March 8, 2013 |
Everybody loves lists. Most of those you see in the papers or online tend toward the inconsequential (The Six Best "Fast & Furious" Movies). So here's a list with a bit more gravitas: The five biggest lies you're being told about entitlement programs. Never mind that the very word "entitlement" is a lie. Social Security and Medicare got that name because workers became "entitled" to those benefits by paying into the system. In recent years, however, the term has become distorted to signify benefits people are entitled to without earning them.
January 30, 2001 |
Men's Wearhouse (MW) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Buy * Mike: I'll start with this question about Men's Wearhouse: Jim, would you say that George Zimmer is the Frank Perdue of the '90s? Jim: No question, though some readers might not get the connection. Zimmer is not only the chief executive of apparel chain Men's Wearhouse, he's also its pitchman on TV and radio, just as Perdue flacked--or flicked--for his chicken company. And like Perdue, Zimmer's very good at promotion.
February 17, 2012 |
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused a columnist for The Times of illegally recording conversations with the president of the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing firm. The company is known for its ubiquitous billboards plastered along Southland freeways — and its catchy jingle that pops up on the radio and television — that promote shedding pounds via the Lap-Band weight-loss device. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub threw out the lawsuit that Robert Silverman, the marketing company's president, had filed against Times columnist Michael Hiltzik.
July 11, 2000 |
Sara Lee (SLE) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Buy * Jim: It's a good thing that Sara Lee's new chief executive is trying to turn this company upside down, because if he wasn't I believe Sara Lee would soon succumb to a new owner that would. Mike: Now Jim, before we continue with all that important corporate stuff, let me start by saying I think of Sara Lee as an old friend. Jim: My, so warm and fuzzy today, Mike. Let me guess.
January 2, 2001 |
Lowe's Cos. (LOW) Jim: Buy Mike: Don't buy Mike: I don't know about you, Jim, but I've noticed around Southern California that there's a new store anchoring a lot of these new malls: Lowe's home improvement stores. I think of stores like Lowe's and Home Depot as lumberyards with a college education. Jim: You know, this might be a knock on any other company, but Lowe's is almost a Home Depot wannabe. Mike: Almost? That's exactly what Lowe's is. Jim: All right.
July 4, 2000 |
Reader's Digest Assn. (RDA/RDB) Jim: Don't buy Mike: Don't buy * Jim: When it comes to Americana, Michael, I can't think of any more tried-and-true name than Readers's Digest, correct? Mike: Did you say tried and true or trite and true? Jim: Snippy right out of the box today, eh? But you're right. To many people, Reader's Digest isn't just old, it's musty old--as in not being of much use. Mike: That's right. When you flip the pages of Wall Street reports on this stock, moths come flying out.
January 5, 1999 |
Intel (INTC) Jim: Today we look at the world's biggest semiconductor maker. It has annual sales of $26 billion, is one of the most heavily traded Nasdaq stocks and is probably best known to our readers for its Pentium microprocessor chips for personal computers. Mike: Some things have changed for Intel over the last year or so. In the old days, buying or selling Intel was basically a play on high-technology.
April 11, 2000 |
Microsoft (MSFT) JIM: (Don't Buy) MIKE: (Buy) * Jim: Well, Mike, we're taking another look at Microsoft today, and it's only the second time we've revisited a stock we've already reviewed. Mike: Ironically, the first time was when we reconsidered Microsoft's archrival, Apple Computer. We both recommended Microsoft's stock last summer, but it seems there's been a spot of news lately that warrants a chat about whether the stock is still a buy.
August 1, 2000 |
Jim: It's time for our semiannual review, Mike, when we go back and take a look-see at our picks of the last year or so. It's sometimes painful, but the mail indicates our readers like to see how we've fared. Mike: I think what some of our readers like is the chance to see where they've been smarter than we are. Hey, it's a risk for anyone who lays out their stock picks for public consumption. Jim: Oh sure, we're a courageous pair.
April 18, 2000 |
Healtheon/WebMD (HLTH) (Jim: Don't buy) (Mike: Buy) * Jim: Friday's sell-off didn't much help our first stock today, Mike, Healtheon/WebMD-- Mike: Boy, that name's a mouthful. Jim: --And I was just about to say, can't they do something about that name? Mike: Be grateful it's still that short, given Healtheon/WebMD's penchant for buying one company after another. For all we know, six months from now it might be HealtheonWebMDMedicalManagedCareInsiteHealthNetwork, or some such.