Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Aug. 9th through Aug. 15th

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.

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  147 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Aug. 9th through Aug. 15th

  1. August 14, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Thanks, Jan! Will send the instructions to my friend.

    Never could get the hang of Twitter, although I have an author Twitter handle and a regular one.

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    • JanF
      August 14, 2015 at 10:31 am

      I have been promising for quite some time to explain Twitter to all y’all. Once I get my fall schedule sorted out, I will see if I can carve out some time to do that. I just found out that we will be able to pick up the Old Moose archives soon and so that will require that I turn my attention to that. It will be nice to have motleymoose.com point here (finally).

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  2. JamieG
    August 14, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Hi, Diana. It was good seeing you last night. I’d like my username to be JamieG.

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    • JanF
      August 14, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Welcome aboard, JamieG!

      Watch for an email from wordpress at motleymoose dot net with your password. Follow the instructions for logging in.

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    • August 14, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Welcome, girlfriend! Good to have you here. We check in just about every morning to “take each others’ temperatures,” so to speak. This is a wonderful place to hang out!

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      • JanF
        August 14, 2015 at 1:52 pm

        You should check with her to make sure she got the email from Moose admin. It definitely looks like spam! She can continue to post with an email address if something gets messed up.

        Otherwise, the FAQ on how to Log In should be all she needs: FAQ – How to Log In.

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    • Portlaw
      August 14, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Hi, JamieG. Welcome to the Land of the Moose!

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  3. princesspat
    August 14, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Good morning, 60 and raining in Bellingham today. It’s a pool day for me, then we’ll go back to the car dealer. We found three possibilities yesterday so depending on how the finances work out she should have a car by Monday. As my FIL used to say, “…. the pleasures of motoring!”

    Rachel Maddow has a two part show re the background of the 2016 Presidential candidates. Last night’s focus on HRC and her 1995 speech re women’s issues in China and Bernie’s time as mayor were interesting reminders of the depth and consistency they both bring to this election. I missed the segment re Jim Webb because dinner was served and the caprese salad needed a dressing asap!

    http://www.msnbc.com/maddowblog

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  4. Portlaw
    August 14, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    It’s summer and here is President Obama’s vacation reading list

    Here’s the list as provided by the White House:

    “All That Is,” James Salter

    “All The Light We Cannot See,” Anthony Doerr

    “The Sixth Extinction,” Elizabeth Kolbert

    “The Lowland,” Jhumpa Lahiri

    “Between the World and Me,” Ta-Nehisi Coates

    “Washington: A Life,” Ron Chernow

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/13/here-are-the-6-books-on-president-obamas-summer-reading-list/?postshare=8261439501727711

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    • JanF
      August 15, 2015 at 6:19 am

      He is a very ambitious guy! I am sure that Ta-Nehisi Coates is pleased to see that his book is on that list.

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  5. JanF
    August 15, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Good morning, meese! Saturday …

    It is 71 degrees in Madison, on its way up to 91. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I found the video and transcript from the flag raising ceremony yesterday in Havana and updated the post. Truly a momentous day. Sen. Marco Deadender (R-FL) sputtered about needing to wait because surely the Cuban embargo is working. Just like the Iranian embargo, it is starting to look like Republicans consider embargoes as punishment instead of policy. Cuba wants to normalize relations and trade with their nearest neighbor, Iran is willing to stop trying to build a nuclear bomb. Those look like good outcomes to me.

    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) adds his name to the list of Senators backing the Iranian nuclear agreement. He makes 20 and we need 34 to block the veto override in the Senate or 146 in the House.

    The Democratic primary candidates spoke at something called a Wing Ding at the Iowa State Fair yesterday. I am going to try to find video … I was following some of it via Tweets and they sounded interesting.

    The President’s Weekly Address is on Community Policing and will be posted shortly along with a video about the president’s upcoming trip to Alaska.

    See all y’alls later!!

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    • Portlaw
      August 15, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Good for Sherrod Brown. Always liked him. Got a blast from the past when I saw who is leading the fight against the Iran Deal. I had completely forgotten all about him. Anyone else remember him?

      Almost-vice president (ah, but for those hanging chads) Joe Lieberman found a new purpose this week right in his wheelhouse.

      The former U.S. senator, a foreign policy hawk Democrat turned Independent who was always one of Israel’s most loyal friends on Capitol Hill, signed on to lead an effort to “educate and inform the American public regarding the serious shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal,” according to a press release.

