7 Minutes in Heaven: A Celebration of Esme Barrera w/ Cigarettes After Sex (solo), Ted Leo, Jim Ward, the Crack Pipes, John Wesley Coleman, the John-Pauls, Sara O, Mahealani
"...There are actually a couple of seconds in the opening of The Texas Promise during which I'm fairly sure I could see the back of my own head. It's definitely filled with Texas Legislature regulars, as documentarian Vanessa Roth uses parts of the live feed from the State House floor from the debate in 2011, during which lawmakers sliced out $5.4 billion from the public school finance funds..."
"...And, actually, we can’t promise that Gauld will be precisely “in the middle of it all.” Perhaps he’ll be off to one side? Maybe near one mildly trafficked corner? But, in any case, there he’ll be, sitting all British and drolly bearded in some chair upon the tree-lined lawn, faintly smiling among copies of his superlative books – books that often skewer, albeit somewhat gently and always with an insider’s precision, world literature and the world of literature and all the odd habits of authors and readers and, oh, what was that phrase we used earlier? The “whole madding literary crowd,” was it? And now we’ve used it again...."
"...RH: The promise of that was in the Texas Cultural Endowment Fund, which was never realized in the way it was supposed to be. The endowment is still there..."
"...Marcus: Bitches is apropos. So, I made myself a promise, "If I don't get the 6 month increase, I'm fucking quitting" I made that promise knowing full well I would not have to keep it because everyone got the 6 month increase...."
"...At first glance, the Promise Neighborhoods initiative looks like a great way to fix what has ailed Austin schools and to give AISD students a better chance at a worthwhile education. Then again, that's what the Office of High School Redesign was supposed to achieve when it opened in 2005..."
"... They go to die in Washington because too many politicians are interested in scoring political points rather than bridging differences in order to get things done. And so the central premise of this campaign is that we can bring this country together, that we can push against the special interests that have come to dominate the agenda in Washington, that we can be straight with the American people about how we're going to solve these problems and enlist them in taking back their government. You know, Senator Clinton mentioned Barbara Jordan, somebody who was an inspiration to me and so many people throughout the country. And she said that what the American people want is very simple: They want an America that is as good as its promise. OBAMA: I'm running for president because I want to help America be as good as its promise. Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) BROWN: All right, Senator Obama, thank you, and let's begin with questions. Jorge Ramos? RAMOS: Thank you very much (SPEAKING IN SPANISH). Thank you so much for being with us, and let me start with a little news..."
"...Most significantly, there were no cuts to police, fire, or EMS services – which I promised there would not be. While our budget did include an increase in our tax rate and some utility charges, we still have the lowest municipal tax rate of any large Texas city..."
"...Pete, however, is an SOB with a code of ethics, which is part of what connects him to that lineage of the great, twisted Western directors of yore. The movie is an account of Pete’s promise to his friend – a Mexican cowboy named Melquiades Estrada, who works for Pete at his ranch – to bury him back in his native soil of Mexico in the event of his death in America..."
"...On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Workers Defense Project, in collaboration with the LBJ School’s Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, published “The Failed Promise of the Texas Miracle,” a report looking at “tax subsidy programs and other economic incentives utilized at the state and local level to spur economic development and job growth in Texas.”..."
"...Scott Hochberg, D-Houston, said. "We have not changed anything in that regard, except to take the promise of a long-term funding source and dedicate it to tax relief in a way that prevents it from being used for schools."..."
"...The success of the medical school as a community project will to a degree depend on whether residents of Dove Springs (and similarly underserved regional communities) finally get their needs addressed. Come November, the citizens of Travis County will be asked for a massive down payment on that promise...."
"...As Krakauer wrote in 2003, Mormon founder Smith and his immediate successor Brigham Young preached that "certain grievous acts committed against Mormons ... could be rectified only if the 'sinners have their blood spilt upon the ground.'" In the modern era of the Jeffs-controlled FLDS, that doctrine has morphed into a "blood oath" the promise that Jeffs' followers are willing to kill for him..."
"...In the Sixties he'd been a member of High Country, which released an album on Atlantic, and upon going solo shortly thereafter, he found a guardian angel in producer David Briggs (soon to find fame working with Neil Young) and his Spindizzy imprint on CBS. The first LP came and went fairly fast, and while there were plenty of deep emotions and blazing style on it, the public never connected with either, no matter that label head Clive Davis had personally promised the singer that CBS would do whatever it took to break the album..."
"...After this bar closes, the gang will find a new bar to hang out in. Here, the picture ripples at the seams with mundane detail, all aware of the always promise of unearthly magic that the most unhappy dive bar offers..."
"...Texas officials have followed through with their months-long promise to boot Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid...."
"...Once full of promise, the Horns are festering. Coach Mack Brown comes right out and gives his team and coaches an F..."
