15 October 2008

Barack Obama Hates Me

From this coming Sunday's New York Times Magazine article "Working for the Working Class Vote"

“I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls,” Obama told me. “If I were watching Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me, right? Because the way I’m portrayed 24/7 is as a freak! I am the latte-sipping, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, politically correct, arrogant liberal. Who wants somebody like that?

OK, so I like a latte occasionally, and you pretty much have to sip it, because Starbucks coffee is always really hot. I read the New York Times (self-evident by the fact that I just quoted from it). I don't own a car, but my husband has a fondness for vintage Volvos, so if I did, it might be one of those. I don't own a gun. I wouldn't describe myself as effete exactly, since that adjective is generally applied to girly men; maybe I skate by on that one. Politically correct? I'm sure when I don't laugh at the sexist jokes my boss tells during staff meetings there are one or two people who think so. Arrogant? Yes, about certain things. Liberal? Definitely.

Does that mean I shouldn't vote Obama now?

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06 October 2008

Things Are Not Looking Good for Our Dow

As of this writing, the Dow is down 694 points, or 6.72%. Don't they halt trading at some point if it goes down far enough? Yes.

In a nutshell, it's too late in the day for them to halt trading, unless it drops another 3,306 points, which does not seem plausible. However, before 2:30, it only -- only -- needs to drop 1350 to trigger a half-hour pause.