04/30/07. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Microsoft in a patent dispute with AT&T limiting the power of patent holders.
04/30/07. Deutsche Boerse signed a definitive agreement to acquire U.S.-based options exchange International Securities Exchange for $2.8 billion dollars cash.
04/30/07. Tony Snow, Press Secretary of the White House has returned to his duties after leaving for about a month. He was recovering from colon cancer treatment. More to come, stay tune.
04/30/07. Israeli panel has declared that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's leadership is a failure. Lebanon tested the military capabilities of the Israeli army and found huge holes in the operations and logistics the Israeli army is capable of. The panels report mentioned "No real plan of action, a severe failure of in the lack of judgement, responsibility and caution". Friends, partners and foes all want Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step step down from office. His Defense minister as well, Mr. Amir Peretz who took office with limited security experience. More to come, stay tune.
04/30/07. Britain has convicted 5 al Queda terrorist members. The jury took 26 days to decide their fate. Guilty of endangering society by using bombs made of fertilizer. They were to attack night clubs, malls, bridges etc. The plot was uncovered around 2004 and the terrorist cell was stopped from attacking the people of Britain. Their names are Omar Kyham, Waheed Mahmood, Anthony Garcia, Jawad Akbar, and Salahuddin Amin. All five were headed by the master ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan and Canadian Mohammed Momin. All the men denied the charges. They will get life in prison. Possibly Garcia will get out earlier for possessing a hand full of the fertilizer.
04/29/07. TV producer Mark Bernett has a new Television Reality Show. The show is to elect a third party candidate for the 2008 Presidential Election. A group of people will be picked to represent a third party candidate that will be picked by the general television viewers. The winner of the contest will get One Million dollars for his run t become President of the U.S.A. or that persion could donate the money to his favorite candidates running for office. By the way, Mark Bernatt is from Australia. I suppose that is what he thinks of our electoral process, or maybe this is what is needed to talk about issues that would have been not talked about. Democrat and Republican candidates will not be able to ditch the topics that general Americans have on their mind. Not insider concerns but general American boob tube concerns. This should be good! No date available yet when or if this T.V. Reality Show will air. : ) More to come, stay tune.
04/29/07. ABN AMBRO sale of LaSalle Bank is in trouble. Amsterdam court has gotten involved to possibly rule against the sale. More to come, stay tune.
04/29/07. Iran has agreed to meet with Iraqi and U.S. diplomats to speak on the issue of cooling down the tensions in Iraq and to discuss how Iran can assist in peace efforts. More to come, stay tune.
04/29/07. China's central bank has issued a mandatory signal that raised the share of deposits banks must keep for reserve. This move from China's central bank is to make sure the economy doesn't grow too fast. It's to cool down the economy so that the government and competition can catch up to China's economy. China doen't want a melt down in future years.
04/24/07. In Chicago, today marks the 5th Anniversary of a case involving a Chicago Police Lieutenant named Burge. Lt. Burge was fired by the Chicago Police Department for torturing suspects in a variety of crimes. He made them confess by connecting electrical wires to their testicles and wacking their heads with telephone books until they confessed to crimes. Lt. Burge was able to retire with his pension in place even though he was released by the Chicago Police Department. The Tax Payers of Cook County have paid $7 Million to defend Lt. Burge. Two hundred Illinois Organizations want the Burge Report to be made public. The Tax Payers of Cook County are wondering why they are paying to defend Lt. Burge. Mayor Daley was the State's Attorney at the time. There are alot of unanswered questons.....Mr. Mayor??????
04/24/07. The House and The Senate are to deliver a War Supplemental Funding bill to the President that will fund U.S. troops with $1.3 Billion but has language to withdraw troops from Iraq by March 2008. The President has said that he will veto this bill if it has language relative to troop withdrawl or redelpoyment from Iraq. This bill could reach the President's desk this week. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/24/07. Toyota has sold 2.3 Million Vehicles: GM has sold 2.2 Million vehicles for the 1st Quarter of 2007 (Jan-March) This is the first time that Toyota has led in sales in the U.S.!
04/24/07. Illinois Commissioner on Veteran Affairs, Tammy Duckworth's husband is being deployed to Iraq. Major Duckworth's assignment will last from 12-22 months.
04/24/07. Jerry Miller was released after serving 25 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit. His DNA did not match the DNA taken at the crime scene. At the time of his arrest he indicated that he was at home watching T.V. at the time the crime was committed. DNA results did match to Robert Weeks who is currently serving prison time for a similar crime. Mr. Miller is the 200th person in the U.S. to have his charges overturned due to a DNA mismatch. He was convicted for the rape of a woman in a parking garage in 1981.
04/24/07. In Iraq, nine U.S. paratroopers were killed by a car bomb Northeast of Baghdad. Insurgents are stepping up unnecessary attacks hoping the U.S. Democrats funding bill will pass. Democrats and Insurgents want U.S. forces to withdraw. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/24/07. Illinois Senator Barak Hussein Obama worked on 17 Low Income foreclosed properties for Tony Resko an indited Business man with mob ties and questionable business practices especially in his financing practices. Senator Obama completed 5 hours of work for the Law Firm Resko employed. Investigation into the foreclosures has indicated that all 17 were refinanced with cash out and were never made available to Low Income Families. Senator Obama has not made any comment and his staff has pushed back on the press not allowing any inquiries or statements to be released on the subject. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/24/07. Senator Barak Hussein Obama has said at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs that America must lead the world by example. He continued to say that the troops in Iraq must be withdrawn by March of 2008. He indicated that 65,000 ground forces and 25,000 Marines should be added in the region and that $50 Billion should be raised to assist poor Nations with immediate relief relative to world interests.
04/24/07. Chicago's Mayor Daley has appointed Laura Healy to be his next Chief of Staff. Ms. Healy has been Commissioner of Bulding and Planning and is replacing Ron Huberman who is leaving to run the CTA. Ms. Healy is the 11th Chief of Staff that Mayor Daley has had in 18 years. The Mayor snapped at the Press when they questioned the frequency of replacing his Chiefs of Staff. Stay Tuned!
04/23/07. The President has addressed Social Security and Medicare part D today. Check out info. on tomorrow's news.
04/23/07. It's offical, Bank of America has bought LaSalle Bank for $21 billion dollars. Expect about 15,000 job cuts across the board in every department across the country and the world. With that said, customers and future consumers should experience better service and best of all, ADDED VALUE on all the Bank's financial products. This could be higher interest rates on CD's, Lower interest rates on loans, and maybe a toaster or television. It is possible the bank cold give you more money and options for your business. Stay tune for more news on the business of banking. :)
04/23/07. The Democrats in Washington have not passed the Iraqi Supplemental bill needed to fund U.S. troops. The Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid has said last week that "The War in Iraq is Lost!" Today, Senator Reid said that he will leave U.S. soldiers to train Iraqi's, used as counter terrorism fighting force, and humanitarian work. He also said the U.S. could use Jordan Military Bases to host our troops for redeployment from Iraq. He said as a political ploy, he would not want the President to veto the Democrats supplemental bill. The Democrats need 60 U.S. Senatorial votes to win their view and strategy on Iraq. They currently have 51 votes. President Bush has said that he would Veto the Democrats withdrawal language in their Supplemental bill. More to come, stay tune.
04/23/07. Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin has passed away at the age of 76 in Moscow Russia. He was the first President to lead Russia after it ruled out of existance the Communist form of government known as the Soviet Union. He was the first democratically elected President of Russia in 1991. Two months after the election he fought forces led by former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev who attempted to take control of Russia in a coup attempt. Yeltsin was the victor. Two years later, Yeltsin ordered tanks to storm the Russian White House to capture deputies barricaded to protest the dissolvement of the Russian Parliament. The deputies accussed Yeltsin of blocking reforms. Gorbachev was behind this protest as well. Yeltsin had been accused of stealing government funds and taking over private business for his own gain. Exactly like the mobsters in the U.S.. He resigned from office on December 31, 1999. More info. to come, stay tune.
04/23/07. LaSalle Bank could be sold to Savings of America. LaSalle Bank is currently owned by the Dutch Financial Institution ABN AMBRO. More To Come!
