Daily Archives: May 4, 2007

Long Past Enough

¡Ya Basta! Every day in Mexico there are an estimated 10 kidnappings. ¡Ya Basta! is an intimate documentary that captures the harrowing stories of six. It’s also a film about an antiquated judicial system incapable of dealing with a sudden …

Capitol Offense

It hasn’t been a good month for Albert Hawkins, and yet it appears he will retain his job. In a two-week span in April, the embattled state health commissioner saw two of his agency’s most visible projects-a ballyhooed experiment with …

Capitol Offense

On April 12, the Observer posted “The Governor’s Database” on the Web. The story detailed how Gov. Rick Perry, through his Office of Homeland Security, is compiling a massive database on Texans. A little more than an hour later, Laredo …

Jim Hightower

When George Romney ran for president in 1968, he opposed the war in Vietnam. When it came out that he’d earlier supported the war, the Republican governor of Michigan blamed the contradiction on having been “brainwashed.” Another presidential hopeful at …

Bad Bills

Little Brother’s Watching, Too House Bill 357 Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) It’s the new brand of openness in government-making more details about what you do openly available to more of the government. House Bill 357, by Tomball Republican Rep. Debbie …

Political Intelligence

Life Blood of Hyperbole In a committee hearing that lasted until after 5 a.m., opponents demonized embryonic stem cell research by likening it to everything from Planned Parenthood (the horror!) to ruthless scientific experiments done in Nazi concentration camps. Supporters …

Editorial

They must be a very neat, organized people, these Republicans. We gather that they carry two forms of identification each at all times and keep their voter registration cards in those nifty little wallets that hang from your neck. In …

Hitting the Bottlers

The soft drink business in East Texas was a relatively friendly affair when Jerry Dudley started out 40 years ago. Family-owned companies bottled colas and fruit drinks, and sold them to local grocers or mom-and-pop convenience stores. There was competition, …

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