DID WE GET SUBSTANCE OR JUST FLUFF FROM THE PRESIDENT?

HIS FIRST ANNUAL ADDRESS TO CONGRESS!

President Barack Obama says he wants to raise the pay of America’s fighting forces and improve health care and benefits for veterans.

The president also says he will soon announce a way to responsibly end the war in Iraq and a new path for the war in Afghanistan. Defense and foreign policy were a small part of Obama’s first address to Congress on Tuesday that focused on the economic crisis.

Obama did not give specifics, but he said his new budget proposal for next year will provide for an expansion of the armed forces and increases in their pay and benefits.

Obama says his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison will make the country stronger.

Obama says he will also seek what he calls swift and certain justice for terrorists.

PLEASE DON’T SOLICIT AT MY HOUSE!

IT COULD TURN INTO A HOME INVASION OR BURGLARY!

These solicitors just won’t stop.  I thought the last place I’d see them was at my house way up north.  Boy, was I wrong.  I was at home Monday when I heard some guy snapping his fingers, singing, dancing and knocking at the front door of my house.  I had a pretty good idea it was no one I knew because I could see through my glass front door. So, I didn’t answer.  About 20 minutes later there was another doorbell ring.  It looked like someone from that same group.  I still didn’t answer because I knew it was some kind of scam door to door sales.  Usually, it’s magazine sales or a fake ministry.  I finally decided to go to the front door after the last irritating ring but by the time I made it the person was getting into this white van.  It was a vehicle loaded with people.  People who have that ruffled but attempting to appear professional look.  Usually, there’s a tie not tied quite right on the guys, a dingy white shirt, very worn shoes and pants that aren’t quite pressed.  About an hour later I saw the same van at the Exxon in the Woodlands.  It was a gang of people who apparently were bused in to solicit and go door to door in my neighborhood.  I think I’m going to put a sign on my door reading no soliciting. These people may be dangerous or try to come back later and burglarize your home.  I suggest everyone out there take precautions if or when you go and answer that front door.  There are too many home invasions to just invite a stranger in.  The Insite has warned you!  

YOU THINK SOMEONE IS WORKING AGAINST HIM IN HIS FINAL DAYS IN OFFICE?

THE APARTMENT ENDORSEMENT, COMPUTER CRASHES, CRITICIZED NEWSPAPER ADS AND NOW THE CREDIT SCORE PROGRAM!

What’s going on with Mayor Bill White in his last days in office? For years White couldn’t be caught making a mistake when it came to city government and his leadership in Houston. But since the beginning of the year there’s been one controversy after another for the Mayor and his administration. It makes some wonder if he’s still calling the shots down there on Bagby. First, there was the fiasco involving the Mayor’s endorsement of a downtown luxury apartment complex.  It was built by one of White’s campaign contributors.  Secondly, who can forget the HOPE campaign where White purchased an ad in the Houston Defender and then his staff approved the placement of White in between Dr. King and President Obama. There’s also the computer system crash at Municipal court a few weeks ago on White’s watch. That followed the nightmare of more than 3,000 HPD officers who didn’t get their W-2 forms because of a problem with a computerized payroll system that came in White’s administration.  Now, there’s this Housing Credit Score Enhancement program. Not even a first term city council members would touch that political fireball. But Mayor White somehow found himself right in the middle of all of these issues.  I can’t quite figure out what’s going on. I’m wondering if there is some type of conspiracy to sabotage the Mayor in his final months in office.  If you have any answers as to what’s going on please let the Insite know!

SEE UPDATE BELOW: DO YOU WANT YOUR TAX DOLLARS GOING TO THE CITY’S NEW CREDIT SCORE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM?

UPDATE: THE CITY KILLS THIS PLAN AT COUNCIL TUESDAY!

THE MONEY CAN’T BE USED FOR CAR LOANS OR CREDIT CARD DEBT ACCORDING TO THE MAYOR’S OFFICE!

The City Council will consider a proposal to use taxpayer money for paying down debt of first-time homebuyers trying to qualify for a mortgage through Houston’s assistance program.
The “Credit Score Enhancement Program” would give up to $3,000 for individuals to use on such debt as student loans or hospital bills according to the Mayor’s office. Frank Michell with the city says the funds can not be used to pay down debt on car loans or credit card balances. City officials believe the debt reduction could provide the slight boost in credit scores some applicants need in a tighter credit market.
The $444,000 for the program would come from leftover money in the city’s $1.5 million appropriation for emergency home and roof repairs from Hurricane Ike, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday.
Councilwoman Anne Clutterbuck said the program was well-intentioned but went too far.
“If this credit crisis has taught us anything, we need to focus on paying off our debts and saving more,” she said. “Using government money to help someone pay off debts is not the same as asking them to pay off their debts themselves.”
Houston has three grant programs to help qualified homebuyers with down payments and closing costs. The most generous provides up to $37,500 to buy a home that costs $135,000 or less in disadvantaged neighborhoods the city is trying to revitalize.

THE OSCAR GOES TO….

DID YOU SEE THIS MOVIE AND WHAT DID YOU THINK?

