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  • Annise Parker hits back at Lance Berkman for anti-HERO advertisement

    10/08/2015 5:11:00 AM PDT · by pkajj · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 7, 2015 | John-Henry Perera
    Mayor Annise Parker took a moment on Twitter to bash former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman after he voiced opposition toward the city's equal rights ordinance known as HERO. In late September, Berkman recorded an advertisement for the Campaign for Houston PAC, a group that is opposed to HERO. "My wife and I have four daughters," Berkman says in the ad. "Proposition One, the 'bathroom ordinance,' would allow troubled men to enter women's public bathrooms, showers and locker rooms. This would violate their privacy and put them in harm's way. That's just wrong." The mayor called Berkman a hypocrite for...
  • Texas lawmaker married five times files error-filled complaint against gay marriage

    03/03/2015 9:29:49 AM PST · by Oliviaforever · 19 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 3/3/15 | Dylan Baddour
    A Tea Party lawmaker erred last week when he filed a handwritten complaint against the judge who permitted Texas' first same-sex marriage. State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, a veteran groom with five marriages under his belt, called out the wrong judge and made a flawed assertion of Texas law
  • Documents reveal Ted Cruz was ticketed with alcohol possession as a minor

    01/14/2015 10:11:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 280 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2015 | John-Henry Perera
    Will the latest news about Ted Cruz hurt his chances for the 2016 GOP nomination? Click to learn the betting odds for the junior Texas senator and other contenders for the Oval Office.When Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was a teenager, he was caught doing teenage things, as revealed in documents obtained by BuzzFeed. In his application to become Texas solicitor general, Cruz was required to list any prior convictions. That included one "guilty plea for minor in possession of alcohol." Apparently when Cruz was a high school senior in 1987, authorities found an unopened case of beer in his vehicle....
  • Pastor Hagee: Blood moons point to 'world-shaking event'

    04/11/2014 5:35:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 87 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 10, 2014 | Kolten Parkey
    Megachurch pastor John Hagee is warning his San Antonio congregation and international following of a “world-shaking event that will happen between April 2014 and October 2015.” And, no, he's not talking about Fiesta. Hagee, founder of the Cornerstone Church, points to “four blood moons,” a rare astronomical event of four consecutive and complete lunar eclipses, known as a tetrad, which begins April 15. The San Antonio pastor asserts the dates of the eclipses signify a major event that will change history in a book released in October, a series of sermons and a TV special airing on Tuesday, the first...
  • Rand Paul Calls Ted Cruz on Bashing Their Party

    03/11/2014 7:42:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    Houston Press ^ | Tue., Mar. 11 2014 at 7:00 AM | Dianna Wray
    Lots of people in the Republican party are fed up with Sen. Ted Cruz, but Sen. Rand Paul is the guy who is doing something about it. On Monday, the conservative news website, Breitbart News, published an op-ed by Paul, where the senator from Kentucky took Cruz to task -- without ever actually naming the guy who may be beloved by the Tea Party conservatives, but has earned some pretty impressive dislike from the elected members of his own party -- for his hijinks that Paul said have encouraged divisions within the party: "I don't claim to be the next...
  • Guess who Ted Cruz blames for the shutdown [Houston paper reports a 16-week shutdown]

    12/29/2013 12:21:18 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 29, 2013 | Compiled by Andy Warren
    Texas tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz tells ABC's Jonathan Karl on "This Week" that he has no regrets about the 16-week federal government shutdown. In fact, he blames President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders, ABC News reports in a story on its website.
  • Accidents fall at Houston red-light camera intersections (AFTER the cameras are turned off)

    05/12/2011 12:31:33 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 11, 2011 | JAMES PINKERTON
    In the five months after Houston voters forced city officials to turn off a camera surveillance system that fined motorists for running red lights, traffic accidents at those 50 intersections with 70 cameras have decreased 16 percent, according to recently released data. The drop in accidents surprised Houston police administrators who say a possible explanation is the unusually dry weather during recent months has made driving conditions safer. They also wonder if years of electronic monitoring have made Houstonians better, if not more cautious, drivers. Assistant Chief Brian Lumpkin said he had assumed accidents at those intersections were increasing since...
  • Bill White to President Obama: Call me

