Michael Schaus - In Other News: WH Daily Intel Briefings Are Optional? Obama Attends Fewer than Half
Posted: 9/30/2014 2:47:00 PM EST

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

Well, this might explain something: since his Presidency began, Obama has only attended roughly 42 percent of his daily intelligence briefings… To begin with, I think this explains that the President is a little fuzzy on the meaning of the word “daily”.


The vegan DJ/singer/songwriter Moby wrote a piece for the Huffington Post titled “Save the Humans.” Eating meat, according to Moby, is destroying the planet and killing people because it takes so much food, energy, and water to raise cattle to maturity… I’ll compromise with him: From now on, I’ll only eat veal.

(Huffington Post)

Politico wrote a hit piece called “Race and the GOP”, featuring a picture of George Wallace blocking a handful of black kids from going to an “all white” school… George Wallace was a Democrat.


Seriously? We might be running out of tomahawk missiles, according to military experts. I guess I was unaware that we had instituted an ammunition capacity rule on cruise missiles. (And why is it called a “tomahawk”? Isn’t that racist?)

(Free Bacon)

Oops…we almost bombed our allies in Syria. Experts have also lamented that there seems to be “zero communication” between the various coalition members. (England hasn’t even dropped a single bomb yet.) I guess this whole “world leader” thingy is tougher than it looks, right Obama?

(The Daily Beast)

Hey, speaking of Obama’s “coalition” being largely a political scam rather than an effective military strategy: ISIS is planning on opening its first foreign embassy…in Turkey. (Wow. With friends like this…)

(AWD News)

John Ransom - Apple Still Sweet
Posted: 9/30/2014 2:22:00 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: Ebay

EBay will spin off PayPal, giving in to Carl Icahn-- LA Times

Online marketplace EBay Inc. is bowing to investor pressure by spinning off its payment business PayPal into a separate publicly-traded company by 2015.

Wall Street cheered the news Tuesday and pushed up shares of EBay by 6.8% to $56.24 in morning trading.

The move is a sharp reversal for the San Jose company, which had spent months fighting activist shareholder Carl Icahn, who had argued both businesses would benefit from a split.

Symbol: EBAY

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 17

PEG: 1.41

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Down

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold Ebay

Stock number two: Teekay Corporation

Why Deutsche Bank Upgraded Teekay --Barron's

Shares of Teekay (TK) have surged more than 15% this morning after the shipping company announced a new dividend policy after yesterday’s close. Deutsche Bank’s Amit Mehrotra think the news is good enough to be worthy of an upgrade for Teekay.

Symbol: TK

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: 38

PEG: 2.21

Dividend: 4.00% +/-

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Teekay

Stock number three: Apple

Apple’s IPhone Pay System Casts Shadow on PayPal Spinoff --Bloomberg

Apple Pay and some of the other services stand out against PayPal for a key reason. Right out of the gate, Apple Pay is ready for consumers to make transactions with their mobile devices at different merchants. That mobile-ready aspect is an area where PayPal, which has roots as a facilitator of payments through websites, hasn't been as dominant. EBay has made acquisitions to help speed the transition, including paying $800 million for mobile-payments startup Braintree last year.

Symbol: AAPL

Trailing PE: 16; Forward PE: 14

PEG: 1.30

Dividend: 2.00

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Buy Apple

John Ransom - John Ransom and the Social Security Show-- Get Your Social Security Questions Answered
Posted: 9/29/2014 5:08:00 PM EST

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Michael Schaus - In Other News: Ukrainians Demolish Statue of Lenin – Putin Offers Statue of Himself as Replacement
Posted: 9/29/2014 12:29:00 PM EST

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

The government recently spent $300,000 to study “how humans interact with bicycles”. As a side note, I should really look at applying for some sort of grant.

(Free Beacon)

The Secret Service failed to notice that someone fired seven rounds from an “assault rifle” at the White House, until they stumbled across the bullet holes. This, of course is incomprehensible… I mean, how was this possible with DC’s ban on assault weapons? The mind just boggles. </SarcasmFont End>


This passes as journalism? Vox is reporting that the pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong are showing support for the black teen who was shot by police in Ferguson Missouri. Why? Well, because they had their hands up. Apparently this gesture never existed before race-baiters decided to incite riots in Ferguson.

(Daily Caller)

Hong Kong is protesting for democracy… Ferguson, Missouri is protesting for the right to riot. Maybe this is just a cultural difference?

