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March 2007

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Break out the torches and pitchforks...

March 30, 2007 – Comments (3)

The ultra-rich got ultra-richer.

Big surprise.

Sj

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Follow the Money; Hold your Nose

March 30, 2007 – Comments (0)

Gary Weiss has an interesting blurb at his blog which may do a bit to explain why the Columbia Journalism Review has been able to stomach the thin gruel that the baloney bridgade serves up regarding the alleged, massive naked-short cover-up that knuckleheads like Phil Saunders, Patrick Bryne, and umpteen other angry bagholders claim is holding American enterprise hostage..  [more]

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What's Missing from the Housing Hype

March 30, 2007 – Comments (0)

Original is here.  [more]

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The Cramer Video: I call BS

March 30, 2007 – Comments (7)

I know everyone's got the panties in a bundle over the so-called "bombshell" video in which Cramer purports to explain how to manipulate big stocks like RIMM, but unlike most of the indignant, including some of my colleagues, I don't buy it.  [more]

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Giuliani -- He'll make a fine president, or attorney general

March 30, 2007 – Comments (1)

Interested in nurturing, promoting, and honoring corrupt longtime cronies? Check.  [more]

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Fear the moustache...

March 29, 2007 – Comments (2)

And don't sleep with your colleagues if you work at Wal-Mart.

Note: The marketer in question claims that Wal-Mart just wasn't ready for her.

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Worth it at any cost

March 28, 2007 – Comments (0)

Iraq. Sounds like a great place. Look at all the progress we're making. Those Iraqi police and troops will soon be able to handle security -- if by "security" you mean "savage, random reprisal killings."  [more]

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Peak Earnings Anyone?

March 28, 2007 – Comments (3)

Original here.  [more]

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Beazer's Just the Beginning

March 28, 2007 – Comments (0)

Original is here.  [more]

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Vonage's Crazy Story

March 28, 2007 – Comments (0)

Original here.  [more]

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The "No Down Payment" Scam

March 28, 2007 – Comments (1)

The Charlotte Observer has a good description of how Beazer did it.

Guess what? They wrap the giveaway back into the price of the house? Who woulda thunk it? You don't actually get something for nothing.

Sj 

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Mortgage? What Mortgage?

March 28, 2007 – Comments (2)

Original here.  [more]

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Speaking of Republican Whoppers

March 27, 2007 – Comments (3)

I'm sure this is just a coincidence.  [more]

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LIC: Lying, Naughty for You, OK for U.S. Attorney General

March 24, 2007 – Comments (2)

Brings new meaning to the old saw about how you know when a lawyer is lying. (answer: when his lips are moving...)  [more]

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LIC: Creeping Fascism, Connecticut Style

March 24, 2007 – Comments (0)

How dare those high schoolers try and perform a play, to a limited audience, on a current-events topic that might stir some emotions?

Good thing they didn't try and talk about "Bong hits for Jesus," or they'd be suspended. 

 

Sj 

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*LIC: Why I love the Finns

March 23, 2007 – Comments (0)

They know how to complain.

Especially the young ones.

*=Low Investment Content

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GooTube's a Goner

March 22, 2007 – Comments (2)

Ooops. It's not like anyone's been predicting this.  [more]

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Apple TV in the Hizzy

March 22, 2007 – Comments (1)

And there was much rejoicing.  [more]

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An Apple Smear

March 22, 2007 – Comments (8)

Original is here.  [more]

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Balmer telling it like it is

March 22, 2007 – Comments (0)

When I see video like this, I wonder why Balmer's got the funky reputation he's got.  [more]

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Gore flaps his lips on accountability... Adoring press blinded by spittle...

March 21, 2007 – Comments (2)

The great robot is now pushing pension funds to pay attention to environmental accountability.  [more]

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Housing Rebounds, Sky Green

March 20, 2007 – Comments (0)

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Pantless man alert!

March 19, 2007 – Comments (1)

I thought it important that readers know the following:

 

Broadway Dan (a/k/a TMF El Capitan) gave a presentation today at Fool HQ while wearing no pants. He was wearing a formal shirt and coat, however.

 

This is true.

 

That is all.

 

Sj 

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No Bong Hits for Jesus!

March 19, 2007 – Comments (4)

You can't even say it!  [more]

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Another great housing blog

March 19, 2007 – Comments (0)

My colleagues in crustiness at the Paper Money Blog have done a bang-up job covering the housing bubble -- doing a lot better than mainstream media.  [more]

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Merill Wants its Bubble Back Too

March 16, 2007 – Comments (3)

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Another Investing Lesson from Broadway Dan

March 16, 2007 – Comments (2)

Sorry, TMF El Capistrano, I mean Castrato, I mean CAPITANO will always be Broadway Dan to me.  [more]

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The Perils of the New Liquidity

March 16, 2007 – Comments (2)

Jim Jubak has an interesting column here which discusses the counterintuitive phenomenon that we've seen in the market lately. When equities fall and currencies appear weak, the "safe havens" like gold get killed too.  [more]

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Time to Start Drinkin' Early: I agree with Rove?