    07/30/2010 2:46:39 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 13 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 7-30-10 | JAY ROOT
    AUSTIN — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White has a message for President Barack Obama: Call me. Obama is scheduled to come to Texas for fundraisers on Aug. 9, but White has said he's too busy to meet with him. But the Democrat said he'd happily take a call from the president. "I'd be available to talk to the president, whoever the president of the United States is, at any time," White said on Friday. "I'm available to talk to anybody by telephone."
  • 18th congressional: We endorse Sheila Jackson Lee for the Democrats (Houston Chronicle Barf Alert)

    02/19/2010 10:49:42 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 26 replies · 616+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 17, 2010, 7:52PM
    In her 16 years representing the Houston congressional seat first held by the legendary Barbara Jordan (and then by Mickey Leland), New York City-born attorney Sheila Jackson Lee has never been seriously challenged after she ousted incumbent Democrat Craig Washington in a bitter 1994 primary contest. The Chronicle believes she has ably represented her district and deserves to be renominated as the Democratic standard-bearer. That is not to say she has not sparked controversy and drawn criticism from various media and a minority of her constituents. Issues included her penchant for using public events like Michael Jackson's funeral for photo...
  • GOP bill would restrict birthright citizenship

    02/17/2010 11:38:04 AM PST · by Dubya · 55 replies · 1,600+ views
    There are few more basic tenets in the U.S. Constitution than this: If you're born in the U.S., you're a citizen. But as we all know it gets a bit more complicated for some when you add illegal immigrants into the equation. Some of you on this blog have called for a crackdown on birthright citizenship. You say far too many immigrants enter the U.S. illegally and have children here.
  • (Houston Chronicle endorsement) We recommend Bill White in the Democratic primary for governor

    02/16/2010 11:19:45 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 23 replies · 622+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 13, 2010, 8:21PM | no byline (unsigned editors)
    Fresh from completing three successful terms as Houston's mayor, Bill White is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. The Chronicle believes this accomplished attorney, businessman and public administrator is far and away the most qualified candidate to represent the party in seeking to crack the Republican lock on statewide offices. In his six years running City Hall, White presided over a financial reorganization that reduced unfunded employee pension liabilities, aggressively promoted toxic air pollution enforcement, crafted innovative public safety programs, and ably directed the city's response to an influx of Hurricane Katrina refugees from New Orleans and the subsequent threats...
  • More Americans going global for health care: Medical Tourism

    02/16/2010 7:38:29 AM PST · by Badabing Badablonde · 32 replies · 545+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2/14/2010 | MEREDITH SIMONS and CAROLYN LOCHHEAD
    WASHINGTON — Critics of health care reform often point to desperate Canadians who head south for surgery to escape waiting lists. But a trend closer to home points the opposite direction: Americans heading overseas to escape the high cost of U.S. care. < snip > Once a cottage industry, medical tourism may be on the cusp of major expansion as governments from India to Singapore invest in state-of-the-art hospitals, vying for a global market. Uninsured patients currently make up the bulk of Americans venturing abroad. But Vequist's group has studied at least 50 companies that say they are open to...
  • The Houston Chronicle Makes Obama/Biden Their Choice (Endorsement)

    10/19/2008 8:42:38 PM PDT · by gab1279 · 57 replies · 1,429+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 18, 2008 | Houston Chronicle editorial staff
    ...Obama appears to possess the tools to confront our myriad and daunting problems. He's thoughtful and analytical. He has met his opponents' attacks with calm and reasoned responses. Viewers of the debates saw a poised, well-prepared plausible president with well-articulated positions on the bread-and-butter issues that poll after poll indicate are the true concerns of voters. While Arizona Sen. John McCain and his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have struck an increasingly personal and negative tone in their speeches, Obama has continued to talk about issues of substance. It is true that Obama has served less than a term...

