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BRADFORD MAKES HIS NEXT POLITICAL MOVE!

HE’S RUNNING FOR RONALD GREEN’S OLD SEAT!

Less than four months after losing a close race for Harris County district attorney, former Houston Police Chief C.O. Bradford is running for an at-large seat on the City Council.

Bradford is aiming for the at-large Position 4 seat being vacated by Ronald Green, who is running for controller. Other candidates for the council job include Noel Freeman, an administrator for the city engineer. The election is Nov. 3, and candidates have until late September to sign up.

Bradford, a lawyer and security consultant, indicated in a written statement Wednesday that he is launching his second candidacy within two years because he wants to serve the public again.

“It is certainly an honor to serve in the public sector. Making a difference for the greater good of all is a tremendous reward,” he said. “As Houston moves forward, we must get better prepared to deal with issues such as public safety, budget restraints, critical infrastructure repairs, representation via council redistricting and many others.”

With about 1 million votes cast in the race for district attorney in November, Bradford, the Democratic nominee, lost by about 5,000 votes to Republican Pat Lykos.

Bradford served as police chief from 1997 to 2003, when he retired amid a series of controversies, including errors and faked results by police crime lab personnel.

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THE PLAN TO KEEP IMMIGRANT FAMILIES FROM LIVING IN FEAR!

DO YOU SUPPORT THIS EFFORT ACROSS THE COUNTRY?

Faith leaders from across the country will come together this Thursday, just days after 160 prayer vigils took place nationwide, to call for immigration renewal and action and announce plans for faith community Congressional visits. The press call and events are part of a national movement to mobilize people of faith and call on President Obama and Members of Congress to enact humane immigration reform.
Leaders will urge the Administration to bring humanity and compassion back into the public dialogue. Immigrant families and workers are living in a state of fear, constantly worrying about the next raid that would rip parents and children apart, or how the increasing anti-immigrant sentiment will impact their families. Now is the time to restore dignity and respect to all families and communities.

WHAT
: Faith Leaders Join Thousands of People of Faith from Over 150 Prayer Events to Call for Immigration Renewal and Action

WHO
: Rev. Loren McGrail, Lyndale United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, MN
Rev. Simon Bautista, Latino Missioner, Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC
Dahlia Wood, National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section, Dallas, TX
Kate Kooyman, Congregational Justice Mobilizer, Christian Reformed Church in North America, Grand Rapids, MI
Remziya Suleyman, Policy Coordinator, Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, Nashville, TN

WHEN
: Thursday, February 26 at 1:00 pm ET

DIAL-IN
: 866-952-1908 CODE: 7FAITH

More than 160 prayer vigils took place across the country as part of a growing national movement of faith acting on the pressing moral issue of immigration in America. People of faith are calling on President Obama and Members of Congress to show the moral courage needed to lead on immigration.

AT LEAST SLIM THUG DIDN’T STEAL MY RETIREMENT AND WALK OFF WITH MY WHOLE FINANCIAL FUTURE!

SLIM THUG VERSUS THE WELL RESPECTED IN OUR COMMUNITY!

I recently read a comment on the Insite left by a self righteous reader. That reader basically chastised anyone who happens to associate with a rapper. Specifically, the anonymous reader was referring to Houston rapper Slim Thug. He or she essentially said they wouldn’t want to be associated with him. I thought about the comment as I approved it. Then I realized this reader is probably a person who would rather be associated with someone who is well educated, rich, respected in the community, and on every ‘A’ list in town. Then I thought about all the people who would’ve made it on that list at some point. The list is pretty exclusive and long: Ken Lay, Bernie Maddoff, Sir Allen Stanford, Jeffrey Skilling, Paul Greenwood, Stephen Walsh, Andrew Fastow and the list goes on. At one point all these were very well respected people in various communities. Men millions of people in some form of fashion looked up to and adored. These are also the men who have been found guilty or are currently accused of making a plum fool out of those who trusted them. Then I realized I’d probably prefer being friends with Slim Thug who may have used the ‘F’ and ‘N’ word in a song but he didn’t steal my retirement and walked way with my entire financial future. Just a thought from The Insite!

The original comment:

Anonymous Anonymous said…

The problem with our nation….embracing a guy who embraces being a “thug”…hmmmmm

7:56 PM

HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS STOLEN FROM INVESTORS AGAIN!

THE PEOPLE YOU TRUST WITH YOUR MONEY!

