Palm Sunday

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When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on an ass before Passover, it was to symbolize He was coming in peace and God’s people recognized who He was and rejoiced.  This marked the beginning of His Passion as Christ was obedient even unto death and knew what He was chosen to do.  Just like in modern times evil does not like sharing the spotlight, especially with God.  This angered the religious leaders of the day because in their hearts they knew exactly who He was.

Matthew 21:

7. And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set Him thereon.

8. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.

9. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying “Hosanna to the son of David; Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.”

10. And when He was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying “Who is this?”

11. And the multitude said “This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.”

 

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Daily Prompt: Failure to File and Possible Consequenses

April 15th is fast approaching and failure to file can be a serious issue.  If you are liable to file, you will need to do this sooner or later so no sense ever putting it off just because you are unable to pay your tax.  The main reasons why some fail to file is they think they are not liable or they are unable to pay the tax so they think the IRS will not notice them if they don’t send it in.

(I am trying to keep my tax posts shorter so they will be easier to understand, more to come!)

There has been online free filing available for the average middle or lower income brackets for many years now if you are a W-2 employee and under a specified dollar amount each year.  For the self employed or small business owner, you will need to find a trustworthy tax preparer if you are not able to file the return yourself.  There are some areas that will help you file if you are a senior or low income as well.

Those that don’t have the money to pay their tax and think they can go undetected need to know that the IRS receives the same 1099 and W-2 information that you receive from your employers each year.  Thanks to computers the IRS has a real good idea of who is liable to file so not having the taxes to pay because of insufficient withholding or non-payment of your self-employment or estimated tax during the year is no excuse.  Others just don’t want to pay and have some delusion that they can get away with it.  Some may think they are not liable, but actually are or the IRS thinks they are.

For the wage earner, W-2 employee, you can quickly figure out if you are liable by comparing your gross income less your deductions, exemptions and any other credits you are entitled to.  If the income is more than the total of your deductions, exemptions and credits, you may not be liable.  In other words you either would not be owing tax or you may actually be entitled to a refund.  The IRS will not file for you in the case of a missing return due a refund.  You would just risk never getting the refund for that year if you waited longer than the refund statute of limitations of three years.

Example, you failed to file for three or more years even though you were owed a refund each year.  If you finally decide to file one of the returns for the refund, the IRS will insist you become compliant, or up to date with all of them from the last 6 years before they will give you the refund for that one year just in case you end up owing for any of the other delinquent years.  Keep in mind that the IRS has no idea what your credits or deductions are, even exemptions because they can’t be sure how many people you are claiming and why for each year as well as what you are writing off.  Important!  Sometimes the IRS thinks you are liable to file and owe money when in fact if you filed with all your correct information, you would be due a refund.  Once you file all the returns, you will only be sent the last three years refunds even if you qualified for the last five missing years they finally received due to that statute of limitations on refunds.  Never let them keep your money because of laziness or lack of knowledge.

Important reason to know why you need to file timely even if you cannot pay your tax is that the IRS will penalize you for both non-filing and non-paying separately.  Failure to file as well as your failure to pay the tax timely.  If you file timely but don’t pay, you will be spared the failure to file penalty, but you will be paying the failure to pay penalty unless you can arrange something with them by perhaps making installment payments if you have no other way of securing the funds.  This is another reason not to fudge your W-4 at work.  You want to be sure they are withholding the correct amount so you do not end up with a tax deficiency by year end.

The IRS can and does file a substitute return, ASFR, for taxpayers that do not file and are liable to file and have taxes due.  Sometimes they don’t get around to doing this for years so don’t think you’re forgotten if they don’t send you anything for quite a while.  Once they do file for you, depending on how late it is, you will receive additional fines and penalties accordingly.

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Anxiety and Shocking Medical Decisions

There are a lot of titles being thrown around lately regarding Angelina Jolie’s decision to continue having parts of her body surgically removed in attempt to prevent cancer.  Courageous and brave are not words that come to my mind. I feel bad that she has such anxiety about the same risks most of us face.  It is frightening when almost every family member that has passed on has done so from cancer.  You can’t help but worry and think every twinge or odd feeling is a sure sign that you have developed the same thing yourself and that’s not to say you haven’t.

