Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Apr. 22nd through Apr. 28th

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?

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  105 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Apr. 22nd through Apr. 28th

  1. anotherdemocrat
    April 24, 2018 at 2:44 pm
    • bfitzinAR
      April 25, 2018 at 9:46 am

      {{{ad}}} – I just tweeted it out – my internet (& phone) went down yesterday before noon and stayed down for 8 solid hours! AT&T said a “regional outage” – but the University’s was up so I’m wondering (CT here) if they were busily doing something to take advantage of no more Net Neutrality. Meanwhile, I have internet back so I am back in the tweeting/RTing business. moar {{{HUGS}}}

      • April 26, 2018 at 7:30 am

        YAY bfitz!

        Glad to see you back.

        Hugs to you!

  2. Denise Velez
    April 25, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Wednesday Meese
    48, raining going up to 56 here in NY.
    Today is writing day for Sunday – have decided to write another Windrush Generation story – following up on last Sunday’s post – since the scandal is still roaring in England – and the Caribbean

    Have not forgotten Puerto Rico – working on examining the “austerity measures” being pushed by the U.S. “overlords” “junta” PROMESA


    • JanF
      April 25, 2018 at 6:56 am

      The Windrush Generation brouhaha is a good opportunity to educate people about how majority white countries treated – and still treat – their colonies and the people they subjugated. It goes right to Puerto Rico and the status of that territory and the lack of control the island has over its future. I have no idea how we fix it but the first step has to be getting everyone to agree that it needs fixing. When the Republicans are run from public office in 2020, we will be unlikely to have supermajorities in Congress and we will be cleaning up so many messes I suspect that Puerto Rico will drop down on the list of emergencies. It is up to us to make sure that doesn’t happen.

      • Denise Velez
        April 25, 2018 at 8:44 am

        Yes – the colonizers put those from their colonies into second class status and want to keep them that way.
        Puerto Rico was made part of the US – and then the men were drafted to die for us.

  3. JanF
    April 25, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 39 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 55. Sunny skies are in the forecast. We will have this one day “dip” in the temperature and then go back to the 60s tomorrow. The two days of warmth has finally melted the snow in my north-facing planting beds and the spring flowers are now 3 inch shoots!

    I just made a quick scan of the news – ignoring the who-cares-what-Washington-DC-celebrities-are-wearing-or-thinking – and I see that the Republican won in the blood red Phoenix district held for years by mouthbreather Trent Franks. Not unexpected but still disappointing. I haven’t seen any results from New York State yet – there was a Senate seat that we hoped to flip to regain control. One Assembly seat did flip red to blue.

    Today the Supreme Court hears Trump v Hawaii, the travel ban case, testing the limits of the executive using his own prejudices to block people from entering the country based only on race and religion. In the past, the court has been pretty hard on sweeping executive orders but only when it was a Democratic president; it is a whole new gorsuckian world. I wish the court would allow live audio of the proceeding. To have one branch of the federal government essentially under a news embargo is an anachronism.

    See all y’all later!

  4. anotherdemocrat
    April 25, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Warm enough this morning for short sleeves — 1.54 miles. After last night’s workout in the park (I got a couple of free sessions from one of those “boot camp” groups) I can barely lift my arms. Yay/ugh. Got several donations yesterday, and with the match — I’m up to $2,700+ raised! So tired. I feel like there’s something I’m supposed to be doing, but staying upright & eating my breakfast is about all I can manage.

  5. April 25, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Good rainy Woden’s Day, Moosekind! It’s still raining here (good) and will continue to do so. The current temp. in NoVa is 51 F., going up to 62 F. today.

    I haz full keyboard! I even haz mouse! Look at me, I’m so excited I’m using Catspeak, which ordinarily I would never do. The IT youth came yesterday morning. In 10 minutes he had the mouse diagnosed (it was ill), the keyboard fixed, and the printer working. When I asked where I’d plug in my external hard drive if both the mouse and the keyboard needed USB plug-ins (or whatever they are, I’m not sure), he recommended a device from Amazon. I clicked, and it’s on its way.

    Had to laugh when I reflected that the young man who brought my devices up to speed in 10 minutes is 20 years old and that I was 54 when he was born. Thus doth technology make dummies of us elderly.

