Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: April 14th through April 20th

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 (usually Saturday night with a Sunday date). 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.


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    • It doesn’t worry me much. He may be the only one who can duke it out with Bernie Sanders and if they beat each other up, it will clear the way for a better nominee. In Wisconsin, back in 1992, there were two big name Democrats vying for the chance to take on a 2-term incumbent Republican Senator during a Democratic wave year. They bloodied each other so much that a little-known state Senator from Middleton named Russ Feingold beat both of them for the nomination – and went on to win the seat. So name recognition and big bucks don’t guarantee anything except a target on your back.

      I won’t be a #NeverBernie because a stupid old man unfit for the presidency who would likely appoint Democrats to his cabinet is better than a stupid old man unfit for the presidency who will destroy the planet. I don’t think it will come to that, personally. We are 13 months away from picking a nominee and a lot can happen. My picks right now are Harris, Warren, and Castro (I think Cory Booker is wrong for the times). I am getting ready to send money to Harris.

      • I have a great deal of respect and even a bit of affection for Cory Booker, but he’s pretty far down my list too. I’ve started thinking of him as Kumbaya Cory, which would be 100% compliment if we weren’t facing Thanos-Trump. (What, you think I might be excited about the upcoming Avengers: Endgame movie release?)

        • Kumbaya Cory is perfect! We need someone who will duke it out with Trump, who will give withering glances and judgemental eye rolls. Cory Booker has enormous oratorical talent and is very smart but this election is not about “no red states no blue states only united states” but an existential threat to our country and our people. I want someone who gets that and won’t back down from a fight or turn the other cheek. I am afraid he does not have that fire.

  1. Good morning, Meesefolk; 41 when I got up and that’s the high for the day. The rain has been more sporadic than steady, but I’m leaving work early to head to Ohio, and The Kiddo tells me to prepare for blinding and torrential. The good news is that tomorrow here in MI is going to be lousy, but it will be less lousy in OH, so yay for small blessings.

    I need to focus on the work on my desk or the leaving early won’t happen…good day to and for all!

  2. Good mid-morning (in Fay., AR) folks. It’s mid 40s and feels like upper 30s – I’ve got a fire going although it’s not putting off much heat yet. The sun keeps coming out then going in – worse than in-and-out-the-kitty-cat (a game I no longer play) – I’m hoping it stays out long enough to generate a bit and do some catching up. Yesterday we got 5.8 KWHs which combined with the 6.2 of the day before says I’ve generated right at what I use with no gaining. The m-t-d is 280 and a good sunny day’s production could bring us to 300.

    This is my take and why on the Mueller Report, impeachment, and all that. As long as the MSM is owned by the 5 RW corporations that put twitler in power in the first place…I’m totally all for hearings. Keep the not ethical, not patriotic, 99% sure not legal actions of the crime family and sycophants on the news 24/7. I do not want actual impeachment. That would then go to the Senate where twitler would be found not guilty and most certainly not removed from office. At which point the MSM propaganda machine would go into 24/7 endless loops of twitler saying how that’s vindicated him. Which would also be played in every campaign ad twitler and the Rs run in 2020. We need to stop the em effers, not give them the weapons they need to take us down entirely.

    I’m late in because I was at my credit union finding out why my checking account statement showed over $800 more in it than my records showed. It’s all good. Two things – my grocery cash last month was accidentally taken from my savings instead of my checking account and AR doesn’t notify folks of when their refunds are direct deposited. I actually did have $500 more in my account than I knew about because I had been foolishly waiting for a notification from the state. I’m glad it’s in as I’ve purposed that for a second (and last) piece of jewelry from Wings. Meanwhile nobody’s heard nothing about nothing. So prayers and invocations are still very much desired.

    We finally know when the new person is starting and thus when my last day is. Next week is it. I work Monday through Thursday mornings through April 25th and as of the 26th I’m retired again. So. I need some coffee – the sun is shining but the barometric pressure is on a roller coaster and that’s messing with my sinusitis – and then check in elsewhere on the internet before I do “house stuff” – LOL. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • You are 100% correct – impeachment without removal will simply feed into the vindication ads for Trump’s reelection. As I stated elsewhere, run the hearings and if nothing new comes out that would convince the Senate that even they can’t ignore it, stop short of impeachment with a reality-based call to let the American people decide on removal because the Senate is unwilling to go against their president. That will also give us fodder for Senate ads. “Cory Gardner said that the rule of law is not important to him – show him how important it is to you!”

