Wednesday, May 30, 2007

 

Interview with Mrs. John McCain

Greta Van Susteren is interviewing Cindy McCain right now. While discussing McCain's decision to run for President Mrs. McCain dropped this doozy on us. The McCain kids number one concern: Global Warming. They wanted to know what their dad, as President, was going to do about the greatest threat to humanity non-issue.

What are they teaching kids today?

But after 2000 the case against carbon emissions gradually got weaker. Future evidence might strengthen or further weaken it. At what stage of the weakening should the science community alert the political system that carbon emissions might not be the main cause of global warming?


Yup, not that. BTW, someone ought to tell Cindy McCain to lay off the botox.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

 

U.S. military frees 42 captives kidnapped by al-Qaida

If your a glutton for punishment like me and you keep watching Real Time w/Bill Maher because you remember the good old days of his show Politically Incorrect when there was somewhat of a balance between left and right then you would have caught Bill and guest Ben Aflac both dismissing the idea that we know Iraq will descend into chaos if US troops were to leave in the near future. The Lefties don't want to let this idea sprout in the minds of the American people because it would mean that they would own the post-withdrawal disaster. Better to never let a Conservative mention it. However al-Qaida didn't get the memo and they keep putting their name all over the most evil murder that is taking place in Iraq.

U.S. forces raided an al-Qaida hide-out northeast of Baghdad on Sunday and freed 42 Iraqis imprisoned inside, including some who had been tortured and suffered broken bones, a senior U.S. military official said Sunday.

BTW, PJ O'Rourke was pathetic as a guest on Real Time. The third guest did not show up so it was only him vs. Aflac. O'Rourke needs to work on his chops if he can't make Ben look like the dimbulb that he is.

Friday, May 25, 2007

 

How about a Thompson/Giuliani Ticket?

Or Giuliani/Thompson. Both sound good.

Fred Thompson has not announced anything yet but he understands the issues we face:

He told the crowd last night that, when asked why he left the Senate, he responds: "After eight years in Washington, I long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood. That's no joke, my friends."

"Al-Qaida have a 100-year plan," Thompson said. "We have a plan until the next election."


Fred should keep speaking weather he's running or not.


 

Hey dude, Eric's speaking!

Awesome.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

 

Jon Kyl's big problem

Tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume there was a segment on Senator Jon Kyl's decision to support Maverick's immigration position. This change of heart on Senator Kyl's part has miffed, angered enraged a lot of Arizona Republicans to the point that they are turning in their voter registration cards and becoming independents. In fact, the state Republican party leadership has all but excommunicated their two Republican Senators for their apostasy on illegal immigration.

Fortunately for Senator Kyl, he was reelected in 2006 and won't have to face the ire of the people for 6 years. I hope that Kyl has a change of heart back to his original position although I doubt his support is enough to keep this, and I quote, "piece of s***" alive. And if Kyl sticks tough with St. John then I wouldn't mind see him go for my own reason.

In September 2006, working with former congressman Jim Leach, Jon Kyl was a major House supporter of Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 picking up on his father John Kyl's pet cause. The Act was passed at midnight the day Congress adjourned before the 2006 elections. Prior to it being added to the bill, the gambling provisions had not been debated by any Congressional committee.[5]
Looks like Senator Kyl decided to gamble his career on this bill. Haha.

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Women's Rights

The Bookworm Room writes of a friend's views that I have always thought should be more obvious:

So I took him very seriously during a conversation shortly after 9/11 when we were talking about Islamists. I don’t remember what led up to it, but I distinctly remember him telling me that the intense hatred the Islamists feel towards the West all boils down to women. He argued convincingly that the Islamists are absolutely terrified that Western influences will break the choke hold they have on their women. That is, they’re not afraid that Westernism will increase their crime rates, or change their architecture, or mess with their traditions. Their overriding fear is that their women will be unveiled and become free to live as independent human beings, with intelligence and aspirations extending far beyond the burqa and harem.

Emphasis mine. It would seem to me that more women in the U.S. should be aware of this but unfortunately that does not seem to be the case.

 

When political bases ally: Black people hate illegal immigration

The current immigration bill has hit a rough patch if not a fatal collision with the bases of both parties. A bill that is this sweeping and which is such a hot button issue depends on momentum. The feeling that it is inevitable and the electorate should just take its medicine. That momentum has stalled. Illegal immigration has always been an issue that breaks more along class lines than party lines. This helps explain why Senators of both parties think they can get away with passing this nation-defining law with little debate or input from the people.