    06/12/2007 9:45:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 434+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 10, 2007 | TORY GATTIS
    Houston is at a turning point. With a boost from noted urbanist Joel Kotkin, our city has begun recasting its national reputation from "that ugly, sprawling, weird city without zoning" to the exemplar city for "Opportunity Urbanism," a compelling new paradigm for cities in the 21st century. This paradigm asserts that the fundamental (but recently forgotten) core mission of cities is to accelerate the upward social and economic mobility of its inhabitants. This may sound obvious to the average person, but in the wonkish world of urban policy and planning, the themes of the past decade have been environmentalism (smart...
  • Is To Kill a Mockingbird a must-read?

    04/06/2007 5:32:09 AM PDT · by urtax$@work · 248 replies · 3,404+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 4/6/07 | me
    If there's one book you should read before you die, it's To Kill a Mockingbird. That's not my opinion. Apparently I was sick back in ninth grade when every other American kid read Harper Lee's novel of racism, moral courage and coming of age in 1930s Alabama. I read it for the first time only this week and have my misgivings. But according to the Guardian newspaper's Web site, a 2006 poll of librarians — British librarians — put To Kill a Mockingbird atop the list of books every adult should read before they shuffle off. Ahead of the Bible....
  • When did the Houston Chronicle become so liberal? (Vanity)

    10/19/2006 9:08:33 PM PDT · by Ravi · 4 replies · 247+ views
  • Other 'i' word in politics; plus a CIA leak postscript (Plamegate)

    09/07/2006 1:37:44 PM PDT · by weegee · 21 replies · 928+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 5, 2006, 7:52PM | By CRAGG HINES
    (Ignoring the blather on Immigration and Impeachment, I proceeded to the Idiotorial remarks on the CIA leak postscript from the Houston Comical - weegee): -------------------- With the latest developments in the CIA leak case, some Bush apologists insist that it's time for a correction or contrition from those of us who spoke out about the White House's involvement. At least as far as my commentary has gone, I see no required rollback. Bush has not taken the "appropriate action" that he promised in October 2003, as Karl Rove remains on the White House payroll. Disclosure that Richard L. Armitage, when...
  • Writing in choice on eSlate will take a little more work (electronic ballot disenfranchises)

    08/10/2006 10:00:42 AM PDT · by weegee · 19 replies · 1,151+ views
    Houston Chronicle | Aug. 10, 2006, 5:05AM | no byline
    Write-in candidate names are not on the ballot by design. To cast a vote for one on the electronic eSlate machines, which don't have a keyboard, you'll have to use the "select" dial to choose "write-in." Even then, the names won't automatically pop up, said Scott Haywood, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office. In each booth there will be a printed list of candidates who have been certified for the Congressional District 22 race. Using the dial and a picture of a keyboard on the screen, the voter will click the letters of the name they want. Potential...
  • Iraqi civilian deaths average 100 per day

    07/19/2006 12:29:40 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 46 replies · 1,053+ views
    NY Times via Houston Chron ^ | July 19 06 | KIRK SEMPLE
    BAGHDAD, IRAQ - An average of more than 100 civilians per day were killed in Iraq last month, the United Nations reported on Tuesday, registering what appears to be the highest official monthly tally of violent deaths since the fall of Baghdad. The death toll, drawn from Iraqi government agencies, was the most precise measurement of civilian deaths provided by any government organization since the invasion and represented a substantial increase over the figures in daily media reports.In keeping with the numbers cited in the report, a suicide car bomber killed at least 53 people and wounded at least 105...
  • HPD, airport security at odds over incident

    07/10/2006 5:23:41 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 36 replies · 1,509+ views
    Houston police and the federal Transportation Security Administration disagree over who is responsible for allowing a man with what appeared to be bomb components board an aircraft at Hobby Airport last week. The report states that a man with a Middle Eastern name and a ticket for a Delta Airlines flight to Atlanta shook his head when screeners asked if he had a laptop computer in his baggage, but an X-ray machine operator detected a laptop. A search of the man's baggage revealed a clock with a 9-volt battery taped to it and a copy of the Quran, the report...
  • There seems to be a script for some part of the anger (war of the 12 cartoons)

