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Are The Gardner Bros. A Pair Of Panzies?



November 11, 2010 – Comments (14)

Instead of parading a bunch of junior analyst trainees who probably have less business experience than most shift managers at takes a music magazine to write the kind of hard hitting, fact based INVESTING articles that Alstry has been providing on CAPS for years.....

"the foreclosure crisis is Too Big for Fraud. Think of the Bernie Madoff scam, only replicated tens of thousands of times over, infecting every corner of the financial universe. The underlying crime is so pervasive, we simply can't admit to it — and so we are working feverishly to rubber-stamp the problem away, in sordid little backrooms in cities like Jacksonville, behind doors that shouldn't be, but often are, closed."

The funny thing about Taibbi's piece.....Alstry has been saying for years, right here on Motley Fool .....years before Rolling Stone broke that we were bailing out Madoff and punishing the victims.....

Now Matt Taibbi has become Alstry too......

As Tim Hortons is closing over 35 restaurants in the NE....California Pizza Kitchen can no longer make a profit as costs rise and customers shrink......oil approaching $90 dollars per bbl.....our cities are bankrupt.......wages crashing...our government and FED are counterfeiting money creating a potential currency crisis and trade war....Americans are seeing their incomes evaporate.....and bankers and politicians are getting raises and billions in bonuses.......

while millions of Americans got kicked out of their homes by a bunch of criminals as the Gardner Bros sat silent and Alstry SCREAMED about it right here!!!!!!

When you don't care about your fellow citizens getting victimized by criminal bankers right before your eyes......what do you care about? ....... Flatscreens, Pancakes, Blankets, and Monkey Poop?

America, it is time to wake we are about to find who gets to consume when the bankers are crooks and the banks are insolvent......


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#1) On November 11, 2010 at 9:56 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

Sorry guys....I may have spoke too appears that there is now a bill in the works to make bank fraud legal.....retroactively.


screw American families....we have bankers to bail out.......

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#2) On November 11, 2010 at 10:13 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

Gardner Bros...please don't take my blog personally...I am just a bit angry about what is going on right now and you two are in a position to make a difference......

that is if you really care...because if the bankers are criminals which is now can you rely on anything Wall Street represents?

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#3) On November 11, 2010 at 10:43 PM, BillyTG (28.95) wrote:

Your regular putdowns of the Gardners have awoken something in my brain that makes me want to write a blog to them.  I'm as thrilled as can be that they developed TMF and CAPS and a wonderful forum to discuss the economy.  But you are absolutely right that they have a huge opportunity to impact mainstreet investors, rather than going along with business as usual (when we are clearly not in a usual economy).

Isn't the most Foolish thing, the Rule Breaking way to play this, to go contrarian, against the mainstream media BS?  TMF, in its beginnings, to me represented some very smart dudes who were ballsy enough to challenge the status quo, and to go against the establishment, to call for congressional action where they saw needed change.  Where did that attitude go?  Sadly, I think TMF is part of the establishment. How few TMF writers/contributors put out articles about what is happening?  Practically zero.  Most articles are pumping the market, encouraging people to buy all these "cheap stocks with high dividends."

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#4) On November 11, 2010 at 10:49 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (59.92) wrote:

Al, why don't you apply for the gig?

Obviously you enjoy writing, based on your thousands of posts : )


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#5) On November 11, 2010 at 11:10 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

As the Fool to Fool...the Gardner Bros know my role....and they get if for anyone with any knowledge of the King's court....knows I am looking out for the King...or in this case, Kings

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#6) On November 11, 2010 at 11:29 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:


I don't think I am qualified....

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#7) On November 11, 2010 at 11:31 PM, BroadwayDan (98.04) wrote:

Alstry and Billy - As someone who has walked down the path of being critical of the Fool, and having done it publicly despite having a good job working at the Fool, I have put some thought into this.

