KROGER ON BUFFALO SPEEDWAY IS LIKE A NIGHTCLUB!

IT MADE ME WANT TO GO TO THE WINE SECTION AND SAY SCREW MY JOB!

I went into the Kroger on Buffalo Speedway near the Southwest Freeway Tuesday afternoon and was quite surprised. As soon as I walked through the door I heard r&b music blasting. I thought to myself this Kroger is off the chain. Then I heard people applauding. I looked up on the second floor of the ‘grocery store’ and saw a live band. That’s right a live band. The lead singer who happens to be a woman then went into her rendition of Bobby Brown’s My Perogative. I thought to myself what in the hell is going on. Then I remembered receiving an invitation about two weeks ago to the grand opening of the new HEB. Where is it located? Right across the street from the Kroger. I figure the two chains are competing for customers. On this day at the Kroger you could virtually get your lunch for free because there were so many samples being handed out to everyone. This is becoming a grocery store war. But I have to hand it to Kroger, the live band won me over. It made me want to go to the wine section, grab a bottle, pop it open and say screw my job. I’m chillin at Kroger all day long!

EVERYONE AT ONE POINT WAS TWEETING ABOUT CHAMILLIONAIRE!

HE ALSO RAISED MONEY FOR CHARITY WHILE TRENDING UP THE TWITTER CHARTS!


The tension was crazy. Grammy-award winning, Houston-based rapperChamillionaire ventured into a Twitter territory that few other hip-hop artists have entered, and those names have started with a Jay, or a Kanye or Ddddd-diddy. You know those guys. However, tonight in an incredibly strategic move Chamillionaire managed to make it to the #2 trending topic on the social network known for its micro-blogging or “tweets.” Though he didn’t stay in the #2 position long, he enjoyed the process so much he told the almost 4,000 viewers of his live stream on Justin.tv that he wanted to trend again the next day.


What makes the feat most incredible and a victory worth noting is that millions of people use Twitter and Chamillionaire managed to make a fair share of them talk or “tweet” about him through the use of (1) links to free mix-tape giveaways, (2) re-tweeted (or re-posted) information and by simply (3) engaging fans on his Twitter profile. Chamillionaire has decided to retire the Mixtape Messiah series with its final installment, Mixtape Messiah 7, telling fans that he is moving on from street mixtapes to focus on his untitled third major label album and new branding opportunities.

Mixtape Messiah 7, which became available for free download onChamillionaire.com beginning Tuesday, August 4th, will also be made available to a limited 100 lucky fans only, in hard-copy form, along with a full-color 12 panel booklet and a crisp $100 bill.

These limited edition CD’s will be autographed and the multiple ways to win them are posted on Chamillionaire.com; there are 12 options in all – (found HERE).

Fans have gone all out in their attempts to become one of the lucky few since the announcement of the contest on July 13th, with one in particular putting up a winning eBay bid of $8,400 for a copy.

One more copy will be made available for auction on eBay in the near future and all proceeds from the sales of these 2 copies will go to the Houston advocacy agency for infants and children of incarcerated parents, No More Victims, Inc. an organization to which Chamillionaire has donated his time in the past.

Visit No More Victims, Inc. for more information or to learn how you can help.

Chamillionaire is no stranger to the use of technology and social media for branding purposes. Chamillionaire was crowned the biggest selling Ringtone artist ever, with over 5 million ringtone sales, and was certified by the RIAA as the first multi-platinum Mastertone artist in history. His Myspace site has exceeded 15 million profile views, earning him over 4 million in digital sales, outselling established stars such as Nelly and T.I.

FEMALE FIRE FIGHTERS MEET WITH MAYOR BILL WHITE!

SOME BLAME THE NEWS MEDIA FOR THE BAD PUBLICITY!

Around 20 Houston female fire fighters took part in a closed door meeting with Mayor Bill White on Tuesday morning. Those fire fighters wanted to give their perspective about what’s happening in the department that’s been at the center of controversy. Some females at HFD have accused the department of being a haven for sexism and racism. While Mayor White heard more of the allegations at the meeting in the basement of City Hall he also heard some different opinions. Several female fire fighters say they’ve never experienced or seen any type of discrimination in the department. This comes just weeks after two female fire fighters found racist and sexist graffiti scrawled on the walls of station 54. Some of those attending the pow wow with Mayor White also blamed the news media for blowing the recent allegations out of proportion.

A FIRE REVEALS A DEAD BODY IN A CAR!


