• Reparative therapy is just the tip o’ the Grand Old Platform
    Columns This Old Spouse   //   June 16, 2014   // 3 Comments

    This week on Lone Star Myth Bashers, we take a hard look at the common perception that the conservative movement in Texas makes our fair state the target of national and international ridicule with its outlandish statements and backward beliefs.

    Quite the contrary. LSMB has found ample evidence that the state’s GOP base, for example, uses hard science as a foundation for its advocacy agenda. At its recent convention in Fort Worth, the Republican braintrust offered this scientific gem as a tenet of its party platform: “We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle.”

    Yes, despite opposition from such liberal elite establishments as the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association—and the fact that several states have banned this type of “therapy” outright—the Texas GOP has forged bravely ahead in its mission. The hard science the party is using, by the way, comes from an 1892 pamphlet entitled “Tingly Feelings are from the Devil.”

    “One of the most fundamental tenets of our party’s focus on the family is the protection of the natural, wholesome man-woman relationship the way God intended it,” the Texas governor said in his address. “If a person seeking to rid himself of unnatural and unhealthy homosexual cravings wants to seek help through this reparative technique, he should be able to find this sort of assistance readily. And the therapy works. Believe me, I know…I mean, I’ve heard.”

  • Is It Legal to Yell ‘Ants!’ in a Crowded Car?
    Columns This Old Spouse   //   November 25, 2012   // 1 Comment

    So I was chauffeuring my younger daughter home from her latest must-attend gathering of friends and frenemies du jour, daydreaming of the day when my offspring have cars and licenses and gas money of their own, when we stopped for said gas. It was evening, and as I pulled in under the station’s fluorescent-lit awning, daughter Jamie began screaming at the top of her lungs and leapt out of the car as if it were on fire.

    “What? What?” I hollered.


  • An old dog gets a second chance
    Pets   //   October 24, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Xena had only hours to live. The old dog sat shivering and scared at the Town Lake Animal Center (TLAC) on that frigid January day, a dog nobody wanted. What had she done to incur a death sentence? It was not what she did, it came down to what she was: an old, large-breed dog requiring too many weeks of medical care to become presentable to potential adopters.

  • Don’t turn into spooky boyfriend
    Leslie Answers   //   July 21, 2012   // 0 Comments

    I’m stuck here. I have a girlfriend of one year and I have asked her to not contact old boyfriends since we’re now just dating each other. She’s been okay with it, except for one guy that she’s known since they were in high school ten years ago.

  • Discovery of ‘Dad Particle’ is huge scientific breakthrough
    This Old Spouse   //   July 16, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Ponca City, Oklahoma (AP)—In a culmination of 50 years of theoretical speculation and weeks of intense media frenzy, two teams of researchers at the Fatherhood Institute for Research Nerds (FIRN) recently announced they had independently discovered evidence for the long-sought elementary particle that dictates behavior by dads and thus significantly impacts the family universe—the elemental unit popularly known as the “Dad Particle.”

  • A message to recent graduates
    Commissioners Corner   //   July 1, 2012   // 0 Comments

    The much talked-about graduation speech by David McCullough where he delivers the message that “you are not special” to this year’s graduates hits home in several profound ways but it has been pointed out that the value of learning from “failure” is missing in the speech. So my message to graduates is there are good things to learn from failure whether it is your own or that of others.

  • Move over, slow down for tow trucks and emergency vehicles
    View from the State Legislature   //   July 1, 2012   // 0 Comments

    By Paul Workman, State Representative for House District 47 The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is rightfully placing particular emphasis on informing the public about and enforcing the "Move Over/Slow Down" law as it relates to tow trucks. This newer law requires a motorist to move over or slow down when certain vehicles are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activat...

  • A word about a really good cause
    The Word from Oak Hill   //   July 1, 2012   // 0 Comments

    by Mike Jasper  Word from Oak Hill is... More. Specifically, more from Richard McCain. While he lost his bid for another term as constable, he will stay involved in the community, especially with his favorite cause—Foundation Communities. Recently, Foundation Communities—which provides affordable housing and educational services to homeless or otherwise financially threatened families ...

  • Austin Barkitecture accepting applications for designers
    Pets   //   June 5, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Animal Lovers of Austin, Inc., present Barkitecture, 2012.  On November 10 from 12-4 pm in the spectacular 2ND Street District, Barkitecture will raise funds via silent auction of unique, one of a kind doghouses created by Austin’s best architects, designers, and builders.  Proceeds will benefit local area animal rescue groups. Barkitecture is now accepting applications through their website, w...

  • Some Like It Hot! Only $20 to adopt in June
    Pets   //   June 5, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Summer is the season to adopt from the Austin Animal Center, which will be reducing its adoption fees for all animals to $20 for the month of June. This reduced fee includes the animal’s spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, and identification tags.

  • Frost Bank Donates $2,500 to the Hampton Branch at Oak Hill
    Business Bits   //   June 2, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Frost Bank recently presented a donation of $2,500 to the Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, Austin Public Library. The donation highlights the grand opening of a new Frost Bank location at 4301 West William Cannon.

  • An old dog learns a new trick
    Pets   //   May 20, 2012   // 4 Comments

    Last year my sister and I adopted a senior dog from Austin Pets Alive (APA). We had lost a beloved dog six months earlier, and while I had resolved not to get another dog, my sister missed having a canine greeter at the door.

  • Gordo’s opening up shaved ice stand
    Business Bits   //   May 15, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Summer must surely be approaching if the shaved ice stands start opening up. Look for the folks who run Gordo’s Tortas at Highway 290 and Derecho , across from the Valero, to open up a second food stand on their lot this weekend. This one won’t have any hot stuff, only Hawaiian shaved ice with a choice of over 30 flavors.

  • Alice carries on FrankYi’s legacy at Canyon Grill
    Business Bits   //   May 15, 2012   // 0 Comments

    When Dynasty Buffet restaurant at the “Y” in Oak Hill closed their doors a few weeks ago, original owner Alice Yi was able to buy back her four foot tall lucky Buddha. “I needed my good ‘chi’ back,” she stated.

  • Local TCU grad mows lawns to pay off loans
    Business Bits   //   May 15, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Jake Fowler, a native Oak Hillian, is used to success. While a student at Kiker Elementary School, he earned a black belt in karate at the age of 10. He was part of the James Bowie High School Outdoor Performing Ensemble when the band won the Blue Cross Blue Shield Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship in 2005.

  • Robin’s 290 Grill serves up cooked-to-order Southern comfort fare
    Business Bits   //   May 6, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Robin Collins, owner of Robin’s 290 Grill. Collins had been in the mortgage business for over two decades after a stint in the Navy where she was involved in anti-submarine warfare electronics.

  • Happy Mailman’s new owner offers free wash, boarding to new clients
    Business Bits   //   May 2, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Happy Mailman dog kennel on Highway 290 West has been providing doggy daycare, dog boarding, and other dog services to Austin residents for six years. This past month, Austin native Zach Biderman purchased the kennel, uniting his love for dogs with his passion for business. Biderman has already made indoor upgrades, enhanced the outdoor play areas, and extended facility hours at Happy Mailman.