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Is it just me, or is Dennis Kneale the most annoying person in the world?

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April 30, 2009 – Comments (41) | RELATED TICKERS: CN.DL , BC

 

OK, let's take an informal poll.  Rec if you agree with me.  Dennis Kneale has to be the most annoying person in the world.  I absolutely cannot stand the guy.  I know a ton of people who feel exactly the same way that I do.  How on Earth is this wiener still on CNBC? 

Not only does he look irritatingly like some strange clone that was created using the DNA of Dilbert and Beaker from the Muppets, but he's abrasive and usually has absolutely no idea what he's talking about.  He's so bad that I have to change the channel during Power Lunch.  He burns my ears and makes me want to stick a hot poker in my eyes.

see the resemblance?

Ahhhh, that feels better.  I just had to get that off of my chest.  I find myself increasingly repulsed by the shows on CNBC.  Cramer, Kudlow, Kneale, not only are these guys terrible...they're annoying.  I find that I would much rather get my news from the Internet than from CNBC now (though I do like Joe Kernen).  Blogs and websites are a much faster, more accurate way to get the news than television. 

Anyone who is interested in hearing informed, intelligent analysis of the business news should tune in to Bloomberg Surveillance with Tom Keane.  Now that is a great show.  You can catch it in New York on 1130 AM, on satellite radio, or on podcast from Bloomberg.com.  If you are interested in business and economics like I am, you'll love it.  I listen to it on my commute every single day.

Deej

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#1) On April 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM, goldminingXpert (29.41) wrote:

It's not just you.

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#2) On April 30, 2009 at 3:19 PM, MattH42004 (29.96) wrote:

Agreed, extremely high levels of douche-like behavior across CNBC right now. I would personally help fund a steel cage death match between the three dopes mentioned above. 

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#3) On April 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM, alstry (34.91) wrote:

Deej,

You could be the most annoying person in CAPS for devoting an entire blog attacking me on a subject that you know seemingly very little about.

Deej:

As of last year, the average new vehicle dealer in the United States had 53 employees. 

That is an accurate number and consistent with Alstry's projection.

HOWEVER, this statement is utter nonsense:

The majority of the stores that are going to be closed by General Motors and Chrysler are smaller, underperforming locations not the big mega stores that have better economies of scale.  So for the sake of this analysis one could probably safely assume that the average number of layoffs per dealership will likely be in the mid 20s.

According to the US Census Bureau, in 2002(the most recent data) there were approximately 23,000 new car dealers in the US.  Of those dealers, approximately 4500 operated with 9 or fewer employees.  Clearly, those were not GM or Chrysler dealers.  Approximately, 2400 dealers operated with 100 or more employees and and about 4500 operated with between 50 and 100 employees.  A strong concentration of dealers, 7000 operated with between 20 and 49 employees and about 3000 new car dealers operated with between 10 and 19 employees.

http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/IBQTable?_bm=y&-ds_name=EC0244SSSZ5&-NAICS2002=44111

Anyone in the new car business knows that many of the larger new car dealers are American Car Dealers so if there was going to be a tendency to larger dealers, it would be the American dealers versus the generally more specialized and efficient foreign dealers.

The following statement by Deej is mathematically impossible:

For every mega dealer that you come up with that has closed its doors, I can come up with a list of 20 Mom and Pop GM and Chrysler dealerships with only a handful of employees that will be shut down.

As you can see above, mathematically there are about an equal distribution between dealers with 50 or more employees as there are dealers between 20 and 49 employees.  My guess is fi you back out the foreign dealers, the American dealers are strongly tilted to the 50 or more catagory and if you average it out, the American dealers have materially more than 50 employees per dealer as most are very multibranded...ie dodge, chrysler and jeep.

The purpose of this post is not to embarass Deej, it is to teach you fools that just because someone blogs a lot like me, or is a TMF blogger, don't take what they say as gospel as they may not know what they are talking about or be misinformed.

Always question and do your own due dilligence.

