Arizona

Small Business Are Uniting Across the Country for Success

Small Business Networking

PHOENIX, Ariz., Nov. 25, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — On Small Business Saturday on November 29, a new organization is announcing its goal to unite small businesses across the country. Small Business Saturday, an American shopping holiday, was created and promoted by American Express to assist small business. The new Small Business of America (SBA) was created to fill the demand by small businesses.

By interviewing hundreds of small business owners across the country, Executive Director Bruce Fischer, created an organization dedicated to meeting their needs. The organization gives owners of small businesses an opportunity to come together and discuss mutual issues. Each chapter in a city will be lead by a SBA Chapter Leader who will act as a mentor for their chapter members.

“This organization is lead by Bruce Fischer who is one of the most creative people that I have had the pleasure to work with,” says Executive Performance Consultant and former Franklin-Covey trainer, Tom Feltz. “There is such a great demand and challenge now for small business owners to come up with results in a short period of time. His programs can help small businesses in all fields find the creative solutions they need.”

Many small business will benefit from the monthly networking meetings with other business owners, which is facilitated by professional trained Chapter Leaders from the SBA. Each month there are topics of interest that range from marketing, hiring employees, customer retention, social media and more. Over 20 benefits are available to members.

The SBA is actively looking for new Chapter Leaders to create new SBA groups in cities across the country. In addition SBA members will be able to use dedicated crowdfunding programs to raise capital for business expansion.

The Small Business of America organization is operated by Phoenix Publishing Group, a division of the Double B Ranch Corporation. SBA Executive Director Bruce Robert Fischer has owned over 25 small business and is a professional facilitator, musician and author of several business books. He is currently writing an ebook, “The Art of Networking for Small Businesses.”

More information is available at http://www.smallbusinessofAmerica.org/ .

Contact: Bruce Fischer Phoenixpublishinggroup@yahoo.com

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Fifth Annual Magdelena Bash Arizona Wine Harvest and Music Festival Scheduled for August 23 at Kief-Joshua Vineyards

Dry River Yacht Club

TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 1, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In celebration of this year’s harvest, Kief-Joshua Vineyards will host the Magdelena Bash Harvest festival on August 23, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Due to the warm weather, some parts of Arizona are harvesting early this year,” says Kief Manning, Winemaker at Kief-Joshua Vineyards. “On Wednesday, July 28, we actually crushed and pressed our first Arizona white wine of the year, which was a delicious, fruit-forward Chardonnay.”

Several new Arizona wine releases, including 2013 Magdelena, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Barbera, as well as many new white wines for summer, and a 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon will be released at the festival. One of Kief-Joshua Vineyards most popular wine, Magdelena, is named in honor of Kief’s grandmother, who turns 95 years old this month. Sometimes she makes a showing at “her” festival, but no promises this year due to her health.

Musicians from both Tucson and Phoenix will be performing live. Country Western Singer Andy Hersey will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the Dry River Yacht Club featured from 2-5 p.m. The Dry River Yacht Club won’t disappoint with their high-energy performance and eclectic sound that’s truly their own.

“The Elgin/Sonoita wine region sits at 5000 feet elevation and is so much cooler than the cities,” said Manning. “It’s definitely an enjoyable day sitting on the patio tasting wine, listening to music.”

Normal tasting fees of $8 with a souvenir glass or $5 if you bring a glass will be honored. For more information, please visit http://www.kj-vineyards.com/ or call 520-455-5582.

From Phoenix or Tucson: From Highway 10, take exit #281 – Rte 83 to Sonoita. Stay on 83 until you come to Elgin Road (mile marker 28) and turn left. Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be 3.7 miles on your left.

From Sierra Vista: I 90 to Rte 82 West, turn left on Upper Elgin Rd., the winery is 1 mile past the bridge on the right.

Save the date: The South East Arizona Wine Growers Festival, featuring 20 AZ Wineries and a professional Chili Cook-off is scheduled for April 18 and 19, 2015 at Kief-Joshua Vineyards.

*Photo Caption: Tempe Based Dry River Yacht Club Will be Performing at Kief-Joshua Vineyards Magdelena Bash Arizona Wine Harvest Festival.

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Win a Free Private Wine Tasting and Overnight Stay at the Kief-Joshua Vineyards Summer Concert Series

Jeordie

TUCSON, Ariz., May 20, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Kief-Joshua Vineyards asks: With Arizona’s temperatures rocking a sweltering 100 plus degrees in the valleys, why not visit the state’s Southern Wine Growing Region and jam out to a cool 85 degrees?

Kief-Joshua Vineyards is once again hosting a summer concert series from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Musicians will be singing on the patio every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

“This summer we will be featuring several different music genres,” states winemaker and host Kief Manning. “We are really happy with the line up. There will be blues, jazz, rock, country, a Grateful Dead Tribute Band and more.”

Guest who attend the concert are eligible to wine prizes. Each month, the vineyard will hold a raffle for a private educational wine class for 8 people, valued at $200. The fun-filled tasting will focus on Wine Tasting 101, with a special treat of teaching people how to pull aromas out of wine, along with a winery tour.

As an added bonus, Rancho Milagro B & B will be giving away four gift certificates offering one free nights stay with one night purchased, as well as a complimentary continental breakfast.

The more concerts you attend, the better your odds! Chef Stephen will also be here selling sandwiches and other goodies.

FEATURED MUSICANS INCLUDE:
May 24: Jacob Acosta (Acoustic solo/singer);
May 31: Top Dead Center (Grateful Dead Tribute band);
June 07: Grams & Kreiger (Blues trio);
June 14: Amo solo performance (Piano Jazz);
June 21: The Usual Suspects (Blues, Jazz);
June 28: Bryan Dean Trio (Blues trio);
July 05: Blaine Long (Folk Rock);
July 12: Chris Jamison (Folk Rock);
July 19: Garcia Brothers Band (Blues trio);
July 26: Buzz and the Soul Senders;
August 02: Jeordie (Daughter of Melanie “I got a brand new pair of rollerskates”);
August 09: Reno del Mar (Flamenco guitar trio);
August 16: Angel Diamond and Band;
August 23: Magdelena Bash Harvest Festival;
August 30: The Sundowners.

On August 23, we will kick it up a notch with our annual Magdelena Bash Harvest Festival, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featured musicians will be Andy Hersey singing from 11 to 2 and the Dry River Yacht Club from 2-5.

There is no charge to attend the concert. The cost for wine tasting is $8 with a souvenir glass or $5 if you bring a glass. For more information, visit http://www.kj-vineyards.com/ or call 520-455-5582.

DIRECTIONS:
From Phoenix or Tucson: From Highway 10, take exit #281 — Rte 83 to Sonoita. Stay on 83 until you come to Elgin Road (mile marker 28) and turn left. Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be 3.7 miles on your left.

From Sierra Vista: I 90 to Rte 82 West, turn left on Upper Elgin Rd., the winery is 1 mile past the bridge on the right.

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* Photo Caption: Jeordie, Daughter of the 60′s Pop Star Melanie (“I Got A Brand New Pair of Rollerskate”), her guitarist Chad and Country Singer Andy Hersey Perform at The Winery.