From The Harris County Sheriff’s Office:


On Monday, 08.03.2009, at approximately 1250 Hrs, the Houston Fire Department responded to a car fire near a Harris County Flood Control retention pond, located in the 13600 Blk. of Westpark, in west Harris County. After the fire department extinguished the fire, they discovered a badly burned unidentified body inside the vehicle. Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit were called to the scene and are conducting the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 713.967.5810 or call Crime Stoppers at 713.222.TIPS (8477)

Note: This is not the actual car!

THE INSITE IS FINDING JOBS OUT THERE!

WOULD YOU TAKE A JOB AT ANY OF THESE COMPANIES?

I have been keeping my eyes open when I’ve been out and about. I’ve noticed there are a lot of customer service jobs that are open. The latest job openings I’ve seen are at two very popular companies. One is the Whataburger chain. From the signs I’ve seen they’re hiring for all positions. Also, the big electronics store Best Buy is hiring. They have part time openings for those who are looking for work. Are these jobs you would be interested in at these popular stores? Why and why not…Leave your comments here on the blog!

WAS IT A LEMON OR TOO SUCCESSFUL?

THE INSITE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOUR OPINION ON THIS MATTER!

A local Conservative talk show host has gone on the attack mode with the clash for clunker program. That host says the rebate program designed by the federal government is a failure even though tens of thousands of Americans have hauled in their old cars to get up to $4500 in a rebate. The local man writes:


It was supposed to last until October, however, after just a week it appears all the money will be gone. The $1 billion “Cash for Clunker” program which gives up to a $4,500 subsidy to car owners who turn in their gas guzzlers for more efficient models may even get another couple billion from lawmakers this week. Mismanagement of this program demonstrates that if government can’t even manage a simple voucher program, how are they going to “fix” health care?

Take a look at the program through unbiased eyes. Was it a failure or a huge success? Was the problem the government failed to realize just how popular the program would be or was it the wrong thing to do to get gas guzzlers off the road? You be the judge!

HOUSTONIAN GOES TO SUPPORT GAMBLE AND LITTLEJOHN!

RACISM THAT LEADS TO VIOLENCE AND GRAFFITI!



On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 Kofi Taharka the newly elected National Chairman of the National Black United Front (NBUF) will be in Fort Worth, Texas at 11:00am at the Tarrant County Justice Center located at 401 W. Belknap. Chairman Taharka will join the community in support of Broderick Gamble and Silk Littlejohn. Additionally, he will be standing in solidarity with Frederick D. Haynes, III Senior Pastor at Friendship West Baptist Church and members of the E.R.A. (End Racism in Arlington) movement in their demand for justice.


Grace Head a white Arlington, Texas resident will be on trial for a hate crime after her alleged vicious assault on her neighbors, a black Arlington couple Broderick Gamble and Silk Littlejohn in December of 2007. Their home was desecrated with white supremacist/racist terroristic threats “Kill Die N….” spray painted across the garage. Subsequently, Grace Head is alleged to have sicked her Doberman Pincher on the couple and struck Silk Littlejohn in the face with a two by four.


Because of the efforts of Pastor Freddie Haynes, the E.R.A. movement members, Thomas Muhammad (Community Activist/NBUF representative) and the strength of the victimized couple over the past two years this case has not been swept under the rug. Grace Head has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

ILLEGAL SEX OFFENDERS COLLARED IN THESE UNITED STATES!

ARE YOU CONCERNED BY THIS PROBLEM?

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 25 foreign-born sex offenders in the Houston area during a five-day operation that ended Friday.

The ICE-led initiative was carried out with assistance from the sheriff’s departments of Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and the probation departments of Galveston and Brazoria counties. ICE agents and officers located and arrested 25 aliens, some of them in the United States illegally and some with legal status. Those with legal status have been convicted of one or more criminal offenses, rendering them removable from the United States.

“Everyone should be able to live a life free of sexual exploitation and abuse,” said Robert Rutt, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Houston. “ICE will not rest in its pursuit of those who physically or sexually abuse others, especially children. We remain steadfast in protecting of those who are unable to protect themselves.”

Below are descriptions of some of those arrested.

  • A 49-year-old Conroe resident and lawful permanent resident (“green card” holder) was convicted in California of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. The man repeatedly sexually assaulted his 12 and 15-year-old stepdaughters.
  • A 38-year-old Houston resident and lawful permanent resident was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The victim was his 12-year-old daughter.
  • A 21-year-old Houston man was convicted of sexual assault of a child. He sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl on two occasions.
  • A 33-year-old lawful permanent resident from Pasadena was convicted of sexual assault after he entered his estranged wife’s house as she slept with their 2-year old daughter, then dragged the woman into another room and sexually assaulted her. Another daughter was awakened by the victim’s screams and witnessed the assault.