    I ordered a little drop-leaf table with two chairs and it was delivered frighteningly quickly yesterday afternoon. Dear Goddess, does Amazon lurk around corners or something? Hubby spent yesterday evening putting it together. Better than crossword puzzles for keeping the brain sharp!

    While he was putting it together I went upstairs to visit a woman who said she’d missed Shakespeare’s birthday party but wanted to meet me anyway. There was another woman there as well. We had a nice chat that became even better when we realized that we all despise Thing! It’s good to know there are other progressive people in this place, I was beginning to get a little concerned.

    Could not believe the dandruff episode at the White House yesterday! Or rather, I do believe it but I’m appalled.

    Hope our bfitz is going to be OK. Yesterday her ISP started acting up. She posted briefly from the college but of course she had to leave after a few minutes. The absence of net neutrality means that ISPs can do whatever they please, apparently.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond and beyond.

  6. bfitzinAR
    April 25, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Being without internet or phone for 8 hours yesterday seriously reminded me just how dependent our society is on both. And when you consider that our economy is driven by small business and most small business depend at least partly and some totally upon online sales or other online connections… Short-sighted greed has ever been the issue of the corporatists.

    The 52 we’re at right now is the way the day is going to be until late afternoon when it starts dropping. Dark enough I need lights on. Off and on drizzle most of the day. Yesterday was beautiful & I got 22.5 KWHs with the m-t-d reaching 358.6 – today we’ll be lucky to get 2 and push them m-t-d over 360. But we’ll still have 5 days left in the month to get us up to 400. Just 2 clear days will do it.

    Since I was offline most of yesterday I need to track down all the DK stuff I would have tweeted out if I’d known about it/been able. I know there were multiple fundraisers yesterday that stepped on each other’s feet. One got over halfway to the goal, the others got diddly squat – even with a match (that has no way been met yet). So. I’ll find what I can, RT what I can, visit the Village & twitterverse – and quite possibly start a fire. The dark, damp, and chill are messing with my hands, feet, and joints – all of which a fire will help. The dark’s messing with my eyes and giving me a headache as well – doubt the fire will help there but what the heck. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  7. princesspat
    April 25, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Good morning, 46 and sunny in Bellingham. RonK was out the door very early this morning to take some Mt Baker photos so I hope he found the morning light he was hoping for. Per usual I’m slow and sleepy, but last nights dreams were full of flowers…..a most welcome change from tRump angst!

    Hope it a good day for all.

  8. DoReMI
    April 25, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Good morning, Meesefolk. Woke up to temps in the low 40s, and we’re only going to make it to 50 today, so back to sweater weather. It looks like we’re getting the same back-and-forth in temps as Jan is, but since of those temps will include highs in the 60s, I’m going to try to keep my grumbling at a minimum.

    When I checked the tweet machine this morning, I saw there is a brouhaha stirring about Joy Reid and some of her alleged past blog posts. As a white, straight, ciswoman, I’m reluctant to weigh in too much, but I can’t help but suspect that this is just an effort to marginalize another strong black woman. And even if she wrote the things she’s being accused of, I have to wonder if anyone can live up to the standards of purity being espoused. I know I’ve certainly evolved on any number of issues, and while I’m not proud of some of my past opinions, I take some solace in knowing that I’ve grown. I’m actually far more suspicious of people who have the same opinions that they did 10, 20, 30 years ago than I am of people who have had terrible opinions which they no longer believe or support. At any rate, I hope this all gets cleared up and we don’t lose Joy’s voice on MSNBC. She’s a truth-teller, and there are far too few of those around these days.

    • anotherdemocrat
      April 25, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      I read some of it — a tweet had some screen shots, and the writing isn’t like hers. Whoever is faking this didn’t bother to read/watch enough of her to get her “voice” right, the writing is just….. off.

      2nd – it’s Glenn Greenwald. So the chances of it being BS are pretty great.

  9. JanF
    April 26, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 39 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 64. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast. Yesterday was cooler but still sunny and I got a nice nap on the deck.

    I had a difficult time sleeping last night thinking about the Republican Supreme Court pretty much giving carte blanche to their president to discriminate against people for their religion (that the Solicitor General thinks that Islam is a “country” shows that the anti-intellectualism movement includes anti-intelligence as well.) Goddess help us as a country if promising a “Muslim ban” during a campaign – and then banning Muslims – is written off as simply “the president protecting the country” and not outright discrimination based on religion.

    Charlie Pierce:

    Fred Korematsu was cleared, but Korematsu v. U.S. was never overturned. It sits there in the law, like an unexploded bomb in the town square of which everyone is aware but nobody wants to defuse. Which is why Karen Korematsu was in the Supreme Court on Wednesday to listen as the Court heard the case of Trump v. Hawaii, as a guest of Senator Maisie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, the latest challenge to the latest iteration of the administration*’s Muslim travel ban. […]

    The current president* made it quite clear, over and over during the campaign, and as a means of energizing the darker parts of the national Id, that he was a bigot and a xenophobe. It may have been economic insecurity that got people curious about him, but it was the attacks on the Other that got them into the rallies. […] Out in the gallery, Karen Korematsu knew that the forces summoned up in the last political campaign differed not at all from the forces that sent her father to a camp, that fought him all the way through the legal system, and that finally apologized to him 45 years after the damage was done. And that case is still on the books.

    “We came out after 9/11, when there were people actually citing my father’s case in favor of interning Muslim citizens,” she said, as rain pattered down on the marble steps beneath her feet. “We are here today because we know what can happen.”

    See all y’all later!

    • Denise Velez
      April 26, 2018 at 6:54 am

      Thanks for that link Jan. I am really disgusted. Hate once again will be the rule of law.

      • JanF
        April 26, 2018 at 7:40 am

        I am having a really hard time these days dealing with the damage that has been done – and is still being done – to our federal court system. At this point in time, it is the only bulwark against the haters and now some of the most deplorable people in the country are being given lifetime appointments to do whatever they can to destroy the rule of law. That Mitch McConnell stole a Supreme Court seat from the people who voted to re-elect President Obama in 2012 is something I may never get over. That damage will be generational and I worry about people who – like my non-white non-majority-religion immigrant daughter – have to live in a county that approves actively discriminating against them.

        • April 26, 2018 at 8:36 am

          Jan, two of my grandchildren, Miss Pink Cheeks and Mr. Preschooler, are half-Chinese. I worry about them in Thing’s All White, All the Time America.

  10. Denise Velez
    April 26, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Thursday Meese – 54 going up to 63 and cloudy.

    I’m heading into NYC this afternoon – to speak at the final event in this series
    Unlikely Historians: Materials collected by NYPD surveillance teams, 1960-1975

    The records created by BOSSI, and the ephemera they collected over the course of surveillance activities, now provide unique documentation of one of the most turbulent eras in the City and nation’s history. The materials address subjects such as the Vietnam War, the nascent environmental movement, racial and gender discrimination, fair housing, workers’ rights, as well as global issues such as independence and sovereignty, the spread of communism, and poverty.

    The items selected for the exhibit are drawn from the NYPD Photo Unit and NYPD Inspectional Services Bureau collections. The Municipal Archives acquired BOSSI records as one result of the Handschu v. Special Services Division class action settlement of 1985. The resolution of the lawsuit included guidelines for surveillance and investigations, and a provision for the Municipal Archives to review and retain all records created by the unit deemed to have administrative, legal, or historical importance.

    Will be seeing material they collected on the Young Lords Party for the first time

  11. Denise Velez
    April 26, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Puerto Rico

    • April 26, 2018 at 7:34 am

      Is Mayor Carmen Cruz going to run for Congress—or, if she can’t do that, for some other higher office? She’s a force and would do a great deal of good if she were in a more powerful position.

      Realize that PR is not a state, but DC isn’t either. DC sends a nonvoting delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, to represent the city in Congress.

      • JanF
        April 26, 2018 at 7:45 am

        I just read an article that suggests she is still considering running for governor of Puerto Rico. I am not sure how powerful that position is because of the way the island government is hamstrung by the various boards set up to manage its economy but it would keep her strong voice in the news.

