A TERMINATED EMPLOYEE GETS EVEN BUT GETS TIME FOR HER DAMAGE!

JUDGE DAVID HITTNER GIVES THE DEFENDANT TWO YEARS IN PRISON AND NEARLY A $100,000 FINE!

The former director of information technology for a non-profit organ and tissue donation center was sentenced today to two years in prison for hacking into her former employer’s computer network, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas Tim Johnson.

Danielle Duann, 51, of Houston, pleaded guilty on April 30, 2009, to a one-count criminal indictment charging her with unauthorized computer access. Duann was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge David Hittner in the Southern District of Texas. In addition to the two-year prison term, Judge Hittner sentenced Duann to a three-year period of supervised release following completion of her prison sentence, and ordered her to pay $94,222 in restitution to compensate her former employer for the damage that resulted from her actions.

In pleading guilty, Duann admitted to illegally accessing the computer network of LifeGift Organ Donation Center and then intentionally deleting organ donation database records, accounting invoice files, database and accounting software applications and various backup files, without authorization. LifeGift is the sole provider of organ procurement services for more than 200 hospitals throughout 109 counties in North, Southeast and West Texas.

According to court documents, LifeGift terminated Duann from her position as their director of information technology on Nov. 7, 2005, and revoked all of her previous administrative rights and access to the LifeGift computer network. In pleading guilty, Duann admitted that beginning on the evening of Nov. 7, 2005, and continuing until Nov. 8, 2005, she repeatedly gained unauthorized access to the LifeGift computer network via a remote connection from her home and intentionally caused damage by deleting numerous database files and software applications, as well as their backups, related to LifeGift’s organ and tissue recovery operations.

Duann further admitted that in an attempt to conceal her activities, she disabled the computer logging functions on several LifeGift computer servers and erased the computer logs that recorded her remote access to the LifeGift network

WE CAN’T LET THE DEMOCRATS GET AWAY WITH IT!

A MESSAGE FROM JARED WOODFILL AND THE HARRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY!

Dear Harris County Republicans,

The first Special Session of the Texas Legislature recently ended. Unfortunately, it did not include Voter/Photo Identification. Democrats in the House manipulated the House rules in order to kill many important bills that matter to all Texans, including Voter ID. The Voter ID bill was killed as a result of the Democrats stall tactics. Democrats ignore the fact that almost 70 percent of Texans approve of the Voter ID bill. We cannot let them get away with it.

Ask Gov. Perry to Call A Special Session on Voter ID

We cannot compromise on Voter ID – we must act now! Some believe we should change the tone and temperament with which we have pursued Voter Identification, encouraging us to back down, be less partisan, make nice and build a natural consensus with the Democrats. This “go along to get along” approach did not work with redistricting, appraisal caps, the marriage amendment, or the sonogram bill, to name just a few pieces of legislation. We as a party must realize that there are some who will do whatever it takes to stop conservative legislation from being passed. One need only go back a few years and remember the Democrats running to Albuquerque and Ardmore to prevent a fair redistricting plan from being passed by our duly elected representatives. As your party Chairman in 2003, I and many other party leaders called on Governor Perry to hold the Democrats feet to the fire and make them do what Texans elected them to do – vote. He did and today we have districts that represent voting patterns across Texas.

Compromising on the conservative principles that brought us to the majority is the quickest path to the minority. The Democrats believe their stall tactics succeeded in killing legislation that 70% of all Texans support. We must not get weak-kneed during this crucial time. The SREC recently passed a resolution stating the following:

WHEREAS, the Republican Party of Texas and its Platform has stood with the overwhelming majority of Texans who support Voter Photo I.D., and

WHEREAS the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, openly called for and encouraged passage of strong Voter Photo I.D. legislation, and

WHEREAS Lt. Governor Dewhurst and the Texas Senate passed Senator Fraser’s Voter Photo I.D. bill, SB362, and sent it to the Texas House, and

WHEREAS such legislation eventually passed out of committee and had the opportunity to be debated and voted on,

WHEREAS the Democrat party filibuster tactic of stalling by “chubbing” prevented consideration of key legislation, including Voter Photo I.D., from being acted on during regular session, thus causing tax payers extra expense in a special session,

LET IT BE RESOLVED that the RPT denounces Democrat Members of the House whose actions caused added expense to taxpayers and denied citizens to have an up-or-down vote on key issues of our day.

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that this be done in the form of a press release and electronically transmitted to Republican County Chairmen and all elected leaders of both Chambers of the Texas Legislature.

Some may criticize me for being too aggressive on this issue, but we must continue this fight. It is time for everyone to get off the sidelines and get on the front line and fight for the conservative principles that inspired us to get involved in the political process. Please help me by letting the Governor know how important it is to pass this legislation this year. Please join me in the fight for conservative principles.

Action Needed:
Please contact Governor Perry’s office and request that he call another Special Session with Voter ID on the agenda. Governor Perry’s office number: 512-463-2000 or 800-252-9600. If you have access to a fax machine, send a fax also to: 512-463-1849. Tell Governor Perry that you and 70% of all Texans support Voter ID.

Sincerely,

Jared Woodfill

Jared Woodfill
Chairman, Harris County Republican Party

A RALLY SUPPORTING PEACE AND TWO HOUSTON FIREFIGHTERS!

WANDA ADAMS SAYS WEAR RED FOR THE EVENT!

This assembly brings special acknowledgment to the recent struggles of City of Houston Fire Fighters Paula Keys and Jane Draycott, who have suffered from incidents of racial discrimination and harassment. Wear the color of courage – RED! Ordained ministers will lead the prayer service. Off for the summer? Bring your daughters with you for this day of unity and solidarity. Let us take it to the water as we renew our courage as women of purpose. This event will last only 30 minutes and in the event of rain the event will be moved indoors. Feel free to bring small umbrellas for shade from the sun for this brief event

Please join us in this extremely important event. The District D Office continues on a quest to serve its constituent and be involved in circumstances that greatly affect those within the district and residents of the greater Houston community. We are all responsible for a discriminatory free Houston. Each of us has a role to play in an equal and bias free community thus continuing to solidify Houston as a diverse place for flourishing opportunities.

For any questions, comments, or concerns please contact:

The Office of Council Member Wanda Adams

832.393.3001

Photo shot by: Billy Smith II

Houston Chronicle

Read the background here: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/breaking/6525040.html

HOUSTON FIREFIGHTERS PLAN TO STAND BEHIND THEIR CHIEF!

FIREFIGHTERS: BORISKIE WE GOT YOUR BACK!

The Insite has learned some Houston Firefighters are starting a letter writing campaign. They are sending out form letters to show support for Chief Phil Boriskie. As many of you know some have asked the Chief to step down because of recent alleged racist and sexist incidents in the 4,000 member department. Some of the firefighters don’t want that to happen. Here’s a the letter that’s circulating:

Our Fire Department and our Fire Chief have come under heavy attack lately and although there have been some positive steps taken to reduce some of the media barrage; it is time for the firefighter’s voice to be heard. There is the mindset that all Houston Firefighters are discriminating heathens and we know this is not true. In fact, the definition of discrimination is “Treatment or consideration based on class or category rather than individual merit; partiality or prejudice”. This is the exact thing that is going on in the media right now, they are engaging in a form of discrimination that I will call “occupational discrimination”. The public is being swayed to believe that all firefighters behave this way. While there are a few isolated incidents that are currently under investigation, some of the items discussed by the media occurred many years ago or have been twisted in such a way to make it look like they are discriminatory in nature. Anytime you have an organization made up of 4000 people there will be a few bad apples, regardless of the organization or their makeup. I believe that the majority of firefighters do not discriminate and believe that Chief Boriskie is doing a good job. I want that word to get out to the Fire Chief so he knows that as firefighters, we are watching his back. And also to the Union, so they can show there truly is support out here. While President Caynon has stated that he represents the majority of firefighters, this effort will give him additional leverage to show City Hall and the media to help back up his statements. I am requesting that the officers at each station take a minute to compose an email to be sent to the Fire Chief and Union leadership. Any firefighter that does not want to participate is free to refrain with no hard feelings, retaliation or any other form of forced compliance. If you do not agree with this or do not want to participate, then by all means do not participate. It is your choice, but this is a chance for your voice to be heard. If you choose to participate, please follow these examples. Feel free to use these letters as a guide, but please refrain from saying anything more about any group or individual that may be causing or increasing the tensions in the station and the media. These letters must be brief, non-threatening, and polite. It is very important that our voice be heard in a civilized manor; no ranting and raving, no stooping to name calling, and no distorting the facts. Thank you for your assistance in this critical matter. We have a chance to have our voice heard. Over the next four days, each shift will have the opportunity to participate. Please take a minute to pass this information on to the other members of your station.