March 16, 2007 – Comments (2)

"People have to have controversy and people have to have a fracas in order to generate attention to the media," Rove said.  [more]

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Google, Just Your Regular Brand of Corporate Evil

March 15, 2007 – Comments (0)

Or maybe a bit more. Quite a bit more.  [more]

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TMF El Capitan, a/k/a Broadway Dan

March 15, 2007 – Comments (2)

This is my very public applause for BD's excellent work on those video caps pitches. My wife just finished watching them, and after I wipe the laugh-induced spittle off the screen here, I say, Bravo.  [more]

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Overstocked with Excuses

March 15, 2007 – Comments (0)

Originally here.  [more]

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The Bizarro Market

March 15, 2007 – Comments (0)

Original Here.  [more]

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A Home is a Crummy Investment...

March 15, 2007 – Comments (10)

... but a very nice place to hang your hat.

 

I've said it before. Here it is again, from our friends at the WSJ.

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Video Pitches and the Lesson of Youtube

March 15, 2007 – Comments (0)

I nearly plotched when I saw these video pitches. Bandwidth ain't cheap. "What on earth," I wondered, "are my colleagues doing throwing money down the toilet on video bandwidth?"  [more]

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More Fuzzy Math at Altair

March 14, 2007 – Comments (15)

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Best of the Mailbag: Anonymous Grammarian from Reno, NV

March 14, 2007 – Comments (2)

I hereby commence a little blog-only feature I'm going to call "best of the mailbag." Today's entry came typewritten, bearing a "Reno NV 895" postmark, dated March 9.  [more]

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The Naked Short Conspiracy Challenge

March 14, 2007 – Comments (2)

In order to provide some relief to the beleaguered, anti NSS crowd that inhabits certain portions of this site, I have offered to answer the list of Patrick Byrne Troll questions that he posed a while back -- hoping to deflect my criticism from his God-awful performance as a CEO.  [more]

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Let's agree to agree... but totally miss the point

March 14, 2007 – Comments (1)

So, yesterday in this quick take, I suggested that Tom Online was being snatched from shareholders at too cheap a price, because the parent company, by its own admission, no longer found public investors convenient. And since that parent company controlled the publicly-traded subsidiary, it could basically do whatever it wanted.  [more]

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Caps and the highest average pick score...

March 13, 2007 – Comments (3)

I know a lot of people had been stumping for something like this, but I'm not sure it's any more useful than most of what we've already got for Caps metrics.  [more]

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The Rule of Law, Thug Style

March 13, 2007 – Comments (6)

Those pesky prosecutors refusing to do your political dirty work for you on your schedule?  [more]

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Gootube Gets its Due

March 13, 2007 – Comments (2)

Original article is here.  [more]

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TOM Says "Beware China"

March 13, 2007 – Comments (0)

Original article is here.  [more]

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Another Whopper from Patrick Byrne's Cyber Copper

March 13, 2007 – Comments (0)

It's always great to see an admitted cyber-hitman, in the employ of one of corporate USA's most conspiracy-theory-driven CEOs, trying to put a spin on the imagined corruption of others.  [more]

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Why the NAR and the mortgage bankers (and Paulson, Bernanke, et al.) are full of it...

March 13, 2007 – Comments (1)

This article makes a pretty good argument for why there's more bad to come as a result of the blowup in subprime.

 

Who'd have thought an officially-sanctioned Ponzi scheme like the housing bubble could implode? It's enough to make you swear off Ponzi schemes for good. Until the next one comes along.

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Meanwhile, the housing cheerleading continues...

March 12, 2007 – Comments (0)

Bankrate sounds a bit desperate with this pile of tripe.  [more]

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New Carnage for New Century

March 12, 2007 – Comments (2)

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Overstock's Other Dangerous Blowhard Thinks Small

March 12, 2007 – Comments (0)

Overstock's resident cyberstalker, director of social media, Judd Bagley, posted this little gem to a stock board Sunday. He calls it a "new project."  [more]

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New Century Celebrates!

March 12, 2007 – Comments (0)

Or at least, it used to, according to the Wall Street Journal.  [more]

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Another Myth Busted

March 12, 2007 – Comments (0)

Cell phone bans in hospital.

For your protection? Or to pad the bill by forcing you to use the in-house technology?

Unless the Mayo is full of it, my bet's on the latter.

