There are Lies, Dang Lies, and then there is the Houston Chronicle
In today's printed edition (could not find it online) the editorial staff of the Chronicle has an editorial called "Budget Busters." The quote below is from the editorial;
Outrageous lie by low lives that write for a tabloid that they call a newspaper. Did scores of Fire personal take a day off for the first day of hunting season, yes. But it was vacation time they have to ask for months in advance.
What a bad habit using vacation time and taking holidays that everyone else is entitled to. Chronicle makes me sick they are as much responsible for the state of HCC as anyone else.
In Tribute to those who risk their lives. They gave their lives last year protecting us, here. They rush in when others rush out. First Responders deserve better treatment than the lies the Chronicle publishes.
From 92% Passing to 66% Passing
From a reader of INSIDE a pdf showing that under the administration of the Greater Houston Partnership and their puppets at Houston Community College the Coleman College has gone from one of the best to one of the worst. The decline started in 2009 in that year Betty Young was made president by Mary Spangler. Here are the passing rates.
Under the puppeteers, the Greater Houston Partnership, enrollment has also declined.
Under the puppeteers, the Greater Houston Partnership, Houston Community College now has the highest student debt ratio in the state.
A good friend of mine told me don't worry once they, the Greater Houston Partnership, milk the College dry they will go away for a while.
From a comment,what about the students?
"Flowery words" won't fix what Trustee Zeph Capo considers the district's biggest problem high teacher turnover.
That quote above is from the Houston Chronicle's article on "Grier expands Spanish initiative. If Capo really means what he says he would be all over the administration as to the high turnover at HCC in particular the Coleman College. Don't hold your breath he is one of those that has his masters that he has to report to.
We discriminate all the time, we don't allow felons to vote, we don't allow persons under 18 to vote, we discriminate against the White man (this writer is not White). It is just plain crazy that we allow persons who make life style choices (being homosexual) to marry. A man marries a man that is just plain crazy. Until science can point to a gene that makes one prefer their own gender for having sex this writer will continue to believe that homosexuality is a choice that they make. Here is the source for the quote above.
Republican Candidates "There's a sucker born every minute"
"Four Texas lawmakers, including two now running for statewide office, bought into a fledgling technology company that aimed to reap huge dividends with trades in electricity markets.
Instead, the lawmakers said in a lawsuit, they were scammed by a chiseler who once claimed to have found Noah’s Ark." Source of the quote from Dallas News. One of them may be our next Attorney General, God Bless Texas we need it.
Bad News For Democrats
Texas Agricultural Candidates v Farm Lobby
Who Said, Tweeted?
Check this out you will be surprised, probably a Freudian slip, source.
Excellent Comment From A Reader of INSIDE
The Greater Houston Partnership’s mission (as stated on their website) is to make the Houston region the best place to live, work and build a business.
Please allow me to direct ALL who do not know or understand that politics and education don’t mix and WHY they don’t mix. www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/04/politics-and-education-dont-mix/256303/.
The above website will direct you to an article by Professor P.L Thomas who identifies “Why Politics and Education Don’t Mix” and gives a very simple example for non-believers to understand. I hope that this scholarly work will convince those who have no idea who educators are and what they do a lesson that will in itself be an education.
Politicians Talk About Deporting - Abortions- Homosexual Rights
What they should be talking about is;
Here is the article in its' entirity.
Reaching 65 - Medicare
As this writer nears 65 he has been bombarded with Medicare related mail. I wonder who gave them my birthday?
A recent article in Business Week, "Paying Doctors To Shun Hospitals" drew my attention as to which way to go in choosing a provider. Here is the article.
Today is your day Faculty, Staff, Students
In today's Chronicle Welcome Wilson, who is the main puppeteer that is running Houston Community College, has an editiorial asking the Board to prolong the chancellor search and to leave Rene Byas in the helm. Go and post and let the world know what is happening at HCC. Here is the article, don't be surprised if they remove the comments or the article.
The Greater Houston Partnership is at it again
In today's Chronicle Welcome Wilson (Welcome Wilson is chairman of the Higher Education Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership) claims that Rene Byas is doing a good job;
It seems that Mr. Welcome Wilson thinks that the new Trustees are a bunch of dummies. Maybe because the new trustees are asking questions that the Partnership does not like. Maybe because they are not approving everything that the administration has presented thus far.
