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April 14, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

GOOD FRIDAY CAT BLOGGING....Everyone else seems to be taking today off, so I think I'll take the day off too. But before I go, here's some Friday Cat Blogging for you. If Inkblot were a human, he'd probably be pissed that I'm posting this picture of him in mid-yawn, but then, if Inkblot were a human I suppose I'd have plenty of worse things to worry about. Jasmine, as always, is serene about the fate of the universe as long as she has a patch of dirt to rest in. If only we were all so easy to please.

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i love to catch my cat yawning

the first own is my current desktop background

Posted by: cleek on April 14, 2006 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

"own" = "one"

WTF.

Posted by: cleek on April 14, 2006 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

Hey - I am at work! Who gave you the day off?

Posted by: Al's dad (not that Al) on April 14, 2006 at 1:51 PM | PERMALINK

Cheers for the return of Friday cat-blogging!

At least, I hope this is the return of Friday cat-blogging.

Posted by: whynotnow on April 14, 2006 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

Is Inkblot yawning, or screaming for the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld?

Posted by: Alf on April 14, 2006 at 2:05 PM | PERMALINK

:: gasps ::

AAAAWWWWWW! Little (OK, big) Inkblot! He's so cute! And he looks so soft and plush-animal-like!

Or in the words of Terry Pratchett's Death: CATS. CATS ARE NICE.

Posted by: Shoshana on April 14, 2006 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe it's the upward angle, but one gets the impression that Inkblot just watched an old MGM film on TCM. Louis B. Mayer would be proud.

And as for Jasmine..."serene" is the perfect description.

Posted by: Vincent on April 14, 2006 at 2:19 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin Drum wrote:

If Inkblot were a human, he'd probably be pissed that I'm posting this picture of him in mid-yawn,

What's that line I heard once? Oh yeah:

Cats can be like tiny women clothed in cheap fur coats.

Not my observation, BTW...Don't hack on me too hard, y'all...

Posted by: grape_crush on April 14, 2006 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

inkblot looks like he's laughing hysterically at the bush administration's latest hijinks. jasmine seems to take things a little more seriously and is going into hiding. think i'll join jasmine to be on the safe side, but won't stop any guffaws that want to come out.

Posted by: EM on April 14, 2006 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,
Jasmine looks just like my poor deceased cat mergatroid used to. Huh, cool.

Posted by: Lurker42 on April 14, 2006 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

I think Inkblot is really singing a song, and Kevin doesn't want to tell us about it. Maybe it's a hymn. "Onward Christian Soldiers . . !"

Posted by: ferd on April 14, 2006 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

"Everyone else seems to be taking today off, so I think I'll take the day off too."

Oh man, fuck you. Just... just... fuck you.

Posted by: eckersley on April 14, 2006 at 2:53 PM | PERMALINK

I think Inklbot ought to take on Lewis The Attack Cat of Connecticut. 2-out-of-3 falls oughta do it.

Then, I think Jasmine might be dispatched to rescue Molly The Cat of Greenwich Village.

Posted by: Ed Tracey on April 14, 2006 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

Meow...

"There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept." - Ansel Adams

Posted by: daCascadian on April 14, 2006 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

"Everyone else seems to be taking today off, so I think I'll take the day off too."

Then you won't mind if I turn cat blogging into Passover Puppy Blogging. Here's Lali, my Rat Terrier.

Posted by: enozinho on April 14, 2006 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin wrote: "Everyone else seems to be taking today off, so I think I'll take the day off too."

Oh, so just because "everyone else is doing it" it's OK, is that it?

Just kidding. Enjoy your day off. If everyone took more days off to rest in a patch of dirt and cultivate serenity about the fate of the universe, the world would be a better place.

"Don't just do something, sit there."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

Posted by: Secular Animist on April 14, 2006 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

"Everyone else seems to be taking today off, so I think I'll take the day off too."

Oh, I see. IOKIYAB.

It's OK If You're A Blogger.

Meanwhile, those of us who aren't taking the day off are now going to have to do something objectionable, like do some actual work, instead of wait for new posts.

Posted by: Alek Hidell on April 14, 2006 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK

Alek Hidell: It's OK If You're A Blogger.

Not if you're an atheist blogger. I'm gonna tell his boss.

