Morning Must Reads: Conspiracy

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deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Microsoft hired Mark Penn. They should've checked with Hillary first, but didn't.

Long Apple, short MSFT.

(edit - fixed link, I hope.)

http://www.bloomberg.com/artic...

53underscore3
53underscore3

You 404'd decon.  try pasting the entire url on a single line.  I think that will fix it.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

And, MS stock has its first losing quarter ever. Coincidence, I think not!

Diecash1
Diecash1

The loss was strictly due to a write-off for a bad acquisition (aQuantive ).  Much of the rest was due to an accounting change.

Nonetheless, I get your point:  Mark Penn == Ewwwww.

Diecash1
Diecash1

I owned MS (aka Mr. Softie) for a while but I dumped them once they hit my price target. They've not done a whole lot since then. If you got it at a decent price, I'd say hold out for a while longer to see how some of the new products affect the profits and stock price. One thing I've learned over the years is that nothing is more important than your sell discipline. Set your criteria and/or targets and, if there's no compelling reason to hold on, sell when it hits them. Momentum is a tempting reason to hold on but it never lasts. I've got some bruises to prove it.

I'm not sure Penn will make much difference either way since he's in a strategy role. We shall see.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Understand the write-off and accounting change and haven't panicked, although I don't like even paper losses.

As you note, my real point was Penn. Ewwww indeed. I wasn't aware of his hire and might have to reconsider my position. My broker is a dyed in the wool Apple guy and has sneered at my MS ever since I bought it.

MomentoMori
MomentoMori

Uh-oh, looks likes paulie's in the minority. As usual.

A majority of Americans, including almost a third of Republicans, say GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney should release more tax returns than the two years he has promised to disclose, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.

Check the link, the results are brutal. I doubt Romney's going to be able to ride this out. A lot of Americans already believe the game is rigged for the folks at the top. Romney's tax returns might confirm that belief.

If it does, he's toast.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/p...

ARTraveler
ARTraveler

McCain took one look at Romney's tax returns and picked Sarah Palin.  That's how scary they were to the 2008 GOP candidate.

MomentoMori
MomentoMori

Since paulie likes pictures, here's one I'm sure he'll enjoy.

Fun fact: Nero didn't actually fidddle while Rome burned, that was propaganda made up by his opponents. Ironic, no? Too bad book learnin' is a no-no is rightwingland.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tum...

paulejb
paulejb

Steve0T,

"Nothing in life is a surety, sport."

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There is no doubt whatsoever that Barack Hussein Obama = EPIC FAIL 

paulejb
paulejb

MrObvious,

"Bane lives on you know."

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I am sure he does. He is sure to be present in spirit wherever the imbeciles of OCCUPY STUPIDITY gather. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

I'm sorry, but you see Bane is a comic villian. Maybe you should give up the corny thing you're doing with the 99s and Bane because quite frankly you sound like a blithering idiot with your comparison.

paulejb
paulejb

MrObvious,

"Yes paulejb, I AM a government worker monitoring people such as yourself and we did re-assign someone hired to monitor you."

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Hope they are enjoying themselves as much as I am.

MrObvious
MrObvious

We usually turn off the monitors for the 2 minutes you 'enjoy yourself'.

53underscore3
53underscore3

Mr. O, at the risk of breaking kbangers Thursday, I'm going to venture that paulejb can't do it in two minutes even if he used three hands.

MrObvious
MrObvious

I was charitable - free bacon makes him break all kinds of records.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Wonder how the other people with MS manage their treatments?

How many people have MS?Approximately 400,000 Americans have MS, and every week about 200 people are diagnosed. World-wide, MS affects about 2.5 million people. Because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require U.S. physicians to report new cases, and because symptoms can be completely invisible, the numbers can only be estimated.

Must be a lot of horses around.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

I know there are a whole boatload of jackasses here in the swamp, and you are the head jack.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Remark flagged, wish we had "dislike" button to click on.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Stop stalking Ivy and other commenters, Rusty. JNS warned you to knock it off.

53underscore3
53underscore3

I'm hoping JNS places a permanent ban the next time rusty shirks his First Amendment responsibilities.

There is pattern and intent, and I don't think that rusty would win in court against a permanent ban by the High Sheriffs.

paulejb
paulejb

Ivy_B,

Yeah! That's the ticket. Let's all tell MS jokes about Ann Romney. 

What do liberals use as a conscience?

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Only your warped sense of humor would think that was a joke.

If that is the most effective treatment for MS, what do the other thousands do? Of course we know righties don't care about the problems of others less fortunate.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

This is the same miscreant trafficing disgusting lies up-thread about "Planned Parenthood [and] the slaughter of pre-born females." He obviously has very sensitive fee fees and an admirable conscience.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Ivy

It boggles the mind when paulejb flies away with his imagination like that; to take a argument so out of context so he can feed his pathetic need to hate liberals is quite disturbing.

paulejb
paulejb

Ivy_B,

It wasn't a joke, Ivy. It was a cruel and snarky attempt at a put down of a women suffering the ravages of MS. 

It was beneath contempt. 

paulejb
paulejb

Steve0T,

"LOL, did an extra-terrestrial tell you that??"

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Why are you bringing your folks into this, Stevie?

Steve0T
Steve0T

 Er, you are the one who believes in God, sport. And he is supposed to reside in the heavens( ergo extra-terrestrial), isn't  he?

How is it mine then?

Poor Paulie, getting confused by his own views. Plenty entertaining for the rest, nonetheless.

paulejb
paulejb

Steve0T,

"Typical conservative response:  it's always the other guy's fault."

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Typical politically illiterate lib. To the voter, the president is the government not some backbencher in the House.  

"In Fight for the House, the Trajectory Is Clear"

"Democratic strategists need a dramatic shift in the House playing field if they are going to have any chance of netting the 25 seats they need to regain a majority in the House of Representatives. And that outcome looks increasingly remote."

http://www.rollcall.com/issues...

Steve0T
Steve0T

Haha, invincible lack of self-awareness from paulie. Calling someone politically illiterate in the same sentence as saying the government is just the presi.

Oh my, Paulie is the best clown around. What makes it so much more delicious is that he doesn't realize how funny he really is....

paulejb
paulejb

Steve0T,

Despite Barack Obama's complete denial of responsibility for everything, he WILL be held accountable by the American voter in November. 

Odds are that Barry is ONE amp; DONE.

Steve0T
Steve0T

Hehe,  you and yours rantings, I guess your psyche can only take so much public  humiliation.

Nothing in life is a surety, sport. Every possibility has a chance.

paulejb
paulejb

Steve0T,

"The Rmoney campaign disagrees with you"

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Outdated info, Stevie. The CBS/NYTIMES poll set them straight.

Then there is this:

 "Tied in Virginia: Romney 44, Obama 44"

http://www.weeklystandard.com/... 

Steve0T
Steve0T

This is pretty rich. Paulie thinks he knows better than his candidate's own team. Even a delusional hack like Breitbart wasn't so self-obsessed. Now that's saying something.

paulejb
paulejb

Steve0T,

Your quote was from the 15th of July. The poll came out on the 18th.

http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/t...

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-50...

Read it and weep, scooter.

Steve0T
Steve0T

 Haha, you only believe in polls that reflect your positions. The rest are a "waste of space" LOL.

Fox News (yes, Fox!!) has BO up by 4 in the same period.

http://www.realclearpolitics.c....

Poor Paulie, even his folks (in this case, Fox news) don't agree with him. His opponents ridicule him. C'est la vie.

outsider2011
outsider2011

Making his first television network

appearance last night on Fox News, a perfectly coifed George Zimmerman

apologized for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin—while in the same

breath admitted he’d do nothing different if he had the chance. As

Zimmerman, who appeared dazed during parts of the interview, discussed

the events that led to the death of an unarmed high-school student

simply walking home from the 7-Eleven, it was difficult to imagine a

similar chain of events occurring if the tables were turned.

Just

prior to yesterday’s interview, Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara released

a statement boldly admitting that part of the reason for the appearance

on Fox was to raise money for his client’s defense. Zimmerman has

already received a pretty staggering amount of donations since his

arrest this past April. So much so that in June, his bail was revoked

due to the fact he failed to report at least $ 150,000

in an online account donated from his many supporters. What if every

criminal was allowed a prime time interview in order to raise money for

his or her defense?

