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Sunday, December 12, 2010

She's Breaking Hearts..Her Dad's Heart!! Miley Cyrus


It appears that Miley Cyrus has finally broken her father's achy breaky heart with her latest exploits.

In light of the shocking video of the "Can't Be Tamed" singer smoking the legal but potent drug salvia that surfaced on TMZ this morning, Miley's father, Billy Ray Cyrus, took to his Twitter account to express his dismay and disappointment.

The elder Cyrus wrote,

"Sorry guys. I had no idea. Just saw this stuff for the first time myself. Im so sad. There is much beyond my control right now."

In the video, Cyrus is seen with friends, smoking salvia—which carries psychedelic properties—from a bong, then breaking into giggle fits and complaining that she's experiencing a "bad trip" and complaining of "a f**king Liam [Hemsworth] lookalike" in the room."

According to TMZ, the video was filmed a mere five days after Cyrus' 18th birthday on November 23.


Well Miley is 18 now...like that says a lot and she is bound to venture off into some crazy ish!!

A Whore gone be a Whore....


Yes she is and that is Kim Kardashian, whom I adore really I do but her switching up with all of these men are not cute! Kim Kardashian and Halle Berry's ex-Gabriel Aubry had a very short lived fling—and it seems like Kim has already taken up with someone else: basketball player Kris Humphries!

Now Kim I am going to need you to slow the hell down, it's not a cute look! Here's a thought why don't you make a man work for you? I mean put in some serious courtship! Then maybe you can find your Prince Charming, hey what the hell do I know I'm a Lesbian...
I do know that a woman such as yourself should take her time and let the man court her, now I know you may not be sleeping with them(cough) but it still looks bad!!

Could this be a CRY for Help?


Inquiring minds want to know: Ever thought of doing the Lesbian thing? Just asking!!

I Wish I Didn't Have to Say This...



Upon doing some surfing I came across pictures of Willow Smith, daughter of Jada and Will Smith. Okay now I get the name,whew I need to lay off of the Eggnog and Brandy!!

So I came across the pictures of willow who is 9 if I am not mistaking well no more than 10 but the hair style she is now flaunting ...I'm not feeling it! Yes, I know she such a beautiful little girl but this hairstyle along with some others makes her look too old!

I said it once before when I saw her with that poof on her head and when I saw her music video which I LOVED, with the exception of those eyelashes on a girl so young...

I understand she is tapping into her creative side but there is still a little girl inside of her isn't it?

I don't know now a days, a 9 year old should look like a 9 year old, she will have enough time when she grows up to wear her hair in those unflattering styles but its just my opinion but I really wish someone would step up and say something!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Kut Klose is Back!!


I know you remember the hits "I like" , "Surrender", "Get up on it!" yes the trio Kut Klose is back and from an interview I heard in full effect with their new hit " Let it Ring!
"I Like"


Listen to their new song " Let it Ring"


We welcome you ladies back!! Bring back some of that original "Kut Klose " I promise you won't regret it!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pulpit Pimp...Eddie Long...



There he sit on top of the pulpit, so high it's hard for you to shake his hand .
A man of God? yeah right but he came up with a hellified plan.

See pimps have been in the church as longer as I can remember
Pretending to be a loving, kind and caring individual


The ultimate scheme to get into young men pants.
But what he didn't think about was that one day they would all take a stand

Preaching the word on Sundays
But sucking a penis on Monday

Now everyone is saying do not judge
To pray instead

I've got one question
Who has actually prayed for these young men?

Stories are all over the internet
Members are saying that this can't be true

Would it be true if this had happened to you?
Make no mistake I believe that we all can make mistakes
And I am sure with the families they're experiencing deep heartbreak

Still we need to remember that God will expose a man
especially when he is preaching one thing
but on the down low sexing young men.

Pictures, texts and emails to them all
Didn't he know one day he would have to fall?

Pulpit pimp living in 12.5 million dollar homes
let me take my time I won't be too long...

Now he went on trips with these young men
Having mothers feel that their sons were safe in his hands
Purchased cars, electronic and trips too
He did it with the money that he pimped from you!

Internationally known and hiding behind the church
Just thinking about his nasty ass makes my stomach hurt.

Everyone one wants to know why didn't the men who were 17 and 18 at the time
Tell someone , anyone what was going on?

A confused mind takes a while to make sense of it all...

Praising a man more than you are praising God
Makes me wonder what the hell is wrong with you all?

Not realizing that his actions could have damaged these boys.
Quoting "He who is without sin cast the first stone"
Using the scripture yet once again...
To defend a preacher who has been coercing young men.

The bible says we should place our faith in God not man
Quoting scriptures to justify the intimate relationship
Now tell me if this shit right here ain't a trip.

He is not the first and show won't be the last!
I'm just Glad someone is finally exposing his ass!!

Pulpit pimp!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY!!


THIS IS MY RESPONSE TO THE DOCTOR WHO WROTE THIS LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA!
Pictured is a young physician by the name of Dr. Roger Starner Jones. His short two-paragraph letter to the White House accurately puts the blame on a "Culture Crisis" instead of a "Health Care Crisis"..

It's worth a quick read:


Dear Mr. President:
During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone.


While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"! During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one pack of cigarettes every day, eats only at fast-food take-outs, and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer. And, you and our Congress expect me to pay for this woman's health care? I contend that our nation's "health care crisis" is not the result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, it is the result of a "crisis of culture" a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. It is a culture based in the irresponsible credo that "I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me". Once you fix this "culture crisis" that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you'll be amazed at how quickly our nation's health care difficulties will disappear.

Respectfully,
ROGER STARNER JONES, MD
If you agree...pass it on.
By: Richard Meckstroth


WOW! is all I can say after reading this on Facebook as a pass it along message. First off let me say that it is so obvious that this doctor has a problem with the idea of assisting poor people with medical insurance. The points he make is valid but the problem that I have with this letter is that he has excluded other ethnic groups like the Mexicans, or the Vietnamese who are lined up getting thousand of dollars in Food Stamps which our tax money pays for but a person has to eat (correct)! I am not speaking of what was told to me but that which I have witnessed while working as a CSR in a Food store. There are many people in all ethnic groups who ride around in these pimped out cars, also walking into hospitals with Medicaid cards. It bothers me when a person only choose a certain group of people to make their point!While in essence many ethnic groups are a strain on the United States in more ways than one. I assume he is bias to the African American race and I'm certain other races have walked into his emergency room with tattoos before heading to their BMW's or Mercedes Benz because I have seen them pay for groceries with Food Stamps and then get into these 50,000 SUV's and other expensive cars. Or the Asian community who comes into the store buying food in bulks for their restaurants or stores with a Food Stamp card!!

So always remember there are two-sides to every story.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The New Age Assassination of the Celebrities!!




Today proved to be a very trying day for me, first it started out with the news of T.I. and his wife Tameka( Tiny) who was once with the group Xscape and their drug bust. Where does common sense come in where T.I. is concerned? Grammy Award winning rapper just had a movie "Taken" come out and recently married. Did he feel that now he was on top of the world that he was above the law?

Some may ask "Who's Law" well I will let you decide
. I say this because even though he was released after the gun charges he didn't have the common sense to think about the outcome of his actions. I would be the first to admit that in my younger days I made mistakes and did things that others may just SMDH at but after getting older and wiser I realized that a change was needed.

T.I. and Tiny should have realized that while in Hollywood, not to mention the same place where Paris Hilton had been arrested a week earlier and charged with drug possession. That the laws were still out there waiting on someone , anyone who was of a celebrity status and they actually got a two for one because they also just happened to be "Black". Some would like to think that this was a race thing but in actuality it was a simple case of being " Plain Stupid".

T.I. Just for future references bring a bottle of Febreze with you to mask the odor of marijuana if you want to smoke and drive or some kind of spray to mask the odor. You were already on probation and now you have your wife with an arrest record with 5 kids at home to tend to....


Now I know some people who are saying, "Girl you're being to hard on them" well maybe I am but it just makes sense to me that you leave your partying drugs at home when you go out into the streets! Esctasy, and Marijuana....not a good look!

So is this the New Age Assassination of Celebrities? Maybe so...... They killed Tupac and Biggie and left a mess maybe they figured let's just lock them all up!

Maybe there were others who set T.I. up ...if he is locked up he can make anymore music and maybe just maybe they can get a bigger spot under the Lights...

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Rapper T.I., wife arrested on drug charges




I guess you can say...They Vowed for Better or for Worst!!!

Tiny and T.I. Arrested in California!! SMDH...


LOS ANGELES – Grammy-winning rapper T.I., who is still on probation after spending time behind bars on gun charges, was arrested along with his wife on drug charges after police smelled alleged marijuana coming from their car, authorities said.
The Wednesday night arrests for possession of a controlled substance occurred in West Hollywood during a traffic stop, Los Angeles sheriff's deputy Mark Pope told The Associated Press.
"Deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle," the department said. "A narcotics investigation ensued" that resulted in the arrests.
The department's media office said it didn't yet have details on which specific drug the possession charge concerned.
The arrests reflect that last week of socialite Paris Hilton, whose is being investigated for felony cocaine possession after a motorcycle officer smelled pot wafting from her car.
The Atlanta-based T.I., 29, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., and Cottle, a 36-year-old singer who sang with the 1990s group Xscape and has recently been the star of the BET reality series "The Tiny & Toya Show," were booked at the West Hollywood sheriff's station. Bail was set at $10,000 each.
Pope said Thursday that he didn't know if they were still being held.
T.I.'s publicist declined to comment.
T.I., the multiplatinum hitmaker who has a key role in the current top box office movie "Takers," served seven months in an Arkansas federal prison and three months in a Georgia halfway house on federal weapons charges and was released in March. He is on three years' probation.
Since that case, T.I., who had spent time behind bars for drug offenses before, vowed to live a better life. He spoke to kids about the dangers of drugs and guns, and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young was one of his supporters. As he prepared for his most recent sentence, he starred in the MTV reality show "T.I.'s Road to Redemption: 45 Days to Go."
The father of five married Cottle in late July. "Takers," a shoot 'em up about an armored truck robbery that goes bad, was released last week and topped the box-office chart.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, T.I. talked about living a more positive life.
"Right now, it's all about moving forward and just acknowledging the blessing that are here today. ... Just moving past the regrets of yesterday — the things that could've been done better," T.I. said in a July interview.
T.I., who is known as the "King of the South," has emerged one of music's most profitable stars over the last few years. He is working on a new album, "King Uncaged," which may be released this year.
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Just a Thought!!


As you all may or may not know I am a Facebook junkie but one of my friends brought this thought to mind. Buffonery ( not sure if this is a word)in the African-American Community. While I can appreciate Tyler Perry and his success his plays and movies are not my reality and Spike Lee with his movies maybe that is his reality of Brooklyn New York but again it is not mine! Now to stop casting African-Americans is such a dire light I am on a mission.