 

 

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#4) On April 30, 2009 at 3:27 PM, TMFDeej (99.43) wrote:

Hi Alsty.  I appreciate your persistence in following me around (some might call it stalking), but this particular post has nothing to do with the auto industry. 

I would be happy to discuss your flawed assumptions about the industry on the appropriate thread.  See you there.  Thanks.

Deej

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#5) On April 30, 2009 at 3:30 PM, catoismymotor (51.49) wrote:

Somebody has a crush on Deej!

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#6) On April 30, 2009 at 3:32 PM, alstry (34.91) wrote:

Remember, you are the one that had the balls to write a blog about me.....and then embarass yourself, Motley Fool and CAPS by aggressively showing and highlighting you ignorance.

This blog was about being annoying....as a result, it is the appropriate thread as nothing is more annoying then someone who attacks another but knows little about the subject.

Do you wear Speedo's when you go to the beach???

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#7) On April 30, 2009 at 3:35 PM, catoismymotor (51.49) wrote:

Stop beating around the bush and ask him out!

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#8) On April 30, 2009 at 3:43 PM, gvtrader (< 20) wrote:

Better suited for Faux Noise!

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#9) On April 30, 2009 at 3:44 PM, GenericMike (< 20) wrote:

Kneale annoys the piss out of me.

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#10) On April 30, 2009 at 3:56 PM, russiangambit (29.15) wrote:

I can't decide, Dennis or Kudlow , which one is most annoying. And don't forget Cramer. Dylan was OK, but he left, no surprise there.

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#11) On April 30, 2009 at 3:56 PM, CBeeks1984 (< 20) wrote:

Hi Alsty.  Thanks for reading.

I just responded to your flawed assumptions like I would any other flawed news article that I see on the Internet.  I comment on incorrect assumptions by writers all the time when I see them.  The fact that you are a CAPS blogger doesn't make you any different than any other writer that I might take umbrage with.

I'm not sure why you're talking about balls and Spedos, but I don't see how that's relevant to this discussion.  I provided a well-reasoned, non-insulting response to your comment on my auto blog post in the appropriate area. 

Please check there for my response and stop hijacking this thread, which is supposed to be about the sorry state of business news...not about personal vendettas or the auto industry.

Thank you.

Deej

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#12) On April 30, 2009 at 4:03 PM, TMFDeej (99.43) wrote:

Oops, I showed this thread to my wife.  I knew that she would get a kick out of the fact that I have a secret admirer.  I guess that she didn't log out.  Oh well.  Let's see if we can try to steer this discussion back on topic everyone.

Hi Alsty.  Thanks for reading.

I just responded to your flawed assumptions like I would any other flawed news article that I see on the Internet.  I comment on incorrect assumptions by writers all the time when I see them.  The fact that you are a CAPS blogger doesn't make you any different than any other writer that I might take umbrage with.

I'm not sure why you're talking about balls and Spedos, but I don't see how that's relevant to this discussion.  I provided a well-reasoned, non-insulting response to your comment on my auto blog post in the appropriate area. 

Please check there for my response and stop hijacking this thread, which is supposed to be about the sorry state of business news...not about personal vendettas or the auto industry.

Thank you.

Deej

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#13) On April 30, 2009 at 4:06 PM, TMFDeej (99.43) wrote:

Here's a question for anyone who's reading.  Where do you get your financial news from.  I'll start by sharing my favorite sources.

I like Bloomberg, particularly Bloomberg radio.

I also visit CNN.com abd Bloomberg.com

I subscribe to Kiplinger's, Barron's, Fortune, Forbes (even though Steve Forbes is uber annoying it has good articles), Smart Money.

As far as blogs go I like The Big Picture Blog and Calculated Risk.

I also have a plugged all of my holdings and watch list into Yahoo! Finance.

Am I missing anything good? 

Deej

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#14) On April 30, 2009 at 4:24 PM, WillSurfForFood (79.60) wrote:

Actually Deej you are wrong Alstry is more irritating than Dennis Kneale. 

