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(Video) U.S. GOVERNMENT DEBT CRISIS; AGREEMENT REACHED?

The U.S. Government debt crisis is still being discussed, but CNN is reporting Democrats and Republicans may be close to reaching an agreement.  The deadline for resolving the issue is this Tuesday August, 2nd, so let’s hope this is the case. 

If they cannot decide how best to proceed prior to the upcoming possible default, government check payments would be greatly affected. This would be the first time in history that the U.S. defaults, so they better fix the problem. 

Let’s hope President Obama’s speech helped them understand the importance of checking their egos at the door.  Many American’s are getting fed up with their petty power games and let it be known on Twitter, Facebook, and other sources.  Hopefully this also helped push them to “move their butts”. 

As the old saying goes, “Why can’t we just all get along?” and get the job done.  Read what happens if it does not. 

WATCH ABOVE VIDEO TO SEE HOW WE ENDED UP IN THIS MESS.

UPDATE 8/1/11 – HOUSE PASSES DEBT CEILING DEAL

UPDATE 7/31/11: CNN reports Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has signed off on a debt ceiling agreement reached with President Barack Obama and Republican leaders, pending approval from his Senate Democratic caucus.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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FORMER CICERO POLITICIAN BETTY LOREN-MALTESE HOME AUCTIONED; SOLD FOR $87K

This past Thursday, the government auctioned the home of flamboyant former Mayor and Town President of Cicero, Betty Loren-Maltese.  In an attempt to recoup some of the debt owed after her arrest, they sold her previous home for $87,000, but this is a far cry from the money she still owes.

After being convicted of fraud and sentenced to 8 years in prison, for participating in an insurance scam essentially stealing $12 million from taxpayers, she was released in 2010.  Maltese worked as a hostess after spending just 6 1/2 years in prison.  But she soon left that job, likely due to the embarrassing press she received. 

After watching the auction, Maltese told the Chicago Sun-Times, that the son of a neighbor purchased  the three-bedroom home during the sale.  

Maltese continues to claim she is innocent and has appealed the conviction.  She currently resides in an apartment in Palos Hills, which is a long way from her “glamorous lifestyle” before getting caught.

Is ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich next?

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Posted by on July 31, 2011 in REAL ESTATE

 

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(VIDEO) INCANDESCENT BULBS PHASING OUT SOON, BETTER STOCK UP

After 130-years of being available and loved by many, the incandescent light bulbs are about to phase out.  Beginning early next year Americans will see them wiped away from the shelves, so many are stocking up.

It’s crazy to think that under the new federal law, American manufacturers will no longer be allowed to make 100-watt bulbs, starting next year. The government has a major financial crisis on their hands, so when do they have time to talk about bulbs anyway.  While this has been in the works for some time, how it was even considered a priority at any point is mind-boggling.  If they were worried more about spending along the way and not bulbs, maybe we would not be in the mess we are in today.

Many American’s are not too happy about the change and are not warming up to fluorescent lighting. Most say they are just “not the same” and the new bulbs (CFL & LEDS) are said to be more dangerous if they break, due to mercury inside.  They also do not yet have dimmer’s, are not as bright, and cost more money up front.  Others say they last about 7 years, so they are a better value in the long run.  

If you love the old-school bulbs, it is time to stock up; if you can even find them still available in a store near you.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2011 in Britta's SCOOP

 

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(VIDEO) STARS HELP HOUSTON FAMILY AFTER DEADLY CRASH; JUSTIN BIEBER, LADY GAGA & OTHER CELEBS ASK FANS TO DONATE

After a deadly car crash, a Houston family was torn apart.  The parents involved in the accident were killed, and their three children were critically injured.  When Justin Bieber’s Manager, Scooter Braun, sent a letter requesting help from stars, many reached out and started a donation campaign. 

The accident occurred July 3rd, on their way back from their Colorado vacation.  The fatal crash paralyzed the orphaned sons 8-year-old Aaron and 9-year-old Peter, and injured their 6-year-old sister.  They are being treated in Chicago.

Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and P. Diddy visited the wounded children at the hospital and are now helping with the campaign.  Ellen DeGeneres and Britney Spears also took part in the “show your hearts” campaign which began this week, and took to Facebook and Twitter to get the word out.

The children are reported to need long-term medical care after their serious injuries, and the trauma of their loss will likely require intense therapy.  It is a sad and tragic story, let’s just hope fans pull through and help. 

Fans can text “Berry” to donate $10 or go to www.showyourhearts.com to contribute to a trust fund set up for the children.

It’s good to hear stars are using their influence to support the family.

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Posted by on July 31, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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(Video) LOS ANGELES REMOVES RED-LIGHT CAMERAS, IS CHICAGO NEXT?

Los Angeles announced they will remove red-light cameras this month, since they were rarely enforced.  Reports suggest that 40% of tickets resulting from the cameras, were thrown out of court or went unpaid.  To make matters worse, the city lost over 1.5 million dollars a year, because the ticket payment was voluntary.  Seriously?  If they expected citizens to pay a ticket out of the “goodness of their hearts”, it was a ridiculous program from the start.

The City Council voted 13-0 to cancel the program, which makes sense.  If they were not generating revenue and it was costing money to produce and maintain the cameras, what was the point? 

Red-light cameras have also been known to actually cause accidents and have no affect on safety.  It has also been hard to prove who was actually driving the car, therefore enforcing the tickets was a challenge.

Now the big question comes, will Chicago cut their cameras too?  Well it is doubtful, I have never heard of anyone getting out of a ticket here.  It appears we don’t have the luxury of deciding whether we will pay it or not. 

Maybe that’s why California is more financially strapped than Chicago.  Wouldn’t that be a treat, “No, I don’t think I’d like to pay for this ticket your honor.” 