    02/08/2006 3:08:54 PM PST · by weegee · 11 replies · 438+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 7, 2006, 10:02PM | By CRAGG HINES
    There's plenty of ignorance on all sides in the belatedly, incredibly (as in manipulatively incredible) mushrooming of protests against use of Mohammed as a cartoon figure in a Danish newspaper more than four months ago. Unfortunately, again for all sides, the controversy highlights a cultural rift (OK, chasm) that will not be easily bridged, if it can be at all. That's not defeatism, or at least is not intended as such. It's just an assessment of where a crazy world seems to stand amid what currently passes for a clash of civilizations with intolerant hotheads on both sides. How else...
  • County growth worries planners (Houston)

    12/28/2005 7:16:38 PM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies · 729+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 26, 2005 | Mike Snyder
    Over the next 30 years, most of Harris County's remaining open space will succumb to subdivisions, office buildings and shopping centers where millions of new residents will live and work, projections by local planners show. The spread of development, particularly west and northwest of Houston, is among the more striking trends shown in preliminary population and job growth projections developed by the Houston-Gal- veston Area Council for the eight-county Houston region. The potential loss of open space alarms conservationists and others concerned about suburban sprawl. It is among the factors driving an effort by business and civic leaders to find...
  • A win for DeLay in judicial war(Liberal Big Media Bias Take)

    12/08/2005 6:35:28 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 11 replies · 905+ views
    Houston Chronicle -NYTimes of the South ^ | Dec. 6, 2005, 10:50PM | Little Rickie Casey
    Good news! The war being waged by U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay and his allies against liberal activist judges who free criminals based on technicalities is bearing fruit. Take the case of State District Judge Pat Priest, a San Antonio Democrat. Some slick big-city lawyers from Houston wanted him to drop a felony money-laundering charge against their client based on what can only be described as a technicality. The $190,000 that was allegedly dry-cleaned, they noted, was in the form of a check, not cold hard cash. The peculiar wording of the Texas money-laundering law, the attorneys argued, did not include...
  • Traditional marriage under fire: Who's really to blame?

    11/10/2005 12:28:27 PM PST · by Wolf13 · 96 replies · 1,827+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | November 10, 2005 | Daniel Allott
    Traditional marriage under fire: Who's really to blame? Americans are less than passionate about institution By DANIEL ALLOTT Texas has become the 19th state to pass a constitutional amendment to preserve marriage as between one man and one woman. For traditional marriage activists, this vote represents another victory on the path to what they hope will be a federal marriage protection amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But, if and when a federal marriage amendment is ratified, marriage advocates may be surprised to discover that passing marriage protection laws may not be enough to save an institution in free-fall. The National...
  • Will DeLay be defeated like Capone? (Houston Comical Barf Alert)

    09/30/2005 7:59:41 PM PDT · by weegee · 31 replies · 721+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 29, 2005, 11:29PM | By RICK CASEY
    Maybe Ronnie Earle has the goods on Tom DeLay and maybe not. I'm perfectly content to let a jury consider the evidence and decide. But if a jury does convict DeLay, I'm proposing a new nickname for the man who was, until Wednesday, one of the most powerful figures in national politics. Forget "The Hammer." He will be "Scarface." As in Al Capone. The connection? Capone was a monumental tough guy who ran gambling, prostitution, protection, bootlegging and other rackets in Chicago — only to be brought down on lower level charges that he cheated on his income taxes. DeLay...
  • GOP gays oppose plan to ban same-sex marriages

    09/28/2005 10:50:53 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 16 replies · 574+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/28/05 | Clay Robison
    Gov. Rick Perry is actively promoting Proposition 2, the proposed constitutional amendment against same-sex marriages, and many other Republicans are supporting it. But at least one GOP group is campaigning against it. The Log Cabin Republicans of Texas, a gay and lesbian group that has fought the state's conservative GOP leaders before, denounced Proposition 2 as discriminatory. "The proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage would discriminate by singling out gays and lesbians and those in other committed relationships from the basic rights and responsibilities that married Texans enjoy," said Andy Hendricks, the group's president. "Individual liberty and freedom from governmental...
  • Justice can't be dishonest (media bias and fraud)

    06/05/2005 7:18:08 PM PDT · by weegee · 24 replies · 1,003+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 4, 2005, 8:42PM | By RICK CASEY
    In 1981, rising young reporter Janet Cooke of the Washington Post made up an 8-year-old heroin addict named Jimmy and won a Pulitzer. When her falsification was discovered, she went into exile for more than a decade, but her journalism career remained dead. •More recently, USA Today star reporter Jack Kelley was forced to resign after editors learned he had fabricated multiple stories. The newspaper's top editor also resigned. •New York Times reporter Jayson Blair resigned when it was discovered that he had been making up parts of stories, including one about the Rio Grande Valley family of an early...