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#15) On April 30, 2009 at 4:29 PM, alstry (34.91) wrote:

Deej,

In this blog you state this about Mr. Kneale:

"...he's abrasive and usually has absolutely no idea what he's talking about."

That is exactly how I feel about you.  I just find in annoying when someone calls another annoying who Alstry thinks acts and behaves exactly the same as the person he is calling annoying.

That is why this is the appropriate thread for someone who is an TMF blogger and represents Motley Fool who can be just as annoying as the person he is calling annoying.

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#16) On April 30, 2009 at 4:29 PM, catoismymotor (51.49) wrote:

The resources I use are SmallCapInvestor.com, Forbes.com, Fool.com, Investopedia.com, the financial sections of Yahoo and Google. Occasionally I stumble across a good tidbit here and there from an unexpected source. 

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#17) On April 30, 2009 at 4:32 PM, catoismymotor (51.49) wrote:

*Buys WillSurfForFood a beer.*

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#18) On April 30, 2009 at 4:35 PM, russiangambit (29.15) wrote:

Bloomberg radio and Bloomberg podcasts are my favorites. I also read Seeking Alpha (some authors), and a wide collection of other blogs (Disciplined Investor, Big Picture, Mish, Market Ticker, Zero Hedge, Huffington Post) and keep discovering new almost every day.

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#19) On April 30, 2009 at 4:43 PM, abitare (31.73) wrote:

Good times, good tread, I lose track of who, likes who here in Fooldom

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#20) On April 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM, portefeuille (99.67) wrote:

Actually squawk box europe is o.k. when you are still half asleep.

And R.M. is not that ugly and speaks in a funny way. Hugh Hendry is best as to guests.

You should not get your information from tv and 

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#21) On April 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM, Alex1963 (28.57) wrote:

Deej,

Economist,  WSJ, & Morningstar are also good plus what you've listed.

I don't don't watch any TV especially not finance shows. 

 alstry I read the blog that Deej wrote and in no way did he reference you. I only knew he might have been referring to something you wrote by surmising it from the vitriolic response you wrote back. Respectfully I think you are over reacting and escalating. 

Alex 

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#22) On April 30, 2009 at 5:07 PM, TMFDeej (99.43) wrote:

Thanks for the suggestions, cato.  I'll definitely check out SmallCapInvestor and Investopedia.

Deej

 

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#23) On April 30, 2009 at 5:08 PM, TMFDeej (99.43) wrote:

OK then Alsty.  Whatever floats your boat.

Deej

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#24) On April 30, 2009 at 5:12 PM, JAYBOSLIN (< 20) wrote:

Dennis is just a garden variety Republican telling us that water flows up hill.  He's no more annoying than all of them on CNBC, FOX and Congress and hard money bloggers.

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#25) On April 30, 2009 at 5:12 PM, TMFDeej (99.43) wrote:

Hi Russian. Thanks for the suggestions. I see Seeking Alpha articles all the time. Some of them are really good and some of them are really, really bad. Plus there's always so much noise to wade through. I agree that some of the posts there are useful though.

I never, ever read Mish.  His site always used to make my browsers freeze up, no matter what computer I visited it from.  So I'm boycotting him.

I'll bookmark Disciplined Investor, Market Ticker, Zero Hedge (which I saw referenced in a Barron's article the other day), and Huffington Post.

Deej

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#26) On April 30, 2009 at 5:13 PM, JAYBOSLIN (< 20) wrote:

Dennis is just a garden variety Republican telling us that water flows up hill.  He's no more annoying than all of them on CNBC, FOX and Congress and hard money bloggers.

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#27) On April 30, 2009 at 5:14 PM, TMFDeej (99.43) wrote:

Thanks for the suggestions everyone.  Keep 'em coming.

Deej

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#28) On April 30, 2009 at 5:15 PM, alstry (34.91) wrote:

Alex,

He quoted me.......and I know I am over reacting;)

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#29) On April 30, 2009 at 5:22 PM, portefeuille (99.67) wrote:

and FT of course. F.A.Z. if you know some german. El Pais, ...

