Archive for the ‘Money’ Category

Mugsy’s Annual Predictions for 2015

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This is arguably my favorite posting duty of the year, where I get to ridicule the so-called “psychics”, blast Conservative prognosticators, a look back at my own routinely successful record of predicting (averaging around 60%), followed by my own predictions for the coming year. Sure, I’ve had my good years (75% in 2008) and my bad (20% […]

 
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December 29, 2014
Posted in: Economy, Election, General, Money, Predictions

Plunge in Oil Prices Foretells Looming Economic Disaster. Aribrary pricing can go up easier than it came down.

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During the 2000 presidential campaign, after oil climbed a whopping 72cents in one day (yes, that’s sarcasm) to $33.05/barrel, causing gasoline prices to hit an “unthinkable” $1.68/gallon nationally, Interstate “long-haul” truckers across the country threatened to go on strike saying that the soaring price of fuel was putting them out of business. Naturally, the leading […]

 
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December 8, 2014
Posted in: Economy, Energy Independence, Greed, Money, Predictions, Seems Obvious to Me

Keystone XL: Not Just a Potential Environmental Disaster But An Economic One Too.

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Did you know about 1/2 of the Keystone XL Pipeline has ALREADY BEEN BUILT? The KXL project is a 1,200 mile long pipeline extending from Hardisty, Alberta to refineries in Houston, Texas near The Houston Ship Channel. The southern legs of the pipeline, one branch from Steele City, KS to the pipeline hub of Cushing, Okla., and the other […]

 
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November 17, 2014
Posted in: Economy, Energy Independence, Environment, Global Warming, Greed, Jobs, Money, myth busting, Right-Wing Insanity

Boehner Says House Has “focused like a laser” on jobs. Seriously. (Fact-checked.)

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We start this week with another quote: “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” – Mark Twain Even more true today in the age of the Internet. And I hate to tell you this, but Democrats just lost the Senate. As soon as you start […]

 
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September 29, 2014
Posted in: Election, Jobs, Money, myth busting, Partisanship, Politics, rewriting history, Right-Wing Hypocrisy, voting

No, the Keystone Tar Sand Oil is NOT Inevitable

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A little birdy tells me that President Obama is now considering approving the final leg of the infamous “Keystone XL” pipeline because some big names on the Left have resigned themselves to the idea that the tar sands making it to market is “inevitable”, so we might as well be the ones to do it before a “less” […]

 
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February 24, 2014
Posted in: Economy, Energy Independence, Environment, Global Warming, Jobs, Money, myth busting, Seems Obvious to Me

Guest Blogger: A Degree Of Civilization; The American Prison System

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“The degree of civilization in a society may be judged by entering it’s prisons” ~ Dostoevsky Pop quiz, kids: Which nation has more of it’s populace imprisoned than any other country on earth? Nope, it’s not China. It’s not Russia either. Cuba? Good guess but they’re number five. According to Wikipedia (which has it’s problems […]

 
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January 20, 2014
Posted in: Crime, Greed, Guest Blogger, Money, Taxes

Pinging the Bullshit Meter: Gingrich Says Poorest Big Cities All Have Dem Mayors

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Get the latest Flash Player to see this player. [Javascript required to view Flash movie, please turn it on and refresh this page] “Sorry Newt, that’s a Bullshit statistic.” That was my immediate reaction to Newt Gingrich’s claim that, “Every major city which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats. Every major city!” […]

 
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December 16, 2013
Posted in: Economy, General, Jobs, Money, myth busting, Politics, Seems Obvious to Me

Strike Nine. No lawyer will take Mom’s case because of Texas tort law. Help.

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Over the past few months, I’ve kept you apprised of the situation regarding my mother, first ending up in a Houston hospital after receiving chemo over my objections, reporting on how Obamacare has already helped her, and my update this past week on how the Shutdown created still more problems for her. Well, as the saying […]

 
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October 28, 2013
Posted in: Crime, General, Healthcare, Money, Politics, Rants, Right-Wing Insanity

Time to Liberate the Debt Ceiling Hostage

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Why do we even HAVE a “debt ceiling”? Plenty of people have asked this question in the past and no one seems to have a good answer. It doesn’t limit spending. Spending is decided in The House, and clearly Congress doesn’t keep the Debt Ceiling in mind when passing a Budget or appropriations. It’s a self-imposed limitation passed in 1917 […]

 
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October 14, 2013
Posted in: Economy, Money, Partisanship, Politics, Predictions, Right-Wing Insanity, Unconstitutional

What the Debt Ceiling Fight is REALLY About: Impeachment

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By the time you read this, you’ll already know whether or not the GOP has once again Shutdown the Federal Government for the first time since they last did it 17 years ago. But let me make a last minute prediction that in the wee hours of the morning, both sides will agree to a one-month extension, at […]

 
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October 1, 2013
Posted in: Economy, fake scandals, General, Healthcare, Money, Partisanship, Politics, Predictions, rewriting history, Right-Wing Insanity, Unconstitutional

When Republicans Start to Agree with Me on Egypt, I Get Nervous

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We’ve all seen the famous photo of the Egyptian Sphinx with its missing nose. I learned as a child that the nose of the Sphinx was shot off by Napoleon’s Army using it for target practice when they invaded Egypt in the early 1800’s. It’s an historical fact. A bit of trivia I’ve carried around in my mental Rolodex […]

 
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August 19, 2013
Posted in: Middle East, Money, Partisanship

Thinking Outside the GOP Box: Creating New Jobs Without Resorting to Tax Cuts

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Last Tuesday, President Obama began his “Better Bargain” jobs tour promising to “overhaul business taxes” in exchange for jobs created here at home. Every time I hear a Democrat using the language of Republicans, suggesting “tax cuts” as a way to create jobs, I cringe. There are PLENTY of ways to encourage job growth here at home without destroying the tax […]

 
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August 5, 2013
Posted in: Economy, General, Infrastructure, Jobs, Money, Seems Obvious to Me, Taxes