Have a beignet for me, David
• I understand the bear case. How can one not given the exceptionally cogent explanations of it here at Minyanville? What I want to know is if we are October '29 or October '87...
• Best wishes to Elizabeth Edwards on successful treatment and a permanent remission for her breast cancer.
• It turns out 1.5M more youth voters turned out for the 2004 election than in 2000, so the get out the vote campaign was successful. They didn't increase as a percentage of voters between 2000 and 2004 because the GOP effort was similarly successful.
• I finally saw a replay of my Bloomberg TV appearance. I promise to smile more next time.
• Merck is in big trouble in the lawsuit over Vioxx. I'm not sure the plaintiff's bar even has to subpoena expert testimony. Just hand them Dr. Eric Topol's scathing criticism in the NEJM and the similar bushwhacking they got in the Lancet.
• John Kerry got more votes than Ronald Reagan did in his landslide victory in 1984. Unfortunately for the Senator's backers, he didn't get more than President Bush.
• I wrote a while back the FDA would be reviewing its procedures for approving follow-on drugs regardless of who won the White House. The WSJ picked up the story this morning.
• Seven consecutive Democrat Presidential candidates have received less than 50% of the popular vote.
• I've been running my own company for most of six years. I ran someone else's company for six years before that. I spent last night, as I have on Thursday nights for the last month, in a pub with a local entrepreneur's club. What an outstanding way to recharge the batteries.
• I love my job.
• I can't wait to come to the Big Apple the week of November 15 to see my current customers and meet (hopefully) many new ones. Hanging out at the Minyanville offices should be a hoot, too.
• I don't eat sushi. Growing up in a fishing town I know where it comes from and if it ain't cooked, it ain't going down this gullet.
• A leftist newspaper in Britain handed out addresses of voters in a swing county in Ohio, inviting its readers to write to these voters and convince them to vote against President Bush. The reaction? A letter to the editor from a local election official read, in part: "The American Revolution was fought for a reason." Reaction part 2? In 2000, Al Gore won by 324 votes. In 2004, President Bush won the county by 1,620 votes. This was the only county in Ohio that Mr. Gore won that Senator Kerry didn't.
• "I'm kickin' the plan before the plan kicks me. I'm gonna get me... outta here." - Jet
• Have a great weekend! I wing to the Big Easy on Sunday for a quick biz trip. See you again on Wednesday.
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