I am sure that those who read this blog are already familiar with the conservative critique of illegal immigration. What you might not know is that the Democratic parties base is much more, how to put this politely, racist when it comes to dicussing illegals.

How long before the Spics here gang up and get this new black principal fired ? They got the black male principal fired because he would not allow the school to get overcrowed and was turning away Mexicans. The new black female principal was then hired, she took in way too many kids for the size of the school and now the Spics are fighting everyday.

Are these people worth the trouble they cause just because they mow lawns, make beds in hotel rooms, bus tables in restaurants and hang drywall ?


The Democratic base does not like illegal immigration and they are very unhappy that African-American politicians are, in their opinion, selling them out.

What was the point in Wesley South calling in on the immigration debate? Black folks ain't buying the same-ol same-ol from Jesse Jackson, Sharpton, and a whole bunch of others.

I am also perplexed why those who advocate for mexicans with the "this was once their land" seem to forget it didn't extend to Chicago Ill. There are a whole bunch of Native American tribes who would have went to war with the folks coming here today.
Hardcore Democrats and Republicans are surprisingly united in their desire to see our borders secure (see #7 of Dean Barnett's analysis of the politics of this bill). What the political leaders of both parties have failed to realize is the unanimity of belief that illegal immigrants have broken the law and that any special treatment rankles the people who are directly affected by the millions who have crossed our borders and driven down their wages. The Democrats realize what a boon letting millions of potential Democratic voters become citizens will be but they are acutely aware that the most consistent of Democratic voters hate this idea. So it isn't just the Republican base that is revolting against this bill.

And so this bill will die because the Democrats will not play the race card when it is their own base that is the most xenophobic. The conservative blogosphere deserves a lot of credit for publicizing this bill but they should not get to carried away with back patting when it dies. Our "leaders" might have gotten away with this if the Democrats were united. Not a very nice thought. The silver lining being this hurts all the right people.

Update:

Via HotAir:

"The 1980-2000 immigrant influx, therefore, generally ‘explains' about 20 to 60 percent of the decline in wages, 25 percent of the decline in employment, and about 10 percent of the rise in incarceration rates among blacks with a high school education or less," they write.

Neil Munro on the politics of illegal immigration and black Americans.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

 

The Cicadas Are Here!

Though its been 17 years, I can't wait for them to go away

Upon setting foot outside my house about 9:45 this evening, I heard a strange crunching sound. I stopped dead in my tracks. But before I could check out what I had stepped on, I noticed a strange rustling sound emanating from my yard. A freshly seeded patch of dirt contained several small holes and the surrounding grass was moving. It was then I realized that the cicadas were here.

After turning an outside light on, I looked at the bare patch of ground and watched as new holes suddenly opened, little critters emerging from them. Between mine and my neighbor's yard, there are several dozen of them -- perhaps as many as two or three hundred in an area about 30' by 20'. (I tried to take some pictures but they didn't turn out.) I went for a quick walk around the immediate neighborhood and could find no other spots where cicadas were emerging. Overall, it was a pretty cool experience.

Friday, May 18, 2007

 

Waiting for the other shoe to drop

Being a parent is much, much easier than I thought. Inna and I were discussing this last night and sweet William is so sweet we can't believe our luck. For the first time my wife managed to get through the night with only one feeding at 4 am then another at about 8.30 am. Not only that, this baby is so calm he makes a Buddhist monk look like 16 year old American girl. We can count on one hand the number of times he went into a full throated cry because of some mistake we made during his sponge bath or changing. Yet, as soon as we rectify the problem he goes back to his zen-like state, I hate to admit it but we deserved worse. He has a little diaper rash which we are treating and he scrunches up his face while we apply the Balmex but that's it. Even his poop doesn't smell.

So that is why I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. Maybe when he realizes he has us rapped around his little finger. Maybe when he becomes more aware of his world and what to expect. Any of you parents want to chime in and let us know the folly of taking our first week with this baby as indicative of his future personality? For the time being we are thanking G_d for our luck. Heck, we might even go for a girl before our planned 3 to 4 year waiting period.

Or it could be because we are such awesome parents. Yup.

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Fred Thompson's brilliant media strategy

Fred Thompson might or might not be running for President but either way what he is doing is absolutely brilliant. I would like to think that Senator Thompson is not a cynical man so I choose to believe that he is seriously considering running. Bully for him. I would love to see him in the race because there is a need for a conservative who is not tainted by convenient changes of mind on important issues.