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Mohave Community College Selects Regent Education’s Fully-Automated Student Verification Solution

Regent Review

KINGMAN, Ariz., April 9, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mohave Community College has selected Regent Education’s verification solution, Regent Review, to automate and streamline the entire student verification process. Mohave selected Regent Review after a request for proposal process that focused on reducing processing times, compliance control and efficiency to reduce administrative costs.

Regent Review allows Mohave’s Student Services staff to focus on advising, personal outreach and the increased “touch-time” that their student population demands. This is a win-win for students, staff and enrollment, allowing the community college to utilize resources more efficiently.

“Verification is one of the most costly tasks we perform in the administration of Title IV financial aid,” said Ana Masterson, Dean of Student Services for Mohave. “With Regent Review we will be able to streamline the process for students, reduce processing costs, and implement additional compliance controls.”

Regent Review fully automates the collection of verification documents, C-code processing, task assignments and workflows. Students and staff will experience real-time features, such as immediate acknowledgement of receipt of documents and updates on the progression of verification. This automation streamlines the entire administrative process for schools and students.

“Efficient management of the verification process has become increasingly challenging for institutions. By leveraging our existing technologies, we are able to automate a very costly and audit prone aspect of the administration of Title IV aid. Regent Review is helping schools control costs, maintain compliance and deliver exceptional service to their students,” says Randy Jones, CEO of Regent. “We are excited about Mohave Community College becoming a Regent customer, and look forward to a successful partnership.”

Verification is a leading cause of compliance audits and findings, representing a key risk to higher education institutions. Regent Review resolves these challenges by offering the industry’s most robust solution for verification processing.

Key features that improve compliance include:
* Complete audit trail that includes all submitted documents, student communications, and processing history.
* Leverages the proven and highly-advanced ISIR processing features of Regent 8.
* Approved electronic signature capabilities.
* Single sign-on options to prevent fraud.

“With Regent Review we will have one system for processing, customer service inquiries and a single source for retaining information for compliance and auditing purposes,” said Shannon Sheaff, Director of Financial Aid for Mohave. “Regent Review pre-populates information for students to make the process simple, and prevents frustrating and time-consuming conflicting information errors. The increased regulatory compliance and the annual policy changes have made verification increasingly challenging. We wanted to be sure we had a process that ensures compliance while also driving our customer service initiatives.”

About Mohave Community College:

Mohave Community College is a comprehensive community college serving more than 13,000 students each year. It serves the northwest portion of the State of Arizona and its neighboring communities in California, Nevada and Utah. The college offers programs that provide students with the skills, training and education they need for rewarding careers, and the academic foundation to go on to a university for a bachelor’s degree and higher.

MCC has campuses in Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City and Colorado City, and an extensive distance education program – MCC-Online.

About Regent:

Founded in 2006, Regent Education is a leading provider of software solutions that have revolutionized financial aid management and enrollment processes for schools using non-traditional enrollment models. Today, Regent 8, the eighth version of Regent’s financial aid management system, is the only solution that provides end-to-end automation for non-term, nonstandard term, and standard academic years. Regent SNAP enables schools to provide estimated awards to prospective students in 15 minutes or less-a process that normally takes days or weeks. Regent Review is the industry’s only fully-automated verification solution.

Regent is a nationally recognized leader in results-driven enrollment optimization and financial aid management solutions-solutions that are web-based, easy-to-use and interoperate with any existing student information system. Regent offers software-as-a-solution (SaaS) tools that help institutions increase enrollment, improve retention, speed student processing, mitigate compliance risks and deliver bottom-line results.

More information: http://www.regenteducation.com/ .

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Third Annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Music Festival Set for April 12 and 13, 2014 at Kief-Joshua Vineyards

Kief Manning TUCSON, Ariz., March 24, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Arizona’s original and only American Viticulture Area (AVA), Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be hosting the Third Annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, featuring 21 Arizona Wineries in one location, on April 12 and 13, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The day will be filled with new wine releases, fabulous winemakers, great wine, food vendors, a professional chili two-day cook-off and live music.

“We are once again bringing together winemakers from all across Arizona,” states winemaker and host Kief Manning. “This year we want to celebrate that on October 26, 1984 the Sonoita/Elgin Wine Growing Region was granted AVA status, making it one of oldest federal government granted viticulture areas in the United States.”

The non-profit Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) will host a professional two-day professional Chili cook-off, and cooks from as far as Texas will be here competing for a spot in the national challenge. Guests can taste the chili and join in the People’s Choice, with proceeds benefitting the Mountain Empire Rotary Club, who plans to erect a playground in the area with the proceeds.

Domingo De Grazie will be playing on Saturday, with AmoSphere headlining on Sunday.

FEATURED WINERIES INCLUDE:

From Verde Valley: Arizona Stronghold, Alcantara, Burning Tree Cellars, Page Spring and Cellar 433.

From Willcox Wine Country: Keeling Schaefer, Golden Rule, Coronado, Carlson Creek, Zarpara, Gallifant Cellar, Sand-Reckoner and Lawrence Dunham.

From Phoenix: Su Vino.

From Sonoita: Charron, Callaghan, Village of Elgin, Flying Leap, Lightning Ridge Cellars Sonoita Vineyards and Kief-Joshua Vineyards.

The cost of $20 per person includes 12 wine tastings and a souvenir glass. Guests who return on Sunday with their ticket stubs and festival glasses will receive tasting discounts.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit http://www.kj-vineyards.com/ or call 520-455-5582.

People’s Choice Chili Cook-off at SE AZ Wine Fest:
Do you make awesome chili? If so, please enter the People’s Choice Chili Cook-off on April 12 or 13. The cost of $5 can earn you an awesome prize. Plus Kief-Joshua Vineyards will also present the winner with a Free Educational Wine Class for 8 in their Private Tasting Room valued at $200. The proceeds will help the Sonoita/Patagonia Mountain Empire Rotary Club build a playground for the community.

Can’t cook? No problem. For just $5 you can taste and vote on People’s Choice. Plus taste the chili made by professional members of the Chili Appreciation Society International.

For more information or to register, please contact Susan at 520-455-4713 susanscott15@msn.com or Leslie at 520-455-5546 Kramerlaw@earthlink.net.

From Phoenix or Tucson: From Highway 10, take exit #281 – Rte 83 to Sonoita. Stay on 83 until you come to Elgin Road (mile marker 28) and turn left. Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be 3.7 miles on your left.

From Sierra Vista: I 90 to Rte 82 West, turn left on Upper Elgin Rd., the winery is 1 mile past the bridge on the right.

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* Photo Caption: Winemaker Kief Manning with sister, Carly.

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Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Music Festival Set for April 20th and 21st at Kief-Joshua Vineyards

Kief ManningTUCSON, Ariz., April 12, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Kief-Joshua Vineyards announces the Second Annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, featuring 18 Arizona Wineries in one location, is slated for April 20 and 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kief-Joshua Vineyards in beautiful Elgin, Arizona.

The day will be filled with new wine releases, fabulous winemakers, great food, a professional chili cook-off and live music by Jeordie, daughter of 60′s pop star Melanie.

“We are once again bringing together winemakers from every wine region within Arizona,” states winemaker and host Kief Manning. “The day will provide the perfect opportunity to experience Arizona wines at one location.”

On Saturday, the non-profit Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) hosts a professional Chili cook-off. Guests can taste the winning chili with proceeds benefiting the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank.

