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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. #

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 #

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

Russia's Duma considers giving the FSB, formerly the KGB, more sweeping powers. That's worked out so well in the past. #

The six million dollar cat. #

ICANN is set to approve the .xxx domain for porn, something that should have been done a decade ago. #

The home-buying tax credit not only inflated home sales artificially, it inflated the amount of fraud and abuse. #

Jurors weigh cop's word against 5 felons in police torture trial. Sadly,I assume the felons are telling the truth. #

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

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

Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-24

The government required BP to use flawed models to create their accident contingency plans for oil spills. #

There's not a lot of happiness about the Feds' response to the Gulf spill. REALLY not happy. Mutiny-level unhappiness. #

Medvedev thinks Russia could have a hi-tech economy. Maybe rural electricity and plumbing would be a good start. #

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

Shoddy disposal work mars Gulf spill cleanup. #

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. #

There's a good chance that BP will declare bankruptcy. File in London, get relief from spill liability. #

Venezuela nationalizes some US-owned oil rigs. This is how poor countries tell the world, "Never invest here again." #

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 #

Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-23

Italian researchers report that stem cell therapy returns sight to people blinded in accidents. #

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? #

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. #

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. #

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

Now Mexico is challenging Arizona's immigration law? How about we adapt Mexico's law & watch them freak out. #

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? #

Meeting in London, oil industry execs deplore the offshore drilling ban in the US. #

New Gaga album is finished. I wonder if she prances about in bra and panties to distract from her (ugly) "poker face". #

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. #

May home sales dip 2.2% despite tax credits. Analysts had expected sales to rise. #

As nearly as I can tell, PETA's membership consists entirely of morons. Well-meaning, perhaps. But morons. #

California considers approving electronic license plates that would flash ads. #

Americans want and expect a new magical energy source to appear soon, but appear uninterested in paying to develop it. #

Despite apologizing, McChrystal probably does have contempt for the president. Professionals generally do for amateurs #

The president appears to want to simply make it impossible for private health insurers to remain in business. #

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. #

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

Just a the baby-boomers start to retire, doctors limiting new Medicare patients reaches a record level. #

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

Dale’s Observations For 2010-06-19

Someone seems depressed at her beach imprisonment. #

Beach setup complete. Happy dogs play in the shade. #

Getting the dogs set up on the beach. #

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. #

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

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? #

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? #

If Michael Jordan brings back the Hitler mustache, it will be the most stupendous achievement of the 21st century. #

White House wants the senate to pass Cap & Trade in lame duck session, so no one has to face a tough vote before it. #

Inspections for fire extinguishers take precedence over stopping the oil from reaching shore – #

High court: Texts on government/employer gear not private

That's why I never use them. #

New 'morning after' pill approved by FDA is good for give days. Yay for unprotected sex! #

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