Monthly Archives: February 2009

THE GOVERNMENT IS COMING TO YOUR DOOR TO DRAG YOU OFF?

WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON IN AMERICA?

I was watching one of those conservative talk shows Saturday when the host was interviewing a guest. The host said he went to a gun store and it was packed. Packed with people I assume who are all of sudden afraid of the government now that President Barack Obama is in office. The host said he wanted to make sure he didn’t frighten people but he told them to be prepared because the GOVERNMENT could show up at your door and you should be ready to defend yourself. But then he said you shouldn’t use your gun. Is it that bad to those who are unhappy with the new President? What happen to the people who stood behind their country no matter what? I also saw a program a couple of weeks ago all these same kind of folk said they wanted to leave the country because President Obama was elected. What do you really think all of this is about? The Insite wants to hear your honest opinion. If you want to go anonymous on this one to get your true feelings out do and just about anything will be approved as a comment!

PAUL HARVEY DIES AT 90!

THIS IS PAUL HARVEY….GOOD DAY!

Radio legend Paul Harvey, whose news and commentary segments always ended with his distinctive sign-off, “Paul Harvey….good day,” died today at the age of 90, ABC Radio Network says.

Network spokesman Louis Adams says Harvey died Saturday at his winter home in Phoenix, surrounded by family. No cause of death was immediately available.

Harvey never viewed himself as a newsman, even though some 18 million people tuned into his daily reports to hear his 15-minute take on the day’s events.

“I’m a professional parade watcher who can’t wait to get out of bed every morning and rush down to the teletypes to pan for gold,” he told CNN’s Larry King in 1988.

That he did with a vengeance since those teletype days in 1951, arriving at his Chicago studio in the pre-dawn hours to produce two news and commentary segments and his evening The Rest of the Story (written by his son, Paul) which were carried on some 1,100 radio stations and 400 Armed Forces Radio Network stations.

TORREY T-DUB WALKER ADMITS: I WAS BAD AS HELL!

INDIANS DIDN’T RIDE BIG WHEELS!


The Insite forced Torrey ‘T-Dub’ Walker to share some of his childhood pics with the readers out there. Can you figure out which bad kid he is? I’ll give you a hint, Indians never traveled on Big Wheels!

YOU’RE SUCH A BAD CUSTOMER AMERICAN EXPRESS WILL PAY YOU $300 TO JUST LEAVE!

AMEX: PLEASE JUST GIVE US THE CARD BACK AND WALK AWAY!

American Express Co, battered by mounting credit card losses, is offering $300 to a limited number of U.S. card holders who pay off their balances and close their accounts, the company said on Monday.

“We sent the offer out to a select number of card members,” said Molly Faust, a company spokeswoman. “We are looking at different ways that we can manage credit risk based on the costumers overall credit profile.”

The company did not say how many card holders would receive the offer and did not disclose the total of their card balances.

Card holders have until the end of February to accept the offer and must close their accounts in March or April. Each card holder will receive a $300 pre-paid American Express card.

American Express, often seen as catering to relatively wealthy customers and companies, has been expanding its credit card business in recent years by reaching out to a wider range of clients.

But that strategy has backfired. The company’s earnings tumbled in the fourth quarter as credit losses jumped and debt-burdened consumers slashed spending.

In addition, American Express reported last week that credit card delinquencies rose in January more than analysts expected, as U.S. unemployment increased and the global economy deteriorated.

CANDY GIRL THE MARKETING QUEEN CELEBRATES HER BIRTHDAY!

THE CELEBRITIES TURN OUT TO SUPPORT OUR FAVORITE PROMOTER!
















By: Kalele ‘Party King’ Thumbutu -Each and every Thursday the Hottest spot in the city of Houston is Zeppelin (3101 San Jacinto @ Elgin). Promoters Candy Shaw and Super Kurt, along with Seven the Poet promote the venue which starts at 6 pm with the happy hour mix including live entertainment including music, poetry, and comedy. This Thursday was extra special because it was the Thursday night birthday celebration for Candy Shaw during her week long celebratory festivities. The Knock Out event was star studded and was attended by super champion boxer Sugar Shane Mosley, R and B artist Carl Thomas, Rap-A- Lot Records founder and CEO James Prince , and legendary rap artists Bun B and Willie D to name a few…The sounds for the night were orchestrated by DJ-Que and Lil Keith was on the mic. If u missed the birthday celebration fret not, Zeppelin is star studded and will jump each and every Thursday !!Yeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

THE HBCU FILM FESTIVAL!

