Edgewood Chamber Friday Blast 11/30/12

  Friday Blast
             November 30,  2012
    Your Chamber,
Working for you…
Edgewood Holiday Hunt n Glow
Shopping, Scavenger Hunt, Parade, Visit from Santa,
and Hot Air Balloon Glow
 is December 15
 32 LOCAL businesses are locations for the Scavenger hunt all over town from 10am to 4pm on Saturday December 15. Pick up your map of the participating businesses at the Chamber Booth at the multi purpose room at Edgewood Elementary School beginning at 10am on Saturday.  We are advertising in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, as well as the East Mountain/Estancia Valley area to bring folks in to play the game in our stores.  The winner of the scavenger hunt will receive a 4 wheeled cart filled with approimately
$1200 in gifts from the participants.
THE Night Glow PARADE
lines up at Wal Mart at 4pm and begins at 5pm toward
the Soccer Field going South on SR 344.  Enjoy the lighted floats and (dare we hope) horses and cheerleaders,
and great fun all wrapped in lights. Wal Mart is setting up a display of lights for your vehicle/horse, etc for the parade. We will accept entries into the parade until next
Wednesday.  Please call the chamber at 850-2523 for your registration form.  Parade entry is FREE.
SANTA will be at the end of the parade and will set up shop for our kids at the Covered Pavilian on the Soccer field, while a number of Hot Air Balloons set up a
GLOW…. enjoy the time with Christmas Caroling from the Moriarty High School Choir, and hot chocolate and coffee and goodies sold by non profits to help keep you warm.
We are hoping that this event becomes Edgewood’s Holiday Tradition, beginning this year.. please participate, bring your friends and family to shop, play the game, line up for the parade, visit Santa, watch the Balloon Glow, and help us to create a huge and fun Edgewood Tradition!
call Madeline at 850-2523 for more information.
Committee:
Linda Thomas, Cheryl and Vince Bonino,
Jerry  Guziel, Anne House, Tracy  and the Edgewood Police Department, Robin Prudencio.
note:  We want to thank JK and Sundee Perkins who were instrumental in the planning of this event in August, and who will be missed as members
of the committee and the Chamber.
 
 

MONDAY DEC 3 IS LAST DAY TO NOMINATE.
We will be holding our annual election for three board positions on the Edgewood Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors.
We will be holding both electronic and in person voting on the second Wednesday in December.
In person voting will take place at the monthly luncheon on December 12.
Nomination forms are available HERE
Bring completed form to the Edgewood Chamber office by 3pm Monday.
THE 21 CLUB

Edgewood Chamber’s
21st Anniversary
Banquet, Dance, and Auction
has been scheduled for
Saturday January 19, 2013
in the Belle Union Saloon
(known that evening as:
The 21 Club)
at Founder’s Ranch owned by SASS.
We will have tickets for this
great event available in early December.
Committee:
Robin Markley, Chair &Decorating;
Chris Hopper Food/Beverage Set up;
Stuart Seagers, Kathy Haynes and Martha Dotster, Auction;
Saul Araque, Awards;
Linda Thomas and Howard Calkins,
Ticket Sales;
Leota Harriman,Advertising/Printing.
Your committee is working hard to make this a fun-filled evening for everyone!
 Leadership Edgewood 2013
We are presently accepting applications for Leadership Edgewood 2013. Stop by the office to talk about it if you’re interested. Only 20 persons will be registered in the class, Deadline for registration is December 17.
The 2013 session will begin in January and will run on the THIRD Thursday of every month January through June.
Committee:
Chair: Brenda Murray;
Martha Eden, Lori Harris, Leota Harriman, Stuart Seagers, and Nicole Dray.
And another wonderful and informative year is being planned right now.

 

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    Area Happenings
This Friday Blast Section is reserved for your events or happenings in the area!  If you have an upcoming event or a special happening that you would like to see in the Blast, please email it to the office by Wednesday. Approved information will be reviewed and inserted in the Blast on the following Friday.
 
