ARE THEIR PRICES REALLY MARKED DOWN?
Apparently, the liquidators have already taken over at Circuit City. As many of you know the company has gone bankrupt and the stores are having a liquidation sale. When you walk in you’re told everything must go at rock bottom prices. But what you’re actually getting are even higher prices at least to my knowledge. For example their Mitsubishi open box 73 inch television is on sale for $1899. The only problem with that is Fry’s is selling their 73 inch Mitsubishi television brand new and in the box for $1899. Many of the televisions marked 10% off for the sale were cheaper just two weeks ago. I actually witnessed some customers walking out of the store angry because they realized many of the items were actually marked up instead of down. So buyer beware of Circuit City’s so called liquidation sale. From my experience prices aren’t cheaper and they’re actually marked up and then down with the insignificant 10%!
WILL HISTORY SHOW HE WAS ONE OF OUR NATION’S GREATEST PRESIDENTS?
History will show that President George W. Bush was one of our nation’s greatest presidents. A moment of reflection on his presidency will provide a window into his greatness as a leader.
When President Bush took office, our economy was in recession and was hit hard by the attacks of September 11, 2001. Thanks to President Bush’s tax cuts for all Americans who pay taxes, our economy experienced a miraculous recovery. The 2008 economic challenges addressed aggressively by President Bush threatened to undermine his accomplishments, but his achievements cannot be denied.
Under President Bush, federal spending on education has increased nearly 40 percent, with record expenditures for important programs that affect minorities.
Thanks also to President Bush, we have expanded access to health care for the poor and, for the first time in our nation’s history, we now have a Medicare prescription-drug program that includes health-savings accounts and allows people to make their own health-care decisions. The funding for the ADIS initiative in Africa was increased three-fold to $15 billion, and the Malaria initiative is yielding success.
War on Terrorism
The number one duty of the President of the United States of America is to protect the American people and our way of life. President Bush has earned the respect and gratitude of our nation for his leadership and actions that have kept us safe from any further terrorist attacks since September 11, 2001.
Click here to view the complete tribute to President Bush that includes some memorable photos. Also included are tributes to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
FROM THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE BLOG PAGE!
Former City Attorney Gene Locke is tapping into some interesting resumes as he assembles a team for his all-but-official run for Houston mayor in the November election to replace term-limited Bill White.
Campaign consultant Christian Archer, who worked on White’s 2003 campaign and on successful mayoral campaigns in San Antonio and Austin, is confirmed as a future aide for Locke’s campaign.
Carolyn Campbell, a former KHOU Channel 11 reporter mentioned in a recent New York Times report about TV news stations shedding veteran staffers, will also play an off-camera role as a campaign aide, according to Locke.
We do not plan to make this space a bulletin board for every campaign hire. But Locke’s recruitment of a link to White and of a familiar media figure make the early stirrings of the contest that much more rich — while Controller Annise Parker, Councilman Peter Brown and perhaps many others put together their line-ups.
HAVE YOU SEEN JEFFREY JOHNSON?
A Houston family and the Houston Police Department need your help.
They’re hoping to track down a Houston man who’s accused of killing 45-year-old Kelvin Roberson. Police say Roberson was shot and killed Christmas Eve in front of several witnesses.
Click here to see the full video story by FOX 26’s Isiah Carey.
With that information, the department was able to get a warrant for the arrest of 25-year-old Jeffrey Daniel Johnson. But here’s the problem, HPD has not been able to track the suspect down.
So the Roberson family turned to FOX 26 for help. Snora Roberson says her nights have been filled with nightmares since her son’s murder. She’s asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of Johnson to call Crime Stoppers or the Houston Police Homicide Division.
Investigators say Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous. Roberson is survived by his fiancee and three children.
MEET ALEX LOPEZ NEGRETE!
President George W. Bush has appointed Alex López Negrete, president and CEO of Lopez Negrete Communications, the second largest independent Hispanic owned and operated agency in the country, to serve on a commission to study and report on the establishment of a National Museum dedicated to American Latinos. The Museum would document more than 500 years of American Latino contributions to the United States and be home to thousands of artifacts, images and personal stories.
The Commission to Study the Potential Creation of the National Museum of the American Latino Act of 2007 was signed into law by President Bush on May 8, 2008. The seven commission appointees named to the committee in addition to López Negrete include Ricardo Romo of Texas, Regula Haug de Cablik of Georgia, Gilberto Cardenas of Indiana, Doreen M. Colon Camacho of Puerto Rico, Dorene C. Dominguez of California, and Jose B. Fernandez of Florida.
“It is a privilege and honor to be appointed by President Bush for this important endeavor,” said López Negrete. “My entire life has been dedicated to the betterment of all Latinos and to the celebration and accurate portrayal of Latino culture in America. Our community is a vital element of our heritage and culture in this country. A National Museum dedicated to our role in the United States not only makes sense, but it is an idea whose time has come. Needless to say, I look forward to working diligently and serving alongside my very distinguished fellow appointees.”
According to The National Museum of the American Latino website, the Commission will be responsible for conducting a national conference to bring stakeholders, experts, policymakers and other interested parties together to discuss the Museum’s viability, a fundraising plan to create an extensive public-private partnership, and, ultimately, submit a report to Congress.
López Negrete is the sole marketer to be appointed to The National Museum of the American Latino Commission. He was also appointed by President George W. Bush in March 2002 to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on which he has served since.
For more information on The National Museum of the American Latino log onto http://www.americanlatinomuseum.org/
WILL YOU VISIT IT?
