Housing Still Hot

Hot off the press release: NEW YORK, July 26, 2016 – S&P Dow Jones Indices today released the latest results for the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released today for May 2016 shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. More than 27 years of history for these data series is available, and can be accessed in full by going to www.homeprice.spdji.com. Additional content on the housing market can also be found on S&P Dow Jones … Continue reading

Coping: With Rattlesnakes

Fact is, most of the U.S. has them. N o, I don’t mean the politicians…although they are full of venom this time of year… One of the cool things about being in the Pacific Northwest, however briefly, is we don’t have to look down and move things around with a rake first to ensure we don’t get bit. While it has been hot back home, the snakes are probably getting on fine.  They slither up in trees when it gets too hot. There is a useful map, over here, and … Continue reading

Future Forecasting: Sizing Up Friday

(Tacoma, WA) — The art of “seeing future” is not a difficult thing, although much woo-woo is attached to it:  Since about 90 percent of life is prescheduled, we can actually make very short-term forecasts of how the future will roll out with some degree of confidence Let me show you what I mean: Let’s turn on the stove – and you stand next to me as I put my hand on a hot burner. See what happened?  Cues led you to believe that I am stupid enough to do … Continue reading

Coping: A Different Kind of Revolution

Wake Ure ass up, comrade… it’s Monday and the Revolution is on. Sunday, the hordes were out marching for Bernie and against fracking.  While they were doing that, Ures truly was pondering how the ultimate reasonable balance between energy sources might be reached. It seems the revolution – much talked about, but little evident from a year or two back – is making its grand re-entry in Philadelphia. The problem with the democrats is simple:  They are trying to usher in a “new future” and one filled with “change” but … Continue reading

Sunday Special: Kaine for VP – Of Mexico

That’d be the reason to campaign in Spanish when running for American high office, right? We depart from our usual weekend of relaxation to spend hours upon hours reading the highly entertaining non-consensual sex play in the democratic party…which has been brought to light by Wikileaks.org. It’s all about how to screw Bernie Sanders – whose team properly pissed – and it sets the stage for a fiasco for Hillary this coming week.  (We’re used to those.) If you have the stomach for it, you can search any term you … Continue reading

Primarily Charts–And the Keys to the Bank

(Tacoma, WA) —  With the markets obediently following my calls (surprising even me, mind you) we will have a nice, short, to the point discussion of the charts this morning and we can kick around what I’m doing in the way of a position once we get through the second half of the political silly season… This is what passes for “vacation” for me – which means anything un der 590 hours a week on sorting out markets and crap.  My head is still reeling a bit from that new … Continue reading

The High Bar for Hillary

The stock market is NOT on the verge of collapse this morning. That’s just one indicator that Donald Trump may be the real deal that democrats fear most. You see, after a successful conclusion to the convention, if Trump was really seen widely as a danger to business, the market would be screaming this – and would likely be down at least 500 and maybe 1,000 points or more. Please notice:  It is not. In fact in the early going, the market was up a bit today – so if … Continue reading

Coping: The Next American Frontier

Now that we have a short break between the political gatherings, before the democrats nominate a woman better suited to receiving a felony indictment than Oval Office occupancy, how about we focus on something a little more positive? Like this: What is the Next American Frontier? We have been through several: When I was young, an aunt was the first female contracting office for the US military at Ft. Rich. She was part of the handy bunch of “can do” Americans who went to the wildest place they could find … Continue reading

Boos for Cruz – Crooked GOP’ers Plan Party Hijacking?

I’m not really one to talk about people who have two standards because I don’t take such people in high regard. Yet, when Ted Cruz last night refused to come out and endorse his party’s nominee for the presidency, that was about the last straw. When the primary mess began, wasn’t Cruz one of the people who was arguing that all the candidates should sign “the pledge?”  Once again, we see how the American voter, accidentally perhaps, has shown that there is some wisdom in the primary process.  Cruz is … Continue reading

Coping: A Simple Idea for Healthcare

(Tacoma, WA) – This morning’s update is a little more brief than usual due to Microsoft “updating” my computer for a good part of the time that should have been spent writing.  Grrrrr…. Onto the first point:  I happened to be listening to an ad on the radio while we were driving up here from Texas.  It ran through a whole litany of things that could go wrong with the medicine:  Things like anaphylactic shock, sudden drops in blood pressure and so forth. This got me to thinking:  How many … Continue reading