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A Bucket of Shorties

Published on November 19, 2013 By bmagnus

Department of Education: It looks like textbook publishers have decided to call a Texas-sized bluff and print science books that only have science in them. Elsewhere, Arne Duncan has realized that insulting “white suburban moms” might not be a winning strategy. Defiance: Apparently you have to be ready to retire from Congress to actually work […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

John Dies at the Shorties

Published on April 11, 2013 By bmagnus

Baby Dinosaurs: More accurately, embryos in various states of development. Follow-up on FPS Russia: Yeah, not a lot of meat on this story. Since when does the ATF get involved in “murder” investigations? Random items on Real Estate, biased towards Vegas: Foreclosures are returning to where they were before the bust, with Nevada leading. However, prices […]

Prep Your Guest Room

Published on April 6, 2013 By bmagnus

Because if Mr. Obama gets his way, your parents will eventually have no choice but to move in with you. CNN/Money describes Chained CPI as “The Geeky Debt Fix That Might Work.” It will do no such thing. The assumption is that “CPI overmeasures inflation” when in fact, inflation has been systematically undermeasured for many […]

Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Shorties

Published on February 8, 2013 By bmagnus

I haven’t been as posty as I’d like lately. As some of you know, I have recently gone back to school. That means I have a lot of reading, and a bit of getting used to classmates who occasionally make me feel like this: I remind myself that I am old enough to be mommies […]

Music Monday: What’s Going On

Published on January 21, 2013 By bmagnus

  In Closing: the cat came back; the wages of austerity; aww rats; adventurous surrogate mother wanted; rubber duckies; well yeah, it looks silly when he does it; too redacted; Clouds! Pork Exercise! Mexico! Pass the word; backtrack; never occurred to them that’s not an option for everybody; locking up the dumb b**** for not knowing what’s […]

Music Bonus: Apocalypse Someday

Published on December 21, 2012 By bmagnus

Happy Solstice! Since you are reading this, it would appear that the world did not in fact end today.   Have some bonus links about Christmas. In Closing: TSA; diet and diabetes; I bet we could create some jobs building and repairing infrastructure (nah, that costs money!); political suicide; don’t confuse us with facts; and how […]

To the Lady in Workout Clothes ahead of me at the Grocery Store

Published on November 25, 2012 By bmagnus

Hey dear, let me tell you why you’re never going to lose that 10 to 20 pounds around your hips and waist and why your hubby is never going to lose the gut unless you change your ways. I’m not going to put all the blame on the expensive whole wheat crap that you think is […]