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Sly Stone Homeless and Living in Van

Over the years, Sly Stone has dropped tens of thousands of dollars on his other hobby: automobiles. In his early days, he drove a Jaguar XKE he painted purple. There were Hummers, a London taxi and a beloved Studebaker, which Stone asked to have painted in exchange for an interview. (The Post declined.) A few years ago, he would cruise around LA on a bright-yellow, custom three-wheel chopper. He was known to give cars to friends.

By 1980, the group’s popularity had declined enormously from its heyday. Stone appeared on an episode of “The Mike Douglas Show” and promised, “I’m going to do one more album real quick, and if it’s not instantly platinum, bye-bye.” Sly & the Family Stone’s 10th and final album, 1982’s “Ain’t But the One Way,” flopped.

Today, Sly is disheveled, paranoid — the FBI is after him; his enemies have hired hit men. He refuses to let The Post into his camper, but, ever the showman, poses flamboyantly with a silver military helmet and a Taser in front of his Studebaker.

The singer claims his money troubles escalated in 2009, when his royalty payments stopped flowing after Stone accused his manager, Jerry Goldstein, of fraud. Stone says he was tricked into signing a rotten contract with Goldstein in 1989, giving the manager control of his finances in exchange for a weekly paycheck.

Last year, Stone sued Goldstein for $50 million, alleging fraud and 20 years of stolen royalty payments. (Contributing to the singer’s dire financial situation, he foolishly sold his valuable music-publishing rights to Michael Jackson for a reported $1 million in 1984.)
Goldstein did not return calls seeking comment.

The performer’s cash-flow problems forced him out of his Napa Valley house that he rented with money from a 2007 European tour and into cheap hotels and the van in 2009. Stone hopes to soon put the lawsuit and his other woes behind him.

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‘Mr. EBT’ defends video as parody of welfare abuses

I don’t see why Mr. EBT has to defend anything. EBT, Welfare and Medicare are scammed out of billions of dollars a year by people that don’t care about anything or anyone but themselves.

Its their own selfishness that drives then to lose all morals and scruples and simply defraud the taxpayers in the first place.

Being what many call a conservative blogger, I say keep up the good work Mr. EBT. JD

A Brooklyn rapper is drawing heat from conservative bloggers upset over a YouTube video of him rhyming about trying to use his sister’s food-stamps card to buy weed and beer.

Stanley Lafleur, 24, has been called “lazy,” a “leech” and the epitome of someone pimping the system since his video went viral.

In the video, Lafleur, in a leather jacket and Yankee cap, struts from a bodega to a fast-food joint swiping a government-issued Electronic Benefit Transfer card to pay for mostly candy and chips.

Rapping to a heavy beat, he even tries to used the EBT card to buy pot and beer.

“I’m never going hungry, swiping all day y’all. Sandwiches, chips, a big box of Oreos. Cereal, Kix, but I couldn’t buy a 40, dog?” he waxes poetically, dancing through store aisles and up to the counter at a McDonald’s.

“I wish I could buy some weed with my EBT but the drug dealer fronted me,” raps Lafleur.

The video went viral and left right-wing bloggers peeved after conservative Matt Drudge posted it earlier this week on his website, Drudgereport.com.

The Conservative TreeHouse blog accused Lafleur of “celebrating the pure coolness of any and all things gotten for nothing.”

The Conservativepost.com blog wrote the “video glorifies welfare.” Columnist Ben Shapiro, on his popular conservative website Town Hall, described Lafleur as “the sort of leech who is bankrupting our society.”

But Lafleur said people are misinterpreting his video, which has garnered nearly 280,000 views.

“I couldn’t believe people are hating on me like I’m rubbing the benefit card in the face of taxpayers. They don’t get it,” Lafleur told the Daily News. “My video is a parody.”

Sounding like a conservative himself, Lafleur explained the video is a reflection of EBT abuses he’s witnessed.

“That’s the whole point of my video and that’s what I’m trying to stop. There’s a lot of people who really need help but aren’t getting it while too many are abusing the system,” said the self-described “Mr. EBT.”

Jermaine Gomes, who produced the video, said he was shocked by the uproar.

“It’s an overnight sensation,” said Gomes, who appeared with Lafleur on FOX Business Network this week in an attempt to clear the air.

“It’s just amazing that some people don’t get it,” Gomes said. “They think it’s seriously some dumb guy just using his EBT card.”

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