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The Words of Dr. King

I still get a special ting in my heart on Martin Luther King Day. The first piece of journalism I did for anyone was an editorial for The Daily Texan in about 1982 supporting federal legislation that would establish it as a national holiday. So, just in honor of the day, I want to put some things in this blog:

Here are a few of my favorite things King wrote or said:

“I don’t know what will happen now… We’ve got some difficult days ahead, but it doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the moutaintop, and I don’t mind. Like any man, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place, but I’m not concerned about that now. I want to do God’s will, and he’s allowed me to go up to the mountain and I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the promised land.”  –Bishop Charles Mason Temple, Memphis, Tenn., 1968. Read more

Mayor Parker’s Wedding Completes an Amazing Arc of LGBT History

That muffled cough and gravelly rumbling noise you heard Wednesday night had to be the sound of former-Houston Mayor Louie Welch rolling over in his grave.

Occasionally, something happens that affirms the arc of history, and something beautiful and historic happened last week when Houston’s current mayor, Annise Parker, married Kathy Hubbard on the 23rd anniversary of the day they began their lives together. Read more

Is Dr. Ben Carson Stoned?

Now, I haven’t had a drink or drug (other than caffine or sugar) in nearly 20 years. Not as much as a single beer or a puff off a friend’s cigarette. But I smoked my share of pot back in college and a few years afterward. Hell, it was the 70s, and anyone with the mildest bit of cultural or intellectual curiosity at least tried pot at some point. My old friend Molly Ivins, whose drug of choice clearly was cold beer, once said it didn’t do anything for her except make her “walk real slow to the refrigerator for the Fritos.” Same here.

I miss Molly, and I suspect she would have a field day with the bit of wisdom offered this week by Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned conservative nuerosurgeon and Fox News contributor who stepped-up to warn a NewsMax audince that people looking to enjoy the new law in Colorado that makes pot legal run the risk of so-called “flashbacks” for months and years after they smoke weed. What a bunch of hooey.

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