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IS GAY BECOMING AN ISSUE IN THE RACE FOR MAYOR OF HOUSTON!

CAMPAIGN: PARKER IS RUNNING TO MAKE HOUSTON A BETTER PLACE FOR EVERYONE!

It is no secret Mayoral candidate Annise Parker is gay. Everyone seems to know it and she makes no big deal of it. She’s also a parent who has a multicultural family. Her children are both African American and White.


However, I’m now receiving emails and comments on the Insite that could give the impression it could affect Parker’s bid for Mayor. Why? Some are implying and outright saying if she is elected there could be a gay agenda. Meaning everything the current City Controller does will benefit the gay community.

Parker is not the first and won’t likely be the last gay person to run for public office. There have been dozens, possibly hundreds of gay elected officials who are no different with their agendas than anyone else. But I wanted to put the question to the mayoral candidate to get an open and honest answer. An answer that could put those who are concerned at ease or at least the ability to make a rational decision.

I’m also putting the question to the Insite readers: Do you think someone’s sexuality will define their agenda in public office and how they lead a city like Houston? Here’s one of the comments that sparked this question and post on the Insite:


“I sincerely hope that Annise Parker does not win the bid for mayor. Not that I don’t think she would make a good leader for the city but, it’s because I fear she would push the gay issues on us and try to put people from the gay community in positions of power to make decisions only to benefit their agenda and lifestyle.”

The Insite would love to hear your opinion on this issue. Are you supporting Ms. Parker and does the gay issue have anything to do with it?

Note: I originally wrote this post back on August 5th. I asked for a response from The Annise Parker campaign way back when. I just got that response on August 26. And it’s with a reasonable explanation from Parker’s director of communications.

Here it is:

Isiah,

Sorry for the delayed response. The comment you forwarded was an anonymous comment – and our policy is not to respond to anonymous comments, especially when they are somewhat divisive and contrary to the inclusive nature of all the candidates in this race.

Since you have pressed for an answer, however, here it is:

Annise has been in office for twelve years. Her agenda for Houston is the same as it has always been: taking care of our families; making sure our streets are safe and our economy is growing; fighting for better schools, cleaner air and a better quality of life for every Houstonian –and don’t forget making sure the potholes get filled and the garbage gets picked up.

In short, Annise is running for mayor to make sure our government works for every Houstonian. She has a track record of having diverse staff in her campaigns and city hall offices – and has a demonstrated commitment to represent all of Houston.

Thanks,

Sue Davis

Annise Parker Campaign

THE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE ABOUT SENATOR TED KENNEDY!

OBAMA: HE WAS A DEFENDER OF A DREAM!

Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, Senator Ted Kennedy.

For nearly five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well-being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.

His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives — in seniors who know new dignity; in families that know new opportunity; in children who know education’s promise; and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just, including me.

In the United States Senate, I can think of no one who engendered greater respect or affection from members of both sides of the aisle. His seriousness of purpose was perpetually matched by humility, warmth and good cheer. He battled passionately on the Senate floor for the causes that he held dear, and yet still maintained warm friendships across party lines. And that’s one reason he became not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy.

I personally valued his wise counsel in the Senate, where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new colleague. I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the Presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I’ve benefited as President from his encouragement and wisdom.

His fight gave us the opportunity we were denied when his brothers John and Robert were taken from us: the blessing of time to say thank you and goodbye. The outpouring of love, gratitude and fond memories to which we’ve all borne witness is a testament to the way this singular figure in American history touched so many lives.

For America, he was a defender of a dream. For his family, he was a guardian. Our hearts and prayers go out to them today — to his wonderful wife, Vicki, his children Ted Jr., Patrick and Kara, his grandchildren and his extended family.

Today, our country mourns. We say goodbye to a friend and a true leader who challenged us all to live out our noblest values. And we give thanks for his memory, which inspires us still.

Sincerely,

President Barack Obama

HPD WILL KNOW WHO YOU ARE WITH THIS NEW CRIME FIGHTING TOOL!

ALL THESE LITTLE DEVICES!

The Houston Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in the state of Texas to utilize a new crime fighting tool interfaced with the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ Repository for Individuals of Special Concern (RISC) database, which will enable officers to immediately check the true identities of potential criminals on the streets.

The Blue Check Mobile Identification Device and the Mobile ID II, manufactured by Cogent Systems Inc., will allow local law enforcement agencies to digitally scan fingerprints of persons under reasonable suspicion or arrestable charges, against the HPD’s and the FBI’s RISC databases, for criminal background checks. Photos of both devices are attached to this news release.

On July 31, HPD began using five of the Mobile ID II devices that can scan fingerprints and get results back in three minutes or less. Currently, 77 Blue Check devices have been linked to the FBI’s RISC database. By 2010, HPD will have a total of 163 devices. The devices were purchased under the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant. Some of HPD’s investigative units – Crime Reduction, Gangs, Tactical Patrol, Field Operations and Investigative First Responders (IFR) – will be issued the devices.

