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Dale Franks

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Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-19

BMW has announced the K1600GT sport touring motorcycle. 1600cc 6-cylinder engine. 160HP. 130 ft-lb torque. WANT! #

RT @NickSchweitzer @dmataconis: You misunderestimate her ability. | Perhaps. It may turn out to be perfectly cromulent for her. #

In the future, we may look back on today as the day that Sarah Palin managed to refudiate her chance to become president. She's Quayle II. #

The Republican party cannot be counted on to cut spending II: The GOP's counterinsurgency by spenders. http://bit.ly/a0B5Ms #

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Breitbart hits NAACP with promised video of racism. http://bit.ly/auZ3rK #

The Republican party cannot be trusted to cut spending. http://bit.ly/cXEBXZ #

The Washington Post assesses the US intel community. After post-9/11 billions spent, it sucks. Or just blows. http://bit.ly/dkpFNh #

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo confidence index dropped to 14. Unexpectedly. http://bit.ly/aUh6vT #RecoverySummer #

HTC says the phone named by Steve Jobs as having antenna problems received 35-times less complaints than the iPhone 4. http://bit.ly/dg3jF5 #

Sarah Palin apparently isn't all that interested in the property rights of Muslims, either. http://bit.ly/bEkZz5 #

Observations: The QandO Podcast for 18 Jul 10

In this podcast, Bruce and Dale discuss the dissatisfaction about President Obama’s competence, the oil spill, and the American stranded in Egypt.

The direct link to the podcast can be found here.

Observations

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Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-16

The University of Michigan Consumer Confidence Index dropped to its lowest reading since last August. http://yhoo.it/9MHpKL #RecoverySummer #

This is troubling: Army reports record number of suicides for June http://usat.me?39298286 #

.@CMDeB: Don't get me wrong, I still think its about the best thing EVER. in reply to CMDeB #

RT @CMDeB: A vagina is not a shield of protection. | My understanding is, however, that it regularly requires one. #

When the oil was leaking, Mr. Obama was always saying "BP this" and "BP that". Now that it's capped, he's saying "we". Uh huh. #

Now that the oil well seems capped, Mr. Obama is regaling reporters with how "we" stopped the oil. Umm, "we" didn't stop anything. BP did. #

Read the whole thing: The Jobs Americans Should Not Have to Do? One must wonder what kind of society we have become. http://bit.ly/a9ZaCP #

Consumer price index falls; could deflation be in future? http://usat.me?39296364 #RecoverySummer #

Mortgage rates remain at lowest level in decades http://usat.me?39287466 #

Army reports record number of suicides for June http://usat.me?39298286 #

Well, she's gonna be working this shit out in therapy for the test of her life. http://usat.me?39294670 #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-15

DISCLOSE bill has passed the Senate. Just a little less liberty in"the home of the free". #

.@dmataconis @jaseliberty @beckychr007: 2. Multiple-party government trends to be unstable. See Italy, and 60 governments since WWII. #

.@dmataconis @jaseliberty @beckychr007: 1. The Constitutional structure of the US government makes more than 2 parties…problematic. #

Gallup says economic pessimism is on the rise, as consumer confidence drops to its level 15 months ago. http://bit.ly/c4iwsq #RecoverySummer #

Gallup says economic pessimism is on the rise, as consumer confidence drops to its lowest level in 15 months. http://bit.ly/c4iwsq #

.@jaseliberty @beckychr007: Re "the two party legal monopoly"| I'm not sure what you mean by this. What laws require 2 parties? #

Mortgage applications sink to a 13-year low, while foreclosures rise. http://bit.ly/9hm991 #RecoverySummer #

The big honkin' Droid X Android phone, with its 4.5 inch screen, goes on sale today. To Verizon customers, anyway. http://bit.ly/bx93Xw #

BP Says Cap Is Repaired and Oil Cutoff Test Can Proceed. http://bit.ly/adjSrp #

Initial jobless claims dropped today, but seasonal factors may be giving us a misleading view. http://usat.me?39284834 #

Well, the dogs have ripped thecable hookup to the outside of the house apart. That's just the end to a perfect day. #

Yummy! http://twitpic.com/25cls3 #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-14

BP has started a pressure test to see if the leaking well is truly capped. #

The Fed has lowered its estimate of economic activity. http://usat.me?39274478 #RecoverySummer #

http://bit.ly/9ln4o4 U.S. retail sales tumbled a second straight time in June, falling more than expected. #RecoverySummer #

RT @dmataconis: Megyn Kelly-Kristen Powers. Those two don't like each other.| I'm surprised we got out of it without a C-bomb being dropped. #

I wonder what workman's comp will charge my company for this. #

The nice thing about an emergency room in a small town is that you get right in, even with a minor complaint. They gave me ice. #

Well, I managed to burn my hand at work first thing this morning, so I'm off to the hospital. Great. #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-13

I guess the NAACP cut off the live web feed of their debate on the Tea Party resolution. Transparency! #

RT @libertypapers: Tweeting from my new BlackBerry Bold :-) | Blackberry, huh? Cool. How are things back in 2006? #

Whoopi Goldberg: Mel Gibson isn't RACIST racist. http://usat.me?99735 #

RT @daveweigel: My post at the Daily Dish about why Sullivan is wrong about Trig Palin: http://bit.ly/cY7NoN | Kudos for that. #

Legal expert Lindsay Lohan has no intention of going to jail, "has seen 'Chicago' several times" to develop strategy. http://bit.ly/duAx2Q #

NFIB's business optimism index falls 3.2 points to 89. 90% of small businesses plan no hiring. http://bit.ly/b5TKv7 #RecoverySummer #

The future is now: BMW announces two new motorcycles powered by a 1649cc inline-6 motor weighing only 250 pounds. WANT! http://bit.ly/b0A2fw #

More trouble for BP: Now senators want to know if BP had anything to do with the Lockerbie bomber's release. http://bit.ly/cCLbYf #

Dianne Feinstein comes out against California's marijuana legalization initiative. http://bit.ly/dtxaa3 #

Moody's downgrades Portugal; Greece raises $2.04 billion http://usat.me?39249234 #

Backlash grows against full-body scanners in airports http://usat.me?39243942 #

BP: well could be contained today if new cap works http://usat.me?99677 | Keeping fingers crossed. #

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 #