FOX 26 has learned a veteran Houston Police officer was found dead Friday afternoon in Tomball, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Tomball Police say officers discovered a man’s body in a car parked outside Tomball Regional Medical Center. Police sources say the victim is a 25-year-veteran of the Houston Police Department.
Tomball investigators say the man suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. A gun was found inside the car.
Ironically, the officer’s death came on the same day FBI agents were serving a search warrant on aim during the course of a child pornography investigation. A spokeswoman for the bureau said she could not confirm nor deny agents were investigating the officer prior to his death. Other sources say HPD Internal Affairs had also begun an investigation into the officer. HPD spokesman John Cannon could only confirm two homicide investigators were sent to the scene in Tomball. The officer’s name has not been released. Neighbors say he was married with adult children.
Two sheep were burned to death after a flicked cigarette ignited a fire inside the trailer in which they were being transported.
A Convington family going to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was heading southbound on Higwhay 288 near Reed Road when someone inside a passing 18-wheeler flicked a cigarette out the window, officials said. The cigarette landed in the family’s trailer, which was carrying two sheep and a ram.
The hay caught fire, burning the two sheep to death. However, the ram survived.
A rodeo official said the animals were headed to an auxillary facility for a health examination before they were to be shown at the rodeo.
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009, 6:57 AM
It’s not enough that those of us who work for a living provide you and yours (YEAH, I MEAN the minorities …Mexicans in particular!) with their very existence here in this State and City…i.e., food, clothing and shelter, not to mention EDUCATION and MEDICAL CARE (which by the way is bankrupting this state and Nation!)
YOU have the NERVE to gripe and complain at the urging of the Jackson-Lee’s and Quanell X’s (does that ‘X’ stand for 10??) around Houston…YOU have the gall to literally BITE the hand that has been feeding you and those like
As a HIGH taxpayer let me say this: GO AWAY!! WE do not NEED you nor want to hear from you!
A concerned citizen
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009, 1:33 PM
Why don’t you go to Mexico and start your own RODEO. Keep your Liberal hands and nose out of the most successful, best entertainment in Houston.**************************
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009, 12:03 PM
Most Black Acts shows are not clean enough for my children.
My Wife Is Spanish and She Ask Me “Does The Agents For The Spanish Entertainers not Know How To Negotiate their Contracts.” If They Work Cheap, That’s Not The Shows Fault.**************************
Date: Monday, March 2, 2009, 9:20 AM
A large majority of African Americans and Hispanics are always wanting a hand out. Be it free medical care welfare or higher education. The Asian community is really a minority in the Houston Area and it is rare if ever they stand around and protest. They do the right thing and make something of themselves, not ask others to give them hand out.
I also am curious as to why you feel there is not enough minority representation in the world. A minority is less than the majority. HLSR gears the venue for a majority with consideration of the minority. What makes you think it would be profitable or able to do what they do if they geared this show to the minority? If you are pleasing less people then you will make less money because the majority will not come. It really is simple marketing and mathematics. Give the people what they want, if you do not like it then you do not have to go.**************************
Subject: Re: A PUBLIC MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO
Date: Monday, March 2, 2009, 10:30 AM
EVERYONE SUMMITS BIDS THE SAME…PERHAPS IF YOUR PEOPLE SPOKE ENGLISH AND SUBMITTED THEM IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE THEY MIGHT BE ACCEPTED… WHY DON’T YOU SPEND YOUR TIME TEACHING YOUR PEOPLE HOW TO SPEAK OUR LANGUAGE…WE LIVE IN HOUSTON TEXAS SPEAK OUR LANGUAGE
YES IS GIVES ME INSIGHT….SAME OLD THING DIFERENT DAY…YOU PEOPLE WANT SOMETHING FOR NOTHING…YOU TAKE AND TAKE AND TAKE AWAY FROM OUR GOD GIVNE RIGHTS, YOU TAKE OPPERTUNITIUES THAT YOU HAVEN’T EARNED, YOU KEEP YOU JAND OUT AND TAKE AWAY FROM MY CHILDREN…I SAY ENOUGH OF YOUR BULLSHIT…START YOUR OWN DAMN RODEO AND LEAVE US ENGLISH SPEAKING TAX PAYING HARD WORKING AMERICAN CITIZENS THE HELL ALONE….I’D RETHINK THAT PROTEST YOU HAVE SCHEDULED …..THERE’S ALOT A PISSED OFF ANGLOS OUT HERE JUST WAITING TO LET THEIR VOICES BE HEARD! BUT THANKS FOR YOUR EMAIL YOU IDIOT!**************************
Subject: Houston Livestock show
