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Dale Franks


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 #


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? #

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