K-88.7 KXNM OPEN HOUSE
SATURDAY DEC 1  2PM
8 East Clements Road,
McIntosh, NM 87032
Come see what radio in our area is all about!
Potluck feast and silent auction.

   CRAFT SHOW
EDGEWOOD ELEMENTARY

      SAT DEC 1
9AM TO 4PM

COME SUPPORT LOCAL CRAFTERS! Breakfast with Santa

An annual event of the
East Mountain Chamber of Commerce at Los Vecinos.
Breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30am  Admission is $3. for children and $5 for adults.  Silent Auction, crafts for children, booths from local businesses and more.

Holiday Craft Show at the Moriarty Civic Center on December 1 form 9am to 4pm, put on the Moriarty Chamber of Commerce.
Festival of lights parade and lighting of Crossley Park in Moriarty
December 4
Hosted by the Moriarty Lions Club, Rotary and Chamber of Commerce.
The Parade starts at 6pm and the lighting of the park will immediately follow.
GIFT GIVING  TIME
Looking for a gift that will please young or old?
AVON products are a great gift for him or her…ages newborn to 99.
Check out holiday brochures at www.youravon.com/karronsmith
I am offering holiday specials through Campaign 26 – just mention Edgewood Chamber
and receive 10% off all orders $50+ or 20% off all orders $100+
and receive 10% off all Bon Jovi products!
Discounts good on personal deliveries only.
Contact Karron Lee Smith at 505-281-3218  or
                     
About Us 
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thurs
10:00am – 3:00pm
Location:
95 State Road 344 Ste 3
(Library/Chamber Bldg)
Edgewood, New Mexico
Phone Numbers:
505-850-2523

e-mail:
info@ edgewoodchambernm.com
Join us on Facebook
Just search:
Edgewood Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director:
Madeline Heitzman
Board of Directors
 
President:
     Chris Hopper                   2013
Vice President:
      Misty Miller                     2013
Treasurer:
      Patrick Thompson         2013
Secretary:
       Robin Markley                2013
Board Members at Large:
Ray Seagers                          2013
Saul Araque                           2013
Howard Calkins                    2012
Gary Birkman                        2012
Martha Eden                          2012
Committees:

Membership:  Howard Calkins
Marketing:              Misty Miller
Political Affairs & By Laws:
Ray Seagers
Events:                 Committees
Education:                  Lisa Vigil
Programs:      Brenda Murray
Luncheons:     Linda Thomas
  
       
Edgewood Chamber

Board Meeting
Monday December 10,
6:15pm
Chamber Offices
Luncheon
Wednesday December 12
11:30am
ECOC Board elections
at the Luncheon.
Tri Chamber Holiday Mixer
hosted by East Mountain
Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday December 12
at
TRYed by Fire Karaoke Klub
on George Court in Edgewood
5:30-7:30
Door prizes needed
Pot Luck
Contact Julie Albright
East Mountain Chamber
Triple Crown Corporate Partners for 2012:

Rich Ford
WalMartSASSEPCOR Water

Town of Edgewood
Meetings:

 meets First and Third Wednesdays of the month
at 6:30pm
Edgewood Community Center
  Planning & Zoning meets First and Third Mondays of the month at 6:00pm Edgewood Community Center.

Other Chambers:
East Mountain Chamber meets
the first Thursday of the month at
11:30am.  Call 281-1999 or
Moriarty Chamber meets
at noon the third Tuesday of the month at the Moriarty Civic Center.  Call 832-4087
Mountainair Chamber meets the first Tuesday of the month at 11:30am at the Shaffer Hotel. 847-2975 or
mcc@mountainairchamber.com
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 Ponderings:
 If you are a chamber member, you can leave your business cards, rack cards and flyers at the Visitors center inside the South door to the Library. Be sure to get your information over here. It’s part of your benefit as an Edgewood Chamber member!
Stop by the office to see Madeline if you have any questions , or call my cell 850-2523.
2012 Edgewood Chamber of Commerce – All rights reserved
Address:
PO Box 457 Edgewood NM 8701
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Fakery Poses As Reality

President Barack Obama addresses the House Dem...