In addition to wine tasting, Chef Stephen and Tommy DiMaggio’s “On the Road” Cafe will be on site selling chicken wings, pulled pork sandwiches, sirloin steaks and much more for your enjoyment. The food dishes will cost $8 to $10.

FEATURED WINERIES INCLUDE:

From Verde Valley: Arizona Stronghold, Alcantara, Pillsbury Wine Company, Bitter Creek, Arizona Angel, and Jerome Winery.

From Phoenix: Kokopelli and Su Vino Wineries.

From Willcox Wine Country: Keeling Schaefer, Golden Rule, Coronado , Carlson Creek, Zarpara, Sand-Reckoner, Gallifant Cellars and Lawrence Dunham Vineyards.

From Sonoita: Charron, Wilhelm Family, Village of Elgin and Kief-Joshua Vineyards.

The cost of $16 per person includes wine tasting and a souvenir glass. Gates will open at 10 a.m.. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit http://www.kj-vineyards.com/ or call 520-455-5582.

The tasting room at Kief-Joshua Vineyards is open seven days a week and is located at 370 Elgin Road, Elgin, AZ. The Sonoita Wine Trail is Arizona’s original and oldest wine-growing region. The festival is a perfect and affordable event for the entire family.

From Phoenix or Tucson: From Highway 10, take exit #281 – Rte 83 to Sonoita. Stay on 83 until you come to Elgin Road (mile marker 28) and turn left. Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be 3.7 miles on your left.

From Sierra Vista: I 90 to Rte 82 West, turn left on Upper Elgin Rd., the winery is 1 mile past the bridge on the right.

Visit us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kief-Joshua-Vineyards/57207383790 or online at: http://www.kj-vineyards.com/ .

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Wilhelm Family Vineyards announces 2013 Spring Special Events

Tempe Festival of the ArtsSONOITA, Ariz., April 1, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Wilhelm Family Vineyards (WFV) will be attending multiple special events during the month of April 2013. Some events are fundraisers, and others are just fun: Temp Festival of the Arts; Chocolate and Wine Experience; Best of the Fest, Scottsdale Culinary Festival; Dan Felix Memorial’s Big Break Night Golf Fundraiser; and Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival.

Temp Festival of the Arts, April 5-7, 2013:

Wilhelm Family Vineyards will be pouring in the Arizona Wine Growers Association’s (AWGA) Wine Garden located at 730 South Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281. The Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 20 art festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist and has received the Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association. The spring and fall events each attract nearly 225,000 visitors to the Mill Avenue District over the course of a 3-day weekend. Entry Fee into the wine garden is $15 and includes six tasting tickets with a commemorative tasting glass.

Chocolate and Wine Experience, Scottsdale Culinary Festival, April 10, 2013:

Wilhelm Family Vineyards will join the Valley’s top chocolatiers come together to provide your sweet tooth with an experience like none other: unique and wonderful chocolate creations expertly paired with wines from around the world. This event is hosted at the beautiful Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85256. Event runs 7 – 10 p.m. Ticket prices are $50 per person.

Best of the Fest, Scottsdale Culinary Festival, April 14th, 2013:

Top off a week of culinary excitement with the festival’s grand finale – Best of the Fest. Wilhelm Family Vineyards along with ten amazing restaurants will create unique, five-course, wine-paired dinner’s crafted table-side by the chef. Each chef will serve two tables, decorating the setting to capture the essence of their cuisine and restaurant. Best of the Fest is the perfect way to celebrate the festival’s finale. This event is hosted at the elegant Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, AZ, USA 85258. Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $175 per person.

Dan Felix Memorial’s Big Break Night Golf Fundraiser, April 12, 2013:

The Dan Felix Memorial Fund was founded in 2003 by family and friends in memory of Dan, who served as the Director of both Pima County and City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Departments. The fund’s mission is to provide access to recreational programs in Tucson and Pima County for underprivileged children and disabled individuals. Test your golf skills and enjoy delicious Southwestern food and premier wines from Wilhelm Family Vineyards! Big Break includes Men’s, Women’s and Couple’s Golf Competitions, Prizes, Live Music, Giveaways, and a Silent Auction. This event is hosted at Randolph Golf Complex, 600 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711. The event kicks-off at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person.

Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, April 20-21, 2013:

The day will be filled with new wine releases, fabulous winemakers such as Karyl Wilhelm from Wilhelm Family Vineyards, great food, a professional chili cook off and live music by Jeordie, daughter of 60′s pop star Melanie who sang, “I got a brand new pair of roller skates!” This event is hosted at Kief-Joshua Vineyards, 370 Elgin Road, Elgin, AZ 85611. The event runs 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are $16 per person and it includes wine tasting and a souvenir glass.

More information:
Company Website: http://www.WilhelmVineyards.com .

Tempe Festival of the Arts: http://www.WilhelmVineyards.com .

Chocolate and Wine Experience: http://scottsdalefest.org/?eventpost=chocolate-wine-experience .

Best of the Fest: http://scottsdalefest.org/?eventpost=best-of-the-fest .

Big Break Night Golf: http://danfelixfund.org/big-break-night-golf .

Southern Arizona Wine Growers Festival: http://www.kj-vineyards.com/eventsguests.asp .

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Citizen Tax Reformer Alleges Income Tax Scandal: Denounces Legal Fiction Used to Deprive Workers Deduction of Living Expenses

tax reform advocatePHOENIX, Ariz., April 1, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A world traveler, a U.S. citizen and Viet Nam veteran, citizen tax reform advocate, John C. Garrison, loves his country. Being a law-abiding citizen, Garrison files peacefully every year his federal income tax return and wants to pay his fair share of government support. Where Garrison sees that reform of income tax law is needed, he does not believe it should come through disrespect for existing law but through responsible legal and/or political action. As a citizen reformer, Garrison’s attention has focused on what he calls “the scandalous way in which our U.S. government uses a legal fiction to deny American workers, from janitors to corporate executives, their deduction of living expenses.”

According to Garrison, this hidden scandal did not surface until 1978 in the U.S. Tax Court case known as Reading v. Commissioner, 70 T.C. 730 (1978). Garrison explains that the Reading case involved “a married couple, William and Beverly Reading, challenging an IRS claim of income tax due.” Garrison says he is “not interested in nor does he agree with any of the constitutional issues raised by the Readings.”

“Instead,” says Garrison, “my interest is on the manner and specific language the Tax Court used to decide the Reading case.” [Click on this link http://goo.gl/749DU to view the case online). From the language, it appears the court judge centered his decision on the issue of whether a worker's labor can be regarded as "property" sold to employers in exchange for a wage or salary. For Garrison, the significance of this issue in the Reading case is apparent when one considers that subsection (2) of Section 212 of the U.S. Tax Code allows for the deduction of "all the ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred during the taxable year - (2) for the management, conservation, or maintenance of property held for the production of income" (click here http://goo.gl/5iFP9 to view this law online).

