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December 21, 2013 – Comments (151)

Foolanthropy:

If you haven’t seen it yet, TMF is running a Foolantropy campaign this year supporting Pencils of Promise and there is a match.  TMF will kick in $2500 over and above its initial donation and employee match “if we as a Foolish community reach 750 individual donors.”  PoP's mission statement is:

Pencils of Promise believes every child should have access to quality education. We create schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all.

Here’s the link to donate if you’re interested.

Fun:

I like to have a little fun with CAPS this time of year and am pledging 50 cents per comment on this thread between now and Sun the 29th to be split between Pencils of Promise and Lutheran World Relief

Anyone so inclined is welcome to post a matching challenge, pitch for a charity, etc. here or with a separate blog entry.  Let’s see if we can put a little spirit back in CAPS and have some fun while helping out some worthy causes.  It can be a little or a lot or just adding comments.

Short of ideas for comments?  Links to favorite holiday music are always good.  Or, since this is an investing site, a stock pitch that connects (or doesn't) with the season.  Or, one of my favorites is posting the value of 50 cents (or whatever) in some other currency or commodity.  For example:

0.50 USD = 0.995 Belize Dollar (BZD)

Christmas Carol:

To round out the title topics, here’s one of my favorite Christmas Carols.

http://youtu.be/C5LROczmJHg

Join in, play along, help spend my money, have some fun!

Fool on!

Russ

151 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

  Russ, you are the definition of what this "community" once was.  Thurmond Marshall who?  

And what's up with the BZD thing?  Been there many times- extended stays. Many friends there.  Nothing but love there from the peeps but the Gov repression/corruption is a huge concern.  I strongly rec John McAfees blog if you are interested.  http://www.whoismcafee.com/a-clear-and-present-danger/

I hope you have an awesome "holiday", since it's not PC to call it what it is.

As far as "putting a little spirit back in Caps", I don't know... this place died long ago- IMHO.  Just look at the Top Blogger list...  gone, gone, gone.  What a shame.

Much love from the Silver State... Ho Ho Ho- fitty cents.

 

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#2) On December 21, 2013 at 3:40 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

Hi Star,

BZD was a random currency pick - more food for HCG's randomness.  I've never been to Belize, but have heard good things.  Hadn't heard about gov corruption.

It'll take a lot more than this to bring CAPS back up to the community it was.  Too bad, I've always thought this was the best forum for all things financial out in the wild wonderful web.

Much love back from the Old Dominion.

Merry Christmas!

Another Christmas favorite

 

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#3) On December 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

I always enjoy spending other people's money heheh.

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#4) On December 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

After every closing I always say to the sellers "congratulations you are now homeless" and to the laughing buyers "why are you laughing you are now penniless" heheh.

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#5) On December 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Santa Baby! "Original Song 1953" Eartha Kitt! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFMyF9fDKzE

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#6) On December 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFMyF9fDKzE

Brenda Lee-  Rockin' Around the Christmas tree

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#7) On December 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

need a lot more folks so here goes for me.

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#8) On December 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

need a lot more folks so here goes for me.

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#9) On December 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

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#25) On December 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Won't let me do more heheh guess I was flagged as a spammer ;/

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#26) On December 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Santa's Babies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhAWfhj-0Qg

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#27) On December 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Short read on HFT. +1

" former Goldman and UBS trader, more recently the founder of his own trading firm, who has come firmly out against how stock exchanges work with high frequency traders..." 

"“Man I feel like an idiot. Never grasped the full negative alpha embedded in a normal day limit,” 

From here-  http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/11/the-wall-street-code-hft-whisteblower-haim-bodek-on-algorithmic-trading.html

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#28) On December 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Short read on HFT. +1

" former Goldman and UBS trader, more recently the founder of his own trading firm, who has come firmly out against how stock exchanges work with high frequency traders..." 

"“Man I feel like an idiot. Never grasped the full negative alpha embedded in a normal day limit,” 

From here-  http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/11/the-wall-street-code-hft-whisteblower-haim-bodek-on-algorithmic-trading.html

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#29) On December 22, 2013 at 4:25 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

#5 was definitely worth two links in a row - or even more, but I think #6 should have gone here. :)

 48.175  Vanuatu Vatu (VUV)

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#30) On December 22, 2013 at 4:28 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

awallejr,

Way to run up the tab!

