Yesterday, U.S. stocks plummeted, the dollar took a dive on whispers by the Chinese that it is losing its status as a world currency, and oil edged perilously close to the bogeyman at $100.  But, hey, other than that, everything’s fine, right?

This morning, the bad news started early with reports of stocks tumbling in the Asian markets in response to yesterday’s Western hemisphere bloodbath.  Oil prices are now resuming their rise this morning, and Bernanke is finally articulating what everyone has already been guessing:  the U.S. economy will be slowing down in forthcoming months.

Brother, can you spare a million bucks?  How about just a few gallons of gasoline? …