Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Alfred E. Newman Stock Market

Those of you who remember the cartoon character from Mad Magazine, Alfred E. Newman, will recall that there was usually a caption saying, "What? Me Worry?" This market reminds me of that line. Nothing to worry about with this market. If you have been sitting on the sidelines, you are missing out on one of the strongest bull markets in American history.

The best place to be as an investor is fully invested. It is even better if you can regularly add to your accounts every month. However, there are pockets where you may want to re-position some funds.

There has been some quick and major changes in some sectors of the market. Some sectors such as real estate and utilities are showing some weakness. If you look at these two sectors on a chart, then you will see that there is no bottom in sight right now. A good reason to get out for now and take a wait and see approach as to when to get back in.

This is VNQ - Vanguard Real Estate ETF

This is VPU - Vanguard Utilities ETF

As you can see from both charts, they appear headed lower. A good reason to get out for now. This is a direct result of the new tax law that did no favors for the REIT and Utilities industries.


Monday, September 25, 2017

The NFL Players and Victimization

Sure thing. The NFL Players can all lay down, get down on one knee, not appear on the sidelines, burn the flag, or whatever else they can dream of doing for their "protests" against whatever it is that they are protesting. It is their right in the Constitution, even if some of them have never read it.

Supposedly, this is about racism and "racist cops shooting totally innocent black people." I actually did a paper on this while completing my Criminal Justice degree recently at the ripe old age of 60. I wanted to see what the real percentage was of this happening. If you go to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and do a little research, then you will find the shockingly rare number that "racist cops" are shooting "totally innocent black people." However, I know for a fact that these NFL players would never do this. It is much easier to assume the "racist cops" narrative, than to discover the actual facts. I know the statistic, but I am not telling you, because it would take away my shock value of discovering the actual number.

I would hate to be so uneducated in life that I believed everything that I heard from the mainstream media and people with a political agenda, like the martyr Colin Kapernick. If these NFL players took the time to do their own research at the BJS, then I think they would realize the truth and how stupid there were for protesting in the first place. This is only one side of the story, however. Hatred towards our President is another. The funny thing is that Donald Trump was in the public eye for over 30 years or more and no one every labeled him as a racist until he ran for President. Hey, isn't this the tried and true method of character assassination used by Democrats for years? Hmm, I wonder. Perhaps you are foolish to believe that Donald Trump is a racist. Your line of thinking is that he has always been a racist and it just came out when he ran for President. That is so unbelievably stupid. Quit believing what others tell you, particularly the mainstream media. As my dad used to say, "Use your head for something besides a hat rack."

It is ironic that this display of NFL player solidarity by the NFL players correspondingly appears along side the release of "The Vietnam War," a documentary by Lynn Novick and Ken Burns. All this week, I have been watching this documentary. In addition, another documentary with footage from the Vietnam War called, "Against All Odds" also aired this week. As I watched these two documentaries, I was struck by the ridiculousness of the NFL players protests against the National Anthem.

In the documentary "Against All Odds," they showed, with actual film from the event, how Charlie Company was pinned down and ambushed, running out of ammunition and facing certain death. There was 7,000 Viet Cong and only 200 members of Charlie Company of which over 100 had already been killed or wounded. There was a tank commander and his two tanks called Alpha squad who decided on their own to drive their tanks right through the jungle, knocking down trees in the process to try and reach the remaining men of Charlie Company. It took them awhile, but they finally arrived late afternoon. Normally, the strategy is just to rescue the men and fall back, but this Alpha squad was different. They wanted to advance on the Viet Cong.

As I was watching the actual film from this event, I noticed that you could not even see where the Viet Cong were hiding. Imagine if you were right there at that scene and you could not even see the enemy in front of you, yet they were killing people to the left and right of you. Imagine what these men went through. The Viet Cong had dug bunkers and trenches and were well hidden. Damm, if these Alpha squad tanks didn't go right at the Viet Cong. They killed a bunch of them and forced the main force to retreat. After killing the Viet Cong, they backed up their tanks and loaded up Charlie Company's dead and wounded and began to head back to their base. However, darkness had set in and they got lost. They figured out if they called their base and told them to shoot up some flares, then they could follow the flares back to the base. Finally, they arrived back to the base without another conflict from the Viet Cong that day. If you want to know what a real victim is, then these guys are it. How weak are you if your claim of victimization is only racism?