0.2567  Latvian Lat (LVL)

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#31) On December 22, 2013 at 4:33 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

#26  Most excellent!

 0.9383 Fiji Dollar (FJD)

 

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#32) On December 22, 2013 at 5:41 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

1.40  US Barber/Merc or Roosevelt dime-  melt value
       

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#33) On December 22, 2013 at 5:45 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

3.50  US Barber/Liberty and pre'65 Washington Quarter- melt value (based on 12/20 close)

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#34) On December 23, 2013 at 12:58 AM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

ooh we talking coins.  I just bought a bunch of Barber half dollars.

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#35) On December 23, 2013 at 1:01 AM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Also bought more gold coins.  Netherlands 10 gulden coin, .1947 AGW.

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#36) On December 23, 2013 at 2:53 AM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

2.17 cents  US Penny (1909-1982 Lincoln copper cent)

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#37) On December 23, 2013 at 8:52 AM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

Bought a few Australian 1 oz silver Koalas and 1 oz Austrian silver Philharmonics.  For stocking stuffers and to stash away for a rainy day.  Plugging away at a little collection of silver coins from around the world.

 

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#38) On December 23, 2013 at 10:06 AM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Not a bad choice as a stocking stuffer.  Anything silver I love, but I prefer the 1800-1930s European gold coins.  And with gold dropping I get to buy more for my fiat money;)

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#39) On December 23, 2013 at 12:02 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

A "Holiday Season" parody for chuckles (or tears).  Worth sharing...?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pcWlyUu8U4#t=72

 

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#40) On December 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

0.3651 Euro (EUR)

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#41) On December 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

@39 - Would have been a lot funnier if it wasn't so close to the truth.  'tis one of those rare events where I agree with the ACLU.

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#42) On December 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

@39 - Would have been a lot funnier if it wasn't so close to the truth.  'tis one of those rare events where I agree with the ACLU.

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#43) On December 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

58.175 Iceland Krona (ISK)

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#44) On December 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

58.175 Iceland Krona (ISK)

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#45) On December 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

1.6456 Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

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#46) On December 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

146 Mauritania Ougulya (MRO)

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#47) On December 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

30.888 Indian Rupee (INR)

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#48) On December 23, 2013 at 3:40 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

Just learned there are some problems posting to this thread.  If you're having trouble commenting and want to play along, let's run the challenge in parallel over in this thread on the Randomness board.

 http://boards.fool.com/in-honor-of-the-holidays-31032219.aspx?sort=whole#31033875

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#49) On December 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

@42-  How about another 'rare' instance?

https://www.aclu.org/national-security/aclu-challenges-defense-department-personnel-policy-regard-lawful-protests-%E2%80%9Clow-le

and that barely scratches the surface-

http://www.silverdoctors.com/72-types-of-americans-that-are-considered-potential-terrorists-in-official-government-documents/

My 80 yr old mother scored a 26.  You?

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#50) On December 23, 2013 at 4:03 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

#48- no probs here

#49- You may not want to answer that.

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#51) On December 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

@49

I'll pass on sharing my score.  But, I think President Obama scores at least 12 on the list.

 

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#52) On December 23, 2013 at 10:33 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Ah The Bells of St. Mary's is on.  It REALLY is a story about Tommy and Eddie.

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#53) On December 23, 2013 at 10:34 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Ack poor Harry still can't post here.  No wonder he is quiet.

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#54) On December 23, 2013 at 10:36 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Harry seriously try loading up Firefox.

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#55) On December 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Got Scotch, Andy?  Yo ho ho!

 

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#56) On December 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Great line from movie, "It is much easier if they miss than turning the other cheek" lol.

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#57) On December 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Always Star heheh.

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#58) On December 23, 2013 at 10:50 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Scotch?

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#59) On December 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Hey Andy, it's still happy hour in the Silver State.  How 'bout those 9ers?

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#60) On December 23, 2013 at 10:59 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Loved them when Montana was there.  Best money quarterback in my opinion.

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#61) On December 23, 2013 at 11:01 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

LOL the 1st graders are doing their own play in Bells of St. Mary's and they sing happy birthday to you to Jesus.  Sad people don't watch these movies much ;/

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#62) On December 23, 2013 at 11:02 PM, KayakerRW (57.12) wrote:

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen / We Three Kings by Barenaked Ladies & Sarah Mclachlan. 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7B0g_TyPYE

 

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#63) On December 23, 2013 at 11:06 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

And Mr. Bogardus has an epiphany;)

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#64) On December 23, 2013 at 11:09 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Nice one Kay.  My favorite was always "Oh Holy Night."

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#65) On December 23, 2013 at 11:17 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Well there are really a few great Christmas movies.  The best in my opinion is "It's a Wonderful Life."  If you don't choke up you are truly heartless;p

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#66) On December 23, 2013 at 11:21 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

I so love spending other people's money.  And Russ I will be matching you with The Salvation Army within reason heheh.

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#67) On December 23, 2013 at 11:24 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Another great line from Bell's of St. Mary's:  "Do you believe in passing every one father?  Maybe, maybe I do."

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#68) On December 23, 2013 at 11:25 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

crap, mrs fire just showed up with a Santa hat on. It's cold here at 5000 ft.I told her, at least put some socks on

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#69) On December 23, 2013 at 11:26 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Break their hearts or let them pass? 1945 movie.

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#70) On December 23, 2013 at 11:27 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Body heat it heheh.

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#71) On December 23, 2013 at 11:35 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

And Mr. Bogardus says "There is great beauty in this world if you just have the eyes to see it."

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#72) On December 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

The capitalist, Mr. Bogardus, has a heart in the end and acted on it.

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#73) On December 23, 2013 at 11:40 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

A truck did try to over run him in the end tho lol.

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#74) On December 23, 2013 at 11:44 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Need more people than me Star and Russ posting to get those contributions growing.  Oh and Bing Crosby still owns.

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#75) On December 23, 2013 at 11:50 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Andy, did you say you would match Russ? #66?  That's like $20.  You can do that?

 

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#76) On December 23, 2013 at 11:55 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Another great line: "If we don't fail some times our successes wont mean anything."

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#77) On December 23, 2013 at 11:56 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

I want more Star.  Just not millions heheh.

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#78) On December 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Wish I could do millions.  I just don't have it.  Doing these replies knowing it will cost me.

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#79) On December 24, 2013 at 12:04 AM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Why not aim high. I just worry alot. If you can make it hppen, then God bless you.

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#80) On December 24, 2013 at 12:04 AM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Well to paraphrase Bing Crosby from "Bell's of St. Marys", if anyone reading this is ever in trouble you dial A for Andy ;p 

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#81) On December 24, 2013 at 12:06 AM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

You did commit to matching Russ,  right?  .50 to you!

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#82) On December 24, 2013 at 12:12 AM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

keep costing me Star heheh

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#83) On December 24, 2013 at 12:17 AM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

hey, http://boards.fool.com/in-honor-of-the-holidays-31032219.aspx?sort=whole#31033875

 

try this- HCG is on but can't post here

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#84) On December 24, 2013 at 12:23 AM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

What the heck Harry, USE FIREFOX!

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#85) On December 24, 2013 at 12:26 AM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Harry I demand that you post a blog here. And post tons.

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#86) On December 24, 2013 at 12:27 AM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

no probs here- 'cept about  out of ice!

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#87) On December 24, 2013 at 10:06 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

Just a bit to make things easier - if you want to get down to the bottom to add a comment or 5, use CTRL End to go straight to the bottom of the comments.

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#88) On December 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

I have not yet read through the comments, but will do so now.  For now, Russ, thank you for the matching donation and also for the BustedHalo.com link to the 2 minute meaning of Advent.  As a preacher's grandkid, I should have known all that, but I didn't.  If my brother would ever get an email address, I could send him the link.  If it ain't work, he ain't online!

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#89) On December 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

Since you are doing some fun "Christmas Carols,"  how about Straight No Chaser's version of Santa Claus is back in town.  I don't think that when Elvis sang this, he included the gingerbread houses made out of Spam or the pigs-feet flavored eggnog though....

http://youtu.be/Rj03npcW9BU  (And since my links don't always seem to work, I have to add the artist/song titles to my links now.  How do you guys get yours to work??) 

