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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 #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-20

.@ewerickson on Sherrod: If the left gets a pass on race, the right has to fight back. | But fairly, not dishonestly. Or we're no better. #

I really want to know if Breitbart edited the Sherrod/NAACP video to make her look bad. If so, that's despicable. #

RT @dmataconis @benpolitico: White House denies role in Sherrod firing.| Ms. Sherrod says otherwise. #

Residents of Bell, CA (pop. 38k) just learned that city officials are taking in salaries ranging from $300k to $785k. http://bit.ly/cQEj5G #

I wonder if the NAACP is learning any lessons about the damage that accusations of racism cause. http://bit.ly/drUsBn #

Mexican authorities searching a man at the airport in the nation's capital found 18 monkeys hidden beneath his clothes. http://bit.ly/91QLPn #

Apparently, the Turkish gov't likes "good" terrorists like Hezbollah and Hamas, but not "bad" terrorists like the PKK. http://bit.ly/bP0awy #

.@dmataconis @CMDeB @KurtSchlichter: Presidents are entitled to have their qualified nominees confirmed. | Elections have consequences. #

.@CMDeB: This is not helpful. Tea Party Scalds GOP Candidate in Va. | Not helpful to whom? GOP, or limited government principles? #

Man, that journo-list is the gift that keeps on giving. Its members colluded to keep Jeremiah Wright out of the news. http://bit.ly/doggds #

RT @markknoller: UK wants US to understand the economic importance of BP, not drive it into oblivion. | Huh. Yeah. Good luck with that. #

'Rock Band 3' hitting stores on October 26. *sigh* I learned 'Rock Band' by playing an actual instrument. http://usat.me?100408 #

Forecaster: End of single-fee broadband is on the way. Enjoy your smartphone's unlimited data plan while you can. http://usat.me?100469 #

Comparisons to the Great Depression keep popping up. Just in case you were feeling a bit optimistic. http://usat.me?39333180 #

Poll: Faith in Social Security system tanking. Looks like someone learned how to do simple math. http://usat.me?39351614 #

Housing starts fell to the lowest level in 8 months. The one tiny ray of hope is that building permits rose by 2.1%. http://bit.ly/dqRldY #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-07-19

BMW has announced the K1600GT sport touring motorcycle. 1600cc 6-cylinder engine. 160HP. 130 ft-lb torque. WANT! #

RT @NickSchweitzer @dmataconis: You misunderestimate her ability. | Perhaps. It may turn out to be perfectly cromulent for her. #

In the future, we may look back on today as the day that Sarah Palin managed to refudiate her chance to become president. She's Quayle II. #

The Republican party cannot be counted on to cut spending II: The GOP's counterinsurgency by spenders. http://bit.ly/a0B5Ms #

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Breitbart hits NAACP with promised video of racism. http://bit.ly/auZ3rK #

The Republican party cannot be trusted to cut spending. http://bit.ly/cXEBXZ #

The Washington Post assesses the US intel community. After post-9/11 billions spent, it sucks. Or just blows. http://bit.ly/dkpFNh #

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo confidence index dropped to 14. Unexpectedly. http://bit.ly/aUh6vT #RecoverySummer #

HTC says the phone named by Steve Jobs as having antenna problems received 35-times less complaints than the iPhone 4. http://bit.ly/dg3jF5 #

Sarah Palin apparently isn't all that interested in the property rights of Muslims, either. http://bit.ly/bEkZz5 #

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. #