Both devices are portable and wireless for officers out in the field. The Blue Check device uses wireless Bluetooth technology, commonly found on cell phones. The fingerprints from both devices are transmitted by wireless technology that allows officers to scan HPD and FBI databases for a match. If a match occurs, officers are supplied a photo and offender demographics via the device or through the mobile data terminal inside their patrol cars. Once the fingerprints have been checked and there is no match, they are immediately erased from the system.

Police Chief Harold Hurtt lauded the devices. “They will enable our officers to immediately identify known wanted persons and, just as importantly, enhance officer safety and the safety of our citizens,” Chief Hurtt said.

“This is an example of DPS’s commitment to provide Texas law enforcement and the citizens of Texas the latest technology to battle crime and enhance public safety,” said DPS Director Steve McCraw.

The FBI, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the HPD Identification and Technology Services Divisions were instrumental in making this technology available.

THE BIG GRAND RE-OPENING OFTHE HPD STOREFRONT ON TELEPHONE ROAD!

PICKING UP THE PIECES AFTER THE STORM AND BACK IN BUSINESS FOR THE COMMUNITY!


Members of the Houston Police Department Southeast Patrol Division and local residents celebrated the official grand re-opening of the Telephone Road Storefront today. The storefront, located at 10201 Telephone Road, had suffered major damage during Hurricane Ike that resulted in its 10-month closure.

“Water came into the storefront and we had mold in the walls, said HPD Officer Trenesia Harris. “They had to remove the sheetrock and gut the storefront before rebuilding it.” Community members and businesses then donated furniture, appliances, and even decorations.

For the community, the storefront is about both convenience and visibility.

“I think it helps prevent crime because when people see police cars around then they’re likely to keep on going down the road,” said Rosemary Acrey, President of the Gulf Meadows Civic Club and a volunteer at the storefront. “Plus, it helps people who need to file reports. They don’t need to go to the main police station, or try to find one, this is right here in the neighborhood,” Ms. Acrey said.

“The citizens wanted us in this community,” said Officer Harris. “They saw fit to help us rebuild and that’s why we wanted to have this day for them and for everyone to come and see what they helped build.”

CLEAR PICTURES OF TWO BANK ROBBERY SUSPECTS!

IF YOU KNOW THESE GUYS IT COULD BE MONEY IN YOUR POCKET!

Houston police have released photos of two bank robbery suspects who fired shots at an HPD officer at 9191 North Loop East about 4:45 p.m. today (Aug. 26).

The suspects are described only as black males, both about 6 feet tall. The first suspect is believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s and had a light blue towel around his neck. The towel was recovered outside the bank. The second suspect, wearing a white baseball cap, is younger, believed to be in his early 20s. Both fled the bank on foot. Surveillance photos of the two suspects, including the first suspect with a gun in his hand pointed at the officer, are attached to this news release.

The officer, P.L. Marquez, of the Northeast Patrol Division, was not injured. Officer Marquez, sworn in as an officer in December 2007, was working an extra job in uniform inside the Amegy Bank when the two male suspects approached tellers and acted suspiciously. One of the suspects turned around and pointed a gun at the officer as both suspects were at the counters, and then approached the front door. At that time, the officer gave verbal commands for the suspect to drop the weapon. When the suspect refused, the officer fearing for his safety and that of employees inside, discharged his duty weapon at the suspects. Both suspects then fired shots at the officer as they fled on foot outside the bank.

No bank employees were injured in the attempted robbery.

Anyone with information on the identities or whereabouts of the wanted suspects is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

INSITE MICHAEL JACKSON FAN OF THE WEEK: EDWARD NICHOLS!

HONORING THE KING OF POP!

The Insite was at the Jack in the Box in north Houston with my photographer when I noticed something in the parking lot. It was a white truck with something written on the back. It read ‘Rest in Peace Michael Jackson King of Pop.’ I definitely had to snap a picture. Just as I was about to snap the second photo a man approached me. Obviously, he wanted to know why I was casing his vehicle. He knew who I was but I had to explain what I was doing. After that he agreed to get in the photo. That Michael Jackson fan of the week is Edward Nichols. He told me Jackson was important to him and that’s why he had the tribute placed on the back of his truck. I don’t know who’s the bigger fan…Ed or the Insite. Thanks for dropping by the Insite Ed!

HOUSTON FIRE FIGHTER AND MEXICAN NATIONALS ARRESTED IN DRUG AND MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME!

THE ROUND UP BEGAN AT 3 AM IN HOUSTON!

The Insite has learned federal and local investigators have started a massive sweep through Houston, arresting people with suspected ties to a deadly gang out of Mexico.

