Monthly Archives: January 2011

CAN YOU BELIEVE I MISSED THE SALE OF THE CENTURY?

I THOUGHT I’D FOUND MY LG TELEVISION
THE SALES REP DASH MY DREAMS

Anyone who’s spent a minute of the Insite realizes just how addicted I am to electronics.  That means I was actually mortally wounded by what happened to me on last Friday.  It’s when Fry’s Electronics had an unbelievable sale.  The store was selling 47 inch LG L.E.D. televisions for only $599.  The model was discontinued by the company.  The ad went on online and in the paper on Friday.  I decided to wait until after work to go and pick my set up.  What I didn’t know is everyone called in advance and used their credit cards to lock their LED in.  By the time I arrived more than 50 televisions had been sold by 2 pm.  That meant I was flat out of luck.  I also checked the other Fry’s within our area and they’d sold out as well.  It was even tougher for me when I made a quick stop by the store the following Monday.  I thought there was hope because two of the LG’s were sitting near the showroom floor.  What I didn’t know is that they were also pre-ordered.  It was like a nightmare watching the sales rep rolling the tv out to the customer who’d finally arrived to pick it up.  It’s back to the drawing board for me.  Now, I really know what it means when they say the early bird gets the worm and the LG tv!

INSITE PICTURE OF THE DAY: RELIGIOUS SHRINE IN THE FRONT YARD!

The Insite though this was very interested.  I sighted this shrine to the Lady of Guadeloupe in a front yard just east of downtown Houston.  It’s a shrine we all should have in our front yards!

HERE’S WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE JUST AFTER A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR RENOVATION!

Kennedy Place with clothes hanging from the balcony!
$11 Million renovation project – Houston Housing Authority

Kennedy Place in East Houston has just under gone a major renovation.  We’re talking about an $11 million dollar makeover for the public housing project.  $8 million came from the federal stimulus package.

Those who are low income have to qualify to live in the unit through the Houston Housing Authority.

The grand re-opening was over the weekend.  Even though only 20 families have moved back in to the complex some were hot at what the Insite spotted on the first few days of the residents returning home.

Someone in building 6 decided to hang their clothes out to dry on the spanking brand new balcony.

Sheila Johnson is a resident who says that kind of behavior will not be tolerated from the returning and new residents.  Johnson says, “we have a new washer and dryer and I don’t know why they did that.”

This is the concern of many of the residents who surround the public housing unit.

They say those who are moving back into what is considered an upscale housing facility will just tear it down in the years to come.

 Johnson says that’s not the case at all.  She’s advocating 90 day inspections at Kennedy Place and asking that anyone who violates the rules be removed.

After the Insite made Johnson aware of the dangling shirts and pants – they quickly disappeared!

HOUSTON’S AND THE COUNTRY’S OLDEST POLICE OFFICER HOSPITALIZED!

91 year old Edward Thomas has the honor of being the oldest police officer in America. And we as Houstonians are lucky to have him working right here at the Houston Police Department.  The sad news is Mr. Thomas was hospitalized over the weekend.  He reported being disoriented while also having a blood pressure problem.  He was taken to a local hospital where HPD spokesman Victor Senties says he’s listed in stable condition.  Thomas joined the Houston Police department back in April of 1948.  The media shy veteran of the force began his service to the community during a time when he wasn’t allowed to drive a police unit.  Things have really changed.  Now, Thomas can be seen on any given day at HPD headquarters at 1200 Travis in downtown Houston or out in the community driving his own police unit.  Mr. Thomas, we wish you well in your recovery!  

VIOLENT PROTESTS CONTINUE AS EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT BEGINS TO CRUMBLE UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE PEOPLE’S REVOLT!

New York Times: Egypt was engulfed in a fifth day of protests on Saturday but an attempt by President Hosni Mubarak to salvage his 30-year rule by firing his cabinet and calling out the army appeared to backfire as troops and demonstrators fraternized and called for the president himself to resign.

While some protesters clashed with police, army tanks expected to disperse the crowds in central Cairo and in the northern city of Alexandria instead became rest points and even, on occasion, part of the protests as anti-Mubarak graffiti were scrawled on them without interference from soldiers.

“Leave Hosni, you, your son and your corrupted party!” declared the graffiti on one tank as soldiers invited demonstrators to climb aboard and have their photographs taken with them.

“This is the revolution of all the people,” declared the side of a second tank in downtown Cairo.

Egyptian men all serve in the army, giving it a very different relationship to the people from that of the police.

The feared security police had largely withdrawn from central Cairo to take up positions around the presidential palace, with their places taken up by the army.

Following Mr. Mubarak’s demand in his late-night speech, the Egyptian cabinet officially resigned on Saturday.

But there was no sign of letup in the tumult.

Reports from morgues and hospitals suggested that at least 50 people had been killed so far.