Garrison noted that the Reading Tax Court "agreed indirectly that, in itself, it is not unreasonable to claim that living expenses are ordinary and necessary for the maintenance and conservation of labor to produce income. The court specifically said, 'Of course we recognize the necessity for such items as food, shelter, clothing, and proper health maintenance. They provide both the mental and physical nourishment essential to maintain the body at a level of effectiveness that will permit its labor to be productive'" (70 T.C. at 733-734). So does this mean that workers can deduct their living expenses as provided by Section 212(2)? The Tax Court said no. According to Garrison, the Tax Court concluded that the reason why workers cannot avail themselves of benefits, in effect, such as Section 212(2) provides, is because these benefits apply only to "property" sold for the production of income and, the court added, "the sale of one's labor is not the same creature as the sale of property" (70 T.C. at 734). Labor, said the Court, is merely 'behavior performed by human beings in exchange for compensation'" (70 T.C. at 733).

In response, Garrison expresses that "obviously, either through ignorance, incompetence, or questionable legal practice, the court did not acknowledge, let alone explain, why numerous legal authorities contradict this bizarre and fictitious definition of labor as non-property 'behavior.' Yet, this is the legal fiction that is being used by our U.S. government to deprive without due process the property workers have in their labor and to deny their deduction of living expenses."

Garrison cites the court cases below as "two of numerous legal authorities that have confirmed the legal standing of labor as property":

1. In the late 1980s, Alvin H. Brown, Service Director of the Operations and Maintenance Department of the Chattanooga City School System, was convicted of embezzling city property defined as the labor of city workers that was purchased by Chattanooga with the wages the city was paying them. Following is how the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals described Brown's crime of embezzling city workers labor property:

"The time and labor provided by the employees of the Chattanooga City School System were purchased with public funds and thus became property, with an easily determined value, which belonged to the city. The appellant converted the proceeds of those public funds [i.e., labor property] to his own use to repay favors and create a more comfortable home for himself and his girl friend. The statute was sufficiently clear to have placed the appellant, or any other public official, on notice that the embezzlement of the labor of employees of the State of Tennessee, or any county or municipality therein, is a criminal act.” State v. Brown, 791 S.W. 2d 31, 32 (1990).

2. The legal concept of labor as property is so long-standing in U.S. law that as early as 1873, in the Slaughter-House Cases, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Swayne expressed the concept as follows: “Property is everything which has an exchangeable value, and the right of property includes the power to dispose of it according to the will of the owner. Labor is property, and as such merits protection. The right to make it available is next in importance to the [Fifth Amendment] rights of life and liberty. It lies to a large extent at the foundation of most other forms of property, and of all solid individual and national prosperity.” 83 U.S. 36, at 127 (1873).

John Garrison may be contacted at: jchristopher1ad@gmail.com.

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Sobriety Navigator Launches Informational Forum and Chat Web Site

Sobriety NavigatorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 8, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Sobriety Navigator has announced the launch of their new, full feature web site dealing with addictions – both chemical and behavioral – and the effects they have on individuals, their friends, families and loved ones.

The site was inspired by the personal experiences of its founders, Ron and Cynthia Peterson having witnessed many people who suffered in silence and ultimately lost their lives to addiction. Many people are affected by the addict’s destructive actions, attitudes and choices. Why do they suffer in silence? They are ashamed and afraid to seek help.

At Sobriety Navigator, you can safely and confidentially read articles written by professionals, members, and people who have “been there,” that promote thought, give insight and foster clarity. Submit and share your own stories, if you wish.

Use the Forum to post questions and receive answers. Utilize 24/7 chat rooms. Both general and private chat rooms are available. Use links to addiction related articles to see what is being published in the world-wide media. It’s all here and available now.

“On behalf of the people we have known and the people we have never met, we have created Sobriety Navigator as a resource center for people who are questioning their activities or the activities of loved ones, friends or co-workers,” said Cynthia Peterson. “It’s All About You! Sobriety Navigator, a place where everybody knows your name…your on-line nickname, that is. ‘Talk It Out – Don’t Act It Out,’ at SorbietyNavigator.com.”

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Virginia Public Schools Now Have Access to the Synergy Education Platform

MESA, Ariz., Jan. 8, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Edupoint™ Educational Systems, a leading student information system (SIS) solutions provider to the national K-12 market, has been awarded a contract to implement its Synergy® Education Platform for the Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) after an extensive evaluation and RFP process. One of the largest school districts in Virginia and perennial recipient of recognition for excellence in its educational programs and capabilities, CCPS is looked to by smaller districts in the state seeking guidance for their educational programs and technology.

In that regard, CCPS’s Synergy purchase agreement includes an option for all Virginia public schools to license the complete Synergy solution suite under its agreement.

Chesterfield County Public Schools is the fifth largest school district in Virginia with 62 K-12 schools serving more than 59,000 students. In looking to replace its obsolete Student Information System, CCPS had to address integration issues with dozens of ancillary enterprise applications that share its student data in addition to replacing and advancing that system’s basic functionality. The new system would have to be Web-based and include capabilities for teacher-student-parent collaboration and electronic grade reporting.

Synergy Education Platform exceeded every expectation – and more. The core system – Synergy® Student Information System – provides the market’s most innovative SIS functionality in a manner that allows a district to customize the solution to fit its unique needs. The Synergy ParentVUE™ and StudentVUE™ modules establish a robust web portal through which teachers can communicate class assignments, provide study materials, and securely share progress reports and term grades. The TeacherVUE™ Gradebook empowers teachers to excel and students to achieve with classroom and curriculum management that organizes and informs instruction.

Other Synergy modules licensed by Chesterfield added more value. Synergy® Special Education (SE) provides industry-leading management of special education programs and Individual Education Plans. This web-based solution delivers instant access to the complete student case file and in-process documents to every team member from anywhere, maintaining student confidentiality at the highest level of security and complying with all state and federal regulations and reporting requirements. Together the Synergy SIS and Synergy SE solutions create the most powerful education management platform available in the market today.

Chesterfield County Public Schools will implement the Synergy solutions in a phased approach based on their preferred implementation timeline. To learn more about Synergy Education Platform and the CCPS-negotiated License Agreement by other Virginia school districts, visit www.edupoint.com.

About Edupoint Educational Systems:
For thirty years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has been singularly focused on providing well designed, technologically advanced student information management systems that empower every K-12 stakeholder with the tools they need to do their part to help improve student achievement. The Synergy® Education Platform begins with the strongest student information system in K-12 – Synergy® SIS – leverages collaborative tools to improve communication, and delivers actionable information for instructional decisions at all levels.

These integrated solutions, including Synergy® Special Education – a comprehensive special education data management system – are used by thousands of schools to manage millions of students. To learn more about Edupoint and Synergy solutions, visit http://www.Edupoint.com/ .

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Edupoint’s Synergy Special Education Receives Endorsement from CASE

MESA, Ariz., Jan. 3, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Edupoint Educational Systems, a leading student information management systems provider to the national K-12 market, has received an endorsement for their Synergy® Special Education (SE) solution from the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE). CASE is an international organization whose mission is to identify, shape, and disseminate effective policies and practices in the field of special education.

Synergy SE received the official CASE endorsement after undergoing an extensive review process by the Executive Committee to ensure that the solution met or exceeded criteria that included a strong research base to support the product, proven solution effectiveness, and most importantly, enhancement of the professional practices advocated by CASE.

“The CASE Executive Committee is pleased to endorse Synergy SE,” said Luann Purcell, Ed.D., Executive Director of CASE. “We appreciate Edupoint bringing such a fine software program to the attention of Special Education Administrators in the United States and Canada as a tool to advance our mission.”