        • Denise Velez
          April 27, 2018 at 5:19 am

          Right now – her position in Puerto Rico is precarious – while she is garnering press here – as she travels – on the island people are not happy with her traveling. They are already disgusted with Gov Ricky …

          It looks like the Populares (she is one) will sweep the Statehooders out of power – which is a good thing …Hector Ferrer (President of the Populares) will probably run for Gov.

          • JanF
            April 27, 2018 at 5:33 am

            Are the Statehooders too willing to accept what the government in Washington is doing? I don’t see Gov Ricky doing much except slobbering over the Trump Administration* officials he meets and making nice with Republican Congressmen who don’t give a flying fk about Puerto Rico. At some point you need to push back – he seems willing to be pushed around.

          • bfitzinAR
            April 27, 2018 at 9:24 am

            I’m sorry the people aren’t happy with her traveling – it’s darned-near the only thing keeping Puerto Rico anywhere near the radar as far as the MSM is concerned. But she’s also the mayor of the most populated city and has plenty to do there so I can see their point.

  12. April 26, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Good Thor’s Day morning, Moose Kin! Last night when I took the dog out for his final pee-pee walk, the rain had stopped, the air was mild, and I could see the three-quarters-full moon. That was nice. This morning is clear, with the woods turning gold from the rising sun. A pair of Canada geese flapped by, celebrating the new day with the most discordant song I’ve ever heard, but luckily they’re well past now. Current temp. in Ashburn is 46 F., going up to 67 F.

    Living the chaotic life we do, we keep forgetting to give the dog his medicine. We are making it a priority this morning.

    Another priority is to clear a path through all the boxes for the delivery people to set the massive boxes containing the new bookcase, which will arrive on Saturday.

    This morning is Library Morning—the county library travels out here so that we oldsters can sign up to use it. They bring books out as well. They’ll even mail books to us here if we don’t want to drive to the nearest branch. Very handy! This afternoon I will try AGAIN to find the laser eye doctor. I don’t see as well as I used to. My niece assures me that a touch-up will take a few seconds and make a world of difference, so I’m game for that.

    On the political front, I’m appalled. That stolen Supreme Court seat is making its influence felt. I also think it’s beginning to feel a lot like Fitzmas: all this sound and fury will fizzle out and we won’t see Thing or anyone else going down. Annoyingly, the WaPo reports that Comey’s book is a best seller. I grudge him every penny of it. I still blame him for the debacle, although I realize his part was only one of several responsible.

    Wishing a good day to all at the peaceful Pond!

    • JanF
      April 26, 2018 at 8:04 am

      Fitzmas was a terrible disappointment and the only gift we got was just repossessed!

      I don’t think that Robert Mueller will bring down the sitting president unless tRump does something that makes Republicans turn on him – I can’t imagine what that would be. This morning, Judge Kimba Wood will hear motions on how the materials in the Cohen case will be sorted. Trump has offered to personally sort through the materials and decide which things are attorney-client privileged! Good lord, I hope she does not agree to that or to turn it over to an “independent” firm hired by Cohen’s attorneys. The FBI has a “taint unit” that has been doing that work for years – they should not be allowed to carve out an exception because the defendant has a celebrity client. That would be the absolute worse precedent to set.

  13. anotherdemocrat
    April 26, 2018 at 8:12 am

    1.46 miles, though I swear it’s the same as I did yesterday…. weird. Sore from Tuesday’s boot camp workout, tonight’s will hurt more. It’s a group that did a brown bag here at work & I won some free sessions. Cool enough for sleeves & a jacket, weather guy said this may be one of the last jacket days till fall. Looking at the security on my phone & Kindle (that’s what I think I’m gonna take to Chicago), since all I ever do is work & home, I need to know how to protect them while I’m there. I know not to use just any wifi, but beyond that; well I have 26 days to educate myself. Today’s music selection is U2’s performance of I Still Haven’t Found where a surprise gospel choir starts singing with them. It is amazing & beautiful — if you need something to make your heart swell, try this.

  14. princesspat
    April 26, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Good morning, 45 and sunny in Bellingham. Working in the garden is good for my soul, but my body needs a day off so I’m going to try to stay in my sewing room today. I started a pillow project months ago and it’s aged long enough! If I can stay disciplined I could finish a few today.

    Take care everyone.

    • DoReMI
      April 26, 2018 at 11:16 am

      I started a pillow project months ago and it’s aged long enough!

      So that’s what it’s called when a project is uncompleted…I like that! It so much less guilt-free than “unfinished due to procrastination.”

  15. bfitzinAR
    April 26, 2018 at 10:45 am

    47 windchill 42 and heading for mid 60s. Not as dark or as chilly as yesterday but that’s not saying much. Got 2.5 yesterday and the m-t-d is 361. IF we get the sunny days projected for Friday & Saturday we’ll get to the 400 goal for April. Which will/would be wonderful for my eyes and joints as well. I was researching something over at DK yesterday – going 8 years back – and really shouldn’t have. DK is not only hard on my stomach at times, it’s very hard on my eyes. My eye doctor used to think it was creeping cataracts issues (kept telling me I’d need surgery in 5 years, like every year for 20 years he’s told me that) until I finally told him I’ve been light & glare sensitive since I was in my late teens (was given an antibiotic that I reacted negatively to) and have had night driving issues for 30 years. I live with it. I don’t like it, but I live with it.

    The damage being down to our country by this lot of fascists in power is very demoralizing. Even once we get Congress back – and the WH – it’s going to take years, probably decades, to fix it. And I seriously doubt the fascist-owned media will give us that long. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama only got their first two years of their first terms with Dem majorities – holding those by our fingernails and being blindsided by both “blue dogs” and “purists” which reduced what they could actually get done to a minimum. A very important minimum. A putting the economy back together and getting people working minimum. But a minimum. And fascist-owned media reporting – what they reported and how they reported it – is the number one cause of that. Unless/until we break up that 5-RW-corporate (fascist) consortium that owns outright 90% of the media and influences the rest this will not change. We’ll be “allowed” to win a cycle or two – just enough to put the economy back to more-or-less decent health after they’ve milked it to the point of illness. So they can milk it to illness again. Changing who and how the media is paid is almost as important as restoring voting rights – and it may not be possible to do the latter until/unless we do the former. How the heck we’re supposed to do that I do not know. But I know the problem started at least in the late 1970s and Molly Ivins was being a “voice crying in the wilderness” about it from at least the late 1980s.

    I need to do my internets tour and get some coffee. And get offline before I fry my eyeballs again. sigh. Bright the day Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  16. Denise Velez
    April 27, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Good Friday Meese
    42 here in Saugerties going up to 53 with rain
    Got home last night from the trip into NYC at about 10:30. I’m dragging this morning.

    The Young Lords Party event yesterday was packed – go to see quite a few people I haven’t seen in decades.
    Most of the discussion was about police surveillance – sad that so few young people have any understanding of how pervasive it was in the 60s and 70s – and pay little attention to how it is a danger – now.

    Articles about Puerto Rico in our news are scarce as hens teeth. Sigh.

    I did find this long review about Julia de Burgos – who died tragically in NYC

    • bfitzinAR
      April 27, 2018 at 9:45 am

      {{{Denise}}} – glad you got to meet up with “old friends” even though it was to talk about a very unpleasant subject. One that really needs to be talked about because America is never very far away from doing that again. Folks on the frontlines of Civil Rights and other “making things better” organizations have records from here to Dublin (as in Ireland) – even folks on the edges like me have files somewhere or other. I know my phone was tapped for a while due to my very negligible part in the MIA stuff. The kids really haven’t a clue – but they better get one quickly.

      I wish my memory didn’t suck so badly. For a short period of time I was getting (& actually seeing) stuff from an organization in Puerto Rico that does microgrid stuff – they have a set up and were the only building with lights on in their area the day after Maria. They are a community center as well. I cannot remember the name. Like not even enough of it to be able to search either my tweets/RTs or google for it. sigh. I’d like to boost their signal some more as not only are microgrids pretty much the answer for Puerto Rico’s energy problems, standalone microgrids may be the only answer to privatizing the major grid in Puerto Rico. If you know who I’m talking about (or a similar Puerto Rican-owned group) please let me know. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  17. JanF
    April 27, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 37 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 57. Light rain is in the forecast.

