Monday, October 20, 2014

K-Nine



For years we cats have wondered how to get ordinary Americans to care about what happens in the Supreme Court. Now, John Oliver seems to have figured it out. Okay, it's dogs. But can he get a medal for this?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

We Have Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

By Baxter

We cats have been away from our computer for a couple of days, but now that we've gotten back for a look at the headlines, we're amazed to see the news that we've missed.

For example, Republicans are apparently now in full politicize-Ebola mode. After all, why not? It's merely a terrible disease that nearly all Americans have absolutely no risk of contracting, and which nobody worried about as long as it was only killing black people in Africa.

And of course the GOP has also cared not a bit about the shrinking research budgets over at the National Institutes of Health. In fact, they presided over the bulk of them. But then, they're the party that doesn't believe in science, aren't they?

We cats are appalled. The Republicans' behavior is not leadership. It's exploitation. We think it's time for somebody to start quoting a famous Inaugural Address from March 1933.

Meanwhile, everybody on the right who's stoking Ebola fears should know that a lot of folks aren't buying it — even people on the "Carnival scare ship" whose fellow passenger turned out to be virus-free. "We weren't worried," one woman said. "We ended up just hanging out and enjoying the rest of the trip." We cats salute that passenger and PURR.

(IMAGE: The FDR Memorial in Washington, which we visited today. While we kinda wish that the sole Presidential pet to be immortalized in an official sculpture had been a cat, we're still glad it's Fala.)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rick Hits The Fan

By Sniffles

So Rick Scott was almost a no-show at last night's Florida gubernatorial debate because Charlie Crist had a fan under his lectern. Seems that Charlie, with a long history of campaigning in the hot and humid Sunshine State, likes to travel with fans, and Scott's team tried to forbid one in its pre-debate agreement.

We don't understand why Rick Scott would make such a big deal out of having a fan. It's not cheating. (Not like writing answers on your hand.) But aside from some of the more creative explanations for Scott's behavior, we cats had a thought.

The answer is clearly that Scott is a control freak and stickler for details. Like when he was CEO of Columbia/HCA and the company was committing $1.7 billion in Medicare fraud. Whoops!

P.S.: When will the media mention that a half-dozen Democrats have fought back from three to six points down to even or ahead in the polls? Crist is one. Mary Burke in Wisconsin is another. And Bruce Braley in Iowa and Michelle Nunn in Georgia, too.

Where's the analysis, guys? Sounds like an interesting trend to us. We cats PURR and HISS at the same time.

(IMAGE: Charlie waited. Rick blinked.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Transvaginal Bob To The Rescue

By Zamboni

Two pieces of advice for Democrats scared or nervous about the midterm elections: First of all, volunteer to get out and canvass or phone bank for your favorite candidate. (The ground game is going to make the difference, as always.) Second, give yourself a good laugh by checking out the latest news on "Transvaginal Bob" McDonnell's corruption conviction.

Poor whiny Bob is carping that he wants a new trial. Something about how unfair his Republican judge, James Spencer, was to him. WAH!

You gotta love these "family values" guys. Bob not only put his family through the torture of a trial when he could have accepted a plea deal — he wants to do it again! Is this what good Christian husbands and fathers do? When is somebody on the right going to call him out on that?

Meanwhile, we think that Transvaginal Bob's not going to find much sympathy from the people of the Commonwealth. A University of Mary Washington poll shows that most Virginians — 60 percent! — want him hauled off to the hoosegow for his sins. "The strong public support for prison time demonstrates the extent to which the public is furious with ethical misconduct in Richmond,” a UMW pundit-y person said.

It's so reassuring: You can always count on Transvaginal Bob for good grins and a pick-me-up. We cats PURR.

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid." Except The GOP's Not.

By Miss Kubelik

We cats have been busy helping Democrats in Northern Virginia the last couple of days, but we couldn't help noticing the headline that folks at the Pentagon have decided that climate change is a big deal.

In its new report, DOD calls global warming a "threat multiplier" that will have a negative impact on the national security of the United States. It "will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict...likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe."

Yes, 'tis the season for scary stuff, all right. But that's really scary.

So we cats are wondering: Will any of the national security hawks in the Republican Party who are climate-change deniers be asked about this? After all, they take everything the military says as gospel truth. Why should they continue to pooh-pooh global warming if the US defense community is extremely worried about it?

We're waiting, journalists. If you need the phone numbers for Republicans like Dick and Liz Cheney, Joni Ernst, Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz, just let us know. We cats HISS. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

That Was The Week That Was

By Baxter

At the end of the most momentous week in gay rights since June of 2013, we cats think it's appropriate to stop for a moment and salute the woman whose court case helped make the tsunami of the last few days possible.

The so-called experts expected Prop 8 to be the case on which marriage equality hinged. We cats think it takes nothing away from Judge Vaughn Walker's elegant decision in California to acknowledge that instead it turned out to be US v. Windsor.

Edie Windsor got socked with a zillion-dollar tax bill from her late partner's estate, and she got mad. Then, she did something about it. And now the country is different than it was.

All the court cases that have transformed American life have started out this way: Somebody takes a lot of time, trouble, and probably money, to make a point that means a great deal to them personally. Not everybody has the guts to do this. But to Edie Windsor and all the other people who do, we cats send scratchy kisses and PURR.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Art Of Anger

By Sniffles

When we cats get mad, we'll say we are — usually by hissing, scratching or attacking. But we make our point and move on.

For example, today we HISS at a Democrat, Allison Lundergan Grimes. Why can't she just say, "Sure, I voted for President Obama, but that doesn't mean I agree with him on everything. Do you agree 100 percent with everybody you vote for?" Instead, she's ducking and dodging and repeating talking points, and now she's a screaming headline. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

But we'll get over it. Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall, on the other hand, probably never will.

"Delegate Bob" has been mad at gay people since 2006 (and surely well before). That was the year he crafted Virginia's ban on marriage equality, which 57 percent of voters approved and which, as we know, as been struck down since. Bob keeps pointing to that vote as proof that the courts are circumventing the will of the people. Never mind that if same-sex marriage were on the ballot today, it would pass.

And folks turned out this week for gay marriage licenses across the Commonwealth. We're all choosing silver patterns and picking DJs and getting on with our lives. Except for Bob, who's still fuming.

God's law! Nature's law! Unelected judges! Pedophilia! Polygamy! Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

Poor Delegate Bob. Anger and hate are simply exhausting, and probably not good for your health, either. We cats think he should follow Queen Elsa's advice and just "let it go." And of course we PURR.