Sunday, May 31, 2009

Profile of potential rapists 
Some stupid bitch wrote a list of warning signs to alert you to potential rapists.

She doesn't really mean it though.

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Yeah, light posting lately 
Been working myself to a frazzle. But the good news is that after a long and frustrating dry spell earlier this year, I cleared my first production hurdle as a financial professional working with small businesses owners and families with young children - amidst a very difficult market environment - and I couldn't be happier about it!

My goals now: Take on some retirement planning clients (I can do retirees a TON of good, in almost every case), and develop my small business practice.

Long time readers - those who are left - are aware of my longstanding interest in personal finance, risk management, and the financial services industry writ large. I'm getting better and better at it every day.

In the early stages of creating a financial practice, though, time management is of the essence, and unfortunately, the blog was one of the first items I had to scale back my time commitment on.

Still playing fiddle and guitar though. It keeps me sane.

Splash, out


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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Fear and Loathing 
David Harsanyi poses the question: Is it always wrong to make decisions based on fear?

In a speech defending his detainee plan this week, President Barack Obama brandished his now-famous Spock-like wisdom by claiming that "Our government made decisions based upon fear rather than foresight" after 9/11.

Whether you agree with the president's account of the nation's post- 9/11 policy, you might still ask yourself two questions:

First off, is it always wrong to make decisions based on fear?

Clearly not. If the enemy is capable of putting a hurting on you, you are an idiot if you don't.

But Harsanyi cedes far too much in the debate. We were at war with Al Qaeda, and still are. If not everyone knew it before 9/11, everyone on the planet (except for libtards, it seems) knew we were at war after 9/11.

In a war, it is good policy to maximize the ENEMY'S fear... by consistently adopting the courses of action they fear most, or courses of action even more damaging to their cause. It seems to me that this was, indeed, our policy under the Bush Administration, post 9/11.

Incidentally, the more Obama opens his mouth, the more I intensely dislike him. His constant criticism of his predecessor at every turn, on matters both warranted and unwarranted, strikes me as utterly cheap, petty, juvenile and unprofessional.

I think it stinks in units, it stinks in business, and it stinks even more coming from the White House.

Splash, out


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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Buyers' Remorse 
From the Daily Telegraph:

A top Obama fundraiser and hedge fund manager said: "I'm appalled at the anti-Wall Street rhetoric. It was OK on the campaign but now it's the real world. I'm surprised that Obama is turning out to be so left-wing. He's a real class warrior."

Do they have blanket parties on Wall Street?

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The Poetry of Veterans 

We are not statues

Standing among the trees,

A tribute to what has passed.

We are not statues,

Though our faces are stone,

Chiseled by time, shaped by history

That we are now part of,

As it is part of us.

We are living monuments,

Stoic in the shadows

As the world around us moves.

Colin Halloran, 23, senior

Central Connecticut State University

More here.

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