HCC has been without a chancellor since December of 2012. The Partnership invested about $100,000 in making sure that they removed two trustees that were not in tune with what the Partnership was doing to the institution. Two members of the Greater Houston Partnership are getting paid nearly $200,000 a year to monitor the Qatar College. Another Partnership member was hired about a year ago he is making about $200,000 a year. Numerous members of the Partnership have been given the key to the bond money. The new method of doing things both at Houston Community College and Houston Independent School District is Construction Management at Risk. A funny term because there is no risk what so ever to the company chosen.
The Greater Houston Partnership is taking the hard bid part out of the hands of HCC and HISD and placing it in the hands of the construction managers at risk. At HCC they have chosen Construction Managers with no plans as to what they will be building. Imagine having a house built and you give the Construction Manager half a million dollars and tell him build my house but don't go over half a million dollars. You would have no idea as to what you are going to get. That is exactly what HCC and HISD are doing. It is crazy. $2.5 billion dollars placed in the hands of the foxes.
The Partnership does not care about education they care about money and how much they can place in the hands of their members. It is called taking from the poor and giving to the rich. These people have not gotten rich because they are the best they have gotten rich because they have learned to manipulate the system to their advantage and have no qualms about doing so.
If Mr. Welcome Wilson really cared about Houston Community College he would be asking why is enrollment down. If Mr. Welcome Wilson really cared about Houston Community College he would be asking why are only 66% of the RN passing the license exam (it used to be 88% passing a few years back). If Mr. Welcome Wilson really cared about Houston Community College he would be asking why did the faculty senate vote no confidence in the President of the Coleman College. If Mr. Welcome Wilson really cared about Houston Community College he would ask why is Houston Community College about $20 million short on its' budget.
Where was Mr. Welcome Wilson when INSIDE was publishing the credit card abuses by the administration? Mr. Welcome Wilson may care about something but what is best for Houston Community College is not one of them.
Faculty, Staff, Students if you want to see change at HCC contact Mr. Welcome Wilson inform him what is happening at HCC or HISD. Inside believes he is the puppeteer that is pulling the strings at the moment.
Is HCC Chancellor Search Tainted- sent to Inside
Has the search for the new chancellor of HCC been influenced by people outside the process that was set by the board? You decide.
The board selected ACCT, Association of Community College Trustees, to spearhead the chancellor search. Each trustee was to select a representative from their district to serve on the committee. Chris Oliver must not have anyone in his district capable of serving because he appointed Richard Schechter to the search committee. You've got to ask, why?? Was it because Richard Schechter was there to promote and push for Renee Byas to be the permanent chancellor? Is Renee Byas the choice of the Houston Partnership because she follows orders given to her at weekly meetings? And what about ACCT? Are they trustworthy? Seems, they rolled with a violation of the ground rules without any problem. Did Chris Oliver and
Richard Schechter tell ACCT what to do? Who to select?
And let us not forget Adriana Tamez in this sham after all she is chair of the search committee. She knew the rules. Apparently, it didn’t matter since she allowed Richard Schechter to remain. It seems her commitment to transparency might be in words and no action. Transparency. Transparency. Where are thou transparency? Apparently not at HCC.
Lack of Transparency Continues at HCC - sent to Inside
Recent discussions on the building of a Million Dollar rig for the Energy Institute and the programs that go with it have been going on between the administration and faculty. There is one problem with this, faculty representatives are not feeling welcomed. Does Vice Chancellor Charles Cook feels insecure by having faculty in the meeting since rumor has it that Charles Cook cancelled a meeting rather than hold it with faculty representatives present. Oh, and it seems he also forgot to inform the president over that program that he scheduled meetings to discuss a program under her authority. If Charles Cook is following orders from Renee Byas, why doesn’t Renee Byas want faculty and the president in the meetings? Transparency is an issue one more time. What does it matter if two people sit in on the meeting to listen? If everything is being done with transparency, what does it matter? Some would say, somebody has something to hide. Could it be coming from Renee Byas’s regular meetings with the puppeteers?
Transparency. Transparency. Where are thou Transparency? Profoundly, not at HCC.
