Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Aug. 28th through Sept. 3rd

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.


  1. Good morning, meese! Friday …

    It is 54 degrees in Madison on its way up to 73. Sunny skies are in the forecast. Meteorological Autumn has brought in some pleasant weather, at least pleasant to me.

    I made it to Friday! I still have a stack of things to do but I feel like my September work plan is coming into focus. It will help to have the long weekend and the waxing moon to get caught up. Now that school has started, I have bigger chunks of time to work on projects, something that was missing over the summer.

    The media continues to embarrass itself in its Trump coverage. Greg Dworkin, who I follow on Twitter, thinks that he saw the latest Trump bait-and-switch as the “last straw” and that reporters have learned their lesson. I wish I could believe that but the clicks are like crack to them and they will continue to report Donald Trump as if he is just another Republican candidate. Yesterday, Frank Bruni from the disgraced NY Times wrote a piece suggesting that it is the fault of liberals because we have been railing against the racism of the GOP for the last few election cycles and now that there is a real racist (his words), our “crying wolf” let Trump sneak in. JHC on a popsicle stick!! We have been pointing out the racism because it has been there for decades. Did he snooze through history class when they talked about the Southern Strategy, was he on vacation during Reagan’s speech in Philadelphia MS, was he napping at his desk during the Willie Horton ads and Lee Freaking Atwater, did he miss Romney’s 47% dog whistle, did he miss the watermelons on the White House lawn forwarded by Republican party operatives!!!??! Meh.

    The president is in China and part of the G20 summit will be the formally signing of the Paris Climate Accord. Good news for our planet.

    See all y’all later!!

      • I am sure you are shocked SHOCKED that a privileged white male does not see any racism!!

        Even Dave Weigel, who I disagree with a lot, was aghast at his willful blindness:

        daveweigel @daveweigel

        Oh, Bruni. Bruni. Bruni, man.

      • Here is a great rebuttal by Chait:

        “The leading theory of why Republicans nominated Donald Trump is that Republican voters like Donald Trump. This theory has the virtues of simplicity and truth, but the handicaps of being boring and quite rude to nearly half the electorate. And so an alternate theory has circulated that is more complex and also more flattering to Republican voters. This theory holds that Trump prevailed at least in part because liberals blew their credibility by hyperbolically denouncing previous Republican presidential candidates, thereby conditioning Republicans to ignore the warnings when Trump came along. New York Times columnist Frank Bruni gives this theory credence in a column headlined “Crying Wolf, Then Confronting Trump.” ”

        “Roughly 100 percent of the presidential elections in American history have included rhetorical excesses from some members of each side. And yet only now has Trump emerged as the nominee. So it is hard to see how liberal rhetorical excess has an important causal role.”
        “The cry-wolf theory has an obvious allure for anti-Trump conservatives who wish to absolve their movement of any responsibility for their repellent nominee.”

        Stunning indictment of Bruni and his Bush fetish in 2000:
        ” That Bruni now accuses other journalists of crying wolf about Republican nominees is nothing short of astonishing. Bruni is like the boy who was in charge of spotting wolves, and assured everybody that it was just a bunch of adorable little puppies, and then, after the “puppies” turned out to be wolves that devoured all of the livestock and several children, wrote a book saying maybe he should have been a tad more vigilant but, hey, you gotta admit, those were some cute puppies.”

        “Liberals have spent a quarter-century warning that the Republican Party was descending into unhinged, knee-jerk, anti-intellectual reaction. What Trump reveals is not that liberal warnings about the growing ignorance and derangement of the Republican Party were taken too seriously, but that they weren’t taken seriously enough.”

        [Did Trump Happen Because Liberals Are Too Mean?]

  2. Good Friday morning, Moosekind! It’s a lovely day here in NoVa. This morning when Beagle Boy and I went out to get the newspaper, it was actually chilly! The porch thermometer declared it was 59 F. Right now it’s 64 F., planning to go up to 79 F. today. We’ve turned off the a.c. and opened the doors and windows.

    Feeling better physically and mentally today. Yesterday we had LOTS of lovely rain, on and off all during the day and well into the evening. We may get more tomorrow. Feel sorry for Younger Son, who is taking a much-needed vacation at the beach with DIL, Miss Pink Cheeks, and Babylicious, but at least they’ll have today.

    Also, the SekritArmy on GOS sent me a present, which cheered me up cconsiderably, as it was completely unexpected! When it arrives I’ll let everyone know.

    Still trying to get the bank account straightened out. The new debit card arrived yesterday. Still have to talk to a bank officer at bank HQ, but she’s quite elusive. We did go to the AAA yesterday and get my International Driver’s License.

    Hillary had a great month for fundraising, which is good. I simply do not understand how the race can be “tightening.” Really? People are deciding that the world’s prize idiot would make a marvelous POTUS? When I hear his shouting, ranting voice on TV I’m uncomfortably reminded of someone who used to rant and shout in German.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond and Beyond!

