Yearly Archives: 2007

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!)

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.”

EXPERIENCING THE LIGHT RAIL AGAIN!

HOUSTON TRAFFIC SIGNALS FAVOR THE TRAIN OVER HUMANS!


As I’ve previously posted here on The Insite the downtown light rail train can put you in a very scary situation. I reported how I was once crossing the street in my car during a green light when it instantly turned red on me and out of know where there was the train. The yellow signal must have been like half a second. I assumed the city signal lights favor the train. This Saturday night I was walking across the rail line with a white signal for pedestrians. It also instantly turned red on me when the train approached. Now most downtown pedestrian crossings have the countdown on them. This countdown went straight to zero when the train appeared on the next block. I had to move it before I ended up a light rail statistic. So The Insite warning of the day: Be very careful crossing the light rail anywhere because the signal lights prefer the train over you!

WOULD YOU WEAR A PAIR OF K*AIR SNEAKERS?

My sister in Baton Rouge, La. said she learned a very good lesson this year: Every pair of sneakers labeled ‘Air’ ain’t necessarily Nike Air Jordans. She tells me she thought she had quite a bargain for her sons. She picked up two pair of ‘Airs’ from the local convenience store (mistake #1) for $19 each. When she got home her sons schooled her and told her those weren’t Nike Air but ‘K’ Air. A cheap no name brand knock off they sell at convenience store. My sister said she ended up taking them back and passing on the $100 pair that most parents have come to know and hate. Have you ever purchased a pair of ‘K’ Air sneakers? Would you?

THE EMPLOYEES USE AN ENTIRE CAR TO BLOCK THE DRIVE THRU!

It was quite clear the employees of the Taco Bell in The Woodlands had enough of people pulling through their drive thru after they’ve closed. When I pulled up late one night they actually had a car blocking the drive thru. Now if that doesn’t send you a message nothing will!

(p.s. I think this qualifies for the ‘hot ghetto mess’ way of doing business in The Woodlands!)

DO YOU AGREE WITH THE STATISTICS?

Hate crimes in Texas fell to their lowest level in five years and Houston has the lowest per-capita rate of hate crimes among the nation’s ten largest cities. That’s according to
FBI statistics. The FBI says that there were 7,722 hate crimes motivated by prejudice against race, religion, sexual orientation or a disability in the United States in 2006. That included 245 in
Texas. Those figures represent about a seven percent increase nationally but a six percent drop in Texas. Houston, which is the state’s largest city with about 2.1 million people, reported 20 hate crimes in 2006. The FBI says that Dallas recorded 39 hate crimes and San Antonio recorded 28.

THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM OUR AREA’S TOP ATTORNEY!

For Immediate Release:

Friday, December 28, 2007

Statement by Chuck Rosenthal

Recently some Harris County District Attorney inner office emails have been released in the media.

I understand that I have said some things that have caused pain and difficulty for my family, my coworkers and friends. I deeply regret having said those things. Moreover, I am sorry for the problems I have caused anyone.

I also understand that sometimes things happen for a purpose. This event has served as a wake-up call to me to get my house in order both literally and figuratively.

Charles A. “Chuck” Rosenthal

Harris County District Attorney

THE MYSTERY WATER SUPPLY!

I’ve always wondered where the water comes from in those water dispensing machines you find outside of convenience stores and inside Walmart. I figure they’re too small to hold a lot of water because dozens of gallons are sold from them each day. Are they hooked to a regular water supply and people believe they’re getting spring or purified agua? The Insite would love to have one of the smart readers out there answer the big question of the day. Also, would you buy water from the dispenser/vending machine?

FIVE KIDS WHO NEED A FAMILY TO CALL THEIR OWN!




It’s always tough for a reporter to interview children on a serious subject. And what I talked to five children about last week was very tough. They’re orphans looking for a family to call their own. Currently the kids are living in a foster home here in Houston but they all dream about finding that permanent home one day. They’re Benjamin (11), Christopher (12), Dorian (6), Juqua (9), and the anchor of the group – 13 year old Jennifer. The kids say this time of the year is difficult because they don’t have any parents. A feeling some of us have never known. The very bright and active siblings are hoping to get adopted together. You can find out more information about them at Depelchin’s Children Center. It would be a great way for some couple or family to start the year off right!

Link: http://www.depelchin.org