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May 23, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY CATBLOGGING....Today Inkblot and Domino ponder the inky vastness of the universe. Their conclusion: as long as there's cat food at the other end, everything is OK.

And with that, I'm off on vacation for two weeks. My mother and I will be flying to Europe to do some family history sleuthing, where we'll be visiting the village of Ulmet (ancestral home of the Drums) and Bad Kissingen (ancestral home of Henry Kissinger) in Germany, and then flying to England, where we'll visit Bridgwater, Ashcott, Membury, and London. But no worries about the blog. I have five fabulous guest bloggers to hold down the fort while I'm gone:

In addition, Steve Benen of the Carpetbagger Report may be popping in from time to time. Treat 'em all nicely. See you in a couple of weeks.

Kevin Drum 2:47 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (46)

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Have a great vacation Kevin. No appeasing while over in Germany!

Great pictures of the kittehs! Study in Black and White for Inkblot, Study in Sepia for Domino. Cute.

Posted by: bigcat on May 23, 2008 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot looks like the Prince of Darkness this week. What, is he channeling Cheney as Darth Vadar?

Have fun on your vacation. Too bad the dollar is so weak.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 23, 2008 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

SCATblogging time! I have early press deadlines at my paper with the holidays, and it’s been a slow week for scat, but I found a tin-foil hatter with “scat” in his blog name.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on May 23, 2008 at 2:53 PM | PERMALINK

No catblogging for two weeks?
Maybe the trophy wife can handle catblogging duties.

Posted by: nal on May 23, 2008 at 3:26 PM | PERMALINK

Actually Kevin, shouldn't you be taking Inkblot with you - so that he can up his foreign policy creds?

Posted by: optical weenie on May 23, 2008 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

Enjoy the vacation. I'll try to make sure Weenie doesn't beat up the guest bloggers too much.

Posted by: thersites on May 23, 2008 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK

Thersites is a pissant, and a loser droopy poopy head too.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 23, 2008 at 3:38 PM | PERMALINK

I have nothing to scatblog about, really, so I gave y'all an empty link.

Posted by: dogmatic schlafly on May 23, 2008 at 3:41 PM | PERMALINK

this is wrong: "as long as there's cat food at the other end, everything is OK"

No, no, no, no ... as long as there's cat food at THIS end of the universe, everything is OK.

But they are going to miss their can-opener and your opposable thumbs. I assume you have people who will be stopping by to open those cans...

Posted by: Diana on May 23, 2008 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

That's quite a guest lineup, Kevin! Are you sure you're going to be able to wrest back control of the blog when you return?

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on May 23, 2008 at 3:48 PM | PERMALINK

Jeebus, Weenie.
You learn them big words at that there science school?

Posted by: thersites on May 23, 2008 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

dogmatic, it's OK to send a blank link ....as long as it's not Rick-rolling.

Kevin, have a cold one for me in Deutschland. (Or two).

And Inkblot, you look like you're on the opening credits to "Perry Mason", bathed in shadows.

Posted by: Ed Tracey on May 23, 2008 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

Diana, I think his wife will be home with the cats as Kevin's traveling with his mother.

Have a great time in Germany. Driving those autobahns is a real treat. You can go verrry fast and most drivers around you are pretty good drivers who go into the pass lane to pass and then get back into the right lane. No "left laners" going 40MPH!
I think there are now speed limits on most of the 'bahns, particularly near cities, but it's still fun.

Posted by: phoebes in santa fe on May 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

Cheers to vacations.

Enjoy a fine beer or two, and maybe even an absence of understandable news about Hillary.

Posted by: cowalker on May 23, 2008 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

Happy vacationing, Mr. Drum.

Posted by: flubber on May 23, 2008 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

W!? T!? F!?

By Geoff Earle
New York Post
May 23, 2008 --

Hillary Clinton today brought up the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy while defending her decision to stay in the race against Barack Obama.

"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it," she said, dismissing calls to drop out.

Posted by: steve duncan on May 23, 2008 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

Jeebus, Weenie.
You learn them big words at that there science school?

Yup, doofus.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 23, 2008 at 4:06 PM | PERMALINK

While in London - two words: Soho Spice. Best Chicken Marsala in the Universe. Wardour Street, Soho.

Posted by: Chasm on May 23, 2008 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

You should have brought Ogged back as a guest-blogger.

Posted by: zadfrack on May 23, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

All the usual, Kevin: be safe, have fun, and don't create any national incidences while over there, or at least none that can't be quietly swept under the international carpet.

Remember to travel with all your liquid necessities in 3 oz bottles and absolutely no terrorist tubes of toothpaste on the airlines, and wear your best socks for walking through the security lines. I was very embarrassed at the hole in my toe.

Mainly, thanks for the beautiful kitty photos this week. Domino has the most deliciously pretty belly for face-rubbing, you could charge $$$$.

:) Have a great loooog week-end, all!

Posted by: Zit on May 23, 2008 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

Who is watching the cats for the next two weeks?

Posted by: charlie don't surf on May 23, 2008 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

:) Have a great loooog week-end, all!

Obviously the hole in Zit's sock has affected her/his spelling skills. Man that was a typo of Thersites stature.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 23, 2008 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

Weenie,

You planning a big weekend of chest-beating and throwing hapless dudes onto the highway, or you just going to lounge around the house playing a hysterical lyre?

Enjoy!

