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Home, Semi-Sweet Home

Matt Pulle
Bush comes back to the place where his legacy is at least debatable. By MATT PULLE It was the afternoon before Thanksgiving in Austin, and George W. Bush – then in his first term as governor and enjoying record-high appro...


Oh Say, We Can See

fwuser
Static, who, at least when it comes to writing, is generally quail-free, quails at the thought of summing up in any little piss-ant, 500-word column what Tuesday meant to this country and the world. How can you capture the impo...



Grass Capitalist

BEN SWALLOW
Toward the end of the presidential campaign, I started hearing the Republican rank and file express worries that the election of Barack Obama as president would lead to socialism. Letters to the editor in the local daily that r...


Gas Well Smell Test

JEFF PRINCE
Fort Worth residents who have watched gas rigs grow in number in recent years are concerned about what they see as conflicts of interest among city staff and elected officials. One of urban drilling’s leading opponents, D...



Home, Semi-Sweet Home

MATT PULLE
It was the afternoon before Thanksgiving in Austin, and George W. Bush – then in his first term as governor and enjoying record-high approval ratings – was in his stately office at the capitol. He usually worked in ...


If It Drives Like a Duck …

Static
Sigh. The spin industry and its forebear, the marketing behemoth, think we are all such simps. “Used” cars seem low-class, so they became “pre-owned.” Want to sell kids caffeine? Call it an “energy...



Grass Capitalist

Ben Swallow
What’s scarier than socialism for some? Obameritocracy. By BEN SWALLOW Toward the end of the presidential campaign, I started hearing the Republican rank and file express worries that the election of Barack Obama as presi...


Gas Well Smell Test

Jeff Prince
Coziness among city officials, advisors, and the drilling industry is making some folks hold their noses. By JEFF PRINCE photos Naomi Vaughan Fort Worth residents who have watched gas rigs grow in number in recent years are con...



If It Drives Like a Duck …

fwuser
Sigh. The spin industry and its forebear, the marketing behemoth, think we are all such simps. “Used” cars seem low-class, so they became “pre-owned.” Want to sell kids caffeine? Call it an “energy...


Phases and Stages

JEFF PRINCE
Four white lines beckoned from a tabletop in an Austin hotel room, and Roy Stamps bent over with a rolled-up dollar bill and snorted two. The rest he offered to a buddy, who declined. “I don’t need any help staying ...