Vornado takes a stake in Sears

We’ve talked about variant perception several times before, and now we see how its done by some Pros: Vornado and Sears.

Talk about overlooking the obvious: Even after K-mart has quadrupled in 18 months post bankruptcy, was anyone else even looking at the fundamental value of real estate/property holdings of old line retailers?

Sears has owned most of their real property for decades, and I’ll bet it is understated as an asset on the books of the firm. Indeed, we will now see people reviewing the same for many retailers — JC Penney’s, Target, Home Depot, etc.

With the housing market smokin’, and commercial market a bit more difficult to assess on a comparable basis, Vornado made a bet that the commercial property holdings of Sears was not yet reflecting vastly increased US real estate market.

Kudos to Vornado on a brilliant play so obvious, so right-in-front-of-your-face, that we never even noticied it (even as 3/4 of Amercia drives by a Sears store on the way to work each day).

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Lets hear from the Dismal Scientists

Category: Economy

Nonfarm Payrolls Increase by 337,000

Category: Economy

Bush’s Win Draws Mixed Reviews

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The very excellent On-line WSJ has an interesting round up of editorial reactions around the world to the re-election of President George W. Bush. Papers like Pakistan’s Nation and the Lebanon Daily Star saw Mr. Bush’s win as strengthening his apparent go-it-alone approach. But some editorial writers urged Mr. Bush to try to make more effort to cooperate with the international community.

Liberation, France
Revolution

It is a revolution of which the consequences will endure longer than the “hangover” of criticism coming from the rest of the world, including France. … It was truly America that made its choice in the person of this Texan by adoption: a populist, mostly suburban or rural, fundamentally nationalist America. Preoccupied above all by its security and focused on the fundamental values of its Christian religion, the two core motivations of the Bush vote. … A new reactionary majority, rallied around Bush by a law-and-order reflex in a time of war has cemented its grip on democracy in America. The rest of the world can deplore it, but it must adapt itself to this reality.

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Times of London, Britain
Bush Has an Exceptional Opportunity — He Must Seize It

The paradox of Mr Bush’s endorsement at the polls is that he is now free of the constraints imposed by voters. He should consider this a liberation and an extraordinary opportunity. He can serve one more four-year term in Washington and has the capacity to shape his legacy like few American politicians before him. He must seize that chance. He can advance an imaginative agenda for himself and his party. … Even if Mr Bush were to do all this and more, there would still be some who belittle him or doubt the sincerity of his motives. That is unfortunate. The President should not waste time trying to appease or win over those who have no time for him. There is the chance, perhaps, that with the passage of time the qualities which Americans see in this politician will become more obvious to others. Mr Bush must exploit the prominence that he has been given for four more years.

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Category: Politics

Media Horses-R-Us

Category: Media

Media Appearence: Kudlow & Cramer (11/03/04)

Category: Media

Campaign 2004: Who had the “juice?”

Way way back in January, we looked at the question Who’s got juice?

Who influenced coverage the most in the 2004 campaign? There is no doubt that the Media’s coverage of the very close 2000 campaign influenced the outcome; There is perhaps some doubt as to the mass media’s impact on this election. The absence of any of bloggers — especially Markos, Glenn, Eschaton, Andrew, Wonkette, Kevin, Josh, James, Eric — make the entire list suspect.

Regardless, lets take another look at that list (via Newsday) and see how well those old media predictions stacked up:

“Influence can be shaped by new technology (blogging) or old (Rush Limbaugh’s dittoheads). It can rise with the sun (“Today”) or set after dark (“Tonight”). It can get out the votes (Tom Joyner) or effectively convince people why voting is an exercise in utter futility (Jon Stewart). It skews young or old, black or white, Hispanic or Anglo, male or female, rich or poor.

Influence, in other words, is often just a strange and bewildering reflection of our strange and bewildering media landscape that has been balkanized along racial, economic and demographic lines. The consequence of all this noise jostling for our attention is that each of us seeks solace – and most of our information – from just a few sources, and not necessarily the more traditional ones.

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Category: Media

Interactive Polling Maps

Category: Politics

The Tragedy of the Bush Administration

Category: Politics

New Column up at Real Money: Myths of the 2004 Election

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The latest Street.com column is up: “Myths of the 2004 Election.”

Its a look at some of the more annoying fallacies of this elction cycle.

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Category: Economy, Finance, Politics