02/27/07. Germany has the lowest birth rate in Europe. The German Chancellar wants to change this by increasing Day Care Centers by 3X's the current number in Germany. The problem is how to pay for it. Chancellar Merkal estimates the cost at $3 billion euros. By the way, unemployment in Germany is about 10%. More to come, stay tune.
02/27/07. ELECTION DAY in Chicago and Suburbs. Polls open at 6a.m. and close at 7p.m. More to come, stay tune.
02/26/07. President Bush has awarded the Medal of Honor to a Viet Nam Veteran, Lt. Col. Bruce Crandell 40 years after his heroic acts on Nov. 15th, 1965 in the Central Highlands of South Viet Nam. 450 U.S. Troops battled experienced North Vietnamese armies who surrounded our troops quickly. Lt. Col. Bruce Crandell flying a helicopter saved approximately 70 injured U.S. soldiers and delivered supplies to keep the Communist troops from taking over that day. His life was at risk and the dangerous mission was the first time a helecopter was used in battle as a work horse. Congratulations to Lt. Col. Bruce Crandell and his family! The movie, starring Mel Gibson, 'We Were Soldiers' portrays Lt. Col. Bruce Crandell. We salute all our Armed Forces personel, past and current. Thank you for your courage, valor, and integrity. Jim Liceaga
02/26/07. Court Hearings relative to Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Daniellynn. March 16,2007: Paternity case to determine who the father of Daniellynn March 14, 2007: Hearing to determine who owns the house in South Carolina. The developer says he was not paid and it is said it was a gift to Anna Nicole Smith will be heard on March 14th, 2007. More to Come!
02/26/07. Anna Nicole Smith's mother, Ms. Virgie Arthur has won her petition to appeal for a new hearing to decide where her daughter should be buried. The 4th District Court of Appeals in Florida will review and hear Ms. Arthur's concerns. The body will stay in Florida. Florida law gives the remains to the next of kin who has reached the age of 18. Anna Nicole Smith,s daughter and Ms. Vergie Arthur's grandaughter, Daniellynn is only 5 months old. She, by power of attorney can not take custody of her mother's body. Her mom, Anna Nicole Smith died February 8, 2007 in Florida. Stay tuned! More to Come!
02/26/07. OSCAR WINNERS:Best Picture: The Departed; Best Director: Martin Scorsese; Best Actor: Forest Whitaker; Best Actress: Helen Mirren; Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin; Best Supporting Actress: Chicago's Own Jennifer Hudson! Congratulations to All!
02/26/07. Republican Presidentail Candidate, Mitt Romney religious beliefs as a Mormon seems to be derailing his Preidential hopes. It turns out that his Grandfather and Great Grandfather, also Mormons combined had over 20 wives. Mitt Romney states that his belief is only in one wife but not all Mormons concur with this belief. More To Come!
02/26/07. Iraq's Vice President was attacked with a bomb blast. He has survived but 10 people around him were killed. More To Come!
02/26/07. National Gas price for Regualar Unleaded Gas is $2.35 up .13cents.
02/26/07. The cost of Postage Stamps to go up to .42 cents. Post Office committee is meeting today. Possible new Stamp that will be good forever (The Forever Stamp) without going up is being proposed and could get approval today. More To Come!
02/26/07. Tribune Company most likely to restructure the Company's finances and reject billionaire Sam Zell's offers to purchase the company. More to Come! Stay Tuned!
02/26/07. Today is the last full day of campaigning for Chicago's Mayoral and Aldermanic Candidates. Some Suburbs are holding elections tomorrow as well. Mayor Daley took Sunday off from campaigning while the other two Democratic Candidates worked all day to ask for your vote. More to come, stay tune!
02/26/07. Vice President Cheney visits Pakestan today to discuss the fight on terror in that region. More to come, stay tune.
