Ralph Blumenthal wrote a fun article in Friday's NYTimes called Scholars of Twang Track All the 'Y'Alls' in Texas.
"So if you love Texas, they say, be fixin' to say 'naht' for 'night,' 'rahd' for 'ride' and 'raht' for 'right.'
And by all means say 'all' for 'oil' ... Other idiosyncrasies have all but vanished over time. Texans for the most
part no longer pray to the 'Lard,' replacing the 'o' with an 'a,' or 'warsh' their clothes."
Posted at 11:24 AM, GMT
An essay at Cato explains that democracy is not a gift we can bestow on people in distant lands.
"... the Middle East lacks the conditions, such as a democratic political history, high standards of living,
and high literacy rates, which [stimulate] democratic change ... the success of freedom rests upon the
willingness of free peoples to sacrifice. But the people of the Middle East, not the people of the
United States, must make these sacrifices. Indeed, heavy-handed attempts to force democracy upon the
region by military conquest will ultimately prove counter-productive toward those ends...."
Posted at 11:17 AM, GMT
Year-over-year performance for the top performing sector indexes I watch, and the top performing stocks within those indexes:
- Gold BUGS Index (HUI.X) + 119.8%
Internet Commerce Index (ECM.X) + 88.3%
- Golden Star Resources (GSS) + 535.8%
- Bema Gold (BGO) + 339.1%
- Coeur D'Alene Mines (CDE) + 269.7%
- Freeport McMoran (FCX) + 207.1%
- Glamis Gold (GLG) + 124.2%
- Ask Jeeves (ASKJ) + 913.0%
- CNET Networks (CNET) + 159.5%
- Ameritrade (AMTD) + 155.0%
- Yahoo! (YHOO) + 143.3%
- Amazon.com (AMZN) + 131.7%
Ask Jeeves, Weekly Chart
Posted at 10:56 AM, GMT
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