Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Sept. 6th through Sept. 12th

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. 65 heading for 75 in Fay., AR – got rain overnight but the sun’s trying to break through right now. Hope so, the goats don’t like getting wet and they need another day to finish eating the honeysuckle and other things trying to invade my yard (from the more-or-less abandoned property on the other side of the fence). It’s supposed to be in the 40s when I leave for the Farmers’ Market in the morning. Hello Autumn!

    Good news that Harry Reid pulled his people together and blocked the vote. The fact that Congress even wants one is very damaging to our international coalition on this – and is giving aid and comfort to a country who at the moment is our enemy. Nice to see that at least 41% of the Senate is sane. Wish I could say the same of the folks at GOS regarding Hillary. I may have to get Trish to send me the link to the Pootie Diaries and not even look at the FP if it gets any worse. (Hillary “confessed” to being a moderate – and you don’t want to see the GOS response. Of course she’s a moderate. You want Ted Cruz in drag go somewhere else.) Oh well. Only HOW many more months? sigh.

    Have a beautiful Friday at the Pond. {{{HUGS}}}

    • That is a good idea, bfitz, asking for a link. I would never dream of opening the front page because it includes the rec(tum) list. When I do go there, it is when I follow a link someone gave me, if I have to, I go in through my old stream which I still have bookmarked on an old favorites list. Dee is on that list as well as other people I used to follow.

      I found the text to Hillary’s Iran speech and will probably put it up on my own blog for reference. There is no good place to put it here right now.

      • I probably won’t do it though – I want to read the Hillary News & Views diary – and I also want to keep track of sheddhead who’s been homeless for over 2 weeks now. She checks most days in from her laptop via the public library’s wifi. Not that I can do anything but offer encouragement but… If I can figure out how to get those (and other community diaries – they’re doing a quilt for JoanMar for example) without having to go to the FP, I most certainly will do that.

        I had to explain to somebody on GOS that Hillary’s comment at Brookings about Iran not being a partner was because Iran had to be forced to the negotiating table. If they ever come willingly they will be partners – and welcome. No further comment but at least somebody rec’d it. But the double-standard over there is appalling.

  2. Good morning, 54 in Kennewick now, but the high will be 92. We’re meeting the movers at 8:30 am to finish clearing Emma’s apartment today, then we’ll rest. We hope to return to Bellingham tomorrow.

    Emma’s funeral service was emotionally exhausting yesterday but it was wonderful tribute to her fully lived life. The church was full and the open mic comment section was a gift to all of us as we listened to people from all parts of her life remember their times with her. We ended the day with an easy family dinner a my BIL’s house, and looking at a stack of her photo albums together brought more shared memories, laughter, and tears.

    • Closure is a good thing. It allows you to go on with life. When Momma died we ended the day at a Mexican restaurant – she loved Mexican food, any “ethnic” food really – and they were kind enough to not act as if we were crazy when we asked them to leave the chair and place setting at the head of the table empty for her. {{{HUGS}}}

  3. I often think about how 9/11 could have been avoided and Richard Clarke’s face, and this apology, always come to mind. He and his co-workers in the counter-terrorism section of the National Security Council knew how to keep us safe and were essentially told to “stand down” by those in the Bush Administration who did not want to even consider programs and protocols from the Clinton Administration. :(

    So much awful came from that fateful decision: the loss of life, the two wars, the damage to our nations reputation, the trillions of dollars wasted while our infrastructure crumbles. The price of Bush-Cheney hubris …

    Richard Clarke’s book: Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror:

    Clarke, a veteran Washington insider who had advised presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush, dissects each man’s approach to terrorism but levels the harshest criticism at the latter Bush and his advisors who, Clarke asserts, failed to take terrorism and Al-Qaeda seriously. Clarke details how, in light of mounting intelligence of the danger Al-Qaeda presented, his urgent requests to move terrorism up the list of priorities in the early days of the administration were met with apathy and procrastination and how, after the attacks took place, Bush and key figures such as Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and Dick Cheney turned their attention almost immediately to Iraq, a nation not involved in the attacks. […]

