What the New Wendy Davis Ad Tells Us About Her Campaign

For a politician derided as a “media creation,” Wendy Davis has gotten some bad press lately. Whether it’s Texas Monthly’s own Paul Burka opining last week that “there was no governor’s race” or the Texas Observer’s Forrest Wilder declaring that “right now, she’s a focus-grouped, poll-tested, highly mediated, stage-managed candidate running a somewhat moribund campaign,” most reporters in the state who cover politics aren’t writing glowing reports about her candidacy. Andrea Grimes, the Texas-based senior political reporter at RHRealityCheck.com, a website devoted to covering reproductive health issues, and one of Davis’s earliest supporters, has even made criticism of Davis’ campaign a regular facet of her Twitter account

Cosmo Sends A Reporter To Texas To Declare That Texas Is The Worst

If you’re a media outlet that caters to a New York or California-based audience who consider themselves to possess liberal leanings, there’s an easy way to score points: Just talk about how awful Texas is. This is such a reliable way to get cheers from your audience that last year, The Daily Show literally ran a segment called “Fuck You, Texas.” The idea of Texas, and its 27 million people, as an easily-stereotyped monolith is a popular one outside of our borders. 

That’s something that became clear, once again, when Cosmopolitan sent reporter Jill Filipovic down to learn about what’s happening with abortion in Texas. In an article for the magazine that bears the headline, “How Texas Created A Culture Of Shame And Silence Around Abortion,” Filipovich writes that the stigma surrounding abortion “is particularly powerful in Texas, where most ob-gyns don’t perform abortions and women typically have to go to abortion clinics.” 

Lance Armstrong Apparently Makes Private Videos For People With Cancer

We know: You’re sick of Lance Armstrong. When this post hits Facebook, the word “cheater” will pop up in the comments within seconds. It’s like clockwork now. And in a fascinating profile from Esquire about the disgraced cyclist who has been stripped of his titles and most of his income, author John H. Richardson gives us a chance to see what that means for the guy who not only lied, cheated, and sued people who attempted to tell the truth, but who also inspired—and continues to inspire—people with cancer all over the world.

Writing of a young fan with whom Armstrong had grown close who died at the age of 21 following an 8-year battle with brain cancer, the profile notes that

How Do We Feel About The Texas Tech Cheerleader Who's Also A Big Game Hunter?

Kendall Jones’ Facebook page features a lot of selfies. In that way, she’s like any other 19-year-old college student. She’s a petite blonde cheerleader who poses in almost all of them with a big smile on her face. But the comments on her photos are pretty rough—usually from strangers who have harsh words for her. “She looks like an alien reptiloid not a a human…,” one declares. “Kendall there is something very cold and empty inside of you,” another starts. In most of Jones’ pictures of herself, she’s posing in camo fatigues, crouched down, to better show off the body of a dead animal she’s killed. 

There are shots of Jones with dead zebras, with dead lions. There’s one with her as a young girl posing with a dead white rhino and a rifle. In another, she’s smiling next to a cape buffalo with a bright red wound still visible in the creature’s belly. She smiles next to a dead hippo, proudly displays the bow and arrows she used to bring down another lion, lounges next to a dead cheetah splayed out on a rock. There’s one in which she’s small, in the background, to better demonstrate the size of the elephant whose body she stands proudly over, rifle in the air.

Is Dallas a True International City?

Earlier this month, Dallas failed once again to be considered as a potential host city for the Summer Olympics. This decision wasn’t made by the International Olympic Committee—the city’s bid never made it that far. Instead, it was rejected by the U.S. Olympic Committee, a domestic organization that helps determine which U.S. cities that want to throw their hat in the Olympics-hosting ring have the best shot at bringing the Games back to U.S. soil. The USOC dumped Dallas, and kept Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. 

It was a familiar tale for Olympics-watchers who’d longed to see the Games played in Big D; a similar bid for the 2012 Summer Games was rejected in 2001. The United States has hosted the Olympics Games more than any other country, with four each among the Summer Olympics and the Winter Games. Those host cities include Salt Lake City, which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, and Atlanta, which put on the 1996 Summer Games, as well as such locales as Lake Placid, New York; Squaw Valley, California; and Los Angeles, which has twice played host to the event.

Why Texas Is The Worst Place To Live

See that headline up there? We’re pretty sure that you clicked on this piece out of a sense of outrage. See folks, we can do what VICE, the snarktacular international media outlet,  does, too. 

