Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: July 12th through July 18th

Welcome to The Moose Pond! The Welcomings posts give the Moose, old and new, a place to visit and share words about the weather, life, the world at large and the small parts of Moosylvania that we each inhabit.

Welcomings will be posted at the start of each week (every Sunday morning). To find the posts, just bookmark this link and Voila! (which is Moose for “I found everyone!!”).

The format is simple: each day, the first moose to arrive on-line will post a comment welcoming the new day and complaining (or bragging!) about their weather. Or mentioning an interesting or thought provoking news item. Or simply checking in.

So … what’s going on in your part of Moosylvania?

NOTE: The comments page will now split off after 20 or so left margin comments with the most recent comments on the current page. To see the older comments, scroll to the bottom of the page and use the link.

  145 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: July 12th through July 18th

  1. July 14, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Good morning, Meese! It’s a true “misty, moisty, morning” here with a promise of severe thunderstorms later this evening. A promise is not a commitment, by the way. How many times have we heard this kind of threat, which later fails to materialize? Harrumph. Current temperature in NoVa is 72 F, going up to 86 F.

    That’s encouraging news about the Iran nuclear deal! I guess it’s on again. When I got up this morning the BBC news on my phone said the deal had been “Frenched,” presumably meaning the French withdrew their support. Didn’t have time to follow it up. It’s awful what’s happening to Greece. The people are suffering.

    Would like to thank all the dear Meese who loped over to GOS yesterday and supported my right to explain why I’m supporting a particular candidate, even if they don’t necessarily agree with my views. Was also heartened to see that a lot of Bernie supporters kindly rec’d the diary. I wanted to be nice and not get nasty with people who were clearly out for blood, and was able to maintain that attitude because knowledgeable people like our Denise and bfitz stepped in to demolish incorrect statements.

    Still having trouble with the Moose this morning. Oh, for the good old days of last week! I logged out, logged in, and repeated the process 10 times. Still no use. Keep getting the same message about “enabling cookies.” Cookies ARE enabled, so why I keep getting the message I don’t know. Can’t fierce anyone and have to fill out a form every time I reply or comment, but (shrug) that’s the way it is. Everyone have a good day!

    • anotherdemocrat
      July 14, 2015 at 8:24 am

      sorry I missed it yesterday – I pretty much stick within my group thing & never saw it

    • JanF
      July 14, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Well, we could try the “reset with new password thing” again. Some days I hate computers! Watch for an email from wordpress at motleymoose dot net again.

      I read your post and thought about venturing into the comments but only went deep enough to see that some people were unhappy and, rather than ruin my happy buzz, I closed the post. When I found it, it was second on the wreck list and I think that means it was well received. :)

      I wouldn’t mind seeing it posted here where I can re-read it without it triggering my PTSD. Do you know how to crosspost? I would just take out the meta (references to DK users and features) but leave the rest as is.

      • July 14, 2015 at 10:53 am

        Thanks, Jan! I have no idea how to cross-post but would be happy to see the diary cross-posted here. Still having tons of trouble with the login, even though it’s new. I just don’t know WHAT I have to do to convince WordPress that I have enabled cookies.

        Bfitz, thanks for your support and Jan, thanks for reading the diary. Stayed up far too late rec’ing comments that were polite or enthusiastic. Goodness, what a lot there were!

        Hope everyone will have a nice, not-too-hot day. Dearly Beloved is downstairs trying to get Babylicious to sleep. Does anyone remember that today is Bastille Day? For years I believed that on this day the mob pulled down the prison but according to The WaPo’s de-mythologizing guru, that did not actually happen. Harrumph!

        • JanF
          July 14, 2015 at 11:06 am

          I went to my To-Do list a few minutes ago (belatedly as I was caught up in the drama of the news day) and noticed that it is Bastille Day. As a person of French descent it is unforgivable that I missed it!

          Are you logged in now? I can port the Hillary diary to here if you would like me to and you can log in and tidy it up. Just let me know.

    • bfitzinAR
      July 14, 2015 at 9:22 am

      It was a good diary. You had good reasons for why you support Hillary. You stated them without attacking anybody else. You didn’t insult anybody and didn’t respond “in kind” to those who were nasty to you. But you see why I chickened out. :) I may still get up the intestinal fortitude – the election is a long way off so there’s plenty of time – but since I understand why Hillary voted for the Authorization to Use Military Force (not war, nobody voted for war as nobody ever asked for a declaration of war) even though it was a mistake and she regrets it and has apologized for it, if I do post one I’ll probably get slammed even harder than you were. heh.

