I wish I could say failures by Texas government for children is rare, but it isn't. There is a fresh new case where a toddler was effectively tortured to death and buried in a shallow grave by his parents. CPS had four reports on him ( http://kxan.com/2014/09/16/tex... ). Texas has been run by right wing wackos for… » 9/17/14 9:09pm Wednesday 9:09pm

A few years ago, some friends and I were camping out in Big Bend Ranch (Big Bend National Park's hipster brother). One night, about 3:00 AM, a pack of coyotes took down a javelina just a few yards from our camper. We heard them howl in triumph and heard them eat the pig, which took an unsettling amount of time to stop… » 9/17/14 4:12pm Wednesday 4:12pm

I remember my first and only solo apartment post-divorce at age 26 (14 years ago in South Austin). It was gloriously minimalist, but only lasted about a year. Once you get kids, a yard, and garage full of gizmos there is no going back. I actually have a compressor for some reason. Big metal tank. Loud motor. A great… » 9/17/14 12:18am Wednesday 12:18am