The arrests began at around 3 a.m. Wednesday with 11 suspects in custody so far. On that list is a Houston firefighter, who was also arrested in the morning hours.

The suspects are believed to have ties to the violent Zeta gang out of Mexico. The suspects will be charged in a federal court later in the day.

Sources say they are accused in a massive drug trafficking and money laundering scheme that originated south of the border.

We’ll bring you more details today on FOX 26 news at 5 p.m.

HARRIS COUNTY MURDER INVESTIGATION WITH A DRUG CONNECTION!

CAN YOU HELP INVESTIGATORS SOLVE THIS ONE?

August 26, 2009 at approximately 3:00 a.m., a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol in the area of Bammel North Houston and State Highway 249 attempting to locate illegal drug activity. The Deputy observed what he believed to be a drug deal and started following a vehicle, eventually attempting to stop the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle a maroon Chevy Impala fled southbound on State Highway 249, eventually stopping the vehicle and fleeing. The Deputy returned to the area of the beginning of the pursuit and was advised there was a male who was dead in the southbound lanes of State Highway 249.

Sheriff’s Homicide Investigator’s were called to the scene and found Mr. Froehlich may have been attempting to buy drugs from a Black male and at some point an argument began. Mr. Froehlich attempted to leave and was shot by the Black male. The Black male suspect fled the scene in a green Chevrolet Camero, unknown year model.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Crime Stoppers, 222-TIPS or the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit, 713-967-5810.

SENATOR EDWARD KENNEDY DIES AR 77!

THE LAST SURVIVING BROTHER IS GONE!

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate and haunted bearer of the Camelot torch after two of his brothers fell to assassins’ bullets, has died after battling a brain tumor. He was 77.

For nearly a half-century in the Senate, Kennedy was a steadfast champion of the working class and the poor, a powerful voice on health care, civil rights, and war and peace. To the American public, though, he was best known as the last surviving son of America’s most glamorous political family, the eulogist of a clan shattered again and again by tragedy.

His family announced his death in a brief statement released early Wednesday.

“We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,” the statement said. “We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all.”

Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1962, when his brother John was president, and served longer than all but two senators in history. Over the decades, he put his imprint on every major piece of social legislation to clear the Congress.

His own hopes of reaching the White House were damaged — perhaps doomed — in 1969 by the scandal that came to be known as Chappaquiddick, an auto accident that left a young woman dead.

Kennedy — known to family, friends and foes simply as Ted — ended his quest for the presidency in 1980 with a stirring valedictory that echoed across the decades: “For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.”

The third-longest-serving senator in U.S. history, Kennedy was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in May 2008 and underwent surgery and a grueling regimen of radiation and chemotherapy.

His death late Tuesday comes just weeks after that of his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver on Aug. 11.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Kennedy’s son Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., said his father had defied the predictions of doctors by surviving more than a year with his fight against brain cancer.

The younger Kennedy said that gave family members a surprise blessing, as they were able to spend more time with the senator and to tell him how much he had meant to their lives.

The younger Kennedy said his father’s legacy was built largely in the Senate.

“He has authored more pieces of major legislation than any other United States senator,” Patrick Kennedy said in the interview. “He is the penultimate senator. I don’t need to exaggerate when I talk about my father. That’s the amazing thing. He breaks all the records himself.”

MORE VIOLENCE BETWEEN CHRIS BROWN AND RIHANNA EXPOSED!


SHE SLAPPED HIM AND HE PUSHED HER INTO THE WALL THEN HE BROKE OUT THE WINDOWS IN A LOANED CAR!

Pop singer Chris Brown was sentenced Tuesday to serve five years probation and to spend more than 1,400 hours in “labor-oriented service” for assaulting his pop star girlfriend, Rihanna. Also Tuesday, a probation report for Brown that says the pair were involved in at least two other domestic violence incidents before the February attack for which Brown was sentenced.

The probation report was used to reach his plea agreement.

Brown, 20, was arrested after an early morning argument inside a rented Lamborghini on a Hollywood street on February 8.

Police investigating the February 8 attack “learned of two earlier incidents related to domestic violence that went unreported,” the probation report said.

“The first incident occurred in Europe about three months before the present offense,” the report said. “The victim [Rihanna] and the defendant [Brown] were involved in a verbal dispute and the victim [Rihanna] slapped the defendant [Brown]. He responded by shoving her into a wall.”

Another incident happened in January, three weeks before the Hollywood incident, when Brown and Rihanna were visiting her home country of Barbados, the report said.

“The defendant [Brown] and the victim [Rihanna] were visiting Barbados and were driving a Range Rover loaned to them by a local dealership,” the investigator wrote. “They had an argument inside the car. The defendant [Brown] exited and broke the front driver and passenger side windows of the car.”