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Dale Franks

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Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-12

.@MelissaTweets: Ready for President Palin?|The sun will set in a blazing red sky to the east of Casablanca before she is elected president. #

RT @daveweigel: Thus end the airline hell tweets. Up next: Not crashing!" | You hope. #

RT @jaseliberty @dmataconis @griftdrift: "headed tongue runoff" | Sounds naughty. #

Now you can build your own Google Android apps, even if you're not a programmer. http://usat.me?99590 #

More Americans' credit scores sink to new lows http://usat.me?39232584 #RecoverySummer #

RT @GaltsGirl @biggovt: NAACP Proposes Resolution Condemning Tea Party as Racist. | Well, that's sure to promote tolerance and inclusion. #

Democrats plan to Europeanize the DoD, reducing the ability to project force, in order to fund social programs. http://bit.ly/cys4vP #

Consumer Reports: iPhone4 is teh suxx0rz. http://bit.ly/cV5Jnn #

Microsoft wants to sell Windows tablets by the end of the year. Huh. Well, I'm sure it'll be as good as their phones. http://bit.ly/cPFTOS #

Democrat governors really don't want their party to address immigration. At least not in an election year. http://bit.ly/9m8rPd #

Predator drones: Our way of reminding Muslims that their past contributions to science have led to Hellfire missiles. http://bit.ly/af0kpl #

Swiss free Polanski; won't extradite director to U.S. http://usat.me?39232306 | Whew! Artistic crisis averted. #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-09

This is, sadly, quite insane. Yet it's still better than any job creation program Obama's come up with. http://bit.ly/chZA7o #

If the 10th Amendment kills DOMA, then it should also kill the Health Care Reform law passed this year. http://bit.ly/cGpG8Y #

Bad polling news for California's pot legalization initiative. http://bit.ly/bRvni3 #

Joe Biden at a Barbara Boxer fundraiser last night. That must have been like Einstein meeting with Fermi. But opposite. http://bit.ly/d7oDwS #

Obama touts green jobs at an electric vehicle plant, where literally tens of jobs may be created. http://bit.ly/bj62U8 #

Media is shocked to learn that one of the top people we have in the shouting and killing people trade speaks bluntly. http://bit.ly/blPj2q #

Special election cleared to fill Byrd's seat http://usat.me?39197678 #

Apparently, some gentleman involved in sport will cease playing a game in one city, and begin playing it in another. How…usual. #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-08

RT @EdMorrissey @andylevy: Goodbye, Anna Chapman, et al.// We'll always have Facebook. | Now they get to go back to the Rodina as heroes. #

RT @ErickaAndersen: Wow never would have known this is what @maddow looked like back in the day! | Time is a bitch. #

RT @markknoller BHO: Reps want car keys to the economy: "They don't know how 2 drive." | Driving on the wrong side of the road's no better. #

Palin video: 'Look out Washington,' here come 'Mama Grizzlies' http://usat.me?99223 | She's a rock star, bless her empty little head. #

Preventing you from doing a line of coke is more important than the safety of little Mexican children. http://usat.me?39177718 #

Initial jobless claims are still stuck at around 450k. June retail sales were sluggish. http://usat.me?39182882 #RecoverySummer #

Six months old. Seventy pounds. Titus Pullo Corso. http://twitpic.com/23d4ly #

I completely missed the earthquake. I was sitting down in the back yard being smothered by dogs, and never felt a thing. Nor did the dogs. #

Stone Russian Imperial Stout. 10.5% alcohol by volume. Yeah, its been that kind of day. http://twitpic.com/23cd6m #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-07

Mommy's Black Eye: A Guide To Keeping Daddy Happy #failedchildrensbooks #

Why Mommy Hates Daddy's Secretary. #failedchildrensbooks #

All My "Uncles": Mommy Needs to Have a Life, Too #failedchildrensbooks #

Today's P/E ratio for the S&P 500 is 19.3. The historical avg is 15.7. that implies the S&P index could drop another 200 points to 862. #

The general rule is, if you're taking vacations to Thailand, you're probably up to no good. http://bit.ly/cAzi7f #

I can't figure out who I care less about: Lindsay Lohan, or Levi Johnson. #

Wow. Seems like a slow news day. #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-06

You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don't know how many bananas, maybe a thousand. #moviequoteswithbananas #

Take the gun. Leave the bananas. #moviequoteswithbananas #

Apparently, California has solved every major problem the state faces. http://bit.ly/dhNJMA #

RT @bdomenech @JimPethokoukis: What would it take to get unemployment below 9% by Election Day? | An act of God. #RecoverySummer #

I'm sure the Republicans had a good reason for putting Mr. Steele in as RNC Chair. I wonder what it was. #

Kristol to Steele: "Your [RNC] tenure has of course been marked by gaffes and embarrassments." Not BFFs, I guess. http://bit.ly/9jIdQh #

Huh. The weather widget on my HTC Incredible says we'll have a high of 77 today, with mixed rain and snow. That should be interesting. #

Expect up to 400k government layoffs at state, local level. http://usat.me?39146644 #RecoverySummer #

ISM says service sector growth slows in June http://usat.me?39151612 # RecoverySummer #

Turkey just keeps pushing the Israelis. It looks to me as if Turkey is intentionally sabotaging the relationship. http://bit.ly/aaldBx #

3 headless bodies found in car in Mexico http://usat.me?39146528 | And my cruise to Mexico begins in just 7 weeks! #

Defense chief restricts interviews after McChrystal flap http://usat.me?39120926 | Closing the barn door after the horse has left, are we? #

McCain: Steele must assess his future as GOP head http://usat.me?39132882 | Is there some sort of pool on Steele resigning I can get into? #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-02

CA Appeals Court: The governor may lower state workers' pay to the minimum wage if a state budget isn't in place. http://bit.ly/b3sk99 #

HCR may mean longer emergency room waits and more crowding. Unexpectedly! http://usat.me?39117590 #

RT @LeftCrusader: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that non-farm jobs fell from 133,549k in Jan09 to 130,470k today. That's -3.079m. #

RT @LeftCrusader: The 3 million jobs lost is a complete bullshit talking point by fixed news. | Its the official BLS non-farm employm't no. #

RT @LeftCrusader: @DaleFranks CLinton creatd 20 m and Carter created 10m n 1 term. | Under Reagan, 17.7m jobs were created. So do I win? #

RT @LeftCrusader: Bush creatd just over a million [jobs] n 8 years. | And 3m+ jobs have disappeared in 18 months of Obama. #

RT @LeftCrusader: @DaleFranks CLinton creatd 20 m and Carter created 10m n 1 term. | *shrug* That's irrelevant to your claim about Obama. #

RT @LeftCrusader, re: Obama creating jobs v. Bush. BLS payroll employment: 2001-2009, +1.86m jobs. Since 2009, -3.079 jobs. Ur math sucks. #

Factory orders fall 1.4% in May after 9 months of gains http://usat.me?39114292 #RecoverySummer #

Official unemployment rates: Jun 09: 9.5%, Jun 10: 9.5%. Actual unemployment rates: Jun 09: 11.4%, Jun 10: 13.1% #

Isn't it interesting how, as unemployed people get discouraged and stop looking for work, the unemployment rate declines? That's by design. #

Using the historical labor force participation rate (66.2%), the actual unemployment rate is 13.1%, up from 12.8% last month. #

In June, 125k jobs lost, yet the unemploym't rate went DOWN to 9.5%, says the BLS. Unemploym't rate is really lowballed. #RecoverySummer #

Anderson Cooper: It's inconceivable that on Day 73 of the oil spill, we're still talking about getting skimmers to start working on the oil. #

The general opinion seems to be that the Feds are incompetent buffoons. #

Billy Nungesser, Plaqumines Parish President, says he's not asking the CG permission to do anything, and the Feds can suck it. #

Watching Anderson Cooper on CNN right now, tearing the Feds a new one for lack of transparency in the oil cleanup efforts. He seems PO'd. #

RT @AblativMeatshld: CA Welfare Recipients Withdraw $12k From Strip Club ATMs http://fxn.ws/d5s4EY" | Meh. I could do that by myself. #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-01

U.S. auto sales down from May by 12-15%, though higher than last June. http://usat.me?39099746 #RecoverySummer #

Mayor Daley sets out new gun rules for Chi: 1 working gun, registration, 4-hr training course, gun must remain indoors. http://bit.ly/aaxoyI #