Lev L. Dassin, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Joseph M. Demarest, Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York Field Division, announced today that Paul Greenwood, 61, of North Salem, N.Y., and Stephen Walsh, 64, of Sands Point, N.Y., were arrested this morning on conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud charges.

According to a three-count complaint unsealed today in Manhattan federal court, from at least 1996 through February 2009, Greenwood and Walsh ran a fraudulent commodities trading and investment advisory scheme using an entity they controlled called WG Trading Investors. Through a marketer, Greenwood and Walsh solicited investor funds on the understanding that they would invest the funds in a program called “enhanced stock indexing,” which they represented was a conservative trading strategy that had outperformed the results of the S&P 500 Index for more than 10 years.

Several institutional investors – including charitable and university foundations, retirement and pension plans and others – invested more than $668 million through WG Trading Investors, receiving in exchange promissory notes issued by WG Trading Investors that the defendants represented would pay interest at a rate equal to the investment returns earned by the enhanced stock indexing strategy.

Contrary to their representations to their investors, Greenwood and Walsh are alleged to have misappropriated the majority of the investor funds. Among other things, Greenwood is alleged to have used the funds to purchase expensive collectible items and horses, as well as for other personal expenditures. Walsh is alleged to have misappropriated investor funds for himself, and to have made large cash payments to his ex-wife.

Both Greenwood and Walsh executed promissory notes in favor of WG Investors with respect to the investor funds they misappropriated and to conceal trading losses. These promissory notes totaled approximately $293 million for Greenwood and approximately $261 million for Walsh.

In February 2009, the National Futures Association (NFA) conducted an audit of WG Investors and related entities. In the audit, the NFA discovered that of approximately $812 million purportedly on the books of WG Investors, more than $794 million was booked as receivables due from Greenwood and Walsh and investments in entities that they controlled.

The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Greenwood and Walsh surrendered this morning to the FBI and are expected to be presented today before United States Magistrate Judge Douglas F. Eaton in Manhattan federal court.

Greenwood and Walsh are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud, one count of securities fraud, and one count of wire fraud. The conspiracy count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The securities fraud count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5 million, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The wire fraud count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.

Mr. Dassin praised the investigative work of the FBI in this case, and thanked the Securities and Exchange Commission, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the NFA for their assistance. He added that the investigation is continuing.

DON’T MISS THE HABJ BIG GALA AGAIN THIS YEAR, YOU’RE ALL INVITED!

AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE HOUSTON ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS!


Dear HABJ Members and Friends,

Have you heard the exciting news?
World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman, CBS Correspondent Byron Pitts, KTRK ABC 13 Anchor Melanie Lawson and best-selling author Reshonda Tate Billingsley will help create a magical evening hosted by the Houston Association of Black Journalists.
On Friday, April 3, 2009, HABJ will hold the 23rd Anniversary Awards Dinner to celebrate some of the best and brightest in the media industry, while raising money to help aspiring journalists pursue a college education.
Dinner chairs Melinda Spaulding of KRIV FOX 26, Kim Davis of KPRC Local 2 and Gene Norman of KHOU-TV, Channel 11, are busy planning every exciting detail.
Working together – we can make this year’s dinner a huge success! Thanks in advance for your help and hard work.

Sincerely,
Mary Benton / HABJ President

P.S.,
Monday, March 2 – Next Dinner Committee Meeting at KRIV Fox 26 Studios,

7 p.m.
Monday, March 9 – Next Membership Meeting at KIAH-TV Channel 39


INSITE COOK OF THE WEEK: MIYA SHAY!

SHE’S DOING MORE THAN JUST KICKING DOWN DOORS FOR THE SCOOP!

I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted some food cooked by ace street reporter Miya Shay of KTRK-TV. She baked up these cool and elaborate finger foods for a birthday party last weekend. When I ran into her she asked me to try some. Now, when I think of Miya, I think of a very busy professional woman who doesn’t have much time for the kitchen. I imagine her kicking down doors to get the scoop then heading to some fancy restaurant to eat for dinner after work. So, when I accepted her offer to sample her food I didn’t expect much. But after eating some of the fancy edibles I was surprised and all of them were great. DELICIOUS! I even went back for more. The only problem, I just can’t seem to remember the name of the hors d’oeuvres. Way to go Miya and with your skills you become the Insite Cook of The Week!

RACISM AT THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO?

