Who: Jonathan Narcisse, Iowa Party Candidate for Governor

What: "When In the Course of Events..."

Why Iowa Needs a Constitutional Convention

Broadcasting Live from Des Moines Amplified's Studios

When: THURSDAY OCT 21st - 1:15 PM  & 9:15 PM

Where: Des Moines Amplified
700 Locust Street - Suite 303 (Skywalk Level)
DesMoines, IA 50309

Watch Live Broadcasts at: www.NarcisseForIowa.com

Public: Invited to be live studio audience

Media: Narcisse available for interviews prior to each broadcast

DES MOINES, IA - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010 | In the middle of its 99 county tour, the Narcisse For Iowa's Common Sense Express, a wrapped 30' RV, will be in Des Moines all day Thursday. The campaign will be hosting two live webcasts at the state of the art facilities of Des Moines Amplified in downtown. The public is invited to be part of the live studio audience at both the 1:15 pm and the 9:15 pm broadcastings.

Viewers of today's broadcasts will hear the independent Iowa Party gubernatorial candidate's case for why Iowans should vote "Yes" for the Constitutional Convention question on this year's election ballot.

Drawing on the Declaration of Independence, and echoing the famous phrase, "When in the course of human events..." Narcisse will outline at the 1:15 p.m. broadcast the grave challenges Iowans face from a corrupt and mismanaged state government. At the 9:15 p.m. broadcast, Narcisse will be expanding on his published solutions for Iowa and white boarding his plan for fixing state government.

"Iowans have an opportunity every ten years to implement a Constitutional Convention," says Des Moines native and independent publisher Jonathan Narcisse. "This is an opportunity to repair what we the people of Iowa have allowed to break and in today's broadcasts we will outline how Iowans can do what history has mandated a free people must do in order to restore a sound and honorable government."

This week, Narcisse published his 8 page newspaper Iowa Values: Common Sense Solutions. It can be be viewed online at www.NarcisseForIowa.com

Both broadcasts from the Des Moines Amplified studios will be accessible live and archived at www.NarcisseForIowa.com

The public is welcome to be part of the live studio audience at both broadcasts.

Des Moines Amplified is a cutting edge social networking facility that helps people blend their offline and online worlds together. Over 120 of the most interesting people in Des Moines use the facility in the skywalk above the Greater Des Moines Partnership. More info at http://www.worldwideamplified.com/

Des Moines Radio Appearances Today:

Johnathan Narcisse will be on the following Talk Shows on Thursday October 21st.

10:07 Am Jan Mickelson- http://www.whoradio.com/pages/pp_janmickelson.html

10:30 AM KMA Radio- http://kmaland.com/

2:30Pm The Bradshaw Show on Wow FM - http://www.983wowfm.com/default.asp

Narcisse Background:

Jonathan Narcisse is a former Des Moines School Board member, publisher and editor of multiple publications, radio show host and community advocate. During the early part of the decade he authored a 3,500 page report analyzing the condition of African-Americans in Iowa's 99 counties, and headed statewide health and education initiatives.

In 2009 Narcisse published "An Iowa Worth Fighting For: A Ten Step Vision Plan for 21st Century Governance." Narcisse evaluates the history of state expenditures versus population, reducing state government, corruption and accountability, tax reform, education reform through parental control and academic entrepreneurship, local control and property rights, public safety and drug interdiction and immigration reform.  The full text of this can be found at www.AnIowaWorthFightingFor.com

He has received more than 400 national, state and local honors and awards including recognition from the Bush (Sr.), Clinton and Bush administrations and the Branstad, Vilsack and Culver administrations. He has finished second twice in national chess competitions and is a multiple state champion. He also had a 17-0 record as a semi-pro boxer while living in the Washington, D.C. area.

He has a son, Johnce, and two daughters, 14 year old daughter, Integrity, an 11 year old daughter, Perseverance and three grandchildren.

Narcisse, who lives in Des Moines, will is touring the state for the second time in two years, visiting with grass roots organizations, churches and the media. 

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Support Your School and Win Free Trees for Your Campus In the Root for Your Home Team Contest at arbordaynow.org

Nebraska City, Neb. (Oct. 20, 2010) - College students can show their school spirit with just the click of a mouse and at the same time help add beauty to their school's campus. Tree Campus USA invites students, alums, donors and supporters to vote for their favorite Tree Campus USA school and win free trees for their campus in the Root for Your Home Team contest, which is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota.

To vote, simply go to www.arbordaynow.org/root, sign up to become a Tree Planter and select a Tree Campus USA college or university to receive your vote. The school with the most votes will receive $2,500 in free trees, which will be planted on campus in the spring. Voting is open to everyone but only those schools that earned Tree Campus USA recognition in 2009 are eligible to win trees. Last year, the Arbor Day Foundation recognized 74 colleges and universities as Tree Campus USA communities, including the University of Iowa.

For a complete list of Tree Campus USA colleges and universities, go to http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCampusUSA/campuses.cfm.

