Michael Schaus - In Other News: Obama Acts Like He Cares - Gets Nominated for Emmy
Posted: 7/16/2014 12:00:00 PM EST

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

Israel is much better at killing terrorists than Hamas is at killing Israeli civilians… And just to drive this point home, here’s your fun fact of the day: Over 100 missiles launched from Gaza, also landed in Gaza… The more you know.

(Weasel Zippers)

A uniformed police officer was asked to leave an Ikea store because the location has a strict “no-guns” policy. I think this episode proves that police will not, in fact, arrest people for being stupid.

(NBC Washington)

Apparently, Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize isn’t helping him calm the turmoil throughout the world. So, maybe an Emmy will help. Yeah, Barack Obama has officially been nominated for an Emmy. (Oddly enough, the nomination is not related to Obama's penchant for acting like Congress isn't necessary.)

(Fox News)

Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has subpoenaed a White House aide. The White House has responded by claiming that the aide is immune from the subpoena because – well, because Obama said so. (It’s unclear whether Obama said this using his pen, or his phone.)

(Associated Press)

The Feds are spending $50 million to (literally) purchase a resort hotel for illegal immigrant children who are coming across the border… Because nothing screams “welcome to America” quite like a government-funded stay at a resort hotel. (Oh yeah: our US Marine is still chained to a bed for accidently crossing the border into Mexico.)

(The Gateway Pundit)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Another Hard Drive Crashes Totally by Coincidence
Posted: 7/15/2014 11:00:00 AM EST

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

The dog ate another hard drive, apparently… It must be something about the possibility of criminal charges that overwhelms government hardware.

(The Blaze)

Some left-wing looney tried to “arrest” Dick Cheney (as a war criminal) during a recent public event. Oddly enough, she didn’t succeed. Lucky for her, Cheney didn’t have immediate access to a shotgun, and the Secret Service has more tolerance for stupidity than most of us.

(Raw Story)

Border patrol agents are beginning to catch diseases that the CDC hasn’t seen in decades. But a little epidemic here or there is (really) a pretty small price to pay for a flood of new undocumented Democrat voters.

(Breitbart)

Governor Hickenlooper played pool with Obama the other week… And now he’s refusing to house illegal immigrants. Well, Gov, maybe you should have chatted more about immigration during your game of presidential 8 ball. (Or would that have resembled “work” a little too closely for your comfort level?)

(Daily Mail)

Remember that lady that thought Obama would pay for her gasoline and housing? Well… I guess she’s a little let down by Obama’s tenure. My heart just aches for her, as her dreams of dependency slowly slip away…

(Weasel Zippers)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Yarn and Magic Markers Wage the War on Women
Posted: 7/14/2014 11:00:00 AM EST

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

Melissa Harris-Perry says communism would stop illegal immigration… Strangely, she gets paid a ton of money to utter this nonsense.

(Fox News)

So, what do you do with an army deserter you received as part of an exchange for releasing 5 key al Qaeda operatives? Well, if you’re Obama, you put the guy back on active duty. Personally, I think he should be sharing a cell with Chelsea Manning until a judgment is passed.

(New York Times)

I want to make sure we are completely clear on this: Peacefully holding up pro-life signs near an abortion facility is considered “intimidating” and “offensive”… But harassing costumers who are buying yarn and magic markers from Hobby Lobby is part of the fight for women’s rights?

(North Jersey)

An Islamic school in England has instructed its students to stone homosexuals… Hey! Don’t judge these teachings! (You bigoted, intolerant, Islamaphobe!)

(Weasel Zippers)

Do you feel rich? No? Well, here’s why you don’t: Pretty much all the important things in life (such as food, gasoline, energy, rent, foosball tables, etc.) have gone up in price… In other words: We’ve seen a ton of inflation. Lucky for the Fed, most of this inflation isn’t counted in the CPI – so let’s keep the low-interest rate party going!

(Against Crony Capitalism)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: ISIL leader has a soft side for "Hello Kitty"
Posted: 7/8/2014 11:00:00 AM EST

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

The fearless leader of ISIL was photographed giving a rousing speech about killing the infidels. He was reading his notes from a “Hello Kitty” notebook – because even hardened terrorists have a soft side for animated kittens.

(The Gateway Pundit)

A California Democrat is claiming that the Republicans supported Nazi Germany… Apparently he forgot about the Democrat admiration for Stalinism, Mussolini’s brand of fascism, and, more recently, Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. But ya know, details don’t really matter when you’re speaking Pravda to fellow comrades.

