Monthly Archives: August 2011

Justice Dept: Gibson Should Just Move to Madagascar

The continuing saga of Obama’s Dept. of Justice going after American guitar maker Gibson just got even more incredulous. Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz was interviewed by KJMN’s Chris Daniel today and mentioned that the agents stealing materials from his factory told him, no wrote down that if he’d move his labor force to Madagascar, this wouldn’t be an issue. You can hear the entire interview, but here’s where the interview took a turn. Chris Daniel asked Henry if the government told him to relocate to a foreign country, he replied, ” They actually wrote that in a pleading.”

Chris:  That your problems would uh,  go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of our labor?

Mr. Juszkieicz:  Yes

Between this, the Boeing NLRB mess, the Department of Justice blocking of AT&T’s effort to bring back 5,000 jobs from other countries, it is becoming more obvious that the administration has no clue how to create jobs, foster business growth or bring America back to growth.

Despite Gibson playing the environmentalist game, they are being singled-out. They follow the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council, they consult with environmentalist groups like Green Peace and still .. STILL the government goes after them. The government of Madagascar has signed affidavits that Gibson has complied with their laws and the Obama administration then decides that Madagascar is not a real government .. but still tries to enforce their laws.

What’s even worse is that in the same interview, Gibson’s CEO relays that the Obama administration does not even recognize the government of Madagascar, but is somehow interpreting their laws differently than they do. You’ll have to listen to the audio to believe the inane behavior of Eric Holder, the Dept. of Justice and the rest of the Obama administration.

This is exactly how you kill jobs – American jobs – and send them overseas.

Allen West Slams Liberal Attacks on TEA Party

First, we have Rep. Andre Carson, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus calling the TEA Party a lynch mob and that they want nothing more than to see blacks hanging from trees.

Then, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) tries to gloss over the rhetoric and somehow blame the media for the terroristic language the Congressional Black Caucus is using and that Congressional Democrats have refused to rebuke. Finally, in the same video, Rep. West calls it for what it is.

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In D. C. Taxpayers Bilked by Drug Kingpin/ Agency Administrator

Just when we thought we had heard it all concerning the corruption in our nation’s capitol, along comes a group calling itself “Miracle Hands Inc.” In Washington D.C., the Inspector general has filed a lawsuit against Miracle Hands for using $330,000 of your tax dollars to… open a strip club! Tied into this taxpayer fraud are several D.C powerplayers, a convicted drug kingpin, assorted lawyers, and even the head of a D.C. HIV/Aids agency that was in charge of distributing taxpayer dollars,and who after being fired went to work for “Miracle Hands.” And the fraud didn’t stop at a mere $330,000 grand either.

From TheWashingtonTimes we see this:

From 2004 to 2008, Miracle Hands received more than $4 million from the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration. In 2008, the group was tainted by an FBI raid and complaints from city monitors and former clients that it had misused city funds.

Enter one Debbie Rowe, the above mentioned former administrator for the D.C. HIV/Aids program that handed out all of these grants. She reportedly now works for Miracle Hands. Low and behold, Ms. Rowe was fired in… 2008, the time that $4 million in grants was handed out to corrupt officials and notorious drug kingpin Mr. Cornell Jones, AKA The Ghost. Mr. Jones did time in prison, and also has a serious problem with the IRS and income tax evasion. Again we see how high this corruption goes, as Mr. Jones apparently has yet to pay his back taxes, and the IRS has decided that the taxpayers have no right to that information:

Federal court records show Mr. Jones owned several businesses and numerous residential properties in the District and Maryland used to launder money and to store and prepare narcotics for distribution. He used friends and family members to conceal his drug-dealing activities, the records show. In the investigation leading to his arrest and 1986 conviction for drug trafficking, detectives found $586,300 in cash in a safe-deposit box in the name of his father and mother.A federal tax court slapped Mr. Jones with a $16.5 million judgment in 1990, saying he had failed to report income on $33 million in drug sales from 1985. Mr. Jones was released from prison in 1995 after serving the low end of a nine- to 27-year sentence. The Internal Revenue Service declined to comment on the status of Mr. Jones’ tax debt.They even made a movie about him titled American Gangster

As reported last week by The Washington Times, claiming it is a sexually oriented business that should have been denied a permit. The club is co-owned by politically connected developer Keith Forney, a donor of unspecified amounts to D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr.’s nonprofit group Team Thomas.

Though the FBI confirmed the investigation in 2009, the bureau would not comment for this article. However, since 2009, Miracle Hands has continued to receive city funds in excess of $1.5 million, according to figures released by the chief financial officer’s office, bringing the group’s total city funding since 2004 to more than $5.8 million.

