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The Other Holiday Visitor

By GreatMinds, published on Nov 13, 2007

Before jolly old St. Nick ascends your chimney to finish his global journey for the good little boys and girls, an army of blue blazers is preparing to launch the 2007 Form 1040 mailers toward your home. If you're self-employed, RSVP with some smart year-end tax preparation strategies that will reduce the pain of next year's tax filing, and keep some money in your pocket to pay for the Christmas presents you've charged on your credit cards. Here are a handful of tips you 1099 income earners can use to extend the yuletide cheer into early next year, IRS-style. 1. Buy A Pickup Truck or SUV:... (more)

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Hidden Foreclosure Woes Trap Unwary

By GreatMinds, published on Oct 16, 2007

Carrie Teegardin, writing for the Atlanta Journal Constitution on 10/15/2007 in an article entitled "Foreclosures Hit Record High In Metro Atlanta", reveals that almost 7,000 properties in the metro area -- a record high -- are up for foreclosure in November, 2007.

Foreclosures in Atlanta are up 11 percent through October, 2007 compared to year-to-date figures from 2006. While many of the unfortunate delinquent debtors find some measure of relief in bankruptcy or reworking their loan terms where pliant lenders are trying to keep their own investors safe, there is another danger waiting... (more)

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Tax Relief For Self-Employed Atlantans

By GreatMinds, published on Sep 28, 2007

The fourth quarter of 2007 will arrive this Monday in grand fall fashion, and with it the onset of holiday planning; for the self-employed (or any person who reports income via a Form 1099), holiday planning for 2007 should include year-end tax planning and forming strategies for 2008. One of the most truly financially dangerous myths that self-employed people in Atlanta (and everywhere else for that matter) may cling to is "my accountant takes care of my taxes." The average small-business owner overpays his or her taxes by more than $11,000.00, according to a study by the U.S. General Accounting... (more)

Tags: atlanta, education, fashion

Great FEMA Trailer In The Sky

By GreatMinds, published on Jun 15, 2007

A prefabricated structure exposing its unwary occupants to hidden, potentially lethal dangers, concluded various studies on the internal air of so-called "FEMA trailers" offered by the Federal government to house the displaced residents of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the face of tests which found the level of formaldehyde exposure in the FEMA trailers to exceed by 50 times the levels deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency, FEMA spokesman Aaron Walker recommended in July, 2006, "We encourage families living in the trailers, if they're worried,... (more)

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Putin Proposes Alternate Missile Defense Sites

By GreatMinds, published on Jun 7, 2007

Putin stated that Russia would not redirect any missile aims of its own toward Europe if the U.S. locates its interceptor missiles there. President Bush termed the suggestion an "interesting proposal", according to White House adviser Steven Hadley. The United States has planned to locate a missile defense system in Poland and Czechoslovokia, which drew threats by the Russian president to aim missiles at Europe. President Putin considers American missiles in those former Communist nations as a threat to Russia; President Bush has dismissed those concerns as baseless and assures that their... (more)

Tags: vladimir putin, putin, russian president putin, missile defense

Alas, poor Clevis, I knew him well....

By GreatMinds, published on May 31, 2007

Samir Patel, the perennial contestant and favorite in the National Spelling Bee, was eliminated from competition today when he misspelled the word "clevis" as c-l-e-v-i-c-e. Patel has vied for the top speller title more times than Gus Hall ran for President for the Communist Party USA. As I heard the word called out while driving this morning and listening to coverage of Patel's downfall, I spelled it correctly. I am 40 years old and I have used a few clevises in my day (or, is that clevii?), and so I knew what a clevis was and how to spell it. Patel, who probably has not had his first outbreack... (more)

Tags: atlanta

Earth To Rosie: Foster Kids Deserve Better Than You

By GreatMinds, published on May 29, 2007

Former "The View" co-host Rosie O'Donnell described her role on the show in a statement released today as being a "foster kid for the year," she said. "I came, we considered adoption, but I didn't really fit into the family." What happened with Rosie O'Donnell on "The View" was a conflict of personalities. Whatever the root causes of that conflict, and whomever bears responsibility for spilling it onto the broadcast, none of those things makes the "foster kid" analogy acceptable. O'Donnell will find other work because that is simply the way of things; she will adapt and overcome with whatever... (more)

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Paul Thorn Band: Rock and Soul Still Live

By GreatMinds, published on May 29, 2007

If soulful rock were a crayon, its color would be called the Paul Thorn Band. Thorn, a native of Tupelo, Mississippi, former professional boxer and the son of a preacher, writes hard driving blues songs that tell raw stories which, to hear Thorn introduce them, are usually loosely based on true stories. With his very personal, tragic/comedy lyrics comes a band whose sound is proof positive that real rock and roll is actually still alive. Thorn and his band played the Princess Theater in Decatur, Alabama on Saturday May 26. They will return to northwest Alabama for the Helen Keller Music... (more)

Tags: atlanta, jesus, myspace, music

Alabama to Dead Slaves: Dead One's We're Sorry, Alive One's Ignored

By GreatMinds, published on May 25, 2007

The House resolution draft read in part that Alabama acknowledges "that slavery as an American 'Institution' was a wrong committed upon millions of Black Americans and that their ancestors [sic] are the beneficiaries of such wrongs..."; the resolution apparently intended to recognize the descendants of slaves, and is puzzling in its use of the word "beneficiaries". Nonetheless, the resolution passed the upper house by a party line vote almost without Republican support; Alabama's Republican governor, Bob Riley, has indicated he will gladly sign the resolution when it reaches him. One Republican... (more)

Tags: slavery, slavery in america

Click It Or Die

By GreatMinds, published on May 25, 2007

The run-up to this Memorial Day weekend is rife with roadside lighted signs reminding us to buckle up, and to threaten us with tickets if we do not. I am, perhaps, the world's most reluctant seat belt user, buckling in about 3 in 10 times I get behind the wheel. Every holiday weekend when the "click it or ticket" radio commercials play and the roadside signs appear, I get more conscientious. What is it going to take for me to be a consistent seat-belt user? I have been ticketed once for failing to use my seat belt; I was appropriately contrite and improved my usage for a few weeks. I even... (more)

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