We need a more positive look into the African- American lives, something that shows our reality and not that of a grandmother running around with a gun shooting at people nor is it a group of friends sitting around puff-puff-pass...

We are struggling people and thanks to the economy other races have been included. We are humble yet strong individuals who can take 50.00 to the store and make more than ten meals to feed our family. We ARE SPIRITUAL people who speak to our ancestors on a daily!

We are the thread that has and continue to hold this country together!

So lets depict more of a reality where African-Americans are concerned!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Meet Author Kezia Davis!!




Kezia Davis!!







On May 19,2010 at10:00pm CST...11:00pm EST

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Meet the Author of "VISIONS OF LOVE " Kezia Davis

We will be talking with author of "VISIONS OF LOVE" Kezia Davis and discussing her anathology of Love stories in her book:VISIONS OF LOVE" We talk to Author Kezia Davis about her new book "Visions of Love" An anthalogy of Love stories! The first story in the anthology, “Through Thick and Thin” follows Celeste Morris, a woman who feels like her marriage is coming to an end. When all that she needs is someone to make her feel loved, respected and appreciated like she deserves, Dennis Frasier shows up to make her feel all that and more. Now caught between her long-time relationship and her newly-found special affair, she has to make a decision that she wasn’t prepared to make. In the tale of the “Mistress,” readers will be introduced to Konstance, a woman who found herself lost in love after nights of sleeping with her boss, a married man. All hell breaks loose when her boss refuses to leave his wife for her. Will Konstance be able to accept the complications she has created with her forbidden love? “Another Piece of Me” takes readers into the life of Desiree, who has lived in a home with no love and bad experiences. All she ever wanted is to be in love and to be loved in return. So when she meets Dewayne, an imprisoned man who treats her with affection, she finds her heart being mended together and her self-esteem back in one piece. Doing all the things for him that was imaginable, Desiree takes the risk of guess—is Dewayne’s feeling is genuine or is just another prison talk?

The Pleasure was all Mine...


I had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with both Kandi Burruss and Rasheeda on May 8,2010 at Tobin's Lounge for Splash weekend and when I say these girls tore the roof off of that Place, they did just! They were very accessible and accommodating for all those who desired to have their pictures taken with them! Of course my batteries went dead in my camera but never the less I enjoyed them tremendously!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Have Questions? Then Ask me !!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Important Information...

10 Places NOT to Use Your Debit Card
by Dana Dratch
Friday, March 19, 2010
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Debit cards have different protections and uses. Sometimes they're not the best choice.

Sometimes reaching for your wallet is like a multiple choice test: How do you really want to pay?


While credit cards and debit cards may look almost identical, not all plastic is the same.

"It's important that consumers understand the difference between a debit card and a credit card," says John Breyault, director of the Fraud Center for the National Consumers League, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group. "There's a difference in how the transactions are processed and the protections offered to consumers when they use them."

While debit cards and credit cards each have advantages, each is also better suited to certain situations. And since a debit card is a direct line to your bank account, there are places where it can be wise to avoid handing it over -- if for no other reason than complete peace of mind.

Here are 10 places and situations where it can pay to leave that debit card in your wallet:

1. Online

"You don't use a debit card online," says Susan Tiffany, director of consumer periodicals for the Credit Union National Association. Since the debit card links directly to a checking account, "you have potential vulnerability there," she says.

Her reasoning: If you have problems with a purchase or the card number gets hijacked, a debit card is "vulnerable because it happens to be linked to an account," says Linda Foley, founder of the Identity Theft Resource Center. She also includes phone orders in this category.

The Federal Reserve's Regulation E (commonly dubbed Reg E), covers debit card transfers. It sets a consumer's liability for fraudulent purchases at $50, provided they notify the bank within two days of discovering that their card or card number has been stolen.

Most banks have additional voluntary policies that set their own customers' liability with debit cards at $0, says Nessa Feddis, vice president and senior counsel for the American Bankers Association.

But the protections don't relieve consumers of hassle: The prospect of trying to get money put back into their bank account, and the problems that a lower-than-expected balance can cause in terms of fees and refused checks or payments, make some online shoppers reach first for credit cards.

2. Big-Ticket Items

With a big ticket item, a credit card is safer, says Chi Chi Wu, staff attorney with the National Consumer Law Center. A credit card offers dispute rights if something goes wrong with the merchandise or the purchase, she says.






"With a debit card, you have fewer protections," she says.

In addition, some cards will also offer extended warrantees. And in some situations, such as buying electronics or renting a car, some credit cards also offer additional property insurance to cover the item.

Two caveats, says Wu. Don't carry a balance. Otherwise, you also risk paying some high-ticket interest. And "avoid store cards with deferred interest," Wu advises.

3. Deposit Required

When Peter Garuccio recently rented some home improvement equipment at a big-box store, it required a sizable deposit. "This is where you want to use a credit card instead of a debit," says Garuccio, spokesman for the national trade group American Bankers Association.

That way, the store has its security deposit, and you still have access to all of the money in your bank account. With any luck, you'll never actually have to part with a dollar.

4. Restaurants

"To me, it's dangerous," says Gary Foreman, editor of the frugality minded Web site The Dollar Stretcher. "You have so many people around."

Foreman bases his conclusions on what he hears from readers. "Anecdotally, the cases that I'm hearing of credit or debit information being stolen, as often as not, it's in a restaurant," he says.

