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I thought this was called “Extortion”

Published on August 29, 2013 By bmagnus

Extortion (also called shakedown, outwresting, and exaction) is a criminal offense of unlawfully obtaining money, property, or services from a person, entity, or institution, through coercion…. Making a threat of violence which refers to a requirement of a payment of money or property to halt future violence is sufficient to commit the offense…. Neither extortion […]

Over 95% Bums and Idiots

Published on July 26, 2013 By bmagnus

I’m more than a little peeved at Washington today. Let’s start with the reply I got from Senator Reid regarding NSA spying programs, including this paragraph: These surveillance authorities are important tools for the counterterrorism officials working to dismantle foreign terrorist networks and keep America safe. These authorities have played a vital role in helping […]

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 […]

I think I have a better idea….

Published on November 28, 2012 By bmagnus

So Clark County School District — the 5th largest school district in the nation — has a “successful” pilot of a program to keep track of students on school busses. Parents can theoretically find out whether their kids got on the bus, and where the bus is. Roughly 700 of the 110,000 students who daily […]

Oh Boo Hoo

Published on August 29, 2012 By bmagnus

Fortune Magazine tells us that “For banks, it’s getting harder and harder to earn a buck.” That’s because interest rates are so low. Or at least that’s what “conventional wisdom” would tell us. Please cry for the banks and demand higher interest rates! Not so fast. If banks are having such a hard time making an […]

Music Monday: Computer Generated?

Published on May 21, 2012 By bmagnus

I’ve become convinced that the Black Eyed Peas are actually performing songs written by a sure-fire no-fail hit writing computer algorithm. How else do you get lines like “Beats so big I’m steppin’ on leprechauns”? People in the place, give it up: Of course, I prefer the Bad Lip Reading version: Now, at some point […]

A Plea for Civility

Published on June 23, 2011 By bmagnus

Can we please all stop with the name-calling? Seriously, I don’t care if you’re liberal or conservative, we need to stop hurling around insulting names. It doesn’t do a bit of good, certainly doesn’t persuade anyone to your way of thinking, and it makes everyone who agrees with you look like an asshole. I’m tired […]

This Just In

Published on February 15, 2011 By bmagnus

51% of Republicans polled are batshit crazy still think the President needs to show his original birth certificate. Now here’s the thing. Go ahead and call the records office of the county where you were born. Tell them you need a copy of your birth certificate. It might cost you $10. I am willing to […]