100 Years of Painting

Critical Thinking

Lost in Hospitallandia

Budget Wars

Blotch Jumbo

2nd Thought

2nd Thought

Woe-bama

When Barack Obama writes his memoir, May of 2013 probably won’t rate as his favorite month. Even though the Texas Legislature was nearing the...

The Scruffy American

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ponder odd things. Usually it happens when my slumber has been interrupted in the small hours by...
Obama won’t get the Republican majority in the U.S. House to go along with closing Guantanamo.

Drones or Gitmo?

John Bellinger is the last person you’d expect to criticize President Barack Obama for making too many drone strikes. It was he who drafted...

Hooked

Ah, the lottery. Texas House members recently voted to kill it, some posturing to curry favor with anti-gambling constituents. But everyone was surprised — including...

Bad Choices

There are, we are told, only two options: We stop burning fossil fuels before our carbon dioxide emissions drive the planet’s average temperature up by...

Getting Along

Texas legislators from time to time “memorialize” Congress to do this or that. Since the request bears no force of law, the result is...

Cruz Ship: Off Course?

Well, that didn’t take long. Or, as NBC broadcaster Andrea Mitchell put it recently, “Ted Cruz has made his mark already.” If The Cruz were a...

Drones Don’t Kill Kids

Two months later, and I’m still thinking about those teachers and children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.  I guess a lot...

A Ban on Hypocrisy

Not long after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., I got into a little argument with a good friend about gun control. I lean liberal,...

A Tar Sands Manifesto

The mornings start off frosty. Four months ago, in the August heat, waking with the sun was still a muggy, sweaty pleasure. Late summer...