SHOULD THERE BE MORE DIVERSITY AT THE RODEO OR IS TRADITION JUST TRADITION?

The Hispanic and African American communities are protesting the lack of diversity within the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. A press conference is scheduled for Friday, February 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the Harris County Administration Building located at 1001 Preston. Everyone is welcome to support the cause.

A protest at Reliant Stadium is scheduled for Friday, March 13, at 5:00 pm. The performer for that evening will be Clint Black.

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo was established in 1931 and has used government facilities since 1938. Millions of tax dollars have been used to create venues and provide year-round office space for the rodeo. For this reason, leaders from both communities feel the rodeo should be inclusive of all communities.

At the press conference, the following issues will be addressed:

1. Board Members

There are 320 board members at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, of which 233 are voting board members and only 7 are minorities. The process of becoming a board member is dependent on being a big donor, serving on the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Committee for decades, or being recommended by the executive board members. There are many minorities that have volunteered for the rodeo for decades, yet they have never been recommended to serve as board members.

2. Board Executives

There are 42 executives on the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo board, which includes 17 vice-presidents. Of the 42, there is only one minority. By the way, the rodeo will consistently show him in the press to show they are diverse. Why don’t they show the other 41 executives on television?

3. Full-Time Employees

There are 90+ full-time employees at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. There are only 7 minorities, which are groundskeepers and other low level employees. The rodeo executives have consistently hid the salaries of employees for their own benefit. They do not wish to show anyone their hefty 6-figure salaries. The rodeo is a non-profit organization using government property. There should be no reason to hide these facts.

4. Scholarships

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo will bring in approximately $120 million in 2009 and yet it only has committed to award $11 million in scholarships, which amounts to 9% of the total funds collected. An organization that claims to be all about scholarships is really a money-making machine for those in leadership positions.

5. Concerts

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo has 20 concerts per year. One day is dedicated to Hispanics and one day is dedicated to African-Americans. Are we to celebrate this?

6. Contracts

This year approximately $50 million will be awarded in contracts by the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Has anyone seen a Request for Proposals distributed to the community? I didn’t think so. There is no process in place to ensure minority contractors and vendors have a fair opportunity to bid on any of the contracts associated with the rodeo. It is the good ole boy network at its best.

7. Pay Parity

The average attendance for the concerts at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is 55,000 a concert. Go Tejano Day (now called Hispanic Heritage Day) averages almost 70,000. Go Tejano Day has consistently broken attendance records throughout the years and yet the artist performing on that day have consistently been paid much less than their counterparts. The average pay for a performer for each performance is between $750,000 and $1,000,000. Little Joe, a Tejano music legend, was paid $40,000 for a concert.

8. Open Records

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo has consistently avoided being transparent to the citizens of Harris County. Basic information has been requested year after year and every time we are given excuses. What is there to hide?

9. Selection of Artists

The selection of entertainers is done by Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo executives with no input from the Go Tejano Committee or the Black Heritage Committee. I guess this executive committee knows it all.

THEY’VE INDICTED A TEXAS MAN FOR SENDING THAT WHITE POWDER IN THE MAIL!

MICHAEL JUREK HAS BEEN INDICTED!

A federal grand jury in Amarillo returned an indictment today charging Richard Goyette, a/k/a Michael Jurek, 47, with one count of threats and false information and 64 counts of threats and hoaxes, announced acting U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Goyette has been in federal custody since his arrest on February 2, 2009, on a charge outlined in a federal criminal complaint related to his mailing 65 threatening letters to financial institutions from Amarillo in October 2008.
The indictment alleges that on October 18, 2008, Goyette mailed a letter to the attention of Jamie Dimon at JP Morgan Chase & Company, at 270 Park Avenue in New York, that contained threats of bombing and killing people at the JP Morgan Chase & Company’s corporate headquarters within six months. The criminal complaint filed in the case stated that the threat in this letter included the threat of “McVeighing of your corporate headquarters within six months.” This letter also threatened to “utilize any strategy and tactic to inflict financial damage to your company.”
The indictment further alleges that Goyette mailed 64 letters to 52 various locations of Chase Bank; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) offices in Arlington, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Dallas, Texas; and Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) offices in Chicago, Illinois; Daly City, California; Jersey City, New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; and Irving, Texas. Each of these letters contained an unknown white powder and the threat that the person breathing the powder would die within 10 days.

SHOULD THE FEDERAL JUDGE BE IMPEACHED?