02/26/07. Former Democrat Vice President of the United States Al Gore, won an Oscar for his full length Documentary film, 'An Inconvenient Truth'. Congratulations goes out to Al Gore. This film was more like a grand power point presentation. It was interesting, scary, sad, funny and happy. All the elements needed to make a great film. Yes, I watched it. I will say to Al Gore, don't give up your day job. Oh that's right, he lives on his retirement pay as a former Senator, Vice President and Oh yes, his father's trust fund left to Al Gore from their ownership of a Petroleum Company. I'm waiting to see when Gore will enter the 2008 Presidential Campaign. Can we say, Al Gore and Barack Hussein Obama, or maybe Al Gore and Bill Richardson. Any one of these combinations could be a winning ticket for the Democrats in 2008. Senator Hillary Clinton, watch out! More to come, stay tune! Jim Liceaga :)
02/28/07. Anna Nicole Smith's mother, Ms. Virgie Arthur is back in Appeals Court in Florida today to determine whether Nicole's final resting place will be in Texas where she was born & raised or in the Bahama's where her son Daniel is buried. More to Come!
02/28/07. Madam Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi criticized our 43rd President for trying to secure Iraq from terrorism. She wants the troops home and to leave the Iraqi people to fight by themselves like the South Vietnamese. She said that President Bush's thinking on Iraq is impaired.
02/28/07. The United States of America, Iran and Syria may meet in March 2007 to discuss Iraq and their New Democratic Government. Secretary of State Condoliiza Rice said, "the U.S. supports the forum." The forum will take place in Iraq. It could lead to Multilateral meetings in April of 2007. The Group of 8 include the U.S., Japan, Germany, France, Britian, Italy, Canada & Russia. Also to join with the group of 8 would be Syria, Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Turkey. Most likely China, a U.N. will be a member on the Security Council but not a member of the G-8. Condoleeza Rice called these Multilateral Meetings ,"part of an Iraq led diplomatic offensive." to build greater support for peace in Iraq. More to Come! Stay Tuned!
02/28/07. Cuba's leader, 80 year old Fidel Castro called into Venezuelan Presiden't Hugo Chavez's radio talk show on Tuesday. He said, "I feel good and I'm happy. Hello, Mr. President, I can't promise that I'll go over there soon, but yes, I'm gaining ground. I feel more energetic, stronger." In July 2006, Fidel Castro transferred control of Cuba's government to his brother, 75 year old Raul after undergoing intestinal surgery. More To Come! Stay Tuned!
02/27/07. Due to a decline in durable good orders this January Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said the economy could fall into a recession by the end of 2007. Good News: Treasury Bonds higher, possible lower Interest Rates!
02/27/07 The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid down 416.02 points which is the biggest point loss since Sept. 17, 2001. This is not a panic but only a correction Wall Street needed. You can't have sound business judgements when your 27X's earnings. The news that Vice President Cheney was a target for assasination, expectation of slower economic and earnings growth this year are all factors in the reduction of points. Chinese stock fell 8.8% in Shanghai which is the worst drop in China in a decade. The Dow Jones Transportation average lost 3.4%.
02/27/07. Mayor Richard M. Daley has won his 6th Term as Mayor of Chicago with 90% of the precints reporting indicating that Mayor Daley has won with 72% of the vote, Running mates Dorothy Brown received 20.02% of the vote and William Walls III with 8.08% of the vote. Once Mayor Daley has served out this 4 year term he will hold office as Mayor of Chicago 22 years which is longer than his father, Richard J. Daley who served as the Mayor of Chicago for 21 years.
02/27/07. Sandi Jackson, wife of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. of the 2nd District in Illinois has won her Aldermanic Race of the 7th Ward against long time Alderman Beaver's daughter, Darcel Beavers . The Jackson's spent over $100,000.00 on the campaign. Independent Aldermanic candidates did well tonight in Chicago.
02/27/07. In Sri Lanka the U.S Ambassador Robert Blake, along with the Italian and German Ambassador were slightly injured by mortar attack when they were waiting for their helecoptor. Thay are all O.K.
02/27/07. Last year in Chongging China, temperatures reached 104 degrees causing a drought that has not let up. Chongging has 30 million residents who have been strugglig to find water to drink, cook and bathe. Today 18 million residents are in trouble and might have to move. Government troops are drilling for water deeper than ever before and are restricting water use. No rain in their forcast. The Yangtze River is very low and is at dangerous levels. More to come,stay tune.
