by Mark Scheinbaum
American Reporter Correspondent
August 18, 2007
Angel Fire, N.M.
AN INVESTOR'S PARABLE
ANGEL FIRE, N.M, Aug. 17, 2007 -- Would you commit new, speculative, important amounts of. money to the ttock market between now and September 11?
Once upon a time there was a family who lived in a lovely house, on one of the nicest streets, in a fine, upper-middle-class neighborhood, of a low-unemployment, low-crime, small American city.
The Papa, wanting to keep his property nice and neat, and maintain property values, decided one day that he had put off a do-it-yourself project too long, and assembled ladders, paints, and brushes to completely paint the house.
It was two days before Halloween.
By the morning of Oct. 31, all the neighbors smiled and nodded in approval, as the gutters, leaners, soffits, wood trim, garage door, spackle, flower boxes and all of the house shone brightly from the nice new coat of Sears' 15-year-warrantied Weatherbeater paint at $24.99 per gallon.
Papa smiled as he backed out of the garage, and Momma and the kids raised their eyebrows and grinned in appreciation as they waited for the school bus.
It seemed like a normal trick-or-treat evening, and everyone went to sleep.
When Papa went out for his newspaper on the lawn at 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, he noticed that the sidewalk was covered with colored chalk and obscenities.
He looked above the garage and notices red and purple splotches of paint that had been imploded from plastic balloons tossed at his house.
The shiny stain and lacquer on the expensive garage door had dried eggs, eggshell included, stuck on the surface.
Halloween vandals had done their best. His trees were strewn with toilet paper, his mailbox smashed and his garbage cans crushed.
Just two blocks away, Mr. and Mrs. Cohen were crying as the police cruiser pulled up, and they pointed to the giant swastika painted in white spray paint across their roof.
For the rest of your life, and the lives of your children and grandchildren, there will be people who will celebrate September 11 as the day they struck a blow against Christians, Jews, Americans, and infidels. They will revel in the fact that they disrupted tourism and capital markets for months, killed more than 3,000 of your countrymen, and if they missed you and your family on that round, they'll try their best the next time.
There are people who hate you not just because of what you are, but because of who you are.
If they can circumvent the various obstacles now placed in their path, on the anniversary of their September 11 achievement, they would like to celebrate with another attack.
If you are smart enough to understand this, why would you intentionally put additional resources at risk in any year on the few days and weeks prior to Sept. 11?