Fred, and I feel I can call him that because he has drawn me into his folky way of speaking and his downhome common sense, has a daily podcast on ABC radio. He writes for NRO. Add this to is exposure as an actor and he has a considerable amount of time on various broadcast media and all of this is not being paid for by a campaign. With this being the case I hope he delays his announcement until the end of the summer or as long as he can without looking like a Mario Cuomo wannabe. He is getting more exposure than any other Republican candidate for his ideas. He is proving that he is a great communicator and I quite sure the other Republican candidates are green with envy.

So keep it up Fred because I am loving what you are saying and the way you are doing it.

Let me add that I just found this article by Peggy Noonan. Great minds and all that.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

 

Presidential Primaries: Too Early or Too Late?

For GOP, new leadership can't come soon enough.

I have been following the GOP front runners (McCain, Giuliani, Romney) in the headlines but not in much depth since the primaries are so far off. As of now I'm leaning towards Giuliani but Romney and even McCain are not out of the question. This post from Powerline sums things up well:

There is something mysterious, not to say perverse, about the attitude of many conservatives toward John McCain. It is commonplace, for example, to hear talk radio callers refer to McCain as a "liberal." This is ridiculous; whatever he is, and whichever positions you may disagree with him on, McCain is no liberal. He is a pro-life spending hawk; more important, he is a hawk, period.

As I've said before, I like all of the leading Republican Presidential candidates. I'm willing to look past Rudy Guiliani's advocacy of government-funded abortions and his endorsement of Mario Cuomo. I'm willing to ignore life-long hunter Mitt Romney's peregrinations on the social issues. And I'm also willing to discount McCain-Feingold and McCain's skepticism about tax cuts, not because these issues aren't important, but because no candidate is perfect (i.e., agrees with me all the time) and because other issues--like national security--are more important.

Emphasis mine. I don't think Bush is fighting hard enough for the current conflict in Iraq and the long term struggle against terrorism that we face. He may give speeches but he does not engage in debate and fight the media bias by any significant means. There is a propaganda war going on and it needs to be addressed. Bush is not engaged in this battle and we need for someone to step up and take the lead. From the Anchoress:

I’m starting to get really pissed off with the Bush Administration for their inability or disinterest in fighting their own battles. We should not have to be doing this over and over, setting the record straight again and again. The WH needed to get out in front of this stupid narrative right away, instead of letting it settle in like kudzu.

I know they have a mountain of disinformation to combat every day…but dammit, this is getting me really riled up, now.
Doesn’t the WH have SOME responsibility for insuring that history doesn’t get re-written on their
watch? Jimmie at Sundries Shack
writes it better than I do, go check him out!

Emphasis original.

The GOP and the country would be better served if one or all of the presidential hopefuls stood up and stood strong through out the primaries, the general election and their time in office.

 

William Augustus
















Holding Dad's hand. He has some grip. He grabbed the nurse's glove and would not let go. I am told he looks like me. Sparse hair and pudgy.

Inna said the worst thing about yestersdays c-section was the catheter. It all went so quickly. They gave her a spinal which numbed her lower body while I waited outside in the corridor. When they invited me in she was prepped. Lying on the table with her arms outstretched I was invited to sit in a chair near her head, a sheet separating us from the surgery. Inna was a little nervous but the doctors were very good about explaining to her what she would be feeling and there were no surprises. I took some pictures and video then decided to save the camera's battery life for the first cry. I did not have to wait long. Our doctor, Helen Plavnik, brought him around the screen to show us and then handed him off to another doctor for cleaning and removing liquid from his sinus'. He cried a good deal but this was good as it cleared out his lungs.

They gave me the baby to show Inna and then I went with him to the nursery for measuring while Inna was sown up. He weighed in at 7 lbs., 1 oz., 50 cm. in length. Very good for being a couple of weeks under cooked. While there I got a call off to Inna's and my mother. When we were finished we went into our room where a groggy Inna was waiting. We spent the day learning about the baby. William took to breast feeding with no trouble. I changed my first diaper. I left a little after 8 p.m. to get dinner and sleep in my own bed. I awoke at 6.30 this morning feeling wonderful and very excited about seeing my wife and son. I can't believe how much the world can change in one day.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

 

Respect the Trendlines


The beauty of a trending market, when you catch it, is the respect the trend shows to the trendlines established at the beginning. Today's bounce off those lines are a perfect example. As you can see the parallel trendlines in the link above bounce off two lows while the trendlines in this chart bounce off two highs. No particular reason for this other than when I established the lines with the high and low of the first leg up, a prerequisite for true trendlines, these points best contained the trend.

