Tuesday Morning Moose Check-in and Open Thread for the Moosen

by: JanF

Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 05:57:11 AM EST





  Make sure you let your peeps know where to find you!  

JanF :: Tuesday Morning Moose Check-in and Open Thread for the Moosen
If you are new to the Moose, Kysen left a Moose Welcome Mat (Part Deux) so, please, wipe your feet before you walk in the front door start posting.

The important stuff to get you started:
- Comments do not Auto-refresh. Click the refresh/reload on your tab to see new ones.
- To check for replies to your comments, click the "My Comments" link in the right-hand column (or go to "My Moose"). Comments will be listed and a link to Recent Replies will be shown. (Note: Tending comments builds community)
- Ratings: Fierce means Thumbs Up, Fail means Thumbs Down, Meh means one of three things: I am unFailing you but I can't Fierce you, I am unFiercing after a mistaken Fierce, or Meh. Just Meh.

(Some other commenting/posting/tending notes for newbies can be found in this past check-in)

Here is a great link to have open in a tab: Motley Moose Recent Comments

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This is pretty darned easy to remember ... the posting rules for a new diary:

Be excellent to each other... or else

From Kysen's keyboard to your eyes:

Think of our comment threads as dinner table conversations. We start with the assumption that all come to the conversation with good intentions and go from there. If you get upset or angry, get up from the table and step outside for a bit.

For those looking for a second chance to make a first impression, that is very good advice.

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-8 degrees in Madison WI (2.00 / 31)


Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


Morning Moose peeps! (2.00 / 25)
Cold & snowy this morning..brrr

G'mornin Moose... (2.00 / 26)
35 degrees in Hampton Roads....but, feels oddly warmer than that.

Looks like the Hotlist is up and running (check the Side Menu).



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Thank you! (1.95 / 19)


"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

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It's a crispy -4 here this morning. (2.00 / 21)
Wind chill is minus 21. Wind chill advisory up through this afternoon. You would think I like in Wisconsin or something.;-)

I'm feeling a bit numb today.
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"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind


As I recall... (1.94 / 17)
Life in Minnesota was anything below 0 was pretty much all the same. Too cold!

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Yeow! (2.00 / 9)
21 is too dang cold even without all of those minuses.  

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Morning, all (2.00 / 23)
18° here in the Shenandoah Valley, with a predicted high of 21, and a low of 10 tonight. Cold for this part of the world.

I got a call from the excavating contractor yesterday around noon, "We're about an hour away from being done." So, when I got off work, I went up to the land, and he was done. He had to bring in a lot of shale/clay/rock - the right side toward the back had to be elevated a good 3' in order to get to level. The pad is about 2-3" from being level - just about as close as you're going to get doing it this way. The construction crew will bring the building to level.

No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


G'Mornin' TRS (2.00 / 19)
When will the next crew begin?

"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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Probably a couple weeks. (2.00 / 20)
I got a call from Lowe's Sunday saying I should be contacted by the shed company in the next couple days to schedule a time for them to come out and look at the land, if that is necessary. It may not be - they're concerned with obstructions, etc. They're aren't any here. I'm figuring by mid-late February, the shell will be up and I can start with the electrical.

No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


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The good thing (2.00 / 13)
about that 'right side back' thing is that it's the same moderate slope that's going to make a walk-out basement pretty easy to create in the house.

The building is on order. It's a 16x24 shed-style building that trs will wire and insulate. It's all pretty exciting.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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I'm excited about it too (2.00 / 12)
I'm looking forward to the diaries.  

"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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'right side back' ??? (2.00 / 7)
Trying to figure out what this means.

Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas. -- Anonymous

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If you are looking at the shed from outside facing the front doors (2.00 / 6)
it will be the right side of the building, toward the back of the building.