      • JanF
        July 14, 2015 at 11:01 am

        I am reminded, on the day after a person who lied his way to the governorship of a state TWICE has announced that he will be taking his lies national, that being lied into a vote is embarrassing but can also be instructive. There is always another vote and another election and a chance to make things right.

        No one can fix the damage caused by the Iraq war of choice but it was George W. Bush’s war ginned up by Colin Powell and Dick “Dick” Cheney. If anything, being bamboozled into a bad vote should result in a valuable learning experience.

        The Wisconsin union members lied to about Right to Work learned a lesson. And the Senators who voted to give a cowboy president permission to use military force if necessary learned a lesson too.

        • bfitzinAR
          July 16, 2015 at 3:32 pm

          Yeah – Hillary had the experience of being FLOTUS while a president used threat of military force to get people to the bargaining table. That’s what she expected ol’ All Hat and No Cattle to do. It works very well and indeed worked quite well with S. Hussain which was a problem for AHNC. He had to pull out the weapons inspectors that vote convinced S. Hussain to let in before they were finished so he could keep pretending the WMDs we’d sold or given S. Hussain in the first place were still around and viable.

          But the phrase “voted for war” just totally pisses me off – NOBODY, not even the most blood-thirsty chickenhawk in the bunch, voted for war. They weren’t asked to vote for war. Go listen to FDR’s 12/8/1941 speech to Congress if you want to know what being asked to vote for war sounds like. And you know just how well that line of reasoning goes over at DK.

  2. anotherdemocrat
    July 14, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Loving the Pluto flyby stuff. Can’t wait till tonight, when they’ll show the data & pictures. And the Iran deal is also nice. But — science.

    and just like that, my earworm switches from nice, drifty Rise Up to She Blinded Me With Science; I have really got to be more careful what I think about

  3. Portlaw
    July 14, 2015 at 8:26 am

    What a good morning it is to read the news about the Iran deal. At last we have done something at least half way decent for the Iranian people. Our involvement in the coup to overthrow Mohammad Mosaddegh was shameful beyond measure.
    I hope this brings some relief for the suffering there. Am sure Bibi and his pals in Congress will start kicking up a fuss. I admire President Obama so much for this. And, of course, the other nations involved also need praise. For once, there is good news coming out of Southwest Asia.

    • Portlaw
      July 14, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Oops, forgot to say I hope all is well in Moosylvania! I was so caught up in the Iranian deal.

      • JanF
        July 14, 2015 at 8:36 am

        It is easy to get distracted, Portlaw! This is a big step forward to world peace.

        I posted the president’s announcement for the meese people and will add the transcript when it is available. It was an excellent speech.

  4. bfitzinAR
    July 14, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Was 80 with a heat index of 85 as the sun was coming up this morning. sigh. I opened up the house anyway for an hour to let it air out and let the kittehs have some “open window time” – they apparently don’t think just being able to see and hear is enough, they have to be able to smell the outdoors as well. I walked in but if it gets much warmer I won’t be able to do that anymore either. The one good thing about all this heat is my feet don’t hurt. Raynaud’s – I finally got a name for the problem I’ve had for years – means that my feet hurt, when I can feel them at all, all winter long.

    Wonderful about the Iranian deal – and the Greece deal just shows that nobody gives a flying eff about what “the people” think or vote for, no matter what country we’re talking about. double sigh. All I can say about Germany (that’s polite, more or less) is that having been twice thoroughly trounced when they’ve attempted to militarily take over Europe they’ve decided to do it using the Banksters as their army.

    I will assume that since nobody was complaining about health issues this morning, everyone is feeling better. But just in case that assumption is incorrect sending “good health” energy out anyway. Silks’ goggie Dixie in San Francisco needs healing energy so… I’m “covering the earth” with it. {{{HUGS}}}

    • JanF
      July 14, 2015 at 10:38 am

      Didn’t slksfca just get Dixie??? Please send him my best.