Posted by: thersites on May 23, 2008 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

Posted by: charlie don't surf on May 23, 2008 at 4:24 PM

No one. They have been clammering for more responsibility, and now Kevin is giving them the opportunity to prove themselves. He feels they are old enough.

He gave them a long list of No's:
NO parties with chicks and catnip
NO fighting while one of them is still in the litter box
NO cow-tipping

He gave them some yes's too though:
Pizza delivery on the credit card
1 Pay per view each
All food for the two weeks in tear-open foil packets.
Laying on the computer by alternate hours.

We shall see what madness ensues....

Posted by: Zit on May 23, 2008 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

No Chicks! No Catnip! Well I guess that Cleopatra, The Empress of The Universe, will not be crashing the party at Kevin's (Sunday 24th, 7 pm start by the way).

Posted by: optical weenie on May 23, 2008 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

Such good choices Thersites. I'm having trouble making my mind up. Maybe I'll just get my carving knife out and go and loosen some handles.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 23, 2008 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK

Ouch.
Remember, I never said anything bad about Hillary.

Posted by: thersites on May 23, 2008 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,

Enjoy the trip. Take time to notice all the mass transit in Germany and London. We need more of that here. But how??

Trog

Posted by: troglodyte on May 23, 2008 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

No you didn't Thersites. But I'll give you a pass if you get snarky over her referring to RFK's ass'n today. Even I find that unacceptable.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 23, 2008 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

Obviously the hole in Zit's sock has affected her/his spelling skills. Man that was a typo of Thersites stature. Posted by: optical weenie on May 23, 2008 at 4:30 PM

Ouch. And on Catblogging Friday too. :(

Posted by: Zit on May 23, 2008 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

Have a nice trip! Send us a postcard!

Inkblot: "All sciences are now under the obligation to prepare the ground for the future task of the philosopher, which is to solve the problem of value, to determine the true hierarchy of values."

Domino: "BUUUUUURP"

Posted by: Matt on May 23, 2008 at 5:22 PM | PERMALINK

Matt,

I've given you grief in other threads, but I always enjoy your contributions to Catblogging. Thank you.

Posted by: thersites on May 23, 2008 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

I was really enjoying this post until you mentioned Benen. Do we really have to put up with that lead-fingered halfwit again? Jeez.

Have a good time anyway, Kevin.

Posted by: Brian on May 23, 2008 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

Bon voyage! If you get the chance while in London, take your Mum to the Silver Vaults for a unique experience.

Posted by: genome on May 23, 2008 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

Have a great vacation, Kevin!

Posted by: lux on May 23, 2008 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

Funny line about Kissinger. But in reality I think he's from a teeny little town in Bavaria, right near the Swiss border, called Friedenheim. At least that's what one of his cousins says.

Have a good time in Old Yurp--

Posted by: Altoid on May 23, 2008 at 6:24 PM | PERMALINK

Neal is "Neal the ethical werewolf." That guy is deeply fucked up. It doesn't help he's an elite harvard grad ready to tell the rest of us how we should change our ways to fit his perception of being ethical. Total douchebag.

Can we get Amy Sullivan please?

(I do want to thank you for not inviting Jay Ackroyd who was subbing for Atrios, yet another dipshit....)

Posted by: Bad Moon on May 23, 2008 at 6:51 PM | PERMALINK

Sounds like a wonderful trip. I hope you have an incredible time.

But...WHO'S GOING TO BE DOING THE FRIDAY CAT BLOGGING? SOMEBODY HAS TO DO THE FRIDAY CAT BLOGGING!

Posted by: Helena Montana on May 23, 2008 at 7:30 PM | PERMALINK

thersites,

Thanks, but that may have been some usurper you gave grief to. Lot of us around.

Posted by: Matt on May 23, 2008 at 7:42 PM | PERMALINK

Bad Moon, why are you coming up and turning me into some kind of monster? :)

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf on May 23, 2008 at 8:09 PM | PERMALINK

Uh, because you're a deeply fucked up pretentious dipshit who likes to tell everyone how they should change and behave in order to fit your perceptions of the world? Because you're highly privileged and still manage to make the mistake of assuming that since you made it through the world just fine, everyone can, and since you are willing to make certain sacrifices, everyone should?

Would you like me to say that more slowly for you or maybe make a Harvard case study for you to examine?

Posted by: Bad Moon on May 23, 2008 at 8:17 PM | PERMALINK

WHO'S GOING TO BE DOING THE FRIDAY CAT BLOGGING? SOMEBODY HAS TO DO THE FRIDAY CAT BLOGGING!

Maybe Steve Benen will bring back the lovely dark beauty Smithers next Friday. Can't abide a cat-blogging deficit.

Posted by: disparue on May 23, 2008 at 8:48 PM | PERMALINK

Enjoy the West Country, Kevin and order the best bitter. It's an acquired taste, but once you have it, you will never lose it.

Posted by: ANOther on May 23, 2008 at 8:54 PM | PERMALINK

WHO'S GOING TO BE DOING THE FRIDAY CAT BLOGGING? SOMEBODY HAS TO DO THE FRIDAY CAT BLOGGING!

Cats also frequently appear on Friday here. If you have not yet gazed upon the mighty Impeachment, gaze now and tremble.

Posted by: thersites on May 23, 2008 at 10:31 PM | PERMALINK

OK, there is a weirdness that I've got to mention: Domino looks like she is on a dinner platter in the photo. I'm sure she's not, but anyhow, it's WEIRD that it looks kinda that way.

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