Daily Archives: January 11, 2011


Hillary Clinton had an embarrassing moment today, when she walked up the steep stairway of a private plan.  As she reached the top, and was ready to board the plane, she tripped causing her to fall forward.  It was video taped, and probably will be seen around the world.  She can add that to her list of MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENTS, it really did look ridiculous.  But good thing she appears to be fine, with the exception of probable bumps and bruises!  The second most embarrassing moment, should be this photo posted.


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CAN WE FIRE THEM ALL NOW!  The votes are in, and we will pay the new 5% state tax for individuals, and 7% state tax, for business owners, in the upcoming year.  Are they all crazy?  THIS IS THE LARGEST INCREASE IN HISTORY.  While I understand the state in a serious crisis, and owe billions of dollars, don’t they realize the public is in a crisis of their own?  We have also gone through a “recession” and are feeling the pinch.  We just made adjustments to our spending, we did not ask for a raise.  Why can’t they cut spending, and stop paying huge salaries to useless family members, and city worker’s on the payroll for pretend jobs?

We did not vote to pay for all those beautiful, very expensive parks.  We did not vote to sell the parking meters.  We did not vote to sell the toll ways.  And we certainly did not vote to raise taxes.  Will this cause businesses to leave Illinois, and put us in a bigger hole?  Did they think of that?  We will have the 3rd highest business tax in the country!

Why don’t we get a vote on something that affects us so greatly?  This is an increase for the state, and the City of Chicago, is not even getting their share of the pie.  When will these politicians figure out how to do things the right way.  Had they increased the taxes gradually over the years, we would not need to take such a huge hit all at once.  Had they spent our money more wisely, they would not be in this mess.  Can we just fire them all, and start over?


Posted by Greg H. at 1/11/2011 7:21 PM CST on Chicago Business
Rejecting pleas that Illinois is headed down a destructive path, the Illinois House has approved one of the largest tax hikes in state history, boosting the individual income tax from 3% to 5%, and the corporate rate from 4.8% to 7%.

   The vote was a party-line 60-57 — the bare majority needed for passage. The tax hikes are slightly lower than in an earlier version of the bill floated on Friday.

   The action by the lame-duck House sent the bill to the Senate, which is expected to approve it and send it to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature before the new Legislature takes office at noon on Wednesday.

   Democrats, led by Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, argued that the increase is needed to dig the state out of a budget hole of as much as $15 billion.  “It’s D-Day for everyone,” she declared. “We are in crisis.”

   Without the money, not only will Illinois’ ability to borrow be jeopardized but an uncontrollable cascade of financial woes could break out through the state, she and other Democrats warned.

   Much of the proceeds would be used to issue bonds to pay overdue state bills. As a result, if the bill is followed in future years, the individual rate will drop to 4% in four years and 3.5% in 2024, with the corporate levy dropping in similar fashion.

   But Republicans focused on the fact that, though the bill also includes spending caps, state spending would still rise at least from $36.8 billion in fiscal 2012 to $39.1 billion in fiscal 2015. They unanimously voted no.

   “We’ll be right back where we are now,” said Rep. David Reis, R-Willow Hill.

    The corporate hike, combined with the corporate personal property replacement tax, would give Illinois the third highest levy on employers in the country, said Rep. Ed Sullivan, R- Mundelein.

   “Only in Illinois would we say we are going to fix our problems by spending our way out of debt,” he continued.  “We’re going to come back (eventually) in 10 times worse shape.”

    Business groups particularly complained about a clause in the bill that would prevent companies from carrying forward recent losses against current taxes.  The carry-loss provision would be suspended for four years, after which such offsets again would be allowed.

   Earlier, the House did reject an increase in the cigarette tax.  Proceeds from that levy were targeted to increase aid to education, and without that money it’s not immediately clear what will happen to schools.

   The House is yet to vote on a companion bill to allow the borrowing, for overdue pension payments and other bills.  Such a measure will require a 60% vote — meaning that at least a few Republicans will have to vote yes if it is to pass.


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Identity Card for Internet?

The Obama administration is currently drafting what they’re calling, the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. President Obama is planning to discuss with the U.S. Commerce Department authority, an assignment; cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said according to CBS News TechTalk.