No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


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Read trs comment (2.00 / 5)
about the right side back of the shed pad having to be built up. That's because of the slope of the land, which will make our basement easier to excavate and make walk-in.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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Morning all. 45 in sunny SE NC. Racer and I are having our (2.00 / 20)
first cup of coffee.  We took Sadie back to the vet yesterday, she didn't pee for two days!  We know because she was in our bathroom again after two more "accidents".  They kept her over night to do more testing early today.  UA was normal and when she peed there it was copious to say the least.  Sumptin' going on, hope they figure it out.  She's such a good girl.

"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

Poor baby Sadie (2.00 / 18)
Sending thoughts and energy your way. Please keep us updated.  

"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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Good morning to the herd. (2.00 / 18)
It is 16.9 degrees here, and it may be even colder tomorrow. We had a dusting of snow last night. After last year, I had forgotten what winter was like. Bring on the crocuses!

Morning moose peeps! (2.00 / 21)
"Highs in the 70's all week." That's what it said in the Post this morning. I assume that means cooler and also perfect? I did get to catch some of the Inauguration highlights yesterday. I liked the speech, the poet, and the dances last night the best. My car is back in the shop, where I left it yesterday so really hoping it's nothing serious. Had the rack and pinion replaced last month but it's still leaking oil. I'm hoping it's just a loose screw someplace. In the meantime I hope to start painting again tonight, I scheduled a solo show Friday for September down in Ft Lauderdale and need some work to fill up the walls.  

Arrrgh (2.00 / 11)
It's the head gasket leaking... I've suddenly got this sinking feeling. :(

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Oh no (2.00 / 10)
 So sorry DavidW

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Depends on the car, David (2.00 / 7)
Some of them are pretty simple to do. If it has a timing belt that gets replaced as part of regular maintenance, it is a simple thing.

No matter where you go, there you are...

Buckaroo Banzai


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I have a 2001 Forester (1.80 / 5)
They replaced the rack and pinion on it in December because there was oil leaking. $1200   and now he's saying the head gasket is leaking and half the engine needs to be replaced...$1800, but he is trying to "bore" out something that has a 50-50 chance of working for $300.

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I would gladly submit... (2.00 / 6)
...to a 50-50 chance of being bored if someone paid me $300. ;-)

Hi, David. Good to see you!

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


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Hi Scott (2.00 / 5)
Nice to see you too. I'd rather bore you with $300 any day. (I hate cars)

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I think my odds... (2.00 / 4)
...of being bored by you would be considerably less than 50-50. Which would make me feel pretty bad about taking your $300. Good luck with the damn car!

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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18°F here in sunny Saugerties NY (2.00 / 21)
brrrrrr.  Can't stay long - have to finish writing today's Bkos.  Will cross-post my section here later today.

Need more coffee - bbl.  

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


Thank you so much for cross-posting. (2.00 / 17)


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yw - it's nice to have an extended (2.00 / 17)
front porch :)

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition"

Bernice Johnson Reagon


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Yes - what bjm said ;) (2.00 / 17)


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27°F Here in North Carolina (2.00 / 23)
Getting ready to take my niece to work.

I have a question for the people here. Over at the GOS in the more sane Street Prophets area I host the Thursday Coffee Hour and Sunday All Day Brunch. Would people be interested in my cross posting those diaries over here?

"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde


Sounds like a good idea to me! nt (2.00 / 17)


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Yes, please. (2.00 / 23)
I love the sane diaries and the community diaries. I just can't go back to the orange. I am a happier person since I left, and my BP is much lower.  

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Kos has a diary up about moderation. Looks like there (2.00 / 19)
might be a purge coming.  Puddytat put up a diary requesting more moderation, guess it didn't sit well.  Glad your BP is down BJM.

"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

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Community Moderation (2.00 / 17)
doesn't work, in a large Community, if the only tool is an HR backed by outdated, nebulous rules and faqs.
I wont go into the gun debate over there, but the rough and tumble can be both fun, and frustrating.
The good part is there may be lots more good people coming to the House of Moose.

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Please! nt (2.00 / 14)


Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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Gpod morning to the herd from a twenty (2.00 / 19)
degree Manhattan. Feel so sorry for the trees and plants that were misled by the warming trend of the last few weeks.

20F on Douglas Lake (2.00 / 19)
Which is seriously cold.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

It's not just the freakin' cold... (2.00 / 19)
...which as trs stated is 18 headed for a high of 21...and it's not just the freakin' poison ivy I've got. It's the freakin' poison ivy I've got when it's so freakin' cold!

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Probably going to have to go to the doc today. Dunno why I can't shake the poison ivy on my own much of the time, but typically I can't. I have the dubious distinction of being the only sibling in my family that has not been hospitalized by poison ivy, but that is probably dumb luck more than anything - I've had some humdingers of cases. We're all pretty susceptibl in my family.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


I can so too spell susceptible (2.00 / 16)
I just can't type it. Also.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


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I so sympathize (2.00 / 8)
I used to get really fierce poison ivy when I was a kid. Every spring, like clockwork. Of course, the fact that my cat went outside and then I petted the cat couldn't have had anything to do with it.

Had to have shots, which made me sick and gave me a lifelong aversion to needles. Gak.

Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas. -- Anonymous


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good morning Fellow Mooz! (2.00 / 20)
oh man, seriously bone chillin' cold here on the lakefront, 30mph winds make it feel -20. AACCHH!

best 2 things about today:

i do believe we have inherited another orange to purple peep, another great writer. i won't spoil the surprise but i like to think i gave a tiny nudgenudge yesterday in a short conversation on the Daily Downer.

my sig over there;
I prefer pie on a plate, sometimes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

and wouldn't you know it, i woke up this morning to the most beautiful, cinnamon dusted, homemade apple pie with 58 small holes in the crust.
my wife decided against sticking so many candles in such a perfect crust.
she was right as always. YUUUUUM!

carry on.

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


Happy Happy Birthday ((Dear Occupant)) (2.00 / 15)
The birthday pie sounds heavenly!

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"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind


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oh believe me, it is! and Thank You Khloe. (2.00 / 12)


time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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Happy birthday dear occupant! And many more! (2.00 / 11)


"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

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yeah, that's the plan NB. Thank You. (2.00 / 10)
i have to scoot to work, i'll check in later.

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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Happy Birthday dear occupant! (2.00 / 11)
A birthday pie beats a cake any day in my book. Enjoy!

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yeah, pie is the shiznit, thanks DavidW. (2.00 / 7)
And my wife is a great cook, she excelles at pie.

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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The happiest of birthdays to you dear occupant! (2.00 / 11)


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thanks bill d. what a coot pootie! (2.00 / 8)


time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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Happy Birthday! (2.00 / 10)
Birthday pie is an awesome way to start the day!  

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  

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isn't though. (2.00 / 10)
We just leave it on the counter, whenever we want a little we just grab a fork. It doesn't last very long.  Saves lots of dishes that way.
Thanks LOFC.

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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That's the best way to eat pie. (2.00 / 9)
So easy to fool yourself into thinking you haven't had too much (if there is such a thing as too much pie).

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Happy Birthday! (2.00 / 10)
I hope it's fabulous in every way.  :)

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thank you Ebby, day is shaping up quite nicely! (2.00 / 9)


time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


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It's 12 degrees here in Kentucky this morning. Brrrrr! Glad I don't (2.00 / 14)
have to go anywhere this morning. On a positive note, the models seem to be in agreement that this weekend may finally be our chance to get some snow!  

Good morning (2.00 / 12)
Cold here.  High around 10. Lots of sunshine though so that is nice.  It would help if we had had two or three inches of snow on the roof for a bit of insulation but no such luck.
Kids and I have to make a milk and fruit run this AM then we are going to bake something today. Maybe soft pretzels.  We'll see.
Also considering a first diary during naptime, nothing special, just a discussion on small ways to take action.  Hope to see you there once I publish.  
Have a great day!

81 and sunny down in P.R. (2.00 / 13)
I might wear a sweater tonight. /kysengrin

Just because they are posting on a progressive site doesn't make them progressives. - John Allen

36* here on the south side of the herd, Ft. Worth (2.00 / 14)
But it should get to 63* today and 70s Wed & Thurs!

