Bigots, Homophobes, and HERO

Last week, Houston City Council passed the controversial Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). The ordinance makes it “unlawful for any place of public accommodation or any employee or agent thereof to discriminate against any person on the basis of any protected characteristic,” such as sexual orientation or gender identification.

As is usually the case, debate […]

Rush Limbaugh versus Freedom

On Monday, Rush Limbaugh stated that supporters of gay marriage are misapplying or incorrectly defining freedom. However, at no point in his monologue did Rush provide us with a definition. The closest he came was to state that freedom requires virtue, morality and “proper constraints and restraints.”

“Constraints and restraints” means limitations and restrictions. Rush […]

Houston: The City I Love

This was originally posted as a series on Live Oaks in June 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

Introduction Politicians love to listen to citizen complaints. Complaints give the politician both a purpose and a justification. Solving the problem is the purpose, and the fact that the complaint was voiced to a government official provides […]