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A Couple Follow-Ups

Published on February 22, 2014 By bmagnus

Little Dogs in Big Trouble: Remember this post? The picture was taken in front of the Prince and Princess Puppy Boutique in Las Vegas. Well, there’s been some trouble in the Doggie Kingdom. The owner of the store and her companion are accused of trying to burn the place down with 27 dogs inside. Yeah, […]

Return to BloodShorties Lake

Published on September 4, 2013 By bmagnus

You can thank Drew for the title inspiration. It’s sometimes tough to keep thinking of Shorties titles! Beating the same drum: so here’s today’s tab dump on the freaking mess that continues to be the NSA, DEA, FBI, and Edward Snowden. And now for something completely different: a nice selection of  health, health insurance, and healthy […]

Financial Illiteracy

Published on August 16, 2013 By bmagnus

Many thanks to Cara Delany for this terrific infographic. Way back when I went to high school, I was required to take a trimester long class called Personal Finance. Among the topics were how to write a check and balance a checkbook, how to put together a family budget (this lesson might as well have […]

ShortWoman’s Super Simplified Campaign Finance Plan

Published on August 8, 2013 By bmagnus

Over the years, I’ve talked about tax simplification and campaign season streamlining. Today I share my idea — singular — for simplifying campaign finance. Since it’s clear that we are unlikely to get to a place where campaigns are publicly funded and each candidate is sharply limited on what he (usually he, sometimes she) can […]

The economy sucks so bad they have to add Seinfeld to the calculations.

Published on August 1, 2013 By bmagnus

No joke! For the first time in four years, the Commerce Department will revise its estimates of U.S. gross domestic product — the value of U.S.-made goods and services — back to 1929. The biggest of the changes affect money spent on research and development and on artistic endeavors such as writing books or filming […]

Music Monday: The Boss Has Spoken

Published on July 29, 2013 By bmagnus

Ladies and gentlemen, the unvarnished truth:   The economy is crap unless you are ridiculously wealthy. And even then, you might have the sense that something is amiss. It is no longer possible to just work a little harder and get out of this mess. Four out of five Americans “struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance […]

Being Angry at a Black Guy is Not a License to Kill

Published on July 19, 2013 By bmagnus

Maybe there wasn’t justice in Florida. However, Wisconsin is another story. Last year, an angry old white man decided that the people who had broken into his house had to be the black boys that lived next door, despite the fact that his security cameras showed two different black men who had happened to come from that […]

Music Monday: For Trayvon

Published on July 15, 2013 By bmagnus

  After this I hope to shut up forever about Trayvon Martin and/or George Zimmerman. In the meantime, here’s some of the better things that I have recently read. I particularly like this one, since it supports my position that a hip carry law would be preferable to concealed carry (Trayvon and any normal person […]

Another Month, Another Mediocre Jobs Report

Published on July 5, 2013 By bmagnus

Sadly, I’ve written on this topic many times over the last 10 years. This time it’s the June employment report. I’ll let Bill McBride summarize it for you: The good news: This was the best first half for private employment gains since 1999.  Also hourly and weekly wages increased 0.4% in June, and hourly wages are […]

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Neighbor!

Published on July 1, 2013 By bmagnus

It’s Canada Day!   Insert joke about saying “aboot” here, eh? In Closing: Pot; the economy is bad enough that we have to buff it out with Kardashians; Google Reader is dead.