Nearly a year since the Stadium Club opened as a high-end strip club with a premium steakhouse and private rooms at 2127 Queens Chapel Road, the websites for the Health Department and HIV/AIDS Administration still direct city residents seeking social services to Miracle Hands — at 2127 Queens Chapel Road. I offer the screenshot of this farce of a taxpayer funded group,and teh false claims they make from their very own website:

A city grant monitor informed Rowe that Miracle Hands funding grants should be stopped immediately, yet Rowe refused to adress the problems, instead calling Mr. Jones and company.

The monitor advised Rowe that Miracle Hands’ funding should be cut. But Rowe, called a “close friend of Jones” in the lawsuit, reportedly said the project was on pace and kept the funding in place. By then, though, Jones had already transferred a liquor license from a strip club he owned in Southeast to the Miracle Hands warehouse in Northeast, the suit said

When we ask ourselves if anyone will see actual prison time here, we have to consider a few facts concerning just who was involved. Big time connected D.C. lawyers and developers are in bed with a notorious drug kingpin whom the IRS refuses to tell us how much of the $16.5 million dollars in taxes that he did not pay has been paid back. City councilmen and D.C. grant program administrators are also heavily involved. I am a realist and will go on the record right now in informing you that not one person will see actual jail time and/or fines as a result of this massive taxpayer fraud and DC corruption, not one. This is just business as usual in Washington D.C. today. The taxpayers are being raped by government approved gangsters, and no one has the courage to stand up to them today.

The More We Dig Into “Fast and Furious,” The More We Find

History of “Fast and Furious”

In 2009, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) office in Phoenix, Arizona, sold weapons to gun buyers, hoping to track them to weapons buyers traffickers along the southwestern border and into Mexico. This operation has become known as “Fast and Furious,” a.k.a. “gun walker.” Their efforts failed. The number of unaccounted for weapons was about 1,500, with about two-thirds of those guns going to Mexico.

This misguided operation had serious consequences. On December 15, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed during an effort to catch several bad guys targeting illegal immigrants in Arizona. When law enforcement came to the scene, they discovered two of the killers’ assault rifles were among those sold as part of Operation Fast and Furious. Operation Fast and Furious was shut down after Terry’s murder. Two weapons involved in Fast and Furious were found at the site of Terry’s murder. Additionally, Fifty seven Fast and Furious weapons have been connected to at least an additional eleven violent crimes in the U.S. Forty two weapons were seized from two crime scenes in El Paso, Texas, alone.

In December 2010, ATF agent Vince Cefalu said, “Simply put, we knowingly let hundreds of guns and dozens of identified bad guys go across the border.” Other agents later came forward, congressional hearings were held, and President Barack Obama called the operation “a serious mistake.” Cefalu was forced to resign. On August 30, 2011, more Fast and Furious related personnel changes occurred when the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Kenneth Melson, the acting head of the ATF who presided over the operation, was replaced and transferred to the Office of Legal Policy.

Kenneth Melson resigned as head of ATF the Department of Justice announced August 30, 2011. He will be replaced by B. Todd Jones, a federal prosecutor in Minnesota. The White House is still hoping to get Senate confirmation for Andrew Traver, head of the ATF in Chicago. Then, on the same day, U.S. Attorney for Arizona, Dennis Burke, who oversaw the legal aspects of the Fast and Furious operation and provided advice to agents involved, announced his resignation. Emory Hurley, the lead prosecutor for Operation Fast and Furious cases in Burke’s office, was reassigned.

Fast and Furious is technically legal under ATF rules because the agents were not directly supplying guns to the cartels. ATF agents in Phoenix implemented the operation, naming it Operation Fast and Furious because most of straw buyers worked at auto shops, like Vin Diesel’s character in the 2001 movie, The Fast and the Furious. According to ATF in January 2010, ATF agents worked with the Phoenix DEA and the U.S. prosecutors in Arizona on the investigations. In some cases, ATF agents even used DOJ-funded wire tapping to track the guns.

Arizona US Attorney Dennis Burke Resigns

Arizona US Attorney Dennis Burke, whose office was heavily involved in the Fast and Furious operation, resigned yesterday (August 30, 2011). Burke said his resignation would be effective immediately. Said Burke, “it is the right time to move on to pursue other aspects of my career and my life and allow the office to move ahead.” His resignation comes two weeks after his testimony about Fast and Furious before Issa’s committee. “I get to stand up when we have a great case to announce and take all the credit for it regardless of how much work I did on it,” Burke said. “So, when our office makes mistakes, I need to take responsibility, and this is a case, as reflected by the work of this investigation, it should not have been done the way it was done, and I want to take responsibility for that, and I’m not falling on a sword or trying to cover for anyone else.” Issa’s office said Burke’s resignation does not excuse him from his promise of future testimony. “The committee still expects him to honor his commitment,” committee spokesman Frederick Hill said.

Darrell Issa’s and Charles Grassley’s Investigation

The gunrunning operation is now the subject of a Congressional investigation, led by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), to identify who in the DOJ was responsible for or knew about the sting. Issa and Grassley have made it clear that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder – a confidant of President Barack Obama – is a central focus of their investigation. So far, the DOJ has ignored the Issa/Grassley investigation. But recent testimony from ATF director Kenneth Melson claimed that the cartel leaders targeted by Fast and Furious were allegedly paid informants for the DEA and the FBI. If true, the allegations could harm the credibility of the entire Justice Department.

Issa said in a statement that “the reckless disregard for safety that took place in Operation Fast and Furious certainly merits changes.” He said his committee will pursue its investigation to ensure that “blame isn’t offloaded on just a few individuals for a matter that involved much higher levels of the Justice Department.” Grassley, whose investigation brought problems with Operation Fast and Furious to light, called for a full accounting from the Justice Department as to “who knew what and when, so we can be sure that this ill-advised strategy never happens again.”

Issa released emails at the outset of his hearing on the Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious, showing two high-ranking officials were “briefed weekly” on the investigative strategy. The emails are the most direct evidence yet of involvement in the operation by top Justice Department officials, and make it unlikely such officials were ignorant about the details of the operation when the Justice Department initially denied assault guns were knowingly allowed to go into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

Four ATF agents, in transcribed interviews with Issa’s office, are contradicting the Justice Department’s account of Operation Fast and Furious, saying hundreds of weapons – including assault rifles and military-grade sniper weapons – were allowed to escape into the clutches of Mexican drug cartels in a reckless investigative strategy. Their testimony raises the question of whether Ronald Weich, a deputy to Attorney General Eric Holder, lied to congressional investigators in a February 4, 2011, letter denying the allegations. Grassley said he had no proof whether AG Eric Holder or President Barack Obama were told about the existence of Fast and Furious. Said Grassley, “This is all the purpose of our oversight: number one, to make sure things like this don’t happen again, and number two, to make sure that whoever was involved in this is held responsible.”

Issa also said he is certain the Fast and Furious operation was known by most top officials at the Justice Department and that AG Eric Holder either knew and misled Congress, or was so out of the loop that he’s guilty of mismanagement. “How is it that the No. 2, 3, 4 at Justice all knew about this program, but the No. 1 didn’t?,” Issa said. “Is it because he said ‘don’t tell me’? Is it because they knew what they were doing is wrong, and they were protecting their boss? Or is it that Eric Holder is just so disconnected … ?” “Whichever it is – he knew and he’s lied to Congress, or he didn’t know, and he’s so detached that he wasn’t doing his job – that really probably is for the administration to make a decision on, sooner not later,” Issa said.

The Obama administration sought to intimidate witnesses into not testifying to Congress on Tuesday about whether ATF knowingly allowed weapons, including assault rifles, to be “walked” into Mexico. Darrell Issa said at least two scheduled witnesses expected to be asked about a controversial weapons investigation received warning letters from ATF to limit their testimony.

Congressional investigators say acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson told them documents he reviewed convinced him reports about gunwalking were true. Melson told investigators when he reviewed documents relating to one specific case, he found what he called “a smoking gun.” According to a partial transcript of Melson’s testimony to Congressional investigators, “interdiction could have occurred, and probably should have occurred, but did not occur.”

Where Are Investigations Going?

“He [Melson] was part of the bad judgment. And when I say bad judgment, it wasn’t just him,” Issa said. “They had to go to Justice to get money, to get FBI agents, all of the other people that helped coordinate this, and to get the wiretaps they used. This was a program so stupid from the start.”

Former El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) director Phil Jordan thinks this scandal goes as high as Attorney General Eric Holder. From his decades of law enforcement experience working with Washington-based Justice Department officials, Jordan said he’s sure this kind of program would have needed approval from either the Attorney General or one of his direct deputies. The revelations about Operation Fast and Furious keep getting worse. The Obama administration needs to start showing some accountability and providing answers. Which officials knew about the program and its failures is still a big question. President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have denied knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious before this spring, and no one at the Justice Department – the ATF’s parent agency – has acknowledged a role in authorizing or running the program. Yet Operation Fast and Furious didn’t materialize out of nowhere. In the latest round of congressional hearings on the gun sting gone wrong, agents of ATF posted to Mexico City testified that they pleaded with their superiors in Washington to end the operation. “Hey, when are they going to shut this, to put it bluntly, damn investigation down?”

