Friday Cat Blogging – 26 September 2008


FRIDAY CATBLOGGING….Good news: the debate is back on! Hooray! As you can tell, Domino and Inkblot are almost rapt already. They desperately want to know the candidates’ plans for bailing out the cat food industry and preventing mass feline panic. The other good news is that it means our bingo card drinking game is once again the must-have accompaniment for your evening. Click the link, download a card, and have a drink anytime one of the candidates repeats a phrase in one of the squares. And while you’re there, donate a few dollars to help Mother Jones continue to produce great progressive journalism. The drunker you get, the more money you should donate!

I’ll be liveblogging the debate, of course — assuming my brain hasn’t turned into tapioca by then — so come on back and follow along. I’m hoping McCain staggers on stage in a rumpled, ill-fitting suit with mismatched socks just to show how hard at work he’s been trying to save our nation’s economy. “Didn’t have time to change,” he’ll blