Tarry Canadian bitumen is barreling its way to Texas via the Keystone XL pipeline. Will it bring energy independence or environmental calamity?
This is a personal letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Dear Prime Minister: My name is Jim Schutze. I am a columnist for the Dallas Observer. I write about local things here. My politics are sort of all over the place, but I have always considered myself a great friend of Israel, ... More >>
It's been all of 24 hours since Christopher Stephens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, was killed along with three others in an attack by an mob angered by a film ridiculing the prophet Mohammed. Stephens was, by all accounts, a dedicated public servant, and he had borne witness to the fall of Muammar ... More >>
The other day, Unfair Park chatted with filmmaker Bentley Brown about his film Faisal Goes West, the tale of a Sudanese family moving to America and settling in Dallas' Vickery Meadow neighborhood. Brown mentioned his friend who convinced him to film in Dallas (and acted as script supervisor) starte ... More >>
The Lord doesn't always watch over fools.
Kinky Friedman‚ÄčFrom the sound of it, the phone woke Kinky Friedman up. He was in Georgia, hanging out on the set of his buddy Billy Bob Thornton's movie, Jane Mansfield's Car. The previous night's fun had lasted until 5:30 in the morning, and here I am, at 10 o'clock, full of questions about his ... More >>
Kennedy assassination author and conspiracist Robert Groden says the city's out to get him. He may be right.
If a mega-tornado strikes Oak Lawn or zombies take over the city, there's one thing we here at the Observer won't have to worry about while we're barricaded in the break room: a food shortage. Not only do we have enough of those neon orange crackers to feed everyone for three days, we also g ... More >>
Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinning.‚ÄčIt doesn't seem to matter what's going on in Libya, Egypt or even Washington D.C.; somehow, a pretty mediocre actor's personal life has been managing to lead every newscast and dominate discussion on every talk radio show throughout the past week. I ... More >>
Minister to despots across the globe, evangelist K.A. Paul just needs a few tons of jet fuel--and a safer plane--to keep up Godís work
Famine, pestilence, war, death--at Dallas Theological Seminary, the Apocalypse is the horse to bet on
San Francisco's best band talks Libya, casinos and candles
Plus: Seeing Red
Mediterranean Festival has more than hummus and grape leaves
A manual tells terrorist recruits how--and why--they should wage unholy war
Until his arrest, Sandy Pofahl was the king of Dallas' '80s ecstacy scene. Then why did he serve only four years while his "blindly loyal" wife, Amy, was sentenced to 24? Because she asked for it.
The new Farrakhan sounds a lot like the old -- anti-Semitic
Scientists from the former Soviet Union's top-secret biological weapons lab join with Dallas researchers to fight a common enemy: the deadly Ebola virus
G.I. Jane is liberated, all right--from good acting and a good story
Trammell Crow's son-in-law admits to illegal dealings with Libya
Though The American President flounders, a radiant Annette Bening makes it worth watching
New York advisor indicted in 'Libyan connection' scheme
How a mythic Texas family won the gratitude of a dictator