Monthly Archives: December 2007

THE MAYOR OF SUNNYSIDE HAS SPOKEN!

An open letter from one of the organizers – Sandra Hines aka The Mayor of Sunnyside:


Hi Everybody,

Hope you had a wonderful holiday season. The Black Heritage Society is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s Birthday with a Grand Parade Downtown Houston. Derek King (Dr King’s Nephew) will be our Grand Marshall Downtown Houston, Texas January 21″st 2008 Line-up at 8am Parade begins at 10am at Minute Maid Park on Hamilton Street…

Hope to see you there!

call the Black Heritage Society at 713-236-1700 To sign up…

The Mayor of Sunnyside

RIC WILLIAMSON DEAD AT THE AGE OF 55!

20 YEARS OF POLITICAL EXPERIENCE IN THE LEGISLATURE!

Officials say Texas Transportation Commission Chairman and former longtime state lawmaker Ric Williamson died today of an apparent heart attack. He was 55. Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Chris Lippincott says that Williamson died early Sunday morning at Weatherford Regional Medical Center. Governor Rick Perry said Williamson was a longtime friend who will be greatly missed. The two were conservative Democratic colleagues in the Texas House during 1980s. Both later joined the GOP. Williamson served in the Legislature for more than 20 years. Perry named Williamson to the transportation commission in 2001, and he became chairman in 2004. The five-member commission oversees the Texas Department of Transportation.

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY SAYS IT’S TIME FOR ROSENTHAL TO STEP ASIDE!

JARED WOODFILL SAYS THE EMAIL SCANDAL IS TOO MUCH!

Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal is rejecting calls by the county Republican Party to give up his 2008 re-election campaign.
His party’s request came because of a scandal over affectionate e-mails Rosenthal sent to his secretary. Fifteen members of the Harris County Republican party’s Advisory Committee voted unanimously yesterday to urge Rosenthal to withdraw from the March 4 GOP primary.
Harris County Republican Chairman Jared Woodfill says Rosenthal had made a serious error in judgment and called the e-mails horrible. Woodfill says they’ve contacted about 10 potential candidates. He refused to name the potential candidates but said he is certain one or more challengers will register before Wednesday’s deadline. E-mails from Rosenthal to his secretary, Kerry Stevens, surfaced last week as part of a federal civil rights lawsuit. They contain the phrase “I love you” more than a dozen times, and Rosenthal asks Stevens to let him hold her.
“The very next time I see you, I want to kiss you behind your right ear,” Rosenthal wrote Stevens in an e-mail dated Aug. 10, 2007.

MAKE SURE YOU SIGN UP FOR YOUR DIGITAL CONVERTER BOX FROM THE GOVERNMENT!

IS IT TIME FOR YOU TO UPGRADE YOUR TELEVISION?

Millions of $40 government coupons become available Tuesday to help low-tech television owners buy special converter boxes for older TVs that might not work after the switch
to digital broadcasting.
Beginning Feb. 18, 2009, anyone who does not own a digital set and still gets their programming via over-the-air antennas will no longer receive a picture. That’s the day the television industry completes its transition from old-style analog broadcasting to digital. The converter boxes are expected to cost between $50 and $70 and will be available at most major electronics retail stores. Starting Tuesday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will begin accepting requests for two $40 coupons per household to be used toward the purchase of the boxes. Viewers who have satellite or cable service will not need a box.

To request a coupon, consumers can apply online at www.dtv2009.gov starting Tuesday. The government also has set up a 24-hour hotline to take requests, 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009).

CARL ‘THE NEW HAMMER’ DAVIS MAKES HOUSTON’S SOCIETY PAGES WITH MICHAEL BERRY IN TOW!

MAYOR PRO-TEM THROWS A PARTY FOR HIS LONG TIME STAFFER!

Here’s an excerpt from the Houston Chronicle’s society pages:

In the main dining room Mayor Pro-Tem Michael Berry and wife Nandy hosted a birthday celebration for Carl Davis, Berry’s senior aide and director of community affairs, and for state District Judge Grant Dorfman. Joining the party were Monica Aizpurua, Merrick Hamilton, Sabrina Reynolds, Daniel Santamaria and Aleks Mraovic.

FOUNDER OF BET’S NEWS DIVISION DIES!

