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Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-25

Democrats simply cannot keep their hands off my wallet, and Republicans can't keep their hands off my penis.

Ummm…I mean…you know. #

Note toTexas GOP: if I'm not physically harming the person or property of a non-consenting adult, hows about you STFU? Limited government? #

Looking over the Texas GOP platform, I'm utterly unsurprised to see that Republicans are just as totalitarian as Democrats. #

HCR Redux: Chris Dodd says we'll have to wait until it's implemented before we know how the FinReg law will work. Surprises are fun! #

Dem official in WI calls for AZ boycott, says immigration law might be understandable if AZ was a border state. # Moron http://bit.ly/axIJci #

The iPhone 4 can have its signal blocked by the user's hand. Not that the Apple cultists care, but that's bad design. http://bit.ly/bkMfHE #

Russia's Duma considers giving the FSB, formerly the KGB, more sweeping powers. That's worked out so well in the past. http://bit.ly/9dyTyz #

The six million dollar cat. http://bit.ly/ahYItk #

ICANN is set to approve the .xxx domain for porn, something that should have been done a decade ago. http://bit.ly/c28Hw7 #

The home-buying tax credit not only inflated home sales artificially, it inflated the amount of fraud and abuse. http://bit.ly/aDqORx #

Jurors weigh cop's word against 5 felons in police torture trial. Sadly,I assume the felons are telling the truth. http://bit.ly/ajTHqe #

1Q GDP revised down to 2.7%. Not only is this well below post-recession trends, it's below the normal, long-term 3%. http://bit.ly/d5v702 #

Pakistan will monitor/block web sites for blasphemy, to prevent fright or confusion among the populace. http://bit.ly/b0mz6v #


Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-24

The government required BP to use flawed models to create their accident contingency plans for oil spills. http://bit.ly/bjn3Qy #

There's not a lot of happiness about the Feds' response to the Gulf spill. REALLY not happy. Mutiny-level unhappiness. http://bit.ly/cEecZp #

Medvedev thinks Russia could have a hi-tech economy. Maybe rural electricity and plumbing would be a good start. http://bit.ly/cRZ9ZX #

NYC exhibit shows shiny, green utopian cities in 2030. Like people in the 1930's imagined we'd have flying cars today. http://bit.ly/aEzjxX #

Shoddy disposal work mars Gulf spill cleanup. http://bit.ly/9E4ZGI #

RT @dmataconis @CalebHowe @CO2HOG @TejasKat Is BP burning sea turtles alive? | Yes, but then you crack them open and have yummy turtle soup. #

RT @dmataconis: Americans Love Their Country, Fear Their Government. | But not quite enough to eliminate the things that make gov't fearful. #

In the worst idea since direct election of senators, the electoral college is on the verge of being eliminated. http://bit.ly/cCo46e #

There's a good chance that BP will declare bankruptcy. File in London, get relief from spill liability. http://bit.ly/biUBU7 #

Venezuela nationalizes some US-owned oil rigs. This is how poor countries tell the world, "Never invest here again." http://bit.ly/929IAF #

RT @GayPatriot @FloridaJayhawk: $540 Massage? What Kind of Massage Did Al Gore order? | I believe it's known as a "Happy Ending". #

RT @JoeNBC SOCCER GAME: For me, it was as exciting as any sports event since Lake Placid. | Seriously? Since Lake Placid? #

Hey, Belarus, all your gas are belong to us! #MedvedevTweets http://bit.ly/9L4k0t #


Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-23

Italian researchers report that stem cell therapy returns sight to people blinded in accidents. http://bit.ly/bDNbjl #

Journalist who says bad things about me has had terrible, horrible accident. Must be karma, da? #MedvedevTweets #

Hello everyone! I go to Vladimir's house. He has television and American blue jeans! #MedvedevTweets #

Another call to use explosives to close the oil leak. We know it'll work at 5000ft and 2000psi pressure how, exactly? http://bit.ly/d6QXDe #

It just hit me that the last time new home sales were at 300k for a month was the year before I was born. #

Rumblefish will allow YouTube users to purchase royalty-free music for $1.99, for lifetime use in non -profit videos. http://bit.ly/cPzru8 #

On the bright side, Obama now has the opportunity to appoint yet another official that Hamid Karzai hates. More of that smart diplomacy. #

RT @EdMorrissey: If our entire national policy is based on one "irreplaceable" general, then we truly are screwed, and not just in A-stan. in reply to EdMorrissey #

RT @dmataconis @jstrevino: Re:soccer, Eurovision, annihilating Israel, Nutella, appeasement. | One of those things is fantastic! #

With a 77 seat majority in the house and 18 in the senate, and no filibuster possible, the Democrats are still unable to pass a budget? #

New-home sales plunge 33% to 300k, vice expectations of…450k?…Really? Anyway, that's pretty bad. http://usat.me?38981184 #

Canada's spy chief says that a number of Canadian politicians are owned by foreign governments. Hmmm. Who owns ours? http://bit.ly/cjBeza #

Now Mexico is challenging Arizona's immigration law? How about we adapt Mexico's law & watch them freak out. http://bit.ly/cJqH0a #

Watching FOX NEWS, I see a commercial, clearly directed at the ' seeds, for something called the Creation Museum. That's an oxymoron. #

RT @Amuk3 Happy Birthday Joss Whedon! | Feh. Until he brings Firefly back, he's dead to me. But I'm not bitter. #


Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-22

Why doesn't McChrystal just do the right thing and resign? Not offer to do it, do it. #

