Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Financial Fizzle


SCREEEEE!-THUD!-DRIBBLE, DRIBBLE



I'm not much of an investor, certainly not like Happy of DC, but there is a remarkable financial roller-coaster going on right now.

Said to be the product of a glich in the market machine holding sell orders to long then dumping them all at once, set off a chain reaction of selling that still has the market jittering along today.

Personally I pulled my money out on Monday ($2500) before the chaos took over, (told ya I'm not much on stocks).

So what lesson can be learned here? #1- when Den pulls his funds, so does the rest of the world!

So who is peeking in my windows here? Someone in the NSA or DHS that was listening in to my conversation with my ex-broker and spread the word of impending doom and spread it throughout the land. When Den speaks, everybody listens.

I suppose that would explain it but it is a complex system that defies definitions of movements and their causes within the market. All the more reason to leave it alone and save your mason jars, (do they even make such a thing anymore?) and buy a shovel.

51 comments:

DEN said...

WOWSER! 72 comments yesterday!

I am really glad you all like hanging out in my 'neck-of-the-woods'.

I would hope to think some of the best thoughts in the entire Universe get posted here daily by some of the best people in the Universe.

Keep those wonderful thoughts coming!!

And Thank you.

Micki said...

Den, my mother-in-law, who didn't always agree with her hell-fire-and-damnation preacher son (NOT my husband - the other son!) used Mason jars for other purposes.

She kept her Jack Daniels in Mason jars squirreled away in the back of her linen closet. I think it was only for medicinal purposes. ;-)

Micki said...

Like toothaches.

Micki said...

THE CONSERVATIVE NANNY STATE -- How the wealthy use the government to get rich and stay rich

Co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Dean Baker said: "A lower stock market is good for a lot of people. If corn prices fell 30 percent, that would be bad for you if you're a corn
farmer, but good for you if you weren't and ate a lot of corn. Stock ownership is highly concentrated; 75 percent of the population holds little or no stock (including retirement accounts), so if stocks go down and you don't own any, you're better off."

Micki said...

MEANWHILE...where is Perry Mason when we need him?

Judge Replies to Jury Note in Libby Case

By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN Wednesday, February 28, 2007

WASHINGTON - One week into their deliberations, jurors in the CIA leak trial had a question for the judge. The judge responded with a question of his own: What do you mean? Jurors passed a note to U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton at the end of the day Tuesday. Walton took the bench Wednesday morning and, without saying what the question was, told attorneys he didn't understand it.

"I have some questions in my mind as to exactly what the jury is asking me," Walton said. "I'm going to send a note back to the jury indicating I'm not exactly certain what you're asking and can you please clarify."

The question could provide the first clue about the deliberations in the case of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Since getting the case last Wednesday, jurors had asked no questions, only requesting office supplies.

Defense attorney and prosecutors have reviewed the note but did not discuss it's contents. Defense attorney Theodore Wells said he and prosecutors believe they understand the note and proposed similar responses. But Walton said he wanted to be sure.

DEN said...

No quick rush to judgement, I like that, analyze and consider rather than throw out a verdict right or wrong.

Gerald said...

Do not be afraid my Iranian brothers and sisters!!! You are precious in God's eyes. He loves you.

Bush and Chaney hate you but they do not matter. They are only low life creatures who crawl on the ground like vipers.

Only God matters!!! He is the prize!!! We have been born to live in His Kingdom!!!

Praying Each Day: February 28

Be not afraid!!!

Kristin said...

The Daily Puppy

For a change of pace, in this dog-eat-dog world.

Gerald said...

Peace Train

DEN said...

Abby is TOOOOOO cute! And I'm not a doggie person.

Gerald said...

Accepting God’s Mission

The Christophers has always believed that each one of us has been entrusted by God with a mission that only we can fulfill.

Ask yourself what God wants you to accomplish, then consider these thoughts from Rev. James McKarns, writing in Living Faith: “If we can see our lives as being on a mission, it will give us strength and courage far beyond that which we previously thought we possessed.

When there is a cause and purpose for us to achieve, we are energized and we proceed in haste to see it fulfilled.

“Our plan to bring a dream to reality may often seem very difficult, but if it’s true and good, then we also need to remember that ‘nothing is impossible with God.’”

Pray that your plans will be true and good – God’s plans – and that He will guide each step along the way. Trust yourself to God’s will.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. …and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23,24)

I want to live Your will, Merciful Father. Help me trust You.

I can only post and maybe that is God's plan for me. I hope it is God's plan because there are days that make me fully alive, especially if I sense that Americans want to take back their country from a despotic low life ruler, George Hitler.

Gerald said...

I put The Daily Puppy on my favorite columns list so my wife can view the puppies and have some joy in her life because my wife is a puppy person. After our dog passed away and being part of the family for 14 years and 3 months, I did not want another dog to baby. I gave my wife a choice me or a puppy. It was a close call for my wife but in the end she chose me. Please believe me when I say that it was close call!

DEN said...

Gerald, you realize that by showing your wife those pics you run the risk of ending up with one.

Women are suckers for a cute face, you better be cuter than that puppy or make reservations at the Motel 6.

Anonymous said...

look at this:
phony plane insert
9/11 was an elaborate yet obvious fraud.
fuck you phony professor.

DEN said...

I like the Beer Launcher better.

Alan said...

Supporting the Troops: "Shut Up and Suffer"

Because some soldiers were ballsy enough to tell the press about the callous way the Bush gang treats the cannon fodder it sends off to die, kill, maim and be maimed in a
useless, pointless, illegal, corrupt, immoral, murderous, mismanaged war, now all the soldiers in Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Medical Hold Unit are being subjected to a punishment regimen – and banished to an area where they will be inaccessible to the press.

DEN said...

And the dirtbags have the nerve to say ending the war is NOT supporting the troops!

Worthless scum sucking, slime oozing, war mongering, fascist bastards!

Cannon fodder for oil, ARRRGGHH!

Gerald said...

DEN, We have been married 41+ years and I believe that these puppy pictures will test my wife's love for me. Like most juries who debate a verdict I have no idea what my wife's verdict will be. Sincerely, an anxious significant or insignificant other!

Gerald said...

Keeping Hope Alive

Artist Robert Shetterly believes that “truth comes with lots of different faces.”

The veteran civil rights activist thought about Walt Whitman’s words: “Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms… stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing.”

This led to “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” portraits of those who championed the deepest freedoms: Martin Luther King, Jr., Susan B. Anthony, Abraham Lincoln, Henry David Thoreau, Jane Addams, Mother Jones and Chief Joseph, for example. He etched a quotation from each onto their portrait.

Shetterly says, “I am using democracy in its best sense as being a fundamental truth that gives dignity and equal worth to every individual.”

In your home, neighborhood and country, seek truth and justice – and encourage others to do the same.

Proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. (Leviticus 25:10)

Inspire and protect our efforts to return our nation to its foundational values, God of Justice.

Gerald said...

Giving Yourself Away

If you find yourself tired-out and bored from your daily routine, you are not alone.

In Ohio, a successful automobile dealer has come up with a way to put new enthusiasm in his work and life. Every morning he chooses a small gift, say a pen or even a few dollars, to give away during the day. Then he stays alert to find the person who will receive the present.

It might be an employee or customer, or just someone he meets who seems to deserve some special recognition. He says, “By constantly searching for the opportunity to give, I have a wonderful day.”

People who give of themselves not only improve their chances of having a wonderful day, they help others have a happier day as well.

Nurture your own generosity – it just might be the best gift you ever give yourself.

As for those who…are rich, command them…to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share…so that they may take hold of the life that really is life. (1 Timothy 6:17,18,19)

Dear Lord, You give us everything, even Yourself. Encourage us to imitate Your generosity.

Gerald said...

Good Vacations

People usually go on vacation hoping they’ll get good service.

Some, however, plan vacations during which they can be of service. In her Catholic Digest article, Judi Dash wrote of the increasing number of families who

renovate houses for the elderly poor

work on American Indian reservations

execavate cultural and historical sites to preserve our historical memory

clear hiking trails in state or national parks

rebuild arson – burned churches

Initially some teens told their parents they didn’t want to go on a service vacation, preferring traditional vacations instead.

But in the end they appreciated the value of serving. “It made me feel I was needed and could make a difference in someone’s life,” said a 15-year-old.

Might this be the year your family takes a vacation to serve rather than to be served?

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve. (Mark 10:45)

Inspire many families to use their vacation time to help others or to discover and preserve tangible evidence of the past.

Bill said...

consortiumnews.com is encouraging citizens to send a message to elected officials addressing the points below

I am concerned that President Bush is again guiding the nation toward a preemptive war – this time with Iran – without allowing anything like a full debate of the underlying facts, probable consequences of the conflict or peaceful alternatives.

Pentagon commanders are reportedly alarmed that President Bush has demanded a 24-hour hair-trigger for launching the war.

Before the President expands the Middle East conflict yet again, there should be a thorough congressional and public debate over what that wider war might mean.

Commanders should be brought before the relevant congressional committees and asked their honest opinions about the consequences of attacking Iran. We need answers to many questions, including:

-- What retaliation might fall on U.S. troops in Iraq?
-- What are the estimates of Iranian civilian deaths?
-- What would it costs to the nation's budget?
-- What are the chances of achieving the objectives?
-- What are the downsides of failure?
-- What is the likely international reaction?

These are just a sample of the important questions we should debate openly, honestly and fully as we consider another war in the Middle East. Please stand up for the best of American democracy and engage in this full debate BEFORE we launch another war.

Micki said...

Shhhhhhhh....don't tell anyone who I am -- you must abide by the rules -- An Associated Report today outed Vice President Cheney as the 'mystery official' who briefed reporters on Cheney's trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The report went on to question the reasoning behind concealing Cheney's identity.

Man oh man. The lunatics ARE in charge of the asylum!

Micki said...

From the above:

"Let me just make one editorial comment here," the official said. "I've seen some press reporting says, `Cheney went in to beat up on them, threaten them.' That's not the way I work. I don't know who writes that, or maybe somebody gets it from some source who doesn't know what I'm doing, or isn't involved in it. But the idea that I'd go in and threaten someone is an invalid misreading of the way I do business."

invalid misreading? Hey, dick, don't trip over your double negative there!

Micki said...

Public Misconduct: A Call to Investigate All of the President's Men -- By Elizabeth de la Vega


So yes, the trial of Scooter Libby has raised as many questions as it has answered, but we need not wait for the President and Vice President to answer them; nor should we wait for the outcome of any further criminal investigation. What is needed is a full-scale congressional hearing by the House Oversight Committee on Government Reform. Representative Henry Waxman (D. Ca.), the chair of the committee, has subpoena power and can subpoena telephone records, meeting notes, daily calendars, memos, and a host of key players whose testimony was not legally relevant in the Libby trial, but who obviously have intimate knowledge of the entire CIA leak case and cover-up. These figures would include Karl Rove, Richard Armitage, lobbyist Ken Duberstein, Colin Powell and Stephen Hadley among others. Finally, unlike the prosecutor in a grand jury investigation, Waxman can hold hearings that are public - in Room 2154 Rayburn Office Building, Washington, D.C. So the misconduct of these public men and women, our highest elected and appointed officials in the Executive Branch, can finally be judged by a much larger jury of their peers, the people of the United States.

Micki said...

Public Misconduct: A Call to Investigate All of the President's Men -- By Elizabeth de la Vega


So yes, the trial of Scooter Libby has raised as many questions as it has answered, but we need not wait for the President and Vice President to answer them; nor should we wait for the outcome of any further criminal investigation. What is needed is a full-scale congressional hearing by the House Oversight Committee on Government Reform. Representative Henry Waxman (D. Ca.), the chair of the committee, has subpoena power and can subpoena telephone records, meeting notes, daily calendars, memos, and a host of key players whose testimony was not legally relevant in the Libby trial, but who obviously have intimate knowledge of the entire CIA leak case and cover-up. These figures would include Karl Rove, Richard Armitage, lobbyist Ken Duberstein, Colin Powell and Stephen Hadley among others. Finally, unlike the prosecutor in a grand jury investigation, Waxman can hold hearings that are public - in Room 2154 Rayburn Office Building, Washington, D.C. So the misconduct of these public men and women, our highest elected and appointed officials in the Executive Branch, can finally be judged by a much larger jury of their peers, the people of the United States.

Gerald said...

Memoirs of an Internet Poster

The publishing company has listed my book. I have given information that should create some reflection and thought. Names will change but certain actions, behaviors, and deeds by certain people will never change. There are people who want to enslave us and the world population. We must have information; we must have memories; and we must remain vigilant against forces that want to destroy our country.

DEN said...

Great, Gerald!!!!

I will have to get a copy!

Not a simple task writing a book, congratulations!!!

