Monthly Archives: December 2011

WHERE IS THE CONSTABLE ON THE CANDIDATES’ FILING LIST?

Jack Abercia missing in action

After a year of being dogged in the news media a very highly visible Harris County Constable has disappeared from the candidates’ filing list.

That incumbent is Jack Abercia.

The democrat has been in office since 1991 but his reputation took a big hit in 2011.

This after reports in the news about his income as well as a controversial hire at Precinct 1.

Abercia’s office is also reportedly the target of an investigation by the FBI over hiring that controversial  deputy according to court records which show a subpoena ordering a grand jury appearance.

The Constable’s name appeared earlier this month as a candidate (incumbent) on the Harris County Democratic Party’s website.

Now, Aberica’s name is visibly absent.

An earlier article in the Houston Chronicle also indicated the veteran lawman was running for reelection but a source tells me he abruptly pulled his name from the list this week.

The Insite also hears some of Abercia’s high ranking deputies will soon be calling it quits after a controversial year as well.

What do you know about the shakeup at Precinct 1?

I’m hoping to get a comment from the Harris County Democratic party but that’s been difficult over the holiday break.

I’ll keep you updated!

Take a look – Abercia is not on the list: http://www.hcdp.org/2012-march-primary-candidates/

Here’s a list when Abercia did appear as a candidate earlier this month: http://blog.chron.com/houstonpolitics/2011/11/local-candidates-file-for-2012-elections/

THE MEMORIAL AREA ESTATE SALE AND ALL THE TOYS YOU CAN AFFORD!!

Apparently, a family in Memorial is selling everything in their home in a big estate sale.  I called hoping to get inside to bring you more pictures and videos but was denied by the family.  Anyway, the company that’s handling this sale has posted some cool pictures of some of the things you can buy from the Houston mansion.  What caught my attention is all of the cool stuff like vintage video arcade games and an old jukebox.  I’m sure there are more products just like that at the house.  Here’s a portion of the post on Craigslist.com and a link if you want more on the estate sale scheduled for the end of the week!

Estate advertisement: 

This 8,000 sqft house is full and EVERYTHING will be sold!

One of a kind designer country style dinning table with 8 covered chairs and large sideboard from Anteks Fine Furnishings, Sofas, Leather recliners, Armchairs, Coffee tables, Antique oak dinning table with chairs, King size bedroom set, Kids Twin bedroom set with Captain’s bed, Side tables, end tables, Late 17c French grandfather clock, Howard Miller grandfather clock “the Windsor” limited edition, Antique table clock, Pair of antique brass Conquistador stirrups, Jewelry, Ivory, Persian rugs, Waterford crystal clock collection, Dunhill attache bag, Dinnerware, Cookware, Serving dishes, Mixers, Ice makers, Microwaves, Many flat screen TVs, B&W home theater system heather, full size safe, Riffles and a lot of kitchen appliances and much more!

Art: LeRoy Neiman “the 3 Tenors”, Itzchak Tarkay, Linda LeKinff, Max Hayslette, Igor Medvedev, Mouly Marcel, Emile Bellet, G Harvey, Autographed picture of Mohamed Ali and Ryne Sandberg.

Game Room: 1956 Jukebox Wurlitzer Centennial, 1980 Atari Centipede Arcade game, Pool table, Leather home theater seating (5), and more games.

Link:  http://houston.craigslist.org/gms/2770278107.html

GET THAT CAMERA OUT OF MY FACE AND IT’S ILLEGAL FOR YOU TO VIDEO TAPE ME!

Photographer Torrey Walker
FOX Chief Photographer Ray Williams

Photographer Torrey Walker heard it on Monday.  I was told it last Thursday.  What did we hear?  People who were clearly in the public told us as members of the news media it was illegal for us to video tape them in a public place.  That’s simply not true.  If you’re on a public street, in a public building, or just plain outside – then we as members of the news media can roll the camera on you.  Now, if you ask then 9 times out of 10 we won’t.  But there is no law that says if you’re in the public the news media can not capture your image just because you don’t want us to.  We can even stand on the sidewalk or in the street (public) and shoot the outside of your house.  However, what we can’t do is barge our way on your private property and video tape you after we’re told to leave. We can’t come on your job and roll on you if we’re told to leave. Those things I describe would equate to trespassing and harassment which shouldn’t be done by anyone in the news media. Share with me your thoughts on this issue.  And let’s bring 2012 in with a great working relationship! 

Just this week a friend forwarded me an email that he sent out to dozens of other people.  That email indicated Starbucks coffee was unpatriotic.  Why?  According to that email Starbucks refused to send members of the military free coffee in Iraq.  Those marines allegedly wrote the coffee giant ask for free samples only to be told Starbucks doesn’t support the war therefore they didn’t send the troops any free coffee.  The Insite wrote Starbucks corporate office to get at the truth.  A spokesperson wrote me back pointing me to their rumor versus fact webpage.  A post indicated Starbucks has been hit with the rumor again this month but it has been in circulation in some form since 2004.  I have attached a portion of the email I received and the response from Starbucks!

Original email:  Recently Marines in Iraq wrote to Starbucks because they wanted to let them know how much they liked their coffees and to request that they send some of it to the troops there.

Starbucks replied, telling the Marines thank you for their support of their business, but that Starbucks does not support the war, nor anyone in it, and that they would not send the troops their brand of coffee.

So as not to offend Starbucks, maybe we should not support them by buying any of their products!

Starbucks response: On behalf of Starbucks more than 140,000 dedicated partners (employees), we want to set the record straight on an old rumor concerning Starbucks lack of support for the military and our troops. This rumor, dating back to 2004, claims a lack of Starbucks support for the U.S. Marines, and has evolved to include a lack of support for the British Royal Marines. In both instances, the rumor is not, and has never been, true.

When Starbucks learned of the original email, we immediately contacted the author, a Marine Sergeant, who subsequently sent an e-mail to his original distribution list correcting the mistake. Unfortunately, rumors have a way of continuing even after the truth has been revealed.

By now I’m sure you’ve heard the plight of a Fifth Ward church’s congregation.

It was two weeks ago when FOX 26 first reported members of Pure Light Baptist filed a lawsuit to try and save their church.

In those court papers church leaders say their previous pastor sold their building right from under them.

Members say their church constitution requires the pastor to get the permission of the congregation and trustees.

They say none of that was done.

Court records show the church was sold for $125,000 to a Florida based company.

Those who attend Pure Light filed a lawsuit and now they’re trying to raise money to pay their attorneys.

That means they’ve turned to fundraising.

Their second fish fry will be Friday December 23 beginning at 11 a.m.

Rev. Anthony Moten, the newly hired church leader, says they will sale fish plates, wash cars, and hold a festival Saturday to try and come up with the money.

If you’re interested in helping make sure you stop by Pure Light to buy a fish plate to help save the church.  The address is listed below!

Fish Fry
Friday December 23, 2011
11 am – until 
5208 Noble Street 
Houston, Tx 
713-675-1894

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE HOMELESS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

Walking in the downtown area was a sharp reminder of how big our homeless problem is in the city of Houston.  In the middle of the day there were people sleeping under an overpass near the federal courthouse in the cold tempratures.  Houston’s homeless population ranges anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000.  That means there are a lot of people to help.  So, during this time of the year when you’re thanking God for your blessings try and remember those who don’t have anything.  Stop by the Star of Hope, Salvation Army, or the charity of your choice to give back to the community.  And I’d like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas!

THE FEUD BETWEEN MATHEW KNOWLES AND CATHY HUGHES!

Mathew Knowles and his daughter Beyonce’

Last month, Eurweb reported that Cathy Hughes’ cable channel TV One was suing the BET Network, MTV and Music World Music for violating its exclusive rights to the Essence Music Festival.

Mathew Knowles’ Music World Music is listed in the lawsuit because his company brokered the deal for the Essence Music Festival broadcast with TV One. His company is being accused of re-issuing the content to BET, MTV and BET’s Centric Network despite TV One’s four-year exclusivity agreement.

Cathy Hughes

Now, EURweb has learned that TV One’s sister company, Radio One, has pulled all of Knowles’ Music World songs and artists from their radio stations nationwide.

Eurweb also reports All Radio One personnel were told to pull all Music World artists out of rotation immediately and indefinitely! We were told that the mandate came straight from Ms. Hughes and that there would be ramifications for anyone playing or mentioning a Music World artist or song on air,” a Radio One employee, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, told us.

Meanwhile, several calls to Radio One’s Senior Vice President of Programming Content, Jay Stevens, for comment, were not returned.

Removing all of Music World’s songs and artists potentially creates a financial loss for Knowles, whose company primarily focuses on gospel music currently.

“Radio One owns at least 12 gospel stations across the country – that’s the majority. It’s hard for artists to sell CD’s without radio airplay! Right now Music World definitely isn’t getting any from Radio One,” the source explained.

Read the full article here: http://www.eurweb.com/2011/12/radio-one-bans-mathew-knowles-music/

WAS IT A MISTAKE BY A TEACHER OR INTENTIONAL!

A substitute teacher is in hot water after she sent out a newsletter depicting a black Peanuts character with a noose tied around his neck. The newsletter, sent last week from Sequoia Middle School in California, included the words “white pride” under the character.

School officials claim that the incident may be a big mistake because the picture was part of evidence in a school hate-crime investigation from three years ago.

Principal Connie Cirimeli told the community that the teacher may have added the image without even noticing and then sent it out without having other staffers proofread it. She said that proper action would be taken against the teacher.

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HOUSTON POLITICAL BIG WIGS MAKE NEXT MOVE!

The 2012 political season is already heating up and we’re still in 2011.  As you already know lots of familiar names have filed for various political races in Harris County for the upcoming political season.  Some that stand out to the Insite includes Houston City Council member Wanda Adams.  She’s filed to run for State Representative against Alma Allen.  That’s sure to be a close race and very controversial.  From the usual fireworks category is the back and forth race between State Representative Borris Miles and former State Rep. Al Edwards.  Now let’s see – Al first had the officer then Borris beat him…Then Al came back and beat Borris, then Borris came back and beat Al…Now, Al wants another shot at it again so he’s challenging Borris for the position.  Also, very interesting will be the race for a Harris County Board of Education seat.  Outgoing Houston Council member Jarvis Johson will take on the daughter of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.  Erica Lee filed for the position but if she is anything like her mother she may beat Johnson.  You’ll remember it was only a few years ago when Jackson Lee defeated Johnson who ran for Congress.  I can’t wait til 2012!

CABS FOR CONVICTS IN HOUSTON!

The Cab Driver

If you’ve ever been to the downtown jail in Houston you know just how many people are there waiting on rides. 

Inmates who have just been released from the custody of the county. 

But if you look closer you’ll see a group of men walking around with permits on their necks. 

The cool Black Tahoe Cab

Those men are cab drivers and they have a special niche’.

They provide rides to detainees who have been released from the jail. 

One driver says many of the inmates released don’t have family members or friends outside waiting to give them a ride home. 

So, the cabbies for a flat fee of $30 will take the inmates to just about anywhere in reason they want to go in the city.

That’s cheaper than a ride from the airport. 

I’m told by the driver, who didn’t want to be identified, that there are at least a dozen taxis who offer rides to the inmates. 

Where recently released inmates wait in rides at the Harris County Jail

I’m also told most who have just been released don’t have the cab fare so the drivers use the honor system. 

They trust them until they can make it home and get the fee from a family member or friend. 

Is that a cool system or what?

By the way, the cabbie I spoke with had cool Black shiny Chevy Tahoe – that’s a great way of going home in style from the Harris County Jail!