Investigations into a gunrunning sting gone wrong are getting closer to the top of the U.S. Justice Department and its head, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. A congressional report released last month revealed that top DOJ officials knew about Operation Fast and Furious. “The Oversight and Government Reform Committee will continue its investigation to ensure that blame isn’t offloaded on just a few individuals for a matter that involved much higher levels of the Justice Department,” said Issa. “There are still many questions to be answered about what happened in Operation Fast and Furious and who else bears responsibility.”

Who Knew What When?

In June, 2011, President Obama said in a press conference: “My Attorney General has made clear that he wouldn’t have ordered gun running into Mexico. . . That would not be an appropriate step by the ATF.” He then deflected further questions, citing an “ongoing investigation.” Press secretary Jay Carney said that the President “did not know about or authorize this operation.” But as Heritage.org’s Rory Cooper wrote, “If that’s the case, how could neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder not know about an operation that everyone else at the Department of Justice seemed to be actively involved in, including the Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Attorney and head of the ATF?” Obama should take this seriously. And so should the American people. The ATF sold guns to criminals in Mexico, a life has been taken, and crimes have been committed with the weapons that were trafficked by the federal government. And yet questions remain under the Administration that called itself “the most transparent in history.”

The more I dig into it, the more I learn. As the old saying goes, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

But that’s just my opinion.

New-Vehicle Retail Sales Volume Deteriorates as August Closes

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The August new-vehicle retail sales pace has declined sharply during the second half of the month, as the impact of negative variables—weak consumer confidence, delayed purchases in the hopes of bargains, and inclement weather—take hold, according to J.D. Power and Associates, which gathers real-time transaction data from more than 8,900 retail franchisees throughout the United States.

The August retail seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) is expected to come in at 9.7 million units, which is an improvement from July’s 9.5 million unit SAAR. The total light-vehicle selling rate is expected to be 11.9 million units, a slight decline from July’s 12.2 million units as a result of a weaker fleet mix.

“With the economic woes, summer vacations and Hurricane Irene taking center stage, August may be a lost month for vehicle sales, but the slight increase in the retail selling rate from last month is still a step in the right direction,” said Jeff Schuster, executive director of global forecasting at J.D. Power and Associates. “Marketing and incentive focus has already shifted to September with the upcoming Labor Day weekend, so with improved inventory, the sales pace could show marked improvement next month.”

Obama Blinks – Moves Speech to Thursday

Obama requests speech at same time as GOP debate

Despite having said that it should be country before politics, Obama put his politics before almost everything – including politics.

Before his most sudden change of heart, Obama had demanded that he address Congress on the same night as the next GOP debate – September 7th.

Obama sent a letter Wednesday to House Speaker Boehner requesting a joint session of Congress so that he may deliver his jobs plan. On any other night that week, there would be no reason not to grant the teleprompter a reason to explain to us what Obama’s ever-changing group of economic advisers wrote down. The day Obama originally requested is also the night of the next GOP Presidential Debate.

The debate is to be carried by MSNBC so any damage to their viewership will be negligible, as are their ratings. The real question is why did Obama pick the same night as the GOP debate?

Politics, of Course

It won’t hurt the GOP candidates just to have the debate and the president on at the same time. Between DVR’s and archived streams, anyone who wants to see both, will be able to. What is interesting is that now we’re hearing that the moderators may push the candidates to respond in real-time to the President’s plan – a plan his advisers spent months on.

Obama gets to take his time, studying the speech someone wrote for him, the plan someone else devised. The candidates have seconds to respond? Way to go MSNBC, you’ve managed to top CNN’s bungle of a Presidential debate -AND- confirm the New York Times assertion that they are nothing but a marathon of liberal propaganda from 6-11pm. Although the need for the time boxing is questionable.

Obama could be assured that MSNBC would pounce on any opportunity to make the GOP candidates look unprepared and uninformed while the President reads calmly from the teleprompter. All he had to do was schedule his speech at the same time and on the same day as the MSNBC-hosted debate.

Rep. Ron Paul is said to be weighing his options as to whether he will attend the GOP debate or the President’s speech.

There is Football to Consider

John Boehner has stated that he was only given 15 minutes to consider the Obama request before it was announced nationwide. Boehner publicly asked the President to consider moving his speech to Thursday. As Thursday is the kick-off of the 2011-12 NFL football season, our sports fan-in chief is likely to refuse.

Boehner Asks President to be More Considerate

Letter to President Obama re: Request to Address a Joint Session of Congress

The President Changes His Mind

At about 9:20pm this evening, the White House blinked. The President will address a joint session of Congress on September 8th. So far the White House only alluded to Speaker Boehner’s concerns as the reason to move the date.

A Win For Medical Marijuana in California

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif., Aug. 30, 2011 — After a lengthy court battle, the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two ruled against the city of Lake Elsinore in its efforts to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries within its boundaries.

In December of 2009, the City Council members of Lake Elsinore voted to ban medical marijuana operations in the city, which included the collective called R Side Medical among other names, owned by Luis “Carlos” Stahl and his son Eric. Because the state law conflicts with the federal law on the legality of marijuana, the constitutionality of such bans are being challenged across California. Many lawyers, such as the Stahls’ attorney, Christopher M. Glew of the Law Offices of Glew & Kim, contend that the ban presents a serious legal quandary that may eventually reach the Supreme Court.

The Stahls’ collective operated under a city-issued business license in Lake Elsinore, and Carlos Stahl insists that his license did not prohibit him from distributing marijuana to its members. In March, after a four-month investigation, the city formally disagreed, serving search warrants and arresting three people, including Carlos Stahl’s wife, Carol Stahl.

“The Stahls had been a victim of police harassment for months, which showed blatant bias against the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes,” explains Glew. “We are happy that the Court of Appeal saw the legality of our case and ruled in favor of our client, the Stahls. This is a victory for not just the Stahls, but for the people who depend on these dispensaries for relief from illnesses.”

The Stahls will waste no time in reopening their business at its most recent location on Casino Drive, yet will be required to strictly follow all city codes, according to Lake Elsinore Code Enforcement Manager Robin Chipman.

Small Town Company Thrives Against All Odds

Fighting Diabetes and a Bad Economy at the Same Time

SIERRA MADRE, Calif., Aug. 31, 2011 — In the quaint little town of Sierra Madre, one budding business just joined the ranks of companies such as Microsoft and Oracle. By helping hospitals all over the country, Wound Care Advantage has reached #316 on Inc. Magazine’s “500″ list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies. The recognition comes despite a volatile healthcare industry and down economy. They were ranked #1,190 just one year ago and are the only wound care company to make the 2011 list. Wound Care Advantage is thriving by helping hospitals keep their doors open to fight the crippling complications of a deadly disease – diabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death. Currently, 60 million Americans are prediabetic. Diabetes and other growing conditions are leading to chronic wounds. Chronic wounds affect more patients than heart attack and stroke victims combined. These non-healing wounds account for $20 billion in healthcare expenditures and over 150,000 amputations every year. Wound care centers around the country are being overwhelmed with this challenge as the recession and an unpredictable industry give them a run for their money.

Wound Care Advantage is helping these medical centers fight back by providing them with financial planning, management, marketing, as well as equipment and training on new wound healing techniques. WCA’s hospitals retain some of the highest profit margins in the industry while simultaneously healing patients faster than ever before.

The company’s success is in large part due to their emphasis on technology. The company’s implementation of hyperbaric oxygen therapy among other techniques has achieved an average healing time of 34 days for wounds that traditionally took months to heal or resulted in amputation. Their Cloud Wound Care technology has cut costs and improved efficiency; it puts everything from electronic medical records to financial statistics at the fingertips of administrators in real time.

The Founder and CEO behind this small town powerhouse is Mike Comer. Comer has rapidly expanded his company with experience, vision, and passion. “Over 50% of patients who receive an amputation die within five years,” says Comer. “We founded WCA to heal these wounds before amputations are necessary.” The team’s passion for partnering with community hospitals and helping patients heal is apparent on the company’s website. One webpage boldly displays “Six Rules to Live (or Work) By,” which include rules such as “We should earn your business every day” and “We must do well, in order to do good.” Wound Care Advantage is doing very well by doing a lot of good for a whole lot of people.

Whether it’s their website, technology, or ten-year track record, this small town company is making a big noise by climbing 874 spots in just one year to rank at 316 on the Inc. 500. Comer states, “If you happen to be by our office, drop in at 3:16 – we will be popping champagne.”

Wound Care Advantage is a healthcare management company founded in 2002, focused on the development and management of outpatient wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapies for community hospitals. The company’s business is centered on empowering hospitals with their own wound care programs and delivering the best care for patient healing. To learn more about WCA, please visit http://www.thewca.com.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Mike Comer, please call Morgan Craven at 888-484-3922 or send an email to [email protected].

