George Zimmerman shows his true colors…again


APOPKA, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman was charged with assault Monday after his girlfriend called deputies to the home where they were living and claimed he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument, authorities said.

The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, called 911 in the early afternoon to say that Zimmerman had smashed a glass table, threatened her with the shotgun and ultimately pushed her out of the house, according to an arrest report. After pushing her out, Zimmerman barricaded the door with furniture and refused to leave, saying that he would talk to police by phone, authorities said.

Deputies used a key provided by Scheibe to unlock the door and they were able to push through the barricade of items, Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said at a news conference hours after the arrest.

“She was very concerned for her own safety especially having the weapon pointed at her and then being pushed out,” Lemma said.

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More deadly storms


The scale of Sunday’s deadly storms became clearer this morning: Six people dead in Illinois, hundreds of homes flattened and splintered, 81 tornadoes sighted through the Midwest, 358 reports of damaging winds, 40 reports of large hail.

Since 1986, there have been 194 tornado warnings issued in the month of November in Illinois: More than half of them, 101, were issued Sunday, according to the Chicago Weather Center.

As crews fanned out from the National Weather Service to assess the storm’s impact, WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling said it may go down as one of the most powerful to hit the region in decades.

“It appears the storm may have produced the most powerful Illinois November tornado on record outside of St. Louis (and possibly elsewhere) and may be one of the four most intense Great Lakes storms of the past five decades,” he said.

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The DOW breaks through 16,000 benchmark


New York City (AFP) – The Dow and S&P 500 blasted to new records in early trade Monday fueled by a wave of new Boeing plane orders and continued positive investor sentiment for stocks.

After 90 minutes of trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 51.92 points (0.33 percent) at 16,013.62, after crossing the 16,000 milestone for the first time.

The broad-based S&P 500 made its first foray above 1,800, adding 1.96 (0.11 percent) at 1,800.14.

The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index rose 2.66 (0.07 percent) to 3,988.62.

The biggest gainer in the Dow was Boeing (+2.4 percent), which won more than $100 billion in new orders at the Dubai Airshow on Sunday.

Bring out the champagne.    Where is Steve Randolph?   He usually runs with the bulls…err…bull market that is.  While 16,000 is merely a psychological barrier, it does indicate that investors feel that things will be good 6 months from now.  Apparently they like what they see with Janet Yellen.  She is in no hurry to change things around.

Naturally there are doom and gloomers out there who predict the end of the world as we know it.  In many ways, having money in the stock market can be as risky as betting on the ponies at the race track.  On the other hand, keeping your money in a sock under the bed allows you to be eaten up by inflation.   I have always thought a good mix was the way to go.  One caveat–I am not a bonds person.

The ride might be bumpy this week as investors do some profit taking.  Any advice?  Apparently those who wanted us to buy gold and who knew all the answers are off somewhere licking their wounds.