Synergy SE addresses the diverse needs of special education students with functionality for every stakeholder: administrators, case managers, evaluators, service providers, teachers, counselors, parents, and students. Synergy SE provides accountability at multiple levels to improve student outcomes with comprehensive documentation and process management, simplified IDEA compliance, automated state reporting, user-defined queries, and electronic individual education plans (IEPs) with workflow approval. A single, centralized database enables teachers, parents, students, and administrators throughout a district to collaborate on the development of IEPs required for each student in the special education program, further engaging all key stakeholders in the education process to help ensure student success.

“It is a true honor to receive the CASE endorsement for our Synergy Special Education solution,” says Rob Wilson, President and COO of Edupoint. “As an organization, CASE shares our own commitment to provide today’s students with the skills necessary for a successful future. Edupoint looks forward to our relationship with CASE as we continue to develop solutions that inform decisions, foster communication, and create collaborative environments so that all education stakeholders are empowered with timely access to relevant information necessary to help ensure student success.”

About Edupoint:
For thirty years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has been singularly focused on providing well designed, technologically advanced student information management systems that empower every K-12 stakeholder with the tools they need to do their part to help improve student achievement. The Synergy® Education Platform begins with the strongest student information system in K-12 – Synergy® SIS – leverages collaborative tools to improve communication, and delivers actionable information for instructional decisions at all levels. These integrated solutions, including Synergy® Special Education – a comprehensive special education data management system – are used by thousands of schools to manage millions of students. To learn more about Edupoint and Synergy solutions, visit http://www.Edupoint.com/ .

About the Council of Administrators of Special Education:
The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) is an international professional educational organization which is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society. The mission of CASE is to provide leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices that impact the quality of education. To learn more about CASE, visit http://www.casecec.org/ .

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Realty AZ Central Seeks ‘Best of the Best’ Real Estate Agent Nominees

PHOENIX, Ariz., Nov. 28, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Realty AZ Central is currently seeking nominees for their 2013 “Best of the Best” real estate agent directory. The company features local market experts that have been nominated by the public and who agree to adhere to Realty AZ Central’s standards of excellence.

Co-founder Richard Simon said, “We are building a directory of the best local real estate professionals and making it easily available to our community as we continue to establish our website as the go-to online destination for the Phoenix real estate market.”

As far as the standards Simon and his team hold for the agents, they certify these agents and back them with a $1,000 satisfaction guarantee, so you can rest assured that they do their due diligence.

Realty AZ Central is a second-generation real estate business here in the valley. Co-founder, Richard Simon is the grandson of valley real estate developer Bob Mutschler, who moved to Phoenix in 1913 and was involved in the real estate business until 2011.

To nominate a real estate agent for the Realty AZ Central 2013 Best of the Best, please visit: http://www.realtyazcentral.com/nominate.cfm .

About Realty AZ Central:
Realty AZ Central is a real estate marketplace founded by two real estate industry veterans to help guide Phoenix area home buyers through the home purchase process. Their website provides a host of resources including home seller tips, mortgage lender referrals, and a local real estate agent network. For more information, please visit their website at: http://www.realtyazcentral.com/ .

Realty AZ Central, 3707 E. Southern Avenue, Suite 2114, Mesa, AZ, 85206.

- Photo Caption: Richard Simon.

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Share-A-Thon Touted as Largest Event in Maricopa Community History

LAVEEN, Ariz., Nov. 13, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A Share-A-Thon sponsored by Maricopa Village Christian School, Natives with a Mission (NWAM), and local churches including Litchfield Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, is being promoted as the largest event in the history of Maricopa Village; a small and obscure tribal community nestled at the foot of the Estrella Mountains. The event, designed to provide food and clothing to a community ravaged by drug and alcohol abuse, gang violence, and poverty, will include nationally-recognized speakers, musicians, and giveaways of clothing, food, and furniture.

“Few people are even aware of the challenges faced by those living in this community,” says Arnie Suntag, Maricopa Village School Board Chairman. “From the school campus you can plainly see downtown Phoenix, and yet living conditions for some of the families are very much like those of a third world country. This event will be another big step in helping to bring hope and restoration to those who have gone unnoticed by a relatively affluent urban community.”

Event organizer, Dean Willbanks says that although the event has not been promoted as a fundraiser, it is his hope that those who are moved by the needs of the community will help by donating funds to keep the Maricopa Village school and its outreach operating. “We are here for the children and their families,” says Willbanks. “We are not here to sell anything. We are here to help with badly needed supplies for those in need, and we will be handing out a lot of them.”

Speakers at the Share-A-Thon will include Dr. Ben George, a renowned evangelist, pastor, and inspirational speaker, and Rico Hill, a former executive for Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network, among others. Bob Silverman, a former piano accompanist for the Heritage Singers, will head up the musical talent scheduled for the event. Mr. Silverman has performed at gala events such as Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, and has frequently appeared on network television.

The Share-A-Thon event will be held this weekend, November 16-18, on the 10-acre campus of Maricopa Village Christian School at 8075 W. Baseline Road, Laveen, Arizona. Hours for the event are Friday from 4-8 p.m., Saturday from 2-8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information contact Dean Willbanks at 602-672-2535 or visit the school’s website at http://www.maricopavillageschool.com/ .

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Wilhelm Family Vineyards announces their 3rd Annual Patriot Salute Wine Festival

SONOITA, Ariz., Oct. 29, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Wilhelm Family Vineyards (WFV) is hosting their third annual Patriot Salute Wine Festival Saturday and Sunday, Nov 10 and 11, 2012, located at 21 Mountain Ranch Drive, Elgin, AZ 85611. Numerous activities and vendors are planned for the entire family.

Kevin and Karyl (owners of WFV) are Air Force veterans ourselves and continue to gear this festival toward honoring military families and their commitments and service to our country. A portion of WFV sales will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Admittance is $15. This will include a commemorative glass and eight tastes of any one of our twenty-five wine flight. Military members are admitted for $10 when they present their military ID. Admittance is free for non-tasting participants – includes those under 21 & designated drivers. Meals are available and sold separately.

Festival tasters can enjoy WFV’s large selection of over 25 internationally, nationally and local award winning wines. There will be winery and vineyard Q & A tours, a new release Zinfandel that proudly displays an absolutely beautiful label painted by world renowned artist Jim Laurier. Meals include a winemaker suggested food-pairing and old fashioned burger and hotdog BBQ. A bonfire is planned for Saturday evening – weather permitting – where you can sip on a WFV logoed ceramic mug of our famous Gluhwein.

The whole family can enjoy jumping castles, games for kids, face painting, temporary tattoos, and more. A horse-drawn wagon will provide rides from TreeHouse Farm (Alpacas, goats, and petting areas) all weekend. We’ll have live music on Saturday and you can come demonstrate your voice talents with the Karaoke Experience on Sunday. Also while you are here, enjoy local vendor’s crafts, paintings, and other amazing products.

More information: http://www.WilhelmVineyards.com/ .

About Wilhelm Family Vineyards:
The festival location is at 21 Mountain Ranch Dr, Elgin AZ 85611. Festival Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a m – 6 p m. We’re planning on our Bonfire Saturday evening. Hope to see you here!

