Posts Tagged ‘law’

High Interest, Deep Fang Marks

Static
Static once knew a pit bull named Daisy, which is a funny name for a dog both feared and revered for its immense biting and killing power. Which reminds us of a pit bull named Wendy.


Aggie Christmas Present

Static
Well, the Texas A&M University System top dogs got a little something extra in their stocking on Christmas Eve — a letter from 15 national journalism organizations, representing everybody from columnists to environmental ...



Caught in the Dragnet

Tougher deportation rules are tearing up families without ushering in broader reforms.
Seth Wessler
On the night that Shahed Hossain left his family’s house in Haltom City to drive to Laredo, his mother, Habiba, cooked dinner — chicken and rice, with okra picked from the garden. She piled her son’s plate high and watche...


Keeping the Light On

Static
 Static is glad to see that Attorney General Greg Abbott is back in court defending the Texas Open Meetings Act. The law, which essentially ensures that the public’s business be done in the light of day and not in back r...



Keyboard Commandos

The folks who threaten political violence aren’t hiding — they’re tweeting and posting.
JUSTINE SHARROCK
The photo pages are filled with shots of masked men holding large guns, some with the U.S. flag tied around their lower faces. There are tips on how to stockpile ammo and hip-hop videos promoting armed revolution. And the rheto...


The War on Sunshine

Officials in some cities are trying to gut Texas’ open meetings law.
Peggy Venable
A war against open government is being fought in Texas. Cities and public officials — including some in Arlington and Hurst — are using public money to go to court to try to gut the Texas Open Meetings Act, which prohibits ...



Holmes for Christmas

KRISTIAN LIN
In a series of 1940s Hollywood films, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes as a suave, unflappable Victorian gentleman. His interpretation held sway until a British TV series in the 1980s, when Jeremy Brett re-interpreted the ...


Thank God and Greyhound, is she gone yet?

Static
Fourteen minutes and one second … 14 minutes and two seconds … 14 minutes and three seconds … . Sarah Palin‘s 15 minutes of fame are just about up, but she’s going to sprint to the finish line. Her...



Self-Fulfilling Bureaucracy

DAN MCGRAW
Over the past several months, Fort Worth city staffers and council members have agonized over what jobs and programs would have to be cut to balance the municipal budget. But in at least one area, the city staff recommended exp...


Aching for Justice

Local jury verdicts show a larger problem in our society.
Valda Jean Combs
When an Arlington woman was indicted for manslaughter last year because she lied to her husband, I was concerned, but not much. Surely no jury would convict a woman who did not pull the trigger, while allowing the real killer t...