Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Sept. 9th through Sept. 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?

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  107 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Sept. 9th through Sept. 15th

  1. JanF
    September 13, 2018 at 9:14 am

    JHC!!

    • Denise Velez
      September 13, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Just posted

      • JanF
        September 13, 2018 at 9:47 am

        Fking deplorable!!

        • DoReMI
          September 13, 2018 at 10:44 am

          I can see this day is destined to leave me gasping and with skyrocketing blood pressure. Who even says anything that cold and self-serving and without compassion in light of deaths that were preventable?! Every time I think I can’t possibly be shocked any more, this shitgibbon opens his mouth and proves me wrong.

      • bfitzinAR
        September 14, 2018 at 9:39 am

        Tweeted or RT’d the lot. & the diary. {{{HUGS}}}

  2. DoReMI
    September 13, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Good morning, Meesefolk; 57 this morning with a high of 75 or so. It’s overcast, and I got hit with a few raindrops on my way in to work, but I think it was just a rogue cloud.

    I never watch Chris Hayes, so his townhall with MM and assorted Michiganders was not on my official boycott list. I didn’t watch it, but I gather from the tweet machine that there were several ’16 non-voters on his show, who explained their choice as either “not inspired” or “not choosing the lesser of two evils.” Christ on a cracker, I’d love to know what world those folks live in (although I suspect it’s very, very white and male). I was inspired by both Obama and Hillary, but it didn’t mean I was so blinded by the sparkles in my eyes that I couldn’t recognize their imperfections as people and as politicians. There are few things that send me into a sputtering rage, but the “must be inspired to vote” argument is one of them. I can’t even…(see I told you it led to sputtering.) Apparently, at least one of the non-voters hasn’t changed their mind about purity uber Alles, even in the era of tRump. The amount of privilege that must take is mind-bending. The lack of compassion that must take is inhuman. The willful idiocy that must take is barbaric. Yeah, I might have some strong feelings on the topic… Good day to and for all!

    • JanF
      September 13, 2018 at 11:13 am

      That this malady – “the ‘must be inspired to vote’ argument” – seems to be more prevalent among Democrats is a long running story. “Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line” gave us Bush II and Trump and will destroy our democracy if we can’t find a cure for it. Voting for “good enough” and “a step in the right direction” is not “caving”, it is being a responsible adult.

      • DoReMI
        September 13, 2018 at 12:39 pm

        I have friends who still get giddy about the junior senator from Vermont, and it baffled me for the longest time. Over time, I’ve come to realize that he’s just a manikin which they dress with all of their own dreams and hopes. I saw people do that with Obama too, and by 2010, they were turning on him for not fulfilling their every fantasy. The difference is that if you were actually listening, Obama was far more than an undressed manikin…but too many people never got beyond hope and change. I can’t confidently say that about Sen. Sanders.

        • bfitzinAR
          September 14, 2018 at 9:46 am

          That’s why said junior senator will always remain popular. He’ll never be in a position to have to make good on those fantasies.

  3. princesspat
    September 13, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Good morning, 57 and cloudy in Bellingham. I turned the news off and the music on yesterday, and after a quick scan of the news this morning I may have to do the same today because tRump angst is overwhelming me again. Fortunately I’ve got a long list of daily life tasks that need to be done. Just have to find and keep a focus!

    Bellingham is 45 miles from the Canadian border, so border crossing issues are a daily occurrence for many people. A man at the pool lives on an old farm, and his pasture actually crosses the border. He got tired of the border patrol investigating his cows crossing at random, so he finally got the powers that be to set up a camera to monitor their movement. It’s amusing, but being constantly investigated gets old. This book Northland, by Porter Fox, looks interesting.

    Writer Porter Fox sought to remedy American indifference to, or ignorance about, our northern border by traveling most of its length by canoe, freighter, car and foot over three years. His book, Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border, explores the landscape, history and present-day state of affairs along the border. Heading west from Maine to Blaine, he takes note of the surveying errors that have affected some border communities. He also observes how citizens’ sense of national identity seems to soften when their social lives — and marriages and family connections — span a boundary.

    Best wishes to all.

  4. Mvgal92691
    September 13, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Long time no see. It’s me still living in Mission Viejo and working in Costa Mesa, CA. It’s nice and sunny here with a temperature of 72.

    • DoReMI
      September 13, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      So THAT’S what the MV stands for! Another mystery solved…

      • Mvgal92691
        September 13, 2018 at 5:14 pm

        That’s my level of cleverness alright. :) The 92691 zip code is for Mission Viejo as well.