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Arizona Winery Gives Back, Supports Local Students, Crowns Grape Stomping King and Queen

ELGIN, Ariz., Aug. 31, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Since the foundation of the Arizona Wine Industry, the Harvesting of the Vine Fine Wine Festival has awarded scholarships and helped to fund local law enforcement programs such as DARE. According to The Village of Elgin, it has also allowed wineries to showcase the fruits of the Arizona vine and provided festival goers with arts, crafts, foods and music. The festival annually crowns the Arizona Grape Stomping Royalty.

The Harvesting of the Vine Fine Wine Festival will take place on September 29 and 30, 2012 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at a cost of $18 per person over 21, including lunch. Anyone under 21 enters for free, but must purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages at additional cost. Buzz and the Soul Senders will provide the musical accompaniment to the festivities. The crowning of the King and Queen of Arizona Grape Stomping will take place daily around 1:30 and is a highlight of the festival.

Priests will bless the new wines. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Estrada will be on hand to receive the DARE donation. Over 30 wines will be available to sample and your choice of either Bar-B-Que Chicken and Beef, accompanied by coleslaw and cornbread to eat. Hot dogs, chips, soda, water, breads and desserts will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Further information can be obtained by calling 520-455-9309, emailing info@elginwines.com or visiting http://elginwines.com/ . Tickets may be advanced purchased on the web site. The Village of Elgin is located 55 miles southeast from Tucson heading east on I-10 take exit 281 off Arizona Highway 83 and head south for 24 miles until you come to Sonoita. Continue on Highway 83 for another 4.5 miles and make a left. The winery will be 4 miles on your right hand side.

Arizona’s Oldest Wine Festival continues to give back and promote the fruits of the Arizona vine. Come enjoy wine, food, fun and folks in the heart of the wine country.

Contact Information:
The Village of Elgin, 471 Elgin Road, Elgin, AZ 85611.
520/455-9309 – http://elginwines.com .

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Mesa Electrician Offers Free Electrical Safety Tips Guide

PHOENIX, Ariz., Aug. 23, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mesa based, Cirtcele Electric – a full service residential and commercial electrical contractor – has produced a free consumer report entitled, “Top 10 Electrical Safety Tips for Your Home.” The report is available via download at their website http://www.cirtceleelectric.com/ .

“We feel that even though some of these tips are common sense, it’s always good to have a reminder,” Cirtcele Electric’s owner David M. Specht said. “We’re involved in electricity every day, so we are aware of the danger of it at all times, and that prompted us to put together the free report.”

Cirtcele Electric is a part of a legacy of electricians, given that his family has been in the business since 1946.

In addition to money-saving tips, the report shares information on performing periodic electrical safety inspections and the information is relevant to both home and business owners.

Specht is committed to serving the community he lives and works in sees this as another way to give back to the community. He stated, “It’s an honor to serve the community by sharing our expertise. I believe that if we show the community we are here to serve, they will remember us when they need a local electrician.”

For more information contact David M. Specht at 480-545-9600.

About Cirtcele Electric:
Cirtcele Electric is a full service residential and commercial electrical contractor, headquartered in Mesa, Arizona. They have been serving the needs of homeowners and business owners in the Phoenix area since 1989. Cirtcele is licensed, bonded, and insured, and an insurance-company-approved electrical contractor; as well as an SRP Energy Efficiency Alliance Contractor. More information: http://www.cirtceleelectric.com/ .

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Mesa County Valley School District 51 Selects Edupoint’s Synergy Student Information System

MESA, Ariz., July 10, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Edupoint™ Educational Systems, a leading student information system (SIS) solutions provider to the national K-12 market, has been selected by the Mesa County Valley School District 51 (District 51) to implement the Synergy™ Student Information System across all campuses. Seeking to consolidate disparate systems for grade books, parent portals, and student data management, the District sought a web-based SIS solution that provided real-time student information for all stakeholders in the education process.

School District 51, serving over 21,000 students across 44 campuses in the Grand Junction area, becomes the first district in Colorado to select Edupoint’s Synergy SIS solution. Having reliably used SASI as their student information system since 1999, nightly updates between their disparate grade book and parent portal applications were necessary in order to update student information across the district. Through an RFP process and subsequent evaluation efforts, the district determined that the integration of the student data management, teacher grade book, parent/student portal solutions of the Synergy Education Platform best suited their needs.

“With our previous solution, nothing was real time,” said Mary Mulcahy, Student Information System Analyst for District 51. “Synergy provides all of our users – administrators, teachers, and parents – real-time access to the student information they need, all from a single centralized location. Edupoint’s proven implementation methodology and flexible solutions help ensure us that they will be a true partner with our district for years to come.”

“We are excited to be working with Mesa County Valley School District 51 as our first partner district in Colorado as they implement the Synergy Education Platform,” says Robert Weathers, Edupoint’s Founder and CEO. “As a former SASI district, District 51 is accustomed to a strong feature set in their SIS solution. Synergy will give them even greater functionality for a broader set of end users, plus a real-time, true web solution which greatly simplifies and streamlines the IT management. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with District 51 and to continued growth in Colorado.”

The district will be implementing the Synergy SIS and all integrated modules, including TeacherVUE™ Grade Book, and the ParentVUE™ and StudentVUE™ self-service web portals. Edupoint will support the project with its proven System Implementation Methodology (SIM), including comprehensive implementation, data conversion, and training services.

About Edupoint Educational Systems:
For thirty years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems, LLC, has set the standard for K-12 student information management systems. Their innovative solutions have been used by thousands of schools to manage millions of students. Today, the company empowers a new era of self-sufficient school districts with solutions built on Synergy Technology™, its extensible, scalable, rapid application development platform. Those solutions include the Synergy™ Student Information System, an enterprise-level student information system, and Synergy™ Special Education, a comprehensive special education management system. To learn more about Edupoint, visit http://www.Edupoint.com/ .

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Phoenix Based Companies Compete to Win $250,000 Small Business Grant

MESA, Ariz., June 20, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Thanks to a program launched by Chase and Living Social called Mission: Small Business, dozens of valley companies are competing to win a $250,000 business grant, says AKA Internet Marketing. The contest is still open to those who have not registered, but time is ticking.

To qualify, a business must meet certain requirements such as having been in business for at least two years and have less than 100 employees; but that’s the easy part. The bigger challenge for these businesses is generating the required 250 votes that they need to be considered for the prize.

Two local participants shared their views on the voting process.

Anthony Kirlew, founder of AKA Internet Marketing, said “I am not one inclined to beg for votes, and I know people are busy. I hope that people see that value that my company has brought to the business community enough to where they would take a literal 2 minutes to vote for us.”

Kirlew’s company (www.akaim.com) provides Internet Marketing and Social Media consulting services to small business and says the grant would help them provide more training resources to business owners nationwide. In Kirlew’s words, “A win for us is a win for small business America.”

Another local participant, Vikki Green, of Sandlot Studios said she was “not surprised at how difficult collecting votes is, given that people are very busy and don’t always get emails or messages sent via social media” but she remains hopeful that her friends and business community won’t let her down. More information on Sandlot Studios: http://www.sandlotstudios.com.

There are dozens of local businesses in the competition, which include:
* Health Synergy;
* Bada Bling Cupcakes;
* AZ Dance Group;
* National Comedy Theatre;
* Talent Team Performing Arts;
* Red, White & Brew;
* Clear Auto Spa;
* Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila.

