IS HE READY TO LEAD THE STATE?
FOX 26 news and the Insite have heard from reliable sources that Mayor Bill White will now run for Governor of Texas. This comes after Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison decided recently not to resign her position in Congress to focus on her gubernatorial bid. That left Bill White with a big war chest and nothing to do with it. Apparently, after some soul searching White has made up his mind to be the
big name Democrat in the bid for Governor of Texas. A state that hasn’t elected a Democrat since Ann Richards back in 1991 – 95. What do you think of White’s latest choice? By the way, Fort Worth businessman Tom Schieffer is expected to drop out today clearing the way for White as the top Dem in the race. White is also expected to release a statement later today on the issue!
WILL YOU BE PREPARED FOR THE RUSH?
Black Friday is no longer the exclusive battleground for department stores, clothing shops and electronics stores. Some unexpected players — hit hard by the recession — are getting involved this year to try to fight the effects of the recession.
QVC, the shopping network, is jumping in this year, starting Thanksgiving night, with host Dave James planning to stay awake for 28 hours of telethon-like coverage. In the past, QVC has treated Black Friday as another shopping day, but this time it plans a televised marathon and will offer three “special value” items to customers, instead of the normal one per day.
Auto dealers also have largely skipped Black Friday. Not this year. “Not only is Black Friday the best day of the month to buy a car,” says Truecar.com, which tracks the actual cost of cars. “But it is the best day of the YEAR to buy a new car.” It says the discounts from dealers and incentives from manufacturers will offer some whopping savings, averaging around 7.5%. Truecar.com says the Mitsubishi Raider leads the price-slashing pack with an expected 27% discount off the MSRP. Click here for the full list.
Update at 9:25 a.m. ET: Walmart.com is up with its 50 items that will be available — with that “while supplies last” caveat! — for 40% off on its website on Black Friday. Click here for the full list.
YEAH BUDDY, YOU GOT ME BUT I’M MOVING ON TO THE NEXT SUCKA!
I knew exactly what was happening as this man and little boy quickly slipped out of an older model Lincoln Continental at the Shell on I-45 in Spring. The man quickly dragged the kid in a bee line to many of the unsuspecting customers pumping gas. His game? He told each person he and his son had run out of gas and they needed a way to get back to Conroe. They went from person to person until they got to me. I asked him didn’t they just get out of that Lincoln that went behind the building. I told him it didn’t appear to be out out of gas. He then tried to explain to me they were just dropped off. But I told him the female driver was standing in front of the Shell with a red shirt on. He looked back at the woman then at me again. He had that look like “yeah buddy you got me but I’m moving on to the next sucka.” I felt really bad for the child who was apparently being used for this scam to hustle money. Make sure you just say no. The quicker you do, the faster that kid will be taken home out of the streets begging for money!
SHOULD I GO TO THE GYM OR SIT DOWN TO A PIZZA WITH EVERYTHING ON IT?
I was in the break room at FOX 26 and was thrown for a loop. As I was walking out to the atrium I saw several coupons on a table. When I took a closer look it sent mixed messages to me. It was a coupon for a free 7 day membership at 24 Hour Fitness. The other coupons – discounts to Pizza Hut and Quiznos. So I’m not sure if someone wants me to loose weight or picking up the old pounds I lost. What message would you take away from that encounter?
IS HE THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB: SAY HELLO TO FAROUK SHAMI!
By: Ford Atkinson
The founder of Chi USA wants to be the next governor of Texas.
Palestinian-born Farouk Shami, who made a fortune producing hair products for women, announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination Thursday afternoon.
Speaking at his company’s north Houston manufacturing plant, Shami said he has lived the American dream.
“I am running for governor of Texas to restore the American dream for all Texans by becoming the jobs governor,” Shami said.
Shami said he has already created thousands of jobs at his Houston facility.
He will face at least three other announced candidates in the March primary.
The winner of the democratic primary will face either incumbent republican Governor Rick Perry or Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in next November’s general election.
DEAN GOODRICK RELIEVED OF DUTY WITH PAY!
The Insite has learned the local President of the Fraternal Order of Police has been relieved of duty from the Houston Police Department. He’s identified as Dean Goodrick. HPD spokesperson John Cannon confirms Goodrick is under investigation and is off the job with pay. The Insite hears the probe stems from Goodrick’s conduct. Exactly what the veteran of the force since 1993 did the department is not releasing at this time. The Insite will keep you updated!
Photo from: http://www.houstonfop.com/
FROM THE DESK OF JEFF CAYNON!
Press Release: The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA), IAFF Local 341 today announced support for Jack Christie in the Houston City Council At Large Position 5 and for Stephen Costello in the At Large Position 1 runoff races.
The members of Local 341 determined in candidate screenings that Christie and Costello are best prepared to provide sensible, responsible service as city council members, according to Jeff Caynon, president of the HPFFA. He said, The nearly 4,000 men and women of our organization believe that Jack Christie and Stephen Costello are committed to addressing our city’s public safety issues and will be supportive of our first responders.
Other previously endorsed candidates in the upcoming runoff are Gene Locke for mayor, Ronald Green for controller, Sue Lovell for City Council At Large Position 2, Lane Lewis for City Council District A, and Mike Laster for City Council District F.
LOCAL 341 ENDORSED CANDIDATES 2009
City Council – At-Large Races
1 STEPHEN COSTELLO
2 SUE LOVELL
3 – * Melissa Noriega
4 – * C.O. Bradford
5 – Jack Christie (Runoff)
City Council – District Races
A LANE LEWIS
B – * Jarvis Johnson
C – * Anne Clutterbuck
D – * Wanda Adams
E – * Mike Sullivan
F MIKE LASTER
G – * Oliver Pennington
H – * Ed Gonzalez
I * James Rodriguez
* – Won on Nov. 3