Monthly Archives: October 2011

MAYOR ANNISE PARKER COMES UP WITH PLAN TO SAVE NASA JOBS!

Press Release: Mayor Annise Parker and HuntsvilleAlabama Mayor Tommy Battle have formally asked the Obama Administration to help facilitate quick finalization of all aspects of the Space Launch System (SLS) and the Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV).  The request is included in a letter (attached) to President Obama in which the mayors reiterate the job losses their communities have suffered due to the end of the space shuttle program and the cancellation of the Constellation deep space exploration project.

“President Obama’s support for SLS and the MPCV is critical to the stabilization of the aerospace industry and the economic recovery for Houston and other NASA communities,” said Mayor Parker.  “I ask that the White House urge NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to move as expeditiously as possible on all relevant contracts.  Speed is imperative to eliminate workforce uncertainty and ensure our nation’s global leadership in space and in technological advancement.  We must prevent the transfer ofJohnson Space Center’s (JSC) cutting-edge brain trust to points around the world.”

The two mayors note that a lot of components of SLS are already built and ready to go.  The next phase is completion of the rockets to go into space.  The concern is that without clear direction, NASA will use SLS funds for purposes other than SLS, thus undermining the program before it starts.

“In Huntsville, we have the world’s largest group of experienced propulsion experts that can put man into deep space,” said Mayor Battle.  “When Constellation was cancelled and the shuttle program ended, we began losing this knowledgeable workforce.  While I am happy that we now have a mission for SLS, we want to ensure that SLS funding is used for the program, so that we won’t lose more of our talented engineers and technicians, and we can return to space.”

Houston and Huntsville have, collectively, lost 5300 employees and contractors in the last year.

MICHELLE OBAMA IS COMING TO HOUSTON!

The Obama Victory Fund has announced First Lady Michelle Obama will be visiting Houston for two very special events on November 1st.
At 3:30 p.m., Mrs. Obama will be the key speaker at a reception at the Westin Oaks in the Galleria (5011 Westheimer). RSVP Here Student Pricing
Then at 5:15 p.m., Mrs. Obama will be the special guest at the home of Laura and John Arnold for a reception and dinner. RSVP Here
Event fundraising and information contact: Dana Guefen dlg.danaguefen@gmail.com or 713-857-6258

THIS IS WHY STORES SCRUTINIZE RETURNS!

I always wondered why Frys Electronics was so tough on the merchandise people return to their stores.  This is probably why.

While I was at the Best Buy in the Galleria area Tuesday someone apparently returned an electronic media player.

It’s the device that shows your computer content on your television.

The returned box was still wrapped in plastic as if it had never been opened.

Well, once the clerks decided to double check the return staffers didn’t find a media player in the box at all…they found a bible.

The Hebrew bible called the Torah.

The clerks were shocked and laughing at the same time.

To top it all the bible was even stolen.

It apparently was checked out from the Denver Public Library system and never returned.

The things people will do to get over!

OFFICIALS WITH THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY SAY THE BAT VANS ARE OKAY!

Letter from DPS!

A technical expert from the Texas Department of Public Safety is disputing claims that Houston’s Breath Alcohol Testing Vans are not reliable.

Ronald Oliver with DPS has sent a letter to Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos stating as much.

It reads the vans may have variations while in extreme temperatures but once cooled down the units readings are accurate.

The letter comes during controversy for HPD’s mobile fleet.

Some claim the vans don’t give accurate testing results and a grand jury has been impaneled to probe the serious allegations!

DID YOU SEE THAT UFO TUESDAY NIGHT OVER EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY?

See the light in the sky?

I heard it was all abuzz in east Montgomery County Tuesday night.  That’s after several people reported seeing an unidentified flying object in the sky.  For those who are not that scientific that also means UFO.  Sources in the county say some people actually called the cops when they saw the burning object hovering in the area.  This photo was also plastered on Facebook and dropped in the email of the Insite.  Do you have any idea what it was?  Let the Insite know!

CITY OF HOUSTON TO THE COUNTY: GIVE US OUR LAND BACK NOW!

