Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We Couldn't Say It Better: What The Wall Is About

"It is simply impossible to overstate the symbolic importance both the wall and the idea that Mexico would pay for it had in 2016. Everything about Trump was embodied within it: the xenophobia, the vision of a world of threats and danger, the belief that complex problems have easy solutions, and most of all, the desire to stand tall and humiliate others, which was so critical to voters who felt beaten down and humiliated themselves.

"That’s why the preposterous notion that Mexico would pay for the wall was so critical: not because we need Mexico’s money, but because forcing it to pay would be an act of dominance, making it kneel before us, open up its wallets and pay us for its own abasement."

—Paul Waldman, The Washington Post, April 25, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tidbits And Cat Treats: "Them's Fightin' Words" Edition

By Zamboni

We cats have left the DC area and are busy sniffing around our new digs in the Empire State while our humans unpack boxes. Are we glad to be up here? You bet: We just saw this headline in our former hometown paper: "April on track to be warmest on record in Washington." So while we curl up on a fuzzy blanket on this pleasant, 50-degree New York spring day, here are some developments we've been following.

Top story: Ann Coulter and the student group that invited her to UC Berkeley is all upset that her Nuremberg rally, oops, we mean speaking engagement was canceled. And while the university may have staved off a campus riot for now, punches over free speech are being thrown left and right in cyberspace. We cats don't know what all the controversy is about. By routinely inciting violence, Coulter is — according to the Supreme Court — a walking, talking fighting word. (Not to mention someone who "systemically denies others their humanity.")

Next story: The reappearance of a very different kind of public speaker. President Obama surfaced in Chicago today and steered clear of all mentions of Trump. When we cats heard that, we tuned out. Jeez, guy — this frightening manchild in the Oval Office is completely dismantling your policies and you have nothing to say? Not even about the cretinous Republican Congress? Call us when you decide to fight for your legacy.

Final story: Goodness gracious — are we aware that there's a special House election runoff in Georgia this June? How could we not be, since we receive constant fundraising emails from Democrat Jon Ossoff? (Four Five just today.) No, we're not complaining — Ossoff is running hard, particularly when it comes to his field operations. Now there's a guy who knows how to fight. We cats PURR.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Your Remedy

By Sniffles

Wow, things are looking really dismal today, aren't they? Marine Le Pen finishes a close second in France, Chechnya is arresting and torturing guys for being gay, and Arkansas has gone on its killing spree after all. You know what we cats prescribe when the news is this depressing? A dose of Red Panda! RPs always make us PURR.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sign Language

Here are some clever signs from today's March for Science. Funny how even in this age of social media, words and pictures that people write and draw on cardboard still matter.

Friday, April 21, 2017

She's Bigger Than All Of Them

Since an admired fellow blogger has already exactly captured our feeling about the trailer trash who mocked Hillary Clinton's official portrait on a recent visit to the White House, we will simply say that we agree wholeheartedly with him that Trumpsters are childish fools — and, instead of reposting the idiotic trio's antics again, will merely publish the portrait itself. We cats HISS and PURR at the same time.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Transitions

By Baxter

Funny how a local special election in a bellwether county in a purple state can bring out the Democrats, post-Trump. Despite being outspent by Republicans six to one, Democrat Jacqueline Smith was elected Circuit Court Clerk in Prince William County yesterday.

We cats are thrilled about this for two reasons. One is that as we are about to exchange our residency in Virginia for New York, voting for Jacqueline Smith was almost literally the last thing we did before heading out of town. And, second, since the PWC Republicans are disgustingly Trump-y and anti-Muslim (just like their national party these days), it feels good to smack them down.

And of course the reason we had this special election in the first place is because Republican Michele McQuigg — who refused to fire her deputy clerk after he made Muslim-phobic remarks in 2014 — checked out in February. No word on whether yesterday's results left her spinning in her grave.

So as we settle into our new home in the Empire State, we'd like to salute good old PWC and say thanks for the memories. Not to mention sending us out on a good note! We cats PURR.
All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
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that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff135371.html
All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff135371

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Quickie: Great Sign From Yesterday's Tax Protests

People are so clever! We cats PURR.