I do not feel that Angelina is grounded in anything but fear and anxiety and I was shocked to hear her quoted as saying now that she has had both tubes and ovaries removed that her children will never say that “mom died from ovarian cancer” as her mother had done.  We can’t and shouldn’t remove every part of our body as a preemptive measure in the hopes of warding off our imminent demise.  Doing something like this could actually exacerbate the thing we wish to prevent by Doctor error, infection or cause you to have to take medication such as artificial hormones which are far worse on your body than if you had just left one of the ovaries in for the next 10 years or so.

I say this as someone who knows.

I am a person who is very private.  Not a great candidate for a blog.  I am always amazed at those unafraid to share their deepest fears and darkest secrets with anyone who will listen.  I have never been that person.  I was upset with my husband for sharing things I did not want mentioned.  I don’t know if I posted anything about my surgery before but I became ill in my mid-twenties and with the help of a skillful surgeon was able to raise both of my babies to adulthood.  My Doctor was apologetic because previous testing appeared to show I had fibroid tumors, but this turned out not to be the case.  I was told that they had left one tube and one ovary in because they were clean and she did not want me to have to take the artificial hormones for the twenty or more years I would need to be on them to prevent premature menopause.

I am very thankful for this decision because other than my six month biopsies which followed, I only needed one additional surgery on that ovary 10 years later and it continued to do its job until one day, around the age of fifty, it gave up and menopause hit me like a ton of bricks! I am concerned with the fact that Angelina, being a celebrity, will influence others to do things that may not really be in their best interest just because she did it.  I don’t believe that anyone should undergo any type of surgery or even invasive tests unless it is absolutely necessary.  They all carry risks that are needless if the tests and surgery are needless.

It’s one thing to wear a seatbelt, eat healthy and exercise and not engage in risky activities such as texting and driving, which is one of the most insane things anyone can do.  These are things we can all do to give ourselves a decent chance in life.  Just use common sense and go to the Doctor if you are experiencing any changes in your health that don’t appear normal.  If you do this right away you should catch most things in time.  Other than that, don’t worry, try to be happy in all things and you will stay healthier in your life.

God bless you all!

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Frankenfoods And You

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Is The IRS Messing With You?

Tax time is coming fast but most of you have hopefully already filed if you are liable to file.  I know those expecting refunds are usually the first to file every year.  I know I was.  The years I owed I waited until April 14th because I did not want to be one of those cramming the mailboxes with my return.  You want to keep your money as long as you can naturally.

Usually if you have your withholding or form W-4 filled out correctly with your employer, you will not owe at the end of the year and should get a small refund back depending on any credits and the amount of your deductions for the year.  Few are exempt from withholding.  You should never be getting a huge refund back or owe a lot unless there were extenuating circumstances for that tax year.  If the IRS finds that you are using them as a bank during the year by low-balling your exemptions thereby more money is being withheld during the year that will only need to be returned back to you next year.  The IRS does not like refunding for any reason unless they have to but you shouldn’t have any problems if it’s one or two exemptions lower or you file zero and you are single.  If you claim zero but have 5 people in your family and expect many thousands of dollars in a refund you may get a form letter in the mail asking you to make the proper adjustment to your W-4 at work.

If you are on the other end of the scale, and input a false number for your exemptions so you can take home most if not all of your withholding during the year and you end up owing, you better be able to pay it off entirely by April 15th or you could end up the many that the IRS will send a memo to your employer requesting maximum withholding for a specified period of time as your “punishment.”

Tax fraud is at an all time high and you must be vigilant to protect yourself.  There are phishing and downright scams going on all the time with people trying to prey on others.  Please click on HELP if you wish to get more information on these subjects and how to respond appropriately.

There are also those that file false returns under other people’s identity.  Click on HELP for information on how to resolve any type of tax identity fraud.

As long as you follow the basic rules of what the IRS expects from you, you shouldn’t have problems with them.  If you have a hard time following instructions or the law or are deliberately trying to pull something, then expect to hear from them and depending on what the issue is, they can come down on people very hard with penalties and interest that accrue like crazy!  If you ever find yourself with collection issues, please contact the IRS right away BUT….This is very important….NEVER CONTACT SOMEONE IF YOU THINK IT IS FRAUD!!  Just refer to the above help links with the IRS for procedures or you could risk a virus to your computer or worse.  If you are expecting to hear from the IRS about back tax or something else, then just verify the address and phone number with their website if you want to play it safe, and then call them.  They almost never send emails!

