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Dale’s Observations For 2010-08-02

Samsung may be announcing the first credible, Android-based tablet device–and iPad competitor–on August 11. http://bit.ly/cRevNa #

Documentary: U.S. economy is at the beginning stages of a currency crisis that will ultimately lead to hyperinflation. http://bit.ly/ckkYC3 #

Homeownership rate continues to slide, hitting its lowest rate in fifty years. http://usat.me?39517364 #

George W. Bush to do first post-presidential interview in November http://usat.me?102070 | I would so love to see him angrily lash out. #

Construction spending for June was higher than expected, increasing by 0.1%. #

The ISM index came in at a better than expected 55.5. In general, a figure higher than 50 indicates an economic expansion. #


Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-31

This, by the way, is what a properly scrubbed rear tire looks like. http://twitpic.com/2aanbr #

They really are lazy animals.And there's two more of them sleeping in here. http://twitpic.com/2aamc3 #

I FINALLY found a replacement for Claq Qui snus. "Nick and Johnny" Strong is very similar, despite the silly name and packaging. Good stuff. #

My review of the Michelin Pilot Road 2 motorcycle tires. They're well worth the money! http://bit.ly/d4DV5N #

I've been working all night to create a new template for my motorcycle blog. http://bit.ly/b3pGcs #

Fox News Poll: 62 Percent Think U.S. Is on the Decline, and headed towards socialism. http://bit.ly/aXL7RV #


Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-30

Hey! Those aren't just turn signals on that Buell 1190. That looks like a license plate holder! More mystery! http://twitpic.com/2a3h44 #

Eric Buell Racing has leaked a picture of their 1190RR race bike. But the bike appears to have turn signals & radiator fans. Mystery! :-) #

Human Events jumps the shark with their "Obama is a Muslim" article. http://bit.ly/agZbAL #

Center for Public Integrity: Haphazard Firefighting Might Have Sunk BP Oil Rig, caused spill. http://bit.ly/bybiXt #

Youtube will now allow videos to run for 15 minutes, instead of 10. Woot! http://bit.ly/bIMvix #

CHP says it will step up traffic enforcement against motorcyclists for speeding, etc. IOW, they're looking for me. http://bit.ly/9vdUR4 #

The University of Michigan index on consumer sentiment dropped to 67.8 from 76.0 in June. http://bit.ly/bEZdG4 #RecoverySummer #

Economic growth slowed to 2.4% rate in second quarter. And consumer spending was only up 1.6%. http://usat.me?39491588 #RecoverySummer #


Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-29

World’s fairs are designed for people from homogeneous cultures who are still impressed by electricity and foreigners. http://bit.ly/axU49H #

FINALLY! Harley-Davidson provides an OEM stereo kit for their customers who don't ride huge touring bikes. http://bit.ly/9L2qoe #

Amazon unveils 3rd-generation Kindle e-book reader, now with wi-fi! http://usat.me?39468850 #

Mortgage Rates Fall Again; 30-Year Fixed At 4.54%. http://bit.ly/9fYWmO #RecoverySummer #

Jobless claims for the week at 457k, down 11k. Underlying rate is essentially unchanged. http://bit.ly/dhymwM #RecoverySummer #


Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-28

The Fed's Beige Book report on economic activity disappoints investors, economists. http://bit.ly/a3he8L #RecoverySummer #

And yes, I said VAT. A national sales tax like the Fair Tax is a non-starter. No high rate sales tax has ever worked, anywhere in the world. #

The Chicago boys and Bruce Bartlett-finally!-have accepted my long-held position of scrapping the income tax for a VAT. http://bit.ly/bcFfIx #

Panasonic Launching 'World's First' Consumer 3D Camcorder, which can shoot in 3D or HD. http://bit.ly/be08Gu #

Durable-goods orders fell by 1.0% in June to a seasonally adjusted $190.5 billion. http://bit.ly/cHAZ8h #RecoverySummer #

What Would Happen if the Bush Tax Cuts Expire? http://bit.ly/bxe76e #

U.S. cities and counties will have to cut hundreds of thousands of jobs. http://bit.ly/9jU2ZE | They say that like its a bad thing. #

Once again, Massachusetts does its bit to ignore the bits of the Constitution liberals don't like. http://bit.ly/bwRN3a #


Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-27

Raising taxes in the middle of a recession is stupid. Both Hoover and FDR did it, with disastrous results. Cut spending, don't raise taxes. #

RT @MelissaTweets @ScottBrownMA: The blatantly partisan 'Disclosure' Bill was defeated. | Woot! #

RT @dmataconis @DavidCornDC @NewtGingrich: Odds of a Newt 2012 bid at 97%. | Odds of a Newt 2012 win at 0%. #

Heh. The new Harley-Davidson Street Glide will have an integrated stereo w/ 8gb iPod nano. Nothing says "outlaw biker" like an iPod nano. #

Victory announced their 2011 motorcycles. All of them will sport the big 106ci, 92+HP, V-Twin, and a newly designed 6-speed transmission. #

Harley-Davidson says it has 32 models of motorcycle this year. But it's really 4 models of motorcycle with 32 trim packages. #

Harley-Davidson introduces its 2011 models. http://is.gd/dMQc6 #

Obama: Reducing influence over elections should be non-partisan. Dems made it partisan by exempting unions. http://bit.ly/9feNSR #

Quarterly economic forecast takes a turn for the worse http://usat.me?39422252 #RecoverySummer #

Consumer confidence drops for second straight month, according to the Conference Board. http://usat.me?39442884 #RecoverySummer #

Victory's 2011 motorcycles will all have the 106ci Big Twin. 97HP and 116 ft-lbs or torque. Not bad at all for V-Twin cruiser. #


Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-26

RT @dmataconis: ObamaCare Doesn’t Justify Secession http://bit.ly/afyqNx | Given the tone of that article, one wonders what would. #

RT @dmataconis: Re: Political Discourse? http://bit.ly/9IdNtR | Was the 'net causing riots, demonstrations, and domestic terrorism in '68? #

RT @MelissaTweets @La_Shawn: Re: Oliver Stone, Hitler: http://bit.ly/bpEtfG | How do these people even pretend to moral seriousness? #

RT @MelissaTweets @La_Shawn: Re: Oliver Stone, Hitler: http://bit.ly/bpEtfG | If only we knew more about the CONTEXT of Nazism. And Stalin. #

RT @ewerickson: The reviews at Amazon.com for uranium are priceless. http://is.gd/dK2ce | Those reviews are hilarious. #

Geithner defends allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire. This is the same policy mix that extended the Great Depression. http://bit.ly/aM346a #

New home sales increased 23.6% to an annual rate of 330,000..
the second lowest on record since 1963. http://bit.ly/aFuuUe #RecoverySummer #


Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-22

Scotland to Senate Lockerbie inquiry: Drop dead. http://bit.ly/aBcWUZ #

Bernanke Says Extending Bush Tax Cuts Would Maintain Stimulus. http://bit.ly/cQX3uR #

Huh. They never mentioned this possibility in the whale watching tour brochure. http://bit.ly/bWGfwh #

For those who are interested, I do a lot of writing about motorcycling. I have interests outside of politics/economics. http://bit.ly/cHshw7 #

With the unemployment benefits, we will have spent more on stimulus than on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. http://bit.ly/c8ENR7 #

The index of U.S. leading indicators
fell 0.2 percent in June, the second decline in three months. http://bit.ly/cvA0zs #RecoverySummer #

Existing home sales fell–yes, unexpectedly–by 5.1% in June. http://bit.ly/be4klY #RecoverySummer #

Initial unemployment claims rose unexpectedly-we really need to talk about these expectations-to 464k. http://bit.ly/bnF6LE #RecoverySummer #

This journolist stuff is fabulous. I guess EVERYBODY gets all tough and manly on message boards. #

Eric Alterman, author of "What Liberal Media?": "Let’s just throw Ledeen…through a plate glass window." Thanks, @ezraklein! #


Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-21

TARP IG: Obama administration
housing rescue programs have been ineffective at preventing a
rise in home foreclosures. http://bit.ly/cOa4uA #

Bernanke says economic outlook is 'unusually uncertain'. Also declares surface of the sun is 'a bit warm'. http://bit.ly/bRg4ad #

The median duration of unemployment is higher today than any time in the last 50 years. http://bit.ly/anKDyq #RecoverySummer #

I'm just going from meeting to meeting today. Theoretically, that accomplishes something, I'm just not sure what. #

Oakland, CA votes to permit large medical marijuana farms. http://usat.me?39370998 #

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