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  • Wall Street Breakfast: Argentina Looks To Swap Debt For New Notes [View article]
    However, they do like shelling innocent civilians in an attempt to "liberate" them from their brothers, uncles, fathers, sons, etc. who are fighting as separatists.

    Aug 20 12:40 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: eBay Payments Unit Mulls Accepting Bitcoin [View article]
    Remember the liberal mantra "Diversity makes us stronger". I see it used all the time by the mindless conformists in government, education, and the corporate world, who then proceed to use any minor differences between us to their advantage.

    Too bad we now have nothing in common with a majority of our fellow U.S. residents, other than a Constitution that is routinely ignored by the ruling class in Washington and those same "leaders" in government, education, and corporations.

    Ferguson MO - coming to a town near you sooner than you think, as all segments of society are unhappy.
    Aug 15 09:59 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Brazil presidential candidate killed in plane crash [View news story]
    sold my Brazilian stock a couple of weeks ago - weak economy post-World Cup, and it looks like a socialist will be President there for the next term as well.
    Aug 13 01:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Advanced Drainage Systems: Let The Share Price Drain Be Your Gain [View article]
    Thanks for the article. This is a local company, and well regarded as far as their business and products. Too bad ownership "took the money and ran", so to speak.

    I might present this company at my investment club as an example of a well run company that is most likely a terrible investment idea for now.

    I appreciate the article.
    Aug 12 12:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan, Inc. to Purchase KMP, KMR and EPB; 2015 KMI Dividend to Increase to $2 per Share [View article]
    I own a lot of the warrants, and still in the red for me.

    I'm getting close on breaking even, so this may do the trick.
    Aug 10 10:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Normalize To What? [View article]
    Interesting view. While the United States is in terrible financial condition, compared to the rest of the Western world, we come off better (or just luckier).
    Jul 31 12:01 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: GM Faces New Ignition Switch Lawsuit [View article]
    Spot on. Neither party really gives a fig about the average working taxpayer, or even the United States as a nation. They have given their power away to unelected bureaucrats like the Federal Reserve, EPA, etc., and international organizations like the IMF, WTO, NATO, etc.

    Our founding Fathers warned against big government, as big government only serves the powerful. Hence the rise of corporate and
    Jul 30 09:19 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Russia condemns new EU sanctions [View news story]
    You know Russia allows over-flights on the way into Afghanistan and our bases in neighboring countries, as well as cooperating with the United States on anti-terrorism?

    It's a screwball foreign policy where the U.S. military is now:

    1. the collection muscle for the International Monetary Fund in a country no one outside of Russia and Ukraine really cared about until the IMF gave them loans.

    2. Trying to be goaded into a war that NATO started in Ukraine in their goal of Eastern expansion, which is Russia's line in the sand, so to speak. NATO now wants to step back and let the United States fight it while they sit in their cafes.

    We are on the verge of another totally unnecessary war that cannot be won without a lot of blood and treasure.
    Jul 27 10:06 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Argentina To Default, BSkyB Acquisition, Glaxo Investigation [View article]
    I think they would like to get it back, if they could militarily. Ditto for Southern California. If Mexico and rest of Central and South America had formed a military alliance whose goal was to contain the United States (similar to the way Russia views NATO), and they decided that Texas should now be part of their alliance, we would be very leery as well.

    I would think as far as Russia is concerned, it would make little difference who controls Texas. The fact that the Western media is so anxious to see another war over Ukraine, with the United States fighting it while they hide behind our military, makes you wonder whom our military really works for anymore.
    Jul 27 07:11 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Argentina To Default, BSkyB Acquisition, Glaxo Investigation [View article]
    Just seems to me the U.S. and Russia could help each other out on a lot of other issues, and I don't see where Russia is going to back down on allowing NATO to expand further east without upsetting the apple cart in any way they can.

    We have a leader in the United States that cannot see the big picture, or that others may have a different way of looking at things then he. He only operates in election cycles, and his foreign policy is based upon that.

    The best solution (and what will probably happen after a lot of blood and treasure is spent) is Ukraine, (a country in the legal sense, but not culturally or historically), will be split in some regard. Maybe not this year, but maybe before Iraq implodes completely into three states - that one is hard to call.

    Russia will get it's buffer that it wants, and the IMF will get another country to enslave via debt. In the meantime, Iran, ISIS in Syria and Iraq, etc. will run wild while the two biggest powers in the area fight each other over a couple of provinces on the border with Russia.
    Jul 25 02:53 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Argentina To Default, BSkyB Acquisition, Glaxo Investigation [View article]
    Ukraine is on their border, and is the historic homeland of the Russian people. So of course they have a lot more interest in Ukraine than anybody else, outside of the Ukrainians.

    Before you get involved, you have to decide what the endgame will be, else you end up like Afghanistan, fighting the longest war in U.S. history, with no end in sight, knowing that as soon as you leave, it will revert back to the way it was before you showed up.

    Russia will fight to win, while we, since World War II, fight to not lose. How much money and blood do you want to spend is something to decide before you begin any conflict.
    Jul 25 09:17 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Shareholders Need More Protection: 5 REITs That Exemplify The Problem With The Industry [View article]
    I have not kept up entirely with how much equity they retained in NRZ after the spin-off. Perhaps I should revisit that, as NCT has been kind of a dog this year. I'm holding it mostly for the senior housing, as a lower risk investment.

    Once that is spun off, you are left with golf courses, which is not an interesting investment angle for me, even at the current fire-sale prices for new acquisitions.

    I already sold most of my NEWM shares, for better or worse.
    Jul 23 12:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Shareholders Need More Protection: 5 REITs That Exemplify The Problem With The Industry [View article]
    NCT and NRZ are brother corporations - NCT spun off NRZ last year and so still holds an equity position in it.
    Jul 23 10:23 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Chart O' The Day: Global Food Prices Are Deflating [View article]
    Taxes are always left out of the calculation for inflation. While federal and state income tax may have been stagnant for most people, my property, sales, and government fees (just a registering my wife's kayak is up from $15 to $25 for basically nothing) have all gone up substantially in the last decade.

    One can argue that morons vote in the property taxes, but the fact is I still have to pay them. Also, in Ohio we have local income taxes that are paid where you work, so the residents of that city try to soak anyone working there.

    All in all, Ohio has quite a corrupting tax system.
    Jul 22 10:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. threatens additional sanctions following Malaysia Airlines crash [View news story]
    Ukraine is much more important to Russia than it should be to us, unless we are really just the collection agency for the International Monetary Fund, and the enforcer for the various weak European child-states.

    There are plenty of issues where the U.S. and Russia could help each other - instead we are getting involved in a pointless war.

    Makes me think my first paragraph above is completely accurate.
    Jul 21 02:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment