Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Dec. 3rd through Dec. 9th

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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?

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  101 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Dec. 3rd through Dec. 9th

  1. bfitzinAR
    December 5, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Winter’s back. 32 “feels like 28” when I got to work, ‘spozed to get to 47, and overcast. Might get some sun later today as we did yesterday. I got 4.5 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d with this morning’s driblet is 24 even. As always we shall see what we shall see.

    Evils ones being evil – nothing new there. When I can make them, the phone calls are just a “yes, there are people against this” – I know they won’t pay any attention. Doesn’t matter whether or not we’re coming from an economical perspective or a humanitarian perspective – Evil wants to do damage to both. When we point out how bad their actions are, their reactions are “Success!” I mean come on, tell Nazis it’s evil to kill Jews and you’ll get the same response. So we resist, block, and push back right now. And take back Congress so we have an army to fight this war with. Because it is a war.

    Meanwhile if you haven’t seen what Aji wrote yesterday about a wonderful thing that happened as they were returning home from getting the O2 concentrator, well, please do. There is definitely Good Stuff out there. http://wingssilverwork.com/monday-photo-meditation-strength-courage-hope-medicine/

    Need to train the other staff person on how to do Leave. And print the exchange-rate expenses for one of my professors travel to Mexico last week. heigh-ho and all that. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  2. princesspat
    December 5, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Good morning, 33 and a pinky blue winter sky outside my window. tRump angst is messing with my sleep again, causing middle of the night worry and tired forgetful days. So I’m just muddling along with my endless December lists. The good news is that my BP is getting lower and more stable so I’m feeling better. I still have dizzy episodes but they seem to be fatigue related, so that’s an improvement too.

    Our Christmas tree is in place and RonK put the lights on so we’ll finish decorating it today, and I may get bows on the wreaths…..or I may take a nap instead!

    Time for coffee, best wishes to all.

  3. Denise Velez
    December 6, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Wednesday Morning Meese

    Fell asleep early and woke up to see the results of the Atlanta Mayor’s race.
    Elated by results

    Since the self-styled revolutionaries threw shit in the game – this tweet made me smile

    If you never read this piece – it is worth an eyeball – Bernie Sanders Isn’t Winning Local Elections for the Left

    On a side note: Saw this clip – kudos to newswoman Sharon Reed

    • JanF
      December 6, 2017 at 6:55 am

      That is great news! The last I had heard, the berners were trying to wreck the election over some petty complaint, as usual. The problem with the Purity Pack is that local politics is not run that way. They are trying to nationalize every election in America and that is the exact wrong way to approach it. We have to go into every election focusing on the needs of the people in that city or district or state and convince them that the Democratic candidate is interested in their issues and has the best solution. Parties don’t win elections on their own, it takes good candidates.

      Next year, Georgia might even have a black woman governor!

  4. JanF
    December 6, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 21 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 27. The winds finally died down yesterday evening after the cold front settled in. Today we will see sunny skies with a few clouds moving in this afternoon.

    I am going to try to get my holiday tree today. I checked out the selection at our normal place (parking lot of a grocery store) and will look at one other that advertises less expensive trees. The problem with that one is that I think they only have attendants on duty on the weekends and I refuse to be part of a big crowd. To me it is worth the extra $15 to choose a quiet time to peruse the trees. One year, we went to a place where people were brutishly grabbing trees away from people. JHC! Christmas spirit much? Anyway, that will be my late morning “excitement”.

    A quick scan of the news shows that no one has been nuked. The House Freedom Caca appears to be poised to withhold their approval of short-term spending legislation. Fine. If Democratic votes are needed to stop the government from shutting down, I hope we hold firm on the DREAMers. No promises – we saw how useless the shitgibbon’s and Congressional leaders’ promises are – a passed bill with a presidential signature. Once the Continuing Resolution is passed we lose all leverage. The only thing we don’t know about a government shutdown is how an administration that does not care about people or their needs will manage the federal government. We know that President Obama’s administration, in 2013, made sure that the needs were prioritized to reduce the harm. My guess is that the Trump administration doesn’t even have a plan in place – or people to implement it. We are finding out what happens when people who hate government are running the government. I hope folks are taking note and remember in 2020 when Purity Positions will be once again offered as an alternative to the two party system.