    01/09/2005 4:45:15 AM PST · by cbkaty · 14 replies · 611+ views
    New Your Times & Houston Comical ^ | Jan. 9, 2005, 1:23AM | Christine Hauser
    Witnesses say 14 family members are killed; Military 'regrets the loss' BAGHDAD, IRAQ - Five Iraqis were killed early Saturday when a U.S. warplane dropped a 500-pound bomb on the wrong house during an attack on insurgents in northern Iraq, the military said. People on the scene, however, said 14 people were killed. The military said in a statement that an F-16 fighter plane mistakenly dropped the guided bomb on the house, in the village of Aitha, about 30 miles south of Mosul. "The intended target was another location nearby," the statement said. It said an investigation was under way...
  • LOST TO PUBLIC SERVICE Ex-city parks director troubled tale of gifted bureaucrat's self-destruction

    12/09/2004 12:14:17 PM PST · by weegee · 8 replies · 449+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 8, 2004, 9:17PM | no byline
    Reports that Oliver Spellman has been charged by the U.S. attorney in Cleveland, Ohio, with conspiring to obtain bribes will surely trouble the people whose image of him was so different when he worked for the city of Houston. Spellman, who had been recruited as Houston's parks director in 1998, came from a similar position in Cleveland. Once here, he charmed parks supporters and won plaudits for streamlining the bloated departmental bureaucracy and cleaning up and renovating city-owned green space. So highly regarded was Spellman that he was touted as a leading candidate for the parks directorship of New York...
  • (Tom) DeLay legal fund returns $3,500 in contributions Donations from 2 lobbyists broke House rules

    12/08/2004 12:34:15 AM PST · by weegee · 8 replies · 631+ views
    Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau ^ | Dec. 7, 2004, 9:48PM | By JULIE MASON
    WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's legal expense fund accepted improper contributions from two registered lobbyists in 2001 and this week returned the checks, totaling $3,500, fund trustee Brent Perry said Tuesday. House rules prohibit lobbyists from making contributions to a member's legal defense fund. The Tom DeLay Legal Expense Trust has raised more than $900,000 since its creation in 2000, said Perry, a Houston attorney. The reimbursement was prompted by Public Citizen, a Washington-based watchdog group, which combed through DeLay's fund and identified the improper contributions. Asked why it took the fund so long to return the checks,...
  • Chasing Its Tale- The Chron gets scooped on Bush - by one of its own (gotcha journalism)

    11/18/2004 4:45:05 PM PST · by weegee · 20 replies · 1,559+ views
    Houston Press ^ | Nov 11, 2004 | BY MICHAEL SERAZIO
    Between the end of the Republican National Convention and Election Day, the Houston Chronicle spent roughly 50,000 words on President George W. Bush and his campaign for re-election. Perhaps most impressive, one of its own columnists had major news to break on the race. He just didn't, umm, break it to the Chronicle. Russ Baker, a New York-based freelance journalist and contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review, had been circling the reporting waters around President Bush for several months, dialing up hundreds of possible sources for material on the commander in chief. "I just didn't think we really knew enough...
  • Media Bias Alert! (Houston Chron/Reuters)

    09/22/2004 3:45:07 PM PDT · by Macaw · 245 replies · 12,925+ views
    Houston Chronical ^ | 9-16-2004 | Reuters
    Scroll down to the picture of the girl with "W" hair. Right click on her picture. Look at the file name.
  • Bush or Kerry? Chocolate or vanilla? Night or day?