04/23/07. Rosemont Illinois Mayor Donald E. Steven's wake is being held today at the Donald E. Steven's Convention Center. Thousands are expected to attend. Mayor Steven's died at the age of 79.
04/23/07. In Baghdad Iraq's protestors came out to protest the wall the U.S. is building around the Green Zone. Prime Minister Maliki of Iraq is concerned that the Wall will divide Iraqi neighborhoods. More To Come!
04/23/07. Georgia has started to learn English and Spanish. Their High School and College students have stopped speaking and learning in Russian. Georgia is next to Russia. Russia has treated the Georgians terribly. More opportunity is available for English and Spanish speaking individuals, students have said. Other European languages are third on the list.
04/23/07. Virginia Tech resumes classes today. VT you are in our hearts and prayers today!
04/23/07. Russia is upset with Poland and Czeck Republic because of missiles that are supplied by the U.S.A. and the alliance both countries have with the U.S.A. More To Come, STAY TUNE!
04/23/07. Nigeria's Presidential election is over. Voters say that the election is not legitimate. Voters experienced intimidation and voting materials arrived late at the polls. Voters were not allowed to vote. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/23/07. France held it's Presidential election yesterday. Presidential Candidates: Mr. Sarkozy, Ms. Royal and Mr. Bayrou ARE ON THE TOP THREE LIST of candidates. The ballots are still being counted. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/22/07. Happy Earth Day! Stay greeen! In Chicago the Annual Green Day festival has started with a green exhibit show at McCormick place. Green Day started in 1970! :)
04/22/07. A former 1944 Miss America has captured a theif using her hand gun. Her dog began to bark on her farm and when Venus Ramey investigated she found an intruder. When she asked him to stop he didn't and jumped in his truck. She shot out his tires, held the thief at gun point and called the authorities. The thief was captured on site. Miss America, Venus Ramney was the first red head to win the Miss America Crown, the first to be photographed in color and she represented Washington State. She was beautiful. Beautiful shot Miss America! :)
04/22/07. France is voting today for their new President. They expect a 70% to 80% voter turnout. More to come, stay tune.
04/22/07. In Olympia, Washington the Govenor of Washington has signed legislation to give homosexuals the same basic rights as heterosexuals. Included are same rights re. Inheritance, medical information access, retirement and financial information access, property ownership survivorship access. More to come, stay tune.
04/22/07. Chinese television show Cuba's leader Fidel Castro looking healthy and recovering from his illness believed to be stomach or liver related. He sure did look terrific. The question is, Will he lead Cuba again if he recovers from his illness? Currently his younger brother is acting President of Cuba. More to come, stay tune.
04/22/07. Visit the Oaklawn, Illinois Library to view their exhibit of one of the deadliest tornados that hit that city April 21st, 1967 that killed 58 people around the Chicagoland area. Over 32 people in Oaklawn Illinois alone. At 1pm Oaklawn Library will allow survivors to speak to the public of their experience Their statements will be taped and put in the public record for all to hear. Great job Oaklawn Library officials. Now that is good tax payer money put to use. :)
04/22/07. It's official, a Navy's Blue Angel pilot was killed yesterday during an Air Show in Beaufort, South Carolina. No name was officially released. The F18 Hornet crashed into residential homes. Eight homes were damaged and were on fire. Eight people on the ground were injured. No one was killed on the ground. The Blue Angles have been flying since 1949. When performing the planes go as fast as 300mph to 700mph. Mach 1. We wish the pilot's family deep regrets and hope the injured get well soon. Jim Liceaga. More to come, stay tune.
04/28/07. Equifax, Inc. has reported that applications for Home Equity Loans have dropped which is the first decline since 1999. The amount homeowners ower in Home Equity Lines has gone down in the last six months.
04/28/07. Comcast's Net Revenue is up 80% as customers continue to sign up for bundled packages that include Cable TV, Phone and Internet Services.
04/28/07. In Cary Illinois a High School Senior was arrested after writing that "It would be funny" to dream about opening fire in a building and having sex with the dead victims police said. Allen Lee who is 18 years old faces two disorderly conduct charges over the "creative writing" assignment which was assigned on Monday in an English class at Northern Illinois School. Students were instructed to "write whatever comes to your mind. Do not judge or censor what you are writing" according to the copy of the assignment. According to the complaint, Lee's essay reads in part and I quote "Blood, sex and booze. Drugs...drugs......drugs are fun. Stab, stab, stab, stab, stab......s....t....a....b...pulse. So I had this dream last night, where I went into a building, pulled out two P90's and started shooting everyone, then had sex with the dead bodies. Well, not really, but it would be funny if I did." Officials described the essay as disturbing and inappropriate. Lee said he was just following the directions. "In Creative Writing, you're told to exaggerate", Lee said. "It was just to be some junk....There is definately violent content, but they're taking it out of context and making it something it isn't." Lee was moved to an off campus learning program and the school district was evaluating a punishment school spokeman Jeff Puma said. "It wasn't just voilent or foul language", Puma said, "It went beyond that". Albert Lee has defended his son as a straight A student who was just following instructions and contends that the school over reacted. His son, Allen Lee has never been disciplined in school and signed papers to enlist in the Marine Corp last week. A conviction could bring up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1,500.00. Lee's father believes that it is understandable that law enforcement is over reacting after the shooting deaths of 32 students at Virginia Tech last week. But this was Creative Writing class supervised by the teacher. The 18 year old has no prior mental issues or trouble with the law. The 18 year old is said to be a "normal boy". Question: Is it because he is Asian and has joined the Military? What about the first ammendment? Are we as Americans now restricted to what we can write or say because of the actions of a crazy terrorist's act? Must we all pay the penalty for a Mad Man?
04/28/07. Friendly fire killed 28 year old State Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff an 8 year veteran of the Troopers. He was shot by a fellow trooper in an exchange of gunfire that took place during the arrest of 23 year old Travis Trim in Margareteville, New York. Trooper Brinkerhoff was shot with a .223 caliber tactical round. This round was made by an MRT (Mobile Response Team) member belonging to New York's State Troopers. Another State Trooper was shot but authorities have not yet released his identity or any other details of the shooting. A witness said that about 20 shots were fired in the exchange. Travis Trim died having been shot 3 times. It has been reported that police threw canisters of tear gas into the house after Trim was killed. The house then caught fire but the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Trim was found with a rifle in his hands. The autopsy report has indicated that Trim was shot prior to the fire. Trim shot a police officer the day before but the police officer was saved by his body armor. Friendly fire has killed two officers in the North East in the last two months.
04/28/07. The Dow Jones ended the week with another record closing at 13,120.94.
04/27/07. The U.S. Economy slowed in the first quarter to a 1.3% growth rate, the weakest reading in four years, mostly due to the housing slump. Inflation accelerated. That is why it is important to get undocumented workers and the parents of U.S. born children to become green card holders so that these people who have been contributing to our great nation for years become eligible to drive and become home owners. This will get the economy growing because once undocumented immigrants get documented on a grand scale they will purchase homes and automobiles. Increased sales of big ticket items creates jobs and security across the U.S.A. The U.S. would have years of prosperity. Housing values would rise and auto sales would increase. Taxes and fees would fill government vaults keeping these expenditures lower. Please think about the future growth of AMERICA, not the hate talk and lies of the Minutemen of today. More to come, stay tune! : ) Jim Liceaga
04/27/07. ABN AMRO has been fined $500 Million dollars for laudering money for terrorist organizations and Countries on the United States terrorist list. The Dutch Bank paid the fine to get rid of the U.S. probe. ABN AMRO is centuries old and started their international finance business as pirates in the high seas. They were terrorists on the worlds oceans. That is how they got their money to start in the banking business. By stealing! By the way, this isn't the first time ABN AMRO's have been fined for illegal activities.
04/27/07. Saudi Arabia's police have arrested 172 Islamic militants who were plotting to attack the country's oil fields and storm its prisons to free inmates. More to come, stay tune.
