Michael Schaus - In Other News: Obama Turns Illegal Immigration into Hawaiian Getaway Package
Posted: 7/30/2014 12:31:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Now the Administration is shipping illegal aliens to Hawaii. Only the Obama administration can turn illegal immigration from a crime into a vacation.

(Fox News)

Speaking of illegal immigration, Obama finally has a plan: Reduce the number of deportations… Apparently, the DNC is running low on voters this year.

(Fox News)

This anti-gun advertisement accidentally explains the exact argument gun rights activists have been making for years: Good people should be armed; because nobody keeps an extra cop lying around the house in case of emergencies.


The headline says it all: Guatemala’s president says $2 billion ought to help border crisis. I have this strange feeling that the President of Guatemala isn’t talking about building a wall.


Some new e-mails reveal that Lois Lerner called conservatives a string of nasty names. She also said that the “crazies” on the right will “take us down”… But I’m sure she was completely unbiased, professional, and fair while she was auditing all those crazies.

(The Blaze)

Small businesses told Rahm Emanuel that they love his idea of hiking the minimum wage. I mean, they don’t love the idea enough to begin paying higher wages without legislation… But that’s really just a consequence of loving big government, and not the employee.

(Sun Times)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Pro-Palestinian Rally in Tel Aviv Broken Up by Rocket Fire from Palestine
Posted: 7/29/2014 11:55:00 AM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Nancy Pelosi (that brilliant star from the independent Soviet Republic of San Francisco) said we should look to Qatar for advice on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. “Qataris have told me Hamas is a humanitarian organization,” Pelosi explained. Right… And Nazi’s were just socialists dressed in Hugo Boss.

(CNS News)

Russia has violated an arms treaty and tested a new type of cruise missile. Obama’s response was to send a letter to Putin (not joking). Future ramifications might include a new hashtag campaign, blocking Putin on Facebook, or angry text messages late at night.

(New York Times)

Salon ran a story entitled: The “Ted Cruz is smart” trap: Why this garbage is false — and dangerous. Right… It’s ridiculous to call Cruz smart. On the other hand: calling the genius who thinks he can legislate with a pen and a phone ‘articulate’ because he can read from a teleprompter without stuttering… well, that makes perfect sense.


The horror! A white person was hired to teach cultural studies (gasp!) in Fresno. According to people who object to some middle-class white person teaching the class, the school “needs teachers who reflect the ethnic and racial background of its students.” I thought Democrats dropped the whole “separate but equal” thing in the mid-sixties.

(Fresno Bee)

A bunch of left-leaning Israelis gathered in a public square in Tel Aviv to protest Israel’s military operations in Gaza. Their protest was cut short by a rocket attack launched from Gaza… Thousands of Leftist Israelis suddenly understand the concept of irony.

(Times of Israel)

I know this seems shocking, but it looks like John Kerry has undermined pretty much all of our Middle East allies in his attempt to get a ceasefire negotiated… Heck even Joe Biden probably would have been a better guy to send into the area than Kerry. Joe would have at least told Israel to go buy adouble-barrel shotgun, or something.

(Real Clear Politics)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Obama and Kerry Call for ‘Ceasefire in Our Time!’
Posted: 7/28/2014 11:56:00 AM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Melissa Harris Perry (MSNBC MSDNC) compared Rick Perry to those evil segregationist opponents who kept black kids from going to a white school… Pretty accurate comparison, until you point out that segregationist opponents were Democrats, and the black kids weren’t illegal immigrants. But yeah… Other than that...


Barack Obama is calling for Israel to comply with an unconditional surrender ceasefire. Is it too much to ask this administration not to channel Neville Chamberlin with such predictability? “Ceasefire in our time” is the new motto of the Kerry/Obama foreign policy doctrine.

(The Blaze)

Story: A man with a very dangerous (and contagious) form of TB is roaming the streets of California. Bigger story: the local news that reported on the story never mentioned that the man is an illegal immigrant. See, this is why we ask visitors to sign a guest book when they cross the border.


