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TEXAS: State Claims To Be Surprised By Request To Lift Marriage Stay

1 hour agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via the Houston Chronicle: Texas officials want a federal judge to uphold the state's same-sex marriage ban, calling a request by gay couples to be allowed to immediately marry "untimely" and "out of order." "The plaintiffs offer noShow More Summary

J.J. Watt, human being, thanks cops and firemen with free lunch

Proving it’s possible to be a star player, be in many commercials, and still be a human being, J.J. Watt continues to impress on and off the field. Via the Houston Chronicle, Watt had pizzas delivered to police and a fire station in Houston, thanking them for their service. “You show up day in and…

Official Resigns, Contract Withdrawn in Houston Public Art Fiasco

17 hours agoArts : Hyperallergic

A major art commission in Houston has been suddenly placed on hold, prompting the resignation of a director at the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and causing an outcry in the city's art community, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Texans bring Thad Lewis in to fill in at quarterback

Texans coach Bill O’Brien didn’t say much about the status of quarterback Ryan Mallett, but the fact they’ve signed a replacement should tell you what you need to know. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are adding former Bills quarterback Thaddeus Lewis to the mix. With Mallett out for the year…

Reports: Texans' Ryan Mallett done for season with pec injury

After starting only two games for the Houston Texans, Ryan Mallett's season reportedly is done. He suffered a season-ending pectoral injury in Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and, per the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, will...Show More Summary

Why The Republican Party Is Doomed

“Republicans in 2014 were the most popular girl at a party no one attended.” These words were penned by a Houston Chronicle columnist named Chris Ladd, who also goes by the screen name “GOPlifer.” And a better summation of this year’s mid-terms we’ve never heard. Well, in all humility, apart from this one: “Every light [...]

Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins Updated Fantasy Outlook After Ryan Mallett Injury

Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett will reportedly need season-ending surgery on the pectoral muscle he injured in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle and Mark Berman of Fox 26 reportedShow More Summary

Ryan Mallett’s pectoral injury a season-ender

Ryan Mallett waited nearly four years for a chance to start in the NFL, and that chance ended after two weeks. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the pectoral injury suffered by the Texans quarterback yesterday against the Bengals was season-ending. The Texans will now have to turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick, though…

Ryan Mallett out for season with torn pectoral muscle

The Texans will now turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick as starting quarterback. Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett has a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the rest of the season, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Mallett...Show More Summary

Ryan Fitzpatrick's Full Fantasy Scouting Report Following Ryan Mallett's Injury

The Ryan Fitzpatrick era may be getting a reboot for the Houston Texans, but that doesn't mean the same should hold true for your fantasy team. As the Houston Chronicle's John McClain reported on Sunday, it appears an injury to RyanShow More Summary

Ryan Mallett Injury: Updates on Texans QB's Pectoral and Return

Ryan Mallett's brief run as the Houston Texans' starting quarterback could be over for the time being. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported that Mallett was dealing with an injured right pectoral muscle during Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 26-year-old will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. Show More Summary

Mallett could miss several weeks with pectoral injury

The Ryan Mallett era may not be over (there is one?), but it could be interrupted. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Mallett has a pectoral injury that possibly will knock him out of action for several weeks. An MRI will reveal the extent of the damage.  If Mallett can’t play, the Texans…

Some Data That Should Cheer Up Depressed Democrats: "No Republican candidate has a credible shot at the White House in 2016"

4 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Chris Ladd writes the GOPLifer blog at the Houston Chronicle and he believes the 2014 midterms were a complete disaster for one of our political parties—and it's the Democratic party. Yes, Republicans took the Senate and some governors' mansions and some state legislatures. Show More Summary

Dwight Howard recovering from knee strain

The Houston Rockets are off to a great start this season with a 9-3 record, though they’ve dropped two games in a row. Center Dwight Howard is in recovery from a minor knee issue. Here’s the Houston Chronicle with the latest: The Rockets listed Dwight Howard as “day-to-day” to return from his strained right knee, but no one [...]

Dwight Howard Injury: Updates on Rockets Star's Knee and Return

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will not play in Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers due to a strain in his right knee: Jonathan Feigen of the the Houston Chronicle had the news: Houston's Twitter account provided tonight's starting lineup without Howard: Howard has been a rare breed among centers in the NBA. Show More Summary

Tuesday Morning Open Thread

My thanks to commentor dww44 for the clip. Partial transcript, from the original blog post, “GOPlifer” Chris Ladd in the Houston Chronicle: Few things are as dangerous to a long term strategy as a short-term victory. Republicans this week scored the kind of win that sets one up for spectacular, catastrophic failure and no one [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.

Former IRS Agent Settles Religious Discrimination Claim Over Firing for Wearing Ceremonial Dagger to Work

Following up on my prior posts (links below): Houston Chronicle, Former IRS Worker, U.S. Reach Agreement in Ritual Dagger Case: In what her lawyers called a "historic settlement," former Houston IRS worker Kawaljeet Tagore and the U.S. government this week reached an agreement in a lawsuit stemming from the Sikh...

Steve Kerr and Jason Terry share bball roots

Here’s the Houston Chronicle reporting on a connection between Steve Kerr and Jason Terry: Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Rockets guard Jason Terry go back a long way. Not only did the two both play in the NBA at the same time – early in Terry’s career and near the end of Kerr’s – they also knew each [...]

Judge Orders Houston to Stop Providing Insurance Benefits to Same-sex Spouses of City Employees

2 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

A Texas judge has ordered the city of Houston to stop offering health and life insurance benefits to same-sex spouses of married employees, the Houston Chronicle reports: Days after being elected to her third and final term last November, Mayor...

Report: Kareem Jackson to miss multiple weeks with knee injury

The Texans don’t have a game to play this week, but it doesn’t look like they’ll have cornerback Kareem Jackson when they return to the field in Week 11. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Jackson suffered a sprained MCL in last Sunday’s loss to the Eagles. He’s expected to miss up to a…

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