      • bfitzinAR
        July 14, 2015 at 11:03 am

        Yes, several months back. He loves her dearly (joked about getting into a heterosexual relationship after all these years) but she’s at least 8 years old and has developed (or is at last symptomatic) several health issues – most of which we’re still waiting to find out what they are. Kidney disease is the one she was Dx’d with as of yesterday, but there are some other things wrong as well and they’re still looking. I will indeed give him your best.

        • Portlaw
          July 16, 2015 at 7:57 pm

          Am very sorry to hear this. Hoping for the best. What a worry it must be for him.

  5. Portlaw
    July 14, 2015 at 10:09 am

    See that oil prices are beginning to fall. That will cheer many and send many others into despair.

    • JanF
      July 14, 2015 at 10:33 am

      I am sure that is one reason that the GOP, the party owned lock stock and barrel(!) by the fossil fuel extraction industry, is so belligerent about Iran.

  6. princesspat
    July 14, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Good morning, it’s 60 and cloudy in Bellingham this morning. The grand girls just arrived so my day will be busy…..Ava has a soccer camp this morning, and Emma wants to sew a reversible baby blanket. The sewing gene seems to skip a generation. My girls didn’t have the time or interest when they were young, but Emma does. We’ve done all the planning via text and phone, so today we’ll cut, press, and sew.

    Ron’s wrist is finally feeling better so he has moved to a soft brace and he can drive again, yay! Apparently we’re going to need a drawer full of wrist, ankle and knee braces to keep us going for the next 10 yrs :)

  7. IL JimP
    July 14, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Hi, this is IL JimP from the old site, do I need to re-create everything over here?

    • JanF
      July 14, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Hi, IL JimP! Watch for an email in the next 30 minutes from the admin (wordpress at motleymoose dot net) with a password for you. In the meantime, you can comment the way you just did.

      Welcome (back) aboard!

  8. JanF
    July 14, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Programming Note: I will put the video of the president’s speech at the NAACP convention today in the commutation post I put up this morning. It is part of a week focusing on issues of justice. On Thursday the president will visit a federal prison in Oklahoma.

    • JanF
      July 14, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      The president will hold a news conference tomorrow at 1:00 pm Eastern to answer questions about the Iranian deal. I will link it in the Iranian nuclear deal post.

  9. anotherdemocrat
    July 14, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    I’m watching the Pluto stuff on NASA TV, it is sooooooooo cool – see the roomful of very happy scientists — and notice how many are women (including the person in charge)


  10. JanF
    July 15, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Good morning, meese! Wednesday …

    It is 53 degrees in Madison on its way up to 78. Partly cloudy skies are in the forecast.

    The Iranian deal has been blasted by every one of the GOP Presidentials. Sad for them is that they can run on killing the deal “on Day One” (their favorite time frame) but by January 2017 there would actually be nothing left of the sanction process for them to put back in place. And any sanctions would only be American because our international partners will not put their sanctions back in place. So it will simply be another lie that they will use to try to energize the Bomb Bomb Iran wing of the Republican Party. Meh, as they say.

    The Little Sisters of the Poor in Colorado lost their case in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The court determined that writing a letter to Sylvia Burwell telling her that they object to providing birth control to their employees is NOT religious persecution. That is 2 for 2 at the appellate level for the ACA birth control mandate that saved women $2.1 billion last year.

    I need to make a dent in my to-do list today so I will have to post and run. The NAACP video is in the comments in the commutation post (no transcript yet). The president will hold a presser today to answer questions about Iran. I am not sure I even want to listen because our press makes me grind my teeth.

    Diana, I put your crosspost into your Drafts (start in My Moose). You can look it over and decide if you want to Publish. I left the meta in (except the title … that is a bridge too far) so you can decide if you want to keep it or edit it. I hope you are able to log in today!

    See all y’all later!!

  11. Denise Velez
    July 15, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Good morning Meese

    Wanted to share this WSJ article:

    The Art and Activism of the Young Lords

    about the exhibits taking place in NYC – I’ll be on a panel on the 23rd on the women in the Young Lords discussing “the revolution within the revolution”

    • JanF
      July 15, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Thanks for that link!! (WSJ let me read the article!!!)

