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MAJOR MILESTONE FOR THE INSITE!

THANKS BUT NO AUTOGRAPHS PLEASE NOW THAT I’M PLATINUM!

Hey Guys,

just wanted to thank all of you readers out there. I forgot to mention this back in December (actually I didn’t notice) but the Insite hit a major milestone. We surpassed the 1 millionth significant reader here on the blog. Significant means they spent actual time on the site rather than just clicking on it and logging off. Once again, this wouldn’t have been possible without all of you and I thank you again and keep reading the Insite. Thanks but no autographs please now that I’m a platinum blogger!

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THE INSITE CONFIRMED: JOEL ALFARO WAS IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY!

WE NEED HELP FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM!

Rodney Johnson was killed 3 years ago. The shooter: a man in the country illegally. Last week, Officer Rick Slater was shot in the face while serving a warrant. Police say the shooter was in this country illegally. Now Houston city leaders are at a tipping point–they’ve had enough.

“The federal government has let us down,” Mayor Bill White said.

White is sending a 6-point letter to the Department of Homeland Security. It’s demanding more federal dollars and aid in dealing with illegal immigrants who are deported and return to Houston and later commit crimes.

“A local law enforcement agency under the law we can not deport people that is the job of the federal government and we’re calling on the federal government to do that job,” White said.

This sternness comes after a drug raid last week that left Houston Police Department’s Salter fighting for his life. Investigators say he was shot by 29-year-old Wilfido Joel Alfaro, an El Salvadorian in the country illegally.

Councilman Mike Sullivan says it took immigration 4 days to determine his status.

“They had to go back through the archives dig through paper files to find out this guy had been deported and should not be in the country,” Sullivan said.

White says the answer lies in federal dollars and the sharing of up-to-date intelligence with local police departments.

White flanked by Police Chief Harold Hurtt says Houston is not a sanctuary city and they need the help to get the illegal criminals out!

CITY LEADERS: WE NEED SOME FEDERAL DOLLARS TO DEAL WITH ILLEGALS IN HOUSTON!

WILL EXTRA MONEY SOLVE THE PROBLEM?

The City of Houston has sent out a press release (Tuesday) today that indicates Mayor Bill White and Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt will demand federal funds to address illegal immigrants who commit crimes in the city. The press conference is scheduled for 1pm at HPD headquarters in downtown Houston. This is likely tied to an earlier post here on the Insite involving the shooting of a Houston police officer just last week. I won’t jump the gun so I will wait and see if it is directly tied to the Joel Alfaro case. See below for earlier post. Will more federal dollars help stop illegals who are deported and return to this country and commit violent crimes? The Insite would like to hear your opinion on this issue!

THE DEMOCRATS PLAN TO ERECT A BILLBOARD IN RUSH’S HOMETOWN!

WILL THIS BACKFIRE ON THE DEMOCRATS?

Here’s the email spreading around the net from the Democratic Party. Will this publicity stunt work or will it backfire? You tell The Insite:
Last week, I asked if you had a message you’d like to send Rush Limbaugh. The response was overwhelming. We received tens of thousands of submissions, and we picked the top five:
“Americans didn’t vote for a Rush to failure”
“Hope and change cannot be Rush’d”
“Failure is not an option for America’s future”
“We can fix America, just don’t Rush it”
“Rush: Say yes to America”

Now, we’re putting it up for a vote. Decide which slogan Rush will see in his home town. The slogan with the most votes will be put on a billboard where Rush can’t miss it.It’s up to you to let Rush know that Americans reject his desire to see President Obama — and our country — fail.Vote for your favorite slogan now:http://www.democrats.org/rushbillboard

Thanks,
JenJen O’Malley Dillon
Executive DirectorDemocratic National Committee

THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO STANFORD HAS BEGUN!

THE FBI IS LOOKING FOR VICTIMS AND THOSE WITH INSIDER INFORMATION!

The Houston Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking information from individuals who have invested in the Stanford Financial Group (SFG) or its affiliated companies-Stanford Capital Management, the Stanford Group Company, the Stanford International Bank, the Stanford Trust Company, or the Bank of Antigua. To facilitate information gathering, the FBI has established a dedicated investor email address Stanford.group@ic.fbi.gov, and an informational telephone line (713) 693-5699.