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#90) On December 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

Oh, I am in so much trouble...I scored 32 out of 72 because, among other things, I believe in God, believe in our Bill of Rights, distrust the motives of other countries, and am willing to bet that my ideas of individual rights would cause me to be considered "too just about anything."  Ah well.

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#91) On December 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

Okay guys.  I just found this post (obviously) but I will add the following:

Our church is the daytime home to the homeless in our county.  The national umbrella is Family Promise and it offers a home address for families that are trying to get back on their feet.  The kids have an address and a school that they can go to and the adults have a phone and address to use as they apply for, find, and work jobs.  Other area churches take turns providing lodgings for the night.  (not bad for a church that has fewer members than some of my mega-church background)

So - I will kick in $.20 per comment to Family Promise in the name of my friend Fools who are posting here, and I seriously hope that I will get to talk to you throughout 2014.  And just in case, we will set a minimum of $25 to start and add from there. 

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#92) On December 24, 2013 at 10:39 AM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

Here's the Busted Halo "Advent in 2 Minutes" video Mary mentioned in #88 on YouTube.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S02KOlw7dlA

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#93) On December 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

The link in #89 works.

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#94) On December 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/foolanthropy-plus-a-bit/906447

Since I only just found this blog, I added a link and a request for comments to the blog above.  I am going to add to the Family Promise total by including comments posted there as well. 

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#95) On December 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

I'm counting on TMF's servers to start locking up the threads to keep a cap on the pledge.

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#96) On December 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

Now, that said, I went online to try to find some good Christmas brunch recipes.  One son-in-law has his first Christmas EVER off from work...assuming that no one calls out the SWAT team.  So what should I feed a bunch of guys for Christmas brunch?  (This leaves the whole crew able to go to in-laws for dinner...see, I can be easy to get along with.)  ;)

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#97) On December 24, 2013 at 10:51 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

Russ,

My link worked??  Yeah, now lets try We Three Kings at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ukaQDF6-bo

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#98) On December 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.70) wrote:

test

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#99) On December 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.70) wrote:

Holy Cow, I can post again!

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#100) On December 24, 2013 at 10:55 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

And for the Scotch fans - or maybe rum fans, Who Spiked the Eggnog - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQY2_5KECxk  Yeah, I am getting a bit punchy, (no pun intended) but the gifts are finally under the tree and all that wrapping gets to me each year.

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#101) On December 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

Hi, Harry!  I was going for comment 99 so that someone else could get number 100, but you jumped in just in time to give me the honors.  Thanks, dear.  

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#102) On December 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

I just realized that almost everyone that has commented is one of my favorites (chosen by your posts and comments which tell me that I would enjoy all of you.)  Of course, you are all doing better than me at playing CAPS too - except for Starfire who doesn't have picks up at the moment...so that doesn't count.

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#103) On December 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

Uh oh.  HCG can post, the tally's about to climb.

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#104) On December 24, 2013 at 11:07 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

Bring it!

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#105) On December 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

Hmmm  Orange-pecan French Toast?  Does that sound like a good thing to add?  Would you want to wake up to that tomorrow?

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#106) On December 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

Hmmm  Orange-pecan French Toast?  Does that sound like a good thing to add?  Would you want to wake up to that tomorrow?

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#107) On December 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

Hmmm  Orange-pecan French Toast?  Does that sound like a good thing to add?  Would you want to wake up to that tomorrow?

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#108) On December 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

I dunno.  Harry said he could post and then stopped heheh.  Harry will you just download Firefox already, sheesh.

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#109) On December 24, 2013 at 12:49 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Good morning Fools-  You know, Jingle Bell time is a swell time-  "giddy up jingle horse.. " 
Glad I ck'd in.  Enjoy this-

http://www.youtube.com/user/Snugglefoots  Bobby Helms 1957.

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#110) On December 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Hi Mary, the Orange Pecan French Toot sounds good!  Maybe with a Mamosa or two?

I do have picks but choose not to "play".  SVU was my best this yr (I think I rec'd it on a comment).. Those boys at Cerberus know how to drive. I took a crazy chance.. In at $3 and change, out at $8.22.  Then back in w/house $ @ 6. and change.  Back over $7 already.  Set to report in a couple weeks. Could be good. Linn took a hit but came back, ABC doing well WMB too. QEP, not a pick but a spin off form STR, killin' it good.  I play, but not the CAPS game. ETC. 