The danger: Restaurants are one of the few places where you have to let cards leave your sight when you use them. But others think that avoiding such situations is not workable.

The "conventional advice of 'don't let the card out of your sight' -- that's just not practical," says Tiffany.

The other problem with using a debit card at restaurants: Some establishments will approve the card for more than your purchase amount because, presumably, you intend to leave a tip. So the amount of money frozen for the transaction could be quite a bit more than the amount of your tab. And it could be a few days before you get the cash back in your account.

5. You're a New Customer

Online or in the real world, if you're a first-time customer in a store, skip the debit card the first couple of times you buy, says Breyault.

That way, you get a feel for how the business is run, how you're treated and the quality of the merchandise before you hand over a card that links to your checking account.

6. Buy Now, Take Delivery Later

Buying now but taking delivery days or weeks from now? A credit card offers dispute rights that a debit card typically does not.

"It may be an outfit you're familiar with and trust, but something might go wrong," says Breyault, "and you need protection."

But be aware that some cards will limit the protection to a specific time period, says Feddis. So settle any problems as soon as possible.

7. Recurring Payments

We've all heard the urban legend about the gym that won't stop billing an ex-member's credit card. Now imagine the charges aren't going onto your card, but instead coming right out of your bank account.

Another reason not to use the debit card for recurring charges: your own memory and math skills. Forget to deduct that automatic bill payment from your checkbook one month, and you could either face fees or embarrassment (depending on whether you've opted to allow overdrafting or not). So if you don't keep a cash buffer in your account, "to protect yourself from over-limit fees, you may want to think about using a credit card" for recurring payments, says Breyault.

8. Future Travel

Book your travel with a check card, and "they debit it immediately," says Foley. So if you're buying travel that you won't use for six months or making a reservation for a few weeks from now, you'll be out the money immediately.

Another factor that bothers Foley: Hotels aren't immune to hackers and data breaches, and several name-brand establishments have suffered the problem recently. Do you want your debit card information "to sit in a system for four months, waiting for you to arrive?" she asks. "I would not."

9. Gas Stations and Hotels

This one depends on the individual business. Some gas stations and hotels will place holds to cover customers who may leave without settling the entire bill. That means that even though you only bought $10 in gas, you could have a temporary bank hold for $50 to $100, says Tiffany.

Ditto hotels, where there are sometimes holds or deposits in the hundreds to make sure you don't run up a long distance bill, empty the mini bar or trash the room. The practice is almost unnoticeable if you're using credit, but can be problematic if you're using a debit card and have just enough in the account to cover what you need.

At hotels, ask about deposits and holds before you present your card, says Feddis. At the pump, select the pin-number option, she says, which should debit only the amount you've actually spent.

10. Checkouts or ATMs That Look 'Off'

Criminals are getting better with skimmers and planting them in places you'd never suspect -- like ATM machines on bank property, says Foley.

So take a good look at the machine or card reader the next time you use an ATM or self-check lane, she advises. Does the machine fit together well or does something look off, different or like it doesn't quite belong? Says Foley, "Make sure it doesn't look like it's been tampered with."
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It Tuesday...



Okay all I know that I have been MIA for a minute but I am here and I have been busy promoting my new book "Strange Sheets" which is available online at AMAZON.COM so go and order your copy!! Excited with what this New Year has to bring I implore all of you to move forward in making your dreams come true... Tomorrow is not promised!!

Also I will begin next week with my radio show on blogtalk radio!! Yes I am taking it to the air and I look forward to having you come and join me on there... I have tuggled with the idea of doing a show for the last 3 years and now I feel that I am ready!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

STRANGE SHEETS....


I would just like to announce that I have completed my 3rd Book STRANGE SHEETS which will be on sale soon!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Nurse Outduels IRS Over M.B.A. Tuition

Nurse Outduels IRS Over M.B.A. Tuition
by Laura Saunders
Monday, January 11, 2010
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How One Woman Went to Tax Court and Won Deduction

A Maryland nurse accomplished two rare feats in her battle with the Internal Revenue Service: She defended herself against the agency's lawyers and won, and she got a ruling that could help tens of thousands of students deduct the cost of an M.B.A. degree on their taxes.

The U.S. Tax Court handed Lori Singleton-Clarke her victory last month, saying the 47-year-old Bryantown, Md., woman had properly deducted nearly $15,000 in business school tuition. The Tax Court ruling should make it easier for many other professionals to deduct the expense of a Master in Business Administration degree.





After getting word of the court decision, "I nearly yelled the roof off the house," Ms. Singleton-Clarke says. "I still can hardly believe it."

The IRS's rules on deducting work-related tuition are complicated and onerous, ultimately preventing most students from deducting their tuition. But this case clarifies the rules and will likely lead to more taxpayers taking the deduction, tax experts say.

Few taxpayers decide to go toe to toe with the IRS as Ms. Singleton-Clarke did, arguing her case without a lawyer. For good reason: In 2009, individuals won only about 10% of about 300 such cases, according to data from Tax Analysts. Ms. Singleton-Clarke fought her case in Tax Court, a venue where taxpayers don't have to pay the contested tax before going to trial. The court has a special procedure for small cases.

Some of the losers, such as several dozen tax protesters who defended the filing of frivolous returns, were tilting at tax windmills. Others were simply on the wrong side of the law, including a horse enthusiast who wanted to deduct his hobby losses, an unsuccessful comedian who tried to classify his expenses as business losses, and an attorney who claimed over $100,000 in medical deductions for his visits to prostitutes.