Why are Great Whites hanging around So Cal? My kayak and I do not like this! http://bit.ly/csNGIq #

Are Boehner and Barton actually Dem sleeper agents? 'Cause they couldn't do a better job of hurting Rs if they were. http://bit.ly/adb76g #

Flurry of negative economic reports dampen recovery hopes. http://usat.me?39096550 #RecoverySummer #

'See something, say something' also known to some as "be a rat", drive begins in NYC http://usat.me?39099242 #

Al Gore: I did not attempt to have sex with that woman! I'm totally cereal! http://usat.me?98541 #

RT @dmataconis: Kagan Ends Testimony With Confirmation Assured http://bit.ly/9iaOEv | Elections have consequences. #

http://bit.ly/9zTP8s Stocks tumbled today after worse-than-expected readings on manufacturing, housing and the labor market. #RecoverySummer #

http://bit.ly/aVe2gN Mortgage Rates Fall; 30-Year Fixed Extends Record Low To 4.58%. #RecoverySummer #

http://bit.ly/c0WSGx Treasury Yield Curve Flattest Since October on U.S. Jobs, Factory Reports. #RecoverySummer #

http://bit.ly/agVzDW U.S. Manufacturing Grows at Slower Pace Than Forecast in ISM's June Index. #RecoverySummer #

http://bit.ly/abxvno Construction spending in the U.S. fell in May for the first time in three months. #RecoverySummer #

http://bit.ly/9zYlOq Pending Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Decreased 30% in May. #RecoverySummer #

New jobless claims rose (unexpectedly!) by 13k to 472k. http://usat.me?39096550 #

Portland police reopening investigation into Al Gore. This seems odd. What evidence do they have now vice 3 yrs ago? http://usat.me?39094708 #

The world's largest oil skimmer arrives in the Gulf of Mexico…to wait for the Feds to approve its operation. http://bit.ly/alwGaj #

Dan Riehl: "Today's establishm't GOP is a reasonable conservative's enemy. They are not our friends." Or Libertarians'. http://bit.ly/d0iY7E #

Democrats are blocking Republicans from visiting the oil spill. Trying to hide the stink of failure? http://politi.co/aZlwNN #

Microsoft kills the Kin phones after only two months. Windows Mobile phones suck hard, so their failure makes me happy. http://bit.ly/bn4yXH #

FinReg has passed the House in an essentially party line vote. Soon we'll have everything regulated, and be truly safe. http://bit.ly/9RinNw #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-30

Cambridge PD: Prof. Gates and Sgt. Crowley were both a-holes. http://usat.me?39086876 #

Report: Deficit, debt get worse despite health care law http://usat.me?98442 | I'm shocked–shocked!–to learn this! Again. #

RT @markknoller: Obama: Debate isn’t about big or small government, but responsible government." | "Responsible"? *cough* oil spill *cough* #

RT @markknoller: Obama: There are times when "only government" can do what individuals and business cannot. | By "times" he means "always". #

I just learned that Swedish Match has discontinued Claq Qui. Now I have to go through the tedious process of finding a new snus. #

If we really are in for another contraction, and a massive round of money creation by the Fed, then I suggest these… http://bit.ly/dd4FD1 #

http://bit.ly/ceFZSN The ECRI leading indicator plummets to -6.9, pointing to an economic contraction in the US by the end of the year. #

RT @Heritage Morning Bell: Obama’s Oil Spill To-Do List http://bit.ly/aW47Gt | At this point "Anything" would be a to-do list for Obama. #

http://bit.ly/cZcdel RBS to customers: We strongly believe that [an economic] cliff-edge may be around the corner…Think the unthinkable." #

VA hospital may have exposed 1800 veterans to HIV. http://bit.ly/b5FNQX #

Elizabeth Edwards is inspired by Sandra Bullock. Yeah, Sandra threw the bum out immediately, unlike Edwards. http://bit.ly/am79Jf #

12-foot waves hamper Gulf oil cleanup. Nature gave us 70 days to jump into action. Instead, Obama dithered. http://bit.ly/9VBLZd #

The ADP Employment Change report shows private employers only added 13k new jobs last month. That implies a negative BLS report on Friday. #