Texas weather.... (2.00 / 10)
If you don't like it hang around five minutes..it'll change! Glorious weather compared to last week! I'm SW of your neck of the woods near Granbury...Shaping up to be a week of great weather..Wonder how long it will last?!  

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  

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Cool, Hi neighbor! (2.00 / 8)
It's pretty down there and it is further away from Dallas which is a plus. :)

Of course the great weather will be gone by the weekend only to start again Monday.  


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Hi right back at ya! (2.00 / 8)
I kinda dig living out here...it's far away from the Metroplex headaches, but close enough for big city advantages.

I kinda figured the pretty weather would all too soon...About time for winter in Texas--February! It will be summer again all too soon.


"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  


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They tell me it's 16 degrees outside. (2.00 / 15)
They are full of it.

Authentic Native American silverwork, jewelry, photography, and other art here.

I have dear friend who lives in a rural area of Yorkshire, Eng. (2.00 / 15)
where they have had masses of snow this year.  They do not live near the main road (which has been cleared) but their street, and cars, are buried.  She is a psychiatric/visiting nurse and has to get to her job by bus today.  Unfortunately, the closest bus stop is 3 miles away.  She will not have a fun morning, nor will she be have an easy time getting to her clients.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

Whoa! (2.00 / 10)
I am so sorry for your friend! Surely someone with 4-wheel drive could come and get her, maybe at the end of her street after she walks a little way to meet them?

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

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Coldish here (low 40s), but... (2.00 / 13)
...not bad enough to complain about. And there's a weird lavendar sky outside that's turning to pink as sunrise approaches. Pretty, but weird.

Good morning, peeps!

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


your comment and its (2.00 / 9)
time stamp made me do a double-take. Assuming that you are somewhere rather well west of eastern standard time. Like, oh, maybe California?

Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas. -- Anonymous

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San Francisco, baybee! (2.00 / 10)
I'm just a mile or two from the vast Pacific, in the land of persistent summer fog. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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lavender skies (2.00 / 7)
and Motley Moose purple. I see a connection.

Course, I see connections everywhere. :P

How u B, dear silks?


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Hi, raina! (2.00 / 6)
I'm hanging in there and feeling pretty upbeat today. Looking forward to taking myself out to lunch in an hour or so, after the noon rush has subsided a bit.

There's a patty melt in my future, with tasty fries on the side. ;-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


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enjoy your lunch (2.00 / 4)
did you ever go out to dinner with the Plumbers?


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No, we never made it. (2.00 / 6)
They all came down with something nasty, but GTP has promised me we'll reschedule for sometime soon. Can't wait to see them again!

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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If JanF... (2.00 / 13)
...doesn't give my comment(s) a big fat "fierce" within the next twenty minutes, everyone here should be on notice that she's still in the grips of a lazy funk.

She may call it "attending to clients' needs," but don't be fooled, people. Don't be fooled. ;-p

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


Good Morning Mooseketters! (2.00 / 13)
Little on nippy side here, but heading off to a nice finish with the temps still warming...Upper 70's on Thurs! Lots to accomplish today.

Not on my to do list is another trip to the GOS...I'm so saddened by the constant bickering over there. I support KosAbilities and number of other groups, but aside from that I'm pretty well done with DK. There was actually a nasty comment made in the last KosAbilities diary. Unreal. Another great purge is likely to begin soon, though I seriously doubt it will do much to end ugliness. It's cool to disagree, fine to discuss those difference. But when did it become necessary for one party to surrender their point view or be declared some sort of sick sub-human species for a simple difference of opinion? It's either all or nothing. Makes zero sense.

This is where I do the Scarlet O'Hara thing and declared I will not cry and after all tomorrow is another day. So I won't worry about the GOS any longer and instead be happy in purple country and hope for more friends to experience the orange to purple conversion.

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  


you're the second person (2.00 / 10)
who's mentioned that there might be another purge coming. Sad, but at the same time I want to sit and watch, maybe make some popcorn and take notes.

Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas. -- Anonymous

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I won't be surprised to see Kos hit the purge button... (2.00 / 9)
Just like last time, pleads for moderation will go on and he'll get mad and clean house. There are too many people caught up in their own agendas to heed any warnings. They won't care if they're purged or not. Some of the meta over there is nothing more than a left wing version of the tea party--That's my take on it.

During the cliff fight there was one person who was so callus as to suggested that it poor people would not starve without food stamps for a few weeks. Really? Imagine explaining to hungry children it's more important to make a political point than to put food in their bellies. That was the beginning of the end for me. When progressives lose their compassion for those hurting among us, well then stick a fork in us--- we're good and truly done.  

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  


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You are right about this: (2.00 / 8)
When progressives lose their compassion for those hurting among us, well then stick a fork in us--- we're good and truly done.  

The irony of the situation over at the Orange place is that true Progressives are generally prone to at least some compassion and altruism. Demanding that those of us who find the current bloodbath distressing need to "man up", "grow up" or grow a tougher skin is going to select in favor of more and more cold-blooded participants, while the old softies like us leave for purpler pastures. Finally, the one last troll will be left to turn out the lights. That's my dream, anyway.

In reality, there will be more clicks, more revenue for Kos, and newcomers and site visitors will conclude that Progressives are just as mean and venomous as Right-wing extremists.

MEANWHILE... shouldn't we be working on the 2014 elections? Helloooo? Anybody home? I'll bet that our opponents aren't wasting time getting their candidates into the pipeline at every level of government.  

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


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Excellent points. In addition, that horrible fake IGTNT (2.00 / 8)
diary that stayed up all weekend is a taste of things to come.  To me something like that sitting there for all to see for that long doesn't bode we'll for the site's reputation.  There may be lots of clicks and revenue but what's good about the GOS will eventually be lost if something isn't done.

"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

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Here's the thing -- (2.00 / 9)
he's gonna do what he's gonna do. Which is, throw his weight around, make rude comments, ban people indiscriminately, tolerate a huge amount of counterproductive sniping and nay-saying, because it drives revenues.

And there is nothing, zip, zilch, nada that more reasoned voices can do about it. A lot of community stalwarts have left, or mostly left, by now, and the board will continue on, but I don't see that having quite the clout or influence it was developing because so much of it came directly out of the community work. None of which has been acknowledged.

Certainly, having a front-page poster who consistently uses vulgar and inflammatory language does little for the image of the place. Nor does tolerating and even encouraging a claque of self-named frustrati who whine and cry because Obama isn't perfect, and who sound remarkably like tea partiers.

So I suggest we all just relax and enjoy being purple. It's much more restful, good conversations are possible, and there will be opportunities for popcorn. Plus, midterm elections are coming, and now we all know how to do GOTV and other election work.  

Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas. -- Anonymous


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Fierce for popcorn. (2.00 / 9)
If I can talk past the issue without making it too generally specific, one of the points we wanted to achieve in creating the Moose was to avoid the ubiquitous state at other blogs where an individual was in charge. It was not a yellow+red site that we were most closely thinking about at all, and the one we were thinking about was not alone in suffering a known set of issues.

In fact, to my knowledge, there still isn't another political blog managed in a similarly consensus-based manner as the Moose is. Communities managed by "boards" of some sort are by far the norm in meatspace, and for good reason.

While benevolent dictatorship is a wonderful thing, there is no guarantee that the benevolence will be ever lasting. It also places an undue burden on a single person to always reach the correct conclusion, which is unfair even to the person in charge.

While everything is new in cyberspace, nothing is new in cyberspace. The US Founders chose to create an imperfect union rather than an imperfect monarchy, and in my opinion they chose wisely.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Looks like over 300 of us came in the last two weeks. (2.00 / 12)
I still go there for community diaries to comment and support but that's it.  When I read some of the comments on Kos' diary I was amazed by them and not in a good way.

As I said before it's a shame because there are lots of wicked smart folks there who bring very bright and sharp ideas and perspectives but are drowned out by the fugliness.  

