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".

(Twitchy)

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.

(Breitbart)

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

PEG: NA

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.

(Breitbart)

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.

(Haaretz)

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

(Breitbart)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Legal Gun Ownership is Deemed a Hazard to Criminals
Posted: 7/18/2014 12:35:00 PM EST

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

Israel invades Gaza, Russian separatists blast a commercial airliner out of the sky, and the Middle East continues to devolve into a wasteland of executions and torture… And our intellectually adolescent State Department spokeswoman decides to tweet about “fashionable” women instead of international security. "Hope and change," baby!

(WeaselZippers)

Detroit has seen an astounding drop in criminal activity. The current Police Chief credits much of this decrease in violence to law-abiding citizens who carry firearms. As it turns out, responsible gun ownership is a serious job hazard for would-be criminals.

(Detroit News)

So what do you do if you’re the President, when a commercial airliner gets shot down without warning or provocation? Well, if your name is Ronald Reagan, you give a heartfelt and determined explanation of events. If your name is Barry Obama, you apparently make fun of Republicans and continue with your stump speech and photo-op. (At least the news didn’t interfere with a golf game or multi-million dollar vacation.)

(WeaselZippers)

Schools have been considering the possibility of employing retired police officers to protect students… Unions are objecting because such employees (or volunteers) would not be forced to pay union dues. Oh, and it’s "for the children”.

(Watchdog)

Gasp! Eric Holder’s Department of Justice might have targeted certain industries and political groups in a manner very similar to the IRS scandal. I bet I know which government agency is about to misplace a bunch of emails…

(Daily Caller)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Student Called Racist for Wearing School Colors
Posted: 7/17/2014 12:00:00 PM EST

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

An illegal immigrant was caught sneaking into the US with an illegal handgun. (Wait, I thought Mexico was a gun free zone!) The gun had its serial number scratched off, and was obviously from the Mexican black market… Maybe he was just trying to return it to Eric Holder.

(Breitbart)

Just like Lois Lerner’s emails, roughly 18,000 Microsoft jobs will disappear over the course of the next year.

(USA Today)

This completely awesome ad for Jaguar was banned in England because it suggested that excessive speeds were somehow acceptable… Because, ya know, Brits are stupid enough to believe anything they see in a TV advert.

(Daily Caller)

This school told a student to dress in all white for school-pride (white is one of the school’s three primary colors). The student did. Then the student posted a picture to Facebook. Then the principle accused him of being a racist, and suspended him from the football team. I think the race card is being a little overplayed nowadays…

(Daily Caller)

Feel-good video of the day: These terrorists wanted to die for Jihad. Israel obliged.

(Weasel Zippers)

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)