A Limited Edition T-Shirt for $50,000.00, Who Says the Economy Is Bad?

20 Collectible, Numbered T-shirts to Be Produced by 50K Tees with a Portion of the Proceeds Being Donated to a Charity of the Buyer’s Choice

NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2011 — When a performer asked designer Daniel J to make a T-shirt that no one had seen before, he had an idea for T-shirts so rare that only the economic elite could own them. After creating the design, Daniel J created 50K Tees, the world’s most expensive and collectible T-shirts.

With a limited production of only 20 shirts, each selling for $50,000, the black, 100 percent cotton shirts bear his original design of 50 letter “K”s in various white fonts and sizes.

Each T-shirt is visibly numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity signed by the designer. While the T-shirts are truly collectible items, Daniel J encourages owners to wear them and then send him a photo of themselves wearing the T-shirts, which he will post on the http://www.50ktees.com site. “You could call it the ultimate ego trip,” he said. “Only 20 people in the world will own one of my T-shirts. They are more than fashion pieces. They are conversation pieces.”

The buzz has already begun. Three people are already proud owners of the designer T-shirts. As the different numbers sell, the site will be updated. Buyers who want a particular number will be able to see if it is still available. Nos. 3, 14, and 19 are taken, purchased by a couple of performers and a serious collector.

“Our customers range from T-shirt collectors to rock stars, the hip, cool, trendy and wealthy crowd,” said Daniel J.

These customers can not only get satisfaction from knowing they own an extremely limited T-shirt, they can take pride in the fact that their purchase also helps make the world a better place. Daniel J will donate 10 percent of the purchase price of each shirt to a charity of the buyer’s choice.

“Whether you’re partying in the T-shirt, performing in it, clubbing in it, walking the red carpet or washing your car in it, I’d love to see a picture of you enjoying wearing it,” said Daniel J.

Each T-shirt is shipped in a gift box, and all orders are insured and require a signature for delivery. For more information or to order an extremely limited T-shirt, visit http://www.50ktees.com.

Contact:
Mr. Daniel J
Email: [email protected]
973-464-5621

New Mobile Technology Transforms How America’s Workers Save for Retirement

Innovative Financial Advisors pilot cutting-edge process resulting in dramatic improvements in retirement savings

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Aug. 31, 2011 — According to The Employee Benefit Research Institute, in their 2011 Retirement Confidence Study, fully 70 percent of American workers say they are not where they need to be with their retirement savings.

Less than half of workers (42 percent) report they and/or their spouse have tried to calculate how much money they will need to have saved by the time they retire so that they can live comfortably in retirement. This has changed little since 2003.

But since December 2010, a start-up company has been piloting a solution to overcome these unmet needs with Financial Advisors who specialize in 401(k) plans.

Called iJoin, this mobile software provides personalized analysis of a worker’s retirement situation. Workers using their own smartphone or a supplied mobile device are led through an engaging, interactive decision-making process. Using applied behavioral finance techniques; iJoin gently nudges employees to determine:

  • How much must they save for retirement to replace their monthly income?
  • If they are not on track to achieve their monthly income goal, what they can do to achieve the desired goal?
  • Based on their individual preferences, what are some suitable investments?

With a professional Financial Advisor leading the session, different situations can be analyzed and solutions provided on the spot. At the end of the session, a retirement planning report is emailed to each participant.

Nearly 200 workers participated, with 8 companies across the country, in a variety of industries ranging from professional firms to farming equipment and manufacturing. The results were outstanding:

  • 97% chose to participate in their company retirement plan compared to industry average of 78.8%
  • 68% selected a higher contribution percentage than what they were currently deferring
  • Workers increased their savings or deferral rate resulting in a 10.6% average deferral rate compared to industry average of 7.5%

Workers gave the iJoin software good marks:

  • 76% rated iJoin as “Extremely Effective” or “Very Effective” in helping determine how much money will be needed in retirement
  • 81% said they would “Absolutely” or “Probably Recommend” the iJoin retirement planning process to others.

“The mission of iJoin is to improve the retirement security of millions of American workers who are depending on 401(k) plans to generate needed income once they stop working. Mobile technology is a game changer. By partnering with Financial Advisors, iJoin offers a turnkey technology solution and consistent guidance process that dramatically improves individual retirement outcomes,” said Fred Greenstein, CEO, Left Coast Solutions, Inc.

“In about twenty minutes, the iJoin mobile application enabled workers to determine how much they needed to save for retirement and showed them how to accomplish that goal,” said Kendall Kay, Chief Marketing Officer for iJoin. “They now have a written game plan that shows how they can be ready for retirement and what sort of monthly income they will need. This process really boosts their confidence.”