HISD - School Closures - $2 Billion Bond Package
Let us look at one High School - Sharpstown High School. Sharpstown High School at present has about 1300 students, it had 1,480 students transfered out last year, but they are building a new school. Sharpstown student population has been declining because of students transferring out. We can blame minorities and parents not caring about their children's education if you are the type that think minorities don't care about their children's education. But why would parents who don't care about education bother to transfer their children. There is something else at play at the campus just like there is something else at play in many other campuses.
I was a teacher at Jones High School years ago and the same policy that existed then exists now. That policy is cover up. When I reported that there had been shots fired at the campus, the principal reported that the shots were fired from a street a few blocks away, that was the official report of HISD. I used to teach ESL at Jones High School to help the School with the influx of Vietnamese students, when I appeared before the HISD Board to state that we had no books the head of the department stated that I had failed to request them. I asked her to give me the names of the books she couldn't because the books did not exist. HISD is into cover up, cover up all the bad things that are occurring in our schools. It is only when they can no longer cover it up does it become public knowledge, i.e., this incident that occurred at Sharpstown High School became public knowledge only because someone reported outside the system. When you see large exodus of students there is more than a desire for better education there is a very strong possibility that they running away in fear. Fear of the culture of the schools in HISD. A culture that HISD has allowed to fester especially in minority schools, it is so easy to say they are minorities and that is their culture.
From page 10 and 11 of Texas Monthly, regarding Sharpstown High School;
HISD like HCC are being controlled by the Greater Houston Partnership, Superintendents and Chancellors come and go but the people pulling the strings remain the same. Our community has focused on the wrong persons as to what is wrong with education in Houston Texas.
From The Comment Section;
In answer as to what has happened to the Houston Press, Chronicle, Fox, etc. They have been bought off or scared off. Wayne Dolcefino was let go just before he ran a story on HCC. KHOU was also frighten off, the Houston Press was about to write an article when HCC started buying ads. A combination of what I believe are buys by HCC and pressure from the Greater Houston Partnership, which is the puppeteer that is pulling the strings, are responsible for the lack of coverage by the main stream media. INSIDE has on occasion referred to the Houston Chronicle as a low price whore, but after finally getting information that showed that the Chronicle had received over a million dollars in advertisements over a year and a half, INSIDE called them a high price whore.
The race for Lt. Governor - GOP
Polls show that Lt. Governor Dewhurst polling in high 30s or low 40s. The race is for second place thus the Patterson investigation of Dan Patrick having hired illegal workers.
From the HCC Rumor Mill
That is not a rumor the RN passing rate is 66%. The Houston Partnership are the puppeteers and education of our children is not in their vocabulary.
If Rumor about HCC police officers is true then the Trustees are truly clueless and not much hope for HCC.
At a fund raiser last night
They list P.O. Boxes as their address to vote
About a thousand people in Harris County are registered to Vote from P.O. Boxes, here is the list (Removed first and Middle names), where is our County Attorney, the bigot. He is a bigot as he seems to target one particular person who has been an out spoken person for traditional marriages, Dave Wilson. Not only is Vince Ryan a bigot he is a bully using his political office to attack people that do not believe like he does.
INSIDE keeps hearing that State Senator Sylvia Garcia, State Representatives Jessica Farrar and Ana Hernandez are making robo calls for Steve Kirkland. Steve Kirkland is a homosexual and close friend of Annise Parker. The fact that Kirkland is homosexual should not be a reason to either vote for him or not. However, I want to point out the hypocrisy of the homosexual community. The homosexual community as well as the African American community jumped all over Dave Wilson for not putting his photo on his mailers and letting them think he was African American. I have yet to see a mailer from Steve Kirkland identifying himself as a homosexual. Why is he letting voters assume that he is straight?
Most importantly why are the Latinas always supporting white homosexuals over Latinos or Latinas? They supported a white homosexual over a Latina last election.
Lori Gray is better qualified to be a judge than Steve Kirkland. Kirkland career consists mostly of appointments to office. Annise Parker is the person behind the appointments. Kirkland and Parker are partners in Silver Street Properties. They begin their venture soon after Parker's election to council office.
Stephen Costello votes to place public safety second to money
Annise Parker has recently increased the salaries of her staff by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Every year at the end of the budget year departments race to spend money, use it or lose it. There is a lot of waste in the city and money could easily be found from non crucial accounts, a few less bike trails for instance.
Here is a story as to what can occur when people like like Costello place money in front of safety.
Costello has done very well living off the public trough as an engineer.
This writer was chief of staff for a council member 20 years ago, our office budget was bloated then and it is worse now. There is no reason that a council member needs a budget as large as they have. Every department is top heavy with administrators that spend their times going to meetings. Most meetings are a waste of time that could have been better utilized. For a part time job council members are over paid as most spend very little time studying the issues.
Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence - Coleman College
Here is a copy of the resolution of no confidence.
Here are some comments from when Young left her old job.
34% of HCC RN students failed the State Exam
INSIDE wanted to verify one of the figure that was mentioned which was the passing rates for RN students. The figure was correct only 66% of the RN students at Houston Community College passed the exam last year, only one other college has a lower passing rate. Here are the figures on the passing rates for RN students.
Houston Community College has a serious problems and it is not mortar and bricks. The HCC Trustees and administration are focused on contracts, rewarding the pay to play crowd. They passed a bond with lies, Carroll Robinson and Richard Schechter in particular sold the bonds with the lie that HCC was busting at the seams. One has to question why Richard Schechter left just before the sale of the bonds. One has to question why the Chronicle bought into the lies so easily. One has to question why the Houston Partnership through the HBEC targeted for removal the one Trustee (Yolanda Navarro Flores) that was speaking out as to what was happening at HCC. They have a program in Qatar and cannot account for all the monies. INSIDE maintains that HCC is losing money but they may be considering renewing the contract for additional years. At the moment there are no Trustees that seem to care about the educational programs and the reputation of Houston Community College. I used to tell people that HCC was one of the best values and had excellent programs, I no longer do so.
Houston Community College does not need a new building for the nursing program, they need new administration. Starting at the top with the person that is currently sitting there, Rene Byas she has had ample time to turn things around. Unfortunately that is not likely to happen as the Greater Houston Partnership is very happy with things as they are.
There are three trustees that will be up for election next year, Adriana Tamez, Eva Loredo, and Sandie Mullins. Carroll Robinson is toying with the idea of running for City of Houston Controller. If they do not respond to the call for action remember them, work against them, tell your neighbors, friends, relatives to work against them. There is one other person that is responsible for much of what has occurred that is State Representative Mary Ann Perez, work against her she has an opponent in November.
State Senator Dan Patrict Admits Hiring "Illegals"
Dan Patrick is running for Lt. Governor and one of his main issues is illegal immigration. Here is the story from Channel 13 Houston.
Where Are The Elected Officials?
Where are the elected officials for the area? Latinos need to start voting their elected officals out of office. From Channel 2 Houston. Here is the story.
The Zero-Three Strategy
"However, Gower said that through the use of her computerized data analytics program, Regalado can focus on the One-of-Threes, the Zero Threes, the thousands of voters who rarely, if ever, vote. Interviewed in “The Cave,” the war room Regalado has set up in Pharr, Gower and her team are running a sophisticated phone bank operation. Once early voting starts, Gower’s staff will zero in on those One-of-Three and Zero Three voters who indicated interest in Regalado’s message and who have yet to go to the polls." Source
The Chronicle Publishes Lies About Taxi Industry
The Houston Chronicle is either run and written by idiots or by people that are taking bribes to slant the news, there could be a third reason but I can't think of one. A few days ago the Chronicle ran this headline;
What the Study Says about the Industry
Are there problems with the system of course there are, however there is nothing to suggest that allowing a company such as Uber to operate in Houston would alleviate the same problems, or that Uber would not have the same type of problems..
The Chronicle does a disservice to the public when they publish lies disguised as news or informed editorials.
Uber does have its problems
There have been problem regarding Uber drivers background checks.
When you get in a cab in Houston you know what it is going to cost, no so with Uber as the price is not consistent;
What Uber is doing with pricing may be illegal in some states including Texas;
What the Chronicle needs to do is send of those so called people that they call reporters or columnists and do an in depth study of the problem. If Uber is successful in driving out competition we could find that people that rely in taxis might be paying a lot more for the trip to super-market or taking a trip home from the bar.
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December 2013 State Representatives Borris Miles and State Representative Harold Dutton owe property taxes. here. Why hasn't the County Attorney Vince Ryan started the process to foreclose on their property?
INSIDE is supporting Chris Daniel