Here is a sample of a letter to be sent to the Fire Chief’s office from the officer(s) at the station:

Chief Boriskie,

I want to take a minute to let you know that the men and women of Fire Station __ believe in you and feel you are doing a good job leading the Houston Fire Department. Stand tall and do not let the media corrupt the job you do for the firefighters. Listed below are the names of the firefighters who want to be included. Thank you.

List individual names
Name
Rank
Station/shift

IS ANNISE PARKER GOING NEGATIVE OR JUST POINTING OUT THE FACTS?

PARKER: PETER BROWN IS USING HIS OWN MONEY AND LOCKE DOESN’T HAVE MORE CASH ON HAND THAN I DO!

This is something I haven’t seen in the race for Mayor of Houston so far. That’s a candidate attacking another. I could be wrong and I don’t want to pass judgement. But when I read City Controller and candidate for Mayor Annise Parker’s press release it left me with that impression. Keep in mind, I could be wrong. But here’s the press release and you be the judge and let me know if you think she’s gone negative and into attack mode:

The candidates for mayor filed their finance reports today – and the big story here is Annise Parker.

Everybody thought Gene Locke would have three times as much money. But Annise Parker has more.

Because he has a limited base of support, Brown is having to spend his personal wealth to try to buy his way into the mayor’s office. Let’s remember, in 2003 Bill White started out with little name ID. That’s the position Brown is in. It took White – who did have an actual base of support – $6 million to get into a runoff spot.

Bottom line – the big story is Annise Parker:

  • Parker has more cash on hand than Locke.
  • Parker has more than three times as many individual donations as Locke, and almost twice as many as Brown and Locke combined.
  • Locke is spending almost twice as much money per month as Parker – simply trying to catch up to the substantial lead Parker entered the race with and continues to grow.
  • Locke’s campaign stated that the evidence of “campaign strength” was raising $383,000 in the last 30 days. But Parker raised more than that during the last 30 days. (If the last 30 days is the mark of campaign strength, it’s worth noting that Parker raised 47% of her total contributions in the last 30 days of the period, while Locke raised 33% of his total contributions during that time.)


One thing is clear: Annise Parker is not only the candidate who started out with a strong lead – she’s the candidate who continues to grow that lead. Parker’s dollars were raised from more individual donors than any other candidate. Parker’s small dollar donors live on a budget, give wisely and will give again and again during this important campaign to steer Houston through tough economic challenges.


As Houston’s elected City Controller, Annise Parker directs Houston’s financial investments and manages billions of tax dollars. Her record of independent audits has cut waste and saved the city money to use for priorities like public safety, after-school programs, and economic development. A businesswoman and neighborhood leader, Parker also served on Houston’s City Council. She spent 20 years in the oil and gas industry before entering public service.

Parker is a candidate for mayor of Houston in the November 3, 2009 election. Learn more on her website at:www.anniseparker.com.

PETER BROWN HAS A WAR CHEST LIKE THE SPARTANS!

BRING IT ON YOU’RE PLAYING IN THE BIG LEAGUES NOW!

Houston mayoral candidate Peter Brown announced today that he has amassed a war chest of over $1.7 million for his election – more than any other candidate in the race. Brown’s support continues to grow and his campaign continues to pick up momentum as the candidates head toward the traditional beginning of campaign season.

“We have exceeded our goal,” said Peter Brown. “Houstonians are responding to my plans to cut crime, bring new jobs to the city and improve our quality of life. Other candidates might be relying on downtown special interests or combing San Francisco and New York City for donations, but my campaign is focusing on donors who live and vote right here in Houston – who have a stake in the future of our city.”

The Peter Brown for Mayor Campaign has raised over $477,000 since January first of this year bringing his total cash on hand to $1,756,031.

As a successful businessman, Peter Brown has the experience Houston needs in our next mayor. A U.S. Army Veteran born and raised in Houston, Peter built his own small business into a successful national firm. He knows how to make a business thrive, and he knows how to get results. As Mayor, he’ll use those skills to improve our city – protecting our tax dollars with a more effective, efficient and accountable approach to government. He’ll make smart investments to reduce crime, improve the quality of life, and attract more businesses and more jobs to Houston. As a City Councilman, Brown saved taxpayers millions by reforming city building plans, cutting government waste, and championing conservation efforts. Brown has the experience and vision to take the next step for Houston. We need a Mayor who will get results, and Peter Brown is that leader.

MORE THAN 2 MILLION SOLD IN AS MANY WEEKS!

PEOPLE CAN’T SEEM TO GET ENOUGH OF HIS MUSIC NOW!

Michael Jackson has sold 2.3 million CDs since he died three weeks ago. Grieving fans and those just wanting to hear his music again have snapped up his albums, including “Thriller” and “Number
Ones” — his greatest-hits collection.

Last week, 1.1 million copies of his albums were sold, according to sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

That represents a 37 percent jump from the week before. Jackson’s “Number Ones” remains the top-selling CD in the United States for the third straight week, with 349,000 copies
sold.

THE DRUG FOUND IN MICHAEL JACKSON’S HOME COULD BECOME A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE NOW!

THE FEDS WERE WARNED THIS COULD BE A DANGEROUS DRUG!

Federal authorities are considering making the potent anesthetic propofol — one of the drugs found in Michael Jackson’s home — a controlled substance, which would put new limits
on its distribution.

The Drug Enforcement Administration was petitioned two years ago to make propofol a so-called “scheduled” drug under the Controlled Substances Act. That designation is used to impose
restrictions on distributing and prescribing certain drugs prone to abuse and addiction.

DEA spokesman Rusty Payne confirmed Wednesday that the agency is considering adding propofol to the list of controlled substances.

Until Jackson’s death, the main concern about propofol was its potential for abuse by medical staff, because it is usually administered intravenously in hospitals.

GENE LOCKE’S MILLION BLOWS ANNISE’S $800,000 OUT OF THE WATER!

LOCKE APPARENTLY HAS A LOT OF CASH FLOWING INTO HIS CAMPAIGN!

Note: It was Tuesday when Annise Parker announced she’d raised $800,000 from her supporters. Wednesay Locke released his numbers and there is about a $300,000 gap between the candidates!

The Gene Locke for Mayor campaign today announced that it had raised more than $1.15 million in its first reporting period of the campaign. More than 30% was raised between June 1, 2009 and June 30, 2009, showing the growing support and energy for Locke to be elected the next mayor of Houston.

Locke was the last major candidate to announce his candidacy for mayor on March 26, 2009, midway through the reporting period. Despite his relatively late start, Locke outpaced his opponents, who came into the race as previously elected officials with large war chests and a built-in network of supporters.

“Houstonians are investing in our campaign because they know that when I am mayor I will build a bridge to a new era of opportunity and prosperity for Houston,” said Locke. “When I came to Houston I had $20 in my pocket and it’s encouraging to start my campaign for mayor with considerably more than that thanks to the generosity of so many Houstonians. We’ve got a long way to go and a lot of sweat equity yet to earn, but our fundraising success shows the strength of our support.”

Unlike most of the other candidates in the race for mayor, Locke has never run for high elected office before. He did not have an existing political network, a nationwide fundraising base, or hundreds of thousands of dollars to transfer into a mayoral account to inflate his fundraising numbers.

“I’ve campaigned side-by-side with Gene in neighborhoods all across Houston. I’ve never seen a candidate work harder than Gene,” said Harris County Constable Victor Trevino. “It makes me proud to be involved in a campaign that is bringing together such a varied group of Houstonians. The question always posed to first time candidates is, can they raise money? These numbers prove that Gene can get strong results and that his support grows every day.”

“It is an incredible feat that Gene has been able to raise the amount of money that he has in the last three months. From our volunteers to our fundraising this campaign gets stronger and stronger every day,” said Christian Archer, Locke for Mayor campaign manager. “Gene Locke continues to build a powerful coalition of support that is the foundation of a winning campaign.”

The reporting period for this filing was January 1, 2009 through June 30, 2009.

HPD’S BLUE CREW GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY!

HELPING OUT MR. WOODROW WARD!


Members of the Houston Police Department’s Community Outreach Unit (The “Blue Crew”) joined forces Saturday (July 11) with community and business volunteers to complete repairs of the home of an elderly, disabled Acres Homes couple.

Medical problems have made it difficult for Mr. Woodrow Ward, 91, and his wife Mavis, 84, to get around. As a result, damage from Hurricane Ike made it difficult for the couple to get in and out of their home. The Blue Crew and additional volunteers, together with Lowe’s Home Improvement of Tomball and Pittsburgh Paint, painted the Ward’s home, built a porch and wheelchair ramp, and added landscaping.