04/27/07. Democrats had their first Debate for the 2008 Presidential election. The participants were former Sen. Mike Gravel, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Sen. Barack Hussein Obama, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Sen. John Edwards, Sen. Joe Biden, Sen. Chris Dodd and Govenor Bill Richardson. The debate was hosted by South Carolina State University. All participants were bashing the Presidents War on Iraq and want the troops out of Iraq beginning October 2007 and all troops out by April 2008. More to come, stay tune.
04/27/07. Atlanta Falcon's Quarterback, Micheal Vick has been accused of hosting and participating in fighting dogs for sport. PETA has asked the Falcon's owner, Arthur Blank to suspend Mr. Vick pending the investigation and to "kick him off the team if it is found that dogs on Vick's property were neglected or used for fighting". 60 dogs have been found on three of his buildings that were sick, injured, scarred, bitten and mishandled. Dog exercise equipment were found that creates a fighting dog. Dog fighting is a felony in 48 States. More to come, stay tune!
04/27/07. A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll indicates that Senator Barack Hussein Obama has closed the gap with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton again. Only 5 points behind Clinton, 36% to 31%.
04/27/07. Nissan has posted a 54% drop in net profit.
04/26/07. Dow Jones Industrial Average has hit a new record high, closing at 13,105.50.
04/26/07. Jack Valenti, former White House aide to President Lyndon Johnson has died today ay age 85. After 1966, he became a lobbyist for the motion picture industry, then became President of the Motion Picture Association of America. He implemented the movie ratings in 1968. He guided the industry on topics and issues of censorship to the digital age of making movies. He retired in 2004. Mr. Valenta had a stroke in March 2007 where he stayed in the Hospital for two weeks. His new book will be out in June 2007, entitled "THIS TIME, THIS PLACE". He wrote numerous books. He was born in Houston Texas. His parents were immigrants from Italy. He went to night school at the Univ. of Houston and got his mastes from Harvard. Another man from my youth has passed away. : (
04/26/07. Equifax, Inc. has indicated that Home Equity loan applications are down. More to come, stay tune.
04/26/07. Exxon Mobil net income has gone up 10% to $9.28 billion dollars. Their crude oil prices declined, as well as their capital spending dropped 11%, refining margins increased and their revenues slipped only 2%.
04/26/07. The 110th Congress has approved a War Supplemental Spending bill that funds U.S. troops with about $100 billion dollars and has about $24 billion dollars in pork spending for Senate and House members. A total of about $124 billion dollar funding bill that includes a U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq. The House vote was 218 to 208. The bill now goes to President Bush to sign. President Bush has declared he will VETO this bill because of the troop withdrawel language in this War Supplemental Funding bill. More to come, stay tune.
04/25/07. The Dow Jones has closed above 13,000 for the first time in History! The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 13,089.89.
04/25/07. Republican U.S. Senator of Arizona, John McCain has announced officially, He is a candidate of the 2008 Presidential Election. Less than 10 months for the Primary election. Don't forget to register and vote. *Recently, France had a 84% voter turn out in their presidential election. REGISTER and VOTE! : )
04/25/07. Rosie O'Donnell, the talk show host of the popular women's television show on ABC 'The View' has decided to step down from the show. Her contract negotiations did not go well and she did not get the money or possible perks she wanted. It is also speculated that she might be pregnant and would have to deal with her health. The show couldn't guarantee her performance every day. She did say that she will be on the talk show once in a while. Good luck Rosie! More to come, stay tune.
04/25/07. Russians said farewell to their former Russian President, Boris Yeltsin at his funeral today. He was buried in a cemetary near the banks of the Moscow River. In history he will be known to have dismantel the Soviet Union and bring democracy to Russia.
04/25/07. CFO Fred Anderson of Apple Computer said it was CEO Steve Job that initiated the practice of Stock Back Dating. He knew about the practice which has been used in evaluating stocks for years. Against the law! The Security Exchange Commission will not raid the company since The Apple Corporation is cooperating with the investigation. The SEC will continue to monitor the situation. More to come, stay tune.
04/25/07. Vonage Company has been given court approval to sign up new customers. They had to stop because of a Patent law suit still pending. On May 30th, 2007 lawyers will have their briefs submitted to the courts and June 25th, 2007 Oral Arguments. More to come, stay tune.
04/25/07. U.S. Existing Home Sales were down off -8.4% for March 2007.
04/25/07. Walmart has 76 walk in health clinics in 12 of their stores. Looking to expand another 200 to 400 stores with health care facilities in the near future. Their goal is to have 2000 stores provide health care needs to their customers. CVS and Walgreens has walk in customers health care needs available. Competition will bring health care costs down. Just in time when baby boomers are retiring. Each health care department will have a doctors and Licensed Practitioners. More to come, stay tune.
04/21/07. Blue Angel pilot crashed his plane in Homes in Beaufort, South Carolina after during an Air Show. This is the 60th year Blue Piliots have flown for the public. No news on the pilot or residents in the homes burning. This was an accident! Pilot most likely dead. Pilot would not bail out if plane crashing in homes. 200 feet off the ground. Possible seperation maneuver, called a starburst display was made before the crash. Stay to tune! Jim Liceaga
04/21/07. Hispanic American, Astronaut Micheal Lopez Alegaria sighed relief today after his space craft landed in Korolyov, Russia. He is accompanied by fellow Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin. Both lived in the International Space Station for the last seven months. Both were tired from their time in space. Normal for Astronauts spending months in space. U.S. Astronaut Alegaria was welcomed by his wife and seven month old baby. Also a Private person who took a 13 day space trip was with them. See story below. Welcome Home Heros! : )
04/21/07. Memorial services are being held for the victims of the 32 college students kiled at Virginia Tech earlier this week. The sister of the gunman has given a press notice that they are sorry and are working with the FBI and Police. More to come, stay tune.
04/21/07. 58 year old Billionare Charles Semonyi who blast off to space on April 11th, 2007 has returned to earth, landing today in Korolyov, Russia. A 13 day space trip. He is the 5th private person to pay for a trip in space. He paid $25 million dollars. Mr. Semonyi is American, born in Hungary who made his billions by assisting in the development of the Microsoft Word and Excel software. He was a Software engineer.
04/21/07. Hampshire Village, Illinois declares English only. This is suppose to be for Village business only. More to come, stay tune.
04/21/07. The City of Chicago murder rate is up again. Police Superintendent, Phil Cline has been asked to volunteer his resignation for a multiple of problems the Chicago Police Department has been sued and investigated for.
04/21/07. Chicago Bulls begin their first round playoffs aganst the Miami Heat.
04/20/07. The USS Ronald Reagan has returned from Japan and South Korea. Salors were happy to see their love ones.
04/20/07. The Dow Jones has hit an all time new high, closing at 12,961.98.
04/20/07. At Noon Today WE honor the victims of a wonderful bunch of young men and women, THE BEST of AMERICA has to offer for the future of America. The students who were shot to death and the students that were shot in Virginia Tech University by a mad man. Let us never to forget! WEAR ORANGE! VT! Jim Liceaga
04/14/07. A recent AP-AOL Money & Finance Poll has shown that most Americans are filing their tax retuns electronically because it's convenient despite concerns relative to the security of their most sensitive financial information. The tax filing deadline is Tuesday April 17th because April 15th falls on a Sunday this year. The poll found that only 19% of the public were aware of the two day grace period.
04/14/07. World finance leaders are attending spring meetings this weekend in an effort to remake the International Monetary Fund to enable countries with emerging economics to play a greater role. The IMF approved changes last year that gave China, South Korea, Turkey and Mexico a larger say in their operations. Nations that were given a 2 year waiting period were chafed and are working towards changes that would give developing counties more representation. More To Come!
04/14/07. Senator Barak Hussein Obama's Presidential Campaign has returned over $50,000 in contributions made by lobbyists. Senator Obama has said repeatedly that he would not accept contributions from lobbyists or special interest groups. More To Come!
04/14/07. President Bush said earlier today that a Democratic plan to set an end date to the war gives "our enemies the victory they desperately want". At the President's invitation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are scheduled to meet with the President at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the war, particularly a bill funding the military through September. More To Come!