Of the few who did prevail against the IRS, nearly half came to court on a single issue: requests for "innocent spouse" treatment that decouples a spouse from a partner who is a tax cheat. This provision has been used mostly to protect unknowing wives against their husbands' tax misdeeds. One of the spouses granted relief last year was formerly married to an investment banker who didn't pay his taxes after his bonus didn't come though.

Ms. Singleton-Clarke's encounter with the tax system shows what it can take for one individual to prevail over the IRS against the long odds: favorable facts, obsessive organization, and fearlessness. She says she didn't have a lawyer because she couldn't afford one.

Her odyssey began in 2006, when she filed her 2005 return. It showed just over $50,000 of income, several smaller deductions, and one large one—for $14,787 of expenses for an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix, an online school. Ms. Singleton-Clarke deducted the tuition because her tax preparer told her she met the law's narrow definitions.

When the IRS audited the return in late 2006, she conceded all the IRS's challenges to her deductions but one. She dug in her heels on the tuition deduction because, after looking at a complex diagram in IRS Publication 970, she believed she qualified for it.

The audit process first involved several rounds of confusing IRS correspondence. "At one point I had three requests for the same records, each with a different contact name. I had to spend hours calling to figure out who needed what," says Ms. Singleton-Clarke, a steely but soft-spoken woman.

After that she was summoned to an IRS office in downtown Washington where she had to provide more copies of her résumé, a job description, and other records. She felt overwhelmed and intimidated.

Both the IRS's actions and her reactions are typical, says Christopher Bergin, president of Tax Analysts, a group that fights for tax-system transparency and since l972 has won a series of freedom-of-information cases against the IRS. "Without doing anything illegal, they muscled her. That's what they do. The pressure can be terrifying," he says.

A spokesman for the IRS says that it never comments on issues with specific taxpayers.

As Ms. Singleton-Clarke held fast to her conviction that she deserved the deduction, she drew on skills she developed as a nurse responsible for dealing with doctors who may have infringed hospital rules. That was why she studied for her M.B.A., she says: "I didn't want to feel outmatched by surgeons who didn't want to talk to me."

When the IRS again denied her deduction by mail after her meeting with the agent, Ms. Singleton-Clarke wound up going to Tax Court to set a trial date. But when she came to court in November 2008, it seemed that everyone else had settled their cases: "There was just me by myself at one table and the [IRS] tax team of at another in a big courtroom."

The tax team consisted of a two attorneys and several assistants or paralegals. Ms. Singleton-Clarke had been told to bring copies of her documents in triplicate, including a time line of her career. Judge Stanley Goldberg questioned her closely and complimented her on her record-keeping during the hour-long trial. "The whole time," she says: "I was thinking, here is this god-like man who is going to make an important decision for me. But he wasn't a bully. I had met with the bullies before."

Reached Friday by phone, Judge Goldberg said: "I remember the case well because Ms. Singleton-Clarke was so articulate and well-prepared. Too many taxpayers are not."

Ms. Singleton-Clarke's victory came when the ruling was issued a year later. It is unusual in that it helps not only her but others as well. Decisions in small cases aren't allowed to be cited as precedent. "But everyone uses them," says Melissa Labant, a tax expert with the American Institute of CPAs. "This case definitely provides a road map others can use, especially M.B.A. students."

Friday, January 8, 2010

Casey Johnson's Death! Part 2...



From a 'sweet' billionaire child to lonely addict in a perpetual downward spiralComments: 15

By LUKAS I. ALPERT and EMILY SMITH

Last Updated: 4:05 PM, January 6, 2010

Posted: 3:41 AM, January 6, 2010

If there was ever a poster child for the notion that money can't buy you happiness, Casey Johnson was it.Being born into a life of extreme affluence with nearly endless options, Johnson was the classic poor little rich girl -- beset with health problems and inner demons that ultimately overwhelmed her.

As the daughter of Woody Johnson, billionaire owner of the New York Jets, and heiress to the vast Johnson & Johnson family fortune, Casey had so much, she didn't know what to do with it.
"I have so much stuff that, you know, it's almost embarrassing, it really is," she told Page Six Magazine in 2008. "I got my first Chanel bag at 12. I got a $17,000 gold Cartier watch when I was 15.Still, she hinted that there was a dark side to too much money."There's nothing left to want," she said.Those close to her said Johnson was miserable for much of her 30 years -- battling a debilitating case of juvenile diabetes she was diagnosed with at 8 and never truly becoming comfortable in her own skin."Her problems went way beyond drugs, alcohol and diabetes," said one friend. "It was also mental and emotional problems. She had this destructive inability to cope. She would say, 'I have problems in my head.' "A family source largely blamed her diabetes.