The new rally cry for Democrat fundraisers: Help us raise money to fight impeachment! Clearly, this is a sign of tremendous strength and solid governing tactics. Maybe that’s what Nixon did wrong all those years ago: He should have golfed and campaigned a bit more.

(Fox News)

Voters apparently have some buyer’s remorse when it comes to reelecting Barack Obama. I hate to say “I told you so”, but… I told you so.

(The Week)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Soviets Are Keepin' it Classy
Posted: 7/25/2014 11:24:00 AM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Like a good bunch of communists, Russians are busy spending other people’s money. Unfortunately, in this case they’re actually using the credit cards that used to belong to the victims of that downed Malaysian airliner. Those Soviets sure are keepin’ it classy.


Nancy Pelosi, the pro-abortion “catholic” from San Francisco, compared illegal minors to baby Moses. Maybe we should remind Nancy that in the end, Moses fled big government for the promise land... The same promise land that the Palestinians are currently trying to destroy.

(Weasel Zippers)

Russian tanks have been seen in Eastern Ukraine sporting some Stalin flags. Because, ya know, Stalin is known as such a liberator.

(The Gateway Pundit)

The Turkish Prime Minister is comparing Israel to Nazi Germany. And, obviously, there are a ton of similarities… I mean, don’t you remember when Jews in Germany started bombing the heck out of German cities, and the Germans responded with pinpoint operations designed to minimize Jewish deaths? Or is my history a little fuzzy?


Another White House advisor has ignored a congressional subpoena. Apparently, when Republicans issue subpoenas, they can be treated like RSVP requests for a family BBQ, and promptly ignored.

(Roll Call)

Ready to watch the worst throw in baseball history? (And no… Surprisingly it does not involve Obama and his mom-jeans.)

(Fox News)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Uncle Joe is Confused About How Social Security Works
Posted: 7/24/2014 12:14:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Anti-Israeli protestors were caught on tape shouting “America is the World’s Largest Terrorist Organization!” Hmmm… Ok. Can I assume these people think Jihadists are just Muslims that weren’t hugged enough as children, or what?

(Weasel Zippers)

Speaking of cute and cuddly terrorists: Here’s some footage of Hamas firing on Israelis from the cover of a Palestinian hospital.

(The Gateway Pundit)

Joe “Open-Mouth-Insert-Foot” Biden joked about wanting a Republican kid, so the kid can work hard and fund Joe’s retirement… Of course, Biden doesn’t realize we already have this scheme in place. It’s called Social Security.

(Free Beacon)

British Liberal Democrat David Ward tweeted that if he lived in Gaza, he’d probably fire a rocket into Israel. But don’t worry: Tweeting about your desire to engage in an act of international terrorism against the world’s only Jewish state is no big deal. In fact, for much of anti-Semitic Europe, comments like this are considered "Kosher".


Michael Bloomberg should be applauded for his staunch support of Israel. The Former NYC mayor flew into Israel to prove the point that Obama’s FAA ban on Israeli bound flights is pure nonsense… I, however, can’t help but notice all the armed security surrounding the anti-gun New Yorker.


Opponents of Capital Punishment are all upset because some horrible murderer experienced another “botched” execution… I mean, he still died – it just took about two hours. Personally, I think 45 caliber bullets would solve a lot of the problems we’ve been seeing with executions lately. And it would be cheaper.

(CBS News)

John Ransom - EMC Gets Squared Away
Posted: 7/23/2014 2:30:00 PM EST

Welcome to John Ransom’s Stocks in the News where the headlines meet the trendlines.

Click here to listen to Ransom Notes Radio live or for archives of previous shows.

Stock number one: Herbalife Ltd.

