Battery Plant That Obama Bragged About After Giving Them $150 Million In Taxpayer Funds To Make Chevy Volt Batteries Furloughs Workers – Without Having Produced A Single Volt Battery

October 9, 2012

MICHIGAN – President Obama touted it in 2010 as evidence “manufacturing jobs are coming back to the United States,” but two years later, a Michigan hybrid battery plant built with $150 million in taxpayer funds is putting workers on furlough before a single battery has been produced.

Workers at the Compact Power manufacturing facilities in Holland, Mich., run by LG Chem, have been placed on rotating furloughs, working only three weeks per month based on lack of demand for lithium-ion cells.

The facility, which was opened in July 2010 with a groundbreaking attended by Obama, has yet to produce a single battery for the Chevrolet Volt, the troubled electric car from General Motors. The plant’s batteries also were intended to be used in Ford’s electric Focus.

Production of the taxpayer-subsidized Volt has been plagued by work stoppages, and the effect has trickled down to companies and plants that build parts for it — including the batteries.

“Considering the lack of demand for electric vehicles, despite billions of dollars from the Obama administration that were supposed to stimulate it, it’s not surprising what has happened with LG Chem. Just because a ton of money is poured into a product does not mean that people will buy it,” Paul Chesser, an associate fellow with the National Legal and Policy Center, told FoxNews.com.

The 650,000-square-foot, $300 million facility was slated to produce 15,000 batteries per year, while creating hundreds of new jobs. But to date, only 200 workers are employed at the plant by by the South Korean company. Batteries for the Chevy Volts that have been produced have been made by an LG plant in South Korea.

The factory was partly funded by a $150 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. LG also received sizeable tax breaks from the local government, saving nearly $50 million in property taxes over 15 years and another $2.5 million annually in business taxes. Landing the factory was hailed as a coup when shovels first hit the ground.

“You are leading the way in showing how manufacturing jobs are coming right back here to the United States of America,” Obama told workers at the ground-breaking ceremony. “Our goal has never been to create a government program, but rather to unleash private-sector growth. And we’re seeing results.”

Randy Boileau, a spokesperson for LG Chem in Holland, told FoxNews.com that battery production is expected to pick up once Volt assembly lines in Detroit resume production on Oct. 15. He said the facility has spent the past two years building infrastructure and conducting pre-production “test runs.”

“The market conditions haven’t been as favorable, but this hasn’t slowed down plans one bit,” Boileau said. “LG Chem has repeatedly said that this facility is a critical component for them globally.”

Boileau pointed out the workers who are on furloughs one week a month are eligible to collect unemployment for that week, and he said the company covers the contributions to their individual benefits during the period.

The Volt has been plagued by low sales since it first rolled off the line three years ago. Orders have picked up for 2012 but are still well below projections.

Chesser said no amount of government subsidies can counter the practical problems posed by plug-in cars.

“Electric car batteries do not perform much better than they did 100 years ago,” he said. “Research has not conquered the battery storage issue, and therefore the electric transportation ‘stimulus’ did not boost the ‘technology of the future,’ but instead a century-old technology as far as performance and capability goes.”

He added that the LG Chem plant’s problems show that the unpopularity of electric cars despite heavy taxpayer subsidies has had more widespread negative effects than most realize.

“Billions of dollars were put into Volt research, and Ford received $5.9 billion in stimulus loans to retrofit plants to produce [electric vehicles],” Chesser said. “The battery companies like LG Chem that were supposed to service them have no customers to speak of. Their existence was solely based on access to taxpayer money.

“Had it been private investors rather than government bureaucrats making the decision, there either would have been a reality check about the industry, or only those who made individual decisions to invest would have lost their money, not taxpayers.”

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Totally Disgraced Detroit Michigan Police Chief Quits After Affair With Nutcase Subordinate Who Traded Sex For Promotion, Posted Her Picture On Internet With Her Gun In Her Mouth

October 8, 2012

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – Less than a week after he was suspended for allegedly having an affair with a subordinate, Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. has retired from his position effective immediately, Mayor Dave Bing announced at a news conference Monday.

Bing said he did not force Godbee to resign during a Sunday meeting, but said it had become clear the chief had to step down.

“I think this was the right decision by the chief and therefore I support it,” Bing said.

Bing said he had gotten to know Godbee well and respected him as a leader.

“It bothers, hurts me a great deal that it has come to this,” Bing said. “I worry about him as a person and hope that he’ll be able to get on with his life no longer as part of the Detroit Police Department, but as a citizen of Detroit.”

