Tuesday, January 31, 2006

OEX Option Model Returns for January '06:

Model: 20.00%
S&P500: 3.05%

Thursday, January 26, 2006

In 7 hours I will be embarking on my 14th trip to Las Vegas. Now that the dreaded 13th visit is behind me, should I expect better luck?

UPDATE...Vegas was not kind to us this time around. Though my unlucky 13th trip was already behind me, I didn't realize this was in fact my wife's 13th visit. Well, that's my excuse for our abysmal results this weekend. As expected, the wife sustained heavy losses at the poker tables (it was her first time playing live games, after all), but her usually good roulette luck came to an abrupt end, as did mine.

We left Sin City penniless, but not dejected; Trip #15 is already in the works for April.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

If only all liberals could be this honest every now and then...

Well, Harper pulled it off...barely. After running a nearly flawless campaign, picking up over 36% of the popular vote, and securing a respectable foothold in Quebec, the Tories still only managed a 21 seat margin over the imploding Liberals. How is that possible? You'll have to ask that question of voters from, where else, Ontario. They flirted with Harper only long enough to skew the pre-election day polling numbers. In the end, Ontarians were spooked by the prospect of electing the "Scary Christians from Calgary", though they did begrudgingly throw 40 ridings Harper's way. Hey, it's a start, I guess. Mass hysterical lunacy is apparently a difficult affliction to overcome.

Friday, January 13, 2006

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you're probably aware that I differ from many of my conservative friends on the issue of gay marriage. Most of the common arguments against redefining traditional notions of marriage make little sense to me, mainly because they are logically inconsistent and rely too heavily upon religious doctrine. That said, one of the few points that did resonate with me, which was roundly denounced by gay advocates as a narrow response by closed-minded homophobes, was the concern that allowing gays to marry would set off a domino effect. First come the queers, then the polygamists, then the pedophiles, etc, etc...until soon every closeted group will feel free to argue that an open society should permit marriage to whomever or whatever.

Suddenly, I hear a little less scoffing. Three law professors from my alma mater authored a study commissioned by the Canadian Dept. of Justice that calls for removing the polygamy ban from the criminal code. As the chief author of the study puts it, "In light of the fact that we have a fairly permissive society...why are we singling out that particular form of behaviour for criminalization?"

The traditional marriage defenders should have their "I told you so" faces on today.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

NEWS FLASH>> 345+ Killed in Hajj Stampede...

...Just like last August.

Can someone please explain this lunacy to me? I don't get it.