Wall Street rejects Ackman's Herbalife 'death blow'—Reuters

Billionaire investor William Ackman's latest volley of accusations against Herbalife fell flat on Wall Street on Tuesday, with shares in the nutrition company soaring more than 17 percent. Ackman, whose hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management placed a $1 billion bet that Herbalife will go bust under regulatory scrutiny, told a conference of investors in New York that the firm's recruiting methods violate U.S. labor laws by employing drinks makers and babysitters without pay.

Symbol: HLF

Trailing PE: 14; Forward PE: 9

PEG: 0.50

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid HerbaLife

Stock number two: EMC Corporation

Why EMC (EMC) Stock Is Up Today--The Street.com

EMC(EMC_) continued to climb Tuesday after Elliott Management took a $1 billion stake in the data storage company.

Elliott now holds approximately 2% of EMC's $55 billion, which makes the hedge fund the fifth-largest shareholder in the company. Elliott wants EMC to spin off VMWare(VMW_), in which EMC owns an approximately 80% stake. Elliott believes this move would boost EMC's stock.

Symbol: EMC

Trailing PE: 23; Forward PE: 13

PEG: 1.36

Dividend: 1.70%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy EMC

Stock number three: Netflix, Inc

Netflix Sinks 5%; Another Analyst Skeptical On Value--Benzinga

Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) was down more than 5 percent Tuesday while another analyst expressed skepticism on the shares' value. Citibank's Mark May maintained a Neutral rating on the stock and said its valuation "reflects the positive thesis surrounding U.S. and international subscriber potential and pricing power."

Symbol: NFLX

Trailing PE: 160; Forward PE: 63

PEG: 3.17

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Netflix

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Take a Jihadist Honeymoon in Beautiful ISIS Territory!
Posted: 7/23/2014 12:11:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Did you just get married? Are you planning on getting married, and haven’t yet found that special romantic honeymoon destination? Well, you’re in luck! Radical Jihadists in Iraq and Syria have started taking reservations for their special “honeymoon tour” of captured territory! (No… Seriously…) Nothing says “I love you” like watching someone behead an infidel with your lucky lady by your side.

(The Gateway Pundit)

A poor victimized thug who attempted to rob a pizza store, while armed with a handgun, is now suing the employees who tackled him to the ground. He claims that their actions were “unnecessary” and too “aggressive” for the situation… He’s also upset that criminals aren’t eligible for workers comp or pension plans.

(Delaware Online)

Ok… I need this explained to me: Some guy on Twitter claims to be a “centrist socialist Democrat.” Are we just making political labels up nowadays? What the heck is a centrist-socialist? Does that mean this guy lands somewhere between Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin, or is it more of a Hugo Chavez / Che Guevara brand of idiocy?

(Weasel Zippers)

Democrats in Colorado want to keep it legal for welfare recipients to use their taxpayer-funded EBT cards at marijuana dispensaries. What the heck are these people in Colorado smok--- Oh, wait…

(National Review)

Remember when the IRS said that Lois Lerner’s hard drive was “damaged beyond repair” before they decided to destroy it? Yeah, they actually meant to say that it was barely scratched, and still recoverable. Obama was right: There’s not a smidgen of corruption here… Just lies, deceit, and potential criminal activity.

(Washington Examiner)

John Ransom - Coca Cola Fizzles
Posted: 7/22/2014 2:25:00 PM EST

Welcome to John Ransom’s Stocks in the News where the headlines meet the trendlines.

Click here to listen to Ransom Notes Radio live or for archives of previous shows.

Stock number one: The Coca-Cola Company

Will Coca-Cola (KO) Beat Earnings on Better Volumes?—Zacks

We expect The Coca-Cola Company (KO) to beat expectations when it reports second-quarter fiscal 2014results on Jul 22. Last quarter, the company delivered in-line earnings..