        • DoReMI
          September 13, 2018 at 6:04 pm

          LOL, the fact that you have to spell it out for me says more about me than you, I’m afraid!

    • bfitzinAR
      September 14, 2018 at 9:49 am

      {{{HUGS}}} – so great to see you here again! & I’d always wondered what the MV stood for. I should have known from the zip code though. I used to live in San Francisco. Now you’re remembered the way to the Moose Pond, don’t be a stranger. 💖💖💖 moar {{{HUGS}}}

  5. JanF
    September 14, 2018 at 5:16 am

    Good morning, meese! Friday …

    It is 57 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 84 (heat index 95). Sunny skies are in the forecast. Summer came back! :(

    That tRump’s paper towel moment has come to symbolize his total unfitness to be president is a testament to those who have been working for nearly a year to keep the plight of Puerto Rico in the news (:::waving to Dee:::). Apparently he is livid about “his treatment” by the press and ranting about it – and is failing to notice that even his racist protegees in Florida are distancing themselves from the remarks. I hope the Republican brand becomes a boat anchor that sinks both DeSantis and Rick Scott in a state that should understand the importance of a good federal response to hurricanes and also has a large Puerto Rican population. The email blurb from NYTimes this morning sums it up:

    Trump Honors Only One Victim in Puerto Rico: Himself By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    The president sees the accepted death toll of nearly 3,000 as evidence of a political conspiracy against him.

    Also, Everything Trump Touches Dies.

    In other news, the IDC got decimated, which New Yorkers can hope leads to them becoming a true blue state. It will require Cuomo to govern like a Democrat which will be interesting. Tish James won the Attorney General primary – woo hoo! She is a serious person needed for a serious job.

    See all y’all later!

    • Denise Velez
      September 14, 2018 at 8:27 am

      morning Jan
      I’m bleary-eyed from staying up late to follow black twitter election responses here in NY
      The Cynthia Nixon crowd is getting blasted for whining about high turnout

      Read – blacks and browns came out and voted against her

  6. JanF
    September 14, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Here is a recap of the shameful way that the media covered Trump’s tweets yesterday. Only a few had the courage to say his statements were lies and many of the headlines (which is all many people scan) were deceptive:
    Media’s coverage of Trump’s Puerto Rico conspiracy theory was a failure

    Instead of effectively fact checking Trump’s tweets, a number of major media outlets uncritically spread his lies in their headlines about the tweets.

    • bfitzinAR
      September 14, 2018 at 9:54 am

      It always comes back to “who owns the media?” – as long as 90% of MSM is owned by a 5-RW-corporate consortium, RW propaganda will be served as news. Until we find a way to circumvent that propaganda at least long enough to get the power to break it up, we’re stuck with grabbing what random and few chances we can get to “make things better”.

  7. anotherdemocrat
    September 14, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Raining again/still, but nothing like what the people in the hurricane are getting. The tropical depression that was heading our way fizzled out, so now it’s just rain all weekend. Which is just fine, it’ll maybe disrupt some football games but no one here will be stranded on the roof of their building. Sending good thoughts to people in the hurricane zone, in the towns in Massachusetts that had the gas explosions, to Bill & Kelley & everyone else dealing with cancer & illness. Today’s song is Nina Cried Power.

    [Verse 3: Hozier]
    It’s not the song, it is the singin’
    It’s the heaven of the human spirit ringin’
    It is the bringin’ of the light
    It is the bearin’ of the rhyme
    It’s not the wakin’, it’s the risin’
    [Chorus: Mavis Staples and Hozier]
    And I could cry power (power)
    Power (power)
    Power, lord
    Nina cried power
    Billie cried power
    Mavis cried power
    And I could cry power
    Power (power)
    Power (power)
    Power, lord
    Curtis cried power
    Patti cried power
    Nina cried power

    • bfitzinAR
      September 14, 2018 at 9:59 am

      {{{ad}}} – just {{{HUGS}}}

  8. September 14, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Good morning, Meese! Another gray, El Gloom-oh day here, looks as if it’s about to rain any minute. Current temp. is 71 F., going up to 77 F. Got to hurry to eat breakfast because I’m supposed to join a group that’s demonstrating in front of NRA headquarters this morning.

    Last night we went to the 10th anniversary talent show, about which the less said the better. Perhaps I was just in a bad mood.

    This afternoon we have the Mad Hatters’ Tea Party at 2 and our monthly building party at 3. Party, party, party, that’s all we do here!

    Feeling immensely cheered by the high turnout in NY yesterday and about the defeat of the St. Bernard-inspired candidates. Not feeling so good about the Coathanger confirmation.