Posted by: G-d on April 14, 2006 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

Not if you're an atheist blogger. I'm gonna tell his boss.

Don't make too much of a fuss, or Amy Sullivan will be forced to fill in!

Posted by: enozinho on April 14, 2006 at 3:42 PM | PERMALINK

enozinho: Don't make too much of a fuss, or Amy Sullivan will be forced to fill in!

Does she have cats too?

Posted by: SecularAnimist on April 14, 2006 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

not if she's a Jehovah's Witness.

:)

Posted by: cleek on April 14, 2006 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

I hate cats.

Posted by: Fido on April 14, 2006 at 5:14 PM | PERMALINK

but then, if Inkblot were a human I suppose I'd have plenty of worse things to worry about.

No doubt. I don't think he would ever forgive you for that time you took him on that 'special' visit to the vet. If Inkblot were human, I'd be worried that he might want to settle the score.

Posted by: quel on April 14, 2006 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

I hope your cats own a Mac so they don't get viruses, blah, blah, blah....

Posted by: ecoboz on April 14, 2006 at 6:32 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot: "I'm bored. Anybody got ham?"

Jasmine: "The puerile antics of my colleague are beyond description. I am simply nauseated."

Posted by: Matt on April 14, 2006 at 7:03 PM | PERMALINK

Lemme see, its friday and the Cat is over here making all kinds of wretched noises and will soon gift the world with a mucous coated hairball, putrid witch cat food engrained in the matrix of indigestable hair.
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Yet on another note, I need a good laugh and guess what? a think tank provided it! Me being such a redneck skeptic and not prone to extravagant speech and political "ISM's" or Rehashed Ideologues, I find this guy has actually used his very own brain. WOW. I am impressed. A College Feck that Recognizes Idiocy!
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McCarthyism: Standard Operating Procedure
Commentary: The essence of the tactic of McCarthyism is to de-legitimize ones opponent so as to avoid addressing the substance of his argument

By Eric Alterman
April 13, 2006
More on modern McCarthyism
Article created by the The Center for American Progress.

The essence of the tactic of McCarthyism is to de-legitimize ones opponent so as to avoid addressing the substance of his argument. When say, Ann Coulter, accuses liberals of being perverts, liars, felons, traitors, terrorists and the like, the obvious goal is to make it impossible for liberals to be heard respectfully in the national political discourse. (Ironically, Coulter goes even further in this regard than her hero, McCarthy himself who, during his heyday in 1951, continued to use the term as a compliment. McCarthy accused Gen. George C. Marshall and Secretary of State Dean Acheson of being part of "a conspiracy so immense as to dwarf any previous such venture in the history of man. A conspiracy of infamy so bleak that, when it is finally exposed, its principles shall be forever deserving of the maledictions of all liberal men.")

Coulter is a kind of well-paid circus clown, even to her ideological brethren, but her tactics, like those of Limbaugh, OReilly and others, tend merely to represent exaggerations of what is standard operating procedure on the political right in this country; in part, one imagines, because given their domination of the punditocracy, they are so rarely called on it. The Weekly Standard, edited by William Kristol, represents the most exalted plateau of right-wing journalism, but it too revels in the use of McCarthyism as a political tactic.
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MAnne Coldterd Like Rush Dimbulb, create a 'moral highground' that does not exist and then stand on it. Hypocrisy Be thy Name --[X^B

Posted by: one eye buck tooth [X^B on April 14, 2006 at 7:11 PM | PERMALINK

when My cat Dies Im going to take it to a Taxidermist and have it stuffed and mounted. I am also going to have myself stuffed and mounted, that way all you sums of beeatchs won't be able to forget me. =)

Posted by: one eye buck tooth [X^B on April 14, 2006 at 7:17 PM | PERMALINK

The most important thing about cats is that they are not human. If they were, they would be our size. They would then be faced with a delemma. We would be about the right size to kill and eat. But I suppose they would love us also. They would have to ask thier friends who were cats if they had tasted human and if the taste was worth the sadness. Would the gratifying snap of the vertebrae be worth the regrets that appropriately should ensue. It would be a hard choice for cat.

Posted by: exclab on April 14, 2006 at 9:12 PM | PERMALINK

I have been in this country for over thirty five years now, but still can't get you guys' fascination with domestic cats and dogs. The closest I came to the understanding was the time a single surfer friend acquired two Siberian Huskies with whom he goes on very long jogs everyday. As for others possessing these animals, I still don't get it.

Posted by: lib on April 14, 2006 at 10:04 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder how many shots it took to catch Inkblot in mid-yawn? What a great, funny shot. Jasmine is sweet and pretty. But Inkblot -- just look at those great huge paws and chunky body. You just want to pick him up and cuddle him.

Love your Friday catblogging!

Posted by: Sandy-LA 90034 on April 14, 2006 at 10:22 PM | PERMALINK

lib

my take on it is that families are fundamentally anti-american. Thats why the right is obsessed with them. They can't make the contradiction work. They need to live in a family but the society works against families. The level of anxiety is toxic. One needs a pet.

People emigrate to the USA and begin to loose thier old world extended families. Families go nuclear, shedding attachments. Nuclear families are actually is unstable. Extended families support the nuclear family.

In the US extended families decay so nuclear families explode. The culture is set up to support affluence and / or work. It is not set up for social continuity. If you ever lived through an american public high school you know what I mean.

In college and carreer, ones real family is a series of professional alliances that last through the course of employment. There is no base of familial continuity. Indeed, the whole idea that women have children and work, for example, is anathema to american concepts of work and family. This so even though women have always worked.

It is simply incomprehensible that an individual would spend time being two people. In business it is intolerable to the flow of employment and carreer. So mothers adopt the fantasy they are individuals for those first years and work around it. The children may suffer but it is important to maintain the ordinal value of one, of individuality.

Pets get back some of that family thing. You can be an individual in the proudest american sense but your pet does absolute loyalty. The pet doesn't mind. And as an individual you get to run a little no-fault family of your own. The relationship is ready, contigous and easily supportable with out interupting the pursuit of happiness. So pets are deeply loved.

Posted by: exclab on April 14, 2006 at 10:43 PM | PERMALINK

If one is an atheist (Kevin), why talk about "Good" Friday in the header for this blog post? It's simply another Friday.

I don't claim to be a "crusading" atheist myself, but I don't keep one foot in the PR camp of organized religion at times either.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on April 14, 2006 at 10:58 PM | PERMALINK

Have you noticed how the comments split between the serious observers and the cat lovers?

Frankly, I think it's a great idea. Next time I can't think of anything intelligent(?) to post, I'll put up pics of Natasha and Shay-Shay.

Posted by: Old New Englander on April 15, 2006 at 2:13 AM | PERMALINK

It's sweet how well those cats live under Cheney's wing.

Posted by: al on April 15, 2006 at 4:06 AM | PERMALINK

Yes, Mr. Sherman, everything stinks.

Posted by: Matt on April 15, 2006 at 10:25 AM | PERMALINK

actually new englander, My feelings are dark becauase I had to give up my cat to my uncle as I am marrying a cat hater against the advice of my vet. I do know several cat haters and many of them are apparently human and are not simply vestigal minions of the dark lord inhabiting human skin. In fact I have decided a cat hater can be a functional adult and contributor to the common good. My vet is still skeptical.

Posted by: exclab on April 15, 2006 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

I still say atheist Kevin is trapped with Inkblot -- the crazy hymn-singing cat.

"Then sings my S-O-U-U-U-U-U-L . . . . ."

Posted by: ferd on April 16, 2006 at 1:08 AM | PERMALINK

Lib:

Americans' obsession with pets is rooted in their heritage of English culture, where it begins. In English culture, as in American WASP culture, the "correct" display of emotion in all circumstances is, basically, zero: Keep a stiff upper lip, no public display of affection, etc. Pets have a special place because it is appropriate to display emotion towards pets, since they are never going to rebuke you for it, so they get elevated to the stage of being members of the family.

For example, in my family, after my mother died, no-one ever said anything like we miss Mom. We always said, the cat misses Mom. And we'd actually discuss how much the cat missed Mom, and tell stories about Mom and the cat under the guise of explaining how much the cat missed Mom etc. Growing up our parents never hugged us or said "we love you" -- they'd say "the dog loves you", and then everyone would happily pet and hug the dog.

I admit it's totally weird.
All I can say is, WASP culture.

Posted by: Diana on April 17, 2006 at 10:49 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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