Don’t Mess With The IRS An Unauthorized Customer Service Guide to Resolving Your ACS Collection Issues” will be available on Amazon.com by April 15th!

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Daily Prompt: Saint Patrick’s Day? Ha Ha Ha

shamrockAnother Saint Patrick’s Day has passed and since I don’t drink, no pesky hangover this morning.  I no longer own any green apparel.  The only green things I have, besides my houseplants,  are two items given to me many years ago.  One from a co-worker and one from a student of mine that I’ve combined and wear if I leave the house that one day a year, March 17th.  I hear rumors I am part Irish, but only know about my Scottish roots for sure.  I do not partake in celebrating this day myself.  I’m more a Christmas person as far as Christian holidays go.

To my recollection, Saint Patrick was a Catholic Saint that established the first Christian Church in Ireland.  There were several rumors as to his driving out of all the snakes in Ireland and of giving a sermon using the “three-leaf” shamrock to explain the holy trinity.  I think the snakes were eating too many of the shamrocks.  Not sure of the authenticity to either of these stories.

After Saint Patrick’s death in 461 BC they declared the day he died a Christian holiday in which the people’s were allowed to eat meat and drink during the Lenten holiday.  Hence all the binge drinking the entire day for some and the celebratory parades in honor of Saint Patrick.  When I was young I just took it for granted that people celebrated holidays in the manner of the person they were celebrating and hence this saint must have hit the sauce pretty hard in his day.  Not the case at all.

Where am I going with this post?  I am still trying to figure out how gay pride parades have anything to do with a Christian Saint.  But then what does binge drinking have to do with him as well?  It is a confusing world that will only become more so as people decide to do whatever they wish without regard for others.  This is why Jesus preached about the Golden Rule.  Treat others as you wish to be treated yourself.  This is the only way our world will survive.  Doing God’s will.

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Does this look funny to you?

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Daily Prompt: Get it, Before it’s Too Late

I am amazed at the ignorance of people.  Many are now of the thought that they should just be doing their own thing, living their dream, letting it all hang out and so on.  Sounds selfish to me.  In every society we all need to contribute and respect one another.  There is no other way.  We all have a right to the life God gave us and no one has the right to destroy it in any way.  The fact that anyone would think they can harm another and not have the same thing done to them is not realistic.

People that abuse, insult or harm others don’t like themselves and that’s too bad.  I often wonder what was done to them that completely destroyed their psyche and hope for happiness and a good life.  Maybe they had ignorant parents that were too hard on them or maybe they lack the ability to think thoughts deep enough to even care to understand anything.

I really don’t think that most people get why they are even here because our society is very confusing at best.  This poem I wrote is simple, but tries to explain it.  Think before you hurt anyone because it is written that it will come back to you one way or the other, sooner or later.  Treat others as you wish to be treated even if they don’t deserve it.

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The Obvious Bias and Discrimination of Our Media

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America is a very aggressive and controlling country.  It was a good thing that the founding fathers had the sense to base it on a Constitution for the fair treatment of all citizens.  Through the years, to deal with instances of abuse and discrimination against blacks and women, they actually added amendments to this constitution giving them the ability to single these people out.  Why?

When I got older and wiser and realized that our lawmakers saw fit to do this, it made me question their competency and their wisdom.  Common sense dictated that by the very addition of these amendments, they were telling the world that our Constitution wasn’t really worth anything, that it was, in fact, telling everyone that the great Constitution of the United States was written by the rich white man, for the rich white man, not for anyone else.  Why would I send my child to defend a country that has nothing to offer the average citizen?

Because of the incompetency of our lawmakers, they decided to pass additional laws saying “blacks had the same rights” and “women had the same rights” instead of going to the source of the various abuses and charging them thusly.  There was never a need to add additional or specific people to our United States Constitution or our Bill of Rights.  It covers all citizens regardless of sex, race or religion and always did.  The minute Constitutional rights were being abused those responsible should have been taken to task in whatever way was appropriate.  No one should have ever been able to get away with telling someone they are not welcome in a public place as long as they are being courteous and following proper social mores so they are not truly harming others or infringing on those other people’s rights, which no one has any right to do.  To be able to say you can’t be here because you look a certain way is just not acceptable.  To say that you are not welcome because you are stealing, assaulting or committing other evils is completely understandable and no one has to worry about rejecting a criminal as being thought of as an infringement of anyone’s basic human rights.