"...San Antonio City Council Member Rey Saldaña and Houston Council Member Robert Gallegos pledged their support for potential litigation against SB 4, while Mexican American Legislative Caucus Chair Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, promised to stand with the immigrant community over the summer to ensure the courts rule on the right side of justice..."
"..."I have been discouraging friends and neighbors from planting big acres in the last couple years because I can't promise them they could sell the fruit," he says. "There really is no limit to what we could plant..."
"...Saturday at midnight, a line spewed outside Beerland. Some in the queue, attracted by the promise of a "special guest" headliner, had no clue what awaited them..."
"...Stephen F. Austin's father, Moses Austin, was among the first who planned* to immigrate to what is now Texas, lured by the land grants promised by the Spanish* government to encourage settlement..."
"...If you thought it was difficult before deciding who to see at any given hour during the two-day event – Oct. 25-26 this year – the choices promise to be agonizing now...."
"..."You're referring to the Oklahoma Bombing?" said Flynn, living up to Pickett's promise to stamp out jargon. Unfortunately, he missed McCraw glossing over the history of global terror...."
"...Announced today were 11 special events, with a promise of more programming to come. Cult fave Don Coscarelli will be in attendance to screen his most recent film, John Dies at the End..."
"...Sinnerfold continued to be one of the season's most improved (or maybe she was always this good, and never got a chance to shine), and Chasing Amy (who impressed me in her rec league days) thrived under pressure. The pack holds promise too, with Vargas Grrl showing her pack general skills, and newcomer Action Jackson coming on like a next generation Crackerjack...."
"..."Now we're no longer surprised." Weeks said that the purpose of the organizing going forward is to "make education the number one issue" for the next election cycle. The group is nonpartisan, he said, and its members will support those candidates of any party who promise to support public schools...."
"...As a devoted Lost nerd, I will try to be as minimally dorky as possible while I explain this device so that all of you who didn’t watch the greatest drama on network television ever can follow along. A Lost history lesson and Texas baseball commentary (I promise) after the jump …..."
"...All this makes for great stargazing on our city streets, but what the evening really does has a much deeper effect on our community and state. The Austin Film Society stays true to its promise to promote the appreciation of film and support filmmaking through screenings, premieres, grants, programs, and other efforts to broaden the experience of film-watching..."
"...Perry, in a much-criticized move, solicited and received tens of thousands of dollars from major companies in the state for his Texas One Round Table, a business promotion fund with still poorly described functions. Introgen gave $50,000 to the governor's fund, with a promise of $100,000 more...."
"...Meanwhile, Dewhurst acknowledged that during the recent tropical storm Erika, Senate Sergeant at Arms Carleton Turner and his staff had staked out the homes of some South Texas Democrats -- without apprehending any AWOL senators. So unless the federal judges see fit to grant a temporary restraining order while they consider the case -- a request renewed by the Democrats' attorneys after Perry refused to promise advance warning of a session call -- it appears the Texas 11 minus one will not be able to rest easy in the meantime..."
"...John Smithee, R-Amarillo, returned from his daughter's graduation to find that some still-unidentified vandals had mysteriously removed a provision controlling unjustified "management fees" charged by big players like Farmers Insurance. Smithee said he would scuttle the bill -- until he received a promise from Gov..."
"...Newton apparently thinks he is running not against Ralph Hall but against the late African dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, since he proposed nothing but the abolition of all foreign aid "to countries that don't support our interests" like Zaire. Later he promised to return "Reagan [his new infant daughter], Bush, and Cheney" to Washington..."
"...Another motive the DHS has for convincing clients to smell the coffee is that the change of AFDC from an entitlement to a block grant to the states now puts the burden on Texas to get welfare recipients to work, or the state will suffer the loss of federal funds, further worsening the problem. With the welfare-to-work mantra in mind, to receive AFDC in Texas, lawmakers made it mandatory that clients sign a "personal responsibility agreement" that, in addition to promises not to use or sell drugs, and to take the children to the doctor, includes a pledge to participate in the JOBS (Job Opportunities and Business Skills) program administered by the Texas Workforce Commission..."
"...So on August 17, 1931, Ross Sterling made good on his earlier promise, declared martial law, and dispatched 900 National Guard troops and 11 Texas Rangers into East Texas, and all pumping was halted for several weeks until effective limits could be enforced...."
"...The panel “Writers and Their Dogs: There Will Be Pictures” put this to a test, staging just such a conversation before an audience. True to the titular promise, there were pictures...."
"...Schaefer, Tinderholt, and Stickland – along with Reps. Matt Krause and Kyle Biedermann – joined forces at the start of the year and formed the Texas Freedom Caucus, an ultra-conservative group that promises to take the Republican Party platform "seriously." And injecting anti-LGBTQ amendments into unrelated bills is clearly a part of that GOP strategy – albeit an unsuccessful one...."