President Barack Obama addresses the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have much for which we might be thankful with Obama’s first four years, wherein; he “acted,” as this nation’s chief executive. Thanks to modern technology’s ability to collect and keep the gaffes and goofs from his lecterns and teleprompters, we can start with the following:

Fakery Poses As Reality

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Marita Noon: Corruption And Collusion Collide

Commentary by Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc.

Contact: 505.239.8998, marita@responsiblenergy.org

Words: 1430

Exclusive: DOE corruption—appointed and elected officials should face prison time

Marita Noon

An exhaustive review of 350+ pages of leaked emails regarding the Obama administration’s handling of the various green-energy loan and grant programs makes several things very clear: they lied, engaged in favoritism, and rushed application approvals to suit the political agenda of the White House. At the same time, worthy projects that went through a complete due diligence process were denied or ultimately withdrawn, as the lengthy approval process “taxed investors’ patience”—as was the case with Aptera Motors, which worked closely with the DOE for two years.

Paul Wilbur, President and CEO at Aptera, didn’t think they were treated unfairly. He told me, “At the end of the day, we couldn’t get through the process.” But, he admits, he hasn’t read the emails.

Aptera was trying to build a very efficient electric vehicle with an under $30K price point. Wilbur met with Secretary Chu who could see the value in the technology. But our research shows that value was not the deciding factor in which projects got funded and which ones didn’t. Wilbur reports that he didn’t donate to any candidate. He wanted to keep the whole process clean and do what was “good for America.”

The report from the House Oversight Committee says Aptera first applied for an ATVM loan in December of 2008 and “shut down on December 2, 2011.” The report implies that Aptera was led on: “After numerous negotiations with DOE, in September 2011, Aptera received a conditional loan commitment of $150 million if the company was able to raise $80 million privately.” And: “The loans given to Fisker and Tesla gave Aptera hope that DOE would eventually act on their application. More importantly, since the DOE continued to engage with the company throughout the time period, management was convinced that DOE was interested and willing to provide financing for the company.”

Aptera’s 100% US technology has since been sold to a Chinese company.

Aptera was applying for an Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan (ATVM). Only five loans were given out through the program and all have political ramifications. Christine Lakatos, who has worked with me on the green-energy, crony-corruption reports I’ve written, has done thorough research on the topic. She has read each and every one of the 350+ pages of emails released on October 31 and has written a blog post specifically addressing the ATVM program and its hijinks. As she cites, Fisker and Tesla (which Romney referenced in the first debate), got loans in 2010 and then the Vehicle Production Group’s loan was the only ATVM loan closed in 2011; all have ties to Obama bundlers. The other two ATVM loans went to Ford and Nissan—both of which, according to the House report, “were heavily engaged in negotiations with the Administration over fuel economy standards for model years 2012-2016 at the time the DOE was considering their applications. Both companies eventually expressed publicly their support for these standards, which the Administration described as the ‘Historic Agreement.’”

Armed with the sweeping knowledge of the House reports and subsequent hearings, evidence from DOE staffers (many of whom were appointed by Obama), Lakatos’ research, and personal experience, a different ATVM applicant has now taken its case to court citing “corruption and negligence.”

On November 16, 2012, XP Technology filed a lawsuit against the federal government concerning the DOE’s denial of XP Technology’s loan guarantee application. The complaint alleges: “criminal activities did take place by DOE staff and affiliates.” A November 23 press release announces that XP Technology is now represented by Cause of Action, “a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses investigative, legal, and communication tools to educate the public on how government accountability and transparency protects taxpayer interests and economic activity.”