    Wishing a good day to all! Still reading Fear but it’s very slow going.

  9. Denise Velez
    September 14, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Friday Meese
    70 going up to 78 here.
    I need to get some sleep.
    Celebrating election wins for my candidates – woot for Tish!

  10. bfitzinAR
    September 14, 2018 at 10:25 am

    69 with 100% humidity heading towards 90 (who knows what the heat index will be) so I’ll need to close up the house soon. Got 13 KWHs yesterday, the m-t-d is 15.8 – not great but not bad. As long as it stays over what I use in a month, I’m pleased if not totally happy. I am happy about NY primary returns. Every election, every level – nothing magic about any single office, we need them all. Got a skull-banging headache for some reason or other so gonna find everything I need to respond to then get offline. Healing Energy to everybody shaped to the need. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • September 14, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      Don’t like the sound of those headaches. Vision-related, do you think? Or allergies?

      Take care of yourself, bfitz!

      • bfitzinAR
        September 14, 2018 at 3:45 pm

        Vision sort of and sinusitis. Both of which I’ve had for all my adult life. The vision isn’t something getting new glasses can fix. My eyes have been photo-sensitive since I was in my late teens. Reaction to an antibiotic I turned out to be allergic to. It’s gotten worse since I’ve gotten older. Too much time on computer screens, out in strong sunlight, reading in bad light, any kind of glare – all of them cause problems and I’m usually hitting more than one in any given day. When that combines with a sinusitis flare…

        Doing the best I can. {{{HUGS}}}

  11. princesspat
    September 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Good morning, 55 and raining in Bellingham. I started a big desk project yesterday, but I didn’t finish, so now I’ll have a 2 day headache! But if I stay focused my files will be cleaned out and the teetering stacks will be filed. I know I’ll have more peace of mind when I’m done, but there’s a reason I have procrastinated.

    Part of me is more comfortable with paper files and hand written records on a legal tablet. But I do more and more financial management online now so I’ve got two systems going, and both need to be better organized. So like it or not papers need to be shredded, my on line work needs to be less stressful, and I need to be able to actually find what I’ve filed. Yikes……may be a 3 day headache!

    Best wishes to all.

  12. Mvgal92691
    September 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    We’re nice and sunny here at Mission Viejo, Ca. It’s 75 degrees going on up to 89. Humidity has risen to 48%. Yuck, My sinuses are not happy today.

    • bfitzinAR
      September 14, 2018 at 3:51 pm

      Holding the Good Thought and sending Healing Energy re: sinuses. That high-for-you humidity may be part of it. Which totally doesn’t help, I know. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. DoReMI
    September 14, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    If I type really fast, I can still say good morning. 57 this morning with a high of 79 today, and after a grey start to the day, the sun has come out. (Never mind…good afternoon!)

    I went out with my friends last night; they did appreciate their cheat sheets and asked me to prepare a few for their kids. Once they get me the addresses so I can personalize them for the right district, I’ll get that done. During the course of dinner, my phone started beeping like crazy; my daughter was home alone, bored, and watching House Hunters on HGTV for the first time. She decided to live-text it to me, and after reading a few of her texts, I started live-reading her texts. Her texting was as profane as it was hilarious, so I’m glad we had taken a table far away from most of the other patrons. Overall, it was a relatively mundane night, which is what made it so fun. I really need to have girls’ nights out more often.

    • Mvgal92691
      September 14, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      Glad you enjoyed your night out.

  14. JanF
    September 15, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 63 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 82. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Big news on Friday – Manafort pleads guilty and the plea deal appears to be pardon proof. David Corn of Mother Jones pointed out that Manafort had to decide who he trusted – Trump for a pardon or Mueller for a deal to reduce the charges and end the bleeding. The forfeitures will cover the cost of the Mueller investigation and speculation is that the focus will be on the June 9th meeting where the Russian deal was set. Walls closing in …

    Florence was not as fierce as expected when she made landfall but was still deadly and the flooding and damage is not over with – there will be days of drenching rain and rising rivers. The Orange Orshole is now claiming that 70% of Puerto Rico was without power when Maria hit – based on “facts” provided to him by ::: checks notes::: Geraldo Rivera! What a literal piece of crap he is. Daniel Dale (@ddale8), a reporter who covers the White House, is calling Trump’s Puerto Rico bullshit about the death toll “deatherism” and is cutting him no slack on his latest set of lies.