Casting a vote for any (or all) of these businesses is a great way to show support to local businesses and it only takes about a minute to do. It’s also a great way to keep money in Phoenix by helping a local business win.

For more information or to vote, visit https://www.missionsmallbusiness.com, login (must login with Facebook), search for the business, then click the “vote” icon.

- Photo Caption: Anthony Kirlew, founder AKA Internet Marketing.

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In a current Jewish Era, theologian looks for Jews in huge numbers accepting Jesus as the Messiah

PHOENIX, Ariz., June 11, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In his latest book, “Suicide of a Superpower” (2012), the American political commentator, Pat Buchanan, referred to the massive collapse of Christian values in U.S. culture since mid-twentieth century as “the death of Christian America.” However, in his new book, “Salvation is from the Jews: Moses, Judaism, and the Jewishness of Christianity” (ISBN: 978-1449725464; paperback; West Bow Press; December 2011), Christian theologian, J. Christopher, gives a different explanation for the same event.

Relying on historical evidence he has compiled, together with a prophecy from Jesus and another from Paul, theologian, J. Christopher, documents the final stages in the decline of Gentile-centered Christianity and its official ending according to the prophecy of Jesus. As for the prophecy made by Paul, Christopher explains how this prophecy established that at the same time Gentile-centered Christianity reached its official ending, a Jewish Messianic era in Christian history began. According to Christopher, this Jewish Messianic era is currently ongoing and will end just before the second coming of Jesus the Messiah.

For Christopher, U.S. and Jewish history since the 1940s have been giving clear signals in support of his view. The 1947 U.S. Supreme Court establishment of the legal doctrine of “the separation of Church and state” was the first major clue that Gentile-Christian influence in U.S. society was already following European Christianity in its own sharp decline.

By the end of the 1960s, following a series of additional set-backs, Gentile-centered Christianity’s social influence had reached rock bottom. But at the same time, Christopher notes that Jews in large numbers returned to their ancestral lands in the 1940s, established the State of Israel in 1948, and Gentiles lost control of Jerusalem on June 7, 1967.

For Christopher, this date meant the official ending of the Gentile-centered Christian era, fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus. At the same time, fulfilling the prophecy of Paul, Christopher sees this same date as having marked the beginning of what he sees as a currently ongoing Jewish Messianic era.

For a more detailed account of the evidence compiled by Christopher in support of this view, visit the website, http://ncjudaism.com/The_New_Jewish_Era.html.

About J. Christopher:
J. Christopher is a Christian theologian and honors seminary graduate. He is also the founder of a new system of biblical psychology and the author of a book on the subject. Currently, Christopher continues to pursue his work full-time as a theologian and theological writer. His church affiliation is with the Evangelical Covenant Church.

The book, “Salvation is from the Jews: Moses, Judaism, and the Jewishness of Christianity,” is available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions.

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LendingQB Helps Mortgage Lenders Make Better Technology Decisions

PHOENIX, Ariz., April 23, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — LendingQB, a provider of seamless mortgage lending technology, announced an innovative new service that helps lenders understand and measure the impact of technology on their business, which will be introduced at the MBA Technology Conference and Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona. Known as the Enterprise Process Assessment (EPA), it provides lenders with an extensive breakdown of their operations, workflows and technologies to determine a strategy to reduce cost per loan and optimize enterprise-wide performance. The assessment is provided to interested lenders without any commitment or fees.

The EPA is a holistic, in-depth analysis and discovery of a lender’s unique business workflow that dissects every step of the loan life cycle from the moment an originator engages with a borrower to when the loan is sold on the secondary market. Once the assessment is complete, a detailed report is produced that contains metrics on how to reduce the cost to originate loans by optimizing workflows and operational performance. The EPA report gives lenders keen insight into their business in a way that allows them to understand the degree in which a technology and process improvement plan can impact their performance. Ultimately, the report serves as a invaluable roadmap for lenders to evaluate technology more effectively and develop business strategies by establishing measurable goals.

“If after conducting the EPA, a lender should happen to engage with us, then we’re armed with the necessary information to configure and implement our platform to seamlessly connect their entire workflow,” said Binh Dang, president of LendingQB. “The sole purpose of our technology is to optimize operations, reduce cost per loan and increase employee productivity. But if it is determined that LendingQB isn’t a good fit for the lender, they can still utilize our EPA report internally for areas of improvement or even to evaluate another vendor. We’re completely okay with that. Put simply, the EPA is about the lender, not us and our technology platform.”

The Enterprise Process Assessment is important because it defines who LendingQB is as a company. “To us, we’re not a technology company,” added Dang. “Technology is only a means to an end. Our focus is on solving problems for lenders using technology and business intelligence methods. The EPA provides both us and the lender with a better understanding on how to solve their problems, and at the same time, how to improve our software in ways we didn’t think of before. It’s a mutual learning process that yields immense value for our team and the lender.”

LendingQB will be holding discussions about its EPA offering and seamless lending platform in its suite at the MBA’s Technology Conference and Exposition at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.

About LendingQB:
LendingQB is a Costa Mesa, California-based company that specializes in loan origination technology solutions and services for the mortgage industry. The LendingQB LOS is a 100 percent Web-based, true end-to-end enterprise-class loan origination platform. The solution is designed to meet the needs of all types of mortgage lenders-large or small, wholesale or retail, correspondent or Internet-based-with specialized tools that are targeted, customizable and flexible.

LendingQB uses a consultative technology assessment approach before engaging with new clients, and places a strong emphasis on the utilization of data analytics to assist lenders in leveraging business intelligence, resulting in optimized organizational performance and lowered cost per loan. For more information about LendingQB, please call 888-285-3912 or visit http://www.lendingqb.com .

LendingQB, 3080 Bristol Street, Suite 550, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

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jbowerbank@profunditymarketing.com.

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Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival to Showcase AZ Winemakers

SONOITA, Ariz., April 4, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The first-ever Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, featuring 17 Arizona Wineries in one location, is slated for April 14 and 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kief-Joshua Vineyards in beautiful Elgin, Arizona. The day will be filled with new wine releases, fabulous winemakers, great food and live music!

“We are bringing together winemakers from every wine region within Arizona,” states winemaker and host Kief Manning. “With the exception of the Phoenix wineries, all attendees have the common bond of growing grapes in Southeastern Arizona.”

In addition to wine tasting, the expanded festival will include sensory wine tasting and wine pairing seminars. Buzz and the Soulsenders will be singing the blues, from noon to 5 p.m. Locally Arizona and Sonoita’s very popular Steak-Out restaurant will be on site selling chicken wings, pulled pork sandwiches, sirloin steaks and much more for your enjoyment. The food dishes will cost $8 to $10.

FEATURED WINERIES INCLUDE:

From the Sedona, Verde Valley and Cottonwood Region: Arizona Stronghold, Page Spring Cellars, Jerome Winery and Dribble Creek.

From the Urban Wine Region: Kokopelli and Su Vino Wineries.

From the Willcox Country: Keeling Schaefer Vineyards, Golden Rule Vineyards, Coronado Vineyards, Carlson Creek Vineyards, Zarpara Vineyards, Gallifant Cellars, Pillsbury Wine Company, and Lawrence Dunham Vineyards.