(Weasel Zippers)

California’s governor has officially changed the words “husband and wife” in state law… Apparently such language is offensive to same-sex couples. Coincidently, I am changing the words used to describe Jerry Brown in future articles.

(Fox News)

Apparently, Costco has decided to pull all copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s book from its shelves. I guess the surprisingly liberal owner of the bulk-purchase-paradise decided that capitalism is just too good to share with the rest of us.

(The Gateway Pundit)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: America's Favorite "Gun Free Zone" is Plagued by Weekend Gun Violence
Posted: 7/7/2014 11:00:00 AM EST

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

Hillary Clinton says her speaking fees don’t really matter because she donates it all to charity, which is true: She gave her money to the Clinton Foundation. I really need to get on top of creating that non-profit designed at improving the living conditions of the Schaus household…

(Breitbart)

Obama has a “secret” schedule… What is not surprising is the fact that this administration is less than forthcoming about their agenda. What is surprising is that their secret itinerary included things other than tee-times at the Air Force golf course.

(Yahoo)

Federal Agents are showing up on the border, but they won’t be there to stem the tide of illegal immigrants. They’re actually showing up to keep the anti-amnesty protesters “in line”… I’m thinking totally out-of-the-box here, but maybe while they’re down there they can do a little border protection?

(Daily Caller)

If you are President Obama, you celebrated the 4th of July by playing golf. If you are an average American, you celebrated by watching a parade and some fireworks… And if you are a resident of Chicago, you were probably getting shot at. America’s favorite Gun-Free-Zone saw 82 people shot, with 14 deaths, over the 4th of July holiday.

(ABC News)

Oh… but here’s some good news: One of those victims of Chicago violence was able to (legally) shoot back at his assailants. Isn’t the Second Amendment grand?

(Yahoo)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: White House Employee Makes $100,000 for Penmanship
Posted: 7/2/2014 12:00:00 PM EST

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

The White House Calligrapher makes just under $98,000 per year… I never imagined “calligrapher” as a viable career option. In fact, I’m pretty certain that was not on the list of career possibilities that my college advisor shared with me in high school.

(Breitbart)

Land of the (mostly) free… Americans are beginning to feel less “free”, according to recent polls. Hey, that’s okay. We might not have our freedom, but at least we have some free birth control, right?

(Christian Science Monitor)

Medical staff working on the southern border were told by the Obama administration that they are not allowed to talk to the press. In fact, they were even threatened with prosecution, and possible jail time. Strangely, the previous story seems to be coming into focus…

(Fox News)

About 85% of Obamacare’s “inconsistencies” cannot be fixed. What this means, is that the exchanges are unable to verify citizenship, verify eligibility for subsidies, protect an individual's personal information, etc. So, in other words: It’s working pretty much “as expected” for a government program.

(New York Post)

Here are some pretty interesting poll numbers about the Obama tenure. I’m sure the Obama administration will step up IRS audits and DOJ investigations until morale improves.

(National Review)

John Ransom - Yahoo Trades and You Won't Believe What Happens Next!
Posted: 7/1/2014 7:54:00 PM EST

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

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Stock number one: Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft's new encryption makes it tougher to spy on your email—EnGaget

Microsoft said last year that it was tightening security to fend off the NSA and others who would scoop up your data, and today it fulfilled that promise with moves that should improve real-world security. The company now encrypts both incoming and outgoing Outlook.com email when it's in transit. So long as the other end also supports this encryption (Gmail and other big names do), snoops can't easily intercept messages in mid-flight.

Symbol: MSFT

Trailing PE: 16; Forward PE: 15

PEG: 2.28

Dividend: 2.7%

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold Microsoft

MSFT Chart

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Stock number two: 3D Systems Corp.

3D Systems (DDD) Gains on Heavy Trading Volume--TheStreet.com

3D Systems (DDD_) was gaining 12.7% to 67.42 Tuesday with unusually high trading volume as 3D printer stocks rally. More than 6 million shares of the 3D printing maker were traded by 11:45 a.m., compared to a daily average trading volume of about 4.5 million shares a day. 3D Systems said that it will announce its second quarter results on July 31.

Symbol: DDD

Trailing PE: 150; Forward PE: 55

PEG: 3.26

Dividend: .6%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid 3D Systems

DDD Chart

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Stock number three: Yahoo! Inc.

Accepted: ‘Community’ Is Coming to Yahoo--Wall Street Cheat

The cult hit TV show Community is being saved after all. The poorly rated series was cancelled by NBC after completing its fifth season and had been looking to online streaming services to save it, but reports came out last week that talks with Hulu had broken down, and the future of the series was looking grim as the actors’ contracts approached expiration.