"I cannot stress enough this idea between mental health and depression being linked to auto-immune issues," the source said. "For her, depression was a day in, day out issue of dealing with diabetes."Johnson's troubles came to a head just before New Year's. She was last heard from, via Twitter, on Dec. 29, and was found dead in her Los Angeles home six days later. The cause of death has yet to be determined.It was a stunning decline. When Johnson first appeared on the scene a decade ago, she impressed veteran socialite-watchers as what one called a "sweet, gorgeous kid." She had graduated from a top Manhattan private school and been accepted to Brown University -- but then dropped out in her freshman year to take a job interning with PR queen Lizzy Grubman, Gawker.com reported.
She soon gravitated to the fast-moving set -- becoming BFFs with fellow blond heiresses Paris and Nicky Hilton and hitting the nightlife scene with a vengeance. There wasn't a club banquette she wouldn't dance on or a paparazzi she wouldn't pose for.
But while Paris managed to turn her partying into a brand and Nicky chose a quieter life, Johnson appeared to never learn how to switch gears, and began a decade-long run as a gossip-page wild child."I [saw] the changes," said Joan Jedell, publisher of Hampton Sheet magazine. "When I first saw her, she was this sweet, gorgeous kid. But over the years, this beautiful girl had just spiraled downward. It was very sad." One of her biggest regrets, Johnson once said, was that she had never agreed to join Paris in her hit reality show, "The Simple Life." Johnson had reportedly been Hilton's first choice as a partner but turned it down. Hilton then turned to another pal, Nicole Ritchie, who became a star as a result of her participation. Making matters worse, Johnson had always kept her family at arm's length, pals said.

She hadn't spoken to her father for seven years when she died, one said.

But a family source insisted that simply was "not true," adding the pair's relationship was "strained, but not broken."

Her father was a huge supporter of diabetes research, pouring millions into the cause, largely all in an effort to help his little girl.

Still, Casey couldn't hide that she was upset by the distance between them.

When asked by Page Six Magazine about her fractured relationship with her father, she started to tear up, saying, "It's not like I got arrested for prostitution or a DUI . . . I didn't do anythingShe also had been fighting with her mother, Sale Johnson, for months over custody of her adopted daughter, Ava
When talking about raising her daughter, Casey said she planned to do things differently than her parents, especially when it came to money. "Nobody taught me how to handle my money. I don't want that for Ava," she saidThen there's the infamous feud with her aunt, Libet, whom she accused of stealing her boyfriend, John Dee, in March 2006 Libet was 56; Casey, 26.

While Sale Johnson long fought to stop Casey from adopting little Ava from the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan three years ago, several sources close to the family said the mother had still been in denial as to her daughter's deteriorating condition.

But the possibility that Casey would be found dead at such a young age was something that had been openly discussed among family members, a source said."Numerous times, it had mentioned in that house that Casey wasn't going to live to 35 anyway because she was really sick," the source said.

Things only got worse when Johnson moved to Los Angeles and fell in with an even wilder crowd. When she tried to adopt, her mother fought her at every step, knowing it was a bad idea.

Soon, Johnson became a regular feature on gossip pages that detailed her fiery relationship with then-girlfriend Courtenay Semel, who once allegedly beat the heiress to a pulp and set her hair on fire.

Johnson later made headlines again when she was arrested for breaking into a pal's house, stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and clothes and leaving a vibrator in her bed.

By that point, Johnson's mother had wrested away custody of Ava, and the family took steps to cut her off financially, hoping it would drive her to seek help.

Instead, Johnson remained holed up in her rented house, without power, water or gas because she couldn't pay the bills.

A Johnson family source insisted that "stories of Casey's drug-taking have been really overblown" and that her diabetes was to blame for many of her woes.

But in Johnson's final months, friends said, she was downing industrial amounts of prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Klonopin and Adderall, as well as other illicit substances. Despite claiming to be in love with her new gal pal, rubber-faced reality star Tila Tequila -- to whom she had just gotten "engaged" -- Casey was clearly miserable."I don't know if this was an accident and she didn't mean to die," said a pal. "She took enough drugs every day to kill her."

If there was ever a poster child for the notion that money can't buy you happiness, Casey Johnson was it.

Being born into a life of extreme affluence with nearly endless options, Johnson was the classic poor little rich girl -- beset with health problems and inner demons that ultimately overwhelmed her.

As the daughter of Woody Johnson, billionaire owner of the New York Jets, and heiress to the vast Johnson & Johnson family fortune, Casey had so much, she didn't know what to do with it.

"I have so much stuff that, you know, it's almost embarrassing, it really is," she told Page Six Magazine in 2008. "I got my first Chanel bag at 12. I got a $17,000 gold Cartier watch when I was 15."


Still, she hinted that there was a dark side to too much money.

"There's nothing left to want," she said.

Those close to her said Johnson was miserable for much of her 30 years -- battling a debilitating case of juvenile diabetes she was diagnosed with at 8 and never truly becoming comfortable in her own skin.

"Her problems went way beyond drugs, alcohol and diabetes," said one friend. "It was also mental and emotional problems. She had this destructive inability to cope. She would say, 'I have problems in my head.' "

A family source largely blamed her diabetes.

"I cannot stress enough this idea between mental health and depression being linked to auto-immune issues," the source said. "For her, depression was a day in, day out issue of dealing with diabetes."

Johnson's troubles came to a head just before New Year's. She was last heard from, via Twitter, on Dec. 29, and was found dead in her Los Angeles home six days later. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

It was a stunning decline. When Johnson first appeared on the scene a decade ago, she impressed veteran socialite-watchers as what one called a "sweet, gorgeous kid."

She had graduated from a top Manhattan private school and been accepted to Brown University -- but then dropped out in her freshman year to take a job interning with PR queen Lizzy Grubman, Gawker.com reported.

She soon gravitated to the fast-moving set -- becoming BFFs with fellow blond heiresses Paris and Nicky Hilton and hitting the nightlife scene with a vengeance. There wasn't a club banquette she wouldn't dance on or a paparazzi she wouldn't pose for.

But while Paris managed to turn her partying into a brand and Nicky chose a quieter life, Johnson appeared to never learn how to switch gears, and began a decade-long run as a gossip-page wild child.