An all-nude strip club, billed as the largest in Texas, shimmied past a series of city inspections to open in Dallas as planned Thursday. On Wednesday, city officials had told owners of the XTC Cabaret that they could not open without a valid certificate of occupancy. But the club’s owners hustled and passed the previously failed health, plumbing and electrical inspections needed to gain the occupancy certificate, city officials said. At 25,000-square-foot, the two-story club is about 10,000 square feet larger than the next clothing-free contender in Texas, XTC’s
CEO Eric Langan told The Dallas Morning News. The club includes skyboxes and plasma TV screens for watching sports.
IT’S $5 MILLION DOLLARS AND NO POST DATED CHECKS PLEASE!
Television networks paid more than $5 million for exclusive rights to show events surrounding President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration, including Sunday’s Lincoln Memorial
concert and the Neighborhood Ball where Beyonce will serenade the new first couple.
Nearly half the money, $2.5 million, will be paid by HBO. The cable network is showing Sunday’s concert — featuring U2, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and others — live and will repeat it that night. Obama’s inaugural committee said the Walt Disney Co. is paying $2 million to show the Neighborhood Ball on ABC and for a kids’ concert Monday on The Disney Channel. MTV is paying $650,000 for a Youth Ball that will be shown worldwide. The committee said it made the deals to ensure as many people as possible could enjoy the events for free.
AT LEAST WE KNOW THE NAME OF THE SONG!
Beyonce has revealed the song she plans to serenade the Obamas with in their first dance as America’s first couple — and no, she won’t be telling the president to “put a ring on it.”
She will sing the Etta James classic “At Last.” Beyonce portrayed the blues great in the recent film “Cadillac Records” and sings the song in that movie. Beyonce will sing to the Obamas at the Neighborhood Ball Tuesday night. In a statement, Beyonce said: “I am so honored that I will be
performing for President Obama and the first lady. To sing `At Last’ while they have their first dance is a dream come true. I could not be more honored and excited that they have asked me to be part of this moment in history.” It was revealed on Thursday that Beyonce would be serenading the Obamas at the event. But the song choice was not revealed by the
Presidential Inaugural Committee. “It is our hope that we can keep the song secret until the
moment,” said spokeswoman Linda Douglass. But Beyonce decided to spill the beans herself Friday. Maybe it reflects her excitement: A day after Obama’s victory, Beyonce giddily offered to do anything the Obamas needed at the inauguration during an interview. Beyonce, along with husband Jay-Z, were Obama supporters and went out to campaign for him during the election.
MEET ME THERE OR BE SQUARE!
Just go to the left side of the blog and give yourself a user name and let’s get to talking. Hope to see you then. Subject: Whatever is on your mind!
Note: The Insite is not always in the chatroom but because I leave the computer on sometimes it shows I’m in there. Forgive that technical issue!
BORRIS MILES CLEARED – FOUND NOT GUILTY!
A Harris County jury has found former state representative Borris Miles not guilty of charges that accused him of pointing a gun during two holiday parties in 2007.
Miles was charged with two counts of deadly conduct.
In closing arguments earlier this afternoon, Rusty Hardin, Miles’ attorney, said leading members of Houston’s African-American business community orchestrated a campaign to unseat Miles and ruin his insurance business by lying about what happened.
“These people, who had an incredible motive to lie, did in fact, lie to you,” said Hardin, Miles’ attorney. “What’s happening here is a disgrace.”
Prosecutors said that believing all of the witnesses conspired is ridiculous.
“Do you think all of these people want to come down here and talk about this?” Assistant District Attorney Jon Stephenson asked jurors.
“Of course not. It’s ridiculous.”
Miles was accused of showing a small gun to former Texas Southern University Board of Regents chair Willard Jackson and his wife, Kym Jackson, during a December 2007 Rockets game at a crowded lounge in the Toyota Center.
The Jacksons said Miles dropped the gun in Kym Jackson’s purse. The couple said they went into a private suite, dumped out the purse and Miles took it back. He then waved the gun around and put it to his own head, the couple testified.
MEET JIMMIE L. DOTSON!
The new Chief of the HISD Police Department is a familiar name in local law enforcement. Jimmie L. Dotson served in the Houston Police Department from 1974 to 1997 working his way up to Executive Assistant Chief of Police.
He became Chief of the police department in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1997. He returned home to the Houston area in 2004 and served as a consultant on law enforcement issues, including the development of a comprehensive law enforcement management plan for The Woodlands.
Chief Dotson takes the helm of the HISD Police Department on February 2. He will be introduced today during the Board of Education meeting which begins at 5:00 pm in the board auditorium of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400West 18th, 77092)
HISD Superintendent Dr. Abelardo Saavedra said, “Chief Dotson brings a wealth of law enforcement experience to the district and is already well known and respected by the local law enforcement community. That is extremely important in building upon the relationships and partnerships we have with area law enforcement agencies.”
Chief Dotson said, “I am eager to begin this new chapter in my career. From a policing perspective, there may be no better way to impact the future of Houston than to lead the agency responsible for the security of our schools. By providing a safe and secure learning environment we enhance the opportunities for our children to succeed.”
The HISD Police Department is the only nationally accredited school district police department in the country. It is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
CALIFORNIA POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH MURDER!
A white former transit officer in Oakland, Calif., has been charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man. Johannes Mehserle was arrested two days ago in Nevada. He’s charged with shooting Oscar Grant as he was lying face down on a train platform in Oakland. The shooting sparked a series of violent street protests. It also has heated up long-standing tension between law enforcement authorities and African-American residents. The shooting of Grant was captured on cell phone video which really outraged the community because it shows the victim already on the ground when officer Mehserle pulls the trigger killing the man!