WHO KNEW YOU COULD REPROGRAM AN ATM!

HI-TECH THEFT AT THE CASH MACHINE!

A Texas man who duped an ATM into giving out $10s and $20s instead of $1 bills has been given probation and 180 days in a Nebraska jail.

On Wednesday, a judge also ordered 21-year-old Nicholas Foster to make restitution of more than $1,900. He was credited with time he had already spent behind bars.

Foster, who authorities say is from Hunt County, Texas, had pleaded no contest to felony theft.

Police say he and a companion, 22-year-old Jordan Eske, had reprogrammed five privately owned ATMs in Lancaster County.

Spokeswoman Katie Flood said Thursday that the ATMs’ owners failed to change the default access code of the machines. Foster and Eske knew that code, so they could access the machine commands.

Eske’s scheduled for sentencing next month.

THE NEW FACE OF ACTIVISM IN HOUSTON!

HPD SGT. SHELBY STEWART STANDING UP FOR WHAT HE BELIEVES AND HELPING OTHERS!

You may not know him by name but his face has been popping up a lot on television as of late. He is HPD Sergeant Shelby Stewart.  Stewart was a low profile Houston police officer for several years until a ruling came down in the department that affected him and his fellow African American police officers.  


That ruling was no facial hair.  Stewart says he and several other African American officers suffer from a sensitive skin condition that prevents them from shaving their beards and goatees. Those men refused to follow the department’s directive by removing their facial growth.

As a result of Stewarts defiance Chief Harold Hurtt took those officer out of uniform.  That was more than 4 years ago. Stewart now goes to work everyday at the Houston police department’s jail in civilian clothing.  He and those officers have filed a lawsuit against the department which will likely be tied up in the courts long after Hurtt is gone.  But Stewart wants to send a point.   You can’t trample over the rights and medical conditions of others.  

That was then, now Stewart can be found tackling other civil rights issues.  He formed an alliance with Millions More Movement leader Deric Muhammad.  

Stewart first publicly made his presence known when Black activists came out against Mayor Bill White earlier this year.  White purchased a newspaper ad for the King Holiday.  That ad placed the Mayor between Dr. King and President Barack Obama.  Stewart was there alongside Muhammad and Quanell X demanding an apology for what they called the Mayor’s lack of good judgment.
 

But that wasn’t Stewarts last public sighting.  He was again before city council for the second time in two months on Wednesday with a noose hanging from his hands.  He was there complaining about the discipline issued to a Houston fire captain who had a rope hanging in his locker.

  

Stewart has shocked many with his all so public activism.  It’s very rare to see a man who’s on the police force speaking out on issues he feel is important.  

So keep an eye out for the activist Sergeant.  Cop by night and as Smokey Phillips would say freedom fighter by day!

WILL YOU PAY TO TWEET ON TWITTER?

THE CREATORS ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO GENERATE REVENUE AND YOU COULD BE IT!

It seems that Twitter is thinking of the possibility of charging money for the services it offers. At

The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, on Tuesday, Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams said that the rapidly growing online communications company will eventually charge fees for its services, but it’s unclear which ones and what will drive revenue.

“There will be a moment when you can fill out a form or something and give us money,” said Evan Williams, in response to the questions by journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the opening night keynote of the conference.

They mentioned possible revenue-generators, including a service that would authenticate the source of information, according to an AP report. However, they refused to give any clear picture of Twitter’s business model.

Though the company is opposed to banner advertising, Willaims said they were not enthusiastic about it. “I think it’s probably the least interesting thing we could do,” he said.

Then, how they are going to survive? That’s the mystery which the co-founders only can unravel.

T.I. OFFICIALLY IN THE FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM IN ARKANSAS!

GONE FOR AT LEAST 1 YEAR!

His stage name is T.I. His birth name: Clifford J. Harris Junior. But for the next year, he will be known as federal prison inmate No. 59458019. The rapper is now behind bars at a federal prison in Arkansas — where he has begun serving a one year, one day sentence on federal weapons charges. T.I. arrived at the low-security prison in Forrest City inside a black conversion van with tinted windows. A prison spokeswoman says the prison will have no special protection set up for the rapper. The facility has double-bunked cells and a large fenced exercise yard.

THE ARMY IS TREATING NEW RECRUITS LIKE AN ATHLETE!

WOULD YOU JOIN IF YOU WERE YOUNGER?


Apparently, the US Army is offering big incentives for those willing to join.  If you were army age would you enlist.  Here’s what Uncle Sam is offering in the 2009 package:Army offers many new incentives for joining in 2009; these include several types of cash signing bonuses, education bonuses, and additional incentives. 



  Up to $40,000 in Combined Enlistment Bonuses

  Up to $73,836 in Education Benefits

  Up to $14,000 for Deferred Enlistment

  Up to $20,000 for Seasonal/Quick Ship Bonuses

  $5,000 Bonus for High Demand Civilian Skill 


SHOULD SHE BE CONFIRMED TO THE SUPREME COURT!

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!
I am proud to announce my nominee for the next Justice of the United States Supreme Court: Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

This decision affects us all — and so it must involve us all. I’ve recorded a special message to personally introduce Judge Sotomayor and explain why I’m so confident she will make an excellent Justice. 

Judge Sotomayor has lived the America Dream. Born and raised in a South Bronx housing project, she distinguished herself in academia and then as a hard-charging New York District Attorney.