    09/13/2004 11:12:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies · 1,036+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 13, 2004 | JAMES GIBBONS
    The late, great columnist Murray Kempton said editorial writers were like partisan fighters who come down out of the hills after the battle and shoot the wounded. There is some truth to that, but I have a kinder, gentler simile in mind. J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, used to ask children to sit with him in his box during performances of his famous play. After the curtain came down one night Barrie turned to the little boy he had invited and asked: "So what part did you like best?" The little boy said, "The part I liked best...
  • Readers take apart the (Houston) Chronicle - blatant media bias

    07/13/2004 11:16:12 PM PDT · by weegee · 11 replies · 872+ views
    Chronically ^ | July 13, 2004, 09:19 PM | By Kevin Whited
    Readers take apart the Chronicle By Kevin Whited Several readers emailed today to point out problems with Chronicle copy:Greg Gotlieb notes the following: Cleland, a fellow Vietnam veteran who lost three limbs during the war, was defeated in the 2002 election after Republicans questioned his patriotism. Cleland has been a political martyr of sorts for Kerry as he accuses Republicans of trying to tear down real American patriots. That excerpt came from an AP story that ran in the Chronicle and in many other news outlets. It shows just how pervasive the bias in the mainstream news media is, and...
  • Oops! Spell Check Before you Accuse - Air America vs. The Houston Chronicle

    07/13/2004 9:23:06 PM PDT · by locochupacabra · 27 replies · 1,440+ views | 7/13/04 | Ken Hoffman
    WHEN you work for a newspaper, you get used to it. "Your paper is too liberal." "Your paper is too conservative." "It's too this." "It's too that." Then there was the phone call I got last week from Mike Papantonio, a talk host on the Air America Radio network — the liberal answer to Rush Limbaugh and conservative talk radio. He wanted to know why we didn't cover a story — even though we did. Air America has 15 stations across the country, but none in Houston. You can hear it on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio, however. Papantonio challenged...
  • Freudian slip (Houston Chronicle refers to John F. Kerry as "President Kerry")

    07/12/2004 8:35:52 AM PDT · by weegee · 51 replies · 1,384+ views
    Chronically ^ | July 7, 2004 | The Houstonian
    Freudian slip The Chronicle has since corrected the problem in this story, but a google news search currently confirms an alert from a reader earlier: John Edwards a good and expedient choice Houston Chronicle, TX - 12 hours ago ... President Kerry overlooked Edwards' slim political experience because the son of a mill worker is an effective campaigner who excites the party faithful and ... We know that's your preference guys, but maybe you should at least wait until the election. ------- What liberal media? By Kevin Whited The Chronicle made OpinionJournal's Best of the Web today, although "worst" of...
  • Internet helps widen rift between the political left, right (Free Republic mentioned)

    06/28/2004 1:47:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 183 replies · 2,630+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 28, 2004 | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    AUSTIN -- Erica Anthony-Benavides is a junior at Trinity University in San Antonio, a member of Ladies in Physics and not very politically active. But because she signed a petition against the war in Iraq, a national conservative Internet site has declared her an enemy of America. "I don't know why they want to accuse us of treason. It's not fair. We haven't done anything. We've just said something that somebody doesn't like," said Anthony-Benavides, a native of Corpus Christi. Anthony-Benavides, 19, has been swept up in a new Internet war between the right and left in America that is...
  • Ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching goes the light rail, manager says

    06/23/2004 10:02:47 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 54 replies · 642+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 23, 2004 | DAVID KAPLAN
    Over the past few years, downtown Houston has experienced a dramatic makeover. After decades of blight, the area has seen the restoration of old buildings and the return of retail, particularly restaurants and clubs. Many of these new businesses suffered through months of road construction with the hope that the arrival of light rail would turn things around. It's been almost six months since rail's launch, enough time, perhaps, for retailers to gauge whether the train will have a positive effect on their businesses. It should be noted, of course, that no two businesses have the same story to tell....
  • Berg's Dad: Why I Blame Bush (Major barf - Michael Berg goes off the deep end!)