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Nothing to see here!

March 10, 2007 – Comments (2)

"Mortgages requiring little or no documentation became known colloquially as “liar loans.” An April 2006 report by the Mortgage Asset Research Institute, a consulting concern in Reston, Va., analyzed 100 loans in which the borrowers merely stated their incomes, and then looked at documents those borrowers had filed with the I.R.S. The resulting differences were significant: in 90 percent of loans, borrowers overstated their incomes 5 percent or more. But in almost 60 percent of cases, borrowers inflated their incomes by more than half."  [more]

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Smoking Gun at Gootube?

March 09, 2007 – Comments (3)

There is a great post on Cuban's blog describing why he's subpoenaing Gootube for information on people who are illigally uploading his content to Gootube.  [more]

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Another Star Turn for Casey

March 09, 2007 – Comments (3)

Wow.  [more]

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Altair, Maxim, and Marcial

March 09, 2007 – Comments (4)

In another piece today, I noted that the "Inside Wall Street" column in BusinessWeek had recently tipped readers to consider perennial money-burner Altair Nanotechnologies (Nasdaq: ALTI).  [more]

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Altair Needs an Altoid

March 09, 2007 – Comments (6)

Original Article is here.  [more]

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You think iRobot's got "it?"

March 09, 2007 – Comments (0)

This is your defense robot.  [more]

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Putin and his cronies got nothin' on this place

March 08, 2007 – Comments (3)

Would you invest in companies located in banana republic where legislators push around government prosecutors?

 

No?

 

Well, why would you, when you can do that without leaving the good old USA?

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It's about time!

March 08, 2007 – Comments (0)

The SEC has finally started to crack down on the scumbags who send out those spam emails touting pink sheet garbage.

 

Suspending trade in the dreck is step one. Step two is throwing these boiler-room parasites in jail.

 

Sj 

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Straight from the horse's mouth. (Dell)

March 08, 2007 – Comments (3)

Always nice to see people using their company email to defend their firms' product, and insult the critics.  [more]

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Relax, We're Not Subprime!

March 08, 2007 – Comments (2)

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Original Article is HERE  [more]

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Junk-stock update

March 08, 2007 – Comments (0)

I'm a bit behind with this, a link to a good update on UTEK, at Sharesleuth. Seems one of the subholdings is having some major problems, like, I dunno, getting run out of its digs.  [more]

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The Senator and the Snake Oil

March 08, 2007 – Comments (0)

Note to Barack Obama: It's stuff like this that has earned you the moniker "Obambi." (Keep up the speculative investing, and maybe they'll call you "Obooya.")  [more]

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Huey, we have a problem.

March 08, 2007 – Comments (0)

This is a test post to see if my blog still looks messed up (two posts inside one box).

Also, I'm checking to see how some of the formatting looks.

That is all.

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The Horrible Truth about Dell

March 08, 2007 – Comments (6)

Original article is here.  [more]

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Fairfax: Squeaky clean... or not...

March 07, 2007 – Comments (7)

Judge for yourself.

http://money...26/index.htm

Conspiracy nuts will have a field day, I'm sure.

Sj

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More Eastern European Stock Swindles

March 07, 2007 – Comments (0)

The SEC has another case (http://www.s.../lr20030.htm) against stock swindlers from Eastern Europe who hack people's brokerage accounts, sell their holdings, use the proceeds to push up thinly-traded garbage, then sell that garbage from other accounts for substantial gains.

Be careful out there.

Sj

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Remember those Sweet Deals!

March 05, 2007 – Comments (4)

If you haven't kept up with Casey Sarin's blog (http://iamfacingforeclosure.com/), you're missing out on one of the greatest car wrecks in the real estate fizzle.  [more]

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Honestly!

March 05, 2007 – Comments (3)

It's getting so you can't even make an honest living frontrunning buyout announcements by getting hold of non-public information and buying loads of options from overseas.

http://www.s...omp20028.pdf

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Jay Knabb's Bahamian Score

March 02, 2007 – Comments (1)

So, our good friend, Jasper "Jay" Knabb, CEO of Pegasus wireless, has purchased himself an infamous boat with a long history familiar to Bahamians and the charlatans who, from time to time, arrive there, story in hand.  [more]

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I love this blog.

March 01, 2007 – Comments (0)

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http://housingpanic.blogspot.com/

Way over the top, but really amusing nonetheless.

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Overstock's Mouthpiece at Forbes

March 01, 2007 – Comments (2)

Big surprise.  [more]

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Hedge fund scum-baggery

March 01, 2007 – Comments (0)

Here's a pretty chilling set of allegations about some shady operations. Well worth the read.

http://www.s...omp20022.pdf

Sj

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