Now they will tell us it is for “our protection”, but in reality it is a better way to monitor what we do in our spare time.  It could also be a way to make money, do you think they want to allow us to keep using the internet for free?  They already charge us for water, air space rights, air for our tires, and many other ridiculous things.  What makes this any different?

This move will put us closer to a dictatorship country, which is the direction we are clearly headed.  They already do a full body scan at the airports, dictate what we say, regulate where smoker’s smoke, what the T.V. stations produce,  dictate where we can go or not go (Cuba), penalize us if don’t wear a seatbelt, tell us how fast to drive, what to eat, and pretty much tell us when to use the restroom.  If that is not complete control, I don’t know what is…

STORY PROVIDED BY read details below.

The government believes all of its problems are due to your freedom. This time you see, they need control of the Internet … Our Overlords demand total control.

The Coming Internet National ID Card

President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said, according to CBS News TechTalk.

The Obama administration is currently drafting what it’s calling the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said will be released by the president in the next few months. CBS goes on, “We are not talking about a national ID card,” Locke said at the Stanford event. “We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities.”

Don’t believe this for a nanosecond.

The anonymity under this program, mark my words, will be the phony “freedom option” that the government now always uses when they want to take away some of your freedoms. It is all part of the ‘nudge’ philosophy of the White House adviser and evil puppet master, Cass Sunstein.

What they do is ‘nudge’ you in the direction they want you to go in and offer a phony distasteful alternative …

“Nudge”Conditioning Americans to Accept the Unacceptable.


Posted by on January 11, 2011 in Britta's SCOOP, HEADLINE NEWS


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DREX FANS, I have read your comments and see your overwhelming love for Drex.  Not sure if this will help, but if you really want to see him back on the air in Chicago, you should start a movement.  As you all know, Drex was abruptly fired from Kiss 103.5, and is no longer on the air in Chicago.

If you agree, Drex should be on Chicago radio, post your comments here.  You never know if you will be heard, and at the very least, Drex may actually read them and find some comfort during this difficult time.  Unfortunately, he was unable to bid farewell on the air, so this could be his final farewell party!

Starting today, post your comments on this blog, and I will keep you updated; if anyone is listening to Kiss 103.5 Drex Fans!  ADD YOUR COMMENTS ALL WEEK!  DID YOU LIKE BROTHA FRED?  DO YOU WANT DREX BACK?




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Ted Williams Cleaned Up!

Poor Ted Williams, he is already feeling the pain of success.  While his homeless life, may have had its issues, he is now learning fast, that the “real world” has them too.

The LAPD reported Ted was taken into custody Monday night, from the Hollywood Hotel & Spa.  He “allegedly” was in a spat with his daughter, when they were both taken to the police department and held for nearly an hour, so they could calm down.  He reportedly was not officially “arrested”, but it was close.

If he thought his fame would be all fun and sunshine, he is now learning fame has clouds and rain.  Let’s hope Ted can keep it all in perspective, and this story has a good outcome.



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Posted by on January 11, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT, HEADLINE NEWS


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This is BIG news!  The at&t lockdown on the iPhone since 2007, is now over.  It was just announced that Verizon is poised to begin carrying the iPhone 4, starting next month.  For many Verizon customer’s this is great news.  On the other hand, it is likely this is really bad news for at&t.  They will really need to step up their game and work on dropped calls, become more competitive with pricing, and begin a huge marketing campaign to retain customer’s.

Is this move going to help pricing stabilize?  Will we gain from this announcement?  Only time will tell, but I am sure it is probably going to force layoffs at at&t and hiring at Verizon. 

Verizon Wireless plans to begin selling Apple’s iPhone for as low as $200 starting next month, putting the smartphone at the center of its high-stakes battle with at&t for wireless customers.

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Opera Restaurant Closes

It was announced Opera restaurant, located in the South Loop, has shut its doors.  Many visited the popular night spot, with elegant Asian cuisine, opened by Jerry Kleiner a few years back (as I recall).   If you read the reviews, some either loved it or hated it, very few were in between.  Were the high-priced meals a bit much in this economy?

Is the South Loop now over saturated with upscale restaurants?  Is there too much competition? Not sure, but rumor has it, Opera will become a sports bar in the upcoming months.  Probably a better choice, to open in the area, as many are looking for good food at a good price.


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