    05/27/2004 12:48:40 AM PDT · by GOPcapitalist · 70 replies · 496+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/26 | Michael Berg
    When I eulogized my son, Nick, I said that he was my teacher and my hero. He was the kindest, gentlest man I know — no, the kindest, gentlest human being I know or have ever known. Did you know that he quit the Boy Scouts of America because they wanted to teach him to fire a handgun? Nick, too, poured into me the strength I needed and still need to tell the world about him. People ask me why I focus on putting the blame for my son's tragic and atrocious end on the Bush administration. They ask: "Don't...
  • Now a fair, balanced liberal manifesto

    04/26/2004 5:56:43 AM PDT · by weegee · 15 replies · 162+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 26, 2004, 1:03AM | By BILL COULTER
    SOUNDING BOARD Now a fair, balanced liberal manifesto By BILL COULTER Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle "A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away." — Barry Goldwater Some readers, at least two or three, have complained that the Chronicle's opinion pages do not adequately express the liberal view. They're either blind or aren't reading the paper closely enough. They overlook E.J. Dionne Jr., Paul Krugman, Helen Thomas, Marianne Means, Maureen Dowd and the other liberal commentators whose work frequently appears. Two weeks ago in this space, my friend and...
  • Soldier from Houston dies in Iraq two weeks into duty 21-year-old killed while fighting in Fallujah

    04/07/2004 12:22:47 PM PDT · by weegee · 37 replies · 731+ views
    houston chronicle ^ | April 7, 2004, 12:08PM | LUCAS WALL
    April 7, 2004, 12:08PM Soldier from Houston dies in Iraq two weeks into duty 21-year-old killed while fighting in Fallujah By LUCAS WALL Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle A 21-year-old Houston man stationed in Iraq less than two weeks died Friday during fighting with insurgents in Fallujah, his family said Saturday. U.S. Marine Pfc. Leroy Sandoval Jr. died of a gunshot wound while manning a machine gun for his unit, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. He's the 10th soldier from the Houston metropolitan area to die while on duty in Iraq, and the second Texan killed there in as many days....
  • A Streetcar Named Disaster

    03/07/2004 5:02:00 PM PST · by PeaceBeWithYou · 80 replies · 1,149+ views
    The Houston Review ^ | March 7, 2004 | Phil Magness
    After witnessing a weekend of self-congratulatory festivities marking the January 1st debut of Houston’s MetroRail transit system, the hometown newspaper’s editorial board could hardly contain its exuberance. “Viewed from any angle,” opined the Houston Chronicle, the kickoff celebrations were a sure “sign of good things to come.” To the board, itself a merciless campaigner for rail, the roughly 15,000 people in attendance suggested that a “large helping of crow” was in order for transit critics. Reports from Houston spread quickly causing the Arizona Republic’s editorial page to gloat “critics rail at light rail to no avail.” After all, what...
  • Kerry candidacy inspires comparison to other JFK

    01/20/2004 11:40:16 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies · 308+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 21, 2004 | SCOTT SHEPARD
    WASHINGTON -- Is America ready to be led by another Massachusetts senator, a former Navy war hero with the initials "JFK," a rich, Catholic Bostonian with patrician looks and a glamorous wife, a forward-looking Democrat with a challenge to countrymen to be a part of something larger than themselves? John Forbes Kerry, the three-term senator from Massachusetts, the much-decorated former gunboat captain in Vietnam, the aristocrat with the Boston brogue and the Mozambique-born heiress wife, thinks so. But don't suggest to Kerry that he represents a chance for Democrats to return to Camelot or that he is trying to trade...
  • North Texas man executed for $10 fatal robbery

    01/14/2004 5:05:26 PM PST · by Dog Gone · 31 replies · 195+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2004
    HUNTSVILLE -- A former pizza delivery driver was executed today for the 1990 shooting death of a woman after robbing her and her husband of some inexpensive jewelry and less than $10. Kenneth Eugene Bruce first addressed the family of his victim, Helen Ayers, and then spoke to his family. "And to the family of Ms. Ayers, I would like to apologize for all the pain and suffering and that God give you closure," And I pray that he blesses you," he said. Turning to his family, Bruce told them he loved them. "I may not be with you in...
  • Talk-radio caller hurt in SUV accident