    See all y’all later!

    • December 6, 2017 at 11:26 am

      “House Freedom Caca”—good one, Jan!

      Good luck in the Christmas tree hunt!

  5. JanF
    December 6, 2017 at 7:26 am

    RonK left us a gift overnight:

    Snowy Owls and Trumpeter Swans are Snow Birds to the Pacific Northwest

  6. anotherdemocrat
    December 6, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Oh my gosh it’s cold. You northerners don’t get to laugh — Monday it was in the 80s. This morning it’s 39. I wore a sweatshirt over my turtleneck, and gloves & a hat. And it’s raining. It is possible there might be snow flurries outside of town tonight. Won’t hit the ground, much less accumulate. This is crazy weather for us.

  7. anotherdemocrat
    December 6, 2017 at 7:51 am

    meltdown from the Toddler in Chief in 3…2…1…

    • JanF
      December 6, 2017 at 11:10 am

      That is a good choice. Hopefully it means that the movement will stay front and center and will help people remember that the president* is a molester enabled by a party of gross old white men. They should not be allowed to have his actions disappear down the memory hole that seems to never hold Republican presidents responsible for their party’s rottenness.

  8. December 6, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Good Woden’s Day, Meese! Fair with a white haze of cloud over the pale blue. It’s been very windy! Current temp in NoVa at 11:30 a.m. is 39 F., going up to 55 F. today.

    We’re back from the “ambulatory surgery unit.” While I sat by my unfortunate husband’s bedside four different people came up at half-hour intervals and asked him the same questions: name, birthdate, last time ate or drank anything, medications taken this morning. Do these people not communicate with each other? There was a screen right by the bed on which they could have looked up the first set of responses. The blood pressure thingy beeped incessantly. I loathe all medical facilities and medical personnel. Too nosy.

    At any rate, we’re home now so my poor starving hubby can have a nice lunch and a long nap. We had to get up at 5 to get there by 6:30. We arrived at 6:15 (not much traffic at that hour) and sat staring until 8:30. I do not understand why these people have such ridiculous procedures.

    End of gripe. Take no notice, I’m just in a bad mood because of weak fingernails and lack of sleep. :) Everyone have a good day!

  9. princesspat
    December 6, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Good morning, 34 and mostly sunny in Bellingham. I’m slow again this morning thanks to another restless night so I’m going to pass on the pool today and try to finish something on my lists. Christmas stress combined with tRump angst is not a winning combo so I’d best address what I can change.

    Time to find some coffee. Take care everyone!

  10. bfitzinAR
    December 6, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    27 at dawn, clear and heading for 52. Can’t say I like the temps – which are going to be even lower tonight and the next couple of days – but I definitely like the clear and sunny. Got 4.5 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d with this morning’s driblet is 28.8 – if it stays as sunny as it is right now 35 by the end of the day is very possible. Which would be nice. :)

    Totally good news about Atlanta’s new mayor. Holding the Good Thought on the GA governor’s race as well. And at least Time magazine is decent enough to celebrate the victimized being brave enough to speak up rather than any of the abusers. Including and especially the Abuser in Chief. No change in my status at the other place. A couple of the community needs folks are getting into the urgent category but one has met the goal so that’s good. Haven’t heard about several of them but they have iffy internet so hope for the best. Blessings on the folks who are dealing with this. And someone over there dug into the old diaries and found my lists of Dem candidates for the 2018 elections and has brought them forward, so that’s a W00T! right there. it doesn’t matter who does the work as long as it gets done.

    Been working on this comment since 8:30 this morning so I guess I’d best finish up and post it. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  11. JanF
    December 6, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Edited: The embed display from the ThreadReaderApp tool is not as readable as the link to the web site so it was removed. Here is the thread from LOLGOP:

    There’s nothing like a Republican president to remind younger voters that there are real, savage differences between the two parties.

    Republican war on Millennials looks like a suicide mission

    18-29 year olds:
    *19% identify as GOP
    *18% approve of GOP tax plan *78% say the tax plan will help the wealthy most
    *92% say they are just as motivated or more motivated to vote
    *62% want Democrats to control the House
    *73% want Trump to never tweet

    Among voters 18-29, Trump’s approval has already sunk to the level of George W. Bush in 2008 — and that’s before many of them realize that the GOP tax plan is designed to harvest the blood of the young for billionaires to feast on.

  12. JanF
    December 7, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Good morning, meese! Thursday …

    It is 18 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 25. It is snowing lightly right now but the skies should clear later this morning. Wind chills in the single digits most of the day. Brrrrr! The good news is that I can stay home where it is warm. I got my holiday tree yesterday so we can decorate it this weekend.

    So I guess Al Franken will resign. I am sad because I liked him and his style and his passion for Democratic Party politics. Yesterday I was still resisting it because I felt it was unfair for someone who has rejected their past to be unable to build a new career. None of the reported incidents were after he became a Senator and the people of Minnesota knew who he was – and had been – when they “hired” him, and extended his contract. But then you end up having to parse the differences between that and Roy Moore who is very likely to be “hired” by the people of Alabama who like and admire his piggishness. Moore hasn’t admitted to the charges of his accusers and is instead attacking them. So they aren’t the same but the optics of having to say “our guy is not as gross as your guy” is pretty awful. I have to admit that when I see his smart and excellent tweets, I hesitate to retweet.

    Governor Mark Dayton is apparently poised to name his Lt. Governor, Tina Smith, as the replacement. There is some question about whether she wants to run in the special election in 2018 but at least we would have a Democrat in that seat through next year. Minnesota almost went Trump last year, though, so holding onto that seat might be tough.

    Meanwhile, Nikki Haley is warning that it might be a bad idea to send our athletes to the Winter Olympics because the orange orshole might need to nuke the Korean peninsula and kill the 51 million people who live there. JHC! What the hell is wrong with these people?

    Busy day here as I try to catch up from a couple days away from my desk.

    See all y’all later!

  13. Denise Velez
    December 7, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Good Thirsday Morning Meese
    Popping in for just a sec – busy writing for my Sunday deadline – which is today at noon.

    Saw this – and gave it a retweet – so tired of BS

    • JanF
      December 7, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Sanders is digging a hole with his own stubbornness. He refuses to believe that racial animus and misogyny drives anyone’s votes because he is convinced that his Perfect Economic Solution will heal all divisions in America. For him to suggest otherwise destroys the premise of his Revolution.

      After 2018, when the base of the party drives the Republicans out of the majority in Congress, he will go back to being a backbencher and we will get blessed peace.

  14. December 7, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Good Thor’s Day morning, Moosekind. It’s very cold and clear in NoVa at 7:30 a.m., with a bright half-moon fading in the dim blue sky. Current temp. is 31 F., going up to 50 F. later. The online newspaper Herndon Patch bleats every day about the four and a half snowflakes coming at us this weekend, but until then it remains calm.

    Feeling thoroughly unnerved right now after reading at the other place that General McAffrey expects we’ll be at war by the summer of 2018. The Occupant wants a nuke war. Makes me wish my book were real instead of fiction.

    Gym this morning, along with trying to clean up my office and send out the few Christmas cards I have. Only non-emailing friends receive an actual card; the rest get one of my rambly letters detailing the year’s activities.

    Poor Dearly Beloved is having a nap right now. He’s still exhausted after having his face carved up like a Christmas turkey. He has a Frankenstein-type scar on his forehead and is now afraid of going to the public library to change his books. I think he’ll stay home and rest today.

    Wishing all a peaceful day at the Pond.

  15. anotherdemocrat
    December 7, 2017 at 7:42 am

    It is not impossible there could be a flake or 2 of snow in town today. That is just mind-blowing. The news is just to awful to contemplate. I’m just going to turn up the music in my head louder.

