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The Left’s Way: Vindictive, not Appreciative

The division is becoming so wide and so deep, I have concern for the future of the United States.

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By some polls more than 70% of Republicans and 30% of Democrats believe that election fraud gave Joe Biden the presidency. Many Democrats, ensconced in the mainstream media bubble that has perpetrated hoax after hoax for four years, deny that any such schemes have occurred.

While many on the right assert that they will never regard this election as anything but stolen, a chilling reality sets in … Democrats were gleefully willing to steal this election, to overturn our most fundamental democratic institutions, and to seize control of the country. The schemes were varied, but all shared one common denominator: to usurp Democracy.

Fraud on Top of Fraud

Considering the minimizing of ID requirements, ballot-box stuffing, not delivering ballots, backdating ballots, ballot harvesting, voting twice, voting in place of the deceased, forging signatures, doctoring ballots, re-running ballots through counting machines, restricting access of poll watchers, coaching voters at the voting booth, feigning water main breaks to clear out voting precincts and manipulate counting machines, and using software susceptible to vote-switching (as employed in dozens of states), the effort was widespread.

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Also, in delivering truckloads of computer-generated ballots, “finding” stacks of ballots late, paying for votes, offering raffles prizes for voting, destroying opposition ballots, and so many other illegal and un-democratic schemes, the quest was the same: To rob us of our 233-year heritage; to prevent the rightful; winning candidate from assuming office, to steal other elections at the national, state, county, and local level; and to permanently vanquish our fundamental right to vote in free and fair elections,.

As such, roughly one half of the population – and perhaps one-half of all the people we know, are either complicit or somehow unaware.

Half of the Populace

These developments do not make for a unified nation, nor are they useful in going forward, and seeking to restore some sense of equanimity or even semi-cordial relations. The division is becoming so wide and so deep, I have concern for the future of the United States. Communities could be split apart. Families could be split apart.

As you begin to realize that those who oppose you politically are willing to do anything to ensure that their candidates are elected, at any cost, it is difficult to fathom. They look askance at anyone who doesn’t vote the way they vote. Indeed, recent studies have shown that people who vote Right are more tolerant than those who vote Left.

Of late, I’ve been contemplating whether or not to sever ties with liberal friends, some of whom I have known for decades. I have relatives who vehemently disagree with my vote, and apparently they are fine with having elections stolen, as long as their candidates win. I implore them to understand the enormous ramifications of stolen elections.

Re-Programming Camps for Thee

Each day, a Robert Reich, an AOC, a pundit, a reporter, or some other politician suggests assembling lists of Trump voters (all 74+ million?) for future re-education camps, or ‘reconciliation’ programs. This is the language that I would expect from a Maoist.

Voters on the Right are called every name in the book, i.e. ‘All Trump voters are Nazis,’ and this label is not issued as hyperbole. Trump’s record on minority employment, historically black colleges, opportunity zones, prison reform, the apprentice program, school choice, the (medical) right to try, Veterans Administration reform, troop withdrawal, Middle East peace, Jews and the state of Israel, Hispanics across the country, and so much more, flies in the face of viewing Trump voters as ‘deplorables.’ Yet, this is consistently and relentlessly how we’re regarded.

The Left’s history of dealing with those who do not toe their line is not pretty. And today’s Left seems poised to adopt the horrendous practices of their forebears. Biden and his puppet masters want us to be wary at all times.

What about the children we have in grade school, middle school, high school, and college? Will they have to knuckle under? Should we be silent at work, hiding our political inclinations? Will we be relieved of our jobs? Do we get ‘canceled?’ Will our incomes suffer? Will our businesses be flagged? Should we be wary of our neighbors?

Welcome to Joe Biden’s America.

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How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Throughout their lives, great minds ask confounding questions with child-like intensity

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Author Michael J. Gelb wrote a wonderful book titled How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, which contains many insights.

“Leonardo da Vinci lived to age 67 and during his life pioneered the sciences of botany, anatomy, and geology. He drew up plans for a flying machine, parachute, and helicopter, and he invented the telescoping ladder that’s still used by firefighters today. He also painted The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.” Here is what Gelb said about da Vinci and the topic of creativity:

[ ] Ask Questions. Throughout their lives, great minds ask confounding questions with child-like intensity. For instance, “How do birds fly?” “What makes the sky blue?” The answers can lead to discovery.

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[ ] Carry a notebook at all times so you won’t forget your brilliant ideas. By the way, da Vinci’s wrote many of his notes backward. Some people think it was because he was protecting his ideas from being stolen.

[ ] Challenge your long-standing opinions. You might have formed many of your views during or immediately after important childhood events. Ask yourself whether those conclusions still make sense.

[ ] Use your eyes and ears. Focus on the various parts of an object or scene, not just on the whole. This can help expand your perception. Instead of simply looking at a mountain, notice the rock formations and trees.

[ ] Try to write with your non-dominant hand. Taxing the opposite side of your brain can help you to think in a different way. And some people will think you went to medical school!

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BBQs Cook Fish, Too – Beware the Weber, Traeger IPOs

BBQ company insiders are trying to put all you fish directly onto hot coals via their IPOs.

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BBQ Fail

As we all know, Covid-19 policies have created an interesting array of winners and losers. Restaurants, travel and mall-based retail? Wah, wah. Meanwhile, any company remotely tied to housing, remodeling or recreation has been on absolute fire.

So what if your traditionally slow-growth, low-margin business suddenly had its best year ever by a wide margin? You’d probably think very seriously about trying to sell it.

That is exactly what is happening with the spate of BBQ-related IPOs that are about to pour onto this market.

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Are the upcoming initial public offerings of Traeger Pellet Grills and Weber good ideas for your investment portfolio? Be very careful.

First, it’s highly likely they’ve taken the route of public markets because they have nowhere else to go. Truly, who is Traeger’s logical acquirer? In a bygone era, Sears might have represented a possible exit but such buyers no longer exist. Maybe one of the few large competitors in this highly-fragmented industry like Weber? Whoops – they’re going public, too!

Focusing on Weber, what a story they seem to have on their hands, being able to claim 6-month revenue growth rates of over 60%! Wow!

Problem is, IBIS says annual growth of the bbq industry over the last 5 years averaged 4.7%, which means Weber caught lightning in a bottle thanks to this pandemic and they’re trying to cash in. Same with Traeger.

Unfair assessment, you say? Then why are roughly 2/3 of Traeger’s IPO shares being sold by insiders? That’s right, only 1/3 of this offering is to raise working capital for the company. The rest is insiders cashing out.

Hey, I’ll be the first to admit that Traeger grills are pretty cool. And these are familiar names so they may catch a bid based on that familiarity for a while, particularly if this housing market keeps steaming ahead. But by no means are these 10-year investments. If you just can’t help yourself and absolutely have to play with these shares, think more in terms of 10 weeks. Or 10 days.

Truly, how much longer can the explosive growth in our world of economic distortions last? Regardless, is there any way companies like this are going to keep posting 50%+ growth numbers? Pfffffffff.

Heck, as recently as 2019, Weber’s y-o-y revenues declined by 3%. That’s the nature of this industry – a little growth here, a little step back there… slow, stodgy, boring.

Even in Weber’s bounce back year of 2020, when revenues rebounded 15% compared to the prior full year? They made a paltry $88 million on $1.5 billion in revenues. Those are grocery store margins.

Yet despite this industry’s historically slow growth and non-existent margins, Weber’s market cap at IPO next week will be roughly $5 billion, meaning the shares will trade with a P/E of close to 60 like they’re some high-flying tech unicorn! Truly amazing stuff, but par for the course in today’s everything bubble.

As an aside, by the way, don’t even think about looking elsewhere in this sector, like to VELO and its recent announcement that the SPAC is taking BBQ Guys public. Does anyone recall what happened to BBQ retailers in the last economic downturn? If the phrase, “buh-bye,” doesn’t come to mind, you simply weren’t paying attention.

Make no mistake, all these BBQ industry IPOs are ‘greater fool’ investments at their finest. Sorry, but you’re the dumb money the insiders and their private equity backers are asking to buy their shares after one-time growth surges that probably surpassed even their wildest imaginations.

There’s an old saying in poker: if you look around the table and can’t figure out who the fish is, you’re the fish.

In this case, the BBQ company insiders are trying to put all you fish directly on their hot coals.

No, thanks. I’ll have a salad this time instead.

 

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