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  • It's going to keep getting harder to find a cigarette in 2013 if the state legislatures across the country get their way. Higher cigarette taxes are on the docket in a number of states with traditionally high numbers of smokers. Minnesota in particular, where nearly 16% of the population still smokes, the governor is seeking to boost the state cigarette tax rate to a new rate of $2.83 per pack, a move which is being lauded across the board by anti-smoking advocates. [View news story]
    If you are an adult, you should be able to eat or smoke anything legal. We don't need Government to tell us how to live our lives. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to realize over eating or smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, exposes you to excessive health problems.
    Many Politicians smoke and drink. People who do either one or both, probably are addicted to the addictive properties of the products.
    But they are legal products, smokers and consumers of alcohol are not criminals.
    Jan 22, 2013. 02:42 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • E-cigarettes: Will the lush margins and Hollywood boost last? [View news story]
    Vote to keep smoking...I need the dividends.
    Oct 28, 2013. 02:54 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Recent Buy: AT&T [View article]
    Why does everybody that writes about AT&T cite 30 years of paying dividends?
    AT&T is dead. It just went downhill, because of a poor business model back in Jan 2005. So it was sold to SBC in 2005 for $16 billion and $6 billion in net debt.
    It hasn't even been a decade yet of dividend payments. This is a new AT&T which has no claim to the old company.
    Oct 27, 2014. 11:50 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria Group declares $0.52 dividend [View news story]
    All shareholders are happy to see a raise in dividends. Long on MO.
    Aug 21, 2014. 02:11 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pepsi again rejects Peltz's breakup call [View news story]
    Why doesn't Mr. Nelson Peltz's Train Fund ask the smaller shareholders how they feel about a split? Just because the little guy can't afford to buy thousands of shares doesn't mean they wouldn't feel the pain of losing money.
    Feb 27, 2014. 06:39 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy McDonald's Before This Storm Subsides [View article]
    You can't keep charging more for low quality meat either.
    Jul 28, 2014. 05:48 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ConocoPhillips: An Alluring Investment Opportunity [View article]
    Until science figures out how to lubricate moving engine parts without oil, we will use it all down to the last drop. We are good for at least another 30 years.
    Mar 6, 2014. 11:57 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: Moving Ahead Rapidly In Another Multibillion Dollar Market. [View article]
    I've listened to the argument since the 1990's that AMD is a much better company than Intel, but they haven't done squat, yet. Sure they made a cheaper fast processor for PC users but that almost put them in the poor house going head to head with Intel. Look at AMD's stock price $3.95 ( $9.96 in 2010) versus $25.79 and a dividend of .90 cents a share for Intel. Buy INTC and make some money. Or flush away your money with AMD.
    Jan 2, 2014. 04:09 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should You Buy Coca-Cola Now? [View article]
    I believe KO is over priced myself. When there is a correction and if it goes to $35 I will buy.
    Aug 28, 2012. 12:25 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • End Of Tesla, Or End Of Oil? [View article]
    Low oil prices are only temporary. OPEC has decided to punish American companies by providing normal oil production as oil prices drop because of over production.
    This way, the oil companies can not afford to continue fracking for oil. The costs are too expensive if oil is cheap. Will it work? OPEC thinks it will.

    TESLA makes an impressive car. Big money earners are always going to buy expensive toys.
    Dec 19, 2014. 12:51 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Realty Income: Don't Reach For This Yield Play [View article]
    Amazon and Tesla are not dividend payers.
    Nov 12, 2014. 01:15 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Coca-Cola Is Still Overpriced [View article]
    Mexico's current *President Enrique Peña Nieto’s has imposed a higher tax on sugary drinks because of their country's obesity problems (they are 1% higher than the U.S.) by .90 cents a liter. That is a lot of money for them. This is going to cause problems for KO also.

    *Note: Mexico's current President term ends in 2018.
    Feb 18, 2014. 12:07 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why There Are Better Dividend Growth Picks Than AT&T [View article]
    Apple is way too expensive for my portfolio. MSFT has been in a rut far too long for me even to consider a larger holding of shares. Now T provides me with a nice income and if that doesn't change, then me and T are friends for life. It's only business.
    Feb 18, 2014. 11:45 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Investors Should Hold Bank Of America Rather Than Add To Positions [View article]
    Long on BAC is the correct move for now.
    Dec 9, 2013. 02:43 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dr Pepper Shakes Up Soft Drink Industry [View article]
    Snapple tea hasn't had any real popularity since the mid 1990's. So I wouldn't get too worked up about Dr. Pepper dethroning Coke or Pepsi.
    Aug 21, 2014. 02:09 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment