Monday, December 5, 2016
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Girding for Civil War



Unless you are living the hermit’s life, under a rock within a deep dark Paleozoic cave, you are aware that next Saturday’s NCAA Final Four College Basketball Championship will feature two Kentucky rivals in a battle to determine who will represent the state in the National Championship game. Despite being a huge fan of the (currently) nine-point underdog Cardinals, I am experiencing Zen-like calm and good feeling.

You see, like with my “What Me Worry?” New York Giants earlier this year, I never expected the Cards to get past the second round of the Big East Tournament, never mind the far more expansive NCAA Tourney.  But like my Superbowl winning Giants, the Cards have considerably outperformed my expectations.  Using a mixture of psychotically wearying man/zone defense and pure will power, they have won their last eight games in a row, taking not only the Big East Title (like eventual NCAA winners UConn did in 2011), but also beating all reasonable odds to arrive in the Final Four this weekend.

They took out Michigan State like they were a bunch of soft muppet Goldman clients, not the eventual Tournament Champion I had slated the Spartans for in my personal brackets.  They followed that win by beating an absolutely on-fire, can’t-miss-three-point-shooting Florida Gator team seemingly through psychological intimidation alone.  It was truly miraculous, and I am now happy to the point where my inborn Irish sense of karma has me looking out for fast-approaching meteorites.

Because I can’t lose now, really.  No one expected my Cards to do this well, just like no one expected the Giants to get into the playoffs in early December.  Or to beat Green Bay or San Francisco (and not have to play New Orleans again!).  Therefore I am playing with house money right now…

And guess who has to win it all this year or be seen as ultimate chokers?  Do you think maybe it’s that team with the five “sure fire” top ten draft picks? The Blue people from down the road, east of us, in little Lexington?

Can you feel the warmth of my smile from here, my friends?


On a more serious topic, I was also  going to write about the possible Civil War brewing with regard to the Supreme Court’s coming decisions regarding the Commerce Clause and its relation to Obamacare.   However, I don’t wish to spoil my current mellow mood, so I will hold off, probably until tomorrow.  Suffice it to say — for now — that this may be the most important Supreme Court decision since the New Deal Era (error?).

More tomorrow.  Let tonight be about the (relative) innocence of college hoops.


As for the stocks and other investments this blog is supposed to be about, well, I felt good enough about the state of the dollar and the silver market to add a significant portion of SSRI to my portfolio.   I think it’s inexpensive here, frankly, and likely trade bait at some point.   That was all I added however, as I am still bound by caution here as we approach the end of the month and the Ides of May.

My best to you all.


A Short Introduction To Louisville Hoop, Circa 2012:

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  1. Woodshedder

    Jake, wife is UL grad. Didn’t know if you remembered. Other family are UK grads. Will be a great battle!

  2. Blind Read Ant

    I like UK, the campus and city, but go Cards.

    • JakeGint

      It’s a boutique town, filled w. a lot of coal money, horse money, bourbon money, and other idle rich.

      The Lou is much more “real bidness,” and blue collar.

      They are the underdogs of course, so go Cards!


  3. The Zombie

    Louisville +9 is a steal. I’m tempted to take UL on the money line as well at +400. They only lost at UK by 7 and now they’re playing much better ball. Jake, remember your post after the 40 point Friar loss? Completely different team now.

  4. pistilstamen

    You’re on a roll…it’s great while it lasts. I was able to experience a Super Bowl and Stanley Cup (including the greatest game I have ever witnessed by one of “my teams” within a few months of each other back in ’09. These moments don’t come around very often…enjoy it. As a Big East fan, I’ll be pulling for Louisville and hoping that Pitino dusts off the white suit for the championship game.

  5. THEosu

    Should be an interesting weekend . THE Buckeyes lost @ Kansas earlier this year
    without Sullinger .

  6. Hack

    I thought your headline meant what will happen when Zimmerman is no-billed by the Grand Jury.

    • JakeGint

      LOL. That will be a Sharpton War, if anything.

      Schit is already losing steam. “Zimmerman” doesn’t seem to fit the typical Bull Conner bill.


  7. chris

    Depending what side of the bed Kennedy rises will determine if the government can force you to buy something. It’s that simple.

    If the individual mandate is determined constitutional I will start a campaign forcing every American over the age of 16 to be forced to buy an automobile. Every fucking one. Since we must have roads (healthcare) all must be forced to participate (individual mandate). We all benefit from the roads (healthcare system) whether we use it or not (healthcare insurance).

    Alive and well in my favorite TN Silurian cave digging up trilobites.

    • JakeGint

      Guy said it well the other day…

      You think you have trouble with lobbyists NOW?…. Wait until the Supreme Court makes it legal for the gummint to compel you to buy products & services “for the greater good” via the Commerce Clause…

      Chevy Volts for all my friends!


      • chris

        I actually think, and I agree it’s a stretch, but I think that Sotamayor and Breyer may actually, possibly, have a problem with the premise the government can force one to buy a product. Kagan and Ginsberg are forever lost causes to anything but liberal/Socialist outcomes. But the others…maybe not.

        • chris

          Sotomayor seemingly incredulous today: “You’re saying there is no limit to the gov’t forcing you into commerce?”

          Interesting, no?

  8. hitter

    Jake, what about EXK and RGLD. Buy now or wait to see if FLY theory about PMs in hot market holds?

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  10. #6

    AAU has gotten pummeled since your last post about it. But i’m wondering if it’s not worth a few flyers down here. Thoughts?

  11. Dancin

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    “He just happened to think UofL would beat UK and he started to run his mouth. That’s what started it,” said UK fan Ed Wilson.

    So of course the only option is to come to blows and defend your team’s honor.

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