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THE ATTEMPT TO BEAUTIFY THE COUNTRY!





Over the last 4 years the Houston based energy company Apache Corporation has been striving to plant 1 million trees.  The company reached that goal today.  In the front yard of its office building on Post Oak in the Galleria dozens of employees of the company were on hand for the planting of tree #1,000,000.  The company has planted trees in various states around the country from Wyoming to Louisiana.  Their focus according to company officials is to beautify the communities around the country.  Mayor Bill White was on hand with Apache Chairman and CEO Steve Farris.  The tree planting was done by the Apache Foundation.  It’s the philanthropic arm of the oil and gas producing company.  To learn more about Apache go to the link below!

Link: http://www.apachecorp.com

JENNIFER REYNA DROPS BY THE INSITE!

RAYNA TO THE INSITE: WHO ARE YOU WITH AGAIN?

You can catch her guiding you through the chaos we know as Houston traffic every weekday morning. But Jennifer Reyna wanted more. She simply asked station management and the request was approved. Over the last 6 months Reyna has been out reporting. Don’t worry, she is not leaving her morning traffic duties but she wanted to do more at KPRC TV. The Insite caught up with the former Los Angeles on air talent in the Gallaeria area. She was more than willing to pose for a pic. However, after I took her photo she asked, “who are you with?” I laughed inside because I’ll take that from Jennifer. But then she said she did remember reading the Insite. Hopefully, we can keep this young lady coming back. Hey Jennifer, thanks for dropping by the Insite!

THE SILLIEST INVENTION IN AMERICAN HISTORY: SNUGGIES!

WELCOME TO THE ANTI-SNUGGIE PAGE!

 Is it me or should Snuggies be banned from America? Have you ever worn one before? This is likely the most ridiculous invention in American history.  Why would you need sleeves on your blanket?  Someone help me ban these things at least in Houston.  Down with the Snuggie!

HISD MESSAGE: IF YOUR CHILD IS SICK WITH FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS KEEP THEM HOME!

PARENTS TAKE NOTE!

This just in from the Houston Independent School District…Reason: The Swine Flu:


HISD will be discussing the Swine Flu situation tomorrow and getting information out to parents and staff. The most important message to get out to parents at this point is that if your child has a fever or flu like symptoms do not send them to school.  Call your doctor. Our schools will be reminding our staff and students about frequent hand washing and coughing or sneezing into their sleeves rather than their hands.

WHAT GRADE WOULD YOU GIVEPRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ON HIS FIRST 100 DAYS IN OFFICE!

OBAMA: A – F AND WHY!

Ok, it’s been all over the news and all the talking heads are talking about.  President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office.  It’s time for the Insite readers to weigh in on this situation.  Take a look at all the President has and has not done while in office.  I’d like to see you grade him on the scale of A to F.  Leave your score in the comment secition and why!

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SWINE FLU!

TAKE ALL THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS!

Swine flu is a general term for flu viruses adapted to pigs. Swine flu can infect humans, most often from a pig to someone handling pigs. It can pass from human to human via coughing, sneezing or touching infected people or surfaces then touching the mouth or nose. It is not contracted by eating well-cooked pork.
What are the symptoms?


Symptoms are similar to regular flu: fever, fatigue, sore throat, cough, poor appetite, body aches and chills. Some people also have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

How dangerous is this swine flu?

In Mexico, health officials have confirmed that 20 deaths were linked with swine flu; dozens more are suspected. But all known cases in the U.S. have been mild. Experts don’t know how deadly swine flu is because they don’t know how many people have been infected. The World Health Organization says that the overall mortality rate is 1% to 4%.

How can flu be prevented?

Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze. Use tissues and throw them in the trash immediately. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Avoid sick people. If you are sick, stay home. People who know they have been exposed can get a prescription for the antiviral drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza).

For more information:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

BILL MAHER ADDRESSES BITTER REPUBLICANS AND WHAT WERE THOSE TEA PARTIES ABOUT ANYWAY?

THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT PLOTTING AGAINST YOU BECAUSE THEY’VE ALREADY BEATEN YOU!

Listen up Republicans: It’s been almost 100 days, and your country is not coming back to you. She’s found somebody new.


If conservatives don’t want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments.

It’s been a week now, and I still don’t know what those “tea bag” protests were about. I saw signs protesting abortion, illegal immigrants, the bank bailout and that gay guy who’s going to win “American Idol.” But it wasn’t tax day that made them crazy; it was election day. 

Because that’s when Republicans became what they fear most: a minority.

The conservative base is absolutely apoplectic because, because … well, nobody knows. They’re mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore. Even though they’re not quite sure what “it” is. But they know they’re fed up with “it,” and that “it” has got to stop.

Here are the big issues for normal people: the war, the economy, the environment, mending fences with our enemies and allies, and the rule of law.

And here’s the list of Republican obsessions since President Obama took office: that his birth certificate is supposedly fake, he uses a teleprompter too much, he bowed to a Saudi guy, Europeans like him, he gives inappropriate gifts, his wife shamelessly flaunts her upper arms, and he shook hands with Hugo Chavez and slipped him the nuclear launch codes.


Do these sound like the concerns of a healthy, vibrant political party?

It’s sad what’s happened to the Republicans. They used to be the party of the big tent; now they’re the party of the sideshow attraction, a socially awkward group of mostly white people who speak a language only they understand. Like Trekkies, but paranoid.


The GOP base is convinced that Obama is going to raise their taxes, which he just lowered. But, you say, “Bill, that’s just the fringe of the Republican Party.” No, it’s not. The governor of Texas, Rick Perry, is not afraid to say publicly that thinking out loud about Texas seceding from the Union is appropriate considering that … Obama wants to raise taxes 3% on 5% of the people? I’m not sure exactly what Perry’s independent nation would look like, but I’m pretty sure it would be free of taxes and Planned Parenthood. And I would have to totally rethink my position on a border fence.

I know. It’s not about what Obama’s done. It’s what he’s planning. But you can’t be sick and tired of something someone might do.

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota recently said she fears that Obama will build “reeducation” camps to indoctrinate young people. But Obama hasn’t made any moves toward taking anyone’s guns, and with money as tight as it is, the last thing the president wants to do is run a camp where he has to shelter and feed a bunch of fat, angry white people.

Look, I get it, “real America.” After an eight-year run of controlling the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court, this latest election has you feeling like a rejected husband. You’ve come home to find your things out on the front lawn — or at least more things than you usually keep out on the front lawn. You’re not ready to let go, but the country you love is moving on. And now you want to call it a whore and key its car.

That’s what you are, the bitter divorced guy whose country has left him — obsessing over it, haranguing it, blubbering one minute about how much you love it and vowing the next that if you cannot have it, nobody will.

But it’s been almost 100 days, and your country is not coming back to you. She’s found somebody new. And it’s a black guy.

The healthy thing to do is to just get past it and learn to cherish the memories. You’ll always have New Orleans and Abu Ghraib.

And if today’s conservatives are insulted by this, because they feel they’re better than the people who have the microphone in their party, then I say to them what I would say to moderate Muslims: Denounce your radicals.

To paraphrase George W. Bush, either you’re with them or you’re embarrassed by them.

The thing that you people out of power have to remember is that the people in power are not secretly plotting against you. They don’t need to. They already beat you in public.

SOME KNEW HER AS MAUDE, OTHERS AS DOROTHY, BUT MOST BY THE NAME BEA!

THE GOLDEN GIRL DIES AT THE AGE OF 86!

Bea Arthur, who died Saturday at 86, was the winner of two Emmy Awards for her starring roles on classic sitcoms “Maude” and “The Golden Girls.” Before becoming an unexpected TV star in the 1970s, Bea Arthur enjoyed a long and celebrated career in the theater. She won a Tony Award for featured actress in a musical in 1966 for the role of Vera Charles, bosom buddy to “Mame.”  


Married at the time to theater director Gene Saks who helmed this tuner adaptation of the play “Auntie Mame,” Arthur made no secret of the fact that she would have loved to play the part of the glamourous title character, a part that went to Angela Lansbury. With her basso voice and deadpan delivery, Arthur was a natural for the man-eating gin-drinking actress Vera.

When the movie version was made in 1973, Lansbury lost her role to Lucille Ball, who then insisted on Arthur as her on-screen chum, over the likes of two-time Oscar winner Bette Davis. For her efforts, Arthur would contend for the supporting Golden Globe, losing to Karen Black (“The Great Gatsby”).

Ball’s demand was easier to accept as by then Arthur had become a TV star. As a favor to her longtime pal Norman Lear, Arthur has appeared on a 1971 episode of the smash hit “All in the Family” as Edith’s liberated cousin Maude who dared to contradict the bigoted Archie Bunker. So successful was this guest shot that CBS asked Lear to create a spin-off for the character.

“Maude” premiered in September 1972 and ran for six seasons. As “that old compromisin’, enterprisin’, anything but tranquilizing” Maude Findlay, Bea Arthur created a memorable persona that earned her a place in the TV pantheon. She was the first lead character in TV history to have an abortion in a powerful two-part episode that aired in November 1972, months before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the issue.

MORE PICTURES FROM LAURA WHITLEY’S GOOD BYE PARTY!

AND THE INSITE FINALLY MAKES IT INTO SOME OF THE PARTY PICTURES!

Here are some more pictures sent to me from Laura Whitley’s good bye to the news biz party last weekend.  I’m actually in these with Laura, Chris Stipes, Andy Cerota, Katishia Cosely, Carolyn Campbell, and Miya Shay!

Note: My shirt is all wet because it was raining cats and dogs that night!

TORREY ‘T-DUB’ WALKER’S ANNUAL JOURNEY TO HIS HOMETOWN!

HELLO DETROIT!







It wouldn’t be the month of April if FOX 26 photographer and Insite contributor Torrey ‘T-Dub’ Walker wasn’t heading to his hometown of Detroit.  He spent his birthday weekend in the Motor City with his good friends Ronnie Liscombe and Adrea Isom.  Ronnie’s a local attorney while Andrea is a reporter for FOX 2 Detroit.  Walker says there’s nothing like going back home.  And what’s a homecoming for the T-Dub if there is no big birthday celebration.  That was done at the MGM Grand.  You can’t beat that for a Houston baller in D-Town.  Here are some of the sights captured by Walker on the trip.  Hey T-Dub, that’s for sharing the hometown photos!

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE A MAYOR’S RACE!

WHICH CANDIDATES’ POSTERS HAVE YOU SEEN AND WHERE?

I don’t know if this a ‘sign’ things to come but I have noticed campaign signs for Mayoral candidate Annise Parker all over the city.  I have yet to spot in political paraphernalia for Peter Brown, Gene Locke, or the others who are vying for the city’s top job.  Which candidates signs have you seen and where?

A DOG IN EVERY YARD!

WHAT’S UP WITH ALL THE PET OWNERS IN MONTROSE?

I had a live report out of the Houston community called Montrose.  What I noticed while going live from a neighborhood was every house and every person appeared to own a dog.  We arrived in this neighborhood around 1pm and until we left at 5:30pm nearly every person I saw had a dog.  Some not just one but two.  What is it with every person in Montrose owning a dog?  Insiting minds would like to know!