"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!


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Over 300!? (2.00 / 10)
That's a mass exodus!

You're right about the comments on that diary. I am sorry to see people that I held in quite high regard saying that good people leave all the time, it's no big deal, they'll get new people blah blah blah. I realize that Kos doesn't care, but I had no idea that so many other people felt the way they seem to feel.

That's been very disheartening, but in a way, an unambigious sign that I (and 299+ other people) have made the right decision. I'm not interested in crafting free content for someone who sides with the angry rabble over the people dedicated to intelligent discourse.

The only person that I feel I've let down is the anonymous person who gifted me with a lifetime subscription last year. If you're that person and you read this, please let me know!  

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


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Yep...There's been quite an orange wave hitting moose country... (2.00 / 9)
And I suspect more will follow before too long. It's sad to see the GOS shift into some sort of warped Lord Of The Flies scenario but that's more or less where DK is headed. I'll still support the groups I'm a part of, I'll write diaries for those groups. But I'm done with the rest.

I'm with you on the lifetime subscription, I had one gifted to me as well. As I said, I'll stay on with the groups I'm a part of as long as they don't go the way of trip down the rabbit hole. Other than that, it's the moose herd fer me!

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  


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I could be wrong but I'm number 3599 and a bunch came (2.00 / 8)
before me.  You're 3700 something.  Maybe Kysen or someone has a count.  It's a lot for sure.

"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

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Nice and warm (2.00 / 14)
Gonna be in the mid 70's this week to probably raining over the next weekend.  Did everyone see the Moon and Jupiter kissing last night?  It was scandalous they really should have gotten a room.

"I honor the place in you where Spirit lives
I honor the place in you which is
of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace,
when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
then we are One."  Namaste Friends!


wasn't that just gorgeous? (2.00 / 10)
So spectacular, especially when I thought about the relative distances.

Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas. -- Anonymous

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Did you grab binocs or anything (1.89 / 9)

Hey I forgot my song!

The proximity made the moons of Jupiter look tripped out you almost couldnt see them for Luna's light.

"I honor the place in you where Spirit lives
I honor the place in you which is
of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace,
when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
then we are One."  Namaste Friends!


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no, I was dealing with (2.00 / 8)
a dog leash, a flashlight, and a poop pickup bag.

Maybe I'll find the binocs and go look again tonight.

Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas. -- Anonymous


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LOL! "they really should have gotten a room". :) (2.00 / 6)


"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

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They were beautiful last night. (2.00 / 4)
So close, and yet so far.

"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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Late fly-by check-in from the left coast (2.00 / 13)
First day of the Spring semester here at work...  ack!  If I missed your comment please consider yourself "fierced."  

((Ebby)) (2.00 / 5)
A hug to make your day better.

"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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Greetings fellow meese from cassandracarolina (2.00 / 13)
Good morning, meese! Hello, it's me!
A Great Orange Satan refugee
I spent a few good years there, but
The time has come; my ties are cut

True moderation those folks shun
Like mad dogs snarling in the sun
It isn't safe for man nor beast
(Well, it's not safe for me, at least!)

I did not want a thicker skin
For times when pie fights would begin
I did not want to just "buck up"
Drink poison Kool-Aid from the cup

And watch as more great people leave
(And others laugh instead of grieve)
That dark orange place will be just fine
They've got their mission; I've got mine

To find my diaries a home
Be they long prose or witless poem
So here I am, on purple shores
Delighted to walk through your doors

Dear occupant has met my boat
With such a kindly welcome note
So many friends have come before
(From what I've seen, there will be more)

I love to write and love to share
With kindly folks who truly care
Progressive-minded folks who see
How marvelous the world could be

I'm glad to be among the "meese"
A place of thoughtfulness and peace
I'll write a bunch, just like before
Like tales about the dinosaur

Or lim'ricks wrapping up the news
Cassandracarolina's views
On this and that, with just a spark
Of humor, sarcasm, and snark

So thank you for that bread-crumb trail
I feel I've found the holy grail!
I'll craft a diary for you
Later this week, my Motley crew!