KNOWLEDGE FROM THOSE WHO HAVE MADE IT IN THE BIZ!






The Insite had the opportunity to serve as the moderator during a 6 hour long panel discussion at Texas Southern University. It was part of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Film Festival. It was the 5th year the event was put on here in Houston. The event was organized by entertainment attorney Carol Guess and music video director / producer John ‘Dr. Teeth’ Tucker. Dozens of young people who are hoping to get a career in film attended the event. They heard from panelists who have made their mark or continue to do so in the movie biz. On the list of attendees were: Daniel Gomez (Cane and Abel), Jesse Terrero (Soul Plane), Ron Finburg (Producer), Owners of AllHipHop.com, Tray Chaney (The Wire), Joyce Barrett, John Guess and the list goes on. The event was a huge success and next year’s fest will be held at Prairie View!

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR CAUGHT LYING TO THE NATION!

MANY ARE ASKING NOW CAN ANYTHING HE SAYS BE TRUSTED IF HE LIED TO THE NATION?

Remember that story Bobby Jindal told in his big speech Tuesday night — about how during Katrina, he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with a local sheriff who was battling government red tape to try to rescue stranded victims?

Turns out it wasn’t actually, you know, true.

(A) Jindal spokeswoman has admitted to Politico that in reality, Jindal overheard Lee talking about the episode to someone else by phone “days later.” The spokeswoman said she thought Lee, who died in 2007, was being interviewed about the incident at the time.

This is no minor difference. Jindal’s presence in Lee’s office during the crisis itself was a key element of the story’s intended appeal, putting him at the center of the action during the maelstrom. Just as important, Jindal implied that his support for the sheriff helped ensure the rescue went ahead. But it turns out Jindal wasn’t there at the key moment, and played no role in making the rescue happen.

There’s a larger point here, though. The central anecdote of the GOP’s prime-time response to President Obama’s speech, intended to illustrate the threat of excessive government regulation, turns out to have been made up.

LATE UPDATE: POLITICO’S BEN SMITH has updated his post with the following:

UPDATE: I’d initially misunderstood (Jindal spokesperson Melissa) Sellers to be saying Jindal and Lee didn’t meet while rescue efforts were still underway. In fact, she said, the conversation took place in the aftermath of the storm, but after the boat incident.

“Bobby and I walked into harry lee’s office – he’s yelling on the phone about a decision he’s already made,” Jindal chief of staff Timmy Teepell recalled. “He’s saying this is a decision I made, and if you don’t like it you can come and arrest me.”

Teepell said the exchange took place in the week following Katrina, when Jindal visited Jefferson Parish multiple times.

“He was boots on the ground all the time,” he said.

This doesn’t seem to bear on the key question. As we said, the key elements of Jindal’s story were that he was in Lee’s office during the crisis itself, and that his support for the sheriff helped ensure the rescue went ahead. Neither of those things was true, it now seems.

RELEASE YOUR INNER ROCK STAR FOR A GOOD CAUSE!

THIS FRIDAY YOU CAN SING YOUR HEART OUT!

Sammy’s at 2016 Main, the hippest, most enthusiastic live entertainment venue in Houston, recently launched Rockstar Karaoke and the Main Street Rockstar Competition, bringing “LIVE BAND” Karaoke to Houston the last Friday of every month.

In support of local nonprofits struggling to make a positive impact in the community despite dismal economic conditions, Sammy’s at 2016 Main, in partnership with bareCommunication, is ready to help! With a different non-profit beneficiary every month, Sammy’s will provide participating non-profits with a cash donation equal to 50% of signature drink sales during their dedicated evening.

In December 2009, Sammy’s will host the final Main Street Rockstar Competition, a face-off between the winners of all the previous competitions. The winner of the final competition will walk away with $500 cash and will choose one participating organization to share in the rewards of their vocal victory. The chosen charity will receive a free fundraising event at Winter Street Studios including a special catering bonus from Beavers.