04/14/07. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said that his ally, 80 year old Fidel Castro has "almost totally recovered" from the emergency intenstinal surgery more than 8 months ago. Chavez went on to say that Fidel has resumed many of his duties as Cuba's leader that he had ceded to his brother Raul during his recovery. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/13/07. Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela is threatening to take over the Private Cement industry. He said that these companies are selling the cement out of the country causing cement prices in his country to increase dramatically. President Chavez is upset about the lack of affordable housing. With cement prices up, housing in Venezuela is becoming unaffordable especially for low-middle class home buyers. He has informed six international Oil Companies that they have until the end of April to transfer Majority Ownership to the Venezualan Government. Hugo Chavez is willing to use the military to achieve his mandate.
04/13/07. India has announced an increase in their serivce sector industries. Double digit increases means that companies in the USA and Europe are hiring their service departments. More To Come!
04/13/07. Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney was in Chicago yesterday to meet with Mayor Daley regarding the citys bid to host the Olympics. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/13/07. Mexico was hit with an earthquake measuring 6.9 near Acapulco just after Midnight. No details of damage or death reported as of yet. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/13/07. Don Amus's radio show has been taken over by his wife who is urging Anus supporters to "Stop the hate mail to the Rutgers".
04/12/07. 40 year Radio personality Don Imus has been FIRED by CBS. His radio show has been cancelled today. His racist remarks last week got him in big trouble. More to come,stay tune.
04/12/07. Fred Thompson who will possibly be running for President has admitted that he has battled cancer in the past but is a cancer "survivor" with no current condition. More To Come!
04/12/07. South Carolina is requesting Federal Aid for their lost peach crop due to frost! Expect higher prices at the grocery store!
04/12/07. The Catholic Archdiocese has been caught transferring assets & property in an effort to "hide" assets from pending "child molestation" lawsuits. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/12/07. Don Imus' television show on MSNBC has been cancelled. Sponsors cancelled their comercials on his show! CBS which hosts Don Imus's radio show has not cancelled the show as of yet. He has 2 Million listeners per week. His radio show is currently suspended for 2 weeks. More To Come! Stay Tuned!
04/12/07. A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up in the Iraqi Parliament cafeteria Thusday killing at least 2 law makers and injuring more than 10 others. Another suicide bomber blew up a bridge in Iraq sending cars off and injuring more than 24 others. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/11/07. Rutgers team members have agreed to meet privately with Imus on Tuesday to hear his explanation of why he blatantly spoke out against members of the all woman basketball team. They held back from saying whether they would accept Imus' apologies. The women Imus offended with racist and sexist remarks include a class valedictorian, a future lawyer and a musical prodigy. The women, 8 of whom are black, called his comments insensitive and hurtful. One team member said that Imus' remarks have "scarred her for life". Imus has lost 2 advertisers due to the incident, Staples, Inc and Proctor and Gamble. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/11/07. DNA tests have indicated that Larry Birkhead is the biological father of the late Anna Nicole Smith's baby daughter, Dannielyn. "I told you so" was Birkhead's excitied response to reporters when entering the court building. Howard K. Stern who has had custody of Dannielyn since Smith's death has indicated that he will not fight for custody but will support Birkhead. Virgie Arthur, Smith's mother has indicated that she may file for joint custody. More To Come!
04/11/07. Democrats are refusing to meet with President Bush to extend the funding on the war on terrorists in Iraq. The Democrats insist upon including a timetable in the bill to bring the troops home. The President has held his ground indicating that he will veto the bill including the timetable as it is escalating the insurgents in Iraq. More To Come! Stay Tuned!
04/11/07. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is still under fire from the Democrats even though he has provided 18,000 pages of records for their review. The Democrats still have it out for Gonzales even though they have not been able to find any wrong doing to charge him with! More To Come! Stay Tuned!
04/11/07. Fire destroyed the Longtime Lakeside home outside of Nashville, Tennessee of the Late Country Singers Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash. The couple had 2 other houses but the Lakeside house was their "home" from the late 1960's until their deaths in 2003. Barry Gibb, former member of the Bee Gees purchased the home in 2006 and hoped to remodel it and write songs there with his wife. "So many prominent things and people in American History took place in that house", said Marty Stuart who lives next door and was married to Cash's daughter in the 1980's. Stuart said the builder, Braxton Dixon was "the closest thing this part of the country had to Frank Lloyd Wright." Roy Orboson was a one time next door neighbor, Billy Graham visited, Kris Kristofferson landed his helicopter in the lawn to drop off a song to Johnny and parts of the Landmark Video for Cash's song "Hurt" were filmed inside the house to name a few. Not to mention all of the writing that went on in that house! The cause of the blaze is unknown but a spokesman for the Fire Dept said that the flames spread quickly due to a flammable wood preservative that had been applied to the exterior and interior of the house recently. The stone chimneys are all that remain.
04/10/07. Former First Lady Betty Ford has been released from the Hospital. She is resting at Home in California. There has been no mention of her ailments. Her husband was the 38th President, Gerald Ford who passed away in December 2006.
04/10/07. Howard K. Stern and Birkhead have been fighting in court regarding DNA results in the late Anna Nicole Smith's baby girl. Mr. Birkhead was the only person who gave the DNA sample to the Court. Howard K. Stern did not give any sample of DNA, but he is on the Birth Certificate. More To Come! Stay Tuned!
04/10/07. 100 Million I-Pods have been sold since the I Pod was introduced to the public five years ago. That's one third of the US population!
04/10/07. The Security level in the U.S.A. is at the Orange Level.
04/10/07. Four Brigades from Indiana, Ohio, Arkansas and Oklahoma who make up about 13,000 troops will be sent to the Middle East to secure important positions currently patroled by our Armed Forces in Iraq, Afghanastan and other Middle East countries.
04/10/07. Presidential Candidate Barack Hussein Obama said yesterday that he is in the Presidential Race to WIN the Presidency, not the Vice Presidency! He was in New York for fundraising for his campaign and appeared on the David Letterman Show. More To Come!
04/10/07. Jim Liceaga and Y Yes You Can believe that Don Imus should be fired from CBS Radio and MSNBC television. African Americans in the USA have been subjected to discrimination since the beginning of our country. Women have fought hard to become full citizens in the USA. To make racist and gender remarks of that magnitude against college kids was just plain wrong. It goes to show that Don Imus' generation got away with alot of wrong and racist acts that effected minorities every day. In the 21st Century, WE CAN DO BETTER!!!! Jim Liceaga:)
04/10/07. The Cubs lost yesterday against the Houston Astros 5-4. The Chicago Cubs get a chance to beat the Houston Astros today!
04/10/07. President Bush was in Yuma Arizona yesterday promoting New fence and Border Monitoring efforts. The President wants the Democratic led 110th Congress to pass legislation to get the Undocumented Immigrant workers a way to stay in the USA, have a path to legalization by paying a small fine and getting an Identification Card then a Residency status. Democratic and Republican leaders are playing politics with this political Presidency Cycle.
04/10/07. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced that Iran's Uranium enrichment process is going well and nearly complete at an Industrial level. The Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility is located in Central Iran. This is the 1st Year Anniversary since the beginning of the Uraniam enrichment process in Iran. More To Come!
04/10/07. National Radio Syndicated radio personalitly for nearly 40 years, Don Imus has been suspended from his show for only two weeks. Both his CBS Radio Show (2.5 Million listeners) and his T.V. show with MSNBC (350,000 Viewers) has been suspended. General Electric is a main sponsor of the show and owns MSNBC. More To Come!
04/20/07. Law enforcement from Blackberg, Virginia is upset about NBC releasing the video and photos of Cho Seung Hui showing off about his reason to kill in a terrorist way the College students at Virginia Tech. Parents of the victims, Staff and Students have asked the media to let them grieve in privacy. The Virginia Tech University will give all students killed this week their College degrees. The Govenor of Virginia has declared today a day of mourning and at Noon today a moment of silence will be observed. More to come, stay tune.
04/20/07. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzalez yesterday answered Senate Judiciary Commttee questions regarding the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys for seven hours. Senate Democrats and one Republican, Senator Tom Corbin from Oklahoma are calling for the resignation of our Attorney General. Democrat members in the audience were yelling out loud to Impeach President Bush, Fire Gonzalez, Liar/Liar, and yelling for Alberto Gonzalez to resign. The Senate Judiciary Commitee Chairman, (D) from Vermont, Senator Patrick Leahy asked the audience to stop only once. After seven hours, Attorney Alberto Gonzalez did a great job answering all the questions and proved no illegal events occured firig the U.S. Attorneys back in 2004. Their are no expectations of a job after four years of service. More to come, stay tune.
