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March 21, 2013

Yea, yea, I haven’t posted in a couple days, and there’s a least a small contingent of people who assume I’m going to be reliable.  That job thing… too many meeting early in the day and I’m toast for posting.

Oh, and the news has sucked.  There isn’t much with a strategy bent out there.  But I have seen a couple things that are probably worth mentioning…

So I see that the Obama Administration is still assuming that the country want a ban on “assault” weapons, even though that business is going gangbusters right now.  Gun and sporting goods stores would like to thank the administration for their sales support, but I’m sure they’d also like to point out that the excess sales have really put a crimp in stocking the shelves.  How ’bout we call a truce for a few months until inventories build up again…

Oh, and the picture of the kid in New Jersey with the 15/22 that got child services called in?  People, take a pill.  I get that some people are uncomfortable with guns, but claiming that a kid’s being abused because he’s smiling with a pop-shooter that’s black is getting a little over the top.  Maybe the fear of black guns is a racist thing at heart or something (yes, that was a joke)…

Oh, speaking of the need to take a pill: Did anyone know that Michelle Shocked was still touring?  Apparently now they do, since a random outburst about homosexuals has now put her tour at risk.  I saw this a couple days ago in the Chronicle, and now it’s gone world-wide.  Ms. Shocked is actually a pretty decent guitar player, though I don’t care for most of her music.  She’s also a born-again Christian who was a former lesbian.  If she’d said years ago that God hates Christians, she’d have probably gotten a medal and three more gold records…

The lovely wife pointed this one out to me a couple days ago, but again, I didn’t have time to post.  But it’s worth a pointer.

Fifty-seven percent of U.S. workers surveyed reported less than $25,000 in total household savings and investments excluding their homes, according to a report to be released Tuesday by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Only 49% reported having so little money saved in 2008.

Really?  Is everything that much of an emergency that nearly two-thirds of the US isn’t ready for an emergency?  I hope to have the time to pull this one into a larger post, but please: save up for a rainy day.  There are a few on the way…

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  1. March 21, 2013 10:14 pm

    We’ve invested in gun stocks when the whole hysteria started, and the stocks performed pretty well. I wouldn’t buy now because the price is probably on the high. In fact, it’s probably time to sell.
    It could be that people don’t have savings anymore because they figured saving doesn’t pay. I think “Enjoy The Decline” has something to say about it.

    • March 22, 2013 8:27 am

      There’s got to be a balance. I wouldn’t be poor today just to try to be rich tomorrow, but sensible saving can only be good if there’s a life emergency.

      The stock market is a useful and risky savings account. If you have money and you could use it elsewhere, then selling is always an option. I would bet that gun stocks are more flat than in the recent past, but I’m not betting on down.

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