I have been questioning the competency and honesty of our government officials for many years now.  Every deed that is done or act that they neglect to do is proof of what kind of people they are and what they wish for the citizens of this country.  Too bad their competency never appears to enter in when most vote.  I realize that there are always slim pickings when it comes to candidates because the cost of running for anything prevents most of the honest, decent people from throwing in their caps.  What we now have are very wealthy families and individuals that want to control the rest of us and have not been doing a good job of anything from our free trade agreements to laws that are passed that make it easy for very wealthy corporations that make trillions in profits, to avoid paying their fair share of taxes or any taxes at all for that matter.

Tax dollars are what keeps us out of the red.  We cannot get the money needed to build more weapons of mass destruction and keep our country running without it.  Lawmakers have allowed many of the American citizens to lose good jobs and their homes, they’ve allowed large businesses to pay foreigners to work cheaper for them instead of the American citizens who in turn would be paying income tax with those earnings and have allowed such liberal free trade agreements and tax loop holes that give the wealthiest of citizens and businesses completely unfair tax immunity, not just tax advantages.

Just knowing that these people make other laws for us is frightening because you know they are not fair or just but are out to do favors for the wealthy and powerful all the while trying to appear up front to the rest of the world.  This is achieved by good publicity.  Publicity bought and paid for by the rich men that actually run America.

The wealthy pull the strings of the lawmakers and the media.  America’s major network news stations are owned and operated by just a handful of very wealthy men that also operate our government from behind the scenes.  There are no Democrats or Republicans, there are merely the same puppets with different labels so that small minds will quibble back and forth about who’s the best, instead of looking at what any of them are actually doing.  The media is not allowed to report the news without bias, especially when it is politically motivated.  They are only allowed to say what they are told to say.  Of course, with the internet and so many independent news agencies now, if you know better, you can double-check other sources for a more complete view of what is going on and to also be aware of some important breaking news that our government will sometimes keep quiet for as long as they can.  All these agencies tend to put their own slant on the news, so it is up to you to be objective and try to find the truth somewhere out there.

There now appears to be very obvious discrimination in news reporting from our various liberal owned networks such as NBC, CBS, ABC as well as CNN and Yahoo.  It has come to anyone’s attention who cares that the news is no longer being reported objectively.  Whenever there is a story about a Republican there is a deliberate intent to make them look foolish or downright stupid.  I have seen a reporter on CBS almost roll her eyes and take a very nasty tone interviewing a Republican candidate recently.  Anytime a Democrat lies, or does something wrong it is seldom mentioned by them even once, and quickly forgotten about.  Hate to accuse them of cover-ups, but that is essentially what is being done.

There now appears to be deliberate intent on the part of our network news agencies to completely slant all racial news coverage in obvious ways.  Whenever a black or Muslim kill someone, especially a non-white or non-Muslim, it is always reported as something like “shooting claims two lives” or “two women found shot to death.”  But whenever a white person kills a black or Muslim it is reported as “White cop kills black man” or “White man shoots three Muslims.”  When I see headlines such as these I have to say, “WTF?!”  There is not a sense of fair reporting when this is going on.  It is being done deliberately to create racial divide because there is no other reason for such blatant bias.

If our government controlled media is purposefully trying to create racial unrest, there must be a reason.  If they were to anger enough people and create riots or civil unrest, they could declare martial law and attempt to disarm all the citizens.  That would be a Dictatorship’s wildest dream and does seem like something that a controlling and paranoid government could pull.  Either that or we have some very unprofessional and negligent reporting that needs to be cleaned up fast.  I need to trust a news source or I won’t use them.

 

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Hellywood, Get Over Yourself!

Can there be enough award shows?

Instead of the real heroes of this world getting awards, the ones with the fake bodies and faces that do fake things for tons of money keep slapping themselves and one another on the back for nothing.  So they can memorize a few lines and do it with feeling.  Who cares and why?  Since when did this become so almighty important?

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“What do you want, a medal or a chest to pin it on?

How about honoring the bridge builder, the waiter or the guy digging ditches or building cars year after year with a couple of weeks off annually for good behavior.  Occasionally we honor war heroes, but many are never remembered until years later or after their death.

Those in hellywood & helevision do risk the occasional arm break from patting themselves on the back.

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Second in Command

Matthew 22:37-40
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

 

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