Monthly Archives: March 2008

ALPHONSO JACKSON RESIGNS FROM HUD!

THE MAN WITH ALL THE TEXAS TIES UNDER FIRE!

HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, his tenure tarnished by allegations of political favoritism and a criminal investigation, announced his resignation Monday amid the wreckage of the national housing crisis.

He leaves behind a trail of unanswered questions about whether he tilted the Department of Housing and Urban Development toward Republican contractors and cronies.

The move comes at a shaky time for the economy, with soaring mortgage foreclosures imperiling the nation’s credit markets.

In announcing that his last day at HUD will be April 18, Jackson said only, “There comes a time when one must attend more diligently to personal and family matters.”

Some Congressional Democrats had pushed for him to leave.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said that while Jackson’s resignation is “appropriate, it does nothing to address the Bush administration’s wait-and-don’t-see posture to our nation’s housing crisis.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said HUD will be called on to work with Congress on assisting refinancing for borrowers faced with imminent foreclosure.

The ethical allegations against Jackson “meant that the Bush administration’s ineffective housing policies were being burdened by an even more ineffective HUD Secretary,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said after Jackson’s announcement.

President Bush called Jackson “a strong leader and a good man.” Ties between the two men go back to the 1980s when they lived in the same Dallas neighborhood. It was Jackson’s personal ties to Bush that brought him to Washington, where he displayed a forceful personal style at HUD for seven years, first as the agency’s No. 2 official and since 2004 in the top slot.

THE TEXAS DELEGATE COUNT IS LOWLY TRICKLING IN!

COUNTY AND SENATE DISTRICT CONVENTIONS!

Here is the apportionment so far of presidential caucus delegates to the Texas Democratic state convention based on reports from Saturday’s county and senate district conventions. A total of
about 7,300 delegates were expected to be selected in this stage of the caucus process, according to the Texas Democratic Party.

These results are from 158 of about 280 conventions. Clinton: 1,890 delegates, or 42 percent Obama: 2,635 delegates, or 58 percent

JUST ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE COTTON EXCHANGE!

STEVE FRANCIS, CARL DANIEL, VINCE YOUNG WERE JUST SOME OF THE BIG NAMES THERE!



It was another typical Saturday night at The Cotton Exchange in downtown Houston this weekend with wall to wall people and lots of celebrities. Kalele ‘Party King’ Thumbutu was out and about getting the snap shots that matter in the downtown venue. Roped off in the VIP section was none other than Carl ‘Got Game’ Daniel. Just a few sofas down was Vince Young a huge entourage. Near the back of the club in a private room were some Houston Rockets including Steve Francis. Also spotted at the happening spot were: Candy ‘Marketing Queen’ Shaw, Damon Gims, Lil Keith, Tavares White and a host of others!

CONROE MOTHER ARRESTED AFTER POLICE ALLEGEDLY FIND BEER, COCAINE AND CHILD PORN!

HER CHILDREN TAKEN AWAY BY CPS!

By: Jamie Nash

A Conroe mother of four remained jailed Thursday for possession of child pornography showing one of her own daughters, and has a hold placed on her by the United States Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Maria Quijano, 38, was charged with possession of child pornography after officers with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit conducted a raid of her home Tuesday and discovered photographs showing Quijano’s 10-year-old daughter performing sexual acts.

Officers said Wednesday they may issue a warrant for the arrest of Quijano’s 53-year-old husband, who was not present during the Tuesday raid. Everyone interviewed claimed he works in Houston, but they did not know where or how to reach him, SIU Sgt. David Womack said.

Child Protective Services was called to the residence and removed Quijano’s four children — including the daughter allegedly pictured in the photographs — from the home, placing them in the custody of a relative living across the driveway.

SIU officers arrested Quijano in a Tuesday afternoon raid of her mobile home in the Shady Acres Trailer Park, located in the 1000 block of East Dallas Street, when officers went in with search warrants based on reports that Quijano’s home was some kind of illegal store selling beer and cocaine.

In one of the allegedly pornographic photos, Womack said Quijano was clearly seen in the background.

Investigators also allegedly recovered large quantities of beer, cocaine residue, small plastic bags and other evidence that supported the allegations, Womack said. They also removed a home computer suspected of containing more child pornography, he said.

IT WAS ALL ABOUT DENIM AND DIAMONDS AT THE HILTON!

HOUSTON METROPOLITAN CHAPTER – CONTINENTAL SOCIETIES, INCORPORATED!










The Insite was invited to the Continental Societies’ Lone Star Gala – ‘An Evening of Denim and Diamonds’ Saturday night at the Hilton in the Galleria. The event was put on by the Houston Metropolitan Chapter of CS. The inaugural Gala served as the vehicle to honor those who have shown true commitment to children in the community. The honored guests were Soliel Manzo, Celeste Repko, Kiven Robertson, Soraya Lewis, and Mary Guillory. The gala chairs were Rhonda Arnold and Daniella Landers. Several members from the Continental Societies were in attendance from Houston, Dallas and Midwest/Western Regions. The money raised at the event will also go towards scholarships. Officials with Continental Societies say their focus is mentoring and guiding young people to a successful and bright future. Also attending the event which included live entertainment, food and lots of dancing were: Angelia Allison, Regina Deadrick, Cheryl Butler, Yolanda Green and Theresa Marshall!