The SFG, which provides wealth management services to customers in some 140 countries, is under FBI investigation. On February 26, 2009, its Chief Investment Officer was charged with obstructing a separate investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Details of the FBI investigation cannot be discussed at this time, as the investigation is ongoing. However, the FBI is seeking to gather additional information from investors in order to identify victims and determine the extent of any potential fraud.

In an effort to determine the scope of this matter and the amount of losses that may be involved, the Houston FBI is requesting that investors provide

  • Basic contact information (name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address)
  • Amount of investments/losses with Stanford Financial Group or affiliates
  • Whether you can verify your investments by providing the most recent statements
  • Any additional information that may be helpful

The information may be provided via a dedicated e-mail address, Stanford.group@ic.fbi.gov. If you have investigative information that may aid the criminal investigation, you may submit it by using the electronic tips form at https://tips.fbi.gov. Investors may also call (713) 693-5699 for recorded information from the Houston Victim Assistance Program. This line is for information only and at this time is unable to accept messages due to the expected call volume.

Hard copy documentation may be mailed to

FBI Victim Assistance Program

Post Office Box 924427

Houston, Texas 77292-4427

If it is determined that you are a victim, the FBI will be in touch with you. Please note that due to the expected number of responses, it may be several weeks before you are contacted.

THE DRUG SUSPECT WHO SHOT A HOUSTON COP – IS HE ILLEGAL?

IMMIGRATION SERVICES HAD A HOLD ON HIM IN 2000, HIS PRE-TRIAL SERVICES PAPERWORK INDICATES HE WASN’T A CITIZEN OF THE U.S. AND WAS BORN IN EL SALVADOR!

FOX 26 News has learned there is a multi-agency investigation into the legal status of a man who allegedly shot a police officer during a drug raid.

That man is 29-year-old Joel Alfaro. Investigators were serving a warrant on his home in east Houston when detectives say he opened fire hitting officer Rick Salter in the face.

Salter remains hospitalized in critical condition. Alfaro was killed in the shootout with officers who were serving a drug warrant on his home.

Now FOX 26 has learned Alfaro was investigated by the federal immigration service for his legal status several years ago. Court records show back in 2000 Alfaro indicated he was not a US Citizen and was born in El Salavador when he was facing charges for possession of marijuana. He was denied bond in the case because there was also a hold placed on him by then INS. The case was handled by former Judge now Congressman Ted Poe.

A spokesperson for Immigration services, Gregory Palmore, also tells FOX 26 News a deportation order was filed on Alfaro that same year. However, Palmore says immigration must now do an archive search to determine Alfaro’s exact status at the time of his death.

Frank Michel with the Mayor’s office says there will be a press conference later this week addressing this issue among others.

Meanwhile, sources tell The Insite Officer Salter is fighting for his life in the hospital and is no where near out of the woods when it comes to the injuries he sustained in the shooting.

I also had a chance to speak with a young woman who identified herself as Alforo’s wife. She says while she’s extremely hurt she has lost her husband she’s very sorry for the pain the police officer and his wife have to go through. She says it will be tough for all of them to deal with this tragedy!

GOVERNOR JINDAL LOVES GIVNG AWAY TICKETS TO SEE THE STARS!

IS THERE ENOUGH ROOM IN THAT SUITE FOR ME?

Three legislators received free tickets from Gov. Bobby Jindal last week for Britney Spears’ comeback tour concert in New Orleans. The Governor’s Office said state Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, state Rep. Nickie Monica, R-LaPlace, and state Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, received tickets to Jindal’s suite at the New Orleans Arena. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson and National Guard members also got free tickets, said Kyle Plotkin, the governor’s press secretary.

Jindal pushed last year to restrict the free tickets that lawmakers can receive. However, Morrell said the law is aimed at preventing legislators from getting freebies from lobbyists, not from the governor. Morrell said he accepted tickets in the past to attend a Hornets game with the governor’s chief of staff.

Edmonson said he took his wife and their two high school-age children to the concert.

FLASHBACK-

Times Picayune by Robert Travis Scott, (Friday February 15, 2008)

BATON ROUGE — As the Hannah Montana hit song says, “Nobody’s Perfect.”

That might be one assessment this week after revelations that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s top aide and several legislators used free tickets from the governor’s New Orleans Arena suite to treat their daughters and other relatives to the teen idol’s recent live concert, at the same time the administration is pushing a bill to prohibit free entertainment tickets to lawmakers.

