor of […]

Jim Hightower

George W likes to pose as a Texas president in the rough-hewn rancher model of Lyndon Johnson. George isn’t actually a Texan-he was born […]

Political Intelligence

The Coal Front Despite reports to the contrary, Big Coal is alive and well in Texas. The coal-burning power plant that ranchers Robert and […]

Editorial

You hold in your hands the final 2007 issue of The Texas Observer. As is our tradition, we won’t publish in late December, instead […]

Dialogue

POWER OF THE PEN The article, “Give Me Shelter” (November 16) by Andrew Papke, is amazing. This story should be required reading in every […]

Boots on the Ground

This article has been updated. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn was eligible for the draft during the Vietnam war, though he did not serve. Last […]

Burying the Opposition

For more than a decade, Waste Control Specialists has had big plans to build a radioactive waste dump in a desolate corner of the West Texas oil patch.