      Did you see that the North Carolina GOP is accusing Rev. Barber of being on the payroll of unions because he once took $5,000 for a speaking fee at a national convention? A local TV station fact checked it and it is the hooey one would expect. p.s. I am constantly amazed to see black Republicans and marvel at the mental gymnastics they would have to go through in order to stand shoulder to shoulder with the party of the KKK. This photo is the head of the NC GOP and his press conference outlining the “case” against Rev. Barber. The woman to the left on the picture looks like she wants to grab him by the ear and haul him off to his room. :)

      • Denise Velez
        July 15, 2015 at 4:44 pm

        Yikes – no didn’t see that

    • JanF
      July 15, 2015 at 7:06 am

      From that WSJ article:

      In 1970, Denise Oliver-Velez became the first woman elected to the party’s central committee. (Gender equality was a big issue.) She was among the Young Lords who barricaded themselves inside Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx to protest the facility’s unsafe conditions—an event portrayed in the exhibition with both photographs and film footage.

      “It was one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen,” said Ms. Oliver-Velez, who is an adjunct professor of women’s studies and anthropology at the State University of New York at New Paltz. “Rats used to run across the operating table…and there would be cockroaches in the medicine cups.”

      After the takeover, the building was torn down and a new hospital erected in its place.

      Congratulations! That is the kind of activism that the keyboarders who chase you around in the dead threads will never be able to understand. Putting yourself in harms way to effect change … because that change can make people’s lives better.

      • Denise Velez
        July 15, 2015 at 4:46 pm

        heh – they have said I invented all this stuff :)

  12. July 15, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Good morning, Meese! It’s 71 F. here in NoVa on another partly cloudy morning, going up to 82 F. today. All the rain and violent thunderstorms that were supposed to happen yesterday evening and at 10 p.m. failed to materialize. It amazes me that the weather people never apologize for getting it so wrong.

    Jan, thanks for putting the diary in my drafts to edit. I’ll have a go later today when the baby has a nap, but as I’m not logged in, I don’t know whether I’ll be able to do anything. One of the problems with the WordPress instructions for “enabling cookies” under the Safari column is that they’re for a much older version of Safari, one that Apple doesn’t even support now. I have Yosemite for an operating system, so the directions for “enabling cookies” are nothing like what appears in my Preferences menu. Don’t know whether WordPress has a hotline or help line–does it? And is it free?

    Hope all Meese will have a good day!

    • JanF
      July 15, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Let me see if I can find something on Safari and Yosemite. WordPress is an open source product and the “documentation” is online in the form of helpful advice by other users and developers.

      I think the problem is with the cookies themselves … they are showing you logged in when you are not and I think they are not getting proper instructions to refresh – so they think everything is fine! That is why a new password worked once … it forced your cookies to get rebuilt. I am not sure why the password reset (yesterday) did not work but I do know that I was logged out of the site twice yesterday so there may have been maintenance going on at the host.

      Whenever I go to your User account in Admin, it shows you logged in. I will log you out from there again and see if that helps. But if the Moose is greeting you with a Howdy, Diana, it thinks you are logged in and you need to tell it you are not by either logging out or clearing cookies.

      • July 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm

        Jan, perhaps I need to clear out all the cookies and see if that helps. I’ll try it. (Groan.)

        Clearing the cookies means I’ll have to sign in to everything all over again.

    • Denise Velez
      July 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      So glad you answered that bs Diana!

      • July 15, 2015 at 4:59 pm

        Thanks, Denise (hollow laugh). Dear Goddess, the amount and intensity of the vitriol hurled at Hillary in the comments on my diary made my jaw drop. It’s as if they didn’t even read anything I said because a red mist of rage filled their eyes. And some of the worst came from women.

        Can’t imagine what they’ll do if and when I post the next diary I’m planning, which is not about a specific candidate. Probably they’ll ban me from GOS.

        • Denise Velez
          July 15, 2015 at 5:57 pm

          I don’t think you will get banned -I was delighted to see the positive comments in the first diary – and from both H and B supporters.

          The ugly folks have pretty much been ugly as standard operating procedure – for years. Some are not even Democrats.

        • JanF
          July 16, 2015 at 6:19 am

          Users are rarely banned for speaking their mind (unless it involves mayhem) … although sometimes the “mind speaking” causes dustups in the comments that have led to banning and timeouts. The moderation model has changed since I left the site so I am basing that on past experience.

