Has this ever happened to you: you hear something during a conversation, but you dismiss it without question because you thought the person was mistaken?

That's what happened last week when I spoke with someone in Tameka "Tiny" Cottle's camp who mentioned to me, almost in passing, that Tiny had her own salon. Now I know I wasn't just hearing things:

T.I.’s fiancee Tameka ‘Tiny’ Cottle has opened her new nail salon in Stockbridge, according to Essence online. The former member of Xscape described the shop as a full-service nail salon combined with a full-service bar.

According to the report, Tiny’s Nail Bar will feature manicures, pedicures, massages, body wraps and spray tanning, as well as complimentary health drinks and juices.

“I’m very picky about my nails and hair, so I’m going to make sure that I do my best to deliver top-notch customer service,” Tiny tells Essence. LINK

I think the same source said Tiny's BFF Kandi Burrus (or one of her fiance's baby mama's) also had a salon like Tiny's. But don't quote me on that. I have to learn to be a better listener.

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From a loyal reader in response to our post titled Source: Tina Davis Runs With a Crew of Cougars

    Dear Sandra,

    First, I trust that this is confidential and you will not release my name. Okay, I am friends with the female executive that you referred to as a cougar. I was also very good friends with Shakir. We ran in the same circles in Oakland and later in life my husband and I ended up working with him on various music projects. I met "her" in the early 90's and she is one of the very few consistent people in my life. She has always extended a helping hand and is the greatest person to go to for business and personal advice.

    I have to thank you for not mentioning her name, but correct you for offering your readers a false report. My friend has not denied that she dated Shakir, but he was not a teenager at the time. He was a grown man, a college graduate and quite charming and alluring to many females that had the pleasure of being around him, and she was no different. They openly dated and their personal relationship had nothing to do with her parting ways with her former employer.

    She was married to someone in the industry and has dated other people in the industry, so the quote that you posted from the magazine did not in any way validate or support your accusations. You must realize that your words can hurt really good people including Shakir's family. You alluded that he got his start because of his relationship with her, but Shakir's first job was at Noontime and prior to that he was an extraordinary party promoter. He got his start because he had a passion for music, a great ear and people like her to learn from. Please let your readers know that, please.

    Peace and love,
    [Name withheld by request]
    "The best things in life aren't things."

While checking out some of my favorite blogs in my blogroll, I ran across this post on Marcus Troy's blog. If you recall, we did a writeup on Marcus last year when he revealed himself to be Kanye West's ghost writer.

Well, Mr. Troy got his hands on a pair of the much-anticipated Nike Air Yeezy shoes that don't ship to stores until next month. We could care less about these ugly shoes, but we realize that some people get excited about anything.

So how does a relatively unknown blogger just happen to get his hands on the unreleased shoes "that Nike and Kanye West had the internet going crazy about."?

As Marcus points out in his blog:

"These are set to be very limited and only a handful of people have gotten a production pair thus far. I feel very privileged to be part of the selected few."

We're sure he does. He certainly worked hard for them.

Thanks to Gina of What About Our Daughters and Michelle Obama Watch blogs for sending this video in. Gina writes:

Just in case you didn't hear yet, there was a riot at the Top Model auditions in New York. I guess we can expect this to spread to other job fairs as the economy worsens. This is ironic because Tyra was on Oprah last week speaking about violence. Clearly these contestants were not listening. Saturday's auditions were open only to women no taller than 5-foot-7, which is shorter than the industry's conventions." LINK

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Barack Hussein Obama's administration finally responded to the outraged British press yesterday. The British complained that customary protocol was not followed by the Obama administration during Prime Minister Gordon Brown's visit last week.

In particular, they complained that the Prime Minister should have been granted "full-blown press conference and a formal dinner, as has been customary." But this did not happen.

Then there were the tacky gifts that Mr. and Mrs. Obama gave to the Browns, which only added fuel to the fire.

The British conceded that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister. But whose job is it to make sure standard protocols are followed when foreign dignitaries are visiting?

Oh, yeah, that would be Desiree Rogers' job.

The Obama administration response yesterday to the drama building in London was one feeble excuse after another. They said Obama ignored protocol because he was too "tired" from working hard to fix the economy.

Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president’s surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.

I'm sure! Spending $2 trillion dollars of money we don't have, and doubling the national debt in 30 days, can be exhausting work! I guess Mr. Obama thought this job would be easy?


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CNN's medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta withdrew his name from consideration as Surgeon General yesterday.

    CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta withdrew Thursday from consideration to be the next surgeon general, with the network and Obama administration officials attributing his decision to professional and family reasons amid a campaign by some liberal interest groups to block his selection.

    CNN reported that Gupta, a neurosurgeon, decided to withdraw so that he could continue to practice medicine, work as a journalist and spend more time with his family.

    Administration officials cited the same reasons.

    "Sanjay Gupta was under serious consideration for the job of surgeon general. He has removed himself from consideration to focus more on his medical career and his family," said an Obama administration official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Dr. Gupta's name is added to the growing list of potential candidates who have declined positions within the Obama administration.

In addition to his work on CNN, Dr. Gupta also maintains a private practice and performs surgery at Atlanta's Grady hospital.

Two Wisconsin nurses have been terminated from their jobs for taking cell phone pictures of a patient's X-ray. [LINK]

The x-ray showed a sex toy lodged in the rectum of a male patient.

Photos of the x-rays were then posted on a Facebook page belonging to one of the nurses. The nurse denies posting the photos on her page and has since deleted the FB page.

The patient was not identified on the Facebook page, yet the case has been forwarded to the FBI for investigation into possible HIPAA violations.

Many gay men (and heterosexual men) derive great pleasure from inserting a variety of unusual objects into their rectums. Problems occur when the fragile blood filled tissue inside the rectum begins to swell or the bowel is punctured and bleeds profusely.

A perforated bowel can lead to a life-threatening emergency.

Medical personnel often joke about these cases in private. It's their way of coping with a sometimes stressful occupation.