ONE CONGRESSMAN THINKS SO!

A ranking congressional judiciary committee Republican said Tuesday he will call for the impeachment of U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent, who pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice this week.

U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said Tuesday that once Kent has been sentenced he will introduce a resolution to impeach the 59-year-old jurist who is seeking to retire with full pay. Kent is scheduled to be sentenced in May. Prosecutors have asked he serve three years in prison.

“Felons don’t belong on the bench or in Congress,” said Sensenbrenner, a former chairman of the House judiciary committee.

The congressman called it outrageous that Kent is asking to retire under a disability exception so he can keep collecting a federal paycheck for the rest of his life.

“Nobody should be paid by the taxpayers for sitting in jail and not hearing a case,” he said. “And if his honor wishes to avoid the embarrassment and expense of impeachment, he should resign.”

Federal district judges are appointed for life. When they retire at 65 — or earlier, if disabled — they continue to receive the same pay as their retirement benefits. Judges lose these privileges only if they resign or are impeached.

Sensenbrenner said another federal judge, Walter Nixon of Mississippi, was sent to prison for tax evasion. Nixon, who refused to resign, was disbarred and still tried to retake the bench before being impeached.

He worries that Kent could retire on disability, then claim he was cured after a prison term and try to retake the bench, too.

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SLIM THUG PREPARES FOR NEW ALBUM AND MIXTAPE!

PLUS HE’S GOOD FRIENDS WITH MARY BENTON!

As Slim Thug‘s single, the Jim Jonsin produced I Runapproaches 2,000 spins and counting and his video enjoys national rotation on MTV2 (debuted at #15 on Sucka Free) and BET (#8 on 106 & Park countdown), the “boss of all bosses” is getting ready to hit the road on a 24 city promo tour, dropping another bangin’ mixtape along the way. I Represent This Pt. 2; 10 Years Later, a play on the title of Slim’s very first mixtape, I Represent This, is packed with 28 reasons why Slim Thug has been able to stay in the game for the last 10 years and includes features from H-town favorites Trae Tha Truth andChamillionaire. This will be followed by the March 24th release of his album, Boss of All Bosses on E1 Music (formerly Koch Records.)

WANT TO HEAR IT: Slim Thug I Run clean – http://latiument.com/slimthug/irun_clean.zip

BORDER PATROL AGENT ACCUSED OF SMUGGLING ILLEGALS INTO THE COUNTRY: ARE YOU SHOCKED?

IF THE BORDER PATROL IS IN ON IT THEN WHO’S LEFT?

Sergio Lopez Hernandez, 40, a Brownsville Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspector was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday Feb. 18, 2009 , according to a sealed 11-count indictment that was partially unsealed yesterday by U.S. Magistrate John R. Froeschner, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Hernandez was arrested on Jan. 28, 2009 , and appeared the following day before U.S. Magistrate Felix Recio who ordered him detained without bond. 

Count one charges that from July 2008 to on or about Jan. 28, 2009 , Hernandez and others did knowingly and willfully conspire to bring illegal aliens to the U.S. and transport them in furtherance of their illegal presence in the United States . They are also charged with bringing an illegal alien to the United States (counts four through six) and transporting and moving an illegal alien within the United States (counts two and three) from near Los Indios, Texas, to near Brownsville, Texas, for commercial advantage and private financial gain. As a public official, that is, an officer with the Department of Homeland Security-CBP, Hernandez corruptly demanded, sought, received and accepted a thing of value to influence an official act – to allow an illegal alien to enter the United States . The bribery charges in counts seven through nine charge Hernandez with accepting in excess of $150,000. Hernandez is further charged in counts 10-11 with Francisco Mejia-Fajardo of knowingly and intentionally conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute approximately 15 kilograms of cocaine on Jan. 28, 2009 .

The Indictment also gives notice seeking the forfeiture of certain vehicles used in the commission of the offenses and the forfeiture of $85,250 seized from Hernandez Jan. 28, 2009 .

Counts one through three of the indictment are each punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000, while counts four through six are each punishable by imprisonment for not less than three nor more than 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000. Counts seven through nine are each punishable by imprisonment for up to 15 years and a fine of up to $250,000. Counts 10-11 are each punishable by imprisonment of not less than 10 years up to life and a fine of up to $4,000,000.

The case was investigated by Brownsville FBI agents and Harlingen Customs and Border Protection Office Of Professional Responsibility.