04/20/07. Google's earnings is UP 69% from last year. $1 Billion dollars more than last 12 months ago. Google recently has bought Double Click for $3 Billion dollars. Microsoft is calling for an investigation of Google becoming a Monopoly.
04/20/07. Today is the 8th Anniversary of the Columbine High School killing. The High School is closed today. Today is also the maniac, Hillers birthday. :(
04/19/07. Today is the 12th anniversary of the Oklahoma bombing. Home grown terrorist upset with our political leaders. White supremacy groups. Some of the minutemen of today are from those same groups. Past or Present. Who's to know? :(
04/19/07. Congressional Democrats have not agreed with the President yesterday to fund the troops without a timetable attached to the final bill. U.S. troops in Iraq are fighting terrorist isurgents that believe that the Democrat controled Congress will pressure President Bush to leave Iraq. More to come, stay tune.
04/19/07. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez is answering more questions in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to explain the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys. More to come, stay tune.
04/19/07. Mayor of Rosemont Illinois, 79 year old Donald Stevens has passed away peacefully last night at 8p.m. in his sleep. He was suffering from stomach cancer. His town was known for the huge construction projects and the grand Hotels that Ohare Airport passengers checked into. Rosemont was known for all the trade shows hosted by the small city. He tried to secure a gambling license but was checked by Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan. She accused him of having MOB ties. Mayor Stevens was first elected Mayor of Rosemont in 1956.
04/19/07. In a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision, the nationwide ban on Partial Birth Abortions was upheld. The 109th Congress, led by President Bush passed the ban in 2003. Yesterday, Supreme Court Justice, Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion. He did leave open in his opinion that any proof from a partial birth abortion harmed the mother, than this matter could be reopened. More to come, stay tuned!
04/18/07. Police surrounded the Virginia Tech administrative building this morning because of a fake bomb threat called in. Thank God their was no bomb. The building has been re-opened for normal business. College classes have been cancelled for the rest of the week. 14 Virginia Tech students are still hospitalized from the terrorist attack two days ago from Cho Seung Hui.
04/18/07. Carpenterville Illinois has retained two trustees that have proposed to pass laws to kick out undocumemnted residents from their apartments. Landlords are worried that without tenants their properties could be foreclosed and property taxes to be unpaid. More to come, stay tune.
04/18/07. President Bush meets with Congressional law makers today to discuss the War Funding package without a U.S. Troop withdrawal fro Iraq. More to come, stay tune.
04/18/07. Chicago's 3rd Ward Alderwomen, Dorthy Tillman has lost her race against Pat Dowell. Ms. Tillman was appointed as Alderwomen by the late Mayor Herald Washington. She is a big advocate for reporations. Recently she voted against the BIG BOX ORDINANCE. The Unions poured in a lot of money to back Pat Dowell's victory. More to come, stay tune.
04/18/07. Virginia Tech Gun Club members said they could have stopped the shooter if allowed to carry their guns with them on campus.
04/17/07. Local elections in Illinois today: 22 Aldermanic seats in Chicago and Village elections throughout the Chicagoland Area. Polls are open from 6am-7pm. The City of Chicago will have three times more poll watchers than usual due to corruption. More To Come!
04/17/07. The second largest Dutch bank, ABN AMBRO reported $1.3 Billion in the first quarter of 2007. They are considering merging with Barclay's Bank but the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Number One Bank in the World, has overbid Barclay. It looks like the bidding is going up. More To Come! Stay Tuned!
04/17/07. The death toll at Virginia Tech College has reached 33 which includes the gunman, 23 year old English Major student from South Korea named Cho Seung-Hui. Also killed was Professor Liviu Librescu who is know internationally for his research in aeronautical engineering and Professor Kevin Granata who with his students was researching muscle and reflex response and robotics. Professor Granata was one of the top 5 biomechanic researchers in the country. This has been an intentional terrorist attack upon top American minds that have been snuffed out before their time. Could this really have been for no apparent reason or is the reason only too apprent? Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/17/07. Alitalia Airlines lost $350 Billion in 2006 and are asking the EU for assistance. More to Come!
04/16/07. Today, Kane County, Illinois has listed all Sex Offenders in Kane County on their Web Site. A Sex Offender list.
4/16/07. 32 Virginia Tech College Students killed by a individual using an atomatic weapon. The first person shot to death was at 7:15 A.M. in a dorm room. The second was in a class room around 9 A.M.. The police and security was called regarding the 7:15 A.M. shooting. For some terrible reason the rest of the campus was not notified or shut down. The question is why? At this time, no information on the individual, the shooter or in this case the killer. He killed himself before police could catch him. He had no identification on his body. 33 DEAD makes this day the deadliest massacare taken place in a school in U.S. history. By the way, Virginia is a No Carry State. If another student would have had a gun, he or she might have been able to protect themselfs and the public. The shooter would have been on the Defense instead of the Offense. The police should have closed the campus immediately. There was a 2 hour window to save and make safe the students on this campus. That is why the 2nd Amendment was mentioned in our Wonderful Constitution. Self protection from creeps, thugs, mentally ill, political extremists and minute men who want to do you and I harm. More to come, stay tune! Jim Liceaga
04/16/07. Six Iraqi Parliment members have resigned. They are linked to al Sadir coalition. al Sadir has about 33 other members elected in the Iraqi Parliment who have not resigned. The resignation is do to the Prime Minister, Maliki's refusal to order a time table for the US. troops to leave Iraq. Sadir supports Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. More to come, stay tune.
04/16/07. Chicago Illinois has won the United States bid for hosting the 2016 Olympics. The cost of the main olympic stadium is estimated at $325 Million. Chicago beat the city of Los Angeles. Now Chicago will compete against International Cities. A celebration rally will be held in Chicago today.
04/16/07. Palestinian garbage workers in the Gaza Strip are on strike as there is no money to pay for garbage pick up. Palestinians are worried about disease. The U.N. has money for the Palestinians Healthe and Education Ministries. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/16/07. Former representative Jim Jontz, D-Ind, died at his home in Oregon of colon cancer that had spread to his liver. He was 55. Jontz, a liberal who had pushed environmental causes, served three terms from 1987 to 1993.
04/16/07. Israeli and Palestinian leaders met Sunday and for the first time in six years discussed the broad outlines of possible Palestinian statehood. The meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jeruselum was the first in a series of beweekly talks with the goal of advancing the peace process. Travel and trade restrictions were the issues discussed. "It was a good beginning" Palestinian negociator Saeb Erekat said. More To Come!
04/16/07. Internet giant Google will announce an alliance with Clear Channel, the nation's largest radio broadcaster, to enable online advertisers to buy ads on Clear Channel stations directly from the Internet. Google is trying to expand beyond its online advertising base to bring new mediums to it's clients. The company has been quietly testing radio ads for several months and it is projected that they will open up the Clear Channel alliance to the general public by the end of the second quarter enabling the businesses that advertise with Google to add radio advertising to their mix from the computer with a couple of clicks. More To Come!