      • Run the hearings as if they were impeachment hearings and run them for 18 solid months. But don’t every let it come to the vote. We can keep his evil more or less in the news although the MSM will try to drop it in a black hole within a few weeks as long as we’re doing hearings. Once there’s a vote, it goes to the Senate and you are 100% correct – the ads against the Dems practically write themselves once that happens. We won’t ever have control of the media, but a long as they can’t run “vindication” we can manipulate it.

  3. Good morning, 53 and cloudy in Bellingham. Yesterday seemed like a fire hose news day, but it’s good to finally have Mueller’s report be more honestly discussed. I’m pleased to see a link to the report is at the top of The Bellingham Herald’s on line front page this morning. As citizens we all need to read and learn before voting!

    We enjoyed a birthday dinner with our son last night. It was fun to reminisce and share the news of the day while watching the fog move around the boats at the harbor.

    Time to find some coffee and try to get my day going. Best wishes to all.

  4. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 32 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 63. Sunny skies are in the forecast. The just-starting-to-wane fullish moon bathed the early morning sky with light – it was nice to see her again.

    I think that Democrats need to cool their jets a bit. Anyone who calls for impeachment based on the redacted Mueller Report is getting a caravan of carts before the horse. We can call for a Congressional hearing where Robert Mueller is asked about his obstruction conclusions and once that is completed we can, if his testimony and the evidence in the full report warrants it, call for an impeachment investigation. Anyone who says “let’s impeach him right now” is betraying their lack of understanding of the process. And anyone who says that it doesn’t matter that impeachment won’t lead to removal, is buying into the left-wing media’s narrative that we should burn our party down over some purity principal. The people advocating for that are all white males who will not be harmed by a second Trump term. We run in 2020 on HEALTH CARE and CLEAN GOVERNMENT and JUSTICE – we don’t run against Trump, we run against Republicanism and, really, we have no way of knowing if Trump will be the nominee. Nixon resigned when it got too hot, Trump is in the worst health of any president in recent memory – there is no guarantee we will be running against him in the general election. There! That is my free advice!

    The Weekly Democratic Party address is by Rep. Debbie Dingell touting the #ForThePeople agenda passed by the House – a statement of Democratic Party values. That is what we need to focus on. I am hoping that after the heat from the hot takes dissipates, we get back to governing – something that Democrats are very good at – and trust that Nancy Pelosi’s House will do the right thing.

    See all y’all later!

  5. Saturday Meese. 69 going up to 70 here in NYS with flash flood warnings.

    19 month anniversary of Maria today

  6. Slept really well, and late. Watching the news, not doing much today besides consuming caffeine — the main band doesn’t even start till around my normal bedtime. Got my clothes set out — my blue sparkleshirt because it has the pockets in the legs & I won’t have to carry anything — and a green shirt. I hope they play Wild Horses.

  7. It’s in the 40s and sunny at the moment. It might get into the 70s this afternoon for a short while but meantime I’ve got a fire going. We got 20 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is 310 – if we generate the rest of the month at the same average that will get us to over 460. Which would be really nice. I will never claim to being “carbon neutral” as I use natural gas for cooking, hot water, and winter baseline heating (& yes, gasoline for transportation), but I’m at least generating more electricity than I use. (Cheers for @casapueblo & I hope they get the support they need to keep doing what they’re doing to rebuild communities stronger & safer with solar energy.)

    I’m 100% or more on doing impeachment investigations – and equally against doing the actual impeachment. As long as we’re investigating the “ball” is in our hands. Once we’ve impeached we turn the ball over to them. They’ve already got a whole lot of advantages – from control of all governmental bodies except the House to the biggest propaganda machine in the world to Russian bots (and the LW cult followers who keep insisting those aren’t Russian bots) – giving them the trial and “exoneration” that would follow impeachment as night follows day isn’t wise. It also isn’t justice. Folks want justice and they want it now. That’s not the way it works. If we have patience, if we follow the rules meticulously and “run out the game” with the ball in our hands we can get justice. If not…

    Seems AR doesn’t send confirmation of tax refunds – the money that was on my bank statement but not in my check book was my AR tax refund. So I really do have that money. Which is just as well. I’d purposed it months ago and was about to spend it. Meanwhile no word for anybody about anything. sigh. I need some coffee and to do my wandering around the internet. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  8. Jan – FYI – I think you’re right about the cookies causing the problem with the login. I got here with no problem but after I visited the New Republic & Earthship Biotech (from one of Dee’s tweets in Bobby’s diary) then came back here I was logged out and couldn’t get back in for 30 minutes.

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