(The Gateway Pundit)

President Obama has been telling us that Islam is not the problem. Then in this 60 minutes interview, he explains that Shia and Sunni populations are currently the world’s largest sources of “conflict”… Now, I’m not an expert on Islam, but it almost seems like there is a common denominator in this case.

(CBS News)

?? ???????? ??????? ??????: Ukrainian activists have toppled the largest statue of Lenin, located in Kharkiv, Ukraine. I’m sure Vladimir Putin has already promised a statue of himself as a replacement.

(You Tube)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Al Sharpton Advises Obama on AG Replacement - Hilarity Ensues
Posted: 9/26/2014 12:53:00 PM EST

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

Al Sharpton says he is helping Obama pick out a new Attorney General. I think there should be a new rule: You’re not allowed to advise the President unless you have (at least) a fifth-grade command of the English language.

(Fox News)

Kim Jong Un is apparently suffering from some health problems… But that’s alright. I’m sure they have universal healthcare in North Korea.


The Military is going to allow illegal aliens to serve. (And if you oppose letting foreign nationals – who break federal immigration laws – from taking part in sensitive national security operations, then you’re racist.) So, this will turn out real well.

(USA Today)

The prosecutor that let Ray Rice cut a deal (after knocking out his girlfriend in an Atlantic City elevator) is the same guy that was trying to throw the book at a single mom who accidentally carried her (licensed) handgun into New Jersey… The hypocrisy makes sense, once you realize he probably had the Ravens player in his Fantasy league.

(NY Post)

The State Department is continuing to defend a Muslim Cleric who issued a Fatwa against the US. Why? Oh, because he doesn’t like ISIS. Besides, if we’re just nice to him I’m sure he’ll be a big Yankees fan pretty soon.

(Weasel Zippers)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Hey White People! All GOP Policies Apparently Designed to Kill Black People
Posted: 9/25/2014 12:49:00 PM EST

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

Web MD has received almost $14 million dollars to promote Obamacare. Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services has editorial approval over sponsored content… In other words, Web MD is kinda like MSNBC.

(Free Beacon)

Chris Mathews drew comparisons between ISIS terrorists and your average black kid in Philly. But it’s okay, and not at all racist; because "Tingles" is an Obama Democrat.

(Weasel Zippers)

I understand that I’m not an expert on military tactics, but wouldn’t a successful strategy properly employed against ISIS result in the terrorists retreating? I only bring it up because it looks like they have expanded their caliphate.


Obama has forbid the FBI from using religion in identifying terrorist activity. Because as we all know, if we focus in on one specific religion we’re likely to let all those suicide-nuns from the Vatican slip right past us.


A Libertarian candidate in North Carolina is arguing that all GOP policies are designed to kill black people. I’m pretty sure he also believes that UN troops will use the codes on the backs of street signs to navigate their way through America during their surprise invasion. (Which, by the way, is completely preposterous… Why wouldn’t they just use Google maps?)

(Daily Caller)

“Progressive” UC Berkley students held a demonstration in which they called for Hamas to continue their Intifada. Sometimes the “tolerance” and “compassion” of the left is just overwhelming, right?

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Obama’s Starbucks Salute - “Semper Fi Latte with Half a Pump”
Posted: 9/24/2014 2:22:00 PM EST

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

A school in Temecula, Calif, is purging its library of any book written by a Christian author, features a Christian set of characters, or promotes a (supposedly) Christian message. (I guess they needed some more fodder for their bonfire.)

(Fox News)?

More riots broke out in Ferguson after an unattended candle ended up burning down the makeshift memorial to Mike Brown. The racist candle was probably made from white colored wax.


One guy at the Climate change march, in New York City, said the solution is to burn down the homes of all the rich people… Can you imagine the carbon footprint that would create?


The White House has apparently been censoring pool reports. Wow… And they still can’t convince the American people that Obama knows what he’s doing.

(Washington Post)

At the UN Obama managed to insult Israel, he mentioned that America is racist, and he defended Islam… The good news is that after he was done, none of our adversaries had anything left to say.


Rush Limbaugh once tipped a waitress $2,000 on a modest check. However, because he is “evil incarnate” (according to the waitress) she donated Limbaugh’s “blood money” to an abortion clinic. It must be nice stumbling through life with such little self-awareness.


And, one last thought before we leave… US Marines have stunning self-control:

“Semper Fi Latte with half a pump”

John Ransom - Avoid the Value Traps
Posted: 9/23/2014 2:31:00 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: CARBO Ceramics Inc.

