Pay Down the Mortgage or Invest, that is the question

I had a long conversation with Bert today on the phone as he was on his way to Detroit.  It was regarding what the heck to do with my idle cash that I typically use for investment purposes, but am getting anxious as it has been almost two weeks since purchasing a stock.  We were trying to discuss if and why I should make extra payments towards my mortgage, which I typically do once per year.  Here is how our discussion went.

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