"I [saw] the changes," said Joan Jedell, publisher of Hampton Sheet magazine. "When I first saw her, she was this sweet, gorgeous kid. But over the years, this beautiful girl had just spiraled downward. It was very sad."

One of her biggest regrets, Johnson once said, was that she had never agreed to join Paris in her hit reality show, "The Simple Life." Johnson had reportedly been Hilton's first choice as a partner but turned it down. Hilton then turned to another pal, Nicole Ritchie, who became a star as a result of her participation.

Making matters worse, Johnson had always kept her family at arm's length, pals said.


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She hadn't spoken to her father for seven years when she died, one said.

But a family source insisted that simply was "not true," adding the pair's relationship was "strained, but not broken."

Her father was a huge supporter of diabetes research, pouring millions into the cause, largely all in an effort to help his little girl.

Still, Casey couldn't hide that she was upset by the distance between them.

When asked by Page Six Magazine about her fractured relationship with her father, she started to tear up, saying, "It's not like I got arrested for prostitution or a DUI . . . I didn't do anything."

She also had been fighting with her mother, Sale Johnson, for months over custody of her adopted daughter, Ava.

When talking about raising her daughter, Casey said she planned to do things differently than her parents, especially when it came to money.

"Nobody taught me how to handle my money. I don't want that for Ava," she said.

Then there's the infamous feud with her aunt, Libet, whom she accused of stealing her boyfriend, John Dee, in March 2006. Libet was 56; Casey, 26.

While Sale Johnson long fought to stop Casey from adopting little Ava from the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan three years ago, several sources close to the family said the mother had still been in denial as to her daughter's deteriorating condition.

But the possibility that Casey would be found dead at such a young age was something that had been openly discussed among family members, a source said.

"Numerous times, it had mentioned in that house that Casey wasn't going to live to 35 anyway because she was really sick," the source said.

Things only got worse when Johnson moved to Los Angeles and fell in with an even wilder crowd. When she tried to adopt, her mother fought her at every step, knowing it was a bad idea.

Soon, Johnson became a regular feature on gossip pages that detailed her fiery relationship with then-girlfriend Courtenay Semel, who once allegedly beat the heiress to a pulp and set her hair on fire.

Johnson later made headlines again when she was arrested for breaking into a pal's house, stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and clothes and leaving a vibrator in her bed.

By that point, Johnson's mother had wrested away custody of Ava, and the family took steps to cut her off financially, hoping it would drive her to seek help.

Instead, Johnson remained holed up in her rented house, without power, water or gas because she couldn't pay the bills.

A Johnson family source insisted that "stories of Casey's drug-taking have been really overblown" and that her diabetes was to blame for many of her woes.

But in Johnson's final months, friends said, she was downing industrial amounts of prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Klonopin and Adderall, as well as other illicit substances. Despite claiming to be in love with her new gal pal, rubber-faced reality star Tila Tequila -- to whom she had just gotten "engaged" -- Casey was clearly miserable.

"I don't know if this was an accident and she didn't mean to die," said a pal. "She took enough drugs every day to kill her."

Casey Johnson's Death!



I heard about the death of this Johnson and Johnson heiress the other day while on twitter after seeing a few tweets going back and forth by Tila Tequila and Perez Hilton..Which sickened me to say the least both accusing the other of wanting Publicity! Needless to say I didn't think much of it...Casey Johnson's name did not ring a bell with me ..until now and after some extensive research I realized who she was.

Then there are all kind of articles when you google her on Tila Tequila( girlfriend and fiancee) Nikki Hilton and Bijou Phillips ( friends) and there you see them bommb rushing Tila Teqila's residence to retrieve Casey's belongings and dogs..

Did everyone of them forget that there is a woman who is dead? People tend to allow their own personal feelings to interfere with what's right and what's wrong. To me both sides are wrong, wrong, wrong! Still to me Nikki and Bijou were very much out of line for even going to the residence! The police were wrong for allowing this to happen, do they get special treatment because of their name sake? Arrangements should have been made for them ( Nikki and Bijou) to retrieve their friend's things and further more it should have been the family's place to do this!

The question to Tila was "where were you when she was home alone?" If I am correct in my assumption she and Casey had a disagreement and was taking soem time apart! Now to me it seems like if you're a friend then you should be there when your friend is suffering heartache! So my question to Nikki and Bijou is where were you while she was there by herself? hmmmmmmm...Interesting !

I have included some articles on this matter..tsk tsk tsk People Grow up and remember that there is a Woman who is Deceased!

I viewed her pics also and you could see the major difference in her appearance...I'm just sayin'


Baby-oil heiress Casey Johnson's rich-and-famous friends went to the dogs for her yesterday, wresting her orphaned pooches from weepy and whiny fiancée Tila Tequila -- along with a Range Rover-load of clothes and toiletries.

"They don't care about the dogs. They are putting them to sleep to bury with Casey," a sobbing Tequila told camera crews as hotel heiress Nicky Hilton and rocker offspring Bijou Phillips hauled the lap pups away.


One of the dogs, Zoey, was especially doted on by Johnson.



Nicky Hilton picks up Casey Johnson's clothes and dogs from Tila Tequila.
Photos: Hilton, Phillips collect Johnson's things from Tila Tequila
"Casey would want the dog buried with her, and Zoey was like a daughter to Casey," a source told RadarOnline.

Phillips, however, answered "no" when asked if the dogs were going to be put down.