This Friday, February 27, Rockstar Karaoke and the Main Street Rockstar Competition will benefit Cancer Counseling, Inc., whose mission is to assist cancer patients, their families, and friends in coping with the emotional effects of cancer on their lives through no-cost professional counseling and community education.

In the fabulous debut of Rockstar Karaoke on January 30, more than 500 eager guests showed up to participate in the first installment of the new and exciting events that featured the band, Time Machine, an energetic group that is famous for producing successful live band karaoke shows.

COMPETITION/NONPROFIT BENEFICIARY CALENDAR:

February 27: Old School Rock benefitting Cancer Counseling

March 27: Rodeo Honky Tonk benefitting TBD

April 24: “I Wear My Sunglasses at Night” 80’s benefitting BooTown & Houston Fringe Festival

May 29: Disco Kings & Queens benefitting Literacy Advance of Houston

June 26: Funky Cold Medina benefitting SNAP!

July 31: Pop Prince’s & Princesses benefitting Houston Downtown Alliance

August 28: Motown Madness benefitting Devine Creations

September 25: 70R17;s Lunchbox benefitting Pink Door

October 30: TIME MACHINE (singer’s choice) benefitting WomenR17;s Chamber of Commerce

November 27: Woodstock 60’s TBD

December: MAIN STREET ROCKSTAR COMPETITION

TICKETS: Tickets are $10 at the door. Be sure to arrive early to claim your mic! Doors open at 8pm. 21+ only. Admission is limited.

Note: Karaoke performers: Compliments of Fox News Web Staff!

PARKER: WE WANT HOUSTON’S CUT!

WAITING ON THE BIG STIMULUS CHECK!

City Controller Annise Parker called on Governor Rick Perry today to give Houston its fair share of federal stimulus dollars controlled by the state government, and to open up the process for deciding how the dollars are spent.

“Governor Perry’s priorities have not always been Houstonians’ priorities,” said Parker. “From the failed Trans-Texas Corridor, to threatening to turn away a portion of federal stimulus dollars intended for Texas, we’ve seen that the Governor’s priorities do not always help Houston.”

As an example, Parker cited a move this week by the Texas Department of Transportation, controlled by Perry, to shut local leaders out of the decision making process for spending Texas’ share of transportation funds from the stimulus program. TXDOT was supposed to vote today on allocating the funds, but legislators from the House committee overseeing Texas stimulus funds forced a delay in the vote to allow more input.

“Houston’s representatives in Austin need to have input in how these dollars are spent in order to make sure that Houston gets its fair share of funds,” said Parker. “In these tough economic times, we need to put these dollars to work creating good jobs in Houston – in health care, public education and transportation projects.”

“Frankly,” Parker continued, “Perry’s office has shown its willingness to railroad through his agenda. We have to make sure our representatives are at the table too.”

Parker said she will meet with members of the legislature in Austin next week about the use of state-controlled stimulus funds.

Parker concluded: “When Governor Perry finally accepted the federal money, he warned the President that he ‘would work to ensure that [Texas] citizens receive their fair share.’ Governor Perry should be on notice we’re fighting for Houstonians’ fair share as well.”

THE HESP UNION CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY WITH THE INSITE!

HONORING THE PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY!




The Insite along with cohort Duarte Geraldino took part in the 19th annual HESP union Black History Month Celebration. The union represents several support workers like custodians and bus drivers in the Houston Independent School District. Dozens of people showed up for the event which was held at the CEP campus on Beechnut. It was designed to honor those here in Houston who served their community in their various professions. I served as master of ceremonies while Duarte and I were both given honors for our work in the news biz. On hand for the event were: HESP President Wretha Thomas, Teacher’s Union Prez Gayle Fallon, Velma Russell, Ronald Green, John Guess, Dr. Uzziah Grigsby (Keynote Speaker), HISD Board Member Paula Harris, Civil Rights Activist Tammy Campbell. Thanks to Torrey T-Dub Walker for shooting many of the Insite photos as well as the video for FOX 26 news!