Symbol: KO

Trailing PE: 23; Forward PE: 19

PEG: 3.03

Dividend: 2,90%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold Coca Cola

Stock number two: AK Steel Holding Corporation

Russia's Severstal sells U.S. steel plants to AK steel, Steel Dynamics--Reuters

Severstal will sell its Columbus unit in Mississippi and Dearborn unit in Michigan to Steel Dynamics and AK Steel Corp respectively, a sale that may allow the Russian company pay an extra dividend and reduce debt. AK Steel's stock initially rose 4 percent to a two-year high, but later gave up all gains to trade down 4 percent, suggesting investors were unhappy with the $700 million paid for a plant that has weighed on Severstal's North American results.

Symbol: AKS

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 9


Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy AK Steel

Stock number three: CVR Refining, LP

CVR Energy Declares $2.00 Special Dividend--PR Newswire

CVR Energy, Inc. (CVI) ("CVR Energy") announced today that its board of directors has declared a special dividend of $2.00 per share payable on Aug. 4, 2014, to stockholders of record at the close of business on July 28, 2014. The total amount of the special dividend payment will be approximately $174 million and brings the company's cumulative dividends declared in 2014 to approximately $304 million.

Symbol: CVI

Trailing PE: 6; Forward PE: 11

PEG: -0.49

Dividend: 14.50%

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold CVI

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Obama Rules Court System Irrelevant
Posted: 7/22/2014 12:32:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Obamacare took a serious blow today as a Federal Appeals court ruled that most of the subsidies are illegal under current law. Of course, Obama has insisted that these subsidies will continue, regardless of the court’s ruling. I mean, we can’t really expect a little thing like Constitutional checks and balances to get in the way of European Socialism, right?

(Weasel Zippers)

A group of prominent Democrats (is “a gaggle” the appropriate term?) have decided to live off a minimum wage budget for one week as an awareness campaign. With the way Democrats budget, I wouldn’t be surprised if their minimum wage week includes large amounts of deficit spending.

(Free Beacon)

Iran is pretty close to enriching uranium – and we’re about to give them another $2.8 billion as part of our effort to relax sanctions. Neat! We’re now paying rogue states to prove our impotence. North Korea should probably try to jump on this Obama-appeasement bandwagon.

(Free Beacon)

So, how much does Obama golf and fundraise? A lot. But to be fair, I’d rather have him on a golf course somewhere than pretending to be the President on TV.

(The Right Scoop)

Cambridge liberals apparently believe that government should be giving poor people food, clothing, transportation, housing, and even $100,000 in cash... So, I say we implement a new entitlement program that provides all these services; and to pay for it, maybe we can tax Cambridge liberals.

(Fox News)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: President Nero Golfs Again!
Posted: 7/21/2014 12:00:00 PM EST

Here are some other highlights and headlines that I noticed over at Ransom Notes Radio:

Nero had his fiddle. Obama has his golf clubs. I mean, why let little things like commercial airliners being shot down, or continued unrest in the Middle East get in the way of a relaxing Martha’s Vineyard vacation?

(Zero Hedge)

Rick Perry is preparing to deploy the National Guard along the Mexico/Texas border… As far as I know, the Texas/US border is still considered open, so feel free to visit the Republic of Texas anytime you want a taste of common sense.


Wow… Strangely, attendees of the annual NAACP convention didn’t seem to like black conservatives very much. I guess being black is a political affiliation, and not merely an issue of skin color.

(Progressives Today)

Hamas is asking reporters to describe dead terrorists as “unarmed civilians. I guess in an effort to make this more palatable to Western Journalists, Hamas has also decided to use actual civilians as human shields… But, yeah: Israel is clearly what is wrong with the Middle East.

(The Gateway Pundit)

Pro-Palestinian protestors made their voices heard in France by rioting, looting, and burning down Jewish businesses. Obviously, all this violence is somehow the fault of Israel for getting itself attacked by Hamas… Or something.


Iraqi Christians are being systematically exterminated by ISIL… But, yeah: America really shouldn’t stick around in the area. We just cause trouble.