The Biggest News of the Day

08/12/2008 12:00 am EST

Focus: STOCKS

Tim Bourquin

Co-Founder, The Traders Expo and The Futures & Forex Expo


Here are some of the contenders for today's biggest...news...of...the...day...

  • Earnings from JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR)...
  • A $1.5 billion write-down for JP Morgan Chase & Co (JPM)...
  • Data on the trade gap...
  • A look into what Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT) is expected to report...
  • A look into Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN) rally and the Kindle...
  • Earnings from Fossil Inc (FOSL)...
  • A belief from the International Energy Agency that oil prices will remain high...
  • Earnings from LDK Solar Co Ltd (LDK)...
  • A look into the "greenback's sudden strength..."
  • Word that Bill Miller is betting on Freddie Mac (FRE)...[note - no word if this is confirmed by Blue Horse Shoe...]

While those are all stories worth watching, I think it is obviously clear that the biggest story is this video - Is this Texas' goat-sucker? - "A strange animal, suspected to be the legendary chupucabra, has been spotted in a Texas town..."

So...a law enforcement officer sees what appears to be a small, ugly coyote and immediately thinks - "hey, this must be a chupucabra." A quick Google search reveals this definition of the dreaded beast - "A vampire-like animal responsible for cattle mutilations..."

Does this look like an animal that is bringing down cattle? Unless cattle laugh, and I am talking fall-down-all-out laughing, I don't see it. Is anyone else concerned that this is from someone in a position of authority? Someone who is heavily armed?

But here is the big question...let's ignore the whole Occam's razor and the notion that "when you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras" and go with the idea that he did believe that this was a vampire-like, goat-sucking, creature-of-the-night monster. If that is the case, shouldn't his role as a protector of public safety dictated that he do something more than just film it? Right about now some poor goat is probably getting "vampired" and it all could have been prevented...

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