    Terrorism becomes a growing but largely ignored threat under the first President Bush, whom Clarke cites for his failure to eliminate Saddam Hussein, thereby necessitating a continued American presence in Saudi Arabia that further inflamed anti-American sentiment. Clinton, according to Clarke, understood the gravity of the situation and became increasingly obsessed with stopping Al-Qaeda. He had developed workable plans but was hamstrung by political infighting and the sex scandal that led to his impeachment. But Bush and his advisers, Clarke says, didn’t get it before 9/11 and they didn’t get it after, taking a unilateral approach that seemed destined to lead to more attacks on Americans and American interests around the world.

    • The W Bush administration was evil. What they did to America and the World was evil. And they will never be brought to book because (like Nixon and China) only a Republican administration could do it and the current lot is even more evil. I remember watching the coverage from work – and when W finally went on TV and responded I knew he was going to start a war. I didn’t know with who or when but I knew it was going to happen.

  4. Good morning, meesers! Saturday …

    It is 50 degrees in Madison, on its way up to 65. Mostly sunny skies in the forecast.

    Rick Perry dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination. This one is not much of a surprise as many of the others are also in the vice presidential race and/or trying to sell books and audition for a Fox News show. Perry does not qualify for any of those things. Twitter had fun with his leavetaking, worrying about what would happen to his Gravitas Glasses now that he didn’t need them.

    If you have not looked at the video of tennis star James Blake being “subdued” by the police, you should. He was literally minding his own business, standing on the street near a hotel entrance when a plainclothes cop grabbed him, threw him to the ground, dragged him and cuffed him. The cop never identified himself and Blake had no way of knowing that he was not being assaulted by a street criminal. He did not resist and I wonder if that is how a black man survives to adulthood … never resisting, never challenging, lest you be shot and killed or have your spine broken in the back of a police van. :(

    Doctors for the Ethical Practice of Medicine is suing Oklahoma to find out the identity of the doctor who could not get an IV line in to properly administer anesthesia for the execution of Clayton Lockett so that he can be investigated and possibly sanctioned. Oklahoma claims that a doctor executing for them is not acting as a doctor even though the law says a doctor must be present. Huh? I hope the courts make Oklahoma identify the ethically challenged (and incompetent) doctor who botched the procedure or at least scare enough doctors to make them no longer want to be part of state sanctioned murder.

    The president’s weekly address will not be posted until later today as I have to travel to the western side of the state for a youth sporting event.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!

  5. Good morning, Moosekind, and happy Saturday! We have awakened this morning to gray skies and beautiful, blessed RAIN, which is falling even as I write. Spent yesterday downsizing and apple-knocking like mad; today will be for me, which means going to the gym and writing.

    A good day to all at the Pond and beyond!

  6. Did 2 miles this morning, then went for breakfast tacos, trying to stay awake till after 8….. got my groceries bought, so I’m done for the day

    The brain cancer 5k is way up north tomorrow morning. 30 minutes with no traffic. Yes, I know I’m totally spoiled location-wise. If I lived in Houston or Dallas, 30 minutes would be my neighborhood grocery. But to me, 30+ minutes is borderline “not going” — in fact, I stopped going to PFLAG meetings because they are in a northern suburb & it just takes way too long to get there. Anyway, this is totally worth it – walking with my friend will be really cool.

    Anyway, I’m eating dinner, watching TV. The Dr. Who rerun tonight is not one of my favorites – Town Called Christmas.

  7. Leaving soon for the brain cancer walk. Back later. It is 58 degrees up in Round Rock – yes, I’m taking a sweater.

  8. Slowest mile ever, but the best one. 1.07 miles in 1h 20 min. But it was great. My friend had to stop a couple of times, walked with a cane, but it was great. They had the survivors do a “walk of honor” before the start, he she is. walking by herself, with a cane:


    I walked most of the mile backwards, talking to her. Her boyfriend walked with her, she has a strap that she wears around her waist so people can help her walk. She took a break at the halfway point. This was totally worth missing church for.

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