Symbol: YHOO

Trailing PE: 29; Forward PE: 20

PEG: 2.68

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold Yahoo

YHOO Chart

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Michael Schaus - In Other News: Obama Feels Your Pain – After All, He Had to Fire a Servant One Time
Posted: 7/1/2014 11:00:00 AM EST

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

Edward Snowden has released more information on the surveillance powers of the NSA – once again proving that the secretive spy agency is pretty much the Google AdSense of the security world.

(Washington Post)

The IRS spent over $4 billion on IT security… If you were expecting a punchline, I think that was just it.

(Free Beacon)

President Obama explained to a group of supporters that he and Michelle understand the pain middle class Americans are feeling right now because… Well, because Michelle had to fire a nanny when they were living in Chicago. I guess this goes to prove that they were busy killing jobs long before they got into the White House.

(Daily Caller)

A lady in DC got a parking ticket for following the street signs. Apparently, the signs were so confusing, even meter maids were unclear on what was required of drivers. DC Bureaucrats can’t write coherent parking regulations, but we’re placing them in charge of running our economy.

(WTOP)

The Hobby Lobby ruling has enraged liberals. What many of them don’t realize however, is that the case was not determined on 1st Amendment grounds… It was determined largely on a piece of Democrat sponsored legislation from the 1990s. But that’s the trouble with common sense legislation: eventually it will get in the way of liberal entitlements.

(Twitchy)

Liberals are comparing the SCOTUS decision on Hobby Lobby to Sharia Law… Because refusing to pay for someone else’s birth control is so closely related to beheading, amputating, and stoning women to death for getting raped. Right?

(Weasel Zippers)

John Ransom - Paper Soaring
Posted: 6/30/2014 2:16:00 PM EST

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

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Stock number one: Barclays PLC

Beware The Hand Of Government—Seeking Alpha

Barclays (BCS) drew attention from local government as the New York State Attorney General's office filed suit against Barclays claiming "fraud and deceit" in the manner their dark pool trading was executed. Of course, when there's one cockroach you can be certain that there are more to be found, so the financial sector becomes more widely suspect as Barclays is scrutinized.

Symbol: BCS

Trailing PE: 47; Forward PE: 7

PEG: 0.58

Dividend: 1.7%

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Barclays

BCS Chart

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Stock number two: Verizon Communications Inc

"XLTE" Wireless Technology Rolls Out In More Florida Markets--PR Newswire

Verizon Wireless has deployed its newest technology – known as XLTE – in Jacksonville, Panama City and Naples to further increase the capacity of the company's award-winning 4G LTE network and enhance services throughout Florida.

Symbol: VZ

Trailing PE: 11; Forward PE: 13

PEG: 2.29

Dividend: 4.30%

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Verizon

VZ Chart

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Stock number three: Weyerhaeuser

3 Stocks Advancing The Industrial Goods Sector--The Street.com

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Symbol: WY

Trailing PE: 19; Forward PE: 33

PEG: 4.65

Dividend: 2.8%

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Weyerhaeuser

WY Chart

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Michael Schaus - In Other News: Bill Clinton Still Doesn't Inhale
Posted: 6/30/2014 11:53:00 AM EST

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

Arizona officials intimidated and berated a teacher who was opposed to Common Core standards. At one point, they even called the teacher a very nasty expletive… But they did spell it correctly.

(Daily Caller)

Bill Clinton says we should slow down with marijuana legalization. He suggests we wait another 2-3 years before we legalize inhaling.

(Fox News)

“By every measure, we are better off now than we were when I took office. You wouldn’t know it, but we are,” the president said Friday. It’s sort of cute the way he clings desperately to denial. It’s almost time for an intervention. Do they make sobriety chips for recovering spendaholics?

(Washington Times)

Obama promised to continue taking executive unilateral action if Congress “failed to act”… Because, as we all know from our junior high civics class, Congress is really more of an inconvenience than a legislative body. Right?

(Breitbart)

Militants have declared the creation of a new Islamic State in the Middle East. Obama’s foreign policy is an obvious success as well armed Al Qaeda-rejects form their own nation in Iraq and Syria.

(Fox News)

Strangely, that lush city in the middle of the Nevada desert (AKA: Las Vegas) is running out of water in Lake Meade; and environmentalists are blocking the city from tapping into alternative sources of water. After all, Sin City is not nearly as important as some un-touched underground water sources…

(The Telegraph)