Earlier, Tequila, the pint-sized reality-TV star, called 911 to accuse Hilton and Phillips of busting into her house.

"Today these 'mean girls' bombarded my home, to try to take the pups away so they can put them to sleep so they can bury the dogs with Casey," she wrote on her blog Tila's Hotspot. "I had to call the police because they were getting very violent outside of my house . . ."

On TMZ and Radar videos, cops stand by while the celebutards load up racks-full of clothes, boxed-up insulin and toiletries -- and Johnson's two dogs -- in Hilton's black SUV. LAPD spokeswoman Officer Rosario Herrera said two squad cars were dispatched to Tequila's house at around 2 p.m. to respond to a report of a "verbal dispute."

Johnson's remains will be flown to New York for a funeral Sunday, E! online reported.

Casey's family, meanwhile, is livid over Tequila's Twitter rants -- especially the claim that she was planning to meet with the family.

"Not true," a family spokesman told The Post.

Friends told The Post they've been horrified by Tequila's behavior since Johnson's death.

"She keeps Twittering about her grief and her 'wifey,' but we know she's just using Casey's death for her own publicity. It's disgusting," said a friend.

"We all want Casey to be remembered as a classy girl, not as somebody connected with someone like Tila.

"The truth is that if Tila did really care about Casey, where was she when Casey was truly in need, when Casey was on her own before New Year?

"Why did she leave her on her own for days without worrying something could have happened or realizing she was dead? Somebody needs to shut this evil little girl up."

Cops interviewed Tequila -- whose real name is Tila Nguyen -- yesterday, particularly regarding online comments she made about Johnson's abuse of prescription drugs, several news outlets reported.

But authorities say there were no signs of foul play or suicide.

It also emerged yesterday that Johnson, the daughter of Jets owner Woody Johnson, died owing hundreds of thousands of dollars. She was last heard from Dec. 29, and her body was found in her LA home six days later.

Court documents showed that Johnson owed $105,740 to a Los Angeles Porsche dealer, and owed a nanny service more than $20,000 for care provided to her adopted daughter.

Additional reporting by Tori Richards in Los Angeles

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The bill also features other benefits for low-income students. Families that do not earn enough to pay income taxes can receive a $1,000 education refund.

"These kinds of incentives from the government don't come along very often," says Janet Hill, financial aid and education counselor at ClassesandCareers.com, a free online education service. "If people have been thinking of going back to school, now would be the time to do it. If they are hurting financially, they can easily get the money they need to get a degree." These benefits are set to expire after the 2010-2011 school year.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Keyshia Cole is Congratulated by Monica on her engagements..



Monica confirms Keyshia's engagement via twitter..

Singer Keyshia Cole’s boo bear “Boobie” popped the big question on New Years Day and of course she didn’t hesitate to say “Yes”. Her BFF Monica confirmed the news via twitter and also confirmed that Keyshia will be expecting a baby boy in March.


Wanna say congrats to my girl. It's so beautiful to be in love. Too bad people can't keep a secret like me. Lol. Oh and KC is thinking about
about 23 hours ago from Echofon

Joining Twitter. Lol. She said I gotta show her. So we will see. Anyway live ya KC, your a great godmother to my boys so I'm 200 percent
about 23 hours ago from Echofon

Sure your gonna be a great mother & wife. God is taking u just where he wants u to be, u have his favor &u have me. Think NOTHING of others
about 23 hours ago from Echofon




And they're opinions. Stay prayed up and let God be your guide and ONLY source of strength. Love ya twit-fam. Nap time for real now
about 23 hours ago from Echofon


Congratulations To Keyshia and her Boobie...she deserves to be Happy and she will be a great mother!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Moment of Reflection.... I Thought I Knew


I stare off into space thinking back way back , maybe it was the picture that an old classmate posted on Facebook that triggered so many memories. A time when I knew everything so I thought come to find out at age 30 I actually had no clue...Which took me back to a time when I felt or rather I thought that I knew what Love was, its funny now that I think of it I just felt that when you Loved someone then that was suppose to be enough! I never thought about the compromising, working together to make things work or finding someone who is compatible versus finding someone who just takes your breath away on sight!

And the growing up getting out on my own after I made 18 ..lol now that was a trip because I wasn't really on my own until a few years later..Bills, bills and more bilss is what I got along with stress and bad credit!!! We at such a young age really convince ourselves that we know what we want out of life never taking time to actually make a plan and work on a blue print and the factthat there really isn't a force behind you to motivate and encourage you , somehow they've vanished! Somewhere along the way my dream vanished also.

I forgot about the passion, what really made me happy . Life took over and going immediately into survivor's mode I merely existed. Losing people to either death or by distance I lost a part of me and you can tell a person exactly what they mean to you but if they're not caring or feeling the same way..they vanish and deep inside thoughout life you hope and pray that somehow, some way the two of you would come back in contact but do you still have anything in common?

Now that I have a blue print and a clearer knowledge of what Love really is..Do I really know?

Friday, January 1, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 2010....


I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO SAY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!! I WOULD TO WISH EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU LOVE, JOY AND PROSPERITY IN 2010!! ALSO I HAVE AN ONLINE MAGAZINE THAT IS VERY HOT!! AND ENTERTAINING FOR THE GROWN AND SEXY ONLY!! VISIT IT AT www.confessions-magazine.webs.com and leave a comment or Join!!


I am going to be doing special articles for my Blog in 2010...Created to be entertaining as well as informative, motivating and inspirational!!!


Be Blessed!!
Angela Wilson