Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Accessibility

By Zamboni

One of the best things about Canada's War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown is that they're smack in the middle of a busy Ottawa street, just steps from Parliament Hill.

There's a friendly Irish pub on the next corner. Cars and buses rumble by. People eat lunch on nearby benches. And on Canada Day, after the parades and festivities, hundreds of people leave flags on the tomb in silent tribute.

We cats are distressed to think that thanks to some lamebrain from Laval, this could change.

Unlike the occupant of the tomb, the Canadian soldier lost at the War Memorial today is known. We cats don't presume to speak for him. But we hope that in spite of everything that's happened, he would be among the first to urge Ottawa to please leave things as they are.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Governors Will Rule (But Will The Pundits Notice?)

By Miss Kubelik

We cats have been thinking about the Republicans' euphoria leading up to the 2012 election. They were so sure they were going to win that one, weren't they? It wasn't until later that we all found out that not just Team Willard but Romneybots from sea to shining sea had been living in a bad-poll bubble of bliss.

Thanks in part to that Republican embarrassment, we Democratic cats have sworn that no matter how dicey things look, we will never succumb to bubble-itis. So you won't find us pretending that things are rosy electorally when they're not.

At the same time, though, being superior beings, we tend to recall stuff that the highly paid amnesiacs in the political media like to forget.

Such as: Remember how four years ago — after that shocking (to them) loss to Obama-Biden — Republicans licked their wounds by trumpeting their wins in the Governors races? (They did — just click here.) Their basic message? Never mind that Willard won't be moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and that our idiotic Senatorial candidates self-destructed in huge, huge ways. We have the states!

Fast-forward to today. There's no Presidential race, of course, and pundithead salivating over a Republican Senate is in full swing. But, hey — what's up with those Govs?

Funny you should ask. We cats predict that whatever happens with the Senate this year, Democrats will move into the Governors' mansions in Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont — and, yes, in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin.

And should those predictions come to pass, will anyone in the media (or anywhere else) recall the GOP's consoling spin from 2012 — and apply it to Democrats in 2014?

We doubt it. It's maddening, but that's life in the bubble-filled, short-term-memory world of American politics. We cats HISS (but in the end, we'll probably PURR).

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.