For more about Continental Societies: http://www.continentalsocietiesinc.org/

MEMPHIS TAKES OVER HOUSTON FOR MARCH MADNESS!

VALERIE CALHOUN AND FRIENDS DROP BY THE INSITE!



It was like a small reunion Saturday night for the Insite and fellow FOXer John Donnelly as we ran into several friends from Memphis. They were in town to cover the their basketball team – the Tigers – as they take on the competition for March Madness. WHBQ-TV, where I worked from 1999 – 2001, was definitely in the house with an entourage to cover the big game. Staffers from WREG TV were also spotted by the Insite. FOX didn’t spare any expense – they sent their Emmy award winning morning anchor Valerie Calhoun and Creative Services guru Paul Sloan to cover the event. Also attending and pictured are: Kevin Barbee, David Stotts, Brandon, John Donnelly (formerly of WREG), Ricky Briggs, Tyler Chow, and Scott Sutherland!

ARE YOU GOING BLACK AT 8 PM TONIGHT?

LET’S ALL GET INVOLVED THIS EVENING!

The Insite will try to participate in the annual event where millions of people turn their lights and computers off at 8pm tonight. It’s an effort to save energy around the world. Earth Hour started last year in Australia where more than 2 million people and thousands of businesses simply cut off their lights as an effort to save energy. Will you try to participate in the program to ultimately the earth?

POISON DRUMMER ARRESTED FOR RAPE!

THE ATTACK ALLEGEDLY OCCURRED IN MISSISSIPPI!

Poison drummer Rikki Rockett was arrested on a rape warrant and his case was turned over to the district attorney’s office for possible grand jury consideration, officials said Friday.

Rockett, 46, was arrested Monday at or near Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles police said. He was booked and released, and was awaiting an extradition decision by Mississippi prosecutors.

A woman in Mississippi filed a complaint that she was raped on Sept. 23, 2007, at the Silver Star Casino, Neshoba County sheriff’s investigator Ralph Sciple said.

“The subject, Rikki Rockett, forcibly had sex with an adult in one of the hotel rooms,” according to a complaint.

Sciple said the woman contacted authorities several days after the alleged attack. He did not discuss details of the case, but said his office believed the woman’s complaint warranted review by the district attorney.

DID YOU HAVE A SUPER FRIED CHICKEN IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD LONG TIME AGO!

THEY WERE JUST AS GOOD AS THE CHICKEN SHACK!

I was on Navigation Drive Thursday when I saw a building across the street that brought back memories. It was a chicken restaurant. I could tell from the design it was one of the old Super Fried chickens I remember seeing in my old neighborhood in Baton Rouge growing up. I used to love Super Fried Chicken and their potato salad. The only thing better to me was the Chicken Shack. I grew up eating both of them. Also, when I became an adult the Chicken Shack sponsored my public affairs talk show on WVLA TV (NBC) called ‘Crossroads’. The theme song was ‘Shock the Monkey’ and it was sponsored by The Chicken Shack where the ‘chicken is knuckle sucking good’. Just a slice of life from the Insite – Did you ever have a Super Fried Chicken in your area long ago!

SAY GOOD BYE TO THE FIREHOUSE STRIPPER POLES IN HOUSTON!

NO MORE SLIDING DOWN AT THE STATION!

The Insite has heard from Houston Firefighters that the department will soon get rid of the firemen’s pole or what I like to call stripper poles. I hear they’re dangerous and come with a lot of liability. So the firefighters tell The Insite the department will now build only 1 story fire stations or firehouses in Houston. What do you think, is it time to say good buy to the firehouse stripper poles?

PEOPLE PLEASE LOCK UP YOUR PITBULLS!

THE DOG THAT BLOCKED THE INSITE FROM DOING HIS JOB!



The Insite and Torrey T-Dub Walker were out covering a story Tuesday when we ran into a big problem. A pitbull roaming a southeast Houston neighborhood. The dog prevented us from doing our job. Why do people allow their dangerous dogs to roam free? Pit bulls are not meant to just be chillin in the front yard without a 10 inch chain around their necks. We both could not get out of the car until the dog went for a stroll down the street. These dogs are dangerous and should be tied up at all times. But the animal that was making the most barking noise was this skinny dog that weighed about 5 pounds. I could’ve taken him but the pitbull was another story!

THE HOUSTON ASSOCIATION OF HISPANIC MEDIA PROFESSIONALS HOLD THEIR ANNUAL GALA!

RAISING MONEY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND HONORING MINERVA PEREZ!








The Insite dropped into the HAHMP annual Gala Friday evening. It was held at the JW Marriott here in Houston. The focus of the event was to raise scholarship money for up and coming journalists. There was also a roast and toast of former KTRK anchor Minerva Perez. She was given the organizations Lifetime Achievement award. Lots of people in attendance for the event: Vincente Arenas, Lourdes Montoya, ABC News’ Jim Avila, Mary Benton, Alicia Dixon of Center Point, Jerome Gray, Gene Norman, Daniella Guzman, Bill Balleza, Skip Valet and Ron Trevino to name a few!