          Here’s the thing: there is a certain contingent whose default position is “I am a martyr for the cause of liberalism (as defined by me)”. This leads them to actively seek out the impure, and (more importantly, in order to advance their martyrdom), seek out evidence of their mistreatment at the hands of those who “settle” for pragmatic solutions rather than nail themselves to the cross of purity. These same people say that Obama=Bush and that if you spend your vote on someone who does not match your ideology 100%, you are a sellout. They are not persuaded by words because words cannot cut through the layers of bulldung that have hardened and now encase their brains.

          You have every right to express your opinion and also every right to ignore those who want to make it personal or who willfully misconstrue what you have said. In the run-up to the 2012 campaign, I wrote a diary series “I Vote for Democrats”. One might think that such a title would not be needed on a Democratic site … and one would be wrong! But I ignored naysayers and simply did not engage them because it would be a waste of energy.

          Keep “waste of energy” in the back of your mind as you read the comments but continue writing things that flow from your heart.

  13. anotherdemocrat
    July 15, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Eating breakfast, watching the news & Le Tour. Today has a beyond-category climb, so that should be interesting.

    No idea what I’ll do with today, it depends on how much pain there is with the removal of the stitches. If it’s a lot, I’ll stay home.

  14. Portlaw
    July 15, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Good morning.
    Will be back later to read. Just stopped by now to fierce everybody who is here. Guess it’s the Moose way of saying hello!

    • JanF
      July 15, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Hello, Portlaw!

      Busy news days lately. I kept hoping to get to my work to-do list but I spent the morning puttering around on the news sites.

  15. princesspat
    July 15, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Good morning, it’s 63 and partly cloudy in Bellingham today. I’m going to the pool soon and then I must work at my desk. The unopened stacks of mail need attention!

    We had a good day with the grand girls yesterday……soccer camp and a picnic at the park for Ron and Ava, sewing and lunch at the bookstore for Emma and me.

    I enjoyed the MSNBC programs last night, especially Rachael’s show…..


  16. anotherdemocrat
    July 15, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I’m home, stitches are out, it didn’t really hurt that much but I’ll probably stay home anyway. And a good excuse for more pie.

    • Portlaw
      July 15, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      Glad it didn’t hurt so much. Take it easy and have some more pie!

  17. bfitzinAR
    July 15, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Good afternoon all – 94 (HI of 105) in Fay., AR at 3:34 CDT – took the day off work to spend the morning with my DIL and she bought me two pairs of Liz Claibornes while we were at the mall! Probably the first time in 10 years I’ve been to the mall – she doesn’t go often but she sure knew where to go to find something that fit me. After that I donated blood and then, having just received a bonus from work (which they can’t call a bonus because reasons so they call it a “one-time merit payment”), I treated myself to a new set of flannel sheets that I haven’t looked at the COOL on them as I’ll be mad at myself and got the cats a new scratching post.

    I’ve got more running around I need to do but I need some inside time to cool off – I will certainly try to get to all the stuff Jan’s put up that the President has been doing sometime today or tomorrow. Ditto see if I can get to and read the Young Lords article. Glad anotherdemocrat is home with little pain and more pie :) and that everybody is or has been present and accounted for. {{{HUGS}}}

    • JanF
      July 15, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      He was awesome in his presser today. More videos coming … he is speaking to the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma tonight. I was on the local area website reading about it and in the corner it said Northwest Arkansas 98 °. That was at 6pm!! Eeek!!

    • JanF
      July 16, 2015 at 6:28 am

      Here is the president last night in Durant OK speaking to the Choctaw Nation, specifically about ConnectHome, an initiative to get Internet to everyone but generally about tribal youth and communities.

      • JanF
        July 16, 2015 at 7:06 am

        This is what he wants to fix, calling it unfair.

      • bfitzinAR
        July 16, 2015 at 5:08 pm

        A very good speech that I heard in 3-minute chunks :) Thanks for giving me the link.

  18. JanF
    July 16, 2015 at 5:52 am

    Good morning, meese! Thursday …

    It is 60 degrees in Madison on its way up to 72. Scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast.

    Hey, news!! Quit being so distracting!!!

