Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Oct. 9th through Oct. 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.



  1. Morning all – cloudy and warm here, so much for our cool breezes of the last week. I’m hoping we’ll get a permanent turn toward cooler weather next week.

    The river of sludge from Trump’s past continues – it’s going to be really ugly for the next 4 weeks. The Trump campaign is apparently hoping to make things so bad, going after Bill Clinton’s past, that Hillary voters will not feel like going to the polls. I really think all this will have the opposite effect- Hillary voters do not hold her account for Bill’s behavior, and all that was litigated in the public mind many years ago. I think what we more feel is indignation at the tactic and at the suggestion that Hillary could be tarred with that brush – and more determined than ever to vote and keep this despicable man out of the White House. I know I mailed in my absentee ballot on Tuesday with great joy and enthusiasm!

    All right, have to write up something for our guild’s weekly column at Daily Kos, so everyone have a great day!

  2. Good morning, 55 windy and raining in Bellingham. We prepared for the wind storm, moving plants to a safe spot, patio cushions to the garage, securing the umbrellas. etc. But the one pot with a yew tree in it blew over. Fortunately the pot didn’t break, but I’ll need to do a better job of staking and tying the tree because the wind storm is supposed to increase today and tomorrow.

    It’s good to have family to distract me from the ugly yam. Add the dogs to the mix and it’s quite a houseful. We’ll have dinner here tonight so I’ll have a busy afternoon.

    I read two long (and depressing) articles this morning re Steve Bannon and his long involved crusade against HRC……he’s more dangerous than I realized.

    Trump to Intensify Attacks on Clinton Over Husband’s Accusers

    This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America

  3. Watch this. Get angry. Vote and get all your neighbors to vote. Enough is enough, they made Michelle Obama cry!!

  4. Good Friday morning Meese

    46 degrees here in the Catskills – going up to 60… Headed back to school today after the break. Looking forward to hearing what my students thoughts are on the news – and wonder how many saw FLOTUS speech.

    Have a good one.

  5. Good morning, meese! Friday …

    It is 34 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 61. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I have never been more proud of being a Democrat. While Republicans are twisting themselves into pretzels trying to defend the indefensible person who is their nominee, we have a candidate who is calmly traveling the country talking about policy and a President and First Lady who are standing up for decency. The speeches by President Obama and Michelle Obama were the perfect antidote to the awful stuff coming at us over the past week, really the past 15 months. The silver lining in the barrage of ugly news is that it does not take long to read the headlines, say “no, thank you, I’ve seen enough”, and move on with my day.

    President Obama will be speaking in Cleveland Ohio this morning at 11:15 Eastern at a rally. Votes are being banked in Ohio … Democrats are fired up to vote and I think the huge early vote turnout is a sign of enthusiasm. Ohio is tied in the polls but for the first time in a long time, Democrats won’t need Ohio in order to get to 270 electoral votes.

    The federal judge in Wisconsin will not put voter id on hold (he believes he lacks the authority) but has ordered the state to provide a one page explanation of how to obtain the id card that can be handed out to people needing the card and for those helping people get cards. Also, he ordered the state to show him a plan to publicize the information. The state has said they will not appeal the decision and the judge will review everything today. So, you still need id but people needing the id will be able to go to the DMV armed with the information they need to get the id. Thank goodness for the federal courts. Without the work of VoteRiders and local groups, up to 9% of Wisconsin voters would have been unable to vote. Never give up.

    See all y’all later!

      • Getting to the DMV is a big issue, by the way. The Republican destroyers of good government cut back DMV hours – in some rural locations, they are only open one day a month. Sadly for them, that is more likely to disenfranchise Republican voters! Voters in urban areas are closer to DMVs that are open 5 days a week but they are still only open during regular business hours, making it difficul for working people to get there. I am hoping that once we get a full 7th Circuit (the 11th slot has been open for 7 years thanks to Republican obstruction), voter id in Wisconsin and Indiana will be declared unconstitutional. Its only purpose is to suppress minority votes.

  6. We have really thick fog this morning. Glad I’m in the habit of getting in early before there’s much traffic. My diary fundraising for the Children’s Shelter got very little traffic. Though it was exciting that my tweet about raising money got a like & retweet from Richard Garriott. No donations, though one commenter in my diary says he’ll donate later.

    Both POTUS & FLOTUS hit it out of the park yesterday. Will really miss them after January. Trump is barely even advertising in Texas. I’ve seen no yard signs — even in deep blue Austin, there are some Republicans, they must just be keeping it quiet. I’ve seen one — literally one — Johnson/Weld bumper sticker. Even the house in my neighborhood that usually has libertarian signs doesn’t have one.

    • OK – got to your diary (finally did what I should have a long time ago and followed you), r,r,t, republished to Community Fundraisers, and donated (a small amount – got a lot on my plate right now). {{{HUGS}}}

      • thank you!!!

        and thanks for tweeting & republishing, I hope people will see it & enjoy (I like the music, always hoping people will like it, too)

  7. Good morning, Moosekind! It’s a beautiful morning here in NoVa, with the trees beginning to change color and a clear blue sky. Current temperature is 40 F., going up to 63 F. later today. Next week we go back to warmer temps (sigh). I’ve been enjoying this hint of coolness in the air.

    The mind, it reels from everything that’s going on. I haven’t been to the gym since Monday and that bothers me a good deal. I’ll try to fit it in this afternoon, as today Miss Pink Cheeks’ mom will pick her up from school.

    Nothing very intelligent to say this morning, other than that I’m so proud of our President and the First Lady! I wonder what it has been like for people of color to see people of color in the White House and two little girls growing up there. Surely it has been a salutary experience; on the other hand, look at the state-sanctioned murder of black people by the police, which now seems to happen every week. Will the police EVER be retrained to question, disarm, and then arrest?

    Today I’m going to concentrate on my own life, for tomorrow I go out canvassing again from nine till noon. Hope today will be a good day throughout Moosylvania!

    • Being black in America – for the most part means learning to survive with sanity intact – finding outlets for the stress of simply being here – in humor, music, etc and taking pride in our heroes and sheroes – this spate of police killings in no way even begins to match the horror of whole towns being burned out – and the lynching era …we know we survived that – and we’ll survive this too.

      The burning of Black Wall Street, Rosewood, East St. Louis …hundreds and hundreds of deaths

      I was actually surprised to see this was on CNN

      • Denise, I lived in Goddess-forsaken Tulsa for four crummy years, and no one, not even in history class, ever saw fit to mention this. It was as if it had been erased from memory.

        Left Tulsa in 1965. Never been back since and never will.

  8. Yesterday only got up to 60 and it’s been that way ever since. The sun is supposed to come out shortly and temps are supposed to go up to 70. I could use the sunshine, both for electricity generation and mood enhancing.

    Doing my best to not pay attention to teh Evil One – our team goes high and I’ll stick with them. Saw Michelle’s speech yesterday. Yes, it was great. Hope to get time to see the President’s today. They’re coming so thick and fast I simply don’t have time to view more than two a day, max, so miss a bunch of wonderful speeches.

    I’ve got stuff piled on my desk that I need to get to, may actually be able to deal with, ASAP – but will totally try to get to another’s diary and make at least something of a donation. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  9. Good morning…. 55, cloudy and windy in Bellingham. The wind was loud last night, but our trees are still standing. High winds and rain are forecast thru Saturday, so I hope the ferry Ron and his brothers are scheduled to return on can stay on schedule.

    We had a fun family dinner last night…..even the dogs behaved :) Three dogs and seven people makes for a full dining room though! Maggie will be staying with us for a few days while her family goes to Oregon for the weekend.

    Time to find some coffee. Best Friday wishes to all!

  10. Good morning, meese! Saturday …

    It is 54 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 68. The forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a chance for showers this evening.

