America is the best place ever. Everyone knows that except, it seems, our educators. The College Board is rolling out new guidelines this year for the Advanced Placement U.S. history exams that has some Texas School Board members crying foul. Ken Mercer, noted conservative school board member, says ... More >>
Here's the deal. This is your last holiday weekend until the first of September, which means after this Monday, you'll be trapped in your regular, mundane work week for nearly two solid months -- all of this during the hottest weather of the year. You better make the most of these upcoming three day ... More >>
It's really sort of embarrassing -- all this gushing from The Dallas Morning News and the mayor, not to mention Wick Allison at D Magazine, going on about their conversion therapy and how they now believe in the new walkable city. Especially when they've put hearts on their sleeves this way, it seem ... More >>
And what happens when they get it wrong.
Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson was among the first to opine that the 20 children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday were a testament to the need for more guns in schools, not fewer. That other pundits and politicians would deploy the same argument in the days that followed, casting even ... More >>
Pins and needles, waiting for the Democrats to open in Charlotte. I am so worried the Obama campaign might stumble on an editorial from The Dallas Morning News and actually read it. Well, not that worried. That would take a lot of stumbling. But what a shame if they did take the News' consistent ed ... More >>
The tradition of open-pit barbecues in Texas predates the Civil War.
After an exhaustive search of public records and historical documents at the Library of Congress (read: drunken Google search), we are ready to honor President's Day with a comprehensive list of the foods enjoyed by our fearless leaders of the past. Throughout this process one question continued ... More >>
We at the Observer love holiday lists. Take, for instance, our Ten Best Indie Christmas Songs, Thirteen Videos to Scare Your Friday the 13th Pants Off, and the totally relevant National Doughnut Day list. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that we've put together a song list for Presidents' Day. ... More >>
Over in the United Kingdom, healthy people who eat health food have been twisting up their knickers over Burger King's new 966-calorie Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Double Angus burger. In addition to having a thousand calories, it has 58 grams of artery-waterboarding fat. Consumerist quotes a s ... More >>
David Barton -- founder of Wallbuilders, former State Board of Education "social studies expert" and member of the Religious Right coalition that prodded Gov. Rick Perry to join the insufficiently Christian Republican field -- isn't exactly what you'd call a rigorous academic. What you might ... More >>
The end is near ... sort of. The city's Redistricting Commission is inching towards putting together a city map it can forward on to the city council, and everyone -- the public and commissioners alike -- is trying to get in a parting shot before then. Last night's meeting was a marathon ... More >>
Tim ByresTrounced in his first two campaigns for a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses, George Washington adopted a winning strategy in 1758: He bought booze for voters. Treating is no longer tolerated in political elections, but there's nothing stopping contenders for Food & Wine's Peop ... More >>
Thomas Jefferson: great taste in food -- plus he helped give us that whole separation of church/state thing.The federal holiday Americans observe next Monday was originally designed to honor George Washington. But when the government standardized its celebrations in 1968, they stuck the annua ... More >>
Wild About Harry's, winner of our dog fight for keeping good time.The boys and girls on Madison Avenue would have you believe that nothing screams America more than hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. Not sure about you, but I prefer my pies in the George Washington-approved cherry variety. ... More >>
Don McLean, you lied to us. Or, at the very least, you misled me. His "American Pie" hit the airwaves in 1971. How was a nine year-old listener supposed to know, first off, that good old boys really drink Bud--although maybe it was Schlitz back then--and, more importantly, that rye is a whiskey.B ... More >>
Liquor PigThe 'Boys host the team without a cool nickname (like "Steel Curtain" or "Doomsday") on Sunday afternoon. A final "fact" about the only city the Redcoats willingly gave back to George Washington...Eagles linebacker Will Witherspoon adores any rose wine or liquor, especially Franzia, Boo ... More >>
Why would you do this?Although we can't pinpoint the exact moment--or fathom the circumstances why--someone first mixed cream, eggs and alcohol together in one bowl, there's surprising agreement on the likely origins of eggnog. Cocktail scholars...sorry, daydreaming for a moment...believe it sta ... More >>
Ben Franklin and John Adams, possibly discussing where to go for booze, in 1776.In the musical 1776, Stephen "Old Grape and Guts" Hopkins bursts into the Continental Congress' meeting room each morning demanding rum before getting down to the day's business. Of course, there may have been some licen ... More >>
He knows what the Prez does behind Oval doors
Charles Burnett's revered, rarely seen South Central-set film finally gets its theatrical due
Byron Nelson's departure doesn't leave his tournament empty
I dunno, maybe it's because I'm all baseball-fevering out here at Rangers spring training. Or maybe I'm saving my basketball jones for the Mavs' playoff run. Whatever, I just don't have the March Madness this year. Watched some games last night at a crummy little sports bar in Peoria (where's the Fo ... More >>
The legends you only thought you knew
Undertow relishes in the pain and beauty of a reclusive Southern family
Some local CD-release shindigs make this horrible holiday a little more tolerable
What is eggnog?
Rotgut responses to questions from the discard pile
You might have heard these, and definitely should have
How many ice cream flavors do we really need?
Black leadership goes in the tank on civil rights, fights for the police chief's job instead
Texas' Kickapoo Indians once lived in squalor under a bridge and worked as migrant laborers. Now things are looking up, thanks to a new Native American tradition: casino gambling.
A great 1999 made it just a decent 2000 in theaters
This year's lineup of 10 best is so much better than the rest of the year's trash, it's criminal
National union leaders do the math and switch their position on immigration
1999, the year Bill Rojas brought panic and paranoia to DISD. But was there any other good news? Buzz takes a look back.
From Russian with art
Scooter for your lives! The Freemasons are coming.
Or: Learning about pot-smoking, gas-passing presidents can be fun!