Bing stressed that public safety in the city won’t be impacted by the shakeup. Assistant Chief Chester Logan will serve as interim chief.

Bing suspended Godbee for 30 days Oct. 2 after allegations the chief was having an affair with Angelica Robinson, who works for the department in internal affairs. Robinson’s gun was taken away after she became distraught and posted a photo of herself with a gun in her mouth on a social networking site. She was evaluated by a doctor and was cleared to return to work with her gun, a department spokeswoman said Friday.

The chief, who is married, filed for divorce in August. He has declined comment.

When asked if Godbee admitted to a relationship with an internal affairs officer, Bing said: “He did tell me that he had a relationship with Ms. Robinson, yes.”

Bing said Godbee was embarrassed.

“He felt he had let me down. He felt he had let the department down. He felt he had let the citizens of Detroit down,” Bing said.

The chief, who is married, filed for divorce in August. He has declined comment.

His retirement letter, which carries Monday’s date, makes no mention of the affair or what led to his stepping down. Instead, it opines about his career in the department, which he began working for in 1987, and his gratitude for being able to serve the city.

“I retire proud of the fact that I was able to assist during a time in which our city has most been in need and I thank Mayor Bing and his administration for allowing me to serve as the chief for the past two years,” the letter says.

Godbee began working for the Detroit Police Department in 1987. He briefly retired in 2008, but returned the following year and had been the chief since 2010.

Godbee took over as chief after former Chief Warren Evans was forced to resign after he marketed himself in a teaser for a reality program and also had a relationship with a subordinate, Lt. Monique Patterson.

At the time, Bing said Evans’ relationship with Patterson compromised his ability to lead. The mayor named Godbee, a lifelong Detroiter and veteran of the department, interim chief in July 2010. That September, he was given the top job.

But shortly after being named chief, Patterson released text messages showing she also had a romantic relationship with Godbee.

The mayor said he spoke with Godbee during his tenure about his behavior because of the prior indiscretion with the lieutenant.

“We have had that conversation on more than one occasion because I had concerns just based on the histor, and he confided in me that he had changed his ways,” Bing said. “And I had no reason not to believe that.”

Bing said he told Godbee what his expectations were.

“He didn’t live up to those expectations,” Bing said, “and that leads us to where we are today.”

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Detroit Police Caution Visitors To Their War Zone: “Enter At Your Own Risk”

October 6, 2012

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – The men and women of the Detroit Police Department believe the city is too dangerous to enter, and they want citizens to know it.

Detroit Police Officer Association (DPOA) Attorney Donato Iorio said officers are holding the “Enter At Your Own Risk” rally at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in front of Comerica Park to remind the public that the officers are overworked, understaffed, and at times, fearful for their lives.

“Detroit is America’s most violent city, its homicide rate is the highest in the country and yet the Detroit Police Department is grossly understaffed,” Iorio told WWJ’s Kathryn Larson. “The DPOA believes that there is a war in Detroit, but there should be a war on crime, not a war on its officers.”

Iorio says the once 2,000 strong force is shrinking rapidly; since the start of summer, hundreds of officers have left the department.

“These are the men and women who we look to protect us… and police officers can’t protect you if they’re not there. Officers are leaving simply because they can’t afford to stay in Detroit and work 12 hour shifts for what they are getting paid… These police officers are beyond demoralized, these officers are leaving hand over fist because they can no longer afford to stay on the department and protect the public,” he said.

And that’s why Iorio cautions those who enter the city to be wary.

“The explosion in violent crime, the incredible spike in the number of homicides and for officers trying to work 12 hours in such deplorable, dangerous and war like conditions is simple untenable,” he said.

Iorio said the department today has less officers than ever, even though crime rates are through the roof.

“By denying police officers the appropriate manpower, there’s a manpower crisis right now, there’s 1,000 fewer police officers today than there was 10 years ago, yet the homicide rate is higher. There’s more crime now than before, so if anything you need more officers, not fewer officers,” he said.

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Detroit Michigan Police Officer Lt. Monique Patterson Was Police Chief Ralph Godbee’s In-House Whore – She Swapped Her Body For Promotion

October 6, 2012

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – I got a call from Lieutenant Monique Patterson, the cop caught in the love triangle between former chief Warren Evans and Ralph Godbee two years ago. She said she had some text messages showing that she had sex with Godbee in exchange for a promotion.