SHE HIRED MANY SUCH AS ED GORDON, TAVIS SMILEY AND EVEN THE INSITE!

Deborah Tang, creator of Black Entertainment Television’s news division, died Christmas day of cancer at her Washington home. She was 60. Tang hired news anchor Ed Gordon and talk-show host Tavis Smiley. Gordon tells the Web site, “Journal-isms,” that Tang was one of what he called “the kingmakers in this business.” He adds, “She saw the talent in us and put us in the positions we’re in.” Tang retired from BET in 2000 after 14 years there, many of them as a vice president of news, entertainment and news programming.

(Note: The Insite was hired under Tang’s administration as a Louisiana, then Arkansas, and Tennessee correspondent for BET News – I stopped working as a reporter for the news division in 2000 as well!)

HERE IS THAT FAMOUS RECIPE AGAIN THIS YEAR!

BLACK EYED PEA JAMBALAYA!

This a recipe I got about 14 years ago from an old friend in Louisiana who is no longer with us. Vernon Roger (Ro-shay) was a premiere cajun cook in Baton Rouge (no offense Tracy White) during the 80’s and 90’s. He was also an anchorman at WAFB TV. But this recipe is a different twist for your New years Day menu. Try it – and you will love.












BLACK-EYED PEA JAMBALAYA


Qty Measurement Ingredient

2 Tbsps butter
1 lb andouille, chopped (smoked sausage if can't find andouille)
1/2 lb tasso, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 can (10 oz) Rotel tomatoes
2 medium onions, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and
chopped
2 pods garlic, peeled and minced
3 bay leaves
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cans (15 oz ea) black-eyed peas
4 cups rice, cooked


In a black cast-iron skillet, melt the butter. Brown the
chopped andouille and tasso. Stir in the dry seasonings,
tomatoes, onions, celery, bell pepper, and garlic. Saute for
10 minutes. Add the bay leaves, jalapeno pepper, and peas.
Simmer for 30 minutes. Add the cooked rice. Simmer for 10
minutes. Remove the bay leaves before serving.

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE: WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR THE NIGHT?

I’LL LIKELY GO TO WORK AND THEN HOME…KINDA SAD HUH?

I think the Insite will keep it in this New Year’s eve. I will go to work at 2pm and then head home at 10:30 pm…click on the FOX countdown show and that’s about it. Sounds depressing? What do you have planned for the evening?

CITY COUNCILMAN PETER BROWN SAYS THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY SHOULD RESIGN!

DO YOU AGREE WITH BROWN THAT CHUCK SHOULD CALL IT QUITS!

Here’s the statement from Brown:

The strength of character to sincerely apologize is laudable, but we need a DA who is unquestionably a role model, who never has to apologize for conduct in public office. This is about basic American principles, integrity and character. It bespeaks a lack of personal discipline and good judgement, fatal character flaws in a District Attorney. This pattern of behavior can carry over into a miscarriage of justice.

From now on, Rosenthal’s authority as a public official is suspect. Should the voters forgive him?……perhaps so as a human being, but not as our DA, not at the ballot box. A thorough, impartial investigation of conduct in the DA’s office is in order. As a citizen, taxpayer and citywide elected official, in my view, the best course under these circumstances is for Rosenthal to resign.

Houston City Council Member Peter Brown, At-large Position 1.

SOURCE: MEDIA TAKEOUT – WAS BOW WOW IN HOUSTON LOOKING FOR THE S-E-X!

DO YOU BELIEVE THIS OR NOT?

This report is from Media Take Out so believe it or not. Some are questioning if the conversation is real but it alleges rapper Bow Wow wanted to hook up with a Houston resident for some overtime action!

