"...On his second album, Step Right Up, Snider manages to cover as much ground as Beck.In the latter's line of work, though, it's known as "sampling"; among those of Snider's ilk it's usually called "ripping off." But he's no lightfinger. Snider can be as folky and pointed as Dylan, as anthemic as Springsteen and Neil Young, as outlaw as Steve Earle, Travis Tritt, and Hank Jr., (and more Nashville-minded than either Tim McGraw or whoever that Rhett Akins guy is), and as rock & roll as the Black Crowes, Uncle Tupelo, and the Stones themselves -- if he's a mind to..."
"...• Todd “legitimate rape” Akins hates the gays too...."
"...Shea had cited expert advice to the effect that spending $418,000 for a Federal Inspection Service (FIS) customs gate for foreign travellers at Mueller might be wasted money since there seemed to be little in the way of tangible demand for such a facility. Todd asked her where she'd been getting her information, and she said it came from local aviation economist Dan Akins, her appointee to the the Aviation Advisory Board..."
"...Just a note in response to Mike Clark-Madison's otherwise helpful post-election piece, in which he calls Marty Akins a "fool" ["A Place for Democrats," Nov. 15]..."
"...The following year, Austin voters punished the council majority for its support of Fair Housing: Nichols, Long, and Akins were all turned out of office.The School Board Garcia left the HRC when his term expired in 1969. He was now, however, deeply involved in politics and the ongoing social movement..."
"...Professional airport consultant Dan Akins, who was the only member of the seven-member Airport Advisory Board (AAB) to vote against recommending the garage expansion to the council, says parking needs at the airport are overstated. He points out that the parking capacity requested is two to three times the projected increase in passenger traffic on which it is based..."
"...Todd and Public Works Director Peter Rieck say that $1.8 million in state and federal funds is on the line if the city doesn't hire a general contractor to begin expanding the bridge pronto. Area residents like Karen Akins, Austin Neighborhoods Council VP, don't want the additional traffic and higher speed of a bigger bridge..."
"...Many kudos to Karen Akins and company for forming TASS (Taxpayers Against Subsidizing Sprawl). Unfortunately neither TASS nor the Chronicle go far enough in speaking out against irresponsible Travis County bond proposals..."
"...That must be why Mayor Bruce Todd, city staff, and the local daily keep claiming that $1.84 million in state and federal grants will be revoked in1999 if the city doesn't hire a general contractor to begin construction on the Lamar Bridge. The three make a great team -- all want the bridge expanded from four to six lanes, and apparently don't mind stretching the truth to layer the proposal with urgency. In reality, just under $1 million is on the line, since $889,000 in state funds from the Urban Streets Program can be spent on any city roadway project, says Austin Neighborhoods Council VP Karen Akins..."
"...Floater's a legend – a songwriter beyond compare and the greatest unsuccess story in local country music history – but reliable he ain't. Thankfully, his pals Brandon Wayne Akins, Puffy Dan Walters, Carlos Perkins, and more always come through, playing Floater classics like "That's When the Eagle Screams" and "It's High Time This Old Cowboy Quit Getting So Goldanged High" in loving tribute..."
"...The crew is led by Queeg's second in command, Lieutenant Steve Maryk (Van Johnson). Other officers include Communications Officer Lieutenant Thomas Keefer (Fred MacMurray) – an aspiring novelist – the navigating helmsman Stillwell (Todd Karns), and seamen Horrible (Claude Akins) and Meatball (Lee Marvin)...."
"...Mayor Wonderful vs. Tony the Terrible: Gosh, could it be that people simply don't like Tony Sanchez? In the top-ballot races, the only Dems to do worse than the $60 Million Man were Marty Akins and Tom Ramsay -- one a fool, the other quite decent, but both running against GOP (female) incumbents who happen to be from Austin..."
"...For us in East Austin, and for those who speak Spanish, it's relevant to see almost a full page in the Statesman dedicated to the presence of John Sharp, Kirk Watson, Marty Akins, Ron Kirk, and Tony Sanchez in particular, pledging allegiance to the Texas Jews. It didn't mean a thing to you, since only 91 words were used to barely describe the event ["Austin Stories," Aug..."