    The good news about the GrOPe presidential candidate’s latest scandal is that it makes scanning the news short and quick. I don’t need to read most of it! I wonder which of his yoooge stable of attorneys came up with the “she’s unattractive” sexual assault defense. That seems to be working very well.

    Yesterday I stumbled across this video from our friends in Canada … who think we are great. Play it, feel good about who we are, and remember that other countries are confident that we will get through these trying times.

    We are already great!

    The president spoke in Cleveland and expanded on his remarks about the Republican Party as enablers. I will put it a few of this past week’s speeches in the president’s Weekly Address. I hope that President Hillary Clinton continues the Saturday morning tradition … I like this end to my week.

    Oh, and by the way this BHD thing for our planet just happened:

    Nearly 200 nations have reached a deal, announced Saturday morning after all-night negotiations, to limit the use of greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide in a major effort to fight climate change.

    The talks on hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, were called the first test of global will since the historic Paris Agreement to cut carbon emissions was reached last year. HFCs are described as the world’s fastest-growing climate pollutant and are used in air conditioners and refrigerators.

    The agreement caps and reduces the use of HFCs in a gradual process beginning by 2019 with action by developed countries including the United States, the world’s second-worst polluter.

    Climate change experts say “cutting HFCs is the fastest way to reduce global warming”.

    See all y’all later!

  11. Up for ungodly hour workout. We’re back to warm overnights — it’s 72 right now. Sigh. See y’all later.

  12. Good morning Meese
    Following the terrorist bust in KS. Not that most headlines have dubbed them terrorists – they are “militias”
    Interesting bit of info about Garden City KS – it’s in Finney County – which became “majority-minority” in 2009.

    Looks like the “make America white again” message resonates in the bigot brains of the armed and terror prone.

    This isn’t going to go away – I hope Hillary will ensure more DOJ attention is focused on these folks.

    • The last time a Department of Justice report (or maybe it was Homeland Security?) pointed out the threat of Domestic Terrorism, there was an amazing outpouring of Republican butthurt. Maybe, now that people can see the result of feeding the ugliness, we can make some progress.

      I actually think that most of the deplorables will simply go back to being mean to people on the Internets and be just fine watching reruns of Donald Trump speeches on Trump TV.

  13. Good day all – short post today. Got up late and caught up on AM Joy which I always record, and so worth watching. Interestingly, there was a short announcement before it started saying late last night ALL the Trump surrogates scheduled for the program cancelled! Frankly, it was a much more pleasant viewing experience without them.

    This white supremacist terrorist plan in Kansas is so alarming – how much more of that are we going to see when Trump loses on Nov. 8? He will never, ever concede, I’m sure, even if it’s a landslide, and he does not care a whit about undermining American democracy. ugh.

    Opera broadcast today is the first opera of Wagner’s Ring cycle, Das Rheingold, so I am looking forward to a splendid vocal afternoon! Everyone have a great day!

  14. Late check in before I head out to Dem HQ – upper 50s overnight, almost 70 now. Mostly sunny which is nice for a change (OK, it was only 3 days of cloudy – but it was 3 days in a row!) Hopefully it will be sunny enough to get to 11 KWHs today, which is about the daily max for this time of year.

    Ignoring the news is good for my digestive system. The Hillary diaries at GOS give me the speeches – not that I can keep up with all of them – and the polls. I don’t need anything else as far as politics is concerned. GOTV is what we need to do, so we will do it. Krugman has a very good piece out about what Hillary can do once elected, depending on how well we manage to GOTV down-ballot races. There isn’t a category in existence that this isn’t a vitally-important election for. And on that note, I’m heading out. :)

    Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  15. Hi everyone, 54 and raining in Bellingham today. It’s ominously still outside, and I so hope the big winds forecast for tonight doesn’t occur. The gusts yesterday tipped over two trees on the patios but fortunately the pots didn’t break. I’m going to just leave them laying down until the storm is over.

    Ron’s brothers are on their way home now so after we catch our breath we’ll start the laundry and see what we can do about the dog hair. It’s been a busy week!

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