One text message from Godbee to Patterson said, “I want you, I think you, I breathe you, I taste you, I smell you, need I go on?”

Another text message from Godbee to Patterson read, “I need a face to face so you can see that I say what I say because I’m in LOVE WITH YOU!”

Yet another text message from Godbee to Patterson said, “I can meet you by 8’ish. Can you have everything set up where you can just let me know the room #?”

A text message from Patterson to Godbee read, “I hate that all we have discussed (transfer, etc.) nothing has occurred. Nothing seems hopeful to me at this point. Nothing.”

Then a text message from Godbee to Patterson said, “You will learn over time that my word is my bond!”

This is clearly more than sex between consenting adults. It’s an abuse of power. The police department has been turned into a brothel. City hall knew said the lawyer who took the messages to Deputy Mayor Saul Green.
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Detroit Michigan Police Chief Ralph Godbee Suspended After Affair With Subordinate Internal Affairs Officer – Affair Came To Light After His Nutcase Mistress Posted Photo With Her Gun In Her Mouth

October 3, 2012

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – Detroit’s top law enforcement officer has been suspended amid allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a subordinate.

Chief Ralph Godbee’s affair with Angelica Robinson, an internal affairs officer, emerged after she posted a photo with her service weapon in her mouth on Twitter, after learning Godbee was at a police conference with another woman.

Her attorney, David Robinson has confirmed that there was a relationship between his client and Chief Godbee, who is married but filed for divorce in August, according to myFoxDetroit.com.

She now refers to herself as Godbee’s former lover, and claims he is a ‘sex addict,’ the news website reports.
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Crazed Dearborn Michigan Police Officer Tickets Woman Because He Was “Aggravated” That She Failed To Reveal She Is HIV Positive Before He Searched Her Car

October 3, 2012

DEARBORN, MICHIGAN – A metro Detroit police agency is putting its employees through training on HIV and AIDS after a videotaped traffic stop shows an officer telling a woman he’s writing a ticket because she failed to reveal she’s HIV positive before he searched her vehicle.

Dearborn police Chief Ronald Haddad told The Detroit News he takes the matter “very seriously” and is investigating the Aug. 3 stop.

The 29-minute YouTube video shows the officer telling Shalandra Jones and her driver he’s ticketing them because he’s “aggravated” Jones didn’t disclose her HIV status before he searched their SUV.

In the video, the unnamed officer says he doesn’t “want to catch something” and “has a family.” He then issued a ticket for a broken tail light.

The Detroit Legal Services firm is representing Jones and said in a statement the firm is “working to ensure that Jones is protected to the fullest extent of the law.” It wasn’t immediately clear if a lawsuit was being pursued.

Casual contact doesn’t spread HIV and AIDS.

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Pack Of Savage Black Beasts Continually Loitering At Detroit Gas Station Drives Away Customers – As Many As 40 Thugs Hanging Out, Police Come And Chase Them Off, Then They Return

October 2, 2012

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – A Detroit man says his business is being held hostage by a group of teenagers who continually loiter inside and out of his gas station.

“There’s a lot of good people around here,” said the station owner, who wished to remain anonymous. But now, those good people aren’t coming as often to the Marathon station along W. 7 Mile Road on the city’s west side.

“This is a Bad Crew gas station,” said one teen loitering out front on Tuesday. When asked what that meant, he said, “If you don’t know, I can’t even tell you.”

Surveillance video obtained by FOX 2 shows as many as a dozen teens hanging out inside the store, smoking cigarettes, sitting on countertops and even spitting into sinks.

The owner says as many as 40 teens can be hanging out in front of the station at any time. “Destroying my store. Destroying my business,” said the owner.

He says his clerks are too frightened to take action against the teens and he’s worried that the loitering could lead to violence.

Detroit police have been called numerous times to the store, but the owner says right after officers disperse the crowd and leave the scene, the teens returns to their normal posts.

Leslie Cunningham, who lives nearby the station, says members from Marvin Winans’ Perfecting Church have recently been to the station to talk to the young people. “It’s out of hand,” said Cunningham. “We try to raise young people around here that they would be concerned and care about their area and this is what we have to contend with.”

The owner, and father of four, says he would walk away from his business if he didn’t owe so much on it.

Meanwhile, he keeps working and keeps hoping that the teens decide to leave.

Detroit police tell FOX 2 they’ll continue to respond to calls from the station. The owner says he may hire an off-duty officer to help keep his business secure during peak hours.

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