THE NEW CHIEF OF THE TEXAS RANGERS!

ANTONIO LEAL IS THE FIRST HISPANIC TO LEAD THE ORGANIZATION!

Antonio “Tony” Leal has been named chief of the Texas Ranger Division, becoming the first Hispanic to lead the elite crime-fighting force.

“Tony Leal is a 24-year veteran of DPS and brings the experience and leadership skills needed to guide the Texas Rangers in the coming years,” said interim DPS Director Stanley E. Clark. “He is the first Hispanic and the youngest person ever named chief of the Texas Ranger Division.”

Leal, 44, was born in Sugarland and raised in the Fort Bend County area. He began his career with DPS in June 1984. He started as a Highway Patrol trooper in Stafford and Rosenberg and then moved to San Antonio as a Highway Patrol sergeant, before promoting to the Texas Rangers in 1994.

His Ranger duty stations included assignments in Liberty, Seguin and San Antonio, where he was part of the Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team. Leal promoted to lieutenant in 2002 and was stationed in Austin. In 2005, he promoted to captain of Company A in Houston, overseeing 20 Texas Rangers responsible for 30 counties. His appointment to Ranger chief took effect December 10.

“My dream as a young man was to become a Texas Highway Patrolman, and I never imagined becoming a Texas Ranger, much less the Texas Ranger chief,” said Leal, who will also carry the rank of Senior Ranger Captain. “I appreciate the confidence and support of the Directors and the Commission. It is my goal to continue to uphold the Ranger tradition, while moving ahead with the goals of the Department as a whole.”

The Rangers specialize in investigating felony crimes such as murder, white-collar crime and public corruption. The Texas Rangers are one of the six major divisions that make up DPS, along with the Highway Patrol, Criminal Law Enforcement, Driver License, Emergency Management and Administration divisions. The Ranger Division includes 160 people, including 134 Texas Rangers.

WOODFILL: BILL WHITE IS FULL OF HIMSELF!

Some Harris County Republicans are already sharpening their teeth for the man who wants to be the U.S. Senator from Texas.

Jared Woodfill, chair of the Harris County GOP, says there is no way Democrat Mayor of Houston Bill White could win the Senate seat currently held by Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Hutchison is expected to campaign for Governor of Texas in the Republican primary against incumbent Rick Perry. Woodfill says White has two major problems — he is too liberal and is not known outside the city of Houston. Woodfill’s comments come just one day after White announced his run for Senate.

White says he does not take part in partisan politics and he is going to run a grassroots campaign by pulling together support from both major political parties. But Woodfill says if Barack Obama could not win in Texas, what makes White think he can win a statewide election.

Woodfill went on to say Mayor White maybe “full of himself” if he thinks he can pull off a victory in a “red” state. Woodfill also tells The Insite that there are just under a half-dozen Republicans who have already thrown their names in the Senate hat.

SOME HOUSTON CITY OFFICIALS TO GRADUATE THIS WEEK!

TAKING THEIR EDUCATION TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

Congratulations to a small group of city leaders who decided to take their education to the next level. The Insite confirms former city council member Carol Alvarado, Councilman Ronald Green, Deputy Chief of Staff Terence Fontaine and General Services Director Issa Dadoush are graduating this Friday from the University of Houston. They all entered the school’s MBA program together with a goal of improving their own credentials. Green is already an attorney and the others all carry undergraduate degrees but felt the MBA would take them to the next level. The Insite hears Mayor Bill White will deliver a speech at the graduation scheduled this Friday at the University of Houston. Start time is 6pm at the Cullen Performance Hall.

SOME SAY BERNIE MADOFF’S SCHEME COULD BE BIGGER THAN ENRON!

HE ADMITTED HE CREATED THE PHONY INVESTMENT SCHEME THAT’S NOW LOST BILLIONS FOR INVESTORS!

A Wall Street powerbroker for nearly 50 years who built an influential firm has confessed to a massive fraud scam that will cost investors at least $50 billion, federal authorities say.

Bernard L. Madoff, 70, facing a single count of securities fraud, declined to speak with reporters after a federal magistrate judge in U.S. District Court in Manhattan ordered him released Thursday night on $10 million bail.

Andrew M. Calamari, associate director of enforcement in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s New York office, said the SEC had filed a civil securities fraud charge as well and was alleging “a stunning fraud that appears to be of epic proportions.”

The SEC said it was seeking emergency relief for investors, including an asset freeze and the appointment of a receiver for the firm. A hearing was scheduled for Friday.

If the allegations contained in a criminal complaint are true, it may be the largest fraud ever blamed on a single individual. Nearly all of the allegations stem from an FBI agent’s recounting of what Madoff told two FBI agents and three senior employees of his firm, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

It would be a steep fall for Madoff, a former Nasdaq stock market chairman who founded his business in 1960 with $5,000 he earned in part working as a lifeguard on Long Island beaches.
His firm was a market maker, handling trades in some of the largest securities on various stock exchanges, matching buyers and sellers. Investigators say Madoff’s crime originated in a separate and secretive investment-advising business that served between 11 and 25 clients and had a total of about $17.1 billion in assets under management.

Stephen A. Weiss, a lawyer for several dozen investors, said there are many more investors. He said he “personally spoke with over 30 investors” who are believed to have invested more than $1 billion with Madoff.

The criminal complaint signed by FBI Agent Theodore Cacioppi said Madoff told at least three senior employees at his Manhattan apartment Wednesday that the investment adviser business was a fraud and had been insolvent for years, losing at least $50 billion.

Madoff told the employees he was “finished,” that he had “absolutely nothing,” that “it’s all just one big lie” and it was “basically, a giant (pyramid) scheme,” according to the complaint filed in court.
The employees understood Madoff’s admission to mean that “he had for years been paying returns to certain investors out of the principal received from other, different, investors,” said the complaint, which did not identify the investors impacted by the scam.

Cacioppi said one of the employees told him that Madoff was “cryptic” about the firm’s investment advisory business and kept its financial statements locked up. The FBI agent said another employee told him that Madoff last week said clients had asked for about $7 billion in redemptions and he was struggling to meet those obligations but thought he could do so.

Cacioppi said two senior Madoff employees told him that Madoff said during the Wednesday meeting that he planned to surrender to authorities in a week but first wanted to distribute $200 million to $300 million he had left to certain selected employees, family and friends.

Cacioppi said he and another FBI agent arrived Thursday at Madoff’s apartment, where Madoff invited them in and acknowledged knowing why they were there.

JARVIS JOHNSON’S WINTER WONDERLAND COMING SOON!

A BIG DAY FOR THE KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY!

On Thursday, December 18, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston, Council Member Johnson will host his 3rd Annual Winter Wonderland Christmas for Underprivileged youth.

Winter Wonderland will be a fun-filled day of ice-skating in the park, horse trolley rides, snow-man making contest, gifts and entertainment. In order to give these students a white Christmas, Council Member Johnson is bringing in over 50,000 pounds of snow to Discovery Green Park.

A total of 20 schools from District B will each bring 25 students to enjoy this extraordinary event. The criterion for student selection was based on students with the most improved academic record. “By rewarding the academic success of the most improved students, it is my expectation that other students will strive harder next year to achieve the same success,” stated Council Member Johnson.

Council Member Jarvis Johnson will be available for interviews in his Santa Suit as he gives away over 1200 toys!!

THE MOST WANTED TEACHER CAPTURED!

JOE CATES HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF THE STREETS!

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Fugitive Unit has located and arrested one of Texas’ Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. The fugitive, a former science teacher who committed indecent sexual conduct with three child victims, went into hiding in 2006 after failing a polygraph examination while out on parole.

“This fugitive sex offender went to drastic measures – including faking his own death – to evade capture by law enforcement,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Last week’s arrest reflects a concerted, tireless investigative effort by the Fugitive Unit. Thanks to their hard work and the assistance we received from the New Mexico State Police, this dangerous fugitive is back behind bars where he belongs.”

In 2003 in Collin County, Joe Wayne Cates, 51, was found guilty of multiple counts of indecency with a child and was required to register as a sex offender. After failing a polygraph examination, he was found to be in violation of terms of his parole and a warrant for his arrest was issued. Cates went into hiding on Sept. 5, 2006, and a second arrest warrant was issued for failure to register as a sex offender. Cates was added to the list of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives on Sept. 11, 2008.

Investigators with the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Fugitive Unit in Fort Worth discovered information which led authorities to his location in Sandia Park, N.M., last Friday. OAG Fugitive Unit investigators located Cates at his place of employment, where he was arrested.

The Fugitive Unit has arrested 532 parole violators since its inception in 2003.

SOME CRITICIZE THE WAY THE MAYOR KICKED OFF HIS RUN FOR US SENATE!

DO YOU THINK ANNOUNCING HIS CAMPAIGN ONLINE WITH A TAPED MESSAGE WAS THE THING TO DO?

There was a lot of buzz around City Hall Monday as Mayor Bill White prepared to announce his campaign for the US Senate online. People were pretty excited about the political run. But there were also some people very close to the Mayor who criticized the way the announcement was being made and the timing. The Insite heard Mayor White wanted to hold off on his announcement because of Chris Bell’s run for State Senate. Sources say Bell’s people didn’t want attention taken away from his now unsuccessful bid for the legislative position. As a result of that, the Insite heard the Mayor put off a 2pm email notification on Tuesday to supporters. He’s reportedly going to do it Wednesday morning. Those who are handling the Mayor’s campaign are also being criticized for allowing the Mayor to make his announcement online instead at a press conference. Supporters say White is running out of time and needs to throw his name in the hat as soon as possible. I asked Mayor White why he decided to use the Internet to announce instead of that press conference format. The three term Mayor said he wanted to reach as many people as possible at one time. He said the Internet was the format he chose for that. But here’s the catch, without an announcement to the media no one would know his campaign kicked off online. Critics of the Mayor’s handlers in the campaign are also wondering why they wanted him to make the announcement online with that taped message and then allow him to hop on a plane out of the city. But that flight out was briefly interrupted after several members of the news media got wind and camped out in the basement at City Hall. The Mayor then talked about the run briefly as he was leaving for the flight to the Valley but promised to reveal more Wednesday. Those close to White say they wish the campaign launch could’ve been handled a whole lot better. One even described the execution of the announcement with an expletive…Hey, it’s just what people told the Insite!

CHAMILLIONAIRE TO HEAD THE MLK PARADE!

THE FIRST TIME A RAPPER HAS BEEN GIVEN THIS HONOR!

In honor of both his career achievements, and his contributions to the community and the City of Houston, Platinum Grammy Award-winning rap artist, Chamillionaire, has been chosen as Co-Grand Marshal of the 15th Annual MLK Grande Parade – Houston; the nations largest MLK Day celebration. This is the first time such an honor has been given to a Hip Hop artist. Additionally, transportation for the State and City elected officials participating in the parade will be provided by Chamillionaire’s well-known custom car shop, Fly Rydes.

The MLK Parade Foundation – Houston will host its 15Th Annual MLK Grande Parade – Houston on Monday, January 19, 2009 in Downtown-Houston beginning at 10:00AM and will be kicked-off by a Military Flyover. The parade’s theme, “The Color of Unity”, will emphasize cultural diversity and will feature more than thirty (30) award-winning marching bands from across the nation.

The 2009 MLK Grande Parade will be lead by The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Marching Band – Cherry Point, N.C., The Divine Land Marching Band (Chinese) – Southern United States, The University Of Houston “Cougar” Marching Band and The Willowridge High School “Mighty Eagle” Marching Band.

The Honorees for the 15Th Annual MLK Grande Parade – Houston will be recognized for their commitments to excellence in community service and will include public servants U.S. Congresswoman, Sheila Jackson-Lee and Houston City Council Member, Peter Brown.

The Co-Grand Marshals for the 15th Annual MLK Grande Parade – Houston are Platinum Grammy Award-winner, Chamillionaire, local businessman/philanthropist, Douglas M. Horn and Publisher/ Motivational Speaker, Dr. Anthony Taylor. The 2009 MLK Grande Parade will consist of more than 25,000 Parade participants and will have a duration of three (3) hours along a 1.5 Mi Parade route. The 15Th Annual MLK Grande Parade – Houston is expected to attract more than 300,000 spectators from around the country.

For more information on all upcoming MLK Holiday Events, visit us online @ www.mlkgrandeparade.org

THE PARTY KING MEETS MORRIS CHESTNUT!

ALL ACCESS INSIDE THE CLUB!


