According to the document filed on November 16, “Plaintiffs backgrounds include extensive issued patents on seminal technologies in use world-wide, White House and Congressional commendations and an engineering team of highly experienced auto-makers. Plaintiff brought a vehicle design which was proposed as the longest range, safest, lowest cost electric vehicle, to be built in America in order to deliver extensive American jobs nationwide. No other applicant, or award ‘winner’, has succeeded in meeting, or intending to meet, that milestone. XP Technology developed a patented lightweight, low-cost, long-range, electric vehicle using air-expanded foam-skinned material for a portion of the polymer body and received numerous patents, acclaim and superior computer modeling metrics over any competing solution. XP presented a vast set of letters of support to DOE from pending customers. Major auto-industry facilities and engineers had joined forces to bring the vehicle to the defense, commercial and consumer market.”

Over the weekend, we had an exclusive interview, on condition of anonymity, with a senior official at XP Technology about the lawsuit and the experience.

He reported: “Staff from within the DOE have provided evidence which is quite compelling.” As Aptera’s Wilbur made clear, the individuals within the DOE were very thorough. One of the emails, in the 350+ pages, was from Secretary Chu himself in which he criticized staffers for taking a “principled stand,” which held up the approval process of projects the White House wanted advanced. Another indicated that the pressure to rush was coming from “above the agency.” Overall, the emails show that projects were rushed so that announcements could coincide with visits, speeches, and photo ops—as well as providing talking points for the president.

Our XP source told us “We experienced, and have been provided evidence of, applicant submissions and reviews being modified in order to benefit some and disadvantage others, and the business connections between the different parties associated with the ones that benefited is quite extraordinary.” The leaked emails support this accusation, specifically regarding the “business connections.” In her post, Lakatos calls it “green fraternizing.” The emails show that certain applicants and decision makers went bike riding together, had coffee meetings, sleepovers, beer summits, parties, dinners, and fundraisers.

While he didn’t provide us with a name, the XP official said, “We experienced a senior senator blockading our efforts and then providing favors to a competitor, which then benefited his family financially.” The discovery the law suit will provide will expose the “senior senator,” but our previous research shows that Senator Harry Reid’s actions seem to fit the XP official’s comment.

XP Technology believes that “DOE officials changed the first-come-first-served published rules and standards of the funding in order to take applicants in order of who they favored and who had purchased the most influence instead of the order in which they applied, as required.”

Having extensively studied the DOE’s various loan programs, including the ATVM, Lakatos and I agree with our source’s startling conclusion: “Based on the evidence provided by investigators, and experienced directly by our team, it is hard to imagine that at least one or more elected, or appointed, officials might not be seeing measures ranging from censure or even federal prison time.”

Time, the lawsuit, and subsequent investigation will tell.

While the House Oversight Committee has been digging deeply into the mismanagement and corruption of the green energy loans, the media has paid little attention. Other than our report, the October 31 release of the emails cited here received virtually no news reporting. Even the Fox News Channel ignored the story. The plight of promising companies like Aptera and XP Technology would have gone unnoticed if not for the lawsuit. The legal complaint attracted attention.

On November 16, the Heritage Foundation broke the XP story: “A lawsuit filed in federal court on Wednesday alleges mass favoritism in the Department of Energy’s decisions to award federal grants to major car companies to develop electric vehicles, according to a legal complaint obtained by Scribe.”

On November 19, Lakatos, whose work is listed as “evidence” in the legal complaint, received a call from Fox News’ Gary Gastelu—who reported on the story on November 20. The next day, Fox News covered the lawsuit on America’s Newsroom. Even the Drudge Report picked up on the story.

XP has a litigation website on which the company states: “The case has nothing to do with complaining about not getting the loans. It has everything to do with HOW the applicants didn’t get the loans!” They are communicating with other applicants about participating in the lawsuit.

The XP story and subsequent media coverage offers a lesson for others—especially industries who have been wronged by the Obama Administration’s practices (such as energy). The lawsuit may—or may not—send officials to federal prison, as our XP source suggests, but it could go a long way to winning in the court of public opinion.

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

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The United Nations Craves It All

Hardly a day goes by that we don’t see the United Nations’ desire to take more power and leave this sovereign nation with less freedom and control over its destiny.  If it isn’t Agenda 21, then it is a plea for more money to support despots, communist regimes and those government masquerading as supporters of civil rights..

