New York Times media writer David Carr, who's almost always right about everything, has a piece in today's paper about sponsored (paid-for) journalism, in which he singles out The Texas Tribune in Austin for having avoided the obvious pitfalls. I'm not too sure about that. Carr kicks off his piece ... More >>
Maybe the University of Texas at Austin and its many passionate defenders had reason to beware of Wallace Hall when Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the UT System board of regents in 2011. Perry was pushing some plan he got from a rich oilman to eliminate research as a criterion for granting pro ... More >>
Congressman Louie Gohmert has made it abundantly clear that he will resist Tea Party calls for him to run against Senator John Cornyn in this spring's GOP primary. No matter. Conservative activists have reportedly turned their attention to another candidate they hope can dethrone the upper chamber's ... More >>
Senator Ted Cruz no doubt hoped the release of his birth certificate to The Dallas Morning News would settle the question of whether he is a "natural born" American citizen and thus eligible to run for president. Instead, the revelation that Cruz is a dual Canadian-American citizen -- which, given t ... More >>
There's a Tumblr waiting to be made about U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert. Maybe "Sh*t Gohmert Says" or "Texts from Louie." Right Wing Watch, where the Tyler Republican garners only slightly fewer mentions than Glenn Beck, does a solid job, but its reports lack the proper memeiness to properly con ... More >>
Beth Tucker, deputy commissioner at the IRS, did not seem particularly happy to be sitting before the House Oversight Committee on June 26. Maybe it was the way the focus of the hearing shifted quickly from a possibly fishy but obscure IRS contract to the agency's admitted targeting of Tea Party gro ... More >>
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert is once again contributing to the public discourse, drawing connections between the attack during the Boston Marathon and immigration reform. On CSPAN's Washington Journal today, Gohmert, a Republican from East Texas, expressed concern over ethnicity-shifting terrorists aimin ... More >>
Ted Cruz has barreled into Washington with the force of a crazy, toupee-haired meteorite smashing through the Capitol dome. But for all his rhetoric about Obama and communists and how they are pretty much the same thing, Cruz has distinguished himself from fellow wingnuts by keeping relatively silen ... More >>
The $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts set to go into effect on Friday -- assuming Congress doesn't reach an alternative deficit reduction deal -- was designed to be so stupid and indiscriminately painful that any rational human being would do whatever possible to avoid it. But rationality is ... More >>
So it's been easy to get bogged down in the last few days with questions like "Holy shit! Jennifer Sprague is making how much?" and "Wait, you think us media types are blowing this salary thing out of proportion because Jennifer Sprague is young and blond and has boobs?" But, remember, there are ne ... More >>
Still haven't been served over this December 16 item concerning the surprisingly litigious Hiram Walker Royall, a Highland Park developer, so I will proceed further -- but only with the caveat that a mutual friend of ours insists "he's a great guy." So, there -- covered. Anyway, the details behind R ... More >>
Friend of Unfair Park "Peterk" forwards along this item from this morning's National Review Online, which excerpts a Friday story from the Financial Times concerning the "law of unintended consequences" created by smoking bans -- like, ya know, the one the Dallas City Council passed two weeks before ... More >>
University of Texas at Dallas economics prof Stan Liebowitz, heretofore hailed for his music-biz research, has the cover story in the latest issue of the National Review; a rather timely one too, as it performs an autopsy on the "mortgage market meltdown" and points fingers in, well, everyone's gene ... More >>
We're doing the hokey pokey on race and ethnicity. What's that all about?
For a quarter-century Roy Abraham Varghese has been assembling God proofs. Along the way he won over the world's most influential atheist.
When you see this man carrying his blade on to your AA flight, just let him through. He's cool. Turns out, you can take a four-foot sword on an American Airlines plane flying from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Los Angeles. Who knew? Apparently, no one till Annie Jacobsen of the Nationa ... More >>
Garrison Keillor discovered some folks in Dallas don't want them damned foreigners to have any rights. Took him an hour to figure that out. Not bad. Garrison Keillor, the man with the pleasant voice and sharp temper, writes in his Tribune Media Services-syndicated column about how the Senate has adi ... More >>
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