Date: Monday, March 2, 2009, 10:37 AM
Why don’t you go get a job and start your own rodeo? I’m really sick and tired of you fricken Mexicans wanting everything that all the rest of us have worked for for years to make great. Start out with getting your own people to obey the laws and pay taxes. Keep them from sending there non english speaking kids to school on the tax payers dime. And keep them from having babies and using the hospitals for free. Then we will talk about you interfering with a rodeo that has done good things for people for years.**************************
Subject: RE: Rodeo Protest Scheduled for March 13
Date: Monday, March 2, 2009, 11:31 AM I have an idea! Go have your own rodeo in MEXICO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Subject: You are right
Date: Monday, March 2, 2009, 2:05 PM
In answer to your accusations against the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
I believe you are correct to be proud of your heritage and I am extremely proud of mine. I know if I did not like it here in Texas, USA I would go back to the place of my ancestry.
So may I suggest you and your followers get out of Texas and head south. I understand everyday is Mexican Heritage Day!
Subject: Go back to Mexico
Date: Monday, March 2, 2009, 1:49 PM
Go back to Mexico.
Subject: Houston Livestock show and Rodeo
Date: Monday, March 2, 2009, 12:48 PM
I find that if your ethnic background of people or the Hispanic community wanted to be a part of the rodeo they would be able to do that by paying their membership dues and volunteering their time just as anyone else out there on the rodeo committee does at this point.
Maybe if the Hispanic community would find something better to do with their time, they could be part of a great organization that I belong. They should learn to volunteer their time and not take from others for something they have not worked for. I find that you as an individual just want to make a name for yourself and this seems to be a way for you to do it. Why don’t you find another organization to pick on? Also if you look into the back grounds of what is required you will see that it takes for someone to graduate from school with a certain standard of grades. If I recall your Hispanic community is the ones that are listed on the highest drop out rates of none graduating. You all have to practically pick these children up yourselves just to get them to school and get the just barely passing to graduate. Maybe as a community you should be teaching them better morals and discipline.**************************
Subject: Diversity Protest at HLSR March 13
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009, 4:13 PM
I – along with the rest of the Caucasian population all over the USA – are SICK of and DISGUSTED by the whining, crying and accusations from Hispanics and Blacks to have more opportunity and freebees and handouts and charity and welfare. All of you are living in a self-defeating irresponsible world of entitlement. Also — Blacks are NOT African-Americans unless they were born in Africa and moved here. They are BLACK or NEGRO, if they care to be singled out for their race. But if they and you were true AMERICANS you would choose to be called just that – AMERICANS. Do you see white people demanding to be called CAUCASIAN or WHITE?? No! We’re AMERICANS. Period.
Michael Richards makes his point, and I agree with him 200%:
“Someone finally said it. How many are actually paying attention to this?
There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, etc. And then there are just Americans. You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction. You call me ‘White Boy,’ ‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’ ‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman’… and that’s OK. But when I call you Beaner, Taco Flaco, Nigger, Kike, Towel head, Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey, Gook or Chink20.. You call me a racist.
You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you… so why are the ghettos and barrios the most dangerous places to live?
You have LULAC, the National Hispanic Professional Organization, the United Negro College Fund, The League of Mexican American Women, The Mexican American Adult Basketball League. You have Martin Luther King Day. Dia De Los Muertos. You have Black History Month. You have Cesar Chavez Day. You have Cinco de Mayo. You have Yom Hashoah. You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi. You have the NAACP. You have to BET – If we had WET (White Entertainment Television), we’d be racists. If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists. If we had White History Month, we’d be racists. If we had any organization for only whites to ‘advance’ OUR lives, we’d be racists. We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce, and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce. Wonder who pays for that??
