The Texas government's hair-raising attack on hair braiders

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 1/23/15

As messed up as it sounds, in the unending struggle for justice, there is such thing as a "positive negative." This occurs when you win a struggle that you never should've had to make.

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How tacky can the Golden Arches get?

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 1/22/15

McDonald's is scrambling, and I'm not talking about eggs. Your know your business has what image consultants call "quality perception issues" when you have to launch a PR initiative that publicly addresses such questions as:... [read more]

New GOP Congress rushes big favors to Wall Street

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 1/21/15

If members of the brand-spanking new, Republican-controlled Congress are at all confused about why We the People consider them just another load of bovine excrement, they should look at their bill called "Promoting Job Creation... [read more]

McDonald's desperately seeks love

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 1/20/15

McDonald's, the burger behemoth, pushes its product with an advertising slogan that exuberantly proclaims, "I'm Lovin' It."

But the slogan doesn't seem to be selling more burgers – in fact,... [read more]

Inaugural galas for governors become influences-buying bazaars

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 1/19/15

Hey, we're Texas proud these days, because Greg Abbott, the incoming governor of our state has set a new gubernatorial record before he's even been sworn into office!

Well, "proud" isn't... [read more]

Bezos buys a big piece of power

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 1/16/15

An old cowboy aphorism says: "Speak the truth. But ride a fast horse."

From the 1970s into the 1990s, there was a proud truth-telling newspaper of national importance. At the... [read more]

Corporate coup d'etat

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 1/15/15

Look out America – here comes the Trans Pacific Partnership! Dubbed "a corporate coup d'etat" by Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, it's a grandiose grab for power masked as a trade deal, allowing an unprecedented... [read more]

Keeping our COOL

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 1/14/15

When I was a tyke, momma warned me not to eat anything unless I knew where it came from. That's so sensible that even Congress acted on it in 2002, passing a straightforward law called... [read more]

The pastoral Pope

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 1/13/15

Old songs occasionally need to be refreshed with updated verses – such as this: "Old McPope had a farm /E-I-E-I-O/ And on that farm he had a cow… a donkey… chickens… ostriches… rabbits… /E-I-E-I-O!"

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A corporate power grab is underway, so where's the media?

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 1/12/15

If you need a good, doable New Year's resolution, try this: "I resolve to do my part this year to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership."

The what? Most people never heard... [read more]