I GUESS YOU CAN’T SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT!

ADVERTISERS ARE PULLING OUT OF HIS NATIONAL TV SHOW!

Some of the nation’s biggest advertisers are distancing themselves from Fox News host Glenn Beck after he called President Obama a racist during a July 28 broadcast.

Geico has pulled its ads from Fox News Channel’s “The Glenn Beck Program.” Lawyers.com, which is owned by LexisNexis, also has vowed not to advertise during the program, according to Color of Change, an African-American online political organization that has been urging advertisers to stop supporting the show.

Additionally, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance and SC Johnson all said their ad placements during the broadcast were made in error and that they would correct the mistake.

The controversy stems from Beck’s comment that President Obama is a “racist” with “a deep-seated hatred for white people.”

Geico spent more than a half-billion dollars on ads last year, according to the Nielsen Co. It spent more than a quarter-billion dollars in the first half of 2009.

A Fox representative noted that Geico is dropping its ads from the show but was quick to note that it was shifting dollars to other programs. “The advertisers referenced have all moved their spots from Beck to other programs on the network, so there has been no revenue lost,” the rep said.

Beck’s show pulled in an average of slightly more than 2 million viewers for each of its 19 telecasts in July, according to Nielsen.

Progressive Insurance representative Cristy Cote said that there has been a lot of confusion surrounding the company’s involvement with the program. “We had not bought advertising on the show in the first place,” she said, “so when we learned that our advertising had appeared on the show by mistake, we contacted the network to correct the error.”

She said Progressive tries to “avoid programing that we believe our customers and potential customers might find extremely offensive.”

A Procter & Gamble representative echoed that sentiment: “At times our ads are run by mistake on shows that they were not meant to … Any of our ads that ran did so by mistake, and we’ll try to make sure that doesn’t happen in the future.”

MICHAEL VICK GETS A SECOND CHANCE AT FOOTBALL!

HAS HE PAID HIS DEBT TO SOCIETY?

Michael Vick is back in the NFL — and the Philadelphia Eagles have him. His agent is confirming that Vick has signed on with the Eagles on a reported two-year deal. Vick has not played in the NFL since 2006. The former Atlanta Falcons star was convicted in August, 2007 of conspiracy and running a dogfighting operation. He was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison and was suspended indefinitely by the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’) conditionally lifted Vick’s suspension last month, allowing him to sign with a team. Since then, Vick has been exploring his options.

THE TEST DRIVE THAT GOES WRONG, I THINK!

YOU’RE CHOKING ME WITH THAT BENZO!

I was driving in front of a local Mercedes Benz dealership when a C-Class was pulling out. It appeared to have a salesman inside with a potential customer. No sooner than the baby Benz hit Weslayan it was putting out more smoke than a chimney on Christmas eve. I’ve taken this route several times. I’ve also noticed in most cases the test drivers always hop on the Southwest Freeway. But this car with its trail of smoke made an immediate left on a nearby street instead of hitting the highway. I’m sure that car was taken back to the lot. That’s if it was a test drive. It could’ve been just a repair that wasn’t quite done. Who knows but that car was smoking!

WHY IS THE FIRE DEPARTMENT BLOCKING PUBLIC DISCLOSURE?

THE ADMINISTRATION IS NOT RELEASING WHAT HAPPENED AT STATION 54!


It was nearly a month ago when I made a simple request to the Houston Fire Department. I wanted to know if there were widespread problems at station 54. It’s where two female fire fighters say they found racist grafitti scrawled on the walls. I sent a letter (open records request) to Fire Chief Phil Boriskie, Assistant Chief Rick Flanagan, and communications specialist Alicia White asking for any incident reports or documented investigations at the facility. Nearly a month later I got a letter from the City Attorney’s office saying they don’t want to release anything that happened at station 54. Essentially, they want to keep it a secret. The question is why? This comes after several Houston fire fighters have come forward in recent days to say they did not witness any racial or sexist incidents in the department. The release of all investigatory reports from station 54 would only give credibility to their claims if records show nothing happened. But for some reason those in charge at the fire department don’t believe reporters or the public should have access to what has transpired in the past at station 54. My question is why? Is there a pattern of incidents that give credibility to the female fire fighters? If not we can at least insure the public these are isolated incidents and the department is on top of it!

DID YOU WRITE ALL OF THIS STUFF ON THE WALLS?

ATTORNEY: THEY’RE TRYING TO PIN THIS ON MY CLIENT!