    I watched the president’s press conference yesterday and he was masterful. He answered every question clearly and welcomed many of them, much like a college professor who has some important information to share but wants his students to ask him about it. But as expected, the Fox trained Major Garrett soiled himself by showing his contempt for the president. The president would have none of the disrespect and told him so:

    MAJOR AHOLE: As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran — three held on trumped-up charges, according to your administration; one, whereabouts unknown. Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content, with all the fanfare around this deal, to leave the conscience of this nation and the strength of this nation unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: I got to give you credit, Major, for how you craft those questions. The notion that I am content as I celebrate with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails — Major, that’s nonsense, and you should know better.

    I’ve met with the families of some of those folks. Nobody is content. And our diplomats and our teams are working diligently to try to get them out.

    Now, if the question is why we did not tie the negotiations to their release, think about the logic that that creates. Suddenly, Iran realizes, you know what, maybe we can get additional concessions out of the Americans by holding these individuals. It makes it much more difficult for us to walk away if Iran somehow thinks that a nuclear deal is dependent in some fashion on the [hostages]. And, by the way, if we had walked away from the nuclear deal, we’d still be pushing them just as hard to get these folks out. That’s why those issues are not connected. But we are working every single day to try to get them out, and won’t stop until they’re out and rejoined with their families.

    I will put up a post with the president’s presser and transcript because it is important for those of us who want to know more about this historic accord.

    In other news, the 2016 fundraising totals for the quarter are in and they are jawdropping. Millions and millions of dollars to be thrown away to feed petty vanities and sell books. It will be a few days before all the numbers are in and analyzed and I am anxious to see the final small donor numbers. So far it looks like Democrats, both Hillary and Bernie, are winning the more-people race. That should surprise exactly no one.

    See all y’all later!

    p.s. Diana, I am researching the Safari/cookie issue and it may not be good news. Most people using Macs eschew Safari because it is ill behaved. But … and this is a big “but” … most people who post their experience on online help forums do so because they are unhappy! People whose computers work fine rarely share. I will continue my search for a solution.

  19. July 16, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Hi, Moosekind, enjoyed reading all the comments from yesterday and will take the advice to heart. However, it will be a LONG TIME before I write a pro-Hillary diary for GOS again.

    Gulp, Jan—I didn’t know people eschew Safari. I thought I had to use it because I have a Mac. Wonder what they use instead?

    Cleared the cookies yesterday, so there was no “Howdy, Diana” top right this morning. Waiting for a new password to arrive, will see if that helps.

    Oh, BTW, it’s a beautiful morning here, clear blue sky and sunshine, much less humidity today and tomorrow. It’s 60 F. now, going up to 80 today. Lovely!

    Glad to hear another is feeling more comfortable, hope Portlaw and RonK are the same, and delighted to hear that bfitz has new shoes! Wishing all at the Pond and beyond a good day!

    • princesspat
      July 16, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Thanks for writing Diana, and for persevering! You created an active conversation, but I remain surprised re all the “shouting”……

    • bfitzinAR
      July 16, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      You’re a lot more patient than I am regarding the anti-Hillary folks. I’d have given up reading the crud, never mind trying to respond politely, about the 10th one down. And I’m almost not sure it’s worthwhile anyway. Most folks on DK have made up their minds already – and fall into Pro-Hillary, Pro-Bernie, Gonna vote for the Dem, and Gonna take my ball and go home categories – I just can’t think of where else to post something substantive. (Which BTW the anti-Hillary crowd doesn’t seem to believe posting anything substantive is possible – hence the request for “policies” to match Bernie’s, as if we haven’t been posting those all along.)

      • July 16, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        Hi, bfitz! Well, I was determined not to be nasty when I responded to comments. If someone wrote a really evil one I just didn’t respond to it at all. Amusingly enough, other people did respond to those comments and really let the meanies have it!

        For all there were so many trolls, there was a also a great deal of support. In a diary written by someone else today, a couple of people said they wanted me to write more Hillary diaries. I may do that when I have something new to contribute to the conversation.

        I also noticed that in the hater-repudiations of my own diary people picked up certain words I used and made fun of them. Evidently my diary made an impression, one they didn’t like. (Very big grin.)

  20. July 16, 2015 at 7:58 am

    It worked! And I have the “Fierce” button back! And I’m laughing because I just reread Jan’s post about yesterday’s Iran presser more thoroughly and noticed the new name for Major Garrett. The effing Rethug press corps is so disrespectful. I hope that once the President leaves office he’ll lambaste them, the vile corporate-owned apparatchiks.