 

 

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#111) On December 24, 2013 at 1:33 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

This is for All to enjoy- 

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/photos/snow-art-showcases-beauty-of-winter/simon-becks-icy-creations

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#112) On December 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Bad link @ 109- try again.

Bobby Helms- 1957..  I hope...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itcMLwMEeMQ

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#113) On December 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

I'm counting on TMF's servers to start locking up the threads to keep a cap on the pledge.

Lol Russ I will make up the difference provided it isn't 5 figures.

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#114) On December 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

Merry Christmas!!!

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#115) On December 25, 2013 at 9:29 AM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

At the rate comments are piling up, I'm not too worried about blowing through my budget.

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#116) On December 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

$1.20 = 14634 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

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#117) On December 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.70) wrote:

Lets try again today.

Merry Christmas! 

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#118) On December 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.70) wrote:

Hmmm! looks like I can post again, yes I tried Firefox,but that didn't work,

Heres some musings from the Christmas eve party-

(hopefully I can whip these out before being indentified as spam) 

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#119) On December 25, 2013 at 10:32 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.70) wrote:

Maybe I've been living under a rock the past decade, but it seems people really,really like their smartphones.

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#120) On December 25, 2013 at 10:44 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.70) wrote:

When I whipped out my fliptop, all the kids looked at me and told me to go back to the eighties. After explaining that we used brick phones back then, and the fliptop was more circa 1995. (sad part of this story is I was just a teenager in the eighties, so there was no portable phone for moi)

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#121) On December 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.70) wrote:

Makes VOD all the more interesring. If VZ and T have the american marketplace all wrapped up....can't help but think of the emerging markets.

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#122) On December 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.70) wrote:

The one nephew was on his phone watching a bitcoin chart, told me how it works. He says he made quite a bit of money trading it. (also that that money is not easily accessable)

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#123) On December 25, 2013 at 11:13 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.70) wrote:

I turned to my Brother-In-law, a grizzly chap whose been investing in penny stocks for years.

hey man, what do you think about bitcoins?

he replied

dude, I wouldn't touch that with your ........... 

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#124) On December 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.70) wrote:

Wow that was a really bad Christmas story, but I'm sure theres a moral in  there somewhere;)

Merry Christmas everyone! 

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#125) On December 25, 2013 at 5:38 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

Good to see you can comment again.

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#126) On December 25, 2013 at 5:39 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

One needs to be very careful with investment advice from family.

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#127) On December 25, 2013 at 5:39 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

I don't see bitcoins in my investing future.

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#128) On December 25, 2013 at 5:40 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

I don't understand them well enough to risk money.

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#129) On December 25, 2013 at 5:40 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

And, it seems too much like trading currencies.

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#130) On December 25, 2013 at 5:41 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

I've learned you can make a small fortune trading currencies.

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#131) On December 25, 2013 at 5:41 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

Just need to start with a big fortune.

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#132) On December 25, 2013 at 8:49 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Merry Christmas all!  I tried to buy bitcoins when they were selling under $200.  They only took Visa credit cards not MC so I wasn't able to.

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#133) On December 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM, HarryCarysGhost (99.70) wrote:

Woot!

Scored some nice gloves, a flanell and boots.

(I work outside so those are really important gifts) 

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#134) On December 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

10-year T-notes hit 3%.

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#135) On December 26, 2013 at 2:07 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Is anybody else REALLY glad it's over?

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#136) On December 26, 2013 at 2:51 PM, ikkyu2 (99.31) wrote:

Still reading, Russ.  Love your blog.  I guess this comment costs ya $0.50 - but for all the right reasons.  Hope it warms your heart like it does mine.

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#137) On December 26, 2013 at 2:57 PM, ikkyu2 (99.31) wrote:

Heck, why not comment twice.  You can collapse my comments into one, if you like; or you can spend the whole buck :)

This is a quote I've been thinking about a lot lately.  It's an excerpt - famous one - from a speech given by the old Rough Rider, Teddy Roosevelt, speaking in France on the topic of "Citizenship in a Republic:"

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." 

