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Dale Franks

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. #

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. #

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. #

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. #RecoverySummer #

ISM says service sector growth slows in June # RecoverySummer #

Turkey just keeps pushing the Israelis. It looks to me as if Turkey is intentionally sabotaging the relationship. #

3 headless bodies found in car in Mexico | And my cruise to Mexico begins in just 7 weeks! #

Defense chief restricts interviews after McChrystal flap | Closing the barn door after the horse has left, are we? #

McCain: Steele must assess his future as GOP head | 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. #

HCR may mean longer emergency room waits and more crowding. Unexpectedly! #

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 #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" | 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. #RecoverySummer #

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

Why are Great Whites hanging around So Cal? My kayak and I do not like this! #

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

Flurry of negative economic reports dampen recovery hopes. #RecoverySummer #

'See something, say something' also known to some as "be a rat", drive begins in NYC #

Al Gore: I did not attempt to have sex with that woman! I'm totally cereal! #

RT @dmataconis: Kagan Ends Testimony With Confirmation Assured | Elections have consequences. # Stocks tumbled today after worse-than-expected readings on manufacturing, housing and the labor market. #RecoverySummer # Mortgage Rates Fall; 30-Year Fixed Extends Record Low To 4.58%. #RecoverySummer # Treasury Yield Curve Flattest Since October on U.S. Jobs, Factory Reports. #RecoverySummer # U.S. Manufacturing Grows at Slower Pace Than Forecast in ISM's June Index. #RecoverySummer # Construction spending in the U.S. fell in May for the first time in three months. #RecoverySummer # Pending Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Decreased 30% in May. #RecoverySummer #

New jobless claims rose (unexpectedly!) by 13k to 472k. #

Portland police reopening investigation into Al Gore. This seems odd. What evidence do they have now vice 3 yrs ago? #

The world's largest oil skimmer arrives in the Gulf of Mexico…to wait for the Feds to approve its operation. #

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

Democrats are blocking Republicans from visiting the oil spill. Trying to hide the stink of failure? #

Microsoft kills the Kin phones after only two months. Windows Mobile phones suck hard, so their failure makes me happy. #

FinReg has passed the House in an essentially party line vote. Soon we'll have everything regulated, and be truly safe. #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-30

Cambridge PD: Prof. Gates and Sgt. Crowley were both a-holes. #

Report: Deficit, debt get worse despite health care law | 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… # 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 | At this point "Anything" would be a to-do list for Obama. # 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. #

Elizabeth Edwards is inspired by Sandra Bullock. Yeah, Sandra threw the bum out immediately, unlike Edwards. #

12-foot waves hamper Gulf oil cleanup. Nature gave us 70 days to jump into action. Instead, Obama dithered. #

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

Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-29

Listening to Alex Jones on Opie & Anthony. Wow! EVERYTHING is a conspiracy to this guy! #

Kagan vows to keep politics, judging separate. And you can believe as much of that as you please. #

Apparently, "Ur doin it wrong" fails as an excuse for iPhone4 antenna problems, so lawsuits begin brewing. #

If China negotiates a trade deal with Taiwan, is that a de facto recognition of Taiwan as an independent state? #

Kagan quickly backpedaled from her past call for nominees to speak more openly about their constitutional views. Haha! #

Kagan affirms her belief in a "living constitution", i.e., one that means whatever she wishes at a given time. #

Democrats seek "macaca" moments on Republicans. They're not even pretending to have plausible policies any more. #

Mayors Daley & Bloomberg read Supreme Court's 2nd Amendment ruling, shrug, and say "So what?" #

Meat-flavored vodkas? I thought fruit flavors were bad enough. #

Consumer confidence plunges in June, as Biden's "summer of recovery" begins. #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-28

RT @dmataconis @dahlhalla: Russian spies? Is this the '80s? | Lots of Russian officials wish it was. #

Ex-president Clinton seems to be arguing that the Navy should nuke the leaking Gulf oil well. #

Shorter WV SecState: We don't aim to do us no senator electin', 'cause…well…we just don't aim to, that's all. #

Compare & contrast Strom Thurmond's passing with that of Robert Byrd. Similar backgrounds, different media narratives. # Pelosi: "serious drawdown" in A-stan in 2011 via House's $ power. | Unless there's a serious drawdown of Dems in 2010. #

RT @mattklewis: Having gone to college in West Virginia… | That's interesting. What was your major: Minin', Strikin', or Feudin'? #

RT @markknoller: Senators expect Kagan to be more forthcoming than nominees she has criticized. | Yeah. Well, good luck with that. #

Look at it this way: We have every bit as much information about what kind of justice Kagan will be as we did about Obama as president. #

Thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes. You've clogged my phone & email inbox. Appreciate it. # Income, Spending, and Savings Grow in May. That's about the only good economic news for May. #

Turkey announces that it will ban some Israeli flights. If we eject Turkey from NATO now, we'll avoid a lot of drama. #

Supremes declare the Sarbanes-Oxley Audit Board unconstitutional, but Congress can structure a replacement. #

Apple's arrogant response to user complaints about their hands blocking iPhone4 antenna: Don't hold it that way. #

I'm so sick of hearing the Tea Party, et al., being described as the"far right". Echoing the Founders is now radical. #

This is what you call a blinding glimpse of the obvious: Hezbollah not interested in dialog with US. #

Robert Byrd, ex-klansman, segregationist, and conscience of the Senate, has gone to that great rally in the sky. #

Once again, the Supreme Court upholds the second amendment. #

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