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The Good, the Bad, and the Habitual

Published on January 9, 2015 By bmagnus

Today’s question: Do you think you have more good habits or bad habits? I thought about going a little zen on this question and simply saying “yes.” I have good habits, I have bad habits, I don’t know that I ever bothered comparing the two. I suppose I’d like to think I have more good […]

Music Monday: ?

Published on March 11, 2013 By bmagnus

Happy Birthday to both John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) and Alex Kingston (Melody Pond River Song).   In Closing: let’s just get all the TSA bashing out of the way; hope nobody is surprised that Federal law still says pot businesses aren’t legal; Sir Patrick Stewart; no plan is a plan; I already said this; […]

Music Monday: In “honor” of the Pope

Published on February 11, 2013 By bmagnus

It seems like everybody has at some point today said “I didn’t know the Pope could quit!” A lot of us remember John Paul II spending a lot of years being rather frail, so I am forced to wonder about Benedict XVI’s “health” issues. Tim Minchin is hilariously funny, highly intelligent, a ridiculously good musician, and […]

Music Monday: Happy New Year

Published on December 31, 2012 By bmagnus

  In Closing: My new favorite blog; disgraceful; AC saves lives; damned if he doesn’t sound reasonable; no deal may well be better than a bad deal, but it doesn’t matter because there will be no vote tonight; yeah, that does sound kinda dumb when you put it that way; Baby Boomer Nuns; they wouldn’t […]

Gridlock and Opportunity

Published on December 22, 2012 By bmagnus

The next session of Congress is either going to be complete gridlock, or an era of great bi-partisanship. I say this based on this chart from Nate Silver. In case you’ve forgotten, that’s Nate “the man who got all the numbers right when everybody else got them horribly wrong” Silver:   Let me point out […]

Let the Spin Begin

Published on September 12, 2012 By bmagnus

Ok, the good news first. Poverty is down ever so slightly. The number of people without health insurance is down, despite the fact that health insurance premiums went up 4% (far exceeding the official inflation rate).  The bad news is that  typical American income is down for the 4th year in a row. Adjusted for […]

Compare and Contrast

Published on August 12, 2012 By bmagnus

Alright. I’ve been trying real hard to stay away from talking about Paul Ryan. Every newsman, blogger, and their dog have been on about Paul Ryan for the last 36 hours. That being said, I would like to point something out. One of the core things that Mr. Ryan wants to do is replace Medicare with […]

And Now for Something Completely Different: A “Life Well Lived” Special Post

Published on November 22, 2011 By bmagnus

Ok, I know this isn’t what most of my readers are used to. If it isn’t your cup of tea, I bet you can find the “In Closing” bits in their usual location at the end. I’ve been asked by the nice people at BlogHer (see that banner ad over there? Great!) to write a […]

The Road to Ruin is in Disrepair

Published on August 31, 2011 By bmagnus

It turns out that there is one thing — one pretty big thing! — that both business leaders and union leaders agree upon: “America has an urgent need for more spending on critical infrastructure like roads and bridges.” They’ve got a good point. Roads and bridges have many benefits. They help people get to work. […]

Things I Learned from the President

Published on August 26, 2011 By bmagnus

Nixon: It’s possible to proclaim innocence too much. Clean air and water are good things. Chinese food is tasty! Ford: Be Careful! Sometimes success is stepping up when you happen to be in the right place at the right time. Carter: It’s possible to be a good man and not-so-good a President. Telling people the […]

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