    Today’s Democratic Weekly Address is Patrick “I honored the blue slips that let the federal courts get Mitched” Leahy bemoaning the Kavanaugh hearing, not realizing that Kavanaugh’s 5th solid vote is his own legacy for not playing hardball during the Bush years. I think instead of putting him on the top of my post I am going to put Nancy Pelosi whose presser on Thursday was about the “Unfinished Hurricane Recovery in Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands.” I will decide later.

    Busy morning here as I never caught up from the big hole blown into my schedule last week. I have to get accounting work done in the peace and quite of weekend mornings or I will regret it!

    See all y’all later!

  15. Denise Velez
    September 15, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Good Saturday morning Meese

    Am up and writing – Trump going off about PR again.
    Will have a diary up on a few minutes.

  16. Denise Velez
    September 15, 2018 at 7:21 am

    It is up

    • JanF
      September 15, 2018 at 7:44 am

      Got it!

  17. September 15, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Good gray Saturday morning, Moosekind! It’s another El Gloomo morning here. The sky looks pregnant with rain clouds and yet nothing happens except little sprinkles occasionally. Currently it’s 67 F. in NoVa, going up to 77 F. Had the night from hell last night, so looking forward to a nap this afternoon.

    Going to read Denise’s diary later, but it’s already 8:20 and I’m still in dressing-gown and slippers after being awake for three hours! Need to get dressed and face the day.

    One of the many sources of outrage in addition to Coathanger Kav’s confirmation proceedings and the lying lies about Puerto Rico is the fact that the Texas school system plans to erase Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from history textbooks. WTF? One of the commenters on Orange, whose astringent tongue I appreciate, notes that when she taught 7th- and 8th-grade history in public schools many years ago, she didn’t even use the textbook. She drew her lessons from other sources. Texan male legislators are horrendous and deserve to suffer from STDs en masse.

    Must get started on my day. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond, and a double bacon cheeseburger with French fries cooked in lard to Jabber the Butt in the White House.

  18. DoReMI
    September 15, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Good morning, Meesefolk; 66 right now, morning fog, and a high of 79-82 today – my phone widget can’t seem to decide!

    The shitgibbon’s ongoing pronouncements re PR/VI are mind-boggling, insulting, and hurtful (as per usual). Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer), who seems to understand narcissistic personalities, contends that the key to understanding a narcissist is knowing that they are driven to, “Fight to the death to avoid being seen as shameful or undeserving of public adoration…” So if the lies and denials are read in that light, it’s pretty clear that they’re going to continue unabated until the next perceived “personal” attack captures his attention. It also seems clear that changing course and actually helping PR isn’t going to happen at his direction…ever. It’s up to us and maybe a new cohort in Congress to make that happen. In the meantime, that’s cold comfort to the survivors/residents who have to contend with the results of his self-serving BS.

    • anotherdemocrat
      September 15, 2018 at 10:02 am

      do you follow Propane Jane? https://twitter.com/docrocktex26 She’s a mental health professional, and she talks about Trump’s narcissism & general insanity. Her handle is quite apt, she is quite firey.

  19. anotherdemocrat
    September 15, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Slept in, watching Velshi & Ruhle cover the storm till Joy Reid comes on. Thankful that we’re not having the tropical storm they thought we might. My co-op is having 25% off bulk foods so I’m going to go get some almond butter & tahini. Was talking with some friends last night about this song & now it’s still in my head this morning. Love the guitar intro. Lights of Home. I was saying that it actually shown the genius of all 4 — the drums seem to be talking, Adam’s bass, and B’s poetry.

  20. bfitzinAR
    September 15, 2018 at 9:44 am

    67 with 100% humidity and heading for 90 again today. Sun’s out at the moment. It’s been clouding up in the afternoons which mucks up my electricity generation – only got 11.5 KWHs yesterday, the m-t-d is 170. Hope we get some sunnier days soon or we’re not going to get even close to 400 for the month. Oh well, still doing better than what I use and that’s what counts.

    Don’t know what to think about Manafort – a trial going on right up to the election would certainly be good for GOTV but… We shall see what we shall see. As everybody who’s paid any attention to the Rs figured, the koathanger Kavanaugh vote will go forward as scheduled. Rs are mostly sex abusers when not down right rapists anyway – they like having one of their own on the Supreme Court. The Lefties & non-voters should have “It’s the Supreme Court, Stupid” tattooed in reverse across their foreheads so they’d have to read it every time they look in a mirror. Meanwhile, gots stuffs to do before I head out to HQ for my noon to 4 shift. Healing Energy to everybody, shaped to your need. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • Mvgal92691
      September 15, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      How are the sinuses doing? My at least are starting to settle down.

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