RT @MelissaTweets @TeresaKopec: We need to win [in Afghanistan]. | Define "win" in a tribal region with no effective central government. #

RT @MelissaTweets @CalebHowe: [W]hat [McChrystal] said is true. | Immaterial. It was highly improper, not to mention UCMJ-actionable. #

A new Twilight movie. How did vampires change from bloodsucking fiends to whiny emo kids whining about their feelings? http://bit.ly/cKLhwl #

Meeting in London, oil industry execs deplore the offshore drilling ban in the US. http://bit.ly/bYuZI9 #

New Gaga album is finished. I wonder if she prances about in bra and panties to distract from her (ugly) "poker face". http://bit.ly/93MS7a #

RT @dmataconis, @thenote RE:McChrystal recalled. I don't understand why he hasn't resigned or been fired yet. He clearly has to go. #

Frankly I don't understand why General McChrystal hasn't already tendered his resignation. #

Investment question of the day: buy gold, or canned ham and ammo? Decisions, decisions. http://usat.me?38945998 #

May home sales dip 2.2% despite tax credits. Analysts had expected sales to rise. http://usat.me?38966662 #

As nearly as I can tell, PETA's membership consists entirely of morons. Well-meaning, perhaps. But morons. http://usat.me?38962916 #

California considers approving electronic license plates that would flash ads. http://usat.me?97489 #

Americans want and expect a new magical energy source to appear soon, but appear uninterested in paying to develop it. http://nyti.ms/c4jOJT #

Despite apologizing, McChrystal probably does have contempt for the president. Professionals generally do for amateurs http://nyti.ms/deZgai #

The president appears to want to simply make it impossible for private health insurers to remain in business. http://nyti.ms/c8WiLa #


Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-21

I can't figure out if Elena Kagan looks more like Kevin James or Nathan Lane. It's really been bothering me. #

Blinding glimpse of the obvious: cartoons push bad food. I thought that was why parents were in charge of buying it. http://bit.ly/ax0uTJ #

Obama has started a fatherhood initiative…and he wants 500 mil to fund it. Because we've solved every other problem. http://bit.ly/d3DKg9 #

Just a the baby-boomers start to retire, doctors limiting new Medicare patients reaches a record level. http://usat.me?38949216 #

Just finished the single-player missions for #RDR What a depressing ending. #


Observations: The Qando Podcast for 20 Jun 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 2010-06-19

Someone seems depressed at her beach imprisonment. http://twitpic.com/1y90d2 #

Beach setup complete. Happy dogs play in the shade. http://twitpic.com/1y8z9k #

Getting the dogs set up on the beach. http://twitpic.com/1y8yd7 #

Getting ready to take the dogs to the beach. Hopefully, this will tire them out so much that they sleep through the rest of the weekend. #

Iranian cleric says dogs are unclean. Also, doesn't dig on swine, even if they're 10 times more charming than Arnold from Green Acres. #

I've been using Swipe for a couple of days now, and it really is incredible. Its made my phone about 100% more useful. #


Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-18

I hope the leadership vacuum created by Tony Hayward's departure doesn't hamper the #oilspill containment or cleanup efforts. #

Russia is eliminating the capital gains tax. Sadly, the ex-commies know something we apparently don't. http://bit.ly/cSzTOe #

Calling the AOL/Bebo fiasco the worst deal of the dot com era makes me wonder if nobody remembers Novell/Word Perfect. http://bit.ly/aJf2q6 #

RT @adamsbaldwin: "Government Wants ISPs to Record Browsing History…" | That's the Australian government, though. Not the US. #

Are the Feds and BP conspiring to prevent the media from recording the full impact of the oil spill? http://bit.ly/aa4ri6 #

RT @BryanPick: Why is the firing squad controversial? | Because it's icky and messy. We like our executions clean. #

FCC votes to regulate broadband service like a telecom. Is there ANYTHING these people don't want to control? http://bit.ly/bwEBFP #

If Michael Jordan brings back the Hitler mustache, it will be the most stupendous achievement of the 21st century. http://bit.ly/9tUS2A #

White House wants the senate to pass Cap & Trade in lame duck session, so no one has to face a tough vote before it. http://bit.ly/94CHzB #

Inspections for fire extinguishers take precedence over stopping the oil from reaching shore – http://www.qando.net/?p=8795 #

High court: Texts on government/employer gear not private http://usat.me?38908876

That's why I never use them. #

New 'morning after' pill approved by FDA is good for give days. Yay for unprotected sex! http://usat.me?38912476 #

Is it becoming clearer to everyone why we don't elect senators to the White House? #


Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-17

Fed regulators: Banks have to stop charging big overdraft fees to the losers. Banks: Then we have to end free checking. http://bit.ly/d5aHwP #

When they call me “stiff” and “wooden”, they aren’t talking about my personality, if you know what I mean. #AlGorePickupLines #

Tropical storms will soon begin in a Gulf of Mexico polluted with thousands of barrels of flammable oil. My nightmare: fire hurricanes. #

Via @bdomenech: RT @katiemconnolly: Obama is more popular abroad than at home: http://bit.ly/a2Cnqq Well, they don’t have to live with him. in reply to bdomenech #

I’m shocked–shocked!–to see Nigerians accused of identity theft. I guess they won’t be sending that oil money to me. http://nyti.ms/9EAPKT #

Striking Chinese workers use technology to get their message out. Cell phones won’t stop Chinese gov’t tanks, though. http://nyti.ms/9v4ooA #

Weekly initial claims for unemployment rose by 12,000 to 472,000 last week. As expected, this rise in claims was unexpected. #

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