It would be good news to hear they will eliminate cameras in Chicago as well, but don’t hold your breath.

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Posted by on July 30, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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(VIDEO) 7/29/11: BOEHNER BILL BLOCKED BY SENATE

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The Boehner Bill has been blocked by the Senate just hours after it was passed by the House.  It’s unfortunate  these politicians cannot come together to resolve this crisis.

If they cannot come up with a plan soon, many American’s who rely on their government checks will be out of luck.  Politicians are now meeting to see who will be on the list for non-payment, if they can’t come up with a plan of action.  Will it be senior citizens who desperately need their social security checks?  Or Military families who rely on them to pay their bills?  Either group would be greatly affected if they cannot come to an agreement.

Let’s hope for the many families counting on their checks, they figure out a solution to this massive issue.  Here’s a thought…why not cut off all checks for Politicians until they can come to an agreement.  Maybe they will then have more urgency to get their job done.

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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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(Video) 7/27/11: LADY GAGA GUEST JUDGE ON “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE”, WITH SUNGLASSES?

LADY GAGA was a guest judge on the popular show “So You Think You Can Dance”, but everyone is still trying to figure out how she could see the contestants.  The pop singing icon offered reviews through dark sunglasses and a blue wig hiding most of her face, during the first round.   She also sounded like a senior citizen, due to the sun glasses pinching her nostrils so tight.  Thank goodness she decided to take the glasses off and remove the hat in between commercials.

Overall, the contestants were in awe of her offering rave reviews about their dance performances.  But they had to be thinking “What the hell is she wearing?”  In her typical flamboyant fashion, she was dressed in a freakish outfit, which included 10-inch “monster boots” and a red military style hat to match.

She was even brought to tears (as a fly crawled on her hat) by one performance and seemed more eccentric than usual, if that is even possible. But I guess if you sell over 60 million CD’s and win 5 Grammy’s, you can be a weird as you like.  Her fans seem to adore her and don’t seem to mind that she acts as though she is from a different planet.  It appears Lady Gaga was “Born This Way” and has no plans of changing.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

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(VIDEO) 7/27/11: OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST JARET “SPEEDY” PETERSON COMMITS SUICIDE

Today is an extremely sad and emotional day Olympians around the world.  News reports released, confirm that the popular U.S. freestyle skier, Jaret “Speedy” Peterson, committed suicide today in Utah.

His tragic death comes just 17-months after winning a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics, which was the highlight of his career.  During the 2010 Olympics, his second jump in the men’s aerial finals, secured him the medal and a thrilling visit to the podium.  “Speedy” was known for his exciting three-flip, five twist move, which was coined the “Hurricane”.

Police confirmed that Peterson, who was only 29-year-old, called emergency services before shooting himself.  Speculations that his citation for drunken driving on Friday, may have been a sign of his depression, but concrete information has not yet been released.

Many athletes train their entire lives to reach the ultimate goal of making the Olympics.  But winning an actual medal is “icing on the cake.”  However, some believe once you reach that peak in your career, there is nowhere else to go and nothing more to prove. This causes some Olympic medalists to search for greater goal, and when they cannot find one, some drift into a deep depression. Although this may not be the case for Peterson, it could be the root of his decision to take his own life.  

If you finally medal and have nothing else to prove, can it cause such a deep depression, its hard to move on?  Or is there a more deep seeded issue just below the surface?  Any Olympians out there with some answers?

A very sad day indeed, maybe this will be a wake-up call to the Olympic Committee.  It may be a good idea to offer counselors to those who lose and win in the future.

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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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MCDONALD’S HAPPY MEAL; GETTING SAD

McDonald’s announced today that the Happy Meal, will get a makeover.  Many have complained for years that the child-size meal is unhealthy for children, but is this going to be enough? 

The current Happy Meal has 89 grams of sugar and is 590 calories.  But going forward cuts will include; 1/2 the amount of french fries, 100 calories less, 20% less fat and 15% less sodium.  Well, most say it’s a start, but adding an apple and reducing some key elements does not make it healthy.  Sugar will still be at high levels and the toys will stay, which is the main attraction for kids.

While children do need to eat more nutritious foods, do we really believe McDonald’s is the culprit?  If the parents eat there too let’s face it, nutrition is probably not on their minds.

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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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(7/25/11 VIDEO) BACHELORETTE RECAP: ONLY TWO LEFT; ASHLEY DUMPED BY CONSTANTINE

THE BACHELORETTE had some intense moments tonight, but the juicy conversation between Ashley and Constantine, was cut short by President Obama’s Speech.  He could have spoke longer if it were up to Ashley, because being dumped for the third time, probably was not what she wanted to hear.  And for those who had Tivo and missed the entire show, due to the interruption, a recap is below to fill you in.

Unfortunately for Ashley, Constantine decided to bail when he realized he just was not ready to move forward with her.  This officially makes Ashley the most dumped woman in the history of The Bachelorette.  First Bentley jumped ship, then Ben C. or was it Blake?  Now Constantine, which is a shame, because during last weeks home dates he ranked high in my book.  To think he would not give it a bit longer after being there for two months was a shocker.

But why-oh-why would Ryan come back?  He clearly must have known she had no passion for him, which is why she dumped him mid-date, which is a dead giveaway. Sad to see him crushed, but he smiles a bit too much and is TOO positive, which is annoying.  But hoping he finds a match down the road, because he seems like a good guy.  Maybe JLo will give him a chance, she will be single soon.

Will there even be a man left for Ashley in the end? Let’s hope so for her sake. Ben and JP really seem into her, so they should stick around.  If I were to bet on the remaining men, my guess is that she will pick Ben in the end.  But JP was on the top of my list early on, so you never know.

Happy they both accepted the rose, otherwise it would have been a huge embarrassment!

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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

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