Anyone can sign up to be a Tree Planter and vote for their favorite Tree Campus USA school from now until Nov. 5. As a Tree Planter, individuals will be the first to learn about tree-planting opportunities in their area, receive monthly messages with ways to make a positive impact on the environment and will be eligible to participate in other contests at www.arbordaynow.org.

To become a Tree Campus USA college or university, a school must meet five core standards of tree care and community engagement. Those requirements are: establishing a campus tree advisory committee; providing evidence of a campus tree-care plan; having dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree plan; observing Arbor Day; and offering service-learning projects aimed at engaging the student body.

Remember, only the school with the most registered Tree Planters will receive free trees from the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, so sign up and vote today.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

WASHINGTON - Senator Chuck Grassley has sent a letter to Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu regarding a new audit report from the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General (OIG).  The report indicates that taxpayer dollars are being spent on shoddy work under the stimulus-funded Weatherization Assistance Program in Illinois, and that the work may not only be a fiscal threat to the American taxpayer, but also a serious physical threat to residents of weatherized homes through gas leaks and fire hazards.

"The amount of taxpayer dollars being wasted and the apparent lack of prevention of fraud, waste and abuse in these weatherization projects by the Department of Energy and states are very concerning," Grassley said.  "This isn't the first time the Department has fallen asleep at the wheel while overseeing stimulus spending and it's critical to the American taxpayer that the Department take immediate steps to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Click here to view Grassley's letter to Secretary Chu.

Click here to view the OIG's report which details the significant substandard performance in areas of workmanship, initial home assessments, and contractor billing for labor costs not incurred and materials that had not been installed.

Click here to view Grassley's July 23rd press release detailing other problems that the Department of Energy has encountered in utilizing the stimulus dollars for weatherization projects.


SECC Meeting

The next meeting of the Scott Emergency Communication Center (SECC) Board is October 28, 2010 AT 6:00 P.M.  They meet in the Board Room, 1st Floor, Scott County Administrative Center, 600 West Fourth Street, Davenport, Iowa.

The Quad City Wind Ensemble, celebrating its 25th concert season, will be presenting its first concert of the 2010-2011 season, "Celebrating our Premiere
Concert", on Sunday, October 31, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. at the Galvin Fine Arts Center, on the campus of St. Ambrose University, 517 W. Locust St., in Davenport, IA. It will feature the music played at the first concert in February 1987, and the special guest conductor will be Dr. Charles B. DCamp, retired
Director of Bands at St. Ambrose University and the founder and original conductor of the group.

Brian Hughes, of Dubuque, IA and the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, conducts the ensemble, comprised of 70 of the finest quad city area adult brass, woodwind, and percussion players who audition each September. The concert will include a variety from the band/wind ensemble repertoire, including Symphony No. 5 - Finale, by Dimitri Shostakovich, "Il Re Pastore" Overture by W. A. Mozart, "Pinaeapple Poll" Ballet Suite by Arthur Sullivan, "Viva Musica" by
Alfred Reed, "On Broadway" by Bricusse and Newley, "Carnival of Venice" by Herbert Clarke, and "George Washington Bicentennial March" by J. P. Sousa.

For those who are unfamiliar with wind ensembles and their repertoire, the concept began with Frederic Fennell at the Eastman School of Music in New
York who decided to use the very best brass, woodwind, and percussion players and perform favorite concert band music, strong arrangements of classical
symphonic repertoire, and original compositions for wind ensemble. Dr. Myron Welch, retired Director of Bands at the University of Iowa, conducted the group
last May and proclaimed that, "The Quad City Wind Ensemble is the finest adult wind ensemble in the entire state of Iowa and among the best in the nation".

Admission for the concert is $10 for Adults, $ 8 for Seniors (65+), and FREE for all band students. In honor of Halloween, students will receive a treat and a
cookie reception will follow the concert. For additional information, call (309) 507-2971, or visit our website: quad-city-wind-ensemble.webs.com.

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2011 "4 Times the Fun" World Tour primed to astound fans at i wireless Center in Moline on January 8

Hot on the heels of the most successful year in franchise history, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 85th consecutive season when their dazzling 2011 "4 Times the Fun" World Tour stops in Moline, showcasing the wholesome family entertainment that has provided lifetime memories for generations of fans.

The Harlem Globetrotters will take the court at i wireless Center on January 8, 2011 at 7:00p.m. Tickets, starting at $16.00, will go on sale on Monday, November 1, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. at www.harlemglobetrotters.com, the i wireless Center box office, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

"Our 85th season promises to be a landmark year, with never before seen innovations in the game," says Michael Kenney, the Globetrotters' senior vice president, live event marketing. "You'll want to get your tickets now to witness firsthand what we have in store for our wonderful fans around the world."

The North American leg of the 2011 "4 Times the Fun" World Tour will tip-off on Dec. 26, 2010, and runs until mid-April.  The team will play over 270 games in more than 220 cities in 45 states and six Canadian provinces.

Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, Howard Johnson Hotels, America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, Greyhound Lines, and Spalding, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have played in 120 countries and territories on six continents, entertaining over 132 million fans and breaking down barriers between cultures, societies and people from all walks of life, earning induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.




MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, the media service of Western Illinois University, will be hosting a debate between the candidates for the 17th Congressional District in Illinois. Roger Davis, Phil Hare and Bobby Schilling will tape the debate in the afternoon of either October 25 or 26 and it will air that evening or on Wednesday, October 27.  The candidates or their representatives will meet with WQPT to finalize dates and plans.

WQPT is asking the public to send in their questions to wqpt@wiu.edu by Friday, October 22nd. "We hope the public will provide questions to be asked of the candidates" said Rick Best, WQPT General Manager.  The debate will be moderated by Jim Mertens. Mr. Mertens will be the host of WQPT's new public affairs program "The Cities", which will begin airing in November.

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ROCK ISLAND, ILL., (10/19/2010)(readMedia)-- Officials from six National Guard states in the Midwest region including the Illinois Army National Guard, sent command representatives to Rock Island Arsenal Garrison Oct. 18 to speak with cadre about their injured soldiers in Community Based Warrior Transition Unit (CBWTU) rehabilitation program.

The program has existed for roughly four years on the nation's largest government-operated arsenal helping injured veterans from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The program helps rehabilitate Soldiers both mentally and physically and helps transition them back into their normal lives.

The states' National Guard commands work together with the CBWTU, medical facilities and civilian vocational rehabilitation agencies to help Soldiers seek medical attention and find work in the civilian sector.

Soldiers attend one muster every three months at Rock Island Arsenal, but can seek medical treatment in their hometowns instead of being away from family and other support at an active duty hospital in another state.

"In today's Army, the care and medical needs of our injured veterans is paramount," said Celletti. "These men and women went into harm's way while serving their country and they cannot be forgotten and left to struggle to make ends meet in their times of need," Maj. Gen. Dennis Celletti of Springfield, the Assistant Adjutant General - Army of the Illinois National Guard.

Staff Sgt. J.P. Lawson of Marseilles, a platoon sergeant with the CBWTU said the program allows for injured Soldiers to receive the one-on-one care they may not have received at active-duty hospitals after suffering injuries in a combat zone. The facility at Rock Island Arsenal is centralized allowing Soldiers to receive medical attention and take care of personal matters.

"The program is based mainly on getting Soldiers in and getting them to look at their overall care, not just physical but mental," said Lawson. "(The program) is also to help them transition either to a civilian life as they retire out of the military or ... they are actually returning to duty, getting ready for their life outside the war."

Lawson, an Illinois Army Guardsmen now attached to the CBWTP, attended the program in 2007 after returning home injured from deployment to Afghanistan. After going through the program Lawson returned as a cadre member to help fellow Soldiers receive the care they need. As a platoon sergeant, he said he has seen roughly a 90-percent success rate in the Soldiers from his platoon.

Lawson said he has seen Soldiers with all types of injuries in the program. From blindness to broken limbs.

Not all Soldiers going through the transition program have obvious injuries. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Eric Wolf of Jessup, Iowa, with the 445th Transportation Company out of Waterloo, Iowa suffered multiple noncombat related injuries while deployed to Iraq in 2009.

When he originally came home his treatments were at an active-duty station. With family hundreds of miles away Wolf dealt with mental stress.

Since being assigned to the CBWTU, Wolf has been able to get the medical attention he needs to lead a normal life. With the ability to stay in Jessup between musters, Wolf said he is able to spend time with his family and be present in their lives.

"With this program it allows you to get back your family and your family too does not have to go any longer without you," said Wolf. "When you have a wife taking care of four children and she's already done it through a deployment, it's stress on her too for you to get back. There it's really imperative that you two join back together and support each other."

With medical attention in their hometowns, Soldiers like Wolf are able to receive treatment from their local doctors, family doctors and medical facilities in a place they are comfortable instead of miles away from home.

Wolf said being with his family even during his treatments made his mental and emotional state easier. While Wolf's time with the program is not complete, he said with the treatment and vocational support he has received he has been able to heal both mentally and physically and he is ready to face life and the road to come.


Allegiant Air's ticket counter hours have changed now that they are operating their flights to Las Vegas.

Tickets will be sold 1 hour after their Las Vegas departure, from 8:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m., at the Allegiant Air/Charter Counter on the public side of the airport terminal.

Allegiant Air currently offers nonstop flights to Las Vegas on both Thursdays & Sundays. Those flights began last week. Nonstop flights to Phoenix-Mesa will begin on Thursday, November 18th and will also operate with an arrival and a departure on Thursdays & Sundays.

Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival

10th-Anniversary Celebration

~  in Davenport on October 21, 22 and 24 at Trinity Cathedral  ~

Tickets and Information: