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Dale’s Observations For 2010-08-04

After 107 years, Harley-Davidson may move its manufacturing operations out of Milwaukee, scouting other states. #

I looked at an iPad, and played with it a bit. I think I'd rather wait for an Android tablet. #

RT @sirfith @dmataconis @freddoso @warbiany: "Just buy the land next door and build the Charles Martel Cultural Center." | Would be amusing. #

RT @dmataconis @warbiany: Of course, if they aren't willing to sell that's the end of that. | Everybody has a price. Might be high, though. #

Opponents of the Ground Zero mosque are off to court today to try and block the project. #

The ADP Employment Survey came in with much stronger than expected gain of 42,000 private jobs in July. #

You know, there's an easy way to keep the nasty Muslims from building the Ground Zero mosque: Buy the property from them. #

RT @ewerickson: "I'm not happy to let the enemy score points at Ground Zero."|If they're dangerous enemies, then shouldn't we lock them up? #

RT @AblativMeatshld RE: Cordoba House: "It is a place with seats made of fine Corinthian leather…" #

.@MelissaTweets @dmataconis: This may be one of those cases where the perfect is the enemy of the…well…less bad. #

RT @MelissaTweets @dmataconis: WHO GIVES A SHIT? She won't be Reid. | Hate to say it, but there is much merit in that position. #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-08-03

.@ewerickson The really horrible thing about liberty is that some people will use their rights to do things you don't like. Liberty is bad. #

.@ewerickson I guess its a good thing the Kelo decision now allows the government to take property for the public good, huh? in reply to ewerickson #

.@ewerickson Just out of curiosity, Erick, are there any other groups you'd like the gov't to strip of property rights, or just Muslims? in reply to ewerickson #

RT @dmataconis @owillis: Limbaugh: "Tomorrow is Obama's birthday, not that we've seen any proof of that" | C'mon, it's a funny line. #

So, personal income and spending are flat, factory orders declined 1.2%, and pending home sales are down 2.6%. Welcome to #RecoverySummer #

Orders to U.S. Factories Decline More Than Forecast. The 1.2% decline was more than twice the forecasted decline. #

Pending Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Decrease 2.6%, as demand continues to unravel. #

Geithner: Extending tax cuts for the richest is 'irresponsible'. Cutting spending is irresponsible, too, I guess. #

Twitter: It saves lives. #

The other angle you can take on Sharron Angle's press comments is that she just wishes she got the same supine press as Democrats. #

Is Sharron Angle crazy, or just stupid? I'm pretty sure Harry Reid will be staying in the senate. #

"Ground Zero" mosque clears another roadblock. Opponents vow to continue the fight against Muslims' property rights. #

Personal spending and personal income remained flat last month. And, yes, unexpectedly. #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-08-02

Samsung may be announcing the first credible, Android-based tablet device–and iPad competitor–on August 11. #

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

Homeownership rate continues to slide, hitting its lowest rate in fifty years. #

George W. Bush to do first post-presidential interview in November | 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. #

They really are lazy animals.And there's two more of them sleeping in here. #

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! #

I've been working all night to create a new template for my motorcycle blog. #

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

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! #

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. #

Center for Public Integrity: Haphazard Firefighting Might Have Sunk BP Oil Rig, caused spill. #

Youtube will now allow videos to run for 15 minutes, instead of 10. Woot! #

CHP says it will step up traffic enforcement against motorcyclists for speeding, etc. IOW, they're looking for me. #

The University of Michigan index on consumer sentiment dropped to 67.8 from 76.0 in June. #RecoverySummer #

Economic growth slowed to 2.4% rate in second quarter. And consumer spending was only up 1.6%. #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. #

FINALLY! Harley-Davidson provides an OEM stereo kit for their customers who don't ride huge touring bikes. #

Amazon unveils 3rd-generation Kindle e-book reader, now with wi-fi! #

Mortgage Rates Fall Again; 30-Year Fixed At 4.54%. #RecoverySummer #

Jobless claims for the week at 457k, down 11k. Underlying rate is essentially unchanged. #RecoverySummer #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-28

The Fed's Beige Book report on economic activity disappoints investors, economists. #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. #

Panasonic Launching 'World's First' Consumer 3D Camcorder, which can shoot in 3D or HD. #

Durable-goods orders fell by 1.0% in June to a seasonally adjusted $190.5 billion. #RecoverySummer #

What Would Happen if the Bush Tax Cuts Expire? #

U.S. cities and counties will have to cut hundreds of thousands of jobs. | 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. #

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. #

Obama: Reducing influence over elections should be non-partisan. Dems made it partisan by exempting unions. #

Quarterly economic forecast takes a turn for the worse #RecoverySummer #

Consumer confidence drops for second straight month, according to the Conference Board. #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 | Given the tone of that article, one wonders what would. #

RT @dmataconis: Re: Political Discourse? | Was the 'net causing riots, demonstrations, and domestic terrorism in '68? #

RT @MelissaTweets @La_Shawn: Re: Oliver Stone, Hitler: | How do these people even pretend to moral seriousness? #

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

RT @ewerickson: The reviews at for uranium are priceless. | Those reviews are hilarious. #

Geithner defends allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire. This is the same policy mix that extended the Great Depression. #

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