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May 9, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY CATBLOGGING....This week was all about the evil eye. On the left, Inkblot is pretty plainly saying, "Dude, don't even think about blogging unless you find some other chair to do it in." Luckily I keep a spare chair around for just these circumstances.

On the right, Domino has taken possession of a box full of peanuts. She was so thrilled with it that she wouldn't even come out for dinner. I had to haul her out and plop her down in front of the dish. Inkblot looked on enviously as long as Domino was in the box, but after she left he just sniffed around a bit and then decided that the whole setup looked a little too scary to try. He's not a very courageous cat, our Inkblot.

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Or, it could be time for Friday SCATblogging. Porn and free speech, including the use of scat, is on the agenda this week.

So, if you want a break from catblogging, click the link.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on May 9, 2008 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

Those don't look like evil eyes. They look like SWEET kitty eyes!

Posted by: talesoftwokitties on May 9, 2008 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

Those don't look like evil eyes. They look like SWEET kitty eyes!

Posted by: talesoftwokitties on May 9, 2008 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

What kind of monster could even think of putting these little critters to work hauling passengers? Shame on you, Optical Weenie.

Posted by: thersites on May 9, 2008 at 3:10 PM | PERMALINK

Thersites, it wouldn't hurt for them to toughen their paws up.

Kevin, has Marian finished sewing Inkblot his sailor suit yet? I found some really cute navy blue piping that she can trim the legs and tie with. I'll send it along with his suit which finally came back from the cleaners. They got the stain out, phew.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 9, 2008 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot: "Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over praised than by being unjustly underestimated."

Domino: "I'm here to talk to you about the Avengers Initiative."

Posted by: Matt on May 9, 2008 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot may have lived a previous life as one of the Gold Rush prospectors, placing a "claim" sign in the ground. Now, it's just for seating purposes.

Posted by: Ed Tracey on May 9, 2008 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

Cats, schmats. Let's look at some turds, shall we?

Posted by: pancreatic housefly on May 9, 2008 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks, that's some top notch catblogging. Gives me something happy to think about on an otherwise crappy day.

Posted by: CW Lupe Vargas on May 9, 2008 at 3:21 PM | PERMALINK

I do like the picture of Domino on the left.

Posted by: pancreatic cancer on May 9, 2008 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

I hope they'll at least get some kind of mittens, like the dogs at Iditarod do.

Posted by: thersites on May 9, 2008 at 3:29 PM | PERMALINK

I don't always write about "turds."

This week I had the option of a Texas scat-style music fest, but it was too small-town of a deal to be worth commenting about.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about Sarasota County Area Transit, or SCAT, the mass transit agency for Sarasota, Fla., and the one-year anniversary of its first hybrid bus purchase.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on May 9, 2008 at 3:31 PM | PERMALINK

Peanuts? That's ghost doo-doo. Happy, gadfly?

Posted by: acefranze on May 9, 2008 at 3:32 PM | PERMALINK

It sounds like Inkblot is officially a fraidy-cat. :P

Posted by: Suzy on May 9, 2008 at 3:38 PM | PERMALINK

It sounds like Inkblot is officially a fraidy-cat. :P

Don't tell Weenie. She's Inkblot's "Number One Fan," if y'know what I mean.

Posted by: thersites on May 9, 2008 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

But if you actually GIVE the cat a box to lay in, they won't have anything to do with it. It has to be their idea.

Posted by: Speed on May 9, 2008 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

Can't you share the chair?

I just sit on the edge of the chair and, within a few minutes my cat (in that cat-like way) decides it was totally her idea she was about to get up and sit elsewhere.

Posted by: Clem Guttata on May 9, 2008 at 3:49 PM | PERMALINK

Domino in the box would make a cute LOLCat if I was more creative.

Posted by: ET on May 9, 2008 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, consider yourself lucky Domino just likes to lay in teh peanuts, my cat just always wants to eat them! I have to open packages in the garage where he can't get a stray one.

Happy Friday!

Posted by: greynct00 on May 9, 2008 at 3:55 PM | PERMALINK

The funniest pictures on stuffonmycat.com are the ones of situations cats get into themselves, and some of the best have been boxes like the one above, where static cling makes the peanuts stick to the cat ... so save the camera for when Domino gets out of the box.

Why don't you let Domino come to dinner when she's ready? It doesn't sound like Inkblot will eat her dinner if she doesn't eat it right away.

Posted by: Diana on May 9, 2008 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

Damn! At first glance, I thought you were getting Domino ready to mail to me. Couple of holes in the box and she's good to go.

Posted by: Auster on May 9, 2008 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

Watch out for those styrofoam peanuts that stick. One of my cats nearly lost an eye when a tiny fragment of one floated right into his eye. Almost impossible to see against the white of the eye, too.

Be forewarned!

Posted by: gyrfalcon on May 9, 2008 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

Not courageous but cautious ... there are old cats and bold cats, and Inkblot obviously got told

Posted by: firefall on May 9, 2008 at 6:02 PM | PERMALINK

Hah! My husband sometimes carries one of our cats, Nosey, to his meals. Now, in his defense, Nosey does have to eat something before he can get his insulin shot, but still! What service!

Posted by: Annie on May 9, 2008 at 6:20 PM | PERMALINK

We used to have a cat named Comrade who was an excellent mouser. Later in life, though, when he got hard of hearing, we would have to go find him and carry him to the room where the mouse was.

We never did have to carry him to the food, however.

Posted by: thersites on May 9, 2008 at 6:24 PM | PERMALINK

OT-

thersites,

When were you stationed at Danang? What unit?

Posted by: majarosh on May 9, 2008 at 7:16 PM | PERMALINK

I was TDY at Danang late '72 to early '73. I don't remember the unit # but it was a Field Maint. Squadron.

Posted by: thersites on May 9, 2008 at 7:31 PM | PERMALINK

majarosh -- if you were a Navy pilot in Dec. 72, I'll have to kick your butt ;)

Posted by: thersites on May 9, 2008 at 7:34 PM | PERMALINK

Numerous TDYs, beginning late Jan '68 (arrived 2 days before Tet).

AF, not Navy, Aircrew, not pilot.

Doesn't mattter what you did or when, I'll have to buy you a drink 8-)

Posted by: majarosh on May 9, 2008 at 7:52 PM | PERMALINK

Dude, when the cat can't move anymore you stop feeding it :)

Posted by: asdf on May 9, 2008 at 8:09 PM | PERMALINK

(arrived 2 days before Tet).

So you had all the, as President Bush would say, excitement and romance.

I spent most of my year at NKP -- 56th AMS. I preferred it to Danang.

Posted by: thersites on May 9, 2008 at 10:34 PM | PERMALINK


If ya wanna take this off forum...

@tampabay.rr.com

Posted by: majarosh on May 10, 2008 at 12:06 AM | PERMALINK

Speaking of Bush...

Somebonus SCATblogging — let’s name a sewer plant after Bush!

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on May 10, 2008 at 12:24 AM | PERMALINK

Just wondering....if Obahma was white, would he be more like Jerry Brown or Ralf Nader?
Just when it was looking like the Republican party was set to implode...Dems beat them to it....again...we are our on worst enemy

Posted by: jestsaynsall on May 10, 2008 at 1:07 AM | PERMALINK

The picture on the right is really from the shipping center of Drum's Online Pet Store.

Posted by: Yancey Ward on May 10, 2008 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

You should have let Domino skip the meal, by the looks of things it wouldn't hurt her.

Posted by: MNPundit on May 10, 2008 at 2:53 PM | PERMALINK

Domino is wisely trying to take off a few ounces and you plunk her down in front of her dish? Did you offer her a cigarette, too?

Posted by: lindsay on May 10, 2008 at 8:44 PM | PERMALINK

Kitty kitty, love the kitties. Very cute pictures. Loved especially the "evil eye" look, how dare you want to sit in MY chair!

Posted by: JWC on May 10, 2008 at 8:54 PM | PERMALINK

ummmmm....how do you get the styrofoam peanuts off the cat? I mean we're talking serious static cling with both the cat the the peanuts....sorta like super magnetic attraction. I imagine cat gets within 6" and the peanuts start flying out of the box.
Wait, I know...you spray the cat with a mister! No, bad idea.....

And one more thing...all you cat people have got to see this (what Japanese High Kitsch thinks to do with cats)
http://www.petoffice.co.jp/catprin/english/#ojo

Posted by: Stewart Dean on May 10, 2008 at 10:03 PM | PERMALINK

Poor Domino, it isn't that she likes static electricity because it does awful things to the fur, BUT why not show the public what Herbert is talking about, his truly SCATHING remarks – and who is, after all the maestro of this symphony? It is as if poor Domino knew EVERY false note that Hillary played, and as always Bob Herbert has PERFECT pitch and notices every out of tune note Hillary played.

So class is not a Clinton forte.

But it’s one thing to lack class and a sense of grace, quite another to deliberately try and wreck the presidential prospects of your party’s likely nominee — and to do it in a way that has the potential to undermine the substantial racial progress that has been made in this country over many years.

The Clintons should be ashamed of themselves. But they long ago proved to the world that they have no shame.

It's the note of "Gracelessness" - and I have to wonder if Hillary is simply going to sit there and while that note plays again and agian and again. So you can't blame Inkblot for NOT going there.

But it’s one thing to lack class and a sense of grace, quite another to deliberately try and wreck the presidential prospects of your party’s likely nominee — and to do it in a way that has the potential to undermine the substantial racial progress that has been made in this country over many years.

The Clintons should be ashamed of themselves. But they long ago proved to the world that they have no shame.

Oh may, tisk, tisk....

Posted by: me-again on May 10, 2008 at 10:31 PM | PERMALINK

Here you can find other political animals: www.catsthatlooklikehitler.com

Posted by: troebel on May 11, 2008 at 8:38 AM | PERMALINK

Here you can find other political animals: www.catsthatlooklikehitler.com

Posted by: troebel on May 11, 2008 at 8:38 AM | PERMALINK

troebel, it's funny! I was also going to post the link to the amusing catsthatlooklikehitler.com. Inkblot would be a first-place winner if his black marking was more of a diagonal hairline and less of a pirate patch. He has a commanding expression in this photo. No wonder Drum retreats to the second best chair. I'm surprised he doesn't surrender his kibbles as well.

And Domino! What a hoot!

Posted by: PTate in MN on May 11, 2008 at 11:33 AM | PERMALINK

I don't think Inkblot is afraid, I think Inkblot is smart. I lay in a box of peanuts once; the novelty wore off rather quickly and then I had to lick the peanut dust (or whatever the plastic stuff is) off my fur. Yuk.

Posted by: quasi on May 11, 2008 at 10:14 PM | PERMALINK
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