04/15/07. 76 year old singer and entertainer, Don Ho has died Saturday Morning from heart failure. He had suffered from heart failure for years and had a pace maker installed last fall. In 2005 Mr. Ho underwent an experimental stem cell procedure on his ailing heart in Thailand. His full name was Donald Tai Loy Ho. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 30th, 1930 from Dutch, German, Portuguese, and Chinese parents, who owned a bar called "HONEY". His parents loved him and supported his efforts in all things. During high school he worked in a Pineapple cannery. In High School, he was a star football player and when he graduated in 1949, he recieved an Athletic College Scholarship at Springfield College in Massachusetts. He grew home sick and went back home to Hawaii where he enrolled at the University of Hawaii, graduating in 1953 with a Sociology Degree. Don Ho joined the Air Force becoming a Pilot, flying Transport Planes from Hickam Air Force base in Honolulu, Hawaii to Japan military bases. After his tour with the Air Force he joined his parents business at "Honey's" where he organized a band to help struggling parent's bar. It worked! Lines of people would be outside the bar to eat and drink at "Honey's". They loved Don Ho's singing all their favorite songs. His show would include a mix of jokes, double entendres, Hawaii history, audience paticipation and of course songs. His show was popular and he got noticed and played at other establishments from Hawaii, Las Vegas, California, Chicago, New York, and World wide. His song was "TINY BUBBLES" Hawaiian Wedding Song, I'll Remembe You, and With All My Love. In 1976 to 1977 he hosted the Don Ho Show on ABC Television network. We will miss Don Ho and all the great songs he shared with us. God Bless Don Ho and his family who loves him. Jim Liceaga
04/15/07. Republican Senator Allen Spector has ordered Attorney General Gonzalez's testimony be on Transcript regarding the firing of the U.S. Federal Attorneys. More to come, stay tune.
04/09/07. It is reported that in Illinois Child Support payments are owed $3 Billion. The problem is that fathers are under reporting their income and others aren't paying. Nationwide, more that $100 Billion is owed.
04/09/07. Farmers on the West Coast are worried about their crops in the fields. Chilly weather is causing fruits and vegetables to get crop frost. Farmers are worried about how they will get the crops picked on time this season. There are not enough field workers to pick all the crops in our country. Experienced Mexican pickers are not filling the fields because they fear the Federal Government might raid the farms. Expect higher prices at the grocery stores!
04/09/07. Jesse Jackson is holding a protest outside of the MSNBC Towers in Chicago today at Noon. The protest is due to a National Radio Host, Don Imus who said on the air that the African American Women playing on the Rutters Basketball Team look rough with their nappy haired HO look. Imus did apologize bu the African American Journalist Assn wants him fired. Typical Anglo feelings toward the African Americans and Latinos! Doesn't matter if it is the 21st Century! More To Come! Stay Tuned!
04/09/07. A Democratic State Representative of California is trying to pass a law that would tax bigger $1,200.00 when purchasing the vehicle.
04/09/07. The 15 British sailors are allowed to sell their stories to the public. The only female sailor has sold her story for a six figure amount. More To Come! Stay Tuned!
04/09/07. Today marks the 4th Anniversary of the fall of Baghdad. Ten U.S. troops died this weekend. Insurgent terrorists are trying to pressure the U.S. troops out of Iraq. They expect the Democrats will halt the funding of U.S troops.
04/09/07. Chicago's Cardinal George fell down during the Easter Celebration at Sunday Mass due to having too much holy water on the floor. He broke his hip. He has had Polio since he was a child. Cardinal George along with his Catholic colleagues have been working behind the scenes with their lobbyists to pressure and entice law makers in all 50 states to create a panel for sexually abused boys and girls to bring their complaints. Cardinal George does not want these abused kids to have a trial jury.
04/09/07. Film maker Ken Burns did not include Hispanics in his new Series on WW2 airing on PBS in September. Hispanic leaders are upset and want the film to include Hispanic Veterans. Ken Burns will not comment. More To Come! Stay Tuned!
04/09/07. The average national price for a gallon of gas is $2.78. The cost increase is from a refinery that is off line being repaired. West Coast drivers are paying over $3.05 per gallon.
04/09/07. The Chicago Cubs seasons opener is today! More To Come!
04/08/07. HAPPY EASTER! : ) MORE STORIES TOMORROW!
04/08/07. Iranian Diplomat, Jalal Sharafi claims he was captured by Iraqi top notch troops supervised by U.S. commanders. He was shopping in a Baghdad mall when he was picked up for questioning regarding interests he has with small anti Iraqi groups whom Iran is supporting against Iraq. He claims that the U.S. C.I.A. conducted the interviews, tortured and detained him for two months. The United States has denied the capture of this diplomat. The possible spy and diplomat, Mr. Sharafi was released Tuesday the day before the 15 British sailors were released by the Iranians. He is currently in his country of Iran but was upset missing the Persian New Year, celebrated on March 20th. More to come, stay tune.
04/07/07. The Chicago Fire win against the New England Revolutions. 1 to 0. :)
04/07/07. Opening Day of the Chicago Fire Soccer Team at their beautiful stadium, Toyota Park. GO FIRE!
04/07/07. Monica Goodling, Top Aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will resign on Saturday. She ended her three sentence resignation by saying: "May God Bless you richly while you protect America". More To Come!
04/07/07. Isreali Shalit will be freed. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/07/07., Disney has announced that they will allow gay couples to recite their wedding vows in front of "Cinderella's Castle" More To Come!
04/07/07. The IRS has lost 500 lap top computers in the last three years with clients identity information with no password protection. It has been recommended that we all check our credit reports and credit card statements frequently to ensure that we have not become victims of identity fraud. More To Come!
04/07/07. The racist logo of the University of Illinois Chief Illinewick was created by Mr. Davis in 1980. He sold it to the University for $250.00. Mr. Davis wants it back but the univerity is refusing. More To Come! Stay Tuned!
04/07/07. Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown have finalized their divorce. Whitney has full custody of their teenage daughter.
04/07/07. Northwestern University is discussing the option of opening a campus in the Middle East, most likely Israel. More To Come!
04/06/07. The U.S. created 180,000 New Jobs in March 2007.
04/06/07. Germany's new Auto Sales are down 10%. Blamed on the 10% Added Value Tax passed in January 2007 by Germany. The new tax imposed is similar to what the Democrats are trying to pass in Illinois. Illinois Govenor Blagojevich is trying to pass new taxes on any business that has a Gross Income of $1 million dollars per year. Not Net Income, but Gross Income. By the way if your business owns property in Illinois expect a 48% Property Tax Increase. Illinois Junior U.S. Senator, Barack Hussein Obama has not addressed this crisis in Illinois. Business's in Illinois could decide to move their companies to States like, New Mexico. Democrat Govenor Bill Richardson is asking and seeking business to move to his State. New Mexico has low business and property taxes. Bill Richardson has been pushing taxes lower to attract business to his State, and it's working! Bill Richardson is a Blue Blood Democrat. Both, Junior Senator Barack Obama and Govenor Bil Richardson are Democratic Presidential Candidates for the 2008 Presidential Election. A Legislature candidate v. an Executive candidate or A tax and spend candidate v. a tax cutter, new job creator candidate. More to come, stay tune! :)
04/06/07. Kirk Korkorian sent a letter to Diamler/Benz Chrysler to purchase the ailing Chyrsler division of the company. He tried to purchase the company for $20 billion dollars a few years ago. Diamler won out that time. This recent buy offer is for $4.5 billion dollars. How time changes all things or in this case, offers. The market place works! His offer is said to be all cash. Union and management would have a stake in ownership as well. The Union would have to make concessions. Remember the movie, Wall Street! GREAT MOVIE. After the recent buy offer, the stock went up 3%. More to come, stay tune.
04/06/07. Happy Good Friday! : )
04/06/07. Wall Street is closed today in observance of Good Friday!
04/06/07. The Census Bureau has reported that Immigrants including undocumented workers contribute to stabilizing big city populations. New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago would lose population without immigrants. The Census reported that even small towns and cities would lose a substansial number of their population. One million immigrants were added from 2000 to 2006 in the New York city area which includes the New York City and New Jersey area as well as Pennsylvania. Without immigrants, the Area would have lost 600,000 people. The Los Angeles area would have lost 200,000 people; San Francisco stand to lose 190,000 people. Boston Massachusetts would lose 101,000 people. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/06/07. In the USA, there are 132 Million people on the Federal "Do Not Call" List.
04/06/07. Former First Lady Betty Ford is in the Hospital recovering from surgery earlier this week. She is 89 years old. Our 38th President Gerald Ford died in December of 2006.
04/06/07. Five German Tornado Jets have landed in Afghanistan. They will not be used for bombing or shooting raids. They will be used to take pictures of the border of Pakistan, especially in the mountains where the Military can't monitor at eyes length.
04/06/07. Kosovo has voted to become Independent. Serbia is not happy. Russia does not approve of this vote. More information is needed before Kosovo is independent and will have to be voted on Nationwide. More to Come! Stay Tuned!
