“Woe to the land whose king is a child and whose leaders are already drunk in the morning. Happy the land whose king is a nobleman, and whose leaders work hard before they feast and drink, and then only to strengthen themselves for the tasks ahead”. (Eccl 10: 16-17)


"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." … Frederic Bastiat


Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God. – Archbishop Chaput


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gold market has calmed down a bit

It is still volatile but compared to the wicked roller coaster rides of recent days, it seems a bit calmer. Physical buying under $1600 has been very strong which is serving to shore up support on the chart. Still, there is not enough "umph" to take it convincingly through the $1680 level, a level which must be cleared to let this thing retest $1700.

Downside support near $1580 needs to continue to hold to keep it from dropping back towards $1550. So far the spike low seems to be safe.

The mining shares are still struggling to get anything going to the upside. The S&P has faded from its earlier gains and moved into negative territory as I wriet this. That has taken most of the wind out of the HUI.