    • JanF
      July 16, 2015 at 9:08 am


      To answer your question about Safari, Safari is the built-in browser for Mac just like Internet Explorer is the built-in browser for Windows. People have found limitations with both. They have pluses and minuses. I find IE to be a more secure browser but, perhaps because of that, it is rather nannyish about news sites and blogging. So, I only use IE for my business dealings and accounting and I installed Firefox for my blogging life. The beauty of this is that they use a different stash of cookies and settings! So my personal accounts and business accounts are separate from my online news reading and blog checking. Win win. Many of the Mac users I saw complaining said that their problems went away when they started using Firefox.

      There had also been a reported security issue with Adobe Flash Player, the program that runs videos. That caused me to have to update my Firefox multiple times and update Flash at least 3 times in the last two days. I think that problem started earlier this week and may be related to the abundance of problems this week.

      • July 16, 2015 at 11:28 am

        Jan, I stand in AWE of your knowledge about computers! For instance, it would never have occurred to me in a million years that WordPress thought I was still logged in and that my cookies had to be “rebuilt.” I just thought that some evil tech person had put a malefic spell on my computer life.

        Well, I’m grateful for all your suggestions! Things appear to be…dare I say it?…back to normal now.

        • JanF
          July 16, 2015 at 11:57 am

          Yay! Does that mean that you might have time to Publish your draft diary? I am anxious to read it and weigh in … at the shores of the Pond. I am a fragile flower, you know! ;)

          Cookies can get stale and tell the browser the wrong thing leading to all sorts of unintended consequences.

          • July 16, 2015 at 9:33 pm

            Well, I just changed some of the text in that diary (as well as the title) to make it more suitable for the Pond, but I didn’t know how to insert the nice graphic you found and put in a little box. (I’m talking about the photo of Hillary in a dark suit.) I’m a bit foggy on the new techniques. If you could fix that when time permits, I think the diary would be ready to publish.

            Stale cookies, huh? Wonder if foxes like those? I used Firefox for umpteen years because I disliked the thought of getting viruses from IE, but in the year before I bought the Mac, Firefox and Adobe Flash fought so fiercely that my system crashed three times a day. “Hail,” I thought crossly, “I don’t have to put up with this!” So I bought a non-PC machine.

            Didn’t even know I could put Firefox on it. Wonder if the Mac likes Opera? A lot of people do.

            • JanF
              July 17, 2015 at 6:18 am

              I published it for you and placed the Hillary in the Dark Suit photo to the top (I had put a Hillary Reaching Out to the Crowds photo on the top but I think that looks better on the bottom of the post).

              Just like the old Moose, the new Moose would like a nice photo above the fold so it can be Front Paged as an Editors’ Choice post. You can use the “img” button to link to a photo in your personal photo account (Photobucket or Flickr). With the new Moose, we also have something called a Featured Photo. That is the photo that does not necessarily show up in the post but which becomes the thumbnail photo that is picked up by the Facebook autopreview and the new Twitter autopreview that will be launched soon.

              Those photos have to be in our image library (using the Add Media button) so that they don’t disappear on us and usually I set them as part of my editorial duties. If you need help with photos, let me know. I have been lax in getting the How To FAQ finished because my focus had been on getting the platform in place and then SUMMER with all its busy-ness hit. Soon …

              I will not comment in the diary until you have a chance to be first with the comments. We don’t have a tip jar but tradition suggests the author gets the first word. I sometimes use the first comment to make a point that might get lost in the post itself.

            • JanF
              July 17, 2015 at 6:40 am

              I don’t know much about the various browsers that will work on the Mac. I know that Firefox works and I am pretty sure that Chrome works. I know that people either hate Chrome or have a cult-like devotion to it. I found it too intrusive as it wanted to link everything on my computer to the Google Empire. No thanks!!

              Firefox on the Mac is (by necessity) a different program than Firefox on the PC so you may have better luck with it. On the PC version, they are still having issues with Adobe Flash. I solved most of them by putting an adblocker on (the crashes were from autoplay ads, usually on tabs I was not even reading!!). It is worth a try. I like knowing that my blogging words and actions are separated from my business/personal words and actions.

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