Lazy Monday Reading Roundup Open Thread

What Myiq2xu will look like in a few hours.

What Myiq2xu will look like in a few hours.

Snow day here in the Midwest. We got 6 inches of snow here in Indianapolis last night, but it’s melting already. My class is cancelled, so I’ve been reading around the intertubes to see what’s up. Found a few stories for ya.

First up is this bizarre case of a Mississippi state law maker who everyone agrees was an awesome, upbeat lady, but who they say may have killed herself at–get this–a former lawmakers home. Spidey senses definitely tingling on this one.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation officials are looking into the death of state Rep. Jessica Upshaw, who was found at a residence in Simpson County on Sunday.

The 53-year-old Republican lawmaker from Diamondhead in Hancock County died of a gunshot wound to the head, Simpson County Sheriff told WLBT-TV.

“It appeared to be self-inflicted,” he said.

[…]

“She’s always been a very strong, quiet leader for the Gulf Coast and was one of the smartest people I ever met,” DeLano said. “I’d give her a bill, she would read it and could tell whether it was the same bill introduced five years ago.”Upshaw, an attorney, was known for her ability to read extremely fast. She could zip through a lengthy legislative bill and know its particulars in minutes.

[…]

Currie said Upshaw was excited to see her grandson. “She has a new grandchild —she was so proud. … I know she has a lot she wanted to live for.

The Associated Press is so skeptical it put “kills herself” in quotation marks in the headline.

In other news, Cyprus has a new deal. Tyler Cowen warns:

1. Output on the island could easily decline by 25% or more, and I don’t think that will involve much subsequent mean-reversion.  There will be a deflationary shock, an uncertainty shock, an “austerity shock,” a credit contraction shock, and a few other negative shocks as well.  The Cypriot government will not be fiscally well situated to support the safety net or automatic stabilizers.

2. It’s never a good sign when a deal is structured so that no one has to vote on it.  (Correction: various European legislatures may be voting on it, but no one in Cyprus.)

3. The deal itself still doesn’t cough up all the money, but rather relies on subsequent tax increases and privatizations to come up with at least another billion euros.  Believe it or not, the numbers don’t add up.

4. “This was not a good weekend for Russian billionaires.”

5. I wonder if the two main banks even have the money they claim they do.  Who tells the truth going into a deal like this?

Lots of other stuff going on, too. Rob Portman’s son came out, and Claire McGaskill came out in favor of gay marriage and quoted the Bible. Kelsey Grammer and Matt Lauer are continuing their quest for image rehabilitation. Also, Geo. Zimmerman’s brother is not helping his case, but that’s really no reason for the left to employ the Guilt-by-Association fallacy.

What’s up in your world today? I’m making Marsala-Mushroom beef stew and grading.

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60 Responses to Lazy Monday Reading Roundup Open Thread

  1. HELENK says:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/03/25/regulatory-pressure-moves-battery-recycling-south-of-the-border/

    actions have consequences all those green investments and EPA restrictions cost jobs

  2. wmcb says:

    Here’s the deal that bugs me with everyone talking about the Russian billionaires: There is 68 billion in that bank. Only about 20 billion is owned by those evil Russians.

    So the other 48 billion is owned by other citizens who are NOT Russian gangsters. Yet the press is trying to play it as if it’s just all those nasty Russian crimelords being hurt, so who cares.

    And BTW, the comments I am seeing on some articles are very disturbing. Evidently, anyone who has saved more than $100,000 for their retirement is a disgusting plutocrat who ought to be robbed, because fuck you.

    Oh, and the border guards in Cyprus are also preventing people who have their money in cash from leaving with it. They are SEIZING anything in your luggage more than $10,000 (okay, Euros, but I don’t have that symbol on my keyboard.)

    Fuck this shit. I’m converting all my cash to gold and diamonds, if I’m a rich dude anywhere in the world.

    http://minx.cc/?post=338611

  3. HELENK says:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/290211-house-and-senate-agree-to-two-week-adjournment-resolution

    these people have the best paying with the most bennies part time jobs in the country

  4. HELENK says:

    http://cnsnews.com/blog/joe-schoffstall/faa-predicts-10000-drones-could-be-skies-2020

    please help me understand we are closing control towers in many smaller airports. So pilots are on their own to take off and land. No traffic controllers with computers to see what is in the air to avoid collisions and we will have more and more unmanned drones flying around. what is wrong with this picture

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Reston kid/wife/grandkids on their way to CO for ski vacay, just dropped off the granddogs. Brooklyn kid still in rehab for heroin addiction. Happy Spring Break for me 😀

  6. myiq2xu says:

    I think the dentist I saw today was formerly a used car salesman. I have a bad molar that lost its filling and knew I needed either a new filling, a crown or an extraction. The dentist said extraction. But then they tried to sell me $7500 in work I didn’t ask for, starting with a “deep cleaning” for $1200. They weren’t happy when I paid for the exam and left. I don’t think they understood “cash customer”. All their patients must be insured or Medicaid.

    I am making an appointment for an extraction with another dentist.

  7. myiq2xu says:

    What Myiq2xu will look like in a few hours.

    FYI: I haven’t had that much hair since I was in my 20’s.

  8. HELENK says:

    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/de24fb32-94a1-11e2-9487-00144feabdc0.html

    Cyprian government killed its own country in one day.
    banks from other countries calling to poach depositors

  9. HELENK says:

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/03/25/exclusive-whd-interviews-obama-food-taster/

    this is a job that every democratic congress critter should have to do for one week while backtrack is in office. Harry Reid and Nancy Peloisi should have to go first

  10. Mary says:

    Obama daughters are apparently in the Bahamas at the fancy Atlantis resort for spring break.

    Sequester, anyone?

  11. HELENK says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/03/25/cbs-hey-sorry-about-using-an-american-b-52-shot-down-over-hanoi-as-a-prop-for-a-reality-show/

    It only took a week of protests for an apology.

    whether or not you like bob bechel he did good on this

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    I disapprove of politicians being in bed with lobbyists

    • HELENK says:

      Alameda County supervisors have really taken to heart the adage that government should run like a business — rewarding County Administrator Susan Muranishi with the Wall Street-like wage of $423,664 a year.

      For the rest of her life.

      According to county pay records, in addition to her $301,000 base salary, Muranishi receives:

      – $24,000, plus change, in “equity pay’’ to guarantee that she makes at least 10 percent more than anyone else in the county.

      – About $54,000 a year in “longevity” pay for having stayed with the county for more than 30 years.

      – An annual performance bonus of $24,000.

      – And another $9,000 a year for serving on the county’s three-member Surplus Property Authority, an ad hoc committee of the Board of Supervisors that oversees the sale of excess land.

      Like other county executives, Muranishi also gets an $8,292-a-year car allowance.

      Muranishi has been with the county for 38 years, and she’s 63. When retirement day comes, she’ll be getting a lot more than a gold watch.

      That’s because, according to the county auditor’s office, Muranishi’s annual pension will be equal to the dollar total of her entire yearly package — $413,000. She also has a separate executive private pension plan, for which the county chips in $46,500 a year.

      To find out more about how Muranishi wound up being

  15. Constance says:

    “Marsala-Mushroom beef stew” Oh yum! I haven’t been able to decide what to cook for the last week and I’m getting sick of eggs. That really sucks that the weather has been so bad for so many folks. Seattle has been absolutely beautiful, 60 degrees, no wind no clouds, the daffodils and hyacinths are blooming. Kind of odd, but we’ll take it.

  16. myiq2xu says:

    Yahoo News:

    An Ohio prosecutor who light-heartedly filed a criminal indictment against the famous Pennsylvania groundhog who fraudulently “predicted” an early spring said he may consider a pardon now that the animal’s handler is taking the blame.

    Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, told The Associated Press on Monday that the animal rightly predicted six more weeks of winter last month, but he mistakenly announced an early spring because he failed to correctly interpret Phil’s “groundhog-ese.”

    “I’m the guy that did it; I’ll be the fall guy. It’s not Phil’s fault,” Deeley said.

    Butler County, Ohio, prosecutor Mike Gmoser told the AP that he’s reconsidering the charges in light of the new evidence and may issue a full pardon.

  17. Propertius says:

    I’m making Marsala-Mushroom beef stew

    Hey, everyone! Dinner at Lola’s!

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