About Left Coast Solutions, Inc.

Established in 2008, in Santa Rosa, California, Left Coast Solutions is the owner of the iJoin mobile web guidance and enrollment software. The software has been developed by LCS’s technology and project partner iGate/Patni. The iJoin team has 70+ years of retirement plan experience. The founders possess expertise in 401(k) recordkeeping, product development, investment management, web technology, retirement plan design and consulting. For more information, go to: http://www.ijoinplan.com/

About iGATE Patni:

“iGATE Patni” (the common brand identity of iGATE and Patni with the former having acquired a majority stake in Patni Computers) provides consulting, technology, business process outsourcing and product engineering services on a Business Outcomes-based model powered by the iTOPS (Integrated Technology and Operations) platform. iGATE Patni’s multi-location global organization has 26000+ people, servicing over 360 Fortune 1000 clients in banking & financial services; insurance & healthcare; and life sciences, among others. Visit: http://www.igatepatni.com.

CONTACT:

Kendall Kay
Chief Marketing Officer
Left Coast Solutions, Inc.
617-803-6344
[email protected]

Ambit Energy Earns “Top 5 Electric Provider” Honors in Texas

 

DALLAS, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — For the second consecutive year, Ambit Energy was named a “top five electric provider in Texas” based on a recent customer satisfaction survey by J.D. Power and Associates. The survey considered the responses of 8,100 Texas residential customers about their overall satisfaction with their electricity provider, increasing Ambit Energy’s overall customer satisfaction index by 26 points from 2010.

The 2011 Texas Residential Retail Electric Provider Customer Satisfaction Study™, now in its fourth year, measures customer satisfaction with retail electric utility providers in Texas by considering four key factors: price; billing and payment; communications; and customer service.

Ambit Energy earned top rankings in the categories of communications performance, retailer loyalty and enrollment:

  • Ranked first in communications when customers were asked about satisfaction in communicating changes, new offers/promotions and using attention-grabbing messaging.
  • Ranked first in number of positive recommendations to friends, family and coworkers about customer’s current energy provider.
  • Ranked first in positive percentage growth, with most respondents switching providers to Ambit Energy in the past 12 months.

“We are proud that Ambit Energy has been named a top electric service provider in Texas for the second year in a row,” said Jere Thompson Jr., Ambit Energy co-founder and CEO. “With our competitive energy rates and attractive customer rewards, our focus on customer satisfaction is essential to Ambit being the finest and most-respected energy company in America.”

Since 2006, Ambit Energy has continued to grow in both customer size and market presence. Ambit recently reported reaching the 600,000 customer milestone in the third quarter of 2011. The company has expanded service to five new markets in the past year, with plans to expand to several more before the end of 2011.

About Ambit Energy

Ambit Energy is a Dallas-based retail energy provider of electricity and natural gas services in deregulated markets across the U.S., including regions of Texas, Illinois, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Ambit Energy was named the fastest-growing private company in America for 2010 by Inc. magazine. Focused on being the finest and most-respected energy provider in the industry, Ambit Energy offers smart, cost-effective choices for today’s energy consumer. For more information on Ambit Energy service or to join the Ambit Energy team, visit http://www.AmbitEnergy.com or call (877) 28-AMBIT.

About J.D. Power and Associates

Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, Web intelligence and customer satisfaction. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on car reviews and ratingscar insurancehealth insurancecell phone ratings, and more, please visitJDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

SOURCE Ambit Energy

CONTACT: Robin Stevens of Ambit Energy, 1-877-654-3397, [email protected]

 

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LGBT Groups to Counter Houston ‘Pray Away the Gay’ Conference on September 10

HOUSTON, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On September 10, the infamous “ex-gay” organization Exodus International will host Love Won Out in Houston, which is a quarterly road show promoting the false and dangerous idea that one can “pray away the gay.” In response, a coalition of local and national LGBT organizations will host a weeklong series of educational and entertainment events, as well as a protest, highlighting the harm caused by “ex-gay” programs.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (All events open to media)

Opening Night: Overview of “Ex-Gay” Ministries with Wayne Besen

Wednesday, September 7

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Resurrection MCC (2025 West 11th Street, Houston TX)

Presentation followed by a Pastors’ Panel and Q&A Session

Event Info: Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen will discuss in an acclaimed multi-media presentation the history of “ex-gay” programs, the techniques used, the key players involved and political context in which these dangerous programs operate. Besen is the architect of the recent undercover operation that revealed that the clinic of Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, practiced “ex-gay” therapy. Besen is the author of Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth. He has appeared on leading shows including: ABC Nightline and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Film Screening: This is What Love in Action Looks Like

Thursday, September 8

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Resurrection MCC

Event InfoThis is What Love in Action Looks Like is a new film that explores the controversial LIA experience and shows how youth are coerced into “ex-gay” programs. Film director Morgan Jon Fox and interviewee Brandon Tidwell will be on-hand to answer questions.

