R. ALLEN STANFORD IS BACK IN HOUSTON!
Authorities have brought billionaire R. Allen Stanford back to Texas
to face federal charges that he ran a $7 billion scheme to defraud investors with his international banking empire. Stanford’s attorney says his client will appear in federal court Thursday.
WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE SAME-SEX COUPLES ISSUE!
A poll conducted by Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, and released Tuesday showed that about 57 percent of Texans now believe same-sex couples should receive some sort of legal recognition, whether civil unions or marriage.
“This poll shows the shifting public attitude toward the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community,” said Kris Banks, president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus. “It shows that tolerance and acceptance are becoming the norm, if they aren’t already.”
Just four years ago, an overwhelming majority in Texas passed a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions.
“It’s amazing how far we have come by being out and being politically active” Banks said. “Those who peddle in invoking fear of our community for political advantage should take notice that their bag of tricks is now empty.”
For more information on the poll, see http://www.texaslyceum.org/PollPage2009.aspx.
The Caucus is the South’s oldest organization for the civil rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. For more information, seewww.thecaucus.org.
Houston GLBT Political Caucus
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FROM GENE LOCKE TO MICHAEL BERRY TO WHO DAT?
I would like to personally thank all the friends and coworkers who came out and celebrated Isiah Carey Day. The day ended with a Happy Hour thrown by some good friends of mine. It was held in southeast Houston at a local restaurant. This was the last event of the day that began with a proclamation at Houston’s City Hall for me. Lots of people turned out to show their support. The list is long so here goes: Ruben Dominguez, Kristine Galvan, Damali Keith, Gail Brown, Susan Sullivan, Mary Benton, Carolyn Mungo, Kathryn Griffin, Illa Yc, John Guess, Ronald Green, Michael Berry, Jarvis Johnson, Gene Locke, Gary Blankenship, Smokie Phillips, Denise Hamilton, Otis Jordan, Millette Scott, Karen Howard, Carl Daniel, Don Williams, Sam Turner, Brandon Lewis, Nancy Byron, Patsy Lewis, Eric Carr, Denise Hamilton, Melinda Spaulding, Felix Chevalier, Nnete, Dana Davis, Cindy George, Judge Levi Benton, Rozzy Shorter, Pastor Alan Patterson, Katrina Brock, Ron Eldridge, Belle Padilla, and the list goes on!
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ONE’S PERSONAL SPACE!
Apparently, we had too much fun at the Isiah Carey Happy Hour on Tuesday night. Conservative talk show host Michael Berry showed way too much love to the Insite. Actually Berry is one of my good friends in Houston. He was set on getting this pose for the Insite!
WHAT SET YOU REPIN?
Houston City Councilman Ronald Green, The Insite, and talk show host Michael Berry throwing gang signs. Which gang do you think we individually belong to in Houston?
BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!
As you all know the City of Houston is giving yours truly a proclamation declaring it Isiah Carey Day on June 23, 2009. Some of my friends have come up with a happy hour that evening to celebrate. I would greatly appreciate your attendance to this event. It will be held that Tuesday evening at 2515 South Loop West – at the Pappasito’s on 610. The time is 6 – 9pm near Reliant Stadium. I hope to see you there!
DOES IT MATTER TO YOU IF YOU CAN BUY THEM?
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett issued a county disaster declaration this afternoon, banning the sale and use of all stick rockets and missiles with fins within Harris County.
With Harris County experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures and dry conditions for several weeks, Emmett said, the risk of wildfires and damage to residential and commercial property is unacceptably high and warrants the countywide ban on the specified fireworks. The judge noted that many fireworks merchants already have agreed to a voluntary ban on the sale of the items, a move Emmett praised as responsible and civic-minded.
“Public safety is my top priority in this matter, and this declaration is absolutely necessary to ensure that Harris County residents remain as safe as possible in these weather conditions,” said Emmett. “While I applaud the voluntary sales ban to which many merchants have already agreed, this declaration extends that ban not just to sales, but also to the use and transportation of these particular fireworks by anyone other than a licensed pyrotechnics expert at a permitted event.”
Emmett’s disaster declaration takes effect at midnight tonight. Under state law, the ban remains in effect for 60 hours – until noon Friday – unless extended by Gov. Rick Perry. Emmett has notified the governor’s office of the disaster declaration by telephone and letter this afternoon.
“I strongly encourage residents of Harris County to enjoy the activities leading up to the Independence Day holiday, but to do it in such a way that protects themselves, their families and their neighbors,” said Emmett.
Laws and ordinances vary within Harris County, with some jurisdictions and municipalities outlawing the use of all fireworks. Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with all related regulations before using fireworks of any kind.