Carbo warns on ceramic sales-- Investor's Business Daily

The chemical company sees Q3 ceramic proppant sales volume of 375 mil pounds, similar to Q1 sales, as demand for frac sand rises from drillers like Rosetta Resources (ROSE). Carbo Ceramics (CRR) also noted increased price competition on ceramic proppant sales, especially in the Bakken. Some clients are also seeing delays with well completion, pushing some sales that the company expected to make in Sept. to later in the year.

Symbol: CRR

Trailing PE: 18; Forward PE: 13

PEG: 1.12

Dividend: 1.10%

Estimate Trend: Down

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Carbo Ceramics

Stock number two: Mechel OAO

Mechel Steel trading lower …on continued concerns --Briefing.com

Russian miner MTL is lower by another 30% this morning on continued bankruptcy concerns. The stock lost 35% in Moscow trading today. This morning's weakness follows a 30% decline in MTL yesterday following comments from a Russian economic minister suggesting that bankruptcy was the most likely scenario.

Symbol: MTL

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE: NA


Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: NA

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Mechel

Stock number three: CarMax Inc

CarMax getting smoked--Yahoo Finance

CarMax (KMX) shares are getting towed 8% lower after the company missed earnings by 3-cents. Sales of new cars were up an impressive 18% but that's a relatively small part of what CarMax does. As it turns out selling used cars is where the real money is and CarMax didn't do enough of that to satisfy Wall Street. Surprisingly enough that's been the case for a lot of car retailers in 2014. For companies like CarMax, AutoNation and Sonic Automotive sales are brisk but the stocks have been lemons.

Symbol: KMX

Trailing PE: 22; Forward PE: 17

PEG: 1.40

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid CarMax

Michael Schaus - In Other News: Democrats think Manbearpig is More Dangerous than ISIS
Posted: 9/23/2014 12:26:00 PM EST

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

A new poll shows that Democrats are more afraid of “climate change” than terrorism. And, to be honest, Manbearpig is scary… I mean, an average temperature rise of 1.4 degrees over the last hundred years is clearly more frightening than a few beheadings.

CNS News

A gun control activist who “accidentally” committed a felony by carrying a gun on school grounds (yeah, a gun control advocate who packs heat… irony abounds) will only have to serve 100 hours of community service. Apparently tough gun laws don’t apply to people who fight for tough gun laws.

(Daily Caller)

The Obama administration has a very special talent for failure: The Obama plan to “cut red tape” actually increased the regulatory burden on businesses; and it cost the economy about $23 billion.

(Free Beacon)

While talking about the Tea Party’s attempts to block the President’s agenda, Joe Biden said that “you cannot sustain a democracy without arriving at a consensus.” Well, good news, Joe: We don’t live in a democracy… We live in a republic.

(Real Clear Politics)

Those environmentalists who took part in the NYC climate-change protest apparently never saw the Sesame Street episode about not littering. The irony was almost as thick as the garbage by the time they left the area.

(Weasel Zippers)

ISIS is now officially on Mike Bloomberg’s bad side: The terrorists have repealed their cigarette ban in the Islamic State.

(Daily Caller)

Michael Schaus - In Other News: John Kerry to Senate: "Sure... Failure's an Option"
Posted: 9/19/2014 12:34:00 PM EST

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

John Kerry told Marco Rubio that everything is okay with ISIS because if the US “fails miserably”, Iran would be able to take on the terrorists… Maybe Iran will even use those nukes they’re not developing.


Scotland to the United Kingdom: “Um, on second thought… Never mind.” Scottish voters determined they would remain with the UK; although they are asking for couples counseling and the freedom to see other nations.

(Washington Post)

You want to make millions? Own a pizza franchise in the mile “high” city of Denver. (Apparently pot-smokers snack a lot.) Oh, and if you can be a starring quarterback in the NFL, do that also.

(Washington Times)

Michelle Obama is telling Democrat donors that if they don’t kick in a little extra this year, Republicans will impeach the President. I’m surprised Joe Biden didn’t send a follow up email explaining that the DNC didn’t need any more cash this year.

(Washington Post)

Remember when John McCain palled around with Syrian rebels? Well, some of those rebels were – wait… This might be too much of a shock for you. Are you sitting down? Ok, good. Here it goes: Some of those rebels were Islamic extremists who kidnap, rape, and torture opponents. But yeah, McCain totally has a grip on who we should arm to fight ISIS.


I want to make sure I understand this: We can’t arm teachers, because guns are bad… But we can give school districts in LA armored vehicles, grenade launchers, and body armor? (Then again, judging by some LA high-schools, this might not be overkill.)

(Mercury News)


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