Of those arrested, four entered the United States illegally; two entered as students but had remained beyond the expiration of their visas; and one had been lawfully admitted but had not yet obtained residency status. The remaining 18 were lawful permanent residents.

Those arrested are from the following countries: Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, Laos, Mali, Mexico, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Previous convictions were for a variety of crimes including: aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault of a child, sexual assault, online solicitation of a minor, indecency with a child, indecent exposure, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, and injury to a child. Not all of those arrested were convicted of sexual offenses involving minors; some victims were adults.

This operation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. Since Operation Predator was launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 11,600 individuals, including more than 1,090 in Texas.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com

GENE LOCKE FILES TO GET ON THE BALLOT!

WILL HE BE A PERMANENT FIXTURE AT CITY HALL!

Gene Locke today formally filed paperwork with the City Secretary’s Office to place his name on the November ballot to be Houston’s next Mayor.

Waiting for Locke outside City Hall, a large and diverse crowd of supporters whipped up a frenzy of excitement as Locke was leaving City Hall. There were chants of “Locke, Locke” as many people held up “Locke for Mayor” signs and others sported their orange “Locke for Mayor” t-shirts.

“I thank each of you for joining me today. I thank all of you for all of your work, all of your tireless hours in this campaign.” Locke told the cheering crowd. “We’ve done some great things already, but the future is so bright, and the greatness that is in front of us is awesome. We’re going to win this election!”

In response to a reporters question about partisan support of his campaign, Locke said, “….what’s special about this race [is] that I have tremendous Republican support, I have tremendous Democratic support, I have tremendous support from the business community, from the labor community. It’s my ability to find a common ground among all of us that allows us to work together for the betterment of Houston.”

Locke ended his remarks by asking Houstonians to join his campaign–the traditional way by volunteering at his headquarters or putting a sign in their yard, or by going to his website, www.genelocke.com and signing up on Twitter and Facebook.

The election for Mayor of Houston will be held on November 3, 2009.

ARE AVERAGE AMERICANS BEING USED BY SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS?

PUPPETS FOR CURRENT HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES?

It’s almost frightening how so many of us can be manipulated by lobbyists and special interest groups. That’s what some are saying about the recent rash of Conservatives showing up to town hall meetings in 30 states and interrupting them. It’s an aggressive campaign tracked back to health care lobbyists who are trying to stop reform in Washington, D.C. from reaching middle America. Those who are in the know say this is an orchestrated effort by some of the biggest health care providers who are trying to stop any change in the current health care system in America. However, those who are being turned into puppets are being told this is big government ruining your country with a slow transition to the ‘s’ word…Socialism. If this campaign is true it is sad just how hard working American citizens can be so easily manipulated and turned into puppets by special interest groups. So how are they being rallied to interrupt these town hall meetings given by members of Congress? There is a flier campaign many believe is coming from grassroots efforts when it’s actually being paid for by health care and insurance companies. Congressman Gene Green found himself shouted down in Houston Monday night by people at a town hall meeting who weren’t even from his district. They were essentially bused in. Green says there are 47 million people who are without health care who need some type of help. What do you think of this effort and campaign that manipulates average Americans?

COLD WATER AT CITY HALL: PRICELESS!

I NEED ONE OF THESE AT MY HOUSE!

It’s always the small things that catch my attention. I was at Houston’s City Hall when I was quite thirsty. I started to drink from the old Jane Pittman water fountain near the elevators when a city employee stopped me. He said the water that came from the system tasted like rust. He directed me to a small conference room near City Council chambers. That’s where I saw it. The new Culligan 5000. Well, actually, it’s not the 5000 model but that sounds cool. It was the Culligan water cooler. It gives you several options. Cold water, tap water and even warm water for those hot cocoa days. I was pretty excited. The only thing I had to track down was a plastic or Styrofoam cup. Once I had that I was in heavenly bliss. The fountains were so cool until I had to do some digging to find out more about them. I tracked down General Services director Issa Dadoush. He said about two months ago his office received a request and the machines were leased. The price is $34.99 for each cooler. The annual cost for the 10 machines is about $3499 a year. Like you couldn’t do that simple math. Anyway, the coolers can be found in the main building and the annex. It’s an investment as a taxpayer I could live with. What about you? Have you had some of the cool crisp water yet?