Trendlines are not gospel. They can be broken in a small way without ending the trend. Their usefulness is in the breaking of the trendline signals a change in trend or a large correction. As you may notice there is a larger wave up that proceeds the trend I am illustrating in this chart. It begins at Dow 11,940 and ends at 12,510. (For you Elliott Wave affionados, the prices here are wave 1 and wave 2 ends at 12,243 and the trendlines on the chart start at the end of a smaller wave 1 {12,593} and 2 {12,428}.) That larger trend and its trendlines will become important as soon as the smaller trendlines are decisively broken. For this reason I said that we could see a huge rally in the Dow and that the breaking of these smaller trendlines will only lead to a correction with higher prices to follow.

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The Hard Hat Riot

On May 8th in 1970, four days after the Kent State shootings, a group of construction workers decided enough was enough and proceeded to kick a lot of hippies butts because of their desecretion of the flag. It became known as the Hard Hat Riot and showed how polarized our country was back then.

This disturbance occurred four days after the Kent State shootings in Ohio. The anti-war protesters had set up, symbolically along the statue of George Washington on Wall Street and were reportedly waving Viet Cong flags and defiling American flags in a protest against the Kent State shootings and the expansion into Cambodia of the war in Vietnam. The "Hard Hats" proceeded to storm the statue's base in anger and set up American flags, then pursued the fleeing protesters. The resulting chaos then spilled out onto the Pace University campus and New York City Hall. This was understandably one of the slowest days on New York Stock Exchange in months, as the construction workers were unexpectedly joined by white collar office workers from the exchange. [Emphasis added.]

This would make a great movie.

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Gran Turismo HD vs. Reality

I can't tell the difference. Hey Bill, hard to believe that this game is going to get better than the demo.

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Giuliani gave to Planned Parenthood

There is no doubt that the Dems are out to get Rudy before he walks into the nomination. I'm willing to overlook a whole lot about Rudy's record. Even the strategic omission of past opinions is forgiveable when you are the great Italian hope and clobbering Hillary in the polls. But funding abortions, even if this comes as a Dem dirty trick, has got to be a bridge too far. Right?

And make no mistake, this is not coming from Republicans. How do I know? Because a Republican who was caught leaking this would kill their chances. Not just kill them. They would be pariahs and there is no way any Republican could count of the press keeping this kind of secret. No way.

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Monday, May 07, 2007

 

America's Next Top Mom

Countdown to parenthood

One of Inna's favorite shows shows that she watches because there is nothing else on is America's Next Top Model which airs on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. (Feel free to guess who made me change that last sentence.) Yep, at the same time as the Sopranos. Thank goodness for Tivo. The show is down to the final four candidates one of whom is a Russian girl named Natasha who came to the U.S. to marry an American man. Not quite our story but close enough. The funny thing is that her husband is 40 something and the rest of the girls think it is crazy being married to an old man. I keep telling Inna that she could easily get work as a model. Being 9 months pregnant and quite a bit bigger than her normal 51.5 kg. she is not feeling particularly modelesque right now.

What surprises me about the show is how average these girls look without the make up and the benefit of a professional photographer. Granted, they are skinny and none of them are ugly but a whole lot goes into making their photos into something special.

Inna loves fashion and beauty. Because of this she wants to go into hair styling. I think this is perfect for her. She has a lot of energy, I don't see her sitting in an office and I can get free haircuts! Of course she will need volunteers to practice on. Right now she is getting ready for the baby who will be arriving promptly on Thursday. I have no doubt she will be America's Next Top Mom.

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Stem cells show potential for eye repair

We are going to store the umbilical cord blood of our son with a company named Viacord. There are many diseases that can be treated with stem cells from cord blood and possibilities like repairing eyes make this very exciting.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

 

Fred Thompson: punk

Well he was, in a 50's/Happy Days sort of way. Then he got his girlfriend pregnant and married her and grew up to be a rockstar.

Also, and I did not know this, there is the main reason why Fred will be our next President. He is 6'5". The taller guy almost always wins.