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#30) On April 30, 2009 at 6:12 PM, MattH42004 (29.96) wrote:

Roubini and Mish are a nice combo. I don't think anybody has mentioned Bespoke yet, I don't have a subscription but I like a lot of their headline posts. 

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#31) On April 30, 2009 at 8:00 PM, Alex1963 (28.57) wrote:

 alstry

Ok LOL. I know he must have quoted you but he didn't mention you by name. If he had I could relate to a more, shall we say, "irritated" response, I do get why you were upset. I just thought it was over the top, you know? Meantime, I'll try to mind my own beeswax. Peace

To all/ TMFDeej 

If you like Misch you might enjoy these guys  http://www.sovereignsociety.com/  They have similar politics (libertarian or certainly quite right leaning) and are forever warning of impending catastrophes. But I like the Forex/currency stuff and I like to keep tabs on the views of this stripe of investor. There is no fee to be bombarded by them with multiple daily updates on armageddon and their many guaranteed wealth building or wealth sheltering strategies. They are also big Tax Haven proponents and you'll get interesting though highly slanted takes by their legal eagle on the encroachments on your freedom to evade income taxes ;)

Best to All 

Alex 

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#32) On April 30, 2009 at 9:31 PM, AbstractMotion (53.46) wrote:

I don't care much for him or Kudlow, but by far the worst one of any of them is that Donny Deutsch guy.  I don't see him on much thankfully, but he's horrible.  I think he's the only person on there I've seen that can top Kudlow for a self absorbed rant from his very own perspective about an issue.  You can garuntee if he's around he'll be talking about 80% of the time regardless of what anyone else wants to say.  I guess that's not too suprising being that he's an advertising executive by profession.

 

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#33) On April 30, 2009 at 9:34 PM, russiangambit (29.15) wrote:

List of the financial blogs:

http://thereformedbroker.com/2009/04/30/whos-who-of-financial-bloggers/

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#34) On May 01, 2009 at 6:43 PM, hal9000x (< 20) wrote:

It's not just you!

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#35) On May 02, 2009 at 5:38 AM, portefeuille (99.67) wrote:

for biotech: feuerstein

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#36) On May 03, 2009 at 2:57 PM, jimdog (< 20) wrote:

Many, if not most, of the talking heads on CNBC operationally define the maxim that the less some people actually know, the more eager they are to tell you all about it.

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#37) On May 03, 2009 at 7:25 PM, BGriffinFlorida (26.91) wrote:

GNE1963 is far and away more annoying.  It is one thing to be a doe eyed mouth breather spouting off about everything with knowledge of nothing.  It is far and away worse to be someone showing  signs of intellgence, intentionally distorting and slanting economic reports.  The main media and agencies issuing the reports do far too much of this already and it is exceedingly annoying when GNE1963 attempts to further distort the information in the name of 'good'.

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#38) On May 05, 2009 at 8:24 AM, KhelSkie (66.79) wrote:

Hey, I used to work with a guy that looked just like him.  I always wanted to put my steel-toed, steel-shanked work boots through his teeth.

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#39) On May 07, 2009 at 7:36 PM, fasterlight (< 20) wrote:

I agree , I just created a username here to reco this article. He is a douche bag and b*tch of wall st. gangs. Look at his latest articile on CNBC.com for abusing Elliot Spitzer who is speaking the truth and this douche bag just cant stop attacking his personal mistakes instead of respecting his opiniions. what a $%#$#$$@

CNBC link : http://www.cnbc.com/id/30627605

 

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#40) On May 10, 2009 at 9:00 PM, portefeuille (99.67) wrote:

here something on CNBC Europe vs. CNBC US (I mostly agree and watch some Hugh Hendry video ...)

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#41) On June 29, 2009 at 6:14 PM, TMFCrocoStimpy (95.79) wrote:

+1 rec for you just for identifying Kneale's genetic makeup.

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