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Vision Quest


The giving being seen from the Minyans and Profs today makes me proud to be here!


Let's talk about under-rated 80's sports-themed date movies. Let's talk about crime and punishment. Let's talk about love songs that aren't really love songs at all (The One I Love, When a Man Loves a Woman et al).

Please, let's talk about anything other than Katrina. The Minyan-esque charitable "stepping up" today in the Buzz and Banter is the only thing keeping me sane as they roll the footage of the three buses pulling into the Astrodome... again.

The Man can't make me focus on the horrible scene unfolding in New Orleans. If I still ran other people's money, I wouldn't have a choice. I'd have to ponder a long-side shot at the retailers, with the RTH trying to bounce off the 95 level that represents an approximate "range" for that basket of stocks.

I'd see Peppy's comments on the breakdown and I'd think it's maybe time to be on the long side, despite the lousy numbers just reported. They've still got the excuse of Katrina in their back pocket as a decent excuse for missing numbers. At some point, that's going to help the sector.

But I don't want to even go there, as it's my understanding the kids say. And nobody can make me.

Vision Quest

Unlike yesterday's personal Miracle, there is no solace in the premium cable line-up for today. The best we have for counter-financial-television programming is Vision Quest.

While underrated, Vision Quest is no Miracle... despite the near-mute brilliance that is Frank Jasper in the role of Shute. Too much Madonna and synth music. Not for the first time, it strikes me that all of the movies from 1980-1989 should be entirely rescored.

GM: Time to hire another aged rock band.

GM sales for the month of August fell 13% from last year, despite crafty efforts to create the illusion of urgency regarding the perpetually just-about-to-end deep discount incentives.

Cadillac sales, on the other hand, are up 11 percent, year to date, after pilfering Led Zeppelin to lure we X-ers into our grandfathers' car.

Next time I see Rick (we're going to hook up and watch the next WWE pay-per-view) I'm going to suggest the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

"'Give it away (now) September', Rick... it's going to be HUGE!"

Back to Retailers...

Not all that surprising to see the RTH struggle after you pull up a chart of Wal-Mart (WMT). The badly stumbling 800lb gorilla of retail is nearly 20% of the RTH by its own durn self.

It ain't (just) me, babe who's been noting the problems with Wal-Mart's stock. Prof. Schaeffer was strongly cautious in a non-advising manner all the way back in '04.

It may be the high-school wrestling movie influence, but it's hard for me to get long the merchants in a meaningful when unless and until the stocks really get puked. I'm willing to wait for a good old fashioned rush to the exits before I buy.

Peppy Depew, let me know when they get exhausted. In return, I'll let you know when I'm not.

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