Gerald said...

DEN, I encourage posters who have information, ideas, and thoughts to write a book. Write it to share yourself and please do not be concerned about writing a best seller. As I have read many comments on Alternate Reality and Dancing with Fools blogspots, I have the belief that we have many posters who should write a book.

My hope in writing a book was to leave this world with an attempt that I have tried to create for our world a better place. Nothing huge but a small attempt! With 6.5 billion people giving this world small attempts for a better world we would have a massive improvement in our world.

Carol said...

Gerald, how exciting! I hope you make LOTS of money! Keep us posted on how it sells. Gosh, we have a soon-to-be-famous guy posting on our little blogs. We knew you when.....

Good job, Gerald!

Micki said...

GERALD! -- That is so cool! That is quite an accomplishment, to write a book -- but, to get it published, too!

My heartfelt congratulations!

DEN said...

Gerald, a person likes to believe he left this world a little better by being here.

Instead of being a drain on society, add to it, offer advice and help others understand things a bit easier.

Not so much for name recognition but just to know you helped someone who needed it.

I understand, I am an improver also, make something better so someone does not have to go through that same path blind, as I once did.

Gerald said...

Carol and micki, I encourage many posters to write a book. It does take time and effort but if I can leave this world by trying to help make it a better place, then I will feel that my life has had a purpose.

St. Ambrose said, "I shall pass this way but once and any good that I can do, let me do it now for I shall not pass this way again."

Carey said...

WOW Gerald, the book came out more quickly than anticipated, didn't it?

Congratulations on an accomplishment few achieve.



Micki,

Bill has a brother who's a fundamentalist preacher?

What that must have done to his mother.

Micki said...

Gerald, I will buy your book.

But, how do I get it autographed? ;-))

Gerald said...

Carol, micki, and den, I am not looking for a best seller. What I truly would want is to have switboaters and the Nazis attack me because than I would feel fully alive!!! I will be able to say, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! You have no idea how much I love to piss off the Nazis!!!

Micki said...

THIS!! FROM THE GUY WHO SAT ON VALUABLE INFORMATION LEADING UP TO THE IRAQ WAR, SO HE COULD REVEAL IT IN HIS BOOK!!!!!!

WHAT CHUTZPAH!!!!



Woodward: Media Should Have Been 'More Aggressive' Before Iraq War

By E&P Staff

Published: February 28, 2007 2:30 PM ET

NEW YORK Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward said Wednesday that journalists in the U.S. should have been more aggressive in their reporting during the buildup to the Iraq War, according to the Agence France Presse wire service.

Speaking at a conference in Tokyo, the journalist who broke the Watergate scandal reportedly said that the media should have done more to verify claims that Iraqi leader Saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

"I've thought what I could have done," Wwodward is quoted as saying. "The only way to find out if (weapons of mass destruction) really existed is to get on the ground."

AFP reports that Woodward said that investigative journalism -- like that which would be needed to look into the WMD claims -- is more difficult as a result of the constant deadlines in modern media.

"It's a crazy media environment. We need to slow it down. We need weeks, months or even years to work on stories," Woodward is quoted as saying.

Micki said...

Best sellers are a dime a dozen these days.

Who needs 'em?

Micki said...

Bob Woodward has written bestsellers and he's a SELLOUT!

DEN said...

Got 'er Bought!

DEN said...

Sounded kinda redneck huh?

Gerald said...

Carol, once the corrections are made to the best of a person's ability, the process moves along quickly. I am also surprised by the speed.

micki, signing a book may be a problem. I could send a personal letter of thanks. I am reluctant to have addresses floating around because there are surfers on websites who will not only send a person email (I receive about 200 emails per day) but they will include letters to the person. 200 letters per day would be a nightmare!

micki, I will try to figure out something.

DEN said...

Best way is to send you the book Gerald, you could sign it and send it back, no monkey business.

DEN said...

Carol, do you have Geralds mail address to send to Micki to keep it off the blog? That would work.

Gerald said...

I believe that there are several posters who seem to email each other. If there is one poster who has my email, please give it to a trusting person. Before the email is sent to me, post that I will be receiving an email and we can go from there. The reason why I need to know in advance of an email is I separate my emails from preferred emails to spam emails.

The libraries have telephone directories for various cities throughout the United States but some telephone numbers may not include certain locations.

