Michael McDowell could have quit while he was ahead. During more than a decade spent posing as a military officer, he'd won heartfelt acclaim from military brass like CIA director David Petraeus, gotten behind-the-scenes access to the Washington Navy Yard, convinced the state of Texas to give him sp ... More >>
The Texas House is about to pass a bill that would bar employers from forcing employees and job applicants to cough up their social media passwords. Proponents here and around the country claim social media should be protected under the Fourth Amendment. Last time I checked, the Fourth Amendment ... More >>
Hey, All-Caps Guy. We need to have a talk. Really. I sometimes poke you with a sharp stick. You poke back. That's what I want. But sometimes when you poke, I wince. Not for me. For you. You know, I hope, that every single thing you say online lives forever on servers. You know, I hope, that you ne ... More >>
1. Channeling Sam Sifton. The former New York Times restaurant critic is on a roll. In addition to a career in food writing and 25 years of cooking holiday dinners, he twice manned the Thanksgiving Help Line at the Times, where he guided overwhelmed (drunk) hosts through frozen birds and flambé dis ... More >>
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Barbarians in the Ivory Tower
Dallas resident Brandon Friedman, still fighting the good fight In July, I wrote here about Brandon Friedman, a former infantry officer in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan and Iraq who now serves as a senior advisor to VoteVets.org. I am reading the Dallas resident's new book ... More >>