In Ramses Square in central Cairo Saturday midday, protesters commandeered a flatbed army truck.

One protester was driving the truck around the square while a dozen others on the back were chanting for President Mubarak to leave office.

Nearby, soldiers relaxed around their tanks and armored vehicles and chatted with protestors.

There were no policemen in sight.

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FORMER LOUISIANA GOVERNOR BUDDY ROEMER SAYS HE WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT!

1988 was the year the Insite graduated from high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

But ’88 was also the same year we elected a new Governor in Cajun Country.

He was Buddy Roemer.

The former Louisiana Democrat who turned Republican stunned many who said he couldn’t win in Edwin Edwards’ country.

But Roemer did.

Now, the former John Mccain Presidency supporter says he wants to defy the odds again in 2012.

Roemer announced he has formed an exploratory committee to run for President of the United States.

The former US congressman made it clear it wad a job he’s interested in having in his late 60’s.

Roemer was a one term Governor in Louisiana!Democrat

More about Roemer:

Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer, III (born October 4, 1943) was the 52nd Governor of Louisiana, having served from 1988 to 1992. He was elected as a Democrat but switched to the Republican Party on March 11, 1991. [4] Prior to becoming the Governor, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1988.

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GETTING AROUND TOWN!

Congratulations to Fox 26 Senior Web producer Doug Delony and his new cool ride.

He’s made the Insite for a second time in our Getting Around Town segment.

It’s where people showcase their cool rides.

Doug is now the owner and is pushing a 2009 Corvette Z51.

The young tech guy says he’s single and just enjoying buying his toys before he settles down in marriage land.

I guess this is good bye to the box like Scion he used to cruise into the Fox 26 parking lot.

Way to go Doug!

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MAYOR ANNIE PARKER TACKLES GRAFFITI IN THE CITY WITH NEW TOOLS!

Mayor Annise Parker today announced an inter-local agreement between The Greater East End Management District (GEEMD) and the City of Houston to remove graffiti on city property throughout greater Houston.

As part of the agreement, GEEMD will provide labor and materials for each graffiti removal project. Additionally, the GEEMD will track gang-related tags and report activity to the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office.

“This is a huge step forward in the fight against those who blatantly deface city property,” said Mayor Parker. “Through this agreement, we’ll reduce graffitti across the city while helping to decrease gang-related activity.”

At a ceremony in Montie Beach Park, Mayor Parker and Council Member Sue Lovell, Chair of the Development and Regulatory Affairs Council Committee, also helped unveil one of four “Graffiti Mobiles” dedicated to abating the graffiti, each decorated in photo images of the city’s skyline.

“It just makes sense to employ local experts and resources to systematically efface the blight in neighborhoods across the city,” said Council Member Lovell.

“This is another great example of the partnership between public and private entities that will allow us to achieve a community goal.

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LIBERTY COUNTY OFFICIALS INDICTED!

Texas –A former Liberty County Judge and Commissioner, and a local businessman have all been indicted in a hurricane fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

John “Phil” Fitzgerald, 51, of Liberty, Texas, Herman “Lee” Groce, 62, of Cleveland, Texas, and Mark Wayne Miksch, 52, of LaVernia, Texas, were named in a 25-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Jan. 26, 2011.

The defendants have been summoned and will make their initial appearances on Feb. 1, 2011 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Earl S. Hines.

The indictment alleges that following Hurricane Ike’s landfall on Sep. 13, 2008, Fitzgerald, the Liberty County Judge, and Groce, the Liberty County Precinct 2 Commissioner, used their elected positions to fraudulently influence and award debris removal contracts to a company in return for sub-contracts being awarded to Fitzgerald’s brother-in-law and businessman, Miksch.

As part of the scheme, Fitzgerald is alleged to have received approximately $611,000.00 in kickbacks disguised as legitimate business transactions.

Additionally, Fitzgerald is charged with the unauthorized use of a 155 kilowatt generator which was purchased by and for the benefit of Liberty County and then reimbursed by FEMA.

Instead, Fitzgerald is alleged to have commandeered and used the generator to power Fitzpak, a convenience store and gas station in Moss Hill, which Fitzgerald owned and operated.

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Jeremy Hill and and a classmate were both arrested Wednesday and charged with Oral Sexual Battery, a felony, that allegedly occurred at Redemptorist High School in December.

Hill, 18, and Avery Tate II, 18, are accused of pressuring a 14-year old girl to perform oral sex on them in the boys locker room at the Baton Rouge school before the winter break.

Rated by many as the top senior running back in Louisiana high school football this past season, Hill recently recommitted to LSU after exploring other options.

Complicating matters for Hill, the LSU student newspaper, The Reveille, reports that there is a video recording of the alleged events.

Both suspects were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Wednesday afternoon.

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