The Past Week: Recaps & Random Thoughts, September 28-October 4 (Treasury “Bill”; Sec. of Defense Robert Gates & Obama?; Sir Nigel Analyzes; Pimiento Power)

New U.S. Treasury Bill


You know, I hardly watch TV, but I’ve caught a glimpse at that ad with Obama talking to the camera…the first thing out of his mouth is about “Change,” “so people don’t get ripped off” …when I think of the crap the Democratic Party and their “leader” Obama tried to push through with a huge chunk of the bailout money supposed to be funneled to ACORN…it makes me want to throw something at the TV, right at his grinning mug.  And what’s up with the “HOPE for Homeowners: section of the plan, where they’ve changed a few punctuation marks from the National Housing Act that was passed on July 30th?  Anytime I see the word “HOPE” in caps these days, I really have to wonder what really is going on??? Are we really rid of largesse to ACORN or similar groups? (For a brief rundown on the bailout, see Texas Hill Country’s post.)


Joe Biden stood in for Obama in the swimsuit contest debate this week with Sarah Palin…and Sarah took home the title!  But then again, she has has spent her entire adult life in beauty pageants…Snark…


Buried in the pre-debate hype, another example of Obama’s plans to bring “Change” to Washington …Is Secretary of Defense Robert Gates a possible holdover?  According to this USA Today story, this may be the case:

Obama adviser suggests Gates as possible holdover

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior adviser to Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday that the Democrat might see Defense Secretary Robert Gates as a candidate to remain at the Pentagon if Obama wins the White House.

Without explicitly endorsing Gates for the job or predicting Obama’s selection, Richard Danzig told reporters that Gates has exhibited leadership qualities that an Obama administration would value.

Danzig, who served as Navy secretary in the Clinton administration and is a senior national security adviser to the Obama campaign, cited Gates’ pragmatic approach and his advocacy for closing the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects. He said Gates has been a good defense secretary.

Gosh, I don’t think I’ll be able to stand the pace of all that change, can you?


So, now we see what the British ambassador to the U.S., Sir Nigel Sheinwald, thinks about Obama.  Among his thoughts–that Obama “was finding his feet, and then got diverted by his presidential ambitions.”  Seems that Obama has found is feet in the meantime and is stomping all over anyone in his path.

The Ambassador, writing in a letter to PM Gordon Brown just before Obama’s visit to Britain in late July, adds:

Mr Obama “can seem to sit on the fence, assiduously balancing pros and cons”, Sir Nigel wrote, and “does betray a highly educated and upper middle class mindset”. Charges of elitism “are not entirely unfair” and he is “maybe aloof, insensitive” at times.

“He can talk too dispassionately for a national campaign about issues which touch people personally, eg his notorious San Francisco comments [in April] about small-town Pennsylvanians ‘clinging’ to guns and religion.”

Spot on, I’d say. On foreign policy, Sir Nigel says an Obama policy on Iraq would “gel” with Britains’ views but:

Sir Nigel detects a potential clash between Downing Street and an Obama administration over Iran.

“If Obama wins, we will need to consider with him the articulation between (a) his desire for ‘unconditional’ dialogue with Iran and (b) our and the [United Nations Security Council]’s requirement of prior suspension of enrichment before the nuclear negotiations proper can begin.

Yeah, I guess there will be a lot to “consider”…

And what happened when Obama actually met Gordon Brown?  According to the British press, Obama looked “shaken” after the meeting…see British Commentators: The Chosen One Looked “Shattered” After Meeting Brown….and Did Cameron/Obama Discuss “Conservative Means” to Achieve “Progressive Goals”? for more details.


On to more pleasant pastimes…this week in the garden.  I finally pulled out all my pepper plants, including the wonderful pimiento, which had many huge, ripe peppers still on it.  All the peppers went into the freezer, joining the lima beans and green chile!  Next year I will plant pimientos in place of the usual sweet green peppers because here in Southern NM, green bell peppers don’t seem to do well in my garden.  Their shape seems to discourage rotting from any water left on their surface, since they are are heart-shaped and lack the “shoulders” of other varieties; water doesn’t seem to stay very long on their surface.

The wildlife have really taken a hit since the city plowed under most of the trees and shurbs in the arroyo for flood control purposes.  The bird population is noticeably down…far fewer are visiting my feeders.  Only a few hummingbirds are still around, and they’ll be leaving soon. Meanwhile, I had an other toad rescue…I don’t know if it was the same little guy I had rescued several times a couple of months ago…if it is, he’s now a BIG guy and I”m surprised to see him still active.  Anyway, he was paddling in the water bowl and I had to fish him out. I think he actually lives under the water bowl these days. There are loads of hopping insects all over the place…not crickets, but I’m not sure what they are.  As I walk the dogs, several of them seem to flit around with every step we take.

The collards and broccoli transplants are in now and I planted mustard and lettuce this week.  Once I clear the tomatoes, I’m going to try some arugula for the first time.  I was planning to try turnips, but it’s too late in the season, I think. They’d grow over the winter, but would have to stay in the ground too long once spring comes.  Things for summer have to be planted well before the heat sets in here…or else, they fry if they’re too small.  Who would ever think that string beans go into the ground in March?


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The Past Week: Recaps & Random Thoughts, September 21-27 (Obama Goon Squads; Mortgage Mess; “Girl Power!” on CNN; Lynette Long on the Record; “Presents” in TX; Obama Strikes Gold; Rezko [Updated 1X]; “Racism” Now in O.J. Trial; For Democratic Reform)