Whenever there is a storm approaching, news media outlets go a little crazy. They know that, quite often, storms equal big ratings. No only are people watching for warnings, but they are sometimes captive participants in the drama unfolding outside their homes. The problem is when weather is hyped t ... More >>
Director brings gramdeur and a new kind of Ryan to the screen.
The best movies this year that you had a chance to see.
Whatever else you might want to say about the tea party folks -- both the elected representatives and their citizen-supporters -- you cannot say that they are in hock to Wall Street the same way the establishment GOP and (much of) the Democrats are. (Including, yes, President Obama. It's true). If ... More >>
Uwe Boll's solution to the crash? Bloodshed.
Let's face it -- throughout the long presidency of George W. Bush, with all the fake wars, the lack of effort to get Bin Laden, the Gilded Age treatment of the richest one percent and Wall Street, you struggled with one thing: Where were the nude shots? Unfortunately, no paparazzi has been able to ... More >>
American banks are on a massive crime spree. Obama and Romney hope you won’t notice.
America's for-profit colleges offer education only a con man (or a congressman) could love.
The winemakers behind Uvaggio Vermentino from Lodi have a theory. "If we grow the right grape in the right place," they write on their website, "we can manage to get by with our respective degrees in psychology and geography. (If one of us gets lost then other can figure out why.) However, when you ... More >>
Wall Street and Washington conspire to destablize the U.S. economy, one barrel of oil at a time.
Hold on to your hats, take a seat, take a deep breath, do whatever it takes to absorb some shattering news: An article in The Onion is probably fake. This earth-shattering scoop is brought to you by the Houston Business Journal, with an article entitled "Houston PR Pro Contemplates The Onion's Frac ... More >>
Bill Moyers believes that the sun-baked scattered bones of Wall Street's carcass are being picked clean by "animal spirits" -- namely, hyenas, and that these scavengers believe that they are justified, indeed morally sanctioned, in behaving as such, and that nobody in government is willing or able t ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerConfidence in our domestic brand of capitalism may be approaching new lows these days, but Five Finger Death Punch rolled into the House of Blues on Tuesday night riding high on the American dream. The L.A. headbangers' new album, American Capitalist, debuted at number ... More >>
See lots more pics of the protest in our slideshow. Joining a movement of protests across the country, several hundred Houstonians gathered at Market Square Park this morning to march to Hermann Square in front of City Hall, which they plan to occupy indefinitely in solidarity with the Occupy Wall ... More >>
Investors held on too long.Beginning with LaSalle, the French explorer who survived shipwrecks and cannibal Karankawa Indian attacks only to perish at the hands of his own men near Navasota, some people in Texas have had some pretty damned hard luck. You might lay some or all of the blame at ... More >>
You'd be CRAZY not to want in on one of these domain names!There was a time when a million bucks was a lot of money for a domain name. That's exactly what Cool.com went for back in 2000. Today, that's chump change when you are talking about the most expensive domain names on the Web. Keep in ... More >>
Learn about the larger-than-life past of Galveston Island's historic downtown district
While Hair Balls is fearful of ever-expanding government power and its attendant death panels and Wall Street takeovers, there is one government institution we absolutely love: libraries. We're total whores for literacy and recreational/ educational reading. Which is why we're stoked for the ... More >>
A few weeks after they taped the show when it came here, you can listen to the bearded ones of ZZ Top as they play "Not My Job" on NPR's Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me."Were three guys; we know three chords," Dusty Hill says of recording the group's new album."Everyone in Houston has a ZZ Top story -- eit ... More >>
If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the Internet has decided that the word "failure" is too ... More >>
We Americans are a generous people. In the days after the devastating Haitian earthquake, we whipped out our credit cards and donated millions to relieve that stricken, jinxed nation.But until Thursday, when the Huffington Post got wind of the practices, the major credit companies (including ... More >>
We've bailed out the banks. When do we go after the crooks behind our financial collapse?