The Report:

December 29, 2007. Looks like Bow Wow’s been doing some more MySpace pimpin’. Here’s a conversation he had , over Myspace with one of our teenage readers:

From: Bow Wow
Date: Dec 28, 2007 9:57 PM

hit me up
—————– Original Message —————–
From: [TEENAGE FAN]
Date: Dec 28, 2007 8:06 PM

DUDE?! OKAY…iM N HOUSTON, LOL…R U PURPOSELY NOT READiNG THiS MESSAGE.

iM HiTTiN U UP PiMPiN!
—————– Original Message —————–
From: Bow Wow
Date: Dec 28, 2007 10:08 PM

u down for w.e
—————– Original Message —————–
From: [TEENAGE FAN]
Date: Dec 28, 2007 8:09 PM

DEPENDS ON WHAT U WANT. SURE…
—————– Original Message —————–
From: Bow Wow
Date: Dec 28, 2007 10:09 PM

sex
—————– Original Message —————–
From: [TEENAGE FAN]
Date: Dec 28, 2007 8:10 PM

HOW U PLAN ON MEETiN UP….? AND WHAT U iN TX 4? WASNT U JUST DOWN HERE LiKE 2 WEEKS AGO?
—————– Original Message —————–
From: Bow Wow
Date: Dec 28, 2007 10:11 PM

vistin family. so r u sure ur down
—————– Original Message —————–
From: [TEENAGE FAN]
Date: Dec 28, 2007 9:14 PM

YEA iWiLL SO WATS DA PLAN
—————– Original Message —————–
From: Bow Wow
Date: Dec 28, 2007 11:15 PM

u down for f*ckin my homeboys
—————– Original Message —————–
From: [TEENAGE FAN]
Date: Dec 28, 2007 9:16 PM

NAW F*CK DAT. AiNT SH*T iN iT 4 ME, LOL
—————– Original Message —————–

From: Bow Wow
Date: Dec 28, 2007 11:17 PM

aite 1

— END OF CONVERSATION —

DON’T BUST A CAP IN SOMEONE’S A** THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, PLEASE!

A MESSAGE FROM HOUSTON CITY COUNCILMAN ADRIAN GARCIA!

District H Council Member Adrian Garcia invites you to join him in announcing awareness of New Years Holiday Celebratory Gunfire. As you know, citizens tend to randomly fire their firearms in the air, in celebration of New Years, Independence Day, and other holidays. There have been many deaths in past years in connection to bullets plummeting down from the sky, as a direct result of this reckless behavior. Council Member Garcia urges Houstonians to take the lead in reporting these acts to the proper authorities, in hopes of making arrests, not continuing this practice, as well as saving innocent lives.

“I am asking all good neighbors to stand together to stop this dangerous practice, and report anyone you see discharging their firearm. We need to remind folks that no one needs to celebrate any occasion like this, and by stopping those who do, we are saving innocent lives! I trust that Houstonians will take the initiative, help keep our neighborhoods safe. This is also a good time to remember that having a firearm in the home is serious responsibility. I urge
gun owners to use gunlocks to avoid accidents.” stated Council Member Garcia.

Reminder:
What: Celebratory Gunfire Press Conference
Where: Moody Park 3725 Fulton, Houston, TX.
When: 10:00 A.M.

(Note of major accomplishments: Councilman Garcia no longer calls me Isaac after interviewing him a million times. I am so proud of that!)

TEXAN OF THE YEAR: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!

GETTING INTO THE US BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!

Because everybody in Texas “has felt the tidal wave of his presence,” the illegal immigrant has been named the Texan of the Year by The Dallas Morning News.

“We can’t seem to live with him and his family, and if we can live without him, nobody’s figured out how,” the story posted on The Dallas Morning News Web site on Saturday said.

The newspaper identified illegal immigration as perhaps the largest story in the nation and in the state in 2007. Texas’ immigrant population has increased by nearly 33 percent since 2000, according to an analysis of government data by the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies.

In that period, the number of total immigrants entering the country has exceeded all previous historical eras. Half the immigrants in Texas — about 7 percent of all Texans — are here illegally.

“The illegal immigrant is the waiter serving margaritas at our restaurant table, the cook preparing our enchiladas,” the story said. “He works grueling hours at a meatpacking plant, carving up carcasses of cattle for our barbecue (he also picks the lettuce for our burgers). He builds our houses and cuts our grass. She cleans our homes and takes care of our children.”

The newspaper says that to their champions, illegal immigrants are “decent, hardworking people who, like generations of European immigrants before them, just want to do better for their families.”

But the newspaper says that to opponents of illegal immigration, those who come to the United States illegally “are essentially lawbreakers who violate the nation’s borders. They use public resources schools, hospitals to which they aren’t entitled and expect to be served in a foreign language. They’re rapidly changing Texas neighborhoods, cities and culture, and not always for the better. Those who object get tagged as racists.”