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Shorties Untold

Published on September 14, 2014 By bmagnus

Appetizers: Let’s start with the NSA poppers, and perhaps a beer flight to wash it down? Soup or salad: The soup du jour is puree of police violence and race issues with a hint of civil forfeiture, topped with prison visit data. Perhaps the lady would prefer our Cosmo-inspired salad with cranberry vinaigrette? The main […]

More Ferguson

Published on August 21, 2014 By bmagnus

The ASSociated Press has published a little article which my local news picked up. The first paragraph reads: The fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer has opened a debate over what level of force is appropriate when law enforcement confronts a citizen perceived to be a threat. Let’s back up […]

Ferguson

Published on August 16, 2014 By bmagnus

So yesterday — long after Anonymous* claimed to have the information — Ferguson Police finally released the name of the officer who shot an unarmed young man, setting off riots. But then they proceeded to dump poison in the well. Jackson also gave barebones details about a strong-arm robbery at a local convenience store that […]

Go ahead, buy premium. You know you want it.

Published on January 9, 2014 By bmagnus

I realize this one is subtle. But if you look at the directions, the hand is pushing the middle button. The middle button on this pump just happens to be the expensive stuff. In Closing: ok, you’ve done without your NSA, privacy, government spying, Ed Snowden, cover-ups, terrorism over-reach, and related stuff links for far […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]