These men were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation decades later by President Barack H. Obama, although I am not sure why it took so long for these men to be recognized. When you contrast these brave men who served our country with the protests by the NFL players, there is simply no comparison. I will stand for the National Anthem for the rest of my life as I have always done, because I know full well the sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made for our country.

If the NFL players were to study the documentaries on World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War,  and the Iraq and Afghanistan War, then I think they would see things much differently than they do today. These men and women didn't go into battle saying that they would not fight alongside a black soldier, or a white soldier. They went in together and came out, if they were one of the lucky ones, as brothers and sisters united by the United States of America, our flag and our respect for our National Anthem.

I saw a study over the weekend that said 80% of Americans feel the same way that I do. The problem with this particular NFL players' protest is the same as most liberal protests. They mistakenly believe that everyone thinks the same way that they do. What they fail to understand is, yes they have a big microphone because of social media, but that doesn't mean everyone agrees with them. I hate to break it to the NFL and its players.Very few Americans agree with you and I guarantee you, there is an even smaller number of Veterans that do. Probably about the same percentage as racist cops killing innocent black people.

This is victimization run amok. If you a NFL black player, then I am sure you have been a victim of some form of racism. Remember what the great Martin Luther King used to say, or do you even know? "We shall overcome." What did Dr. King mean by this? He meant that you should not let racism stop you from achieving your dreams. Overcome it. It is kind of like when you were made fun of as a kid. We all were made fun of. We didn't like it at the time, but the difference is that we overcame it. We didn't let it ruin our lives or consume our thinking from that point on. If you focus on the fact that police are racist, America is racist, our founders were slave owners and racists, and all that baloney, then you are ignoring the greatness of our country. Where else would you rather live? If you do not like America, then leave. Take off your NFL gear and move to Europe, Asia or Africa. See how you like that over America.

When you contrast your racism victimization with those of Charlie Company or Alpha squad, it looks rather pale in comparison. God help our country if we have to fight with people who are worried about getting their feelings hurt and being a victim of racism. We might not stand a chance. The Viet Cong didn't care if you were black or white. They shot at you regardless. The same goes for ISIS or the Taliban. They only want to kill Americans. It makes no difference what your skin color is.

I know my little blog will fall on deaf ears, but I wanted to say it anyway. I love America and I love our flag, our National Anthem and especially our Veterans.

By the way, today I am taking all of my NFL jerseys, shirts and hats down to the local thrift store. I will not be attending any NFL games any more. Further, I will not watch the NFL on television either, including the Super Bowl. I went through this weekend without watching one second of the NFL. I did not miss it at all. This is my counter protest.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Nobody's Watching

The mainstream media is so diluted these days. They actually think that people are sitting around everyday watching their propaganda. They have really gone off the rails. They were so disappointed when Ex-FBI Director James Comey said President Trump was not the subject of the fake news Russia Investigation.

In my opinion, this leaking to the press is ridiculous. It kind of makes you wonder, what else did Mr. Comey leak to the press?

According to Mr. Comey, the former Attorney General Loretta Lynch told him to call the Hillary Clinton Criminal Investigation a "matter" instead of an "investigation." Of course, this was after the meeting on the tarmac with Bill Clinton. They said they were talking about grandkids. Give me a break. These people need to be investigated and not by Congress. These Senators are too inept and too connected to each other to actually get any thing accomplished. All they do is grandstand for the cameras. Only a law enforcement agency such as the Department of Justice should investigate these people. Come on Jeff Sessions. Have some courage. Take somebody down. Why is it called the Department of Justice? Where is the justice?

None of this crap is ever going to stop, but you can make people think twice if you throw somebody in jail besides Reality Winner. Perhaps like one of the prior administration's department heads.

This is precisely what is wrong in Washington D.C. Once they get into a position of power, they abuse it and repeatedly break the law. The deep state is committing a felony every time they release classified information to the press. Most of the time, these leaks are not even true. They are lies to make it hard on our President.

I believe that we are in a culture war between the political class, the mainstream media on one side and the working class on the other side. I think the working class is fed up with the mainstream media, these political people and their endless investigations that go nowhere. The mainstream media is showing their true colors and I suspect that normal people do not like what they see on television or read in the papers.

No one ever gets indicted. People abuse power left and right and nothing ever happens to them. They spend money like it is going out of style, mostly on themselves and are not accountable to anyone.

The political class is fighting to protect their turf. The President is fighting to break this vicious cycle of political power and return the power to the American people. Let's hope he succeeds.