  3. Slept in, am slightly better. I realized I have to go by the office, though, because the charger for my watch is on my desk, and I should get my food out of the fridge. So that’ll be my big outing for the day, I feel like I may have just enough energy for that.

    • {{{another}}} – good that you slept better. Naps are good for recovering health. So is garlic soup. :) More Divine Order/Healing Energy headed you’re way

  4. 55 just before daybreak, 65 now and headed for 80 – clear and sunny so far. And chilly. I had to hunt out a cotton sweater to wear to work. LOL. If we can get a bunch of this sunshine, I’ll be back on track for energy generation. This month’s target is to meet or beat September 2015’s 459 KWHs. We shall see what we shall see.

    Not into “unskewing” polls or anything, but the latest rash of them are pretty much over-sampling white males and under-sampling everybody else (or predicated on a much higher white male turnout and a much lower everybody else turnout than is logical much less historical). Basically, if Hillary’s team isn’t worried – and for all the dire fundraising emails, they sure aren’t acting worried – I’m not going to worry either. I do not like the meme of “run like you’re 10 points behind” – especially when we’re almost 10 points ahead – but I have no problem with “run like you’re ahead but you can hear the dogs in the distance behind you”. Dale Bumpers used to say “run scared or run unopposed” and that’s about it.

    Soloing today and have a pile of stuff left from yesterday’s trying to catch up from being out Wednesday – but that’s pretty much it. I’ve met my deadlines and most of the work generators have decided to make it a 4-day weekend. So, once I’ve got this mess dealt with I’ll actually have a breather for a change. :) Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

      • Hey Diana – There are only two “staff” members in this office – serving almost 40 faculty including the tenured, tenure-track, non-tenure track full-time, and non-tenure track part-time (not counting the 22 graduate assistants). The other staff person is very good and very dependable, but she’s had health issues to deal with (her first husband had severe health issues, her second husband’s aren’t as severe but they’re still there, and this last 12 months she’s had her own) pretty much non-stop since she started 10 years ago. So she’ll go a couple of months where nothing’s wrong, then hit a month where she’s out multiple days. She’s still accruing sick leave and that’s all HR worries about. I’m blessed with health that sometimes is creaky but doesn’t prevent me from showing up. So I give my accrued sick leave to the catastrophic leave bank when I hit “use it or lose it” territory.

  5. Good morning, 54 and raining in Bellingham. I should go to the pool this morning, but I’ve got a list of errands to do and I can’t seem to do both. So I’ll have another cup of coffee and then decide how much movement my knees will allow.

    Best wishes to all for a pleasant day!

  6. Morning all – just a quick check in here. Hurricane Hermine roared over us in Gainesville last night, and I lost power at about 2AM, it just came back about half an hour ago. I didn’t sleep until after 4AM, as the noise from the tropical storm force winds was loud and I wanted to be awake if a tornado spooled up on us. Fortunately, I don’t have any damage, just a lot of debris all over the yard and driveway, and I’ll have to throw out some stuff from the freezer. Otherwise, we were lucky – about half the town was without power overnight, I think, but my friend who lives out in the country and is served by the Worst Power Utility on Earth is still without power and probably will be for a couple of days (and can’t get out to buy a generator because a tree is down blocking the private road that serves her and her neighbors.) So I’m VERY fortunate compared to her.

    Have a good day everyone!

    • Glad you’re safe and thanks for checking in. (Your frozen stuff – if you haven’t tossed it already – might be saved by cooking it, then refreezing it in meal-sized portions. That’s what I did with my frozen stuff the last time we had a long power outage.) Hope the county services people get to your friend soon.

    • Gosh, Geordie! Glad you were able to check in. Wish your friend had a generator. We bought one after the derecho four years ago and were very grateful for it during Snowpocalypse and other dire occasions.

    • Glad you’re ok! When I liven in the UAE & we had power outages all the time, we found that things will stay cold in the fridge if you don’t open it. Of course, makes it hard to eat the food…. But it keeps longer than I’ve seen people say.

  7. I made it to the office for my charger & the food I had left in the fridge. Otherwise, sat on the couch. Still congested, wheezy, drippy. But I haven’t sneezed my head off today. Drank my anti-oxidant blend juice & some cherry juice. Can’t get my brain to engage, should have used this time to write an AIDS Walk diary.

  8. Good morning, meese! Saturday …

    It is 52 degrees in Madison its way up to 75. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Yesterday’s hilarity on Twitter about “Taco Trucks on Every Corner” was a nice antidote for the ridiculousness that is the 2016 election season. As one Twitterer said: “If you want to scare us, don’t use something so delicious!” In Colorado, Democrats are using taco trucks to register voters. Meanwhile, a new Latino Decisions poll, done before the Trump deportation speech on Wednesday, showed Trump down about 51 points.