04/06/07. China has tried to sell and deliver fake I-Pods in Europe. The Apple Computer Logo is missing on the I-Pod that looks very similar to the real item. Apple Computer was lucky that custom officials in Frankfort, Germany caught the people who were bringing the fake I-Pods into Europe.
04/05/06. Vice President commented today that the Democratic leadership in Washington are passing legislation that will assist the terrorist in Winning the Terrorist War against the United States. Democrats are trying to pass legislation that would ban the phrase, "War on Terrorism", when the U.S. refers to fighting in Iraq and other battles around the world. The Vice President, Dick Cheney is asking persons concerned to call their U.S. Representatives, and U.S. Senators to support President Bush's Emergency Supplimental bill to fund the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq fighting terrorism. More to come, stay tune.
04/05/07. Property taxes in Democratic controled Cook County, Illinois will jump up, (increase) about 42% to 48%. The legislature will try to impose another 7% cap on Property taxes in the State. The average property taxes in Cook County is above $2,500. Senior citizens will get a Senior Citizen break, but that will not secure their homes. Foreclosures will increase in Cook County, not because of Sub Prime Loans, but because of increased property taxes. We as consumers must think of property taxes going up when buying a property. Our Democratic politicans are not taking care of our tax money. The Federal government must take care of the overall U.S. government concerns, including a War on Terrorism, while State and Local government concerns must be dealt with. That doesn't mean that local taxes should be wasted ad miss used. Local politicians have wasted billions of dollars that tax payers have paid. More to come, stay tune.
0$4/05/07. Poland is blocking trade deals between Russia and the E.U. Poland is upset with Russia's ban on Poland's meat products. Poland is blocking negotiations on Russia and the E.U.'s gas pipe lines. Poland knows how to use their leverage in the E.U. E.U. talks start May 18, 2008 and will be held in Germany. More to Come! Stay Tuned!
04/05/07. Chrysler-Diamler will be breaking up. The company has lost Billions! They have had numerous offers from American and Canadian bussiness investors. Last night the stock fell more than 1% and the company lost $1Billion in 2006. CEO, Dr. Dieter will split the Chrysler Division and keep Diamler Benz. Currently 30,000 jobs have been cut with 1 in 3 mangers fired. Sixteen plants are to be closed and another 13,000 jobs to be cut with more plant closing expected. Chrysler sells autos by subsidiy. More To Come!
04/05/07. The 1 year old coyote that walked in a Chicago downtown Quizno sandwich shop has been released in a forest in Barrington Illinois. Good Luck Coyote!
04/05/07. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi meets with Isreli officials to talk about Peace with Syria. More to come, stay tune.
04/05/07. Britain is celebrating the release of their 15 sailors/marines held by Iran. The President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said that the release was a gift to the British government. The 15 Brits were shown on television speaking to the Iranian President, shaking his hand, dressed in expensive suits and very thankful to the Iranian people. The British never appoligized to the Iranian government, but international military prisoner swaps were probably what sealed the release of the 15 sailors/marines. More to come, stay tune.
04/04/07. First Chicago Cub regular season game. Cubs Win! :) The Chicago White Sox lose their 2nd regular season game against the Indians. 7-6. :(
04/04/07 Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has raised $23 million dollars, Rudy Juliani raised $15 million dollars, and McCain raised $12.5 million dollars in the first three months of campaign fund raising. More to come, stay tune.
04/02/07. U.S. Representative from Colorado, Republican Tom Cancredo has announced he is in the race as a candidate for President of the United States. He is very conservative and is against undocumented immigrants and their children born in the U.S.A. who are U.S. citizens. More to come, stay tune.
04/02/07. Chicago's Police Superintendent, Phil Cline has resigned this morning. He recently said he would like to take a bat to the head of an individual that has been inspecting the corruption and the abuse of his police officers. Police officers have been accused of robbing dope addicts and dope dealers, taking their money and dope to resell on the streets. Also the Chicago Police have been accused of using their favorite gangs to sell the dope. They protect their gangster allies. Recently Police officers off duty have been caught on tape beating up women and business men. The head of Chicago's police department has known about these facts. He recently did the right thing by stripping their police powers but it was to late. Superintendent Cline was involved in a police scandel back in the 1960's which he survived. Superintendent Cline has said last week he wouldn't resign for any reason. More to come, stay tune!
04/02/07. Day One of the New Construction of Chicago's CTA's 100 year old Brownline starts today. Four tracks will be reduced to three today. Fewer trains and less transit cars will be used. Increase delays are expected till the constrction is scheduled to be finished in 2009. The cost is around $500 milion dolars. Expect union construction budget over runs. The construction starts at Fullerton & Belmont . The entire transportation system in Chicago will be stressed for the millions of people that use public transportation and the automobile drivers that share the streets with CTA buses. Check out ctabrownline.com for schedules. More to come, stay tune.
04/02/07. Yesterday the South Pacifc Solomen Island was hit by a Tsunami. Caused by an earth quake under the ocean. Up to 32 foot waves have killed around 14 people. More deaths believe occured but not reported as of yet. More to come, stay tune!
04/02/07. Jesus Christ death is remembered tonight by Jehovah Witnesses around the world. The Memorial is observed tonight. It is estimated that Jesus Christ died around 33 C.E.
04/02/07. The first quarter of the Presidential cycle ended 11:59 p.m. March 31st, 2007. In the first three months Democratic Presidential Candidate, John Edwards has raised $14 million dollars. Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton has raised $26 millon dollars. Mrs. Clinton has also contributed $10 million dollars to her 2008 Presidential Campaign fund from her Senatorial War Chest. That puts Senator Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign contributions for the first three months at the Grand total of $36 million dollars. WOW! Money does talk! No other Republican or Democratic candidates have publicly issued their grand totals yet. At least we know that these two candidate are on time issuing their Grand totals. Very Organized to get us the numbers. Stay tune, more to come.
04/02/07. The Jewish Passover observance starts tonight. Passover observes the Hebrews leaving Egypt and about 400 years of slavery. This was around 1513 B.C.E.
04/02/07. PLAY BALL! Chicago White Sox v. Cleveland Indians OPENER is today. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. this afternoon. Organ player, Nancy Faust will be playing all our favorite baseball tunes. She has been playing for the last 38 years.
04/02/07. Sam Zell, billionaire from Chicago has won the bid to purchase the Chicago Tribune and all its assets which include the Chicago Cubs, WGN Broadcasting, the real estate, and 22 other papers. The stock holders of the Tribune Corporation will be paid $34 per share. The 154 year old Company has been looking for the right price for about 9 months. Mr. Zell has said that he will sell the Cubs. This deal will take to the end of 2007 to close and the deal does have a paragraph that Mr. Zell must perform or the price could go up. Mr. Zell will use about $325 million dollars of his own. The balance will be from stock owners that currently own Tribune stock. Bank financing. More to come, stay tune.
04/02/07. Yesterday, former Wisconsin Republican Govenor and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson has entered the Presidential race as a 2008 Republican candidate. He calls himself the Reliable candidate. More to come, stay tune.
04/02/07. New York's U.S. Representative, Democrat Charlie Rangle has mentioned he will try to pass a mandatory Military Draft. He does not believe that an All Volunteer Military Force is good. He has tried to pass legislation for a Military Draft in the last 109th Congress. The Republicans blocked such legislation. Congressman Rangle is a Korean War Veteran. He supports Hillary Clinton for President. He has said recently, "Worst thing America did was to get involved inthe Middle East." Rep. Rangle is the Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. The committee that taxes 300 million people and the millions of corporations doing business in our great land. He said he will try to pass a tax increase for millions of middle class Americans in the Democrat controlled 110th Congress. Most likely after the 2008 Presidential Election. More to come, stay tune.
04/02/07. President Bush says he will back and stay with his capable Attorney General, Alberto Gonzalez. The Democrats are playing politics and that the Attorney General did not do anything wrong. More to come, stay tune.
