"Don't sit so close."
"Don't bend over the table."
"Sit up straighter."
"Give the other guy a chance."
"Stop being so argumentative."
OK, OK -- I have gotten your emails. I hear what you are saying. You don't want me to be so passionate, or so upset or so moved. You don't want me to be so aggressive about my viewpoint. You don't want me to have that sometimes unnerving level of conviction and fire in my eyes.
Forget about it. You want me to be someone else. I can not be someone else. I lean over the table when I argue with someone on TV because I want to get in the other guy's face to tell him how wrong he is. I am acerbic when I think someone is doing something I don't like on the site, because that's what I do. I am passionate and angry about my views, especially when I am crossed, and that's just the way it is.
Take this gold thing today. Some of you emailed me and asked me why I
on what he was going to do on the
print that didn't hold. What do you expect me to do? Just let him
say whatever he wants about gold without responding? The biggest piece of gold stock comes available and I ask him if he is buying. Makes sense to me!
Or take this negative
stuff on the site right now. You think I am going to let the bears run over the Kohl's if Kohl's is good? Kohl's may not be the
, but they are in the semi-finals of greatness in retail and I like and support these guys. (Yes I am long.)
. Some reporter today calls me and asks, "Are you saying these nice things about AOL because you are long it?" I said, "No, I am long it because there are nice things happening to it." I then said, "Look, you can call me about the darned thing, but I think that AOL's numbers are too low." Again, she asked me, "Are you saying that because you are long?" I said I was long because I think the numbers are too low. I can't blow out of the stock. I have a four-month holding period.
This is a visceral game. I compare this site to the
. I am one of those linebackers that doesn't like people coming into my zone and if you do you should expect punishment if you are from the other team. And heaven help you if you are just some yahoo who has come running onto the field into my zone. Like one of my idols of youth,
Mike Curtis, the old
linebacker, I will take you down, right into the Astroturf.
One day, I won't care. One day, you will be able to say whatever you want on the other side of the table from me or on the other side of the site from me. But it won't be that table on
and it won't be in
. To paraphrase
the great TV shrink Dr. Melfi, I have a slight glitch in the flight-or-fight response mechanism. Don't ask me to cure it.
James J. Cramer is a director and co-founder of TheStreet.com. He contributes daily market commentary for TheStreet.com's sites and serves as an adviser to the company's CEO. Outside contributing columnists for TheStreet.com and RealMoney.com, including Cramer, may, from time to time, write about stocks in which they have a position. In such cases, appropriate disclosure is made. At the time of publication, Cramer was long AOL and Kohl's. While he cannot provide personalized investment advice or recommendations, he invites you to send comments on his column to