Year Of The Joe

October 16, 2008
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The Chinese have the “year of the __________” (rat, monkey, etc). 2008 will be known as the year America had the “year of the Joe”. Joe Biden, Joe Sixpack, “Say it ain’t so Joe”, the average Joe and now Joe the plumber. After finishing the third, and mercifully last, presidential debate, I found myself...

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Grave Advice

October 15, 2008
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It appears the current financial turmoil has some Germans looking for answers from the past. About 150 years worth of past to be exact. According to Kate Connolly with the Guardian.co.uk, demand for the works of Karl Marx are up by as much 300% in his mother country. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/oct/15/marx-germany-popularity-financial-crisis In times of uncertainty it...

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What Goes Up?

October 14, 2008
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So all the guru’s met over the weekend, the traders looked into their crystal balls and presto! That barometer of capitalism the world over, The Dow Jones Industrial Average, bounced back over 900 points Monday. Yippee, hurrah, hurray, zippity-doo-dah, happy days are here again! I wish it were that easy. It’s not that easy....

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Perspective

October 13, 2008
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From the “road less traveled” category: With all the financial free for alls, wall street four wheeling and political pandering out there it’s so easy to forget what really makes our own little worlds go ’round. I was reminded of that in so many ways this past weekend. You see mom and pop are...

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Feast or Famine?

October 10, 2008
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Well, well, well, my, my, my. The dow closed down over 675 points yesterday, and over 1500 down so far for the week. All the media is abuzz with the doom draws nigh and this is the end of American capitalism as we know it. In terms of full disclosure I must disclose that...

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Drowning In Debt

October 9, 2008
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While Washington and the media tout the $700 billion bailout, it would be good to remember that they conveniently leave out all the other “goodies” they put into the bill that pushes the total nearer to a nice round one trillion smackeroo’s. And speaking of a trillion. Seems we’ve already pre-spent a few of...

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