A white woman could not be in the Miss Black American pageant, but any color can be in the Miss America pageant. If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships… You know we’d be racists. There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US . Yet if there were ‘White colleges’, that would be a racist college.
In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights. If we marched for our race and rights, you would call us racists. You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists. You rob us, carjack us and shoot at us. But, when a white police officer shoots a Hispanic or black gang member or beats up a black or Hispanic drug dealer running from the law and posing a threat to society, you call him a
I am proud to be white. But you call me a racist. Why is it that only whites can be racists??”
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is taking Capitol Hill by storm. Councilmember Wanda Adams is among the 1200 members who have convened in Washington, D.C. for Delta Days at the Capital. Adams, a member of Delta’s National Social Action Commission, spoke at a seminar regarding Blacks and Wall Street. She was also a featured presenter at the “Running for Office” seminar where she was among such distinguished guest as Former Louisiana State Senator Diana Bajoie, the Honorable Lottie Shackelford, former Mayor of Little Rock and former Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee and Dr. Bobbie Richardson of North Carolina. In addition to storming the Capitol, the members of DST experienced the worse snowstorm on the East Coast in the past 10 years. In the sea of red worn by members of the sorority, the beautiful white snow complimented their fashion sense to provided the signature colors that members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority are known for – red and white.
This year the sorority celebrates the 20th anniversary of Delta Days at the Nation’s Capital. With 1200 women sharing their concerns with their members of Congress, their voices cannot be denied on Capitol Hill. Others members from the Houston area in attendance at Delta Days include Gwendolyn Grant, Southwest Regional Director, Jacqueline Blossom, Dr. Lillian Poats, Sharon Stephens, Dr. Sharvelle Jones, Dr. Sheila Jenkins, Monica Brown and Erica Fowler.
Councilmember Wanda Adams and a delegation of DST members met with Congressman Al Green who addressed their concerns regarding the stimulus package and other issues pertinent to the district. Adams, as well as the Southwest Regional Director Gwendolyn Grant and Brittney Bass, the Southwest Regional Representative and the others in their entourage were the guests of Congressman Green at the exclusive Congressional Members’ Only dining room. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee also met briefly with the Houston delegation. The capital city just won’t be the same after its visit from the dynamic ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Strasburger & Price, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Judge Levi J. Benton to its Houston office. After almost 10 years on the bench of the 215th District Court of Harris County, Judge Benton joins Strasburger as a Partner in its Specialty Litigation group. “As a former judge, I know Strasburger has among the best business trial lawyers and advisers in the state. I am very happy to join the team,” commented Judge Benton.
Judge Benton’s distinguished career on the bench began in 1999 with his appointment by Governor George W. Bush. He spent nine years presiding over civil cases ranging from complex commercial disputes to straightforward personal injury matters. In 2004, Judge Benton was named “Trial Judge of the Year” by the Texas Association of Trial & Appellate Specialists and in 2005 was named the “Best Civil Trial Judge” by the Houston Press. Judge Benton continues his role as a member of the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee, upon which he has served since 2003.
“Judge Benton’s reputation, standing, and legal insight are well known in our community. Our clients will surely benefit from his perspective and experience on the bench, and we are proud to call him our Partner,” said Partner-In-Charge of Strasburger’s Houston Office, Betsy Kamin.
Judge Benton received his J.D. in 1992 from South Texas College of Law, and graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University – Kingsville, in 1980. His practice will focus on commercial and governmental litigation.
By Jonathan Alter Newsweek
Rush Limbaugh, the man who did more than anyone else to create the modern Republican brand in the 1990s, is now destroying it. Everyone knows he has “jumped the shark” culturally—become a black-shirted joke even as he dominates the headlines. But it’s worse than that for Republicans. Limbaugh has taken the great GOP calling card—toughness—and shredded it. The party of Lincoln is in danger of becoming the party of Jell-O.
Witness the specter of party leaders from Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey to South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to Republican Party chairman Michael Steele all issuing craven apologies to Limbaugh after uttering the truth, which is that Rush’s rhetoric is “ugly” and that he was wrong to say he hoped President Obama would fail. The monster the GOP collectively created—Rush’s “dittohead” army of conservative listeners—makes life miserable for anyone who dares criticize the Great Bloviator. By enforcing right-wing political correctness, the dittoheads are making their party leaders look weak.