02/27/07. John Negroponte is sworn in as the new Deputy Secretary of State.
02/27/07. At 10 a.m today, U.S. Vice President was attacked by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. He was not hurt but a U.S. and South Korean soldier did die from that bombing. Muslim Terrorist are looking to break our partnership in Afghanistan. More to come, stay tune.
02/22/07. Iran's U.N. imposed deadline to stop the enrichment of Uranium was yesterday. Iran is continuing the enrichment process. The United Nations Security Council and Nuclear Usage council will meet today to put out a statement later today. More to come, stay tune!
02/22/07. Britain's Prince Harry will be sent to Iraq as a Tank Commander. He requested this assignment or else he would resign. Prince Harry is third in line to the throne of Britain. Yes Britain in the 21st Century still has a King and Queen. I give alot of credit to Prince Harry. More to come, stay tune!
02/21/07. Ash Wednesday, Lent is today for millions of Christians. Not all Christians.
02/21/07. 2008 Presidential Candidate, Illinois Junior Senator Barack Hussein Obama had a fund raiser in Beverly Hills California with the Stars of Hollywood. The $2,300 dollar admission fee per person event will raise $1 Million dollars for Obama. Spielburg and his Dreamworks company hosted the event. Obama made sure not to slam our troops in Iraq this time.
02/21/07. Department store, Carson Pirie Scott, 12 story building located Downtown Chicago will close its doors for good tonight. This is the last day to shop at the 100 year old store. Architect Luis Sullivan designed the building. Low sales caused the store to close its doors. Only this store will be closing, all other stores are during fine.
02/21/07. University of Illinois mascot, Chief Illiniwek will be retired for good tonight. Finally!
02/21/07. Prime Minister of Britain, Tony Blair to announce today or tomorrow that about 1,500 out of their 7,200 British troops in Iraq will be given a time frame when they will leave Iraq and be reassigned to Afghanistan. 101 to 103 British soldiers have been killed in Iraq since 2003. More to come, stay tune!
02/21/07. Import Oil information. 1986, 30% Import of Oil. 2006, 60% Import of Oil. By year 2030, 25% to 50% more Import of Oil needed for the United States. By the way, corn and wheat used for E85 fuels has caused food prices to increase. More to come, stay tune.
02/21/07. Viacom has made a licensing deal with Joost, a new Web service specializing in commercial video content. Viacom originally talked to Google but negotiations broke down and all deals were off.
02/21/07. Tuesday, the Supreme Court threw out the $79.5 Billion dollar verdict against the Tobacco Industry.
02/21/07. Iran to start rationing gasoline and its oil exports could dry up in a little as a decade. Its oil industry could be heading into a state of stagnation. This would become a big problem for Iran and would certainly hit the worldwide oil markets. More to come, stay tune.
02/20/07. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 that civilian courts no longer have the authority to consider whether the military is illegally holding foreigners. This is good for President Bush who pushed for a Military Court to oversee terrorist suspects. Stopping terrorist suspects/detainees being tried in the U.S. Court system was a key provision in the Military Commissions Act. The Supreme Court will probably be asked to review this decision. Last year the Supreme Court struck down the Bush administrations original plan for trying detainees before Military Commissions. The Military Commissions Act was drafted in response to that decision and the President endorsed it as a tool to bring terror suspects to justice. Enemy combatants. Judge Randolph and Judge David B. Sentelle ordered that hundreds of cases pending in the lower courts be dismissed, saying the cases should proceed in Military Commissions. More to come, stay tune!
02/20/07. The Dow has hit a new high at 12,786.64.
02/20/07. On Monday, Presidential Candidate and current Senator of New York, Hillary Clinton has made a deal to pay $10,000 per month to a top South Carolina elected official that owns a media company to promote her message in that state. By the way, the elected official, State Senator Darrell Jackson has endored Hillary Clinton for President in 2008. Sen. Jackson in 2004 endorsed John Edwards. QUESTION? Did Hillary Clinton pay for a political endorsement? You decide. Jim Liceaga
02/25/07 Tonight marks the 79th Academy Awards in Hollywood and will broadcast at 7:30pm Central Time on ABC hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Barbara Walters will be airing her Oscar Special from 6-7pm Central on ABC where Ellen will be sharing her thoughts on her first shot at hosting the Academy Awards! Nominees Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy & Helen Mirren will also be interviewed. Barbara Walters commented on ABC's "The View" that this has been one of her most exciting pre-Oscar shows yet! "Road To The Oscars" where the celebrities walk the Red Carpet will be aired right after the Barbara Walters Oscar Special at 7pm Central Time on ABC. More to Come!
02/25/07 Snowstorm heads East after dumping more than a foot of snow on the upper Midwest including sleet & rain in some areas grounding hundreds of airline flights and closing major highways on the Plains. The Chicago land area received 1-2 inches of snow, 1-2 inches of ice and rain on top of that! Rising overnight temperatures contributed to the slushy conditions!
02/25/07 A suicide bomber struck Sunday ouside of a college campus in Baghdad, Iraq, killing at least 41 people and injuring dozens. There were other blasts and rocket attacks reported throughout the area.
02/25/07 Israeli troops stormed into Palestine going door to door in an effort to locate Terrorist Suspects, taking control of a corridor and fighting with Palestinian youths throwing rocks. Israeli troops responded with rubber tip bullets & tear gas. More to Come!
02/24/07 Chicago Bears Head Coach, Lovie Smith is negociating his salary with the organization. Lovie Smith has been working with the Bears for about a year. Currently, he was offered $3.5 million and Smith is looking for about $5 million. He is one of the lowest paid Head Coaches in the NFC. More to Come!
02/24/07 Italy's government has another fiasco political mess. A few weeks ago a Police Officer was killed by teenaged and young men upset about their Itialian soccer team loosing. The Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano was embarrassed and confused. The most recent news is that the Prime Minister Romano Prodi's resigned earlier this week. Prime Minister Prodi is aligned with the Communist Party and with the strong Unions & Catholics in Italy. The same groups opposed to the expansion of a U.S. Military Base in Italy and keeping Italian troops in Afghanistan. In March, the Italian Parliament will decide whether or not to stay in Afghanistan and to expand the U.S. Military Base. The interesting thought is that former Prime Minister Berlusconi might get elected as the current Prime Minister had demanded new elections. We will see who and what happens regarding this fiasco in Italy. Stay Tuned!
02/23/07 After 15 weeks in the race for the 2008 Presidential election, former two term Iowa Govenor Tom Vilsack has dropped out as a candidate. Money, and lack of it is his problem. He said, "The reality is that this process has become about money, a lot of money." He was a strong critic of the Iraqi war on Terrorism, to cut the funding on the war on Terrorism in Iraq. He wanted to divert the money from Iraq and to invest in alternative fuels. He also supported abortion rights and civil unions and a fence in the southern border.
02/23/07. The Multi National Corps-Iraq Commander, Lt. General Ray Odierno who is stationed in Iraq discussed the positive missions that both Iraqi and U.S. troops are accomplishing in and around Baghdad, Iraq. Only one U.S Brigade has made it to Iraq and the positive results are evident. Terrorist Insurgents are being caught more often and this is causing the terrorist to use new ways of attacking Iraqi civilians and Iraqi Troops. Eventually they will run out of new ways to attack the Iraqi people. Iraqi government will figure this out with the help of their friends and allies. The 43rd President plan is working and we have the balance of the 21,500 new troops to be sent to Iraq to assist our existing U.S. troops and our allie Iraqi troops in fighting Terrorism in a region strategicly important to our nation and the allies of Iraq. More to come, stay tune. Jim Liceaga
02/23/07. Afirican U.N. Peace Keepers to be sent to Somalia to keep law and order so that the country to become stable. Tanzania, Nigeria, Ethiopia and a few other African Coutries have been working with the United Nations and the U.S.A. to halt the expansion of Muslim Terrorist insurgents in Somalia, causing terrorism. The terrorist were stock piling weapons to expand their terrorist actions in and around Somalia. The United Nations stopped this action. We, the U.S. applaud this turn of events and will provide $15 Million Dollars to tranport the African Peace Keepers to Somalia. Keeping that region in the Horn of Africa free from Muslim terroristis vital to our allies and friends in Africa. More to come, stay tune.