By: Kalele ‘Party King’ Thumbutu – The Party King found a new place to party on Sunday nights and Blvd 610 is the spot!!!! The same super group of promoters that bring the city Prestige Saturdays at Zula are now bringing the City Love Sundays. Candy Shaw, Kurt Augomo, Damon Gims and Tavares White teamed up to make sure that your weekend is complete and bring to you this new Sunday night hot spot which is perfect for party goers that are not quite ready for the weekend to end. This past Sunday served as the Pre Screening after party for the movie “Not Easily Broken “starring Morris Chestnut, Taraji Henson, Kevin Hart, and Wood Harris. Morris Chestnut hosted this edition of Love Sundays and the ladies loved every minute of it. DJ La Rose kept the crowd moving by playing the perfect blend of music all night long. The Party King is definitely glad to see that there is a new place to party on Sunday nights and wishes the group of promoters continued success.

A MESSAGE FROM HARRIS COUNTY GOP CHAIR JARED WOODFILL!

HUFFMAN TAKES HOME THE GOLD!

Joan Huffman easily vanquished perennial candidate Chris Bell in the Special Runoff Election in State Senate District 17. She led early voting by a 2-1 margin and never looked back, cruising to a win with 56% of the vote.We offer our congratulations to Joan Huffman on her well-run campaign as she protected our Republican majority in the Texas Senate. We want to thank all the people who worked to get Joan elected, including those who worked at the HCRP phone bank and participated in block walks and all the other events that made this campaign a success. We also thank all the folks who came from other SD’s to help us keep SD 17 Republican.

Signed,

Jared Woodfill
Harris County Republican Party

HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STOPPED BELIEVING IN SANTA CLAUS?

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE EASTER BUNNY AND THE TOOTH FAIRY?

I just confronted my Mother and said she should be charged with a crime. She allowed me to believe in Santa Claus until middle school. There was a group of kids in the 6th grade at Glasgow Middle Magnet School who shattered my world and told me it wasn’t true. When I got home Dollie, my Mother, tried to convince me the kids were crazy and Santa really did exist. I could still swear on a stack of bibles today I truly believed I saw Santa Claus at the age of 8 flying along Maximillian street in Baton Rouge on a sleigh. When my world of Santa was shattered that meant I had to stop believing in the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Boy, I sure could’ve used those Susan B. Anthony silver dollars in middle school. Until like the age of 10 I thought storks actually delivered kids to parents. I was truly nieve for quite some time. But looking back, I think it made my kidhood that much more fun. I think my parents enjoyed this little dumb kid who believed Santa would slide down his chimney. Kids these days stop beilieving in Santa Claus at the age of what – 5. When did you stop believing there was a Santa Claus? The Insite would like to hear if anyone else out there was as gullible as I was as a kid!

MADD HATTA DOING SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL FOR THE KIDS!

THERE WILL EVEN BE A VISIT FROM JOLLY OLD SAINT NICK!

Hip Hop stations are always looking for an appropriate way to reach out to the children in their community but Morning Show Host, Madd Hatta, and the higher-ups at 97.9 The Box routinely come up with perfect ways to do just that. Reminiscent of his Hatta’s 100’s community outreach effort, where he requested school-aged males send him letters about how they planned to ‘keep it 100′ during the upcoming school year and awarded the most deserving 100 kids a Suit Mart shopping trip for their first day of school, Madd Hatta has this time requested parents write in and send a brief letter about their child that talks about why that child should be one of Hatta’s Elves. The reward is that child’s participation in 97.9’s annual Hatta’s Elves private Christmas party. Beginning Monday, December 15th and continuing through Friday, December 19th, the most deserving children will be selected at the rate of 100 per day; 500 children ages 7 – 12 in total. The party, which is being held at Houston’s original Dave & Buster’s location (6010 Richmond @ Fountainview), will feature a visit from Santa himself, free breakfast and fun and games sponsored by Dave & Busters, a live performance by DJ Unk and the chance to win a multitude of sponsor-donated prizes. Each attending child will also be allowed one free visit to the Houston Children’s Museum.”I look forward to Hatta’s Elves each year.” shares Madd Hatta. “This year is the biggest ever with 500 kids, tons of prizes and a lot of fun. I hope it’s one of the Holiday moments each kid remembers for a long time to come.”The Madd Hatta Morning Show will broadcast live from the event which takes place on Tuesday, December 23rd from 7 – 10AM.