David Corns' old website had a person's email from their posts but what happened the Nazis started posting comments with someone else's name and that created problems.

Maybe the thought of our connecting and communicating as posters may be all that is necessary.

DEN said...

A familiar voice from the past;

Walter Cronkite: Iraq War a "Disaster"
By Hank Plante
CBS 5 San Jose

Friday 23 February 2007

Video of Cronkite interview.

It was in 1968, when CBS Anchorman Walter Cronkite did a combat tour of Vietnam, and came back highly critical of that war.

His pronouncement that the Vietnam War was unwinnable led to such a shift in public opinion against the war that President Lyndon Johnson said, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost America."

The 90-year-old Cronkite was in San Jose on Friday addressing the Commonwealth Club. In an exclusive interview with CBS 5, he weighed in on the situation in Iraq.

"We should have gotten out a long time ago. This is a mistake, this entire war there, its a disaster. And the earlier we get out the better," Cronkite said. "It's a terrible disaster. Look at the loss of lives of our young Americans there and those who have been maimed for life, for what purpose? No purpose we can define."

What's more, he says, America will pay a future price for going into Iraq.

CBS 5 asked Cronkite if Americans were any safer because of the Iraq war?

"No, I don't think so. I think were probably less safe," he responded. "The entire Arab world has now put us down as an enemy. It's going to be a long time for us to take back any suggestion of friendship with those nations."

CBS 5 then asked if his strong words against the Iraq War would have the same impact as his words against the Vietnam War.

"Well, I think its a little late for that now," Cronkite said. "I would like to think it would be helpful in getting us out of there. Anybody who can put another match to that fire, to get us out would be, I think welcome"

Cronkite is still active at CBS, with his voice on the introduction of the "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric." He retired from the anchors desk in 1981 at the age of 65, a decision he regrets.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Still out there slugging away! Talking heads could take a lesson from that man.

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Micki said...

Gerald, I'll live without your personal inscription on my personal copy of your book. I was just joshin' you...a little.

My hubby who does the on-line shopping in this family, JUST ORDERED YOUR BOOK through amazon.com. BTW, he sends his congratulations, too, on achieving your goal.

They said the expected ship date is March 14 -- or, was it delivery? Anyway, Den bought got 'er bought and I have ordered it! ;-))

Micki said...


The Words None Dare Say: Nuclear War


Progressives managed to blunt the "surge" idea by telling the truth about "escalation." Nuclear war against Iran and nation destruction constitute the ultimate escalation.

The time has come to stop the attempt to make a nuclear war against Iran palatable to the American public. We do not believe that most Americans want to start a nuclear war or to impose nation destruction on the people of Iran. They might, though, be willing to support a tit-for-tat "surgical" "attack" on Natanz in retaliation for small canister bombs and to end Iran's early nuclear capacity.

It is time for America's journalists and political leaders to put two and two together, and ask the fateful question: Is the Bush administration seriously preparing for nuclear war and nation destruction? If the conventional GBU-28's will do the job, then why not take nuclear war off the table in the name of controlling the spread of nuclear weapons? If GBU-28's won't do the job, then it is all the more important to have that discussion.

This should not be a distraction from Iraq. The general issue is escalation as a policy, both in Iraq and in Iran. They are linked issues, not separate issues. We have learned from Iraq what lack of public scrutiny does.

Gerald said...

Micki and DEN, thank you for ordering the book!

I have recalled that David Corn had a blog where we could voice our opinions. The Nazis were free to also voice their opinions. I did not mind people disagreeing with me but the Nazis never gave reasons why Hitler (Bush) and his clone (Cheney) were right in what they were doing. We were expected to lap up their shit. The Nazis did not want dialogue because they could not defend murderers and war criminals.

So, what did the Nazis do? They flooded David Corn's blog with 300,000 nonsensical comments. micki and DEN, I truly believe that the Nazis are evil persons, totally evil.

Gerald said...

Posters, no person can always be right in what they say or do!

My hope is that disagreeable persons will lay out information that can defend our Nazi government and maybe I will be to change my opinion on some issues.

I do not like to post comments that say Bush and Cheney are murderers and war criminals but I believe that I speak the truth.

That is why I pray for a merciful God. A God who will believe that my process in sharing information with you has heart and that I seek a better world for all of God's children.

Gerald said...

maybe I will be ABLE to change my opinion on some issues.