Judge Sotomayor has gone on to earn bipartisan acclaim as one of America’s finest legal minds. As a Supreme Court Justice, she would bring more federal judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any Justice in 100 years. Judge Sotomayor would show fidelity to our Constitution and draw on a common-sense understanding of how the law affects our day-to-day lives.

A nomination for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land is one of the most important decisions a President can make. And the discussions that follow will be among the most important we have as a nation. You can begin the conversation today by watching this special message and then passing it on:

http://my.barackobama.com/SupremeCourt

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

THE RESURFACING OF METEOROLOGIST MATT LAVINE!

This is a submission from Houston’s accountant to the stars Bob Martin: 

Flipping through the channels today I saw a familiar face.  Matt Lavine was
doing weekend weather on Channel 11.

A MEMORIAL DAY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!

JE’CARYOUS JOHNSON’S GATHERING OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
















All it takes are family members and friends to kick off a birthday celebration and that’s what playwright, producer, actor, and author Je’Caryous Johnson did this Memorial Day holiday.  He celebrated his big day of birth at his Mother’s Northwest Houston home on Monday with lots of family members and friends.  The Insite was on hand to capture the moment.  On the inside there was lots of music, food, cards, and drinks.  Outside a big tent, cool libations and fellowshiping.  Johnson is known for his successful stage plays and videos such as Friends and Lovers, Maintenance Man, Men Cry in the Dark, and the most recent Love Overboard.  Some of the people attending the event were: D-Mars, Kalele ‘Party King’ Thumbutu, Pumpkin from Pluto, The Insite, Gary Guidry, and a host of others.  Here are some of the pictures I snapped at the event.  For more about Johnson go to: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2539880/bio

FRONT ROW AT THE BOBBY BROWN, RALPH TRESVANT, AND JOHNYY GILL CONCERT!

IMAGINE KNOWING EVERY SONG THE PERFORMER SINGS!


















Like many of you I have long been a fan of New Edition. So, it made perfect sense for me to attend their Saturday night concert in Houston at the Arena Theatre Saturday night.  I don’t regret going one bit.  I had a blast.  I’d also like to thank P.J. and Ms. Indigo at Black Cotton Works for inviting me.  The guys did all of their greatest hits without one of them ever leaving the stage.  It’s cool to go to a concert and you know every song all the artists are performing.  Yes, I did unleash my vocal skills in my section.  I think a talent scout wanted my card.  Anyway, lots of familiar faces also attended the event: Millette Scott, Swiff Haywire, Von McDaniel, Monique Shankle, and a long list of others.  If this show comes back to Houston make sure you go check it out!

PICTURE OF THE DAY: THE INSITE MEETS BOBBY BROWN!


AFTER THE BIG SHOW!

The Insite made it backstage at the Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, and Johnny Gill concert Saturday night at Arena Theatre.  Had a chance to meet the fellas and take at least one photo with Bobby Brown. He was very cool and accommodating to all the fans backstage which I was glad to see.  I vote this as Insite picture of the day!

MATTRESS MACK SAYS HE WILL BE BACK!

GALLERY FURNITURE GUTTED BY FIRE ON THE NORTH SIDE!

The owner of a well-known furniture store is vowing the business will survive after a four-alarm fire swept through his 100,000-square-foot warehouse, causing millions and millions of dollars worth of damage.

No one was injured in Thursday’s night fire at Gallery Furniture warehouse just off Interstate 45. Significant traffic delays were reported. Owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale said the fire began in a corner of the warehouse.

“It’s kinda chaotic back there,” he said Thursday night. “I haven’t been back there. We’re letting the authorities handle it, as well they should.”

McIngvale said he had just left to go home for the night when he got a call from employees regarding an emergency at the store.

More than 100 people were in the adjacent furniture showroom and the warehouse when the fire broke out but all apparently escaped safely during the evacuation.

“Then I saw the flames in the corner of the warehouse back there where we receive the trucks. Some of the guys tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher. That didn’t work, so we called the fire department and they responded very, very quickly,” McIngvale told a Houston television station.

He said the ceiling of the warehouse collapsed.

“The storage area is going to be a total loss. It’s full of fuel. It’s wood, it’s paper. It’s cloth, things that burn really well,” said Houston Fire Department District Chief Tommy Dowdy.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately known, a Houston newspaper reported. One employee said the fire may have started around a generator in the warehouse, but that report has not been officially confirmed, Dowdy said.

Houston Fire Department officials said firefighters had to approach the fire in defensive mode, which meant they tried to contain the fire but it was too dangerous to try and extinguish.  “We’re working really hard to try and keep it out of the main showroom. Right now, it’s in their storage area,” District Chief Tommy Dowdy said Thursday night. “I’m sure with all the amount of furniture in there, there’s a huge amount of combustibles in there. The roof’s down. The walls are kind of curling in. We’re putting elevated streams on it because there’s too much fire to even attack it with landlines.”

Carolyn Phillips, Gallery Furniture’s director of human resources, told a Houston television station that “millions and millions of dollars” worth of merchandise appeared destroyed.

McIngvale is among Houston’s most successful entrepreneurs. He and his wife, Linda, first opened the store at an empty model home park on a weedy lot in 1981, with just $5,000 in hand.

In the early days of Gallery Furniture, McIngvale and his wife slept there to guard their four sofas.

“We’ve got great people we’ll make it through this,” said McIngvale. “We made it through Hurricane Ike. We’re still alive. We can come back and do this tomorrow.”