    • December 7, 2017 at 8:04 am

      another, did you see the news clip of U2 playing on the platform of a subway station in Berlin? Sehr cool!

  16. anotherdemocrat
    December 7, 2017 at 7:45 am

    this thread – and the fantastic responses

    <blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”>

    So you know how when some of these heralded men are shown to be harassers & fired, people mourn the loss of their genius?

    Can I tell you a secret?

    Some of what you see publicly as “genius” is actually a manifestation of the private labor of women whose names you don’t know

    — wikipediabrown (@eveewing) December 7, 2017

  17. basket
    December 7, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Good morning meese. 43 going up to projected high of 58 with low of 35 (brrr!!). Not much to add, really, except that I think I slept better last night than I have in a while.

    • bfitzinAR
      December 7, 2017 at 10:39 am

      {{{basket}}} – glad you slept better. moar {{{HUGS}}} and Healing Energy.

  18. bfitzinAR
    December 7, 2017 at 9:58 am

    23 feels like 18 this morning, clear again, and heading for 35. Expected to bottom out at 15 in the morning and then start moving from “fricken cold” to just “cold” (overnights above freezing) for the weekend. Got 7.4 yesterday and the m-t-d is 35.6 – if it stays this clear and sunny we should get another 7+ day today.

    Welp, the Rs are managing to get us to eat our own. With a lot of help from some indy “allies”. I do not and never will condone sexual abuse or harassment at any level – and yes I know anything after but is garbage – but people who’ve matured, realized that the behavior is wrong, apologize for it, and try to make up for it should not be forced into a position where they have to give up their best avenue for not only actually making up for it but also for changing the climate so it’s not covertly endorsed even as it’s overtly deplored. Especially when that has the result of giving the Rs a stronger hold on Congress and allows them to make the abuse into law by removing any penalties – covert or overt – for doing it and instead victimizes the victims for complaining.

    Nothing new at the other place as far as my situation. Other than I am so very proud of the folks stepping up to cover some of what i used to do there. I’m still treasuring the comment someone made – “it takes a Village to replace bfitz” – that is a real compliment!

    At work things are crazy – between ill faculty and a “last minute gotta get this done before the end of the calendar year” faculty search and the glitches of a new “update” to our student information system we’re getting slammed. But time is indeed marching on. After today I have 2 more Thursdays to work and then I’m retired. The department’s awards and recognition event is tonight after work – I’m not supposed to know that I’m one of the (many) featured folks but since they put it on the university website it’s a little hard for me not to. LOL. I’m not a “limelight” person but I’m happy to have this one because folks I mostly only interact with via phone and email will be there. And if there’s one thing I’ve been reminded of recently it’s that while saying goodbye sux, not having the chance to say goodbye sux worse.

    Gotta post this and put my mind back on work – still have travel things to unscramble and get submitted. Also some hourly payroll that I should have gotten last week and didn’t get until yesterday. All of which is going to be harder than usual to deal with as I’m having issues with allergies and can’t wear my glasses today. sigh. Oh well. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • basket
      December 7, 2017 at 10:31 am

      {{{bfitz}}} sending moar Healing Energy and purr therapy.

  19. princesspat
    December 7, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Good morning, 34 and partly cloudy in Bellingham. The sky looks cold and wintery to me but it’s inspiring RonK to go to the park with his camera. I’m staying warm and cozy by the somewhat decorated Christmas Tree.

    Looks like another difficult news day so Tempo, CBC’s classical music program, will be playing as I sew. I had another quilt snafu with the borders but they are finally the correct size and lay flat. I was trying to combine three fabrics and it just wasn’t working. So now I’m just using two and a more simple design Kaffe Fassett is an inspiring artist and while my skills are not even close to his I study his work for inspiration and problem solving.

    Best Thursday wishes to all.

  20. anotherdemocrat
    December 7, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    snow!!!!! I posted 2 pictured at DK, big wet flakes

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