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Friday, May 04, 2007

 

Sarkozy as French President could make our lives much easier

According to the most recent polls and with voting to begin Sunday morning in France it is all but assured that Nikolas Sarkozy will be the next president of France. Sarkozy is about as pro-American as a French politician can be. He is the law and order candidate who as interior minister during the rioting in the fall of 2005 did not mince words when it came to describing the thugs who set upon French society.

His opponent, the Socialist Royal, has opened the leftist playbook on how to deal with candidates from the right raising the specter of social disorder and authoritarianism to scare the French people. It isn't working. The French seem to be tired of high unemployment, domestic insecurity, and have turned to a candidate who unabashedly looks across the ocean and sees an ally who he admires. Sarkozy's opponents have labelled him Sarko the American as an slur. Yet, it hasn't hurt him.

What this could mean for U.S. foreign policy is a much greater chance of dealing with a recalcitrant Iran. The Iranians will no longer be able to stall nuclear inspections without French support. Iran is terribly dependent on the EU for key goods. At this point, it might be too much to hope for, but I choose to be optimistic. French opposition in the UN and other international bodies has been a huge impediment to America's fight against radical Islamists. France as an ally in this fight will be invaluable and will put pressure on the center-left in the US to more fully engage in the fight. Do they want to be to the left of the French?

I see a Sarkozy victory as huge boon to US-French relations and a key component in a united Western front against totalitarianism.

Go Sarko!

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

 

Investing for Dummies

My post on the first quarter GDP numbers prompted my friend Kevin to send me a couple of emails concerning investment and the validity of investment canon the efficient market hypothesis and the capital asset pricing model.


1.3% Maybe record record earnings trumps bad economic news? I don't know ... that was the explanation my Ohio State MBA friend/coworker gave me. He likes to spout off crap about CAPM and EMT like they are Laws of Nature. He is as certain of these laws as he is gravity. Which is why he is dumping his retirement into an S&P 500 Index Fund. I hope for his sake we don't enter a generally long, flat, down trending stock market over the next 30-40 years.

Doesn't EMT just give fund managers an excuse or reason why they can't beat the market all the time? If an MBA was worth the tuition spent on it wouldn't fund managers beat the market most of the time.? Instead we learn theories which excuse our mediocrity in the business world.

Isn't it strange that one of the owners of LTCM was Myron S. Scholes of the Black-Scholes Model? Quite the expert, yet responsible for one of the biggest corporate bailouts of all time


Later he wrote,


I asked you once what you do and I think you said something like you essentially take advantage of mispricings or inefficiencies in pricings. If you have an MBA I was not attacking you. I simply am trying to point out that people are lead to do things and believe things with their money without really thinking it through. I for one need to learn what the hell I'm doing with my retirement plans. I'm afraid some of us sheeple are being led to the slaughter by dumping a % of our hard earned income into mutual funds. Basically we are lazy and do things like dump our dough into S&P 500 index funds with out thinking that their is a possibility that these funds could move steadily downward into our retirement. The experts can be wrong as was Myron Scholes.

For the record I have a M.S. in Financial Markets and Trading and I am not insulted when someone points out the failings of modern finance. In defense of MBAs, many of them are awarded to people who do not go into finance and those who do are taught that attempting beat the market is foolish because of the EMT. Dumping money into mutual funds, specifically index funds, is a good way to invest. The biggest problem when it comes to investing is discipline. A program of investing a certain amount of your income is a very worthy exercise. I would suggest taking a look at ETFs which might have lower fees.

Kevin's worry is that blindly putting money into the stock market is dangerous because you might need that money when the market is performing poorly. My belief is that by adding a simple valuation component to your investment decision you will be able to avoid the danger of being more or less fully invested in 1929, 1970, or 2000 when you need the money in 1933, 1974, or 2003, respectively. Most investment advisors will take age into account when recommending a mix of assets. Say 70% in stocks when you are 30 and 30% when you are 70. I would add a few valuation measures like P/E ratio of trailing earnings, the Q ratio, or any number of market value to income measures. The purpose is to greatly reduce the risk of buying into a bubble without missing out on the price appreciation.

You don't actually need to look at valuation in order to benefit from a risk reduction program. For example, if you had set a percentage of assets to be held in stocks of 50% over the past ten years and had readjusted your portfolio quarterly then you would have been selling during the peaks and buying during the troughs. The point is that risk reduction by balancing your portfolio will greatly reduce volitility in your portfolio. And we being human beings, a rational, hands off decision making process is always a good thing when times are either so good or so bad that the animal spirits of the majority clouds our reasoning processes.