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


Woot! I knew you were here but didn't want to give you (2.00 / 9)
a shout out so you could say hello in your own wonderful way.  Welcome, you're gonna love it here.

"Pin your money to your girdle and don't talk to strangers."  My Grandmom's advice when I went away to school.  I don't wear a girdle and have never met a stranger.  Sorry Grandmom!

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Thanks! I am already enjoying myself (2.00 / 9)
and amazed at how many people have made the orange-to-purple journey (and how many people suggested it to me!)

I'm working on a diary that will be something completely different - and joyous. I will still carry on with the limericks and other poems, dinosaur extinction updates, and general observations on politics, delivered with my usually snarky style ;-)  

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


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Superb! (2.00 / 9)
And from one newbie to another, Welcome! :-D

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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So good to see you hear! (2.00 / 9)
My my Miz CC the purple hue clearly suits you!  

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  

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That would be *here* (2.00 / 10)
Clearly I need an afternoon Earl Grey pick me up!!!!

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"...."We make a Living by what we get...We make a Life by what we give."  

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Thanks, LeftOverFlowerChild... in fact (2.00 / 10)
I happen to be wearing purple at this very moment. I don't own a single item of orange clothing, but plenty of purple. Nothing as lovely as the colors of my new Moose home, though!  

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


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My intertoobz failed before my previous reply could be sent. HOF. Anyway, (2.00 / 9)
she is so remote no one is handy to help in this situation.  She's actually pretty close to her work (less than 20 miles) but she is deep into the country.  She'll make it and arrive at work with her usual big smile.

"I base most of my fashion sense on whether or not it itches"  -- Gilda Radner

yay! (2.00 / 8)
Remember a year ago I mentioned in JT how frustrated I was with finding out which doctors are covered under the vision benefits of my insurance plan? I even had a nurse make calls on my behalf and got no where, called and visited optometerists at random who were listed in the doctors directory provided by my insurance company, and still got nowhere. No information in the handbooks or on the website.

So, I went to humana's website last week, and posted a question to the help forum and they gave me a number to call. Talked to them a while ago and they're mailing me a list of doctors. At last!!! I need new glasses, and while I could pay out of pocket if I had to, I gots me insurance, and I'z not paying. LOL.

Jeez Louise, make it easier for people to get that information, would ya?  


Arriving very late today. It was 2 p.m. before I even opened my laptop. I was (2.00 / 7)
up very late the last two nights. For a year now I've been working on a "block of the month" quilt. A very detailed one, the most complicated I've ever done.
It is now finished, at least the top. Now to quilt and bind it.
It warmed up a lot here today, a whole 13 degrees.


slow getting going (2.00 / 6)
this morning, some days it seems better for me to keep my thoughts to myself. Usually if I'm successful they will take a turn for the pleasant so it's worth the effort to stay silent until that happens.  

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.--Thornton Wilder

FYI Orange to Purple people, commonmass/GMB02 could use prayers (2.00 / 12)
Bill/Commonmass has a diary up Here on GOS.  GMB02 is in the ICU & on a respirator.  Bill has asked for him to be kept in thoughts and prayers. Thought people here who don't get there very often might want to know; wasn't sure if I should just put a comment about this or post a brief diary, but wanted to get the word out.

Thanks very much for the heads up ((Avilyn)) (2.00 / 7)
For those that want to know more, I am going to provide the link to the diary. http://www.dailykos.com/story/...


"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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There's a link in my comment too (2.00 / 5)
but I've noticed that while purple is a wonderful color to be, it doesn't highlight links very well.  Maybe we can get the powers that be to do some bolding or underlining for links.

Also, Sara R is going to be posting a Community Quilt diary for GMB02 tonight likely sometime between 5 - 6 Pacific.


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I'm sorry I missed the link. (2.00 / 4)
Must get more sleep today so I can see straight.  

"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

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No worries - it's hard to see, and (2.00 / 4)
it gave me a chance to mention the community quilt diary.  So all is good.  :-)

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