One Man Show: Peterson Toscano

Friday, September 9

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Resurrection MCC

Event Info: Celebrated comedian and actor Peterson Toscano shares his own story of trying to “de-gay” himself and the process he took to integrate his sexuality with all parts of his life. In this presentation you will witness the Best of Peterson Toscano as he presents excerpts from original plays including The Re-Education of George W. Bush, Queer 101–Now I Know my gAy,B,Cs, and Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House.

Protest of Exodus International’s Love Won Out

Saturday, September 10

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Outside the Sugar Creek Baptist Church

SOURCE Truth Wins Out

CONTACT: Wayne Besen, Founder, Truth Wins Out, +1-917-691-5118, [email protected]

Texas Building Energy Code Update Workshops Coming to Houston and Sugar Land

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Texas State Energy Conservation Office announced in July that registration had begun for statewide workshops focused on the updates to the State building energy code. The 2009 IECC for Residential and Commercial Construction became effective on April 1, 2011, and the 2009 IRC: Chapter 11 will become effective on January 1, 2012.

Apple Energy Group, the training provider, has conducted these 3-hour workshops in Austin, San Antonio,Houston, and the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Upcoming workshops will be held in Houston onSeptember 8 and in Sugar Land on September 9, 2011. Over the next 5 months, the Texas Building Energy Code Update Workshops will be presented in over 30 cities throughout the state. The schedule and more information for registration are available at www.TXEnergyCodeTraining.org. A 2009 IECC codebook is included with registration.

The workshops will provide a thorough, yet concise review of the changes to the Texas Building Energy Code. A 3-hour Residential Workshop and a separate 3-hour Commercial Workshop will be offered to review these updates and offer guidance to serve the specific needs of the attendees. Builders, architects, building officials, energy engineers, contractors, inspectors, building suppliers and others affected by these changes are invited to register and attend. The workshops have been approved for continuing education credits by the American Institute of Architects, the International Code Council, the Building Performance Institute, and the American Society of Home Inspectors.

The Texas Building Energy Code Update Workshops play an important role in ensuring that building professionals across the State understand the changes to the code and are prepared to implement the new building energy standard. With Texas buildings accounting for nearly 40 percent of the State’s total energy use, implementing energy efficient design that meets the requirements of the new state energy code is as important as ever. Considering that Texas is the fifth largest energy consumer in the world, and the largest state consumer in the U.S., energy efficiency is essential and is being described as “Texas’ newest energy resource.” For more information regarding the Texas Building Energy Code, visit www.txbuildingenergycode.org.

SOURCE Texas Building Energy Code Update Workshops

CONTACT: William Ball, [email protected]

 

Michigan Economy Edges Down in June

COMERICA BANK LOGO / Comerica logo. (PRNewsFoto/Comerica Bank)DALLAS, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index edged down one point in June, to a level of 86.  The June index level is 15 points, or 21 percent, above the cyclical index low of 71.  Year-to-date, the index has averaged 88 points, three points above the average for all of 2010.

“The Michigan index gave back the small gains it made over the first three months of the year, finishing the second quarter at the same level as 2010 year-end,” said Robert Dye, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank.  “Weak motor vehicle sales, and weak vehicle production in the wake of the Japan earthquake, along with weak growth in nonfarm payrolls, held the index down in June. A third quarter rebound in the state’s auto sector should provide lift to the index in coming months.  However, downside risk to the broader U.S. economy and to the Euro-Zone economies remains elevated. The rapid decline in consumer confidence in August is particularly threatening to the auto sector. The good news is that there is ample pent-up demand for new cars, which would be unleashed in the presence of moderate job creation, stable gasoline prices and low interest rates.”

The Michigan Economic Activity Index equally weighs nine, seasonally-adjusted coincident indicators of real economic activity.  These indicators reflect activity in the construction, manufacturing and service sectors as well as job growth and consumer outlays.  A complete Index history is available upon request.

Comerica Bank is the commercial banking subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Michigan and Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, and Florida, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico.

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SOURCE Comerica Bank

CONTACT: Media, Robert Dye, +1-214-462-6839, [email protected], Data, Meaghan Derrick, +1-214-462-6815, [email protected], both of Comerica Bank