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Point, Counter-Point

Published on June 9, 2014 By bmagnus

Remember when we were told that only a good guy with a gun could stop a bad guy with a gun? Last week, a good guy with a grain of common sense but no gun stopped a bad guy with a gun. Yesterday, a good guy with a concealed carry license was killed by two […]

You mean news should be informative rather than just sensationalist?

Published on June 3, 2014 By bmagnus

As far as I am concerned, the mainstream TV news sources should be utterly and completely ashamed of themselves. A new study shows that the most informed “news” watchers are not the ones watching CNN or Fox or even reading their local newspapers. The most informed consumers of news are the ones watching Comedy Central’s The […]

Honeysuckle in Bloom

Published on May 28, 2014 By bmagnus

  In Closing: let the mental health circular firing squad of mostly half-baked ideas begin (but too many people my age and better remember these asshats for any real reform that involves hospitalizing more people); A few stray NSA and Snowden items for you; slipping away; real median household income; “choose between Satan and Lucifer”; yeah, maybe your […]

At the risk of saying something offensive…

Published on May 25, 2014 By bmagnus

Ok, let’s all take a deep breath. In case you don’t know what happened in Santa Barbara yesterday, start here. Like Comrade Misfit, I will not glorify this man above his victims by naming him. Other people have done some terrific commentary, and a few have really stuffed their feet into their mouths as far […]

Not Really Much Music Monday: May 5th

Published on May 5, 2014 By bmagnus

In addition to being Cinco De Mayo…..   It’s the birthday of Karl Marx.     In Closing: It’s good to be the CEO; a couple items on sexual assaults on campus (and not just college campuses, of course maybe if kids didn’t have to go to school in the dark….); turns out it’s not illegal […]

It’s all in the Execution

Published on May 2, 2014 By bmagnus

Some things never change, I suppose. We’re still trying to find a “humane” way to kill another human being, and not doing so well. There are really two valid arguments against the death penalty that most sensible people should agree have merit: first, it’s more expensive than life in prison (stick that in your conservative […]

Paranormal Activities: The Marked Shorties

Published on March 1, 2014 By bmagnus

Happy March! Let’s get started…. Student Loans: Officially dragging down the economy. I think I have a way to increase consumer spending: This is crazy talk I know, but if the minimum wage were higher, people who make minimum wage could afford to buy stuff. And the Supreme Court makes it worse: Now the government […]

Music Monday: The Old Apartment

Published on November 25, 2013 By bmagnus

  Last week I noticed a banner up at an apartment complex reading “Free Turkey.” I thought it was a fine idea. A turkey is a whole lot cheaper than giving $50 off a month’s rent. Further, this can be used as a retention tool for current residents. Give a turkey in exchange for a […]

Music Monday: Christmas in July

Published on July 22, 2013 By bmagnus

Ok, this is not actually the track I wanted. Brave Combo is a North Texas based band with a following in Japan. A while back they did a Christmas album. As the story goes: We never considered recording a Christmas album before. Everyone had already heard most of the famous songs enough for a lifetime […]

Crazy Talk

Published on June 5, 2013 By bmagnus

So, it seems clear to me that the War on Drugs isn’t even the War On Some Drugs, but rather the War On Brown People Possessing Drugs. At what point can we confess this and address the problem? At what point do we stop wasting millions of millions of dollars “fighting drugs” and putting people in prison […]