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WHAT ARE THEY MAKING IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION?

122 STAFFERS MAKE OVER $100,000!

Top-level staff members of the Obama White House earn the same amount as their predecessors in the Bush administration, according to a report submitted to Congress Wednesday. The president announced the pay freeze on his first full day in office for White House employees earning more than $100,000.

The report, which a 1994 law requires be submitted annually to Senate and House oversight committees, shows 487 employees on the White House personnel list. Of those, 455 are employed directly by the White House, while an additional 32 are so-called “detailees” on loan from other federal agencies.

Among the actual employees, 122 staffers earn more than $100,000 annually, compared to 125 employees in the final year of the Bush administration. Twenty-two Obama White House staffers make the top possible salary of $172,200, compared to 18 employees who made that amount in the Bush White House.

Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and press secretary Robert Gibbs both make the top amount, as did their Bush counterparts Joshua Bolten and Dana Perino. Other top Obama aides who earn the maximum salary are senior adviser David Axelrod, White House Counsel Gregory Craig, communications director Anita Dunn, speechwriting director Jonathan Favreau, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, National Security Adviser James Jones, and National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers.

The highest-paid White House staff member is Public Health Policy Director David Marcozzi, who earns $192,934. However, as a detailee from the Department of Health and Human Services, his salary is not paid directly by the White House.

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DEFYING THE ODDS IN DOWNTOWN HOUSTON!

SAM PINK BELIEVES A RED CAT BRINGS GOOD LUCK!

Just before the Superbowl was scheduled to land in Houston 5 years ago there was a huge boom in nightclubs opening in the downtown area. There was a party place for just about everyone at least until 2 in the morning.

But as the big game passed and the NBA All Star competition saw it’s last lay up only a few years later many of the hip new nightclubs disappeared. If you walk along the rail line on Main street downtown you’ll see a string of signs indicating another bar or club has bit the dust.
If you venture near the end of Main and make a left on Congress you’ll see a business that has survived. It’s the Red Cat Jazz Cafe’. The owner is Sam Pink. I ran into him a few days ago and I asked how he defied the odds. Pink says with a lot of help from up above. Pink says, “I’ve seen more than 50 clubs come and go.” But somehow the Red Cat with its adult atmosphere still survives.
One could ask what is the secret of the Red Cat. We all know a black cat means nothing but bad luck. In Pink’s case a Red cat means survival in downtown Houston. He says he tries to remain consistent. Pink says remaining true and committed to his clientele may also be the key. His crowd includes those who are only seeking adult music with a mirrored atmosphere.
With that the Red Cat survives and thrives while others disappear. Have you been to Red Cat lately and why do you think it still endures? The Insite would like to hear your opinion!
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MORE THAN THE TABLOIDS CAN DREAM OF!

WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST STORY YOU’VE HEARD SO FAR ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON!

If you’re in your local grocery store make sure you take a look at the tabloid magazine section. Every publication as expected has Michael Jackson on the cover. The death of the superstar has the cheap rags on a field day. One even proclaims to have found the real Billie Jean. And Ms. Jean says she happens to be the real mother of Michael’s kids. Jackson was likely the greatest show on earth but by the time these papers are done he will be the greatest freak show one could witness. Have you seen the tabloids just yet? What has been the most outlandish story you’ve read so far about Jackson!
Note: That’s the hand of a little boy about 8 reaching to read one of the magazines at Walmart!