Monthly Archives: October 2012

As I type this my computer is downloading the new Windows 8 program.  It makes me nervous to jump on a program before all the bugs have been worked out.  However, the price is so affordable that I better do it now before it’s too expensive.  You can actually download the new Windows program for less than $40 if your computer is compatible.  So, why don’t you take a chance with me.  Will you?

WE’RE CLOSE TO A HALF MILLION EARLY VOTERS IN HARRIS COUNTY!

Harris County residents are really taking early voting seriously.  County records show so far more than 416,000 people have voted early in person or by ballot.  The are several voting locations where more than 10,000 people have turned out to cast their ballots for the candidate of their choice.  Topping the list for turnout is Champion Forest Baptist Church in our area.  It’s where more than 19,000 people have voted early for the November 6 general election.  Have you voted yet?

Note: There are now 2 million registered voters in Harris County and that means a third of all people eligible have been to the polls!

 

I received an email early Saturday morning where one of the FOX 26 viewers was disturbed by a yard decoration at a home in Houston, Texas. Tell me what do you think about it!

 

Email: I saw this display outside a house in the Sharps Town area.  My FB friends all think it’s supposed to be the first family. What do you think?

SAVE THE TEXAN MOVIE THEATER IN CLEVELAND, TEXAS!

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The Texan Theater in downtown Cleveland opened in January 1939, and thanks to owner Cliff Dunn, it looks much the same inside and out. Unfortunately, the Texan will be closing soon unless supporters can raise $86,000 to upgrade its equipment to show movies in digital format, because movies will no longer be available in the 35 mm format the theater’s equipment has used for decades.
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Over the past couple of years, Dunn says it has become increasingly difficult to get movies in the old format, and some movies were only available in digital, leaving him without the option of ordering them. The $86,000 may sound like a lofty goal without much time, but those determined to make it happen are confident and already have benefits planned.

To find out more about the campaign to save the Texan theater in Cleveland Texan make sure you check out their Facebook page:

http://m.facebook.com/pages/Save-The-Texan/423822577673550?id=423822577673550&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpages%2FSave-The-Texan%2F423822577673550&_rdr

Contributions can be mailed to:
Cliff Dunn
P.O. Box 640
Cleveland, Texas
77328

Updates on fundraising efforts and other information can be found on the “Save The Texan” Facebook page. Please find that page, click “like” and share it.To learn what movie is showing at The Texan, call 281-592-6464.

A VIOLENT ENCOUNTER ONCE BEFORE!

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The Factor has learned the disabled man who was shot and killed by a Houston Police officer last month has had a very violent encounter with the cops once before.

We have obtained an internal HPD memo through open records that shows Brian Claunch had a physical altercation with a police officer back in 2006.

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In a significant event report created by the officers involved, Claunch is described as hostile and combative.

The report shows the officer responding to a trespassing call involving Claunch even had to tazer him to get him under control.

Officers reported the wheelchair bound man attempted to kick and hit at them before they could get him into their police unit.

That encounter came six years to the month before the double amputee was shot and killed by HPD officer Matt Martin.

Police were responding to a disturbance call a at Houston group home when they encountered Claunch once again.

The most recent incident is under investigation by HPD and the FBI.

ALDINE TEACHER SUSPENDED AND UNDER INVESTIGATION!

There are few details coming out of the Aldine Independent School District but the Factor has learned a teacher there has been suspended as result of his alleged actions in class.

According to school officials that teacher used poor judgment in his decision to show students a video he and others created while in college.

School officials did not say what’s on that video.

District spokesman Mike Keeney said in a released statement the video was inappropriate for students and violated the school district code of ethics.

Keeney writes: The teacher was suspended with pay while the district conducted the investigation.  The investigation has concluded and the district will take appropriate action.

 

 

 

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE II UNVEILED IN THE UNITED STATES – YOU KNOW, THE ONE I’VE HAD FOR NEARLY A MONTH!

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) – the No.1 mobile phone provider in the United States and a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide1 – celebrated the U.S. launch of the Galaxy Note® II in New York City at the iconic Skylight at Moynihan Station with its fans, who received a first-look and chance to experience the Galaxy Note II and the recently unveiled Galaxy Camera™.

