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ARE YOU READY FOR THE HOUSTON TEA PARTY?

WILL THIS NATIONWIDE EFFORT SEND A MESSAGE!

It’s a Tea Party – and it’s revolutionary!!! On Tax Day, Wednesday, April 15th, at 4:00 p.m., taxpayers from across Houston and Southeast Texas will gather in downtown Houston at Jones Plaza to protest unprecedented government spending in Washington. Wednesday is the deadline for mailing federal income taxes.

Jones Plaza is located in the theater district across the street from Jones Hall, at 601 Louisiana at Capitol. The venue was changed from the earlier announced location, when interest from the public grew and more space was needed.

The Houston Tea Party Society is a non-partisan, grass-roots organization of citizen taxpayers demanding the roll-back of unprecedented spending legislation and socialist policy in Washington that threatens to erode our freedoms and put our children and grandchildren in debt for decades.

“Our commitment is to economic liberty,” said Tea Party organizer Felicia Cravens. “We’re not defined by party politics – in fact, it is Washington politics that brought us here. ‘We the people’ want Washington to start listening – and not just to the special interests!! If they don’t listen, we will find new leaders.” Our U.S. Congress:

*Voted for the $787 billion stimulus package without even reading it

*Packed $7 billion in earmarks to special interests into the ’09 Omnibus Spending Bill

*passed a budget expected to “double the publicly held national debt, to over $15 trillion”

Washington is taking our hard-earned wealth and redistributing it to others; punishing those who practice responsible financial behavior, rewarding those who do not; abandoning free market principles; and putting future generations in debt.

The Houston Tea Party website is located at http://www.houstontps.org/. The Society is planning future events, including a rally on July 4th, Independence Day.

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WAIT UNTIL THIS SUMMER BEFORE YOU BUY A PHONE!

LOOK AT WHAT’S COMING TO YOUR CELLPHONE STORE THIS YEAR!


In the market for a smartphone? Unless you desperately need one today, it’s a smart idea to wait — at least until early June. Apple, Palm, and other companies are readying new phones for summer launches. And there’s a good chance you’ll want to try out one or more of them.

- Palm (PALM) hasn’t announced when Sprint (S) will start selling the Pre, but it’s promised the phone by the end of June. We haven’t had a chance to play with one yet, but early reviews are very positive, and it should cost about what you’d expect — $200 or so with a 2-year contract.

- Apple (AAPL) will likely announce a new iPhone at its Worldwide Developers Conference on or around June 8. The new phone will probably be faster and more powerful than the current iPhone — think video, better camera, faster Internet, etc. — around the current price. (It’s possible the current iPhone will also get cheaper — perhaps $99.) New iPhones might not be available for purchase until July. But it’s worth waiting at least until Apple shows off what they’re going to offer this year. The iPhone will still probably be an AT&T (T) exclusive this year.

- RIM (RIMM) is reportedly planning to launch a new BlackBerry at Verizon (VZ) in the next few months that combines a touchscreen with a full QWERTY keyboard. This will likely be better than the BlackBerry Storm on sale at Verizon today, which has an awkward click-button screen.

- Google (GOOG) might have a new Android phone on the market this summer. T-Mobile is planning a launch event for later this month, which could be for a new Android-based phone or a new Sidekick, according to Engadget.

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CAPTAIN PHILLIPS SURVIVES HOSTAGE SITUATION!


U.S. Navy snipers fatally shot three pirates holding an American cargo-ship captain hostage after seeing that one of the pirates “had an AK-47 leveled at the captain’s back,” a military official said Sunday. The captain, who’d been held in a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean since Wednesday, was rescued uninjured, Navy Vice Adm. Bill Gortney told reporters.

Capt. Richard Phillips’ ship, the Maersk Alabama, was stormed by pirates 350 miles off Somalia on Wednesday morning. He was “resting comfortably” on the USS Boxer after his rescue Sunday night, according to the Navy.

Phillips contacted his family and received a routine medical exam after his rescue at 7:19 p.m. (12:19 p.m. ET), the Navy Central Command said. Video from aboard the Boxer showed a smiling Phillips shaking hands with Navy personnel.

“The captain is in good health. He’s showered up and in a clean set of clothes,” Gortney said in a telephone news conference from Navy Central Command in Bahrain.

In Phillips’ hometown of Underhill, Vermont, Maersk spokeswoman Alison McColl said Phillips’ wife, Andrea, had spoken to her husband by phone after his rescue.