Let’s

take it further. Imagine for just a moment if Zimmerman were a black

man (Zimmerman is the product of a white father and Hispanic mother). He

shoots and kills an unarmed white teenager because said teenager

“appeared” to be acting suspicious in his neighborhood community one

night. Though the now dead teenager has only a cell phone, Skittles, and

iced tea on him, the black man who pulled the trigger not only gets to

go home that very night, but he remains free for another 44 days,

reportedly because of a self-defense law called “stand your ground.” Only marches and public outcry by white leaders lead to his arrest, but he isn’t in jail long. Even after it’s revealed that he wasn’t truthful with the court

about his finances and ability to flee the country, he’s freed once

again and then given an extended Hollywood-style interview on a

top-rated news program to tell his ever changing story.

And Zimmerman’s story does change.

The night of the shooting, he told the police dispatcher that Martin was

running away in the rain, causing him to become concerned. Last night

he told Fox News that the teen was not running but skipping in the rain. That’s a big difference.

Zimmerman

and his lawyer also explained to Fox News that he didn’t ignore a

Sanford police dispatcher’s clear instructions to stay in his car and

not follow the young man with the hoodie running/skipping in the rain.

Zimmerman, who lived in the community, said he got out of his vehicle

not to follow Martin but to check the street name for the dispatcher.

Shouldn’t a person so staunchly committed to safety, order, and the

neighborhood watch know the street names in his own community? Would anyone honestly give a

28-year-old black man the benefit of the doubt telling the same story

when a Sanford police officer filed a report that night stating clearly

that this tragedy was avoidable had Zimmerman just followed instructions

and stayed in his car? Would Fox or any other major news channel dare

give him 40 minutes to explain away the senseless death of someone’s

child who’d done nothing but walk home from the store with a hoodie on

while being black? What network would offer a black man a chance to

“humanize” himself in an effort to raise more money for his defense for

murdering someone whom he deemed “unfit” for his neighborhood but had

committed no crime? And would thousands of strangers send money to

support a black man who instead of showing real remorse to the parents

of the teenager killed by saying he’d do anything to avoid their child

dying at his hands, actually had the gall to say on TV that it was God’s

will that the events of that night happened? As Trayvon Martin’s father

Tracy said in a statement late last night, “We must worship a different

God.’’

Imagine

anyone being truly sympathetic to a black man who admitted he never

once identified himself to the teenager as a member of the neighborhood

watch, which may have given the teenager a very real reason to be afraid

for his own life. It’s difficult to believe anyone would be so

sympathetic if the tables were indeed turned, and the faces of the

accused and the deceased were reversed. But sadly, George Zimmerman is

and will continue to be a hero to far too many willing and ready to

believe that an unarmed young black teenager minding his own business

got exactly what he deserved when he was shot to death that February

night.http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles...

outsider2011
outsider2011

 

How does the brave new world of campaign financing created by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision stack up against Watergate? The short answer is: Things are even worse now than they were then.

The 1974 scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon was all

about illegal money secretly flowing to politicians. That’s still a

danger, but these days, the biggest weakness of our campaign finance

system is not what’s illegal, but what’s legal. As Dan Eggen of the Washington Post put it,

“there’s little need for furtive fundraising or secret handoffs of

cash.” The rules increasing allow people and corporations with great

wealth to skew public policy toward their interests—without risking a

jail time, or a fine, or any penalty at all. It’s an influence

free-for-all.

The Washington Post reminds us

what the country faced in the time of Watergate: “Money ran wild in

American politics. One man, W. Clement Stone, gave more than $ 2 million

to President Richard M. Nixon’s 1972 reelection campaign. The Watergate

break-in was financed with secret campaign contributions. Fat cats

plunked down cash for ambassadorships, and corporations for special

treatment.” Fred Wertheimer,

who has been pushing for campaign finance reform for decades, recounts

that the corruption of old got results: “The dairy industry gave $2

million to the Nixon campaign and soon got the increase in dairy price

supports they were seeking. Nixon overrode his Agriculture Department’s

objection to put these supports in place.”    

http://www.slate.com/articles/...

paulejb
paulejb

outsider2011,

Proof positive that the left is terrified that this time around that they will not be raising more money than the Democrat party's opponents. Raising hundreds of millions in 2008 was cool. Now that Obama is being outraised it has become evil.

outsider2011
outsider2011

 I wonder if you'll tell me - were you this sanguine about fundraising when McCain couldn't match BO?

Wrong is wrong.

Even YOU have said you wanted transparency. At least until your party said it didn't.

Then suddenly you didn't either.