This time of year is a favorite for children of all ages – I happen to be
one of these kids – in part because of the television programs that are
shown around Christmas.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red
Nose Reindeer, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, have been favorites of
mine since TV went from exclusively black and white to poor quality color.
This is no coincidence as these programs were made in the mid 1960’s.
As I was watching this year, it occurred to me that if at this time in
history Christmas had not yet been established, if somehow Christmas needed
to be “started” in 2009, it wouldn’t stand a chance. Christmas would be
doomed before it ever got started.
First of all, the only time you can say Jesus Christ anymore is when you hit
your thumb with a hammer.
You can’t mention Him at City Hall, you can’t display a crè... (more)
"This was the o bject of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new
principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say
things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the
common sense of the su bject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their
assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to
take." --Thomas Jefferson
"All that I have, and all that I am and all that I hope to be in life I am
now ready to stake upon it; and I leave off as I began, that live or die,
survive or perish, I am for the... (more)
The Employee Meeting
I would like to start by thanking you for attending this meeting, though it's
not like you had much of a choice. After all, attendance was mandatory. I'm
also glad many of you accepted my invitation to your family members to be
here as well. I have a few remarks to make to all of you, and then we'll
retire to the ballroom for a great lunch and some employee awards.
I felt that this meeting was important enough to close all 12 of our tire and
automotive shops today so that you could be here. To reassure you, everybody
is being paid for the day --- except me.
Wealth Management on Ulitzer
On February 27, 2009 I wrote these words in an article entitled "Are Things
"6) There are only two things you can buy at unusual discounts these days: A
new car and stocks. These prices are beginning to attract takers. If things
were as dire as CNBC said, all other stuff would be cheaper".
"7) As the companies we own have reported earnings, most of them have beaten
expectations. In other words, the businesses continue to perform even though
the stock prices are not. What you own continues to become more valuable.
Over the next 5 years, the ... (more)
When I started this firm twenty years ago this coming April, I didn’t start
with a blank slate. I started this firm already possessing eight years of
experience in what not to do. Permit me to explain.
I started my career with an insurance agency that disguised itself as a
financial planning firm – never got a single client as I knew something was
seriously wrong – so I lasted six months. Turns out these folks were
selling stamp and coin “portfolios” for two to three cents on the dollar.
If you gave them $50,000 they would acquire a block of “valuable” stamps
and/or coins, actua... (more)