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 >>
Obama's reelection last year prompted a lot of talk over whether Texas should once again secede from the Union. Except for a few die-hard secessionists, though, few considered it a serious proposal, more like an opportunity to make Texas jokes. So the debate just kind of fizzled out. But the Washin ... More >>
When I read a story in The Dallas Morning News this morning about a contest for ideas to link the Trinity River to downtown and saw that the contestants were required to include the city's stupid underwater proposed toll road on top of the river in their submissions, my first temptation, of course, ... More >>
The highway between the levees is the Christopher Lee of bad ideas.
All you need to know about U.S. Representative Ralph Hall's decisive win in the 4th Congressional District Tuesday night is that he went skydiving on Memorial Day. He wore a jumpsuit printed with undulating American flags and fell from the plane, plummeting briefly in free-fall, his arms flapping sl ... More >>
So today I put aside my morning paper after the customary two-minute encyclopedic read, and I think, "OK Lawners, you tell me." You work it out. I can't. I'm tired. So you give me the answer. Who is the "conservative" here? On the one hand I have former City Council member Lois Finkelman in report ... More >>
Officially, Andrew Luck won't become a pro until Thursday, when he and his golden egg arm are snapped up by the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL Draft. But as a lawsuit filed Friday in Dallas County Court reminds, Luck has been a commodity for years. Courthouse News unearthed the lawsuit, which pits L ... More >>
Peter Burks, as you can see here, was the very model of The American Hero: a Trinity Christian Academy and Texas A&M graduate (he was also president of Pi Kappa Phi) who, after stints working for, among others, the Dallas Desperados and FC Dallas, decided to join the U.S. Army in 2006. Accord ... More >>
Last week, during an oil-and-gas drilling confab at the Hyatt Regency in Houston, execs turned their attention to a very touchy subject: how to get folks decidedly against gas drilling on their side. At which point, according to audio first obtained by CNBC earlier this week, gas-drilling spo ... More >>
Das Racist, Danny Brown, Despot, Fat Tony Sons of Hermann Hall October 29, 2011 Better than: losing your buddies at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Brayden OlsonDas Racist The three members of Das Racist stepped up to grace Sons of Hermann Hall's' blue-curtained stage at just about ... More >>
Dallas City Attorney Tom PerkinsJust spent 20 minutes getting an earful from Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm and City Attorney Tom Perkins, who insisted, over and over, that the city's lawsuit over those Trinity River records has nothing whatsoever to do with our request to see "all the individual ... More >>
Sgt. Mark S. RickertLateef Al-Saraji, his wife Teresa and her daughter, Sgt. Kristin L. Cruikshank, were profiled in an Army magazine in 2003.An Iraq-born U.S. Army translator and his wife have filed suit against the Dallas Police Department and a local nightclub, alleging that the husband was be ... More >>
It's quite the reunion this morning: Ex-Dallas News-er Emily Ramshaw, now at the Texas Tribune, sits down with ex-Dallas Observer-er and former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller, now director of projects for Summit Power, which is in the clean-coal (big) business. Miller, who hasn't done many sitdowns si ... More >>
Roger Kallenberg and Diane Baker of the Dallas Peace CenterOn Tuesday, the Egyptian foreign ministry warned activists planning to march across its border into Gaza to mark the anniversary of last year's conflict that they'll be "dealt with by the law." But that isn't stopping Roger Kallenberg ... More >>
U.S. Army/Bob McElroyMembers of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders were in Korea last night -- the United States Army Garrison Humphreys, to be precise -- bringing some ho-ho-ho to more than 300 troops, civilians and their kinfolk stationed there. Check out the Official Slide Show for some US-oh! Hi ... More >>
Megan Feldman Teresa Nguyen and her sister, soldier Ty Reed, are partnering with area non-profits to help Iraqi refugees in the DFW area. Earlier this year, Southern Methodist University graduate Teresa Nguyen and her sister, soldier Ty Reed, began importing handicrafts made by female Iraqi artis ... More >>
Last week I wrote about slipping standards of service. Most readers blamed lax management and training. But we also received a number of, shall we say, interesting comments from people claiming to be wait staff or former wait staff. Their take? Diners are to blame.Before I point out the obvious, her ... More >>
Sam MertenMayor Tom Leppert and Kevin Craig of the U.S. Army Corps of EngineersMayor Tom Leppert reluctantly addressed local media this afternoon regarding City Manager Mary Suhm's earlier announcement that the Trinity River levees will be rated "unacceptable" in 34 of 170 areas by the U.S. Army Co ... More >>
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Far from his Kurdish home, Adnan Kirkuki seeks out soldiers to defend his new one in the United States
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It's big and loud, but this Peacemaker is still a dud
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Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX