The Rushing Minutes

“Well, you know we’re probably too old for this Maybe the rest of the world is too young We drive five hundred miles to get loose and get wild And stay up ‘till the last song is done.” – Gary P. Nunn, Terlingua Sky There is a time in Texas when the weight of the…

Adventures of a Young Man: Lost in America

“DJ wanted, first class license required, morning drive, top-notch entertainer, produce commercials, local news gathering/reporting, sports announce, public appearances/promotions, light sales – $131.50/week and no beginners please.” Broadcasting Magazine Help Wanted Ad Circa 1974 “You know this road pretty much follows the old Oregon Trail, don’t you?” The man with his hands on the big…

Mr. Unlikable

I don’t like Ted Cruz. And there are a lot of Texans who share my sentiment. But I’ve been writing and reporting on politics here since 1975, and I can assure anyone who asks that I’ve never encountered a public figure I’ve found more reprehensible than our junior senator. Harsh words, eh? Consider the facts.…

Flint as a Place of Hope

Flint used to be a place of hope. When Daddy and Ma came up from Mississippi with the first two of their six children, big tractor graders were out in the meadows cutting roads for new neighborhoods. A great post war migration was underway from south of the Mason-Dixon Line to the steel and car…

A Requiem for the Gulf

(Author’s note: I wrote this a few months after the BP blowout in the Gulf. On the fifth anniversary of that tragedy, there is little to be hopeful about as we continue to deny the damage we cannot completely see and ignore the obvious evidence.) “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he…

Our Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes to You

by Ken Zornes On April 15th millions of American will take part in that annual ritual of filing their federal income tax returns. Another significant event on that day will be overlooked by most of us, save for those attending major league baseball games where every player on every team will be wearing jersey number 42.…

Busting Breitbart’s Ass on the Border

The Internet tends to be exactly like the people who use it: entertaining, informative, and stupider than anyone might have imagined. The latest example of ignorance comes from Breitbart, Texas, whose managing editor Brandon Darby traveled along the Rio Grande to inform us Mexico is on the other side of the river. Darby starts his…

A Simple Solution to the Great American Measles Scare

In an era of profound medical advancements in drug therapies and technologies, the U.S. finds itself immersed in a controversy over the very basic issue of vaccines. An increasing number of parents have made a decision to not have their children vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella. Their rationale for this choice comes not from…

The Little Tubes of Terror

The timing was a thing of pure political beauty. President George W. Bush was only a few days away from speaking to the United Nations’ General Assembly about Iraq’s renewed efforts to acquire banned weaponry. And, in a month, the president was going to Congress to seek a resolution approving of a war against Iraq.…

Remember Bill Mason

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” – Martin Luther King When Bill Mason and his family arrived in Alice, Texas in July of 1948, he was looking for a location that would remove them from…