Strength, of course, has been the great, well, strength of the GOP. Starting with reactionary vitriol directed at the New Deal (echoed today) and extending through the Cold War, Republicans have long had the advantage of looking and sounding more muscular than Democrats. For most of the last century, conservatives have been depicted as “rock-ribbed” and liberals as “whiny.”
The problem became especially acute in the 1970s, when former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Jimmy Carter was turned into a girlie man. An editor jokingly entitled a Boston Globe editorial about Carter “More Mush From the Wimp” and it accidentally ran in the paper. This symbolized public attitudes toward liberals, and the caricature paved the way for Ronald Reagan’s 1980 victory and the 1994 GOP takeover of the House of Representatives.
Limbaugh was a key player in that takeover. For two decades, he has provided a daily three-hour national advertisement for the GOP specifically and the conservative movement in general. Because most mainstream media types in Washington and New York don’t listen, they never fully understood how big Rush had become.
But nothing lasts forever. Rush’s audience remains huge, with a weekly audience of more than 20 million, and will stay large for as long as he broadcasts. If his listeners can forgive him sending his poor housekeeper into a parking lot to score drugs for him, they will forgive anything. But these folks no long represent the American mainstream. In fact, while 28 percent of Americans still identify themselves as Republicans, 29 percent call themselves independents. Plenty of the indies might still be listening to Rush, but they don’t take their marching orders from him anymore. To them, he’s just another entertainer.
When Obama first mentioned Limbaugh in a meeting with Republicans during his second week in office, he was chastised for elevating him in a way that didn’t befit a president. But it quickly became clear that any contest between Barack and Rush was not really a contest at all—and that this is a fight the president is happy to have. The president’s popularity is in the 60s, and the entertainer’s, according to internal Democratic polling, is in the 20s. So Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs are now piling on, describing Limbaugh as the “intellectual force” and “de facto chairman” of the party.
It works. And it will keep on working until enough Republicans grow a spine. When they show enough guts to ignore the thousands of calls and e-mails from dittoheads, maybe they’ll get their party—and their self-respect—back.
A Houston surgeon says former first lady Barbara Bush is making “an excellent recovery” today from heart surgery to repair her aortic valve. The 83-year-old Mrs. Bush is expected to be released from the intensive care unit at The Methodist Hospital on Saturday. Dr. Gerald Lawrie says the -wife- of former President George H.W. Bush had heart surgery yesterday morning. The surgeon says Mrs. Bush awakened earlier than most patients do after undergoing the “very routine procedure” and started joking with the doctors. She must stay in the hospital another week for observation. The surgery was scheduled last week after Mrs. Bush experienced a shortness of breath. An aide says President George W. Bush, who lives in Dallas, had
no immediate plans to visit his mother — but he’s in close communication with family members in Houston.
Chris Brown is charged with two felonies, including assault and making criminal threats.
In the early morning of Feb. 8, after attending a pre-Grammy party honoring Clive Davis, Brown allegedly bit and hit his girlfriend, R&B star Rihanna, who was hospitalized for the injuries. Brown turned himself in to police and made bail later that day.
A photo of a bruised Rihanna taken shortly after the alleged assault leaked onto the Internet on Feb. 19. According to multiple reports, Rihanna and Brown have reconciled.
Michael Jackson announces a series of London concerts after a long absence from the concert circuit. The BBC published pictures of bright orange posters adorned with Jackson’s profile advertising 10 shows in July. Tickets are expected to sell quickly despite concerns the 50-year-old star may not be up for a return to the spotlight. The King of Pop has been plagued by financial, legal, and medical woes for years and has not performed a major concert since 2001. His last studio album was released the same year. Jackson has sold more than 750 million albums and won 13 Grammys. “Thriller,” released in 1982, is still the best-selling album of all time. But he has appeared in public rarely since being acquitted of child molestation in California in 2005. Jackson’s gigs at the O2, which can hold up to 20,000 people, follow performances there by stars including Led Zeppelin and Prince, who played a 21-day series of shows in 2007. Britney Spears is due to play there for eight nights in June.