    Yesterday justice was finally done in the Cosby case. I flipped on Headline News to catch the breaking news when they announced that a verdict was in. I was reminded why I don’t watch cable TV news – I wanted to throw something at my TV when the talking heads, speculating about the sentencing, said that the judge will probably go light on Cosby because he has no prior criminal record. JHC!! Have they not been paying attention?!?? Women have been reporting his abuse for years and his privilege as a celebrity male kept him from being charged. He has no prior criminal record because the justice system gave him a free pass, not because he has been a model citizen! Anyway, it is sad to think of someone dying in prison but it is also sad for women to go through the crap gauntlet to get a rapist put in jail.

    The rest of the news is beltline gossip – do I really have to care that the House chaplain was fired? – and I will give it a pass.

    Here is a hopeful article: How to End the Trump Presidency (as we know it):

    If Democrats can somehow win both the House and Senate, the Trump presidency as we know it — that is, the Trump presidency in its current incarnation as a rampaging, unchecked kakistocracy facing no meaningful oversight or accountability — will be over. The peculiarities of this particular presidency suggest that this would constitute a more debilitating event to the president — and, crucially, a more meaningful event for the country — than it was when the party opposed to the president captured one or both chambers during the past three presidencies. […]

    A Democratic-led Senate could make a real difference going forward. One can envision, for instance, that future picks to oversee the health bureaucracy will face staunch opposition if they won’t pledge to make Obamacare work instead of sabotaging it to assuage Trump’s rage and spite; or that a future EPA chief might be a nonstarter if he is — just spitballing here — a climate-change denier who is fundamentally hostile to his agency’s core mission. […]

    Even a Democratic takeover of just the House could make a huge difference. House Republicans closed down their Russia investigation and have been running a shadow probe designed to delegitimize law enforcement on Trump’s behalf, harming our institutions and degrading the rule of law in the process. That would end, and real investigations might gear up again.

    Even if we take back both houses of Congress, we won’t be able to remove Trump (and if we can’t remove him, we should not waste time impeaching him). But we can – and we will – do the things that the Republican Congress won’t do: government oversight, advice and consent, checks on the power of the executive, vetting of judicial appointments. Right now the Trump Administration* has free rein to do whatever it wants – the Scott Pruitt tongue bath from House Republicans yesterday is a perfect example. The Constitution has no clause that says “under a Unified Republican Government, there are no checks and balances” and the insistence of the Republican Party to treat it as if that were true, disqualifies them from governing. Our focus has to be on winning elections in 2018.

    See all y’all later!

    • bfitzinAR
      April 27, 2018 at 9:57 am

      Totally with you on Cosby – celebrity status is no excuse and he should spend the rest of his life somewhere he doesn’t like. Equally totally with you on the impeachment issue – we can’t remove him from office so let’s not waste the time, energy, or money impeaching. I totally agreed with Nancy Pelosi on that in 2006 and doubly so now. Of course no impeachment of W is why the pseudo-left has been after her and wants to replace her with some purist greenhorn who’d lock Congress up worse than it was in Obama’s 2nd term. If we manage to work our tails off and get Congress back, we won’t know how long we’ll have it – my bet is not more than 2 cycles max – so we’d best do as much damage control and repair work as possible while we have it. {{{HUGS}}}

      • JanF
        April 27, 2018 at 11:31 am


        no impeachment of W is why the pseudo-left has been after [Nancy Pelosi] and wants to replace her

        Absolutely. I saw it on DK and it used to make me want to scream. And in 2009, the frustrated ones instantly got their knives out for President Obama because he didn’t toss Bush and Cheney into prison. That is not how it works.

        I worry right now because people like Tom Steyer are handing out money for people to run on impeachment. All that will do is get the deplorables riled up and ready to GOTV to protect their leader. Better to run on “oversight” – who could disagree with that?