“Slumdog Millionaire,” which nearly went straight to DVD in the U.S., won eight Oscars — including best picture, director and adapted screenplay — Sunday night at the 81st annual Academy Awards. Sean Penn won best actor for “Milk” and Kate Winslet won best actress for her performance in “The Reader.” Best supporting honors went to the late Heath Ledger for “The Dark Knight” and to Penelope Cruz for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

WINNERS AND NOMINEES:

Best picture
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“The Reader”
WINNER: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Director
WINNER:
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”
David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Gus Van Sant, “Milk”

Actor
Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
WINNER: Sean Penn, “Milk”
Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Actress
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
WINNER: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

Supporting actor
Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
WINNER: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”

Supporting actress
Amy Adams, “Doubt”
WINNER: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Viola Davis, “Doubt”
Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

Animated feature
“Bolt”
“Kung Fu Panda”
WINNER: “WALL-E”

MARDI GRAS HOUSTON STYLE!


THE PARTY THROWN BY LACHANDA, JULIE AND OTHERS!














Sunday night the Insite made a stop by the big Mardi Gras party that attracted a very large crowd in Houston. It was given by LaChanda Jenkins, Julie Griffith and friends. The sounds of New Orleans could be found blasting in the venue and beads were around every ample neck including mine at Cafe 4212 on Almeda. It was time to let the good times roll as best we can in Houston. The party was the alternative to those who could not make it to the Big Easy for Mardi Gras or the grand finale we know as Fat Tuesday. I ran into a lot of familiar faces such as Lanchanda Jenkins, Julie Griffith, Duarte Geraldino, Michael Jones, Sherry Jessup, Laquinta Williams, Michelle Jefferson and the list goes on. I want to thank everyone who stopped and possed for the Insite. Happy Mardi Gras!

DON’T MISS THE BIG FILM FESTIVAL COMING TO TOWN NEXT WEEKEND!

IT’S YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GROWING INDUSTRY!

The J. D. Tucker Foundation and The Guess Firm sponsor the 5h Annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities Film Festival and Seminars (HBCU Film Fest), February 28, 2009. The primary focus of the event is to educate attendants about the broad ranging careers within the entertainment sector, allow networking, and to foster dialogue between industry professionals and students. The event will be held at Texas Southern University in the MLK Building Auditorium.

Panels during the one day event will cover a wide range of topics affecting the various realms of the entertainment sector, and each will feature seasoned industry professionals ready to share experiences and answer questions from the audience. Notable panels this year include “The Actor’s Study,” hosted by cast members from HBO’s The Wire, “The Director’s Chair,” hosted by director Jesse Terrero, “The Film Entrepreneurs,” hosted by producers Daniel Garcia and Ron Finburg, and “Using New Media to Your Advantage,” hosted by owners of AllHipHop.com.

Students can also enter their original film projects into the annual film competition to be judged by John and his panel, with the winner to be announced at the conclusion of the event. Interested participants can obtain the contest rules and registration form from www.mysace.com/hbcufilmfest, as well as info about simply attending the event forums.

John “Dr. Teeth” Tucker, founder of J.D. Tucker Foundation, initially created the festival as a vehicle to equip Film and Communication students at Historically Black Colleges & Universities with resources that are not always obtainable to them and their schools. “The primary goal of the festival is to expose students to every possible opportunity that the film and television industries have to offer.

The event affords each participant access to a body of knowledge rarely available,” Tucker explains. “As a graduate of Texas Southern University it is important to me to share knowledge and experiences that will help prepare them for the reality of the business, and if I am able to help just one person then I have succeeded,” he goes on to state. It is this acknowledgement and acceptance of his social responsibility that has the famed director pooling all of his resources to make this year’s event the best one ever.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MINI TAMMARAJU!

THE SUPERSTAR SINGER CELEBRATES HER DAY OF BIRTH!

The Insite dropped by the birthday party of Houstonian Mini Tammaraju. The big bash was held at the Usual place just off I-10. The party was a blast because many of the guests took to the stage at the bar and belted out the best karaoke song. Of course the Insite was just there to document all the entertainment and not make a fool out of myself. Lots of familiar faces attended the event including Jessica ‘Party Queen’ Michan, Miya Shay, Sejal Brahmbhatt, Sandra Puente, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Quan to name a few. Happy birthday Mini!

THE ALL ILLUSIVE MICHAEL T. DROPS BY THE INSITE AND FOX 26 NEWS!

HE’S A BALL OF ENERGY WITH A NEW CAREER ALREADY!
The Insite finally had a chance to meet the world famous Michael T. on last week. His father, talk show host Michael Berry, brought him by the FOX 26 studios on Friday. He and his Mom Nandy Berry came to watch Michael record his FOX Face Off segments which airs on the Friday afternoon newscast. Michael T. was a ball of energy in the newsroom. He was all over the place. I think he also found his future career when he sat on the anchor desk. He was a natural there. Hey Lil Mike, thanks for dropping by the Insite!

IS THIS THE HANDY WORK OF CHRIS BROWN?

IS IT AS BAD AS YOU THOUGHT IT’D BE OR WORSE?

This is the real picture of Rihanna after the pre-Grammy fight with boyfriend Chris Brown. Go to TMZ.com for more details!

Link: www.tmz.com