Jindal Chief of Staff Timmy Teepell gave tickets to his brother’s family to attend the sold-out Jan. 26 performance of Miley Cyrus, the 15-year-old sensation known by her TV-show rock star name, Hannah Montana. Although Teepell was doing what many other state officials have done for years in using the governor’s complimentary suite tickets for the show, the freebie struck some as a poorly timed contradiction given the standards the governor is trying to set during the current legislative session on ethics.

DO YOU AGREE WITH LIFTING THE STEM CELL BAN?

WILL THIS HELP THIS HELP SCIENTIST FIND CURES?

President Barack Obama is ending former President George W. Bush’s limits on using federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research, with advisers calling the move a clear signal that science — not political ideology — will guide the administration.

SHOULD THE FORMER FIRST FAMILY BE FORCED TO TESTIFY?

A PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY, CONDOS AND A LAWSUIT!

Attorneys for former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, are fighting efforts by two condominium owners to pull the Bushes into a lawsuit questioning whether Southern Methodist University used unfair tactics to buy out owners at low prices.

The condo owners want to question the Bushes about what SMU officials told them in private meetings before SMU was selected as the site of the presidential library.

“What he’s asking for is extraordinary,” Bush’s lawyer, John H. Martin, said in a Dallas newspaper, referring to plaintiff Gary Vodicka. “He has had ample opportunity to ask others questions. He does not need to get any information from the president.”

Bush’s attorneys have until 5 p.m. Monday to file papers in state court with their arguments on why the Bushes should not have to give depositions. They are expected to cite cases in which courts have said current and former presidents should not be pulled into civil disputes.

Plaintiffs are trying to determine whether SMU officials made a pitch for the library before the university purchased the condominiums. They say the timing is important because it could show that SMU officials did not disclose information that could have affected the value of the land. Plaintiffs say they need to hear from the Bushes.

CHRON.COM: MEXICAN GANG VIOLENCE HITTING THE STREETS OF HOUSTON!

THE VICTIMS ARE STARTING TO PILE UP!

The order was clear: Kill the guy in the Astros jersey.

But in a case of mistaken identity, Jose Perez ended up dead. The intended target — the Houston-based head of a Mexican drug cartel cell pumping millions of dollars of cocaine into the city — walked away.

Perez, 27, was just a working guy, out getting dinner late on a Friday with his wife and young children at Chilos, a seafood restaurant on the Gulf Freeway.

His murder and the assassination gone awry point to the perilous presence of Mexican organized crime and how cartel violence has seeped into the city.

Arrests came in December when police and federal agents got a break in the 2006 shooting as they charted the relationship and rivalries between at least five cartel cells operating in Houston. A rogue’s gallery of about 100 names and mug shots taken at Texas jails and morgues offers a blueprint for Mexican organized crime.

Houston has long been a major staging ground for importing illegal drugs from Mexico and shipping them to the rest of the United States, but a recent Department of Justice report notes it is one of 230 cities where cartels maintain distribution networks and supply lines.

At Chilos, the real crime boss was sitting at another table, as were two spotters. The hitman waited in the parking lot for Perez to leave the restaurant.

“I just remember that guy coming up to us and he started shooting and shooting and shooting and never stopped,” said Norma Gonzalez, Perez’s widow. He was hit twice.

“I know they will pay for what they have done, maybe in the next life,” she said of Perez’s killers. “I don’t know what is going to happen to them in this life.”

FULL STORY AT: WWW.CHRON.COM

WERE YOU A GARANIMALS KID LIKE THE INSITE!

WHAT CLOTHING LINE DID YOU WEAR AS A KID?

Apparently, the Garanimals clothing line is attempting to make a comeback. This issue only comes to mind because I was walking through the newsroom at FOX 26 the other day and someone said they liked what I had on. Then another person joked and asked if it was from the Garanimals line. I laughed and remembered I was actually a Garanimals kid. You just pick the animal and the color that matched. Dollie had me in a lot of Garanimals growing up. I actually still live by the Garanimals color code as an adult. Did you ever wear Garanimals? The Insite would like to hear from you on your dress and appearance!

Here’s another comment about my dress from Facebook:

Facebook Friend: “I love your style….Do you have a stylist??? If not I would LOOOVE to add to your already suave look…”

Isiah’s response:

Isiah Carey wrote at 9:48am
I just follow the Garanimals code….color with color. As far as television clothing. FOX has a lady who tells us what not to wear on camera.