The latest scheme involves taking control of the Internet. If we have a single brain cell, we will fight such nonsense with all the muscle we have left. Don’t count on your national administration to do anything effective to prevent such a takeover.

Read from the link below to fully understand what might be in store:

The United Nations Insatiable Appetite

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English: Emblem of the United Nations. Color is #d69d36 from the image at http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/maplib/flag.htm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Time To Lose The Conservative Crying Jag

It has been almost three weeks since the last election fiasco.  At least, conservatives see it as a fiasco, and there is hope that the progressives and other shallow-thinking political types will bend down under the weight and challenge of Obama’s big government largesse within the next two years … if not before.

Are there lessons we can take from mistakes made during the last campaign?  Maybe.  But more perhaps, there are lessons we can take from events across the great watery deep in or from an entity known as Great Britain.  One writer from Great Britain seems sure that we can learn from the return to conservatism in that challenged kingdom made up of different Peoples and places.

Follow the link below to see if you agree:

Are There Lessons From Great Britain

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Sneaky Leahy Backs-Up

About-face on e-mail surveillance bill

November 23, 2012 11:51 AM PST

Sen. Patrick Leahy.

week in review After public criticism of a proposal that would let government agencies warrantlessly access Americans’ e-mail, a prominent senator says he will “not support” such an idea.

Sen. Patrick Leahy has abandoned his controversial proposal that would grant government agencies more surveillance power — including warrantless access to Americans’ e-mail accounts — than they possess under current law. The Vermont Democrat said on Twitter that he would “not support such an exception” for warrantless access, a few hours after a CNET article disclosed the existence of the measure.

Leahy’s about-face comes in response to a deluge of criticism, including the American Civil Liberties Union saying that warrants should be required, and the conservative group FreedomWorks launching a petition to Congress — with more than 2,300 messages sent so far — titled: “Tell Congress: Stay Out of My Email!”

Leahy’s proposal would have allowed over 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would have given the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.
•  Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants

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From Peace Broker Hero To Despotic Dictator?

Just a short few days in the past, our Secretary of State was announcing a cease-fire between Hamas, other radical elements and Israel.  The announced hero to handle the ramp down is/was none other than the Muslim Brotherhood’s leader and President of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi.  You can read and see some of the magic show that Hillary Clinton and other champions of Morsi’s good purported good works in the tenuous cease-fire have tried to see instituted:

Morsi’s Miracle

Morsi’s status as a broker for peace and one who might be trusted has not lasted long.  Now we see Morsi copying the dictator he replaced (Hosni Mubarak) in seizing extra-ordinary powers which were to be given to Egypt’s people. His actions now seem to say,  in government, a vacuum is likely to be filled with detritus from a failed action.

Whatever his (Morsi’s) actions actually demonstrate on the issue of his taking more power than the Egyptian citizenry bought into, they have certainly angered many of his supporters, along with his detractors.

New Powers Taken By Morsi

In modern times, perhaps even from our nation’s start, we have trouble picking our way out of bad decisions.  This may be another of those times.

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Who Or What’s To Blame For Sandy?

Every so-called climate scientist is trying to sell his or her explanation for the cause of Sandy and other huge storm systems.  And as usual, humanity is touted more times than not as the primary cause.  Here’s a short video that say otherwise.

Blame Sandy On What?

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Conservatives May Want To Thank Them

Conservatives have many things for which to be thankful. Ten of those things happen to be people who worked hard to help conservatives understand the sacrifices needed to win conservative battles across our nation.  That we were not as successful as we would have liked, the reasons can be seen, and hopefully understood, we will continue the battle to bring this nation back in line with our constitution and away from a form of government alien to freedom loving Americans.

Please follow the link below to read about those who made a difference at some point during the previous four years.

TopTen


Conversely, click the link below to find a top ten list for which liberals progressives should not be thankful:

Bottom Ten

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