02/23/07. Dominicks grocery stores in and around Chicagoland area will close about twelve of their stores. Lack of sales is the reason. They should have a better way to get customers in their stores, like lowering prices! Competition works!
02/23/07. A Florida Probate Judge has ruled that Anna Nicole Smith will be buried in the Bahamas. Ms. Smiths mother will appeal the courts decision, hoping to bury her daughter in Texas. Anna Nicole Smiths 5 month old daughter, born in the Bahamas and currently being taken care of in the Bahamas is in a Court Battle to see if she is also the daugter of Larry Birkhead. Mr. Birkhead sued Ms. Smith before she passed away to see if he is the father of the baby girl. The courts in Florida and California are involved and will come to a conclusion hopefully soon. California courts believe that Mr. Birkhead has a right to know and agrees to A DNA test, while Florida courts believe they don't have the jurisdiction to comply. Approx. $500,000 million dollars is what the baby is to inherit, since the death of her older 1/2 brother and her mom. I personally believe that Anna Nicole Smith's mother should have custody of her grand daughter, not the lawyers. Lets figure out who is the baby's dad. Makes sense and there is precident to this motion. The case should go to family court, not probate court regarding this family matter now. Jim Liceaga
02/23/07. Democratic leaders in the 110th Congress are drafting legislation to take away the authority granted to the President to go to war, to bring home the troops soon, and set limits on who the U.S. troops can engage in a fire fight. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid intends to present this legislation next week. The language of this legislation is not complete. This legislation is in response to the two failed attempts of a Non-Binding Resolution presented to the Senate, to stop the additional troops being sent to Iraq to assist current troops fighting terrorism. Democrats want to limit the President's power as Commander in Chief. Democrats need 60 votes in the Senate to pass any legislation without expecting a veto from the President. Checks and Balances do work! Our enimies must love this 110th Democratic Run Congress. Jim Liceaga
02/20/07. The U.S.A.'s The new Director of National Intelligence Department is Mike McConnell who was sworn in today and will be the second person in charge of this office with 16 Intelligent Departments to look after.
02/19/07. The 110th Congress is on break today. Presidents' Day! God Bless The United States of America. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM! :)
02/19/07. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has made a surprise visit to Iraq this weekend Her mission is to give positive feed back for Operation '"Fardh Al-Qanoon". She met with the Prime Minister of Iraq, Nuri Maliki to give him positive feed back. She is to visit the Palestinians to work out a peace plan. More to come! Stay tune.
02/19/07. 112,000 U.S troops and our allies, Iraqi Military forces have been working together to crackdown on the insurgent terrorsts bombing Baghdad and other parts of Iraq. Operation "Fardh Al-Qanoon" or "Enforcing the Law" is what the Iraqi's call this effort to rid the terrorists in Baghdad, Iraq.
02/19/07. A group of men have come forward accusing two Catholic Priests back in the early 1980's of Child Abuse. At the time they informed States Attorney Richard Daley. States Attorney Daley buried there statements and did not investigagte the accusations of Sexual Child Abuse from the two Priests. At that time Daley was looking to become the next Mayor of Chicago and he did not want to upset the Catholic population, the Catholic voters of Chicago. The Catholic Church in Chicago has been involved in Chicago politics for generations and till this day has huge powerful influence in City politics and in this State. The current States Attorney Dick Divine was Daley's number two man at the time at the States Attorney Office run by Daley. Since the 1980's one of the Catholic Priests has died and the other one is in hiding. Mayor Daley has not responded to the question of WHY HE BURIED THE FACTS AND INFORMED THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TO HIDE THESE TWO PRIESTS WHEN HE WAS THE STATES ATTORNEY. We can only wonder how many more boys were molested by these two Priests, Child Molesters Mayor Daley protected. Answer the questions Daley! Stop hiding. Lets remind law enforcement that Child Molesters are not only in the internet but other places in our society. Jim Liceaga
02/19/07. The Chicago Shedd Aquariam starts its free admission policy for this week only.
02/18/07. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel will anounce next week if he will run for the President of the United States. The Viet Nam Veteran has been critical of our 43rd President policies in Iraq. Stay Tune.
02/18/07. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi this week said that the President can not expect more money. "No more blank checks for Iraq." This is the first time that a Congress o the United States said publicly that they will not support the Commandewr in Chief in a Military Campaign. The Terrorists in the World must have cheered to this comment when they heard this announcment. The Iraqi people most likely are very confused and uncertain of their future. Is the 2008 Presidential race in play? God Bless America! Jim Liceaga
02/18/07. Thankyou goes out to the thousands of viewers of our web site. The last five weeks and earlier months have been a challenge to keep my web site going every day because of the lack of reliable service from Comcast. It seems Comcast, our Internet Provider has the problem solved. It took the replacement of cable to my office, the main pole, the modem, the connections, and the software. Many hours spent to resolve this problem. The signal is strong and has been tested for the last five days. It looks good. Keep checking in and tell a friend. Thankyou for your patronage. Jim Liceaga :)
02/20/07. Iran's Navy has been monitoring Iraq's oil platforms in the Gulf. The United States Navy has been securing the oil platforms but has recently shifted this task to the Iraqi Navy. The U.S. is still backing up the Iraqi military across the board. Iran is positioning itself to influence it's power in the Iraq region if and when the United States leaves Iraq.
02/20/07. The EU's Airbus is loosing money and will be cutting 10,000 jobs across Europe. The 8380 project has been a financial nighmare and the company needs to change direction regarding this new plane. The Dollar makes building new planes in the United States cheaper than the Euro.
02/20/07. Music legend James Brown who died on Christmas day 2006 has not been buried as of today. His family is fighting over his estate, including where he would have wanted to be buried. More to come, stay tune.
02/20/07. Sirius and XM Satellite Radio to merge. They made $1.5 billion dollars in 2006. The Feds will be looking if this union is a monopoly.
02/20/07. In northern India, a suit cased bomb filled with kerosine was blown up on a commuter train killing about 66 people and injuring over 225. Pakistan and India are currently in peace talks to further better relations between the two countries.
02/20/07. Iran will be involved in talks in Vienna regarding their Nuclear Program. Iran has said they will not suspend their nuclear enrichment of Uranium, but has said that if the West halts its Uranium enrichment program then Iran will suspend their program. Uranium is needed to develop a nuclear bomb. More to come, stay tune.
02/20/07. The Defensive Coach of the Chicago Bears, Ron Rivera has been let go from Head Coach Lovie Smith. His contract with the Chicago Bears expired today. Within hours, the new head coach of the Chargers, Norv Turner named Ron as the new Line Backer coach of the San Diego Chargers. Ron replaces Greg Manusky who left the Chargers to become the new Defensive Coordinator of the San Francisco 49ner's. We wish Ron Rivera the best in California and thank him for a terrific job in coaching and contributing to the Chicago Bears 2006 Season. Rock on Ron Rivera!
02/20/07. Walmart has posted a 10% profit last quarter. They contribute this profit to lowering their prices for the Holiday season 2006 on many of their items sold in their stores across the country.
02/20/07. Over the weekend, Secretary of State Condoleea Rice has met with Prime Minister of Israel, Olmert and President of Palestine, Abbas together to get both to start talks to settle on a Two State Solution President Bush is looking for. More meetings are expected to occur soon. More to come, stay tune!
02/20/07. Poland and the Czeck Republic have agreed to install a U.S. Missile Defense System in their countries by 2012. The Missiles are to protect themselfs from North Korea, and the Middle East. Russia is upset from this agreement between Poland, the Czeck Republic and the United States. Russia said it will protect its interests using political, business and military means to oppose this security union. More to come, stay tune.
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