04/01/07. Palm Sunday begins today for billions of Christians around the world. One week prior to Easter. :)
04/01/07. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY! :)
04/01/07. A chemical named Melamine have killed dogs and cats. Major companies are RE-CALLING all types of pet foods. Cats seem to have the most deaths being much more sensitive to the poisons found in the pet food. For more information, check out menufoods.com . More to come, stay tune.
04/01/07. Yesterday, President Bush in Camp David called for the Iranian government to free the 15 British sailors. They were arrested by the Iranians on March 23rd, 2007. The President referred to them as "hostages". He said, "The Iranians took these people out of Iraqi waters, and its inexcusable." On Russian television, the Iranian Ambassador Gholam-Reza Ansari has said that the 15 British sailors were in Iranian waters illegally. The sailors will be tried in Iranian court. He said, "the legal process is going on and has to be completed, and if found guilty, they will face the punishment. If the UK government admits its mistakes and apologizes to Iran for its navel personnels tresspassing in Iranian territorial waters, the issue can be easily settled." Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Britain, "Arrogant." He continued, "In the last 300 years, the arrogant powers have been stealing from our nations. They have enslaved the people of our nations. After World War II, the Western countries declared themseves the winners and created international organizations in order to continue their domination over the rest of the world." Britain and Iran have been disbuting where Iranian waters begin and end for years. It is possible that this event will help Gordon Brown become the next Prime Minister of Britain. More to come, stay tune.
04/01/07. Pope Benedict XVI opens the Catholic's most important week. Palm Sunday. A billion Catholics around the world celebrate Palm Sunday and celebrate for a week of observance until Easter Sunday. Pope Benedict's message is urging young people to live pure and innocent lives.
04/04/07. Current New Mexico's Govenor, former Secretary of Energy, former Congressman of New Mexico, former Ambassador to the United Nations, successful hostage negotiater, writer/author, and current Democratic Presidential Candidate, Bill Richardson, has recieved $6 Million dollars in the first three months of the Presidential Election cycle. Presidential Candidate Democrat Senator Chris Dodge recived $4 million dollars in the first 3 months.
04/04/07. Democratic Presidential candidate, Illinois Junior Senator Barack Hussein Obama has raised $25 million dollars from a 100,000 donor pool. Half of his donors used the internet to donate to him. Former First Lady and current Senator from New York Hillary Clinton raised $26 Million dollars and had 50,000 donors.
04/04/07. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that all 15 British sailors/marines will be released. More to come, stay tune.
04/04/07. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi met with the President of Syria. More to come, stay tune.
04/04/07. Democratic Presidential candidate Illinois Junior Senator Barack Hussein Obama posted on his web site that his campaign has recieved $25 million dollars in the 1st Quarter of the Presidential election cycle. Senator Barack Obama did endorse Mayor Daley for mayor of Chicago getting access to many of his big wig donors. More to come, stay tune.
04/04/07. A third allegation of Police Brutality is being investigated by Chicago and Cook County Prosecutors. The beating was caught on video inside a bar. The Chicago Policeman involved is the brother of Chicago Policeman Tony Abadi who has received national coverage of the video taped beating he inflicted on a female bartender who refused to serve him another drink. Terry Abadi is the policeman in question. Stay Tuned! More To Come!
04/04/07. The results of the 1st Quarter Auto Sales for 2007 as follows: Toyota up 11.7%; Ford down 7%; Chrysler down 4.1% and GM down by 4%.
04/04/07. The U.S and Iran have had meetings regarding a January 2007 capture of five Iranians by U.S. forces during a military raid in Northern Iraq. The U.S. has inquired about an American citizen who has been missing for several weeks in Southern Iran. The captures were made for "political purposes". Syria is involved to ensure that all three countries, Iran, U.S and Britian succeed in getting all persons released. More To Come!
04/04/07. A coyote visited a Quizno's Sandwich Shop at Adams and Wabash in Downtown Chicago yesterday afternoon! By standers witnessed the 1 year old Coyote running down the busy streets prior to entering the Shop where a store employee had left the door open on the warm spring day! Animal Control arrived quickly and picked up the wild coyote. They will keep the animal for about a week for observation and then let it go in a designated area in Northern Lake County. An average of 15 coyotes are picked up annually in Chicago.
04/04/07. Jackson Hewitt tax service has been targeted by the Federal government. The tax service has been engaged in fraud. The company would make up jobs to get clients higher deductions and then kickbacks were paid. Jackson Hewitt is the 2nd largest tax preparer. A single franchiser owning 125 stores has made $7 Million fraudulently and is the party being investigated at this time. More To Come!
04/04/07. Iran and Britian are closer to a diplomatic solution to release the 15 British sailors. Both Foreign Ministers have talked and the release should happen in the next few days. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to hold a news conference today.
04/03/07. The Supreme Court has ruled in an Environmental case regarding Green House gases and the Environmental Protection Agency. Massachsetts v. E.P.A. is a case that ask if the E.P.A. has the jurisdiction to regulate Green House Gases under new legislation in the Clean Air Act under the Federal government, or does the State have that jurisdiction. In a 5 to 4 decision written by Supreme Court Justice, John PaulStevens the Supreme Court Justices ruled in favor of the State. EPA has the jurisdiction/responsibility to regulate Green House Gases. In a another case, E.P.A. v. Duke Energy, the Clean Air Act states that new power plants like older plants need a permit. The Supreme Court Justices ruled 9 - 0 that the EPA needs permits for all power plants. This means that EPA will have broad Applications for years.
04.03/07. 3,251 U.S. dead in Iraq, as of today. Check out our section titled, U.S. WARS for more information.
04/03/07. The Supreme Court yesterday has rejected an appeal by suspected terrorists challenging their imprisonment at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Approximately 400 detanees are held in Guantanamo Bay Cuba as U.S. prisoners of war. Supreme Court Justices in a 6 to 3 ruling denied appeals in a brief order written by Justices John Paul Stevens. and Anthony Kennedy. The Supreme Court suggested that the detainees could appeal once their tribunals or preliminary hearings have been completed. The Guantanamo plaintiffs claim they have the right to Habeas Corpus review, a part of the Constitution that shields individuals from unlawful imprisonment. This does not include war criminals. The President was pleased from the ruling. More to come, stay tune.
04/03/07. The average price of Regular gasoline nationwide is $2.70 cents.
04/03/07. Iranians decided not to bring the the 15 British sailors to court. Instead they will use diplomacy with Britain to get satisfaction. More to come, stay tune.
04/03/07. Democrats in Washington will try to pass legislation to block funding for the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan after the March 2008 timetable legislation passed earlier. The President will veto this bill if passed and ends up on his desk. The President wants a bill that does not have a timeline in its package. President Bush was upset that the Democrat's 110th Congress left Washington to celebrate Holy week before they changed the timeline mandated in the Emergency Supplimentary Legislation they passed last week. More to come, stay tune.
04/03/07. The FDA has blocked imports of Wheat Glutin from China. It is believed that this is the source that poisoned cats and dogs. More to come, stay tune.
04/03/07. Thousands of people are homeless in the Solomon Islands from the Tsunami. Residents of the town of Gizo in the South Pacific spent Monday night in tarps and some people slept in the open air that night.
04/03/07. Chicago's Mayor Daley is back from his trip in Europe where he was meeting with important people about hosting the 2016 Olympics. He visited past sites where the Olympics were hosted and where they are going to be hosted in the near future. While in Europe, Mayor Daley saw the video of one of his off duty police officers beating up a 5 foot 2 inch working women. The whole world saw the video and the Mayor was looked at by the world leaders as a bully Mayor. Chicago has a gangster and police corruption reputation in its history. Mayor Daley's father had the police do some unconstitutional acts when he was Mayor. Police Superintendent Phil Cline was a young Chicago Police Officer during that time. The world knows this from books, movies, relatives, and past history of Chicago. Mayor Daley did appoint Superintendent Phil Cline. When the Mayor got back from Europe, he had Police Superintendent Phil Cline waiting for him in the Mayor's fifth floor office early Monday morning and fired him by asking for the Police Superintendents resignation. Phil Cline will stay on until a replacement is found by the police board. Most likely a Superintendent candidate will be outside the Chicago Police Department since the Chicago Police Department is full of corruption scandels and law suits. More to come, stay tune.
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