        • bfitzinAR
          April 27, 2018 at 9:00 pm

          The “frustrati” want to do the same things the Deplorables do – and apparently have just as little knowledge of how the system works. NO, we don’t throw our political opponents in jail. NO, we don’t waste our very limited time and money on an impeachment that won’t remove from office and will do nothing but energize the opposition. (Which is exactly what happened when the Rs insisted on impeaching Bill Clinton – and it doesn’t matter that with Bill it was a witch hunt that investigated until they could essentially trap him in something they could twist to make a charge – he was impeached, he wasn’t removed from office, and we made – not enough but some – gains in the 1998 election when we “should” have had losses.) Better oversight is only a problem with those who are trying to hide something. Which unfortunately seems to include the frustrati.

  18. anotherdemocrat
    April 27, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Slept in, took the day off to get ready for tomorrow. Errands, thank you e-mails, and packing my backpack with sunscreen, clothes to change into, etc. Looks like we’ll have beautiful weather, yay!

    • bfitzinAR
      April 27, 2018 at 9:59 am

      {{{ad}}} – glad you slept in and have fun getting ready. & good travels. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  19. April 27, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Good rainy Friday, Meese! When I took the dog out at six it was raining quite heavily, and rain is forecast for the whole morning. I’m glad to see it, as we’re an inch under where we should be for this time of year. Currently it’s gray outside, with a temp. of 51 F. Later it will rise to 64 F.

    We have been on the go so much this week I just want to stay home, even though there’s shopping we need to do. We need to clear a path through the cardboard boxes so the bookcase can be delivered tomorrow. Also, I need to get all my writing chores done today because I might not be able to get to my desk until the bookcase is installed and filled.

    Paul (“Granny Killer”) Ryan fired the chaplain for suggesting that the rich among us look after the poor. This goes against Ryan’s Randian grain, of course.

    I’m sorry that Thing can’t be removed. He’s done so much damage I don’t know how we’ll ever recover. As the media are complicit in his election and subsequent “reign,” we have no hope of help from that direction. Yesterday the Washington Poop published an article by a dirtbag that wants women to be hanged for having abortions. Nothing a MAN has to say about abortions interests me or will be given credence by me. May the crusty curse of Oliver Cromwell, etc., etc.

    On that cheery note I will sign off to have breakfast and get busy. Wishing all a peaceful Friday at the Pond with no news dumps at 5 p.m.!

    • JanF
      April 27, 2018 at 8:55 am

      That guy, Kevin Williamson, has been given column space in every mainstream media publication since he was fired from The Atlantic for his outright misogyny. His complaint is that people are “shutting him up” about his ghastly opinions. JHC on a popsicle stick!! Please, mainstream media, shut me up by giving me editorial page space for a whole freaking month! I would have a thing or two to say about the state of our Fourth Estate.

      I hope your busyness soon returns to normal levels – following The Sale, The Move, The Settling-In has been instructive for us but I am sure you are getting weary of the chaos and anxious to find out what your routine will eventually look like.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 27, 2018 at 10:08 am

      {{{Diana}}} – gray and rainy is a good day to stay indoors & empty more boxes. :) The evil ones are currently in power – I’m frequently appalled but never surprised by what evil they come up with. The evil ones were put into power by the even eviler ones who own the media and pay the various dirtbags to push those evil memes. The root problem is who owns the media. Until that changes, fundamentally nothing else will. Which makes it a good day to stay indoors and empty more boxes. Get your own life/space in order – it gives you a solid foundation to do your Resistance from. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  20. bfitzinAR
    April 27, 2018 at 10:23 am

    49 windchill 46 w/ 100% humidity, but sunny! Yesterday’s 7.8 was several times better than the day before but today we’ve already got over a KWH and the m-t-d is at 370. I totally expect it to be at 390 before day’s end. Which totally raises my spirits and eases my eyes too – sunshine is my friend. :)

    Evil ones being evil. Fundraisers mostly stuck. Including Aji’ Patreon site which is nuts. Only thing I can think of is that many of the folks who would like to pledge are the ones needing fundraisers. sigh. Rting is pretty much all I can do right now – politically and otherwise – but trying to catch what I want to RT in the flood of other stuff even with my small follower set is being difficult. I will persevere. Warmer weather means I may be doing some stuff on the Square soon – staffing a candidate booth or voter registration. I do have some traveling I hope to do this year which I’d best get to planning for. We shall see what we shall see.

    Need to visit Villages and do my morning internet tour. And coffee. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

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