It's National Boss Day, because apparently getting more weeks of vacation, a higher salary, and an actual office with privacy isn't enough. You can be forgiven if it slipped your mind. After all, you were probably busy using the phone in your cramped, depressing cubicle to argue semi-publicly with ... More >>
Continental Airlines is having a tough stretch -- its CEO quit, its recently announced earnings are dismaying Wall Street (What do those two things have in common? Hmmm....), its laying off a bunch of workers, and now it's got the parliament of India all in an uproar.Indian politicians are shocked, ... More >>
Even Lena Horne couldnt make up for Mammy
Imagine getting some pointers on the links from Tiger Woods, cooking lessons from Bobby Flay or a one-on-one session with Bernie Madoff where the infamous Wall Street financier explains how to bilk investors out of millions of dollars. When it comes to songwriting, especially of the Texas persuasion ... More >>
Cocky Cocktails at Anvil Bar & Refuge
Inspired by the "Chicago Tea Party" of CNBC fame, right-wingers from coast to coast gathered to protest, um, a bunch of stuff. Creeping socialism, Wall Street, arms control, liberals in general, freeloaders... You name it, these folks are pissed about it. About 300 people (by very rough estimate) tu ... More >>
Sure, ice may be a dominant form of currency in the aftermath of a hurricane. But here’s what Tunnel Mole needed to survive two weeks of no electricity: a miner's hat avec flashlight. That's best for bedtime, to snuggle in and devour some juicy noir -- make mine the XX chromosome variety, please. ... More >>
The Houston Independent School District has another information session planned for Monday, October 27 to talk about the alternative certification path for a teaching career. All you need is a bachelor’s degree and an interest in teaching. According to Interim Press Secretary Norm Uhl, the progra ... More >>
Airlines across the plant added almost 2,100 new routes last year. Which new route was the single most popular? It was right here in Houston. The new Hobby to Big Spring route drew tens of thousands of travelers, which is especially strange because it uses a one-prop plane. Actually, the most pop ... More >>
As some of you may know, Wall Street has been experiencing some turbulence of late. We know because we’ve been seeing lots of images of depressed dudes on trading floors clasping their heads. In fact, there is a whole blog devoted to these shots, complete with sardonic captions, at Sad Guys on Tr ... More >>
Sad news has come in over the wires from Bloom County. Houston boy Berkeley Breathed has announced “Opus” will be no more come November 2. “With the crisis in Wall Street and Washington, I’m suspending my comic strip to assist the nation,” Breathed said in a press release from the Washi ... More >>
On the one hand, the timing couldn’t be better for The Smart Cookies’ Guide to Making More Dough: How Five Young Women Got Smart, Formed a Money Group, and Took Control of Their Finances, which came out this week. Don’t we all want to be smart about money, now more than ever? On the other han ... More >>
Paging Rev. Gibbons... It's not entirely unwarranted - something about Wall Street being in free fall - but outside the Houston area, our recovery from Ike is rapidly receding from the headlines. Before it gets buried any further, Rocks Off would like to take this opportunity to point out he hasn't ... More >>
Everyone here is dealing with Ike, but just to give you something else to worry about as you wait on line for ice -- Wall Street had a disaster of its own over the weekend. Big companies went bankrupt, meetings were held, etc. etc. As Slate put it in its summary of today's papers: The NYT says Su ... More >>
Channel 13 reporter Miya Shay has a great bootleg video up on her blog showing President Bush at a closed-door River Oaks fundraiser for congressional candidate Pete Olson. A very loose Bush tells the fawning crowd that Wall Street "got drunk" and is now suffering a hangover. ("That's why I told yo ... More >>
GlobalTec employees apparently aren't all they make themselves out to be
The Alley and Alegría offer all-ages shows that adults will actually enjoy
Boiler Room steams with the stark greed of go-for-brokers
And they're ready to make money the old-fashioned way: By outsmarting the big guys.
The Landrys came to Houston with good food and good ideas. But a good family squabble let Tilman Fertitta step in and carve himself an empire.
As the death-care industry booms and consolidates, Houston's Service Corporation International is leading the way