    It looks like the only people who believed that Trump would pivot are those in the political press. The next poll will capture how many Latinos were shocked that the racist bigot is a lying racist bigot.

    Busy morning here – youth sports. See all y’all later!

      • Another Jan, one of the Pootie Peeps and also a citizen of the Under the Bus community – jan4insight – is selling Taco Trucks on Every Corner t-shirts through a website I won’t link without permission called teepublic. It’s being a good seller for her.

  9. Good morning, Moosylvania! Have been awake since 4:30 a.m., much to my dismay. It looks a beautiful morning outside—where’s all the wind and rain we’re supposed to get, eh? Sixty-five F. in NoVa right now going up to 76 F. today. So enjoying the cooler weather! Next week it’s going to get hot again, ugh. This little foretaste of fall has been nice.

    Wish I felt like (1) going to the gym, (2) eating, (3) doing the 1,001 things I need to do, including putting things on Miss Pink Cheeks’ new Brownie waistcoat. We have our first Brownie meeting next week.

    Also wish I weren’t addicted to politics. Going to try to stay away this weekend and think about something pleasant. Wishing everyone a good Saturday!

    • Ignoring politics is getting easier because it is completely ridiculous at this point. The next big thing will be the debates with the first one on September 26th moderated by NBC News’ Lester Holt. The VP debate will be Oct. 4th with CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano. The schedule calls for two more presidential debates, Oct. 9th (ABC News’ Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper) and Oct. 19th (Roger Ailes’ former employee Chris Wallace) but I have my doubts about whether there will be any presidential debates after the first one. I think that the thin-skinned bully will find some excuse to avoid being shown as the buffoon he is and they will be cancelled.

      I guess there is also a Commander in Chief Forum on Sept. 7th on NBC and featuring Olympic host Matt Lauer asking questions of the two candidates in back to back “interviews”. I will watch Hillary and skip the yammering. I really cannot stand seeing or hearing Trump.

      Early voting kicks off on November 23rd in Minnesota … Wisconsin starts on September 26th.

      • I guess there is also a Commander in Chief Forum on Sept. 7th on NBC and featuring Olympic host Matt Lauer asking questions of the two candidates in back to back “interviews”.

        You know what that means, dontcha? No substantive questions at all for Hillary, just Emailghazi OMGFoundation!

  10. Slept in again — woke up & took a 2nd dose of cold med. Still have quite a cough. Skipping this morning’s workout, though I may try a gentle walk later — I don’t want to do anything that’ll bring on more coughing. It is cool for Austin for this time of year — below 100, so that’s nice.

    • I prefer Sunday mornings because I usually have things to do on Saturdays.

      Glad you were able to get caught up on your reading!

  11. 51 just before dawn on a clear sunny (so far) day. We had an earthquake this morning around 7:15 CDT. Actually we just got the tail end of it, the epicenter was just north of OKC, OK – 5.6 so not a slouch as earthquakes go. I was driving so didn’t feel it but some of the folks at the Market did and one had a friend text him that the rocking chairs were rocking by themselves. All I had to do was adjust a few pictures when I got home.

    I thought I was supposed to be staffing a VR table this morning but after waiting over half an hour for the person with the table, pens, clipboard and the VR forms to show up, I came home. I will try to find the right contact person to find out what went wrong and get it fixed by next Saturday.

    Should anyone care to see the progress being made on Aji’s house, kishik posted a diary with pictures last night. Still asking for shares – need more folks with mickles to make the muckle – but getting the house done before the snowflies is very doable as long as they can keep paying the workers.


    Anyway, need to take care of a few things then head out for the Dem HQ. Thank goddess I will be out of town before the game-day traffic gets going and not be back until it’s gone. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  12. Good morning, 57 and cloudy in Bellingham. We’re quiet and sleepy this morning and my local newspapers are too. As soon as I start reading the news the election will become all to real, but in my community it’s Labor Day weekend and most people are busy with other plans. I’ve been close to home all week and our election focus has been a bit intense. It’s hard not to laugh at the taco truck jokes……but it’s hard not to worry as well.

    I’m going to clean up the last of the party flowers, clip some rose hip and crocosmia stems for the flower shop, and visit my favorite garden shop before they close for the season.

  13. Afternoon all – tropical air is still hanging around us even though Hermine is long gone up the coast, so it’s unbearably hot and humid. I’m worried about my friend Amy who was without power still yesterday afternoon when I got through to her cell phone. She was in the car with her friends and neighbors, as they managed to find a back way out of their area where the road is blocked by a fallen tree, and I hope she can go get a generator today. She has Parkinson’s and while it’s not debilitating for her yet, I just don’t think she should be without a generator as long as she’s living where her power will go out at the least breath of wind and STAY out for days.

    I slept well last night, so made up for Thursday’s sleepless night. And it’s opera afternoon, yay! The Barber of Seville (the famous “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro” baritone aria) by Rossini, one of my favorites, so I hope it’s a good cast. Have a great day everyone!

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