Last week, VICE published a piece with the title, “Reasons Why Austin Is The Worst Place Ever” by Luke Winkie (disclosure: Luke is a friend of mine), which set the Internet ablaze in various parts of Central Texas. It was shared over 4,000 times on Facebook, with another 36,000 “likes,” and a thousand tweets; it inspired over 1,500 comments on the VICE page, not to mention the endless discussion on other Austin media outlets—all of which further drove thousands of visitors to share content on the Austin Chronicle and Culturemap Austin. 

East Texas Bait Shop that Slurred Gay Customers Now the "#1 Gay Hangout in Texas," According to Yelp

It’s probably not easy being gay in a place like Pittsburg, Texas. At least, if the treatment of Collin Dewberry and Kelley Williams—a gay couple who visited the town—by the staff of Big Earl’s Bait House and Country Store is any indication, it’s not. As CBS-DFW reported last week:

In the town of Pittsburg, Texas, Big Earl’s Bait House and Country Store is an institution. So Collin Dewberry and his partner Kelley decided to have breakfast there. He says everything seemed to be going fine until they paid their check and were approached by their waitress on the way out.

“After I paid, her countenance seemed to change drastically,” said Dewberry.

Big Earl Cheney, the owner, explains what happened next.

“She told them the rules are on the door and it says ‘Welcome to Big Earl’s where men act like men, women act like ladies, no saggy pants and we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.’”

“And so I laughed and I asked what do you mean?” says Dewberry. “And that’s when she said to us… ‘to put it plainly, we don’t serve fags here.’”

The waitress happens to be Cheney’s daughter, and the owner says her choice of words were her own.

The Austin Chronicle And The Austin American-Statesman Are Fighting About SXSW

Few things—especially over the past few months—have become more contentious to Austinites than SXSW: It’s a barrel of fun that unleashes the most talented, famous, and interesting people in the world on the city, offering free opportunities for music and fun to countless locals and visitors (who in turn spend their money at local bars and restaurants and everywhere else, making for a massive economic impact), and bringing a focused spotlight of international media attention that other cities only get when they manage to host the Olympics or something; or it’s a parasitic public hazard that drains taxpayer coffers, leaves the majority of the city’s residents out of the party, saps resources that could be better used elsewhere, and only offers real benefits to the rich, out-of-town hipsters who use the city as a toilet for a ten-day stretch before taking off for New York or LA or London or Tokyo or wherever it is those people come from.

Which side of that divide you’re on, if you’re a member of the Austin print media, apparently comes down to whether you work for the Austin American-Statesman daily paper, or the Austin Chronicle alt-weekly.

San Antonio's Campaign To Prove Charles Barkley Wrong Kind Of Reinforces Why What He Said Was Offensive

Former NBA star and current analyst Charles Barkley is no stranger to making controversial—some might dare say “dumb”—statements. And perhaps his most controversial (or dumbest) in some time was the statement he made about San Antonio recently, when he declared that “There’s some big ol’ women down there” and “that’s a gold mine for Weight Watchers.” 

That statement is a couple of weeks old now, but the story has lingered for a few reasons: The continued dominance of the Spurs in the playoffs, the fact that Barkley, who—ahem—seems to enjoy being the center of attention, has refused to apologize, and also the fact that women in San Antonio have gathered to protest his remarks. 

Three Dallas Area Guys Jammed in Front of a Kroger Together and Now Might Be Internet Famous

Jaime Tatos Maldonado was visiting a Dallas-area supermarket when he encountered a street musician playing guitar and singing an original composition, and he decided to take his phone out and film it. He didn’t expect that he was in for “literally the craziest weekend of [his] life” at the time.

Maldonado ended up capturing a special moment: the musician on the guitar was singer-songwriter Jesse Rya, and just out of the frame at the beginning of the recording is a man in a Philadelphia 76ers jersey, who steps forward and begins accompanying Rya on vocals a minute into the video. Rya begins riffing on lyrics that the man—later identified as Irving resident Howard Mullins—improvises, singing “Tell ‘em that I just don’t know” as a refrain. After another minute, another man in a neon green utility vest approaches the supermarket, then decides to stay and enjoy the jam session. The man—whose name is Ron Lashley—sings along with Rya and Mullins for a minute, then drops a nice freestyle. The trio wind down the song after that, and Lashley says to the other two, “I needed that one, man, I appreciate that,” before entering the store. 

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