From Sonoita: Charron Vineyards, Wilhelm Family Vineyards and Kief-Joshua.

Tickets are on sale now or can be purchased the day of the event. The cost of $15 per person includes wine tasting and a souvenir glass. Gates will open at 10 a.m. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.kj-vineyards.com or call 520-455-5582.

The tasting room at Kief-Joshua Vineyards is open seven days a week and is located at 370 Elgin Road, Elgin, AZ.

From Phoenix or Tucson: From Highway 10, take exit #281 – Rte 83 to Sonoita. Stay on 83 until you come to Elgin Road (mile marker 28) and turn left. Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be 3.7 miles on your left.

From Sierra Vista: I 90 to Rte 82 West, turn left on Upper Elgin Rd., the winery is 1 mile past the bridge on the right.

The Sonoita Wine Trail is Arizona’s original and oldest wine-growing region. It boasts of eleven wineries and the USA Today listed it as one of the top ten wine trails in the United States. The festival is a perfect and affordable event for the entire family.

For more information: http://www.kj-vineyards.com .

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Conspiracy Productions announces 2nd edition to the Black Man Hates Obama Series

PHOENIX, Ariz., April 2, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Author RAINMAN announces the release of his new book, “Black Man Hates Obama: OUTRAGED 2.0″ (ISBN: 978-1-4507-9302-5; paperback, 269 pp; RainMan SEZ, LLC).

According to the “RAINMAN,” the book’s controversial author: “The Fantasy: Barack Hussein Obama. Hailed God Of All Things, Savior of The World, The One, The Cure to all of the ills of the world, The Equalizer of Economic Disparity, a Modern Day Robin Hood, God in the flesh, ‘Possessor of a tongue dipped in the unvarnished truth,’ Mr. Fix-It.”

However, says the author in his book, “The Reality: Barack Hussein Obama. Peter Principle. A failure, a weak leader; perhaps a traitor, a pathological liar, a race-baiter; some say a Muslim empathizer, a Black Nationalist, a divider, a Constitution breaker, a lover of terrorists, Esau’s Hamitic Zionist Puppet, King of Governmental Expropriations, killer of the true Israelites through his billion dollar donations to the International Planned Parenthood Eugenics Program, and facilitator of implacable legislations designed to entrench us in the mire of the madness of their agenda – Total World Domination. Who is Barack Obama, Really? I believe he is an unconscionable predator.”

America is in deep trouble. We reached our Rubicon once we unwittingly surrendered our sovereign status as Nationals to the foreign corporation, the U.S.A., Inc. through adhesion contracts and reception of its benefits; and we became transmitting utilities for our Straw Man to conduct Uniform Commercial Code transactions in their unlawful and illegal world Matrix.”

How long will we continue to ignore the plagues that have rocked society? Will we persist in playing the evil and insane game of the elite, ‘The Fourteenth Amendment Slaves Who Believe They Are Free’; or will we rise up to take back the liberty we were given by our Creator, to be free, private, independent, sovereign flesh and blood men and women before it’s too late?”

Decisions we make in regards to leadership in 2012 will make us, or it will break us. Are we so morally broken as a society, that, as the Declaration of Independence claims, ‘mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed?’

The question is, after a long train of abuses and usurpations will we finally assume our right, our duty, to throw off such government, provide new guards for our future security, and institute new government?”

The book is available on Amazon.com now. For more information visit: http://blkmanhatesobama.com .

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The ‘American Arm’ Baseball Pitching Contest features Life Size Robotic Batter and Catcher

MoJo SportsPEORIA, Ariz., March 2, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — MoJo Sports announced today that they have teamed up with Peoria Sports Complex, home to the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners Spring Training facility to conduct a baseball pitching contest. The contest is dubbed as the “American Arm” and consists of a 55 ft. customized mobile interactive trailer that transforms into a realistic pitching environment. Inside the trailer are a life-size robotic batter and a life-size robotic catcher.

The Title sponsor is Audi Peoria and the fastest pitcher for all of Spring Training will have the opportunity to win a brand new Audi A4 on March 31, 2012. The second place prize consists of a new radar system from JUGS Sports. Third place prize is sponsored by All-Star Sports and consists of a customized set of catcher’s gear. Other sponsors are the Military All-Stars and On-Deck Sports and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Peoria Diamond Club.

Joe Lewis, President of MoJo Sports said: “I’m really excited to get this under way. We have been working on this project for the past several years. We believe it’s going to be a lot of fun and we are planning to do a nation-wide tour/reality show.”

If you are coming out to Arizona, make sure you bring your glove and are ready to test your pitching skills!

About MoJo Sports:
MoJo Sports designed and patented the MoJo Pitching Cage which consists of a life size three-dimensional stand in batter and catcher, which allows a person to practice pitching. MoJo Sports currently has 3 different patents on the MoJo Pitching Cage and is currently in 20 stadiums across the country.

About Audi Peoria:
Audi Peoria is Arizona’s newest Audi dealership with a state of the art facility. #1 in customer service, scores in sales, and service in Arizona.

About Peoria Sports Complex:
Peoria Sports Complex was a pioneer in the professionalism of Spring Training. Not only was it the first Major League Baseball spring training and player development facility in the country shared by two teams, it was the first ballpark to serve as an economic catalyst for development in a city.

For more information, visit: http://www.TheAmericanArm.com .

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The ‘American Arm’ Baseball Pitching Contest features Life Size Robotic Batter and Catcher

MoJo SportsPEORIA, Ariz., March 2, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — MoJo Sports announced today that they have teamed up with Peoria Sports Complex, home to the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners Spring Training facility to conduct a baseball pitching contest. The contest is dubbed as the “American Arm” and consists of a 55 ft. customized mobile interactive trailer that transforms into a realistic pitching environment. Inside the trailer are a life-size robotic batter and a life-size robotic catcher.

The Title sponsor is Audi Peoria and the fastest pitcher for all of Spring Training will have the opportunity to win a brand new Audi A4 on March 31, 2012. The second place prize consists of a new radar system from JUGS Sports. Third place prize is sponsored by All-Star Sports and consists of a customized set of catcher’s gear. Other sponsors are the Military All-Stars and On-Deck Sports and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Peoria Diamond Club.

Joe Lewis, President of MoJo Sports said: “I’m really excited to get this under way. We have been working on this project for the past several years. We believe it’s going to be a lot of fun and we are planning to do a nation-wide tour/reality show.”

If you are coming out to Arizona, make sure you bring your glove and are ready to test your pitching skills!

About MoJo Sports:
MoJo Sports designed and patented the MoJo Pitching Cage which consists of a life size three-dimensional stand in batter and catcher, which allows a person to practice pitching. MoJo Sports currently has 3 different patents on the MoJo Pitching Cage and is currently in 20 stadiums across the country.

About Audi Peoria:
Audi Peoria is Arizona’s newest Audi dealership with a state of the art facility. #1 in customer service, scores in sales, and service in Arizona.

About Peoria Sports Complex:
Peoria Sports Complex was a pioneer in the professionalism of Spring Training. Not only was it the first Major League Baseball spring training and player development facility in the country shared by two teams, it was the first ballpark to serve as an economic catalyst for development in a city.

For more information, visit: http://www.TheAmericanArm.com .

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- Photo Caption: Interactive mobile trailer transforms into a realistic pitching environment.

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