"...If you've been a naughty public figure in America, and all attempts at damage control are failing, you will inevitably be called to the principal's office. You can almost hear it over the nation's P.A..."
"...If you haven't heard of Jollyville Pictures, well, that's probably going to change pretty soon. Right now though, chances are you've at least seen something that involved a member of the loosely knit, four-person film and animation collective in one way or another...."
"...Have It Their Way Turns out Richard Linklater wasn't so paranoid after all when it came to filming his fictional adaptation of the Eric Schlosser's nonfiction book Fast Food Nation. Sure, the film crew slinked around, lensing under such pseudonyms as Travels With Nutmeg and Coyote, and even quietly shooting some in Mexico..."
"...'Hitcher' remakes rides into Austin Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes, the company that puts the re- in horror remake, is in preproduction for an Austin shoot of The Hitcher. Remember the Eighties flick in which driver C..."
"...He then made each of the girls perform oral sex on him. When the girls' uncle, Willie Ryman, a local firefighter, stopped by, Chester shot him and ran out of the home..."
"...Say you're married, and, somewhere, two people whom you don't even know are also married -- how does that threaten your marriage? If you have kids, how do those two unknown people threaten the possible future marriages of your kids? How are you being harmed by the actions of these other two unknown people who are, after all, only doing what you're doing and only wish to enjoy what you claim to enjoy? Say you're a heterosexual married couple and, five minutes ago, somewhere, two gay people got married -- how, exactly, does that undermine your marriage?..."
"...It would be a multipurpose celebration not only of school spirit but of the wonderful qualities of North American housing. The students could live in the structures for the year prior to bonfire and get another round for the following year's blaze..."
"..."There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know...."
"...With economic contraction and its closely associated specter of protectionism currently haunting the globe, there is at least one world that is still relatively expanding. That would be the binary one – specifically that of those Internets, where, judging by some of the titles of the panels at this year's South by Southwest Interactive Conference, terms unfamiliar to at least this n00b (and his editor) seem to indicate the sort of growth that might have otherwise disappeared with the concept of moral hazard..."
"...If you pay attention, the numbers make you sick. The numbers are about a ruling elite (they are not populous enough to be called a "class") that doesn't care whether or not we know the numbers because they are convinced both of their power and our helplessness -- or rather, our consent, every day, to be helpless..."
"...Mike Clark-Madison's article about Dorothy Turner ["Corner to Corner," Vol. 18, No..."
"...On Jan. 11, the Texas Supreme Court heard a defense of the City of Laredo's single-use bag ordinance, over a challenge by the Laredo Merchants Association..."
"...There's no regular City Council meeting this week (next is May 7, agenda still in progress) but the week wasn't entirely lost for civic entertainment. Monday morning featured the last of the scheduled policy reviews – "We made the mistake of calling them 'deep dives,'" said Mayor Steve Adler, "and there's nothing deep about them at all." Henceforth the "policy conversations" are meant to take place in Council committees – this final one before the dais concerned civic "resilience," broadly defined as community responses to "disruptions": natural disasters, extreme weather events, economic distress, or social crises..."
"...At their March 24 meeting, City Council approved a number of labor-friendly measures, including Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo's resolution to review and help strengthen the city's discrimination complaint policies, Council Member Greg Casar's initiatives to extend the city's living wage of $13.03 to city-funded positions for construction workers and employees of subcontractors, and Casar's Fair Chance Hiring ordinance...."
"...Now that framework passes responsibility to the newly minted AISD Board Oversight Committee on Excellence Through Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Consisting of four board members – plan creators Ted Gordon and Paul Saldaña, board Secretary Jayme Mathias, and At-Large Trustee Kendall Pace – the committee's job is to work out the next step..."
"...So what to call yesterday's kamikaze attack on the IRS? The FBI has referred to it as "an assault." Police Chief Art Acevedo called it a criminal act. The media response (collated by Charles Apple at his blog) has used terms like "anger" and "railing" and "enraged."..."
"...The article about Austin Art in Public Places ["Transforming a Neighborhood Near You," Dec. 20] states that AIPP's 2% budget increase would pave the way for "more professional development among local artists." Yet, I was disappointed to read that two of the projects mentioned as "coming soon" were actually awarded by AIPP to well-established architectural firms instead of upcoming local artists..."
"...Johnny Winter on the outdoor stage at Stubb's Saturday, March 21 photograph by John Carrico..."
"...On Jan. 6, a three-judge panel of Texas' 1st Court of Appeals in Houston overturned the conviction of Andrea Yates after finding that false testimony by a prosecution witness violated Yates' rights, a ruling that once again raises questions about Texas' insanity defense..."