Friday, September 19, 2014

Scotland Sheaths The Dagger

By Sniffles

Whew, that's a relief. We cats are no fans of the Tory party or of David Cameron, but we're pleased that Scotland has voted to stay in the UK. Let's pop some popcorn and re-watch "Local Hero" in celebration.

Meanwhile, here are a few take-aways we think are worth mentioning.

It appears that, unlike Gallup, Rasmussen and other lamebrain Republican pollsters in the US, the UK polls on the referendum did not suffer from Romney-itis. "Yes" was indeed ahead in one poll. It was a subsequent poll that showed the vote split 50-50 that threw Westminster into a panic.

Just as in Quebec nearly 20 years ago, the "yes" gang had the better optics — a niftier logo, more exciting events, and an air of cheerful destiny. We cats understand that the word "no" carries some special burdens, Madison-Avenue-wise. But goodness gracious, that "No, thanks" slogan was kinda dumb.

Gordon Brown, Mr. Stemwinder. Who knew?

The term "silent majority" might not make us hack up hairballs any more. We're thinking about it.

For reasons we won't go into, we think it's pretty cool that Fife put the "no" vote over the top.

Finally, in case you think Cameron has gotten off, ahem, scot-free on this, think again. His Conservative MPs are furious that he frittered away the campaign and then, in the end, had to give away the store. Although the Tories are probably loath to change leaders in the run-up to 2015, the next few months will still be fun to watch. We cats PURR.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scotland Holds The Dagger, Part II

By Zamboni

Is it bad luck to feature this comic book cover of The Scottish Play on the day of the independence referendum?

Oops, perhaps we cats just tipped our paw on how we hope the vote comes out. Well, it's true: We agree with Paul Krugman that splitting from Britain would be a recipe for economic disaster. We also think that the UK's "No" campaign got caught with its pants down the same way the "Non" partisans in Quebec did in 1995. But then, we've said that before.

And while English, Irish and Welsh folks didn't descend on Edinburgh the way Canadians did on Montreal in show of amour, Gordon Brown did give a barn-burner of a speech. (Finally!)

So, now we can only sit and await the results. We think it'll be a long night, because 80 to 90 percent of Scots are expected to have voted today. How embarrassing for the other so-called participatory democracies of the world! Wouldn't it be great to have that kind of turnout in American elections? Of course, Republicans would have to let people who don't like them vote. We cats HISS.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sunny Skies In The Sunflower State

By Baxter

The recent PPP poll out of Kansas is totally fun for a lot of reasons.

Pundit World has gone bats over the Senate news, as they rightly should. Independent candidate Greg Orman is beating the incumbent Republican, Pat Roberts, by seven points among voters who think that Democrat Chad Taylor is still in the race — and by 10 points when they're told he's not. Seventeen percent are "not sure." But if Pat Roberts hasn't made a sale with on-the-fence folks after 17 years in the Senate, he's not gonna make it now.

Another exciting result is that the ever-execrable Sam "Brownback" is trailing his Democratic opponent, Paul Davis, by four points, with 14 percent undecided. (The Roberts Rule mentioned above also applies to Sammy, who — first as Senator and then as Governor — has been in office for nearly two decades. And who has caused more destruction to Kansas than the twister that carried Dorothy off to Oz.)

We haven't even mentioned the fact that Kansas's racist, xenophobic and slimy Secretary of State, "Kris Kobach," is only ahead of his Democratic rival by one point, 43 to 42 percent. Wow!

So those numbers are all big news. But there's more. Buried a few pages down are some fascinating Presidential results. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat, is competitive in this deep-red state.

The most that Hillary trails any of the possible Republican candidates mentioned in this poll is by six points, and that's against a guy who's never going to get the GOP nomination because the teabags hate him: Little Jebbie Bush.

Fat Chris Christie (ditto) only beats her by two points. She's behind Fat Mike Huckabee by three, and Rand "Circus Shirt" Paul by two. And she beats teabag hottie Rafael Cruz, 44 percent to 41 percent.

Kansas, you're giving us Cheshire cat grins. We are hereby crossing our paws that the Republicans nominate a true right-wing nutcase in 2016 — so he can go down to defeat to Hillary and her 400 electoral votes. We cats PURR.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Barb = Bob

By Miss Kubelik

The Republican Party is on the social-issue hot seat in this year's swing-state midterm elections, and we cats couldn't be happier.

One of those swing states is our own, Virginia — which means it's been amusing to see candidates like Chinless Ed Gillespie fumble for an excuse for the GOP's war on women. Getting all umbrage-y and declaring that his religious beliefs should be off-limits for debate is pretty ironic, considering Chinless is a former national chair of the party that constantly tries to legislate its, um, religious beliefs.

And in the Virginia Congressional district next door to ours, we have the ever-odious GOP candidate Barbara Comstock, a right-wing nutcase who is trying to fog over her extreme record to fool Northern Virginia voters — but who is being unerringly called out by the fabulous John Foust.

Comstock responded to this latest Foust ad by huffily countering that she "was running for Congress, not the Supreme Court." As if her anti-choice positions won't matter! This is specious to the max. Do we have to remind Comstock that Congress holds the federal purse strings? Must we dredge up the many, many times that Republicans have denied funds to health initiatives involving abortion? No wonder that FitzSimmonds guy — a fellow Republican — called her a, well, you know.

We cats have a different nickname for Barbara Comstock. In the Virginia House of Delegates, Comstock has supported the full range of anti-choice Republican legislation — including the nefarious ultrasound bill championed by former Governor (and newly convicted criminal) Bob McDonnell. So let's call her "Transvaginal Barb." We cats PURR.

Tony Auth, 1942-2014

We cats were sad to learn of the passing of The Philadelphia Inquirer's longtime cartoonist. But for his great body of work, we PURR.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Almost" Evil?

Well, no biggie. We cats love the Koch Sisters.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Lest We Furr-get: The Good Goodell

By Sniffles

Once upon a time, there was a Senator from New York. This Senator was appointed by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller to succeed Robert F. Kennedy after he was killed.

This Senator voted against funding for the Vietnam War, and he championed clemency for draft resisters. He supported environmentalism, and believed in social justice and in helping the poor. And since he'd been a conservative member of the House, his 180-degree turn to liberalism inspired Spiro Agnew to call him "the Christine Jorgensen of the Senate."

This Senator's name? Charles Goodell.

Incredibly, Charles Goodell was a Republican. And he was the father of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

And you know what else? If he'd still been in the Senate, Charles Goodell would have voted for the Violence Against Women Act 20 years ago today. Just saying. We cats PURR.