There are some oddities here. Via the inestimable Taegan Goddard's Political Wire, the first polls to close are
Indiana (East), Kentucky (East)
Florida (Peninsula), Kentucky (West), Indiana (West), Vermont, Georgia, New Hampshire, Virginia, South Carolina
Hedge funds can arrest the development of whole economies, and they have the potential to crash the financial system. It has almost happened before. In 1998 the Fed persuaded the "Fourteen Families" (an apposite Mafia reference) of Wall Street - the major banks - to cough up money for a $3.6bn bailout for Long-Term Capital Management, a hedge fund whose bets went wrong. The Fed said at the time that LTCM's failure had been abrupt and disorderly and had posed "unacceptable risks to the American economy".
Ok, so I'm a tad nervous this morning. Coffee probably wasn't a good idea this morning, but it's going to be a busy day. I'll be at several election parties tonight, and running around between blogging today, and chewing on my fingernails. But I wanted to say:
Thank you, Fremen warriors. And: I'm sorry for being such a Bitch.
Long Live the Fighters! Read more about To the Fighters
Josh Marshall has a link: Center for Citizen Media. If you're doing any polling-place activism, including monitoring or observation, give a quick look here before you go. Might help keep harassment to a minimum or even your ass out of jail to know the facts in advance.
But vote first just in case. They don't let you out of the gray-bar hotel to cast your own ballot, ya know. Read more about Blogging The Election: Legal Advice
Before it's too late:
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This piece of anti-GOTV propaganda really pissed me off:
In many ways, the election doesn't matter, and all the hoopla is an exercise in delusional hype.
As Bryce saw, our politicians are slaves to public opinion. Superficially, this should be reassuring. Democracy is working, because public attitudes remain the dominant influence -- not "big money" or "special interests," as many believe.
NYT is running some kind of free HBO-style promo on their incredibly evil paywall this week, so we can actually read Paul Krugman in realtime without having to search all over hell and gone for somebody who ripped it for the rest of us to see:
At this point, nobody should have any illusions about Mr. Bushâ€™s character. To put it bluntly, heâ€™s an insecure bully who believes that owning up to a mistake, any mistake, would undermine his manhood â€” and who therefore lives in a dream world in which all of his policies are succeeding and all of his officials are doing a heckuva job. Just last week he declared himself â€œpleased with the progress weâ€™re makingâ€ in Iraq.
The choice is now clear. Republican candidates for Congress and the Senate can either stand with our troops, or they can stand with Bush. The two are no longer compatible.
Monday, an incredible rare joint editorial will run in the Army Times, the Air Force Times, and the Navy Times:
Time for Rumsfeld to go
â€œSo long as our government requires the backing of an aroused and informed public opinion â€¦ it is necessary to tell the hard bruising truth.â€
So, being culturally clueless (even before I moved to the Bubble) I missed this totally cool little ditty that's been making the rounds on airwaves in all sorts of cheap markets (scroll down for the YouTube). It rocks! And I bet it works, really, really well. Seems like a classic case of K.I.S.S to me: catchy, adaptable, inoffensive, simple in message. And for all the 'negativity' of the message, positive-feeling, and upbeat. Political genius. Read more about Cheap, Simple, Effective