I hope this helps. What I want to do is to encourage you to invest and to give you a way to reduce your risk without making irrational decisions. In every way your investment process should be programatic because the average layman should not trust himself to dispassionately make these choices.

Kevin, your MBA friend is correct for the most part. The greatest risk is that fear prevents us from investing. Buying low and selling high are much more difficult than it would appear. I would be interested in knowing what he thinks about adjusting portfolios based on market valuations. The fundamental mistake in modern portfolio theory is the assumption of rational markets. The original Black-Scholes option pricing model used a normal distribution for the stock market which we know now is very flawed. Price movements do not follow a normal distribution. Large movements are much more common than predicted. Also, markets can price stocks based on nothing to do with the fundamentals of the business and that this irrational pricing can continue for years. Take a look at behavioral finance topics like loss aversion to understand that human psychology plays a much greater role in stock market valuations than the EMT would allow.

P.S. One thing I would like to add and that is most Americans are not diversified outside of American assets to the extent that they should be. With the dollar falling like it has been this is fairly obvious. Right now being a global asset bubble might not be the best time to start overseas investing but a program of shifting assets over time is a prudent, risk reducing choice.

Diego adds: Where to invest is just not an exact science. I think many people contribute to retirement investment plans such as mutual funds through a 401k or IRA and invest 'blindly' because they are never sure weather the 'experts' know more than they do. Like going to a doctor you have to weigh the professional opinions with your own personal experience with your body to determine the best plan of action.

I passed on investing in property 10+ years ago to invest as much as I could in a 401k plan only to see that tank later on. I don't think I lost more than I put in but there was some serious shrinkage in value around 1999/2000. If I had bought property in 1995/1996 I would have been much better off. But I also would have done well if I converted my 401k assets to cash before they tanked.

However I also remember the advice from some that when the Dow reached 6k back in the 1990's that investing in stocks was a bad idea since there was sure to be a market correction coming. Investing is gambling. You just need to play the odds as best you can and realize that you might lose. I don't regret my decisions to any difficult degree because they were sound choices based on what I knew at the time.

Bill C:

Diego, Recent years have been very difficult investing enviroments because of the huge expansion of credit has caused huge jumps in price vs. income. I have a feeling that the property investors of today will be wishing they had cashed out rather than held in 5 years. Here is an article outlining why renting can be a smart financial decision especially in today's housing market. Well worth a read. I would add that rents are about the same as when we rented an apartment 6 years ago.

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Wal-Mart has gotten into the consumer electronics business

Why didn't we know this was going to happen a year or more ago? All the money we could have saved!

What caught competitors off guard was that Wal-Mart also cut the price of a top brand name -- the 42-inch Panasonic high-definition TV -- by $500, to $1,294. That sent dozens of retailers across the country scrambling, and many rushed to match prices: Circuit City offered the same Panasonic TV at $1,299, while Best Buy sold a Westinghouse 42-inch LCD for $999. Others tried to lure customers to larger TVs -- CompUSA gave a $500 rebate on its 50-inch Panasonic plasma for $2,499. [Emphasis bitterly added.]

Damn you Wal-Mart for making me regret purchasing my beloved Westy. On the plus side, I don't think I will have to wait a decade to but a 50"+ screen for my super duper home entertainment center.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

 

Uh Oh!



Yes, it is bath time. Diego is not a big fan of getting wet but it has been too long since he's had a good scrub down so he is going to have a surprise visit to the dog wash place on his evening walk. He usually begins the struggle from such torture half way down the block but he always loses. A few weeks ago we did stop in only to try some new dog food so he was able to escape without getting wet but he wont be so lucky this time.

 

McGreevey mulling Episcopal priesthood


OMG.

"This process that he's in right now, is not going to be some snap of the finger, overnight process. That will not happen. That's not how it works. He knows that," Bean said. "And so at the parish level, and at the diocesan level, everyone knows that this is a process that ... intentionally is deliberate. You don't enter into it unadviseably."

But if it was a snap of the fingers it would be a triple snap in Z formation.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

 

May Day Chicago

As the (Illegal?) Immigration March goes down Jackson Blvd. At 2:30pm I counted 19 U.S. flags, 1 Mexican flag, 1 Chicago flag and two white flags I didn't recognize from the view 40+ floors above. That is a better ratio of U.S. to foreign flags than I witnessed last year.

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