    12/10/2003 7:47:13 AM PST · by fishtank · 89 replies · 319+ views
    Talk-radio caller hurt in SUV accident Associated Press MIDDLE ISLAND, N.Y. - A woman who was on her cell phone discussing the Michael Jackson case on a radio call-in show was hurt when her sport utility vehicle -- stopped on the side of the road -- was hit from behind. Cheryl Picker was talking to WABC 770 morning show hosts Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby just before 9 a.m. Tuesday when the crash was heard on the radio. Kuby was heard saying, "Cheryl, are you OK? Cheryl? Cheryl?" Picker, 44, was taken to a hospital, where she was listed in...
  • SUV(no, idiot TV reporter driving it), light-rail car collide during train's test run(Houston)

    11/20/2003 6:52:43 AM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 45 replies · 278+ views
    A Metro light rail car and a sport utility vehicle collided downtown during the train's test run Wednesday night. Police said it was the first accident involving the city's new light rail system. The accident occurred about 8:30 p.m. when the driver of the Jeep Cherokee turned in front of the train at Main and Gray, Metro police said. "The lady in the truck, she made an illegal left turn," Metro police Sgt. Antonio Ford said. "She cut right in front of the train." KPRC-Channel 2 officials confirmed that Krista Marino, the station's health reporter, was driving the Jeep when...
  • Houston Chronicle election "survey" used pollster on the payroll of a campaign

    11/02/2003 5:02:32 PM PST · by GOPcapitalist · 26 replies · 234+ views
    FROM HOUSTON CHRONICLE ARTICLE: Light rail leading in survey By John Williams Metro's transit referendum holds a solid lead heading into Tuesday's election, and Houston mayoral candidate Bill White appears likely to make a runoff with Sylvester Turner or Orlando Sanchez, according to a Houston Chronicle/KHOU-TV poll. Despite a heavy advertising campaign that has been building opposition in recent weeks, the survey shows that 44 percent of respondents in the Metro service area support rail while 30 percent oppose it. In the race to replace term-limited Mayor Lee Brown, White has 35 percent support while Sanchez has 25 percent and...
  • HELLO, STRANGER -- Only a politician could love this redistricting map

    10/12/2003 8:49:07 AM PDT · by Dog Gone · 34 replies · 191+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 12, 2003 | Editorial Board
    Claiming to have acted solely in the public interest, Republicans in Austin devised congressional districts that will place almost half of all Texans, against the wishes of most, in a different congressional district. This is not the first time the good of one party's politicians has outweighed the will of the people. The compromise bill was fashioned in the absence of Gov. Rick Perry, who was in New York promoting Texas business and raising campaign funds. Since his presence had done so little to advance either public or party interest, little was lost through his absence. U.S. House Majority Leader...
  • Rumored visit leaves Dems worried over bugs (Chicken Little Ds blame Tom DeLay, none found)

    08/21/2003 8:48:33 PM PDT · by weegee · 40 replies · 293+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 21, 2003, 2:56PM | By RACHEL GRAVES
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- After rumors swept the ranks of Texas Senate runaways that arch-foe Tom DeLay had been in town, the Democrats swept their Marriott hotel rooms Wednesday for electronic bugs. They found no evidence of eavesdropping, but 11 Texas Democratic senators on the lam in Albuquerque took the possibility of cloak-and-dagger tactics at least somewhat seriously. "There have been some clicks and some things like that," said Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus and a leader of the boycott of a special session on redistricting. She said staffers did not tell...
  • Republicans to rip apart Democrats' old offices (tearing down the Rats nest -Houston)

    08/21/2003 7:48:15 PM PDT · by weegee · 20 replies · 300+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 21, 2003, 6:30PM | By JOHN WILLIAMS
    Republicans to rip apart Democrats' old offices By JOHN WILLIAMS Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle Political Writer Republicans in Harris County have pounded their Democratic opponents time and time again at the ballot box during the past decade. Sunday, they intend to throw a grand old party to batter the Democrats' former headquarters in Midtown. Harris County GOP Chairman Jared Woodfill is asking local Republicans to bring sledgehammers and other implements of destruction to help level the building the Democrats vacated three months ago. "You bring the muscle, we'll bring the refreshments and we will have a party as we tear...