The Insite has learned there is a legal battle brewing between the city of Houston and Harris County.

At issue is a plot of land located on West Dallas near downtown Houston.

It’s where the old Harris County Juvenile Detention Center was located until 2006.

According to a letter fired off from the City Attorney’s office there is an agreement in place that transfers the land from the county to the city.  That’s once Harris County stopped using the facility to house juvenile offenders.

Houston City Attorney David Feldman

That letter from City Attorney David Feldman’s office indicates the keys to the property should be handed over immediately.

Terry O’rouke with the Harris County Attorney’s office sees the letter as threatening.

A spokesperson from Mayor Annise Parker’s office says the letter wasn’t meant to be threatening.

Jessica Michan says in fact the county and city are now in negotiations to decide who gets the land.

According to the letter the city of Houston is planning to sell the land to Lighthouse for the Blind.

We’ll keep you updated on the next gangsta move by the city of Houston!  

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RADACK: WOULD THEY REALLY SHUT OFF THE WATER AT RELIANT IF WE DIDN’T PAY THE DRAINAGE FEE?

Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack is hot again and asking why the county has to pay the city of Houston’s drainage fee.  This comes after Radack learned the county would owe the city hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from the fee that was passed by voters in the city last November.  Radack even asked the  County Attorney’s office if Harris County had to pay the fee.  First Assistant County Attorney Terry O’rourke told Radack because Harris County is a sovereign government they couldn’t be forced to pay the fee.  But O’rouke says don’t be surprised if the city retaliated one day by shutting off the water at Reliant Stadium.  Now that would be real payback wouldn’t it? 

NEW WEAPON AGAINST COPPER THIEVES: A DOG IN EVERY YARD!

This northeast Harris County neighborhood filled with dogs !

At first I was irritated then I became intrigued by all the barking dogs I stumbled upon in a northeast Harris County neighborhood.

The moment I made a move toward a house the dog alarm went off.  One after another.

These dogs, some very small, were vicious.  But why?

Why did every yard in this mainly manufactured home community have at least one dog?

It was a question I put to the owner of a property where there were at least five dogs.

The woman told me it was because of all of the copper thefts in the area.

Then all of a sudden it made sense.

These dogs barked uncontrollably if you come anywhere near their territory.

That would make perfect sense for an area that’s had problems with copper thieves.

There was one pint sized dog that was particularly vicious.  I had to protect my ankles from him at all costs.

I feel sorry for the copper thief who runs into that rascal on a dark night!

THE KING STREET PATRIOTS WANT TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT HERE ON THE INSITE!

Early elections began today in Harris County.  As a preview to the election process county officials made the Insite aware of last year’s controversy at the polls.  On the Insite we reported the King Street Patriots played a pivotal role at the polls last year.  Their representative took up my offer to give the public a clear idea of what the organizations role is and will be.  Here is the comments and statement from the King Street Patriots here in Houston.  And remember if you take issue with anything on the Insite make sure you reach out to me like the Patriots did:

Statement from the Patriots:

First, the King Street Patriots is an independent non-profit organization.  They are neither part of the Republican Party, nor do they perform tasks on behalf of the Republican Party.  Further, King Street Patriots is a separate entity from True the Vote, the group to which you are most likely referring, albeit with incorrect references. True the Vote is a non-partisan, citizen led initiative to inspire and equip citizens for involvement in election processes. The goal of these entities is to do all we reasonably can to reduce and eliminate voter fraud. We would hope that all reasonable people, and members of both of the major political parties, would be interested in supporting any and all efforts to improve the integrity of our elections.

Second, the King Street Patriots have never been “in charge” of elections or polling sites. Polling place operations are run by political parties, with hierarchy determined by the outcome of the previous gubernatorial elections. A citizen-led group like King Street Patriots has no authority whatsoever at the polls, nor should it.  The True the Vote initiative provides education and training on polling place procedures, available to any citizen, regardless of party affiliation. Well trained election workers are an essential component of free and fair election processes.