"...After introducing SB 990 last week, Ellis wrote: "We must honor and fulfill the sacrifice of the men and women of our past, those who paved the way for generations to live the promise of this state and nation. Steps backward dishonor their memory and ignore the blood and tears shed in the pursuit of liberty." But Ellis acknowledged that passing even this limited bill, in this Legislature, will be an "uphill battle."..."
"...He said: "It's easy to say, 'Cut government spending; cut the waste; cut the fat.' Show me where it is." His advice to his fellow freshmen was simple: Teach their constituents about the realities of need and cost in Texas. He warned, "I promise you they don't know what gets spent in our Texas Legislature or how it gets spent."..."
"...As of this week, Sanchez ($54 million) and Perry ($15 million) have already broken all records for spending in a Texas campaign. Be warned: If you watch baseball or football, TNT or tiddlywinks, Sanchez and Perry, Ron Kirk and John Cornyn, David Dewhurst and John Sharp, and all the rest will look you straight in the eye, applaud your down-home values, and promise to fix all the state's problems without spending another dime...."
"...He was promising to introduce -- as he has done before, without appreciable success -- a state income tax bill. Asked about Maxey's promise, a senatorial colleague shook his head..."
"..."More than half the AISD kids are eligible for free lunch programs," Kitchen points out. Both she and Warren promise to fight to keep every dollar possible in Austin, and agree that the "Robin Hood" plan was never intended to penalize districts in Austin's situation..."
"...When Bruce Iglauer formed Alligator Records in 1971, he promised "Genuine Houserockin' Music," and immediately made good on that promise with some Hound Dog Taylor albums that truly rattled the walls. More recently, Alligator's been a bit uneven, putting out releases as likely to whimper in the corner as rattle the walls, but with Lone Star Shootout -- an album Iglauer calls one of his best releases in years -- the Chicago-based indie is again on the road to some serious structural damage..."
"...For years, a prevailing opinion has been that Austin politics is less than the sum of its parts, that spatting among the city's various factions has undermined efficient and productive governance. So when some of Austin's most respected environmentalists like the matriarchal duo of Mary Arnold, vice-chair of the Save Our Springs Alliance and Shudde Fath, Electric Utility Commissioner stood on the bandstand with the likes of Joe Duncan and Jay Hailey, former presidents of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA), the development community's most powerful political organ, it did more than authenticate Watson's promise of a symbiotic future..."
"...A 17-year-old overflowing with promise, Draylen Mason will never get the chance to save lives as a surgeon as he'd dreamed, and will never again play the double bass, for which he'd grown so prodigious. He leaves behind loved ones at East Austin College Prep, where he was a senior, the Austin Youth Orchestra, Austin Soundwaves, and the Golden Hornet Project, among other institutions..."
"...Emboldened by Trump's open appeals to racism, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week attacked new Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez for fulfilling her campaign promise of ending the office's routine acquiescence to federal immigration authorities on "detainer" requests for any arrestee suspected of being undocumented...."
"..."The track unfurls with the promise of destinations ahead. The whistle and horn blow with the resonance of times passed..."
"...After nearly two long years of investigation, and God knows how much time and money spent on a flock of lawyers plowing through emails, notebooks, calendars, phone records, and recollections, Travis County Attorney David Escamilla has come to a "deferred prosecution" settlement with the seven council members originally accused (six current members, plus former CM Randi Shade). The council members will not be prosecuted for running afoul of the Texas Open Meetings Act, but promise henceforth to follow the letter of the law..."
"...Conference of Catholic Bishops, has since 2009 placed reproductive choice – no matter the context – at the top of its list of issues to oppose. In fact, Hutchinson says, the bishops were willing to oppose national health care reform – with its promise to provide millions of people with access to affordable health care – precisely because of the "small possibility" that access to legal abortion "wouldn't be restrictive enough." Rather than "falling back on the social justice issues," socioeconomic or otherwise, for which the church has traditionally advocated, the church has instead ratcheted up its rhetoric against any form of birth control...."
"...Leffingwell and interim Austin Energy head Robert Goode appeared before the Senate's Committee on Business and Commerce this week, and the topic at hand was AE's recently adopted energy generation, mix and climate protection plan. According to an excellent write-up of the proceedings at In Fact Daily, chair Troy Fraser "mostly made good on his promise to keep the hearing from turning into an 'Austin bashing.'" That, it appears, was left to the indefatigable conservative action group Austinites for Action, there to testify against the council-approved measure...."
"...We have since learned that we were mistaken. We apologize for any inconvenience and promise to never, ever, ever, make similar mistakes again – at least until April 1, 2011...."