      But Lieberman only got the job because the current chairman of United Against Nuclear Iran had to step down. Why? Because you can’t run an organization that’s against something that you’re actually for.

      bold mine.
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2015/08/12/joe-lieberman-to-run-group-opposed-to-iran-nuclear-deal-because-its-leader-no-longer-opposes-it/

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      • JanF
        August 15, 2015 at 8:51 am

        I saw that! Joe LIEberman was a vice presidential choice nearly as bad as the Sarah Palin selection. I remember him supporting John McCain in 2008 instead of the Democratic Party candidate, Barack Obama. It is not surprising that he is still a warmonger, looking for a way to bomb some stuff in the Middle East.

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  6. August 15, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Good morning, Moosekind! Beautiful and bone-dry here, current temp. 60 F., going up to 90 F. Dearly Beloved is going to turn on the a.c. again.

    Hope our president has time to read all those books! At least he’s vacationing on Cape Cod, not in a furrin country like Hawaiiya. (It drove me crazy when I lived in the South that people pronounced Hawaii as “Hawai-ya” and Missouri as “Missour-a.”)

    Lots of frantic work today to get the house ready for the dinner party this evening. Should I put the afghan back? The friend who knitted it and gave it to us for Christmas is coming, but I yanked all the winter covers off and put summery-looking things in the family room. Is she going to be miffed if the afghan isn’t there? Advise, please.

    To the post office this morning, to the market to pick up the birthday cake and flowers this afternoon. Have a good day, all!

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    • Portlaw
      August 15, 2015 at 8:19 am

      If the colors don’t clash, maybe you could drape the afghan on a chair? It must have taken her hours and hours to make it and it would give her pleasure to see it and show if off to others. When I first saw the word “afghan”, I thought you were writing about a dog! Then I saw the word “knitted'”

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    • JanF
      August 15, 2015 at 8:23 am

      I pronounce “Missouri” like “misery” … I lived there for about a dozen years so I know first hand how miserable it is!

      Sounds like a busy day for you. I have been puttering around on the Internets this morning and now I must do something useful.

      I did find the Wing Ding video and posted a link to it in the Weekly Address open news thread along with some commentary. Speaking of word-use, how come Democrats, people who know better, call our party the Democrat Party??? Are they too stupid to realize that it is a pejorative, invented (or at least propagated) by Bob Dole, a slur that reflects first, that they do not want to call us Democratic and second, to emphasize the RAT part of DemocRAT? Words matter … we should not buy into the framing of the Republicans.

      /rant over, steps off soapbox …

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  7. Portlaw
    August 15, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Good morning, all. It’s seventy five headed up, up, up. Waiting for November.

    Off to check the news and drink more coffee.

    Hope ailing Meese slept and hands are not swollen and it will be a good day for all in the Pond and Beyond.

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  8. princesspat
    August 15, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Good morning, 59 and cloudy in Bellingham. Yesterday’s rain was so welcome…..the air is fresh and all the plants look green and happy. It was much cooler at the car dealer as well, and my sister now has a 2013 Prius with only 20,000 miles. Her wrecked car was an older Prius so she is used to driving one, but this car has so many electronics it seems very complicated to me. We still have insurance issues to resolve on Monday and then she’ll be back on the road.

    Our grandson will be staying with us next week and then Ron’s brother and his family arrive. It’s been a busy summer!

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  9. Denise Velez
    August 15, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Jeb! Lies :)

    Here’s What Really Happened In Jeb Bush’s Private ‘Black Lives Matter’ Meeting

    WASHINGTON — A Las Vegas campaign event for GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush came to a sudden end this week as activists, unhappy with how Bush addressed a question on racial injustice, chanted, “Black Lives Matter.”

    After the confrontation, the Bush campaign said the candidate had privately met with advocates for the movement before the event, an assertion that appeared in multiple articles about the disruption.

    But that description is misleading, The Huffington Post has learned.

    There was a meeting, but no activists from the Black Lives Matter movement participated. Instead, Bush met with a local elected official, a GOP lobbyist and a staffer from an anti-poverty organization.

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    • JanF
      August 15, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Obviously, to Jeb!, all black people … same same.

      Anti-poverty activist = anti-police-killing-black-people activist.

      Sigh.

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