Third, no political party is in charge of voting.  The County Clerk for Harris County is in charge of running elections, and in that process doing so in conformity with election laws.  Each polling place has election judges who are nominated by the respective political parties.  When one political party is not represented at the election polling place, there are opportunities for fraudulent activities.  Parity between the parties is an essential element of sound polling place operations and is  further ameliorated by the presence of poll watchers.  A poll watcher has no authority other than to make note of an election irregularity, and to in turn call it to the attention of the election judge.

Fourth, you report there were complaints made last year.  That is true, but what you did not report is that all-ALL-of the complaints which were asserted against the poll watchers trained by True the Vote were found to be without merit.  The complaints were invariably made by election officials who were not accustomed to having poll watchers or anyone question their activities and practices. These complaints were all investigated, coming up with nothing about which a legitimate complaint could be made against the King Street Patriots or True the Vote.

Fifth, the County provides polling place worker training for both parties.    There is no special training or special responsibility for only Democrats in this or any other election.

We would hope that rather than incorrectly implying that King Street Patriots is somehow a source of controversy that you would instead be willing to report on the great public service provided by True the Vote and the inspirational spirit of volunteerism that compels citizens to get engaged in the administration, protection, and defense of elections. If our elections are not truly fair, we are not truly free.

Sincerely,


Brock C. Akers

THE COMPLAINTS ABOUT TOO BLACK TO PARTY IN HOUSTON STILL COMING IN!

Every six months to a year I hear the same allegations from those who still enjoy Houston’s nightlife.

Those people who happen to be African American write to me and complain they have been denied entry into one of Houston’s many nightclubs or bars.

The latest allegations have come from a group of professionals. They say clubs on Washington Avenue and Kirby have turned them away at the door because they’re Black.

One Houston nightclub promoter says he was left standing at the door of a swanky new nightspot because he is African American.

He says when he arrived at the business it was clearly not at capacity.

Mark Martin says despite that he was told he could not go in. He says there were groups of Whites allowed in but not him.

Another African American Houston businessman says he encountered the same type of situation last Saturday night.

He says when he tried to get in this Washington Avenue club he was denied entry because he wasn’t on the list.

He says he noticed several Whites who did not go through a name on the list check but got in without a problem.

If this is still happening in Houston in 2011 it’s truly sad. What’s my suggestion?

I say on the clubs biggest night turnout in numbers with signs warning good people the kind of discrimination that allegedly goes on at the establishment.

That will send a strong message.

Also blog and place it on Facebook and Twitter.

That’s if the issue is that important to you.

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THE PASSIONATE BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT WANTED!

See the passion mark on his neck!
The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force needs your help identifying a man who robbed a the Capital One bank located at 1855 West Bay Area Boulevard in Houston, Texas, earlier Friday. Witnesses believed the man had a “hickey” or a passion mark, on the left side of his neck. The neck mark can be seen in at least one of the bank’s surveillance photos taken during the robbery.
At approximately 1:00 p.m., the man entered the bank and handed a threatening note to a teller. While the teller was reading the note, the man verbally threatened her and told her he had a gun. He then told her to “hurry up!” The teller gave the man some cash and he left the bank. No weapon was seen during the robbery and no one was physically hurt.
The bank robber is described as a white male, 25-30 years old, approximately 6’1” tall, 180-200 pounds, with a medium build, a long nose, and acne scars on both his cheeks. He had black, medium length, oily looking hair, which was possibly part of a wig. He wore a black ball cap, black dress shirt, and black pants. Witnesses also said the man had a “hickey” on the left side of his neck and a tattoo between the shoulder blades on his back.
Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and arrest of these robbers, or any felony suspect. If you have information about this crime, please call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 713-222-TIPS (8477), or the Houston office of the FBI at 713-693-5000.

STEVE JOBS REALLY HATED GOOGLE FOR THEIR ANDROID PRODUCTS!

This an excerpt from Steve Jobs biography obtained early by the Associated Press. It’s Jobs discussing his dislike of Google for and the creation of the Android phone. Jobs says the competition stole his idea from the I phone: “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs told Isaacson. “I’m going to destroy Android because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go to thermonuclear war on this. They are scared to death because they know they are guilty.”