I am currently under contract with the Fool, but am speaking entirely as a regular Joe Fool when I say - it is clear to me that TMF sees itself as, first and foremost, a vehicle to help investors beat the market. It is also a tool to help investors think long-term, invest in sound companies, and follow strategies aligned with one's personal style. They provide message boards that encourage civil discourse and connection on countless subjects, including surviving illness, buying homes, cars, insurance, and other key things. 

FWIW, I have seen the Fool take serious heat for being too liberal, too conservative and everywhere in-between. I've seen them pick Playboy and get raging posts for supporting porn. I've seen them pick stocks related to the military and take heat for that.

Tom G. once wrote a great article called "Focus! Focus! Focus!" Running a company of this size and scope is incredibly difficult, especially in these times of revolutionary change in the media. As someone who has tried to make entertaining video and comic art content related to the stock market, I can tell you - it's ****ing hard work - downright near impossible. And if you ask me they're doing a pretty excellent job of it. 

So, the bottom line is there are two choices for Fools -

1) Accept what the Fool is and maximize the value that's here. Look elsewhere for political activism.

2) Be hyper-critical, insulting, rage and offer heartfelt reasons the Fool should advocate for the kind of systemic changes you feel are best.

For me, choice #1 has lead to meaningful gains in Chipotle, Netflix, Under Armour, Intuitive Surgical, Tivo, Akamai, and Live Person to name a few. Choice #2 did virtually nothing for me. 

Lastly, let me say, The Brothers G. have a public track record a mile long. When times are good, they look for quality companies. When times are bad they look for quality companies. When times are average, they look for quality companies.  They do this in public, day in and day out and have for years. That takes medicine ball sized balls. All in all, I think it would be a freaking disgrace to call them "panzies." 

Bottom line is the Fool obviously does not share your pessimistic view of things. Of course not. If they did, they'd probably have to throw up their hands, shut the doors and go out of business. But how cool is it of them to let you say the things you say? To let all of us say virtually anything? Yeah, I wish there were some Fools covering this crisis and calling it like it is with a little more chutzpah. But they don't and that's that. 

I for one, FWIW, am enjoying your posts and grateful for your passion to fight for the little guy as you see fit.

Fool On,

H. Wood D. 

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#8) On November 11, 2010 at 11:37 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

Dan...we see the world the same...and I think the G  Bros get it....and my intentions.

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#9) On November 11, 2010 at 11:47 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

Oh and by the isn't political is about investing.

If the Wall Street banks are acting criminally...which I, and Bill Black(the former chief prosecutor of the S&L crisis) does as well...along with a bunch of others.....

then everything about investing in Wall Street funded and analyzed businesses or investment vehicles becomes suspect.

Enron was a great growth story...until we found out it was fraud.  Wouldn't being on top of that issue been key to any investment in the area?

You think this is any different...JUST MUCH BIGGER.

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#10) On November 12, 2010 at 12:17 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (59.92) wrote:

Who Cares if Our Markets are Manipulated

Hey, Dan, Al and Billy(not sure if Al+biily are the same person)

I think I posted my thoughts nicely in the above link.

And my Prepare blog was loaded with sarcasm. I hope the joke was understood.

Motley Fool Rocks

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#11) On November 12, 2010 at 12:35 AM, BillyTG (28.95) wrote:

Wait, so now people think alstry and I are the same? haha

Though we have similar sentiments about the economy, it should be clear that our posts have completely different formats.  I'm not creative enough to have two personalities.

@HollywoodDan, I agree.  They owe us nothing, and have provided an amazing forum.  Just saying it would be nice if they went a little Foolish and non-mainstream now by recognizing  what is happening.

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#12) On November 12, 2010 at 2:25 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (59.92) wrote:

Billy, I have'nt read any of your latest stock picks lately

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#13) On November 12, 2010 at 3:01 AM, BillyTG (28.95) wrote:

Not sure what you mean by that comment. Can you clarify?

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#14) On November 12, 2010 at 3:59 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (59.92) wrote:


PREPARE! AS WE ENTER THE DIGITAL AGE!!! Great, I can't post the link,

That was the link I was talking about, I've had many conversations with Al. It's in my blogs.

Sorry of accusing you of being a dopple.



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