With the original Samsung Galaxy Note launch last year, Samsung defined a new category – the ultimate combination of a smartphone and tablet. This product, unlike any other on the market, transformed the way consumers interact and create on their mobile device. The Galaxy Note II with the revolutionary S Pen™ is the ultimate device for on-the-go creativity and productivity, helping people work, multi-task, collaborate and now share.

In keeping with category defining moves, Samsung’s Galaxy Camera uniquely blends high performance photography with the familiar and intuitive Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean, resulting in a powerful, socially connected photography experience. As announced previously, the Galaxy Camera will be available from AT&T in time for the holidays.

“With the launch of the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Camera, Samsung is delivering on its commitment to give consumers new and innovative smartphone experiences,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “With more than 10 million of the original Galaxy Notes sold globally within 9 months, consumers have demonstrated that they want the best of a smartphone and a tablet in one device. With all major carriers selling the Galaxy Note II, we expect it to exceed the success of the original Galaxy Note.”

More than 1,000 Samsung fans were selected from among its 17.5 million plus Samsung Mobile USA Facebook fans and 3 million Samsung Mobile US Twitter followers to participate in the exclusive celebration. The evening included an experiential event and an exclusive performance by artist, Kanye West.

A STUDY TO HELP FEMALE SOLDIERS WITH PTSD!

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Researchers at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) and Baylor College of Medicine are currently looking for female Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who are interested in participating in a study examining the role a neuropeptide called corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) plays in causing PTSD symptoms. The results may help to identify and develop potential medications to treat PTSD. PTSD can be caused by any traumatic event such as war, a car accident, abuse, or a natural disaster.  People who have these kinds of experiences sometimes begin to suffer flashbacks, bad memories or dreams, extreme irritability, trouble sleeping, along with other difficulties. Not all victims of trauma suffer from PTSD, but those who do may begin to experience these symptoms immediately after the event, several months, or even years later. Either way, the symptoms of PTSD can seriously disrupt a person’s life. Originally, researchers believed that when a person experiences a threatening situation, the brain produces cortisol, a stress hormone that tells the victim to fight or run away. Cortisol is known as the “fight or flight” hormone. Research has shown higher levels of cortisol may actually hurt the brain and be linked to PTSD symptoms. Over the years, researchers have studied PTSD to try to understand the underlying brain processes. New studies have shown symptoms may be caused not only by cortisol, but also by elevated levels of a CRF. CRF acts as a chemical messenger in the brain and controls the release of cortisol and other hormones named catecholamines. It is believed that varying levels of CRF in the brain have an effect on the stress symptoms experienced by those suffering from PTSD.  This is likely because abnormal levels of CRF also result in abnormal levels of chatecholamines and cortisol.  Though these processes are thought to play an important part in the development of PTSD symptoms, their exact role is not entirely understood. Researchers have also found women may be at higher risk for developing PTSD than men. Some studies suggest this is because women are more likely to experience traumatic events, like abuse and sexual assault. Other studies disagree and report that after a traumatic event, women are more likely to ruminate over the event and become more stressed. Studies have shown women are two times more likely to develop PTSD than men. Since PTSD symptoms can be so disabling, potentially causing depression or even suicide, it is important that researchers develop effective PTSD treatments. Treatment options currently available for PTSD are limited. The most common and effective treatment involves a combination of talk therapy and psychotropic medications, such as anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications. With information about CRF and PTSD symptoms, researchers are trying to develop medications that incorporate these findings. Researchers at MEDVAMC and Baylor College of Medicine are currently looking for female Veterans with PTSD who are interested in participating in this important study. If you are a woman between the ages of 21 and 64 years, have experienced PTSD symptoms in the past month, and do not have any current substance abuse, you may be eligible for the study. The study lasts six weeks and is conducted at MEDVAMC and Baylor College of Medicine. It involves taking an investigational drug intended to change CRF levels; thereby, reducing the severity of the symptoms of PTSD. Participants may receive compensation for their time. If you are interested in participating in the study, contact the research team at 1-877-96-BCM-MOOD (226-6663) or email mood@bcm.edu.