Monday, June 30, 2008

Hi, remember me?

I have been somewhat remiss in my postings. Seems like every time I thought about typing stuff, either something came up, or I was not feeling up to snuff. If I could get more than 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night, that would probably help. I'm going to try to post a little more often and more coherently in the future.


I was sort of surprised at the Heller decision from the SCOTUS; I thought there would be less dissenting votes. After reading the decision all the way through, I can understand what happened. From reading the dissenting opinions, the 4 judges did not really read the cases such as Miller, as their ignorance showed. And when Stevens refers to the First Amendment as a collective right? Sounds more like they had their minds set on dissenting before it even started, and were just trying to justify it.


The presidential campaigns are getting muddy already; I think those on the left are a bit confused. I keep hearing that Obama is for Hope and Change, anyone who doesn't like him is a racist, we need to redistribute the wealth, and Bush sucks. Let me see if I can clarify things for you:

  1. Hope and Change are concepts; they are not plans, and the accomplish nothing by themselves.
  2. I don't like a lot of people, and they tend to be all different colors. Just because he has a better tan than I do doesn't mean a damn thing to me.
  3. Government redistribution of wealth is not a plan, it's a recipe for disaster. Few things run a country into the ground faster than socialism.
  4. NEWS FLASH: Bush is not running for election; what the hell does he have to do with either one of the idiots running for office?
For those on the far right, quit worrying about where Obama was born, and who is dad was; he isn't living there now, and his dad isn't running for office. I know lots of people who were raised in a religion that didn't take. I'm more interesting in what the candidates have in their resume, and what they were doing and saying before they ran for office. Both of them have been doing some serious waffling.


It's been cooler than usual around here this summer (global warming, I assume), the plants that prefer cooler weather have been happy, but it hasn't been so cool as to stunt the others. My tomatoes are up over three feet in height, and are starting to put out; I picked a couple of cherry tomatoes just last week.

These tomatoes are a bit larger than a golf ball; they should be ready before too long.

A sweet yellow pepper, almost tennis ball sized.

These are a favorite of my wife: strawberries. She has been picking these almost daily from the small patch we have; they are just about done for the year.

The Egyptian onion is unfamiliar to a lot of people. It is like a large scallion, only slightly tougher, and with a more pungent flavor, making it good for cooking. At the top of the stalk you find a cluster of bulbs as shown in this photo. After you pull up the onion, you break off the top bulbs, and plant them back into the ground where they each grow up into an onion, thus perpetuating the onion patch. I've been mulching heavy to cut down on weeding and watering, it is a good way to use grass clippings, leaves, coffee grounds, etc.


Not too much in the way of CW in my playlist today; mainly rock, blues, and jazz, as shown in the top ten of the shuffle below:

"Edge of a Broken Heart" by Vixen
"We Gotta Get Out of This Place" by The Animals
"Monk's Mood" by Thelonious Monk
"Let Me Be" by The Turtles
"Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones
"Dream a Little Dream of Me" by The Mamas & the Papas
"Boogie Chillen" by John Lee Hooker
"The Battle of Evermore" by Led Zeppelin
"I Only Want to Be With You" by Dusty Springfield
"I'm Eighteen" by Alice Cooper

Any favorites here, comments, anecdotes?


Hammer said...

I've been buying those onions recently. they are really good on the grill.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

I'm not really familiar with the Egyption onions but they sound awesome.
Our summer has started about 3 days ago... heat is up to 35 C (100F)... but tonight we have some wicked lightning storms happening and I'm keeping my fingers crossed the forests here are not going to be scorched...
Take care, Bob.

Anonymous said...

Your garden's looking good! We haven't been been able to harvest anything yet, but that's not uncommon. It's a little to early in MN yet. But soon we'll be overrun with tomatoes and cucumbers.

A Week In The Life of A Redhead said...

Ahhh I so love gardens and gardening. You may have been away from posting, but you are always kind enough to take the time to stop by my blog and leave a comment. I always love reading what you have to say. Thank you for always remembering me.
Maybe if our gardens get too big we should offer some sort of box of tomatos as a prize for the top commentors on our blogs...
Catherine, the redhead blogger

DirtCrashr said...

One very good thing to come out of the Heller decision is that I believe someone smarter than me pointed-out, despite various dissenting opinions all nine of them came to the conclusion in writing that it was indeed an Individual Right - so the ACLU is out to lunch by maintaining a collectivist vision, but they're Collectivists and that's all that one can expect from them, the Party line.

meleah rebeccah said...

so THATS where you've been!!!

BobG said...

I was disappointed in the ACLU, dirtcrashr; we need a group that looks out for civil rights in this country, but it has to be one that looks at all of our rights, and doesn't just cherry-pick the ones that go with their own agenda. I had hopes that the ACLU would be that group, but it looks like we need someone that isn't looking at the Bill of Rights from a left-handed bias.

DirtCrashr said...

That's an illumination: the ACLU's internal bias means it looks at the Bill of Rights in terms of what it can do for ACLU - not what they can do for it.