Houston investigators will essentially ask one of the alleged victims of racism and sexism to prove she didn’t do it today. Jane Draycott is scheduled to take a handwriting analysis with the Office of Inspector General according to her attorney. The investigators are trying to determine if she wrote the word ‘die bitch’ and ‘nigger lover’ in the female dorm at station 54 back on July 7th. Draycott and Paula Keyes, both female fire fighters at the Houston Fire Department, say they discovered the graffiti when they arrived at the station that morning. Draycott has long been the focus of the probe because she arrived at work early that day. However, her attorney Joseph Ahmad says his client has passed an independent polygraph and she is totally Innocent. Ahmad says this is the department and others attempting to frame her for her own alleged victimization!

TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS OUTSIDE TODAY!


Heat Safety Tips from The Houston Fire Department

With a heat advisory in effect for the Houston area and an increase of tempature related EMS calls, the Houston Fire Department stresses the importance of taking safety measures when outdoors to avoid heat related medical emergencies.

  • Before conducting outdoors activities and feeling thirsty , drink plenty of water and electrolyte-replacement beverages.
  • Avoid beverages or food sources with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar
    because these can actually result in the loss of body fluid.
  • Conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when it is cooler.
  • Individuals unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment need to start
    slowly and gradually increase heat exposure over several weeks.
  • Take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility.
  • A wide-brimmed, loose-fitting hat that allows ventilation helps prevent sunburn and
    heat-related emergencies. A tight-fitting baseball cap is not the best choice when
    conducting strenuous outdoors activities. Sunscreen also helps protect injury from the sun’s rays and reduces the risk of sunburn.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of
    perspiration. Do not leave children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle.

    For additional summer safety tips, please visit the HFD website atwww.houstonfire.org

Statistics

The Houston Fire Department responded to the following number calls for tempature related EMS events:

July 1 – August 1, 2007 = 71 events
July 1 – August 1, 2008 = 109 events
July 1 – August 1, 2009 = 155 events

LOVELL SAYS SOME OF HER BIGGEST SUPPORTERS ARE BLACK!

LOVELL: I DEEPLY APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT OF THESE LEADERS!

Today the Sue Lovell Campaign released a list of prominent African American community leaders who have endorsed her campaign for re-election to Houston City Council At-Large Position 2.

“One of the best things about serving at-large is the honor of representing every community in every corner of Houston,” said Lovell. “I deeply appreciate the support of these leaders and their work in making Houston better for all of us.”

The Rev. Dr. William A. Lawson, founding Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, said: “I endorsed Sue Lovell in 2005 and she has far exceeded my expectations. Sue is getting the job done for our families, for our economy and for our entire city. I’m voting for Sue Lovell in November and ask every Houstonian to join me.”

Shondra E. Wygal, President Emeritus, Texas Young Democrats, added: “Sue Lovell gets results. In these tough times, Sue helped pass a city budget that protects vital services and adds more police officers to the force without raising taxes. That’s the leadership we need at City Hall.”

Lovell said her campaign is continuing to reach out to the African American community and every community in Houston: “We are working hard,” said Lovell. “I am so honored that more and more Houstonians are joining our campaign every day.”


ANNISE PARKER’S PLAN TO KEEP YOU SAFE IN HOUSTON!

IS THIS A START TO A SAFER CITY?

Annise Parker today outlined for Houstonians the tough decisions and smart choices she will make as Mayor to keep our children, families and communities safe.

“Safe Streets, Tough Choices” is Annise’s plan for 21st century policing in Houston.

“My goal as Mayor is to make sure we have the best trained, best equipped and best paid police officers in the state and a department that engages the community as a respected partner in keeping all Houstonians safe,” Annise said.

With Houston spending 59 cents out of every dollar in its General Fund on public safety—with $675 million going to the Police Department alone—the city must do the most with the dollars it has. Annise’s 12 years of leadership at City Hall as a City Councilmember and as City Controller have prepared her for that challenge.

  • Annise will protect the Police Department’s budget in this economic downturn

Annise will not repeat the mistake made in the 1980s when the City closed the Police Academy; it took years to recover. As Mayor, Annise will do all she can to maintain and, if possible, increase HPD’s budget.

  • Annise will add more police officers to the force

Annise is committed to a full schedule of police cadet classes and putting more officers on the streets through overtime and recruiting civilians for clerical and technical jobs.

  • Annise will appoint a police chief who is an innovative thinker and who has the respect of the officers, along with a deep knowledge of the community

Annise wants a chief who is a good manager and who is willing to rethink traditional policing methods and employ cutting-edge technology. She will choose that person from among the many qualified officers currently in HPD.

  • Annise will direct her police chief to initiate a top-to-bottom management review process

Annise will work with her chief to evaluate the department on a regular basis, including creating an internal management review team.

For the full text of Annise’s “Safe Streets, Tough Choices,” please visit her website at www.anniseparker.com or download a copy by clicking here .