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#138) On December 26, 2013 at 11:13 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Is anybody else REALLY glad it's over?

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#139) On December 27, 2013 at 7:24 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks - Carol of the Bells

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOonKkGnNRI&list=PLeak9Q8o2Xa5Ykus9or6yP1jVWKhxajme 

Kids LOVE this!

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#140) On December 27, 2013 at 9:30 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Had some really bad pizza for lunch and fell asleep watching fast Money.  Woke up listening to Cramer saying selling puts can cause you unlimited liability and he saw many people lose money during the 1987 crash.

So I thought to myself how is there unlimited liability in selling a put?  Worse case scenario is you lost a fixed amount of money (the stock strike price less the premium received) by doing absolutely nothing to mitigate.  Had you bought the stock outright you would even lose more (since no premium received) again by doing absoultely nothing to mitigate.

So actually buying a stock outright can cause you to lose more money than selling the put for it at its current strike price.

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#141) On December 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Also those that did lose lots of money in 1987 probably used too much margin.  That is why I say never use more than 50%.  And always have an exit strategy by either buying back the put or rolling it over.

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#142) On December 28, 2013 at 10:59 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

test- dead thread or problems posting?

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#143) On December 28, 2013 at 11:18 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Again, kudos to you Russ, not only for trying to bring back some Foolish Spirit but caring enough to put some of your own "Skin" in the game.  I think comments #1 and #2 nailed it.

How many TMFers could bother here?

Wishing all an awesome (or at least better) new year.

$.50

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#144) On December 29, 2013 at 11:39 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Ok not enough people commenting.  Perhaps there is a "bug" stopping it.  Mary's 23 comments (including hers) plus 145 here is too little.  Accordingly I will be donating to the Salvation Army $250.

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#145) On December 29, 2013 at 11:48 PM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

Donation done by me.  This reply hopefully cost Russ 50cents more.

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#146) On December 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM, rd80 (98.38) wrote:

Hmm, most not have finished clicking buttons when I did this earlier.

Yes, 145 (and this one) will cost me fifty cents each.

My tally, includes initial posts:

This thread:  147
Mary's thread: 23
Randomness holiday thread: 148

Total: 318 x $0.50 = $159, rounded up = $200 or $100 each to Pencils of Promise and Lutheran World Relief.  Will make those donations when I get home this evening.

Many thanks to all who commented and added their own matches.  I had fun and I think we got nearly all of the active CAPS bloggers involved - sadly that's only a handful of folks. 

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#147) On December 30, 2013 at 9:23 PM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

Thanks for the tally.  It saves me time.  I will as noted, be donating to Family Promise (and will add in coats for the people that need them that are our guests at the moment)  I didn't know how much I would be donating so I started with $50 on Christmas Eve.

Total Joy - My daughter and granddaughter came to the Christmas Eve service with me (lots of carols and, by church tradition, we began with the TransSiberian Orchestra's Christmas in Sarajevo.  The Christmas story was recited, as always, by Linus.  Claire was fascinated by the 'cartoon' in church.)  My daughter asked if I wanted to take granddaughter up for communion and I said yes.  After we were seated again, she told me that it was Claire's first communion.  Overwhelmed, I started crying.  This is a very big deal in my family.  My first was given by my granddaddy, Rev William Graham.  A glorious start followed by a day of family and friends coming and staying - All Day! 

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#148) On December 30, 2013 at 9:24 PM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

And since I forgot to say it, "MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND MAY YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!

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#149) On December 30, 2013 at 9:26 PM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

Harry, did you say you were a teen in the 80's?  How depressing to realize that I am probably closer to your Mom in age.  I thought you were more of a 'contemporary' - this just keeps happening.  :(

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#150) On December 30, 2013 at 9:29 PM, Mary953 (74.46) wrote:

Awallejr, the donation to the Salvation Army was a really nice one.  Did it feel as good to you and rd80 as it did to me to choose a group that you felt a personal connection to?  I think next year, I will do this again but send the money to either the Shrine Hospitals or to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Any thoughts as to which, guys? 

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#151) On December 31, 2013 at 7:58 AM, awallejr (83.91) wrote:

That is up to you dear, although you could give to both ;)

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