THE INSITE’S VACATION DESTINATION!

WHERE DID YOU OR WHERE WILL YOU GO FOR YOUR SUMMER BREAK?

This is where I’m headed for a short break beginning Thursday. Can you guess what city this is? I promised myself I will have a good time and leave work behind. Where are you going or where did you go for your summer break?

GIVE YOUR KIDS ONE MORE THING TO DO BEFORE THE SUMMER IS OVER!

INTRODUCING THE PRO-STARS YOUTH CAMP RIGHT HERE IN HOUSTON!

Pro-Stars Youth Camp
hosted by All-Pro Sports Training Academy
Location: St. John’s Methodist Knowles -Rowland Center for Youth
Dates: August 8, 2009 & August 22, 2009
Time: 8a.m.- 1 p.m.
Cost: $50.00
Ages: 12-18yrs
Register online at www.allprosportstraining.org

GOVERNOR PERRY PAINTED AS GAY BY WEB DESIGNER!

DO YOU THINK THE SENATOR WAS APART OF THIS CAMPAIGN?

Add a new item to the long list of political shenanigans that backfire once discovered. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) has decided to run for Texas governor against incumbent Rick Perry, and her new campaign website contained hidden text that read “rick perry gay.” The resulting flap led to the firing of the Web development firm involved, drew heated responses from Perry’s office, and (perhaps worst of all) saw Hutchison’s campaign website yanked from Google’s search index.

Texas newspapers uncovered the hidden text last week. The “rick perry gay” reference was one of only thousands of phrases tucked into the source code for Hutchison’s site, apparently to help draw search engine traffic.

Hutchison’s campaign initially told the Austin American-Statesman that “a vendor sold them on a tool that generates the phrases hourly or less in an attempt to divine the most frequent Web searches made by individuals who search online using one or all of the terms ‘Rick Perry,’ ‘Kay Bailey Hutchison’ and ‘Texas’”—and plenty of people search for “rick perry gay.”

The tool was allegedly used to help make banner ad buying decision, said the campaign, a claim that makes little sense on its face. Why would such a list be inserted in the website’s source code unless the goal was to draw search traffic to the site?

Whatever the reason for it, the Hutchison campaign blamed the vendor who developed the site and removed the Perry reference. On July 30, Google removed the campaign’s site from its search index as a penalty for using more than 2,000 hidden terms. Yahoo then followed suit.

The campaign then announced that it was firing its Web design firm. It also redirected the original standbykay.com to texans.forkay.com.

Rick Perry’s campaign then sent us an e-mail crowing about the situation, saying, “It is reassuring that Google and Yahoo had the sense to ban Sen. Hutchison’s attempt at more anonymous dirty tricks and under-handed black hat tactics. This is remarkable third-party validation that Sen. Hutchison is taking the low road in a campaign that should be about the issues. We look forward to the senator breaking her embarrassed silence with an apology to Gov. Perry.”

While the issue will no doubt blow over like a Texas rain shower, it could have longer-term consequences for the site vendor, the nonpartisan ElectionMall. The DC-based firm builds and manages websites, mailing lists, and online stores, but stuffing your website with thousands of search terms and getting a candidate temp-banned from Yahoo and Google doesn’t look good on the old résumé.

WILL CITY CONTROLLER CANDIDATE RONALD GREEN FACE SOME ORCHESTRATED OPPOSITION WEDNESDAY?

IS SOMEONE OUT TO POLITICALLY DESTROY TWO HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS?

The Insite received this insider information from a very reliable source. It indicates a Houston City Council member has plans to disrupt the endorsement of one of their colleagues. Here’s what I’ve been told: Councilman Ronald Green will likely get the endorsement of the Gay Caucus for Houston City Controller. Green is running for the citywide position against Pam Holm and MJ Khan. Both are also council members. But I hear another undisclosed council member wants another colleague other than Green to get the position. That person will likely try to block the seal of approval being handed out by the GC. Here’s the email I received. See if you can fill in the blanks!


Get ready for tomorrow night Isiah. The Gay Caucus meets to issue their endorsements and XXXXXXXXX has XXX little minions trying to block an endorsement of Ronald Green for Controller…XXX is escorting XXXXXXXXX Republican, around. Then XXX little minions, many of them indebted to XXX for jobs and food, are going to try and block an endorsement of Jolanda Jones. Isn’t it interesting how two years ago, money was funneled thru the caucus to pay for help for XXXXXX and XXXXX because of XXXX (XXX sycophant getting paid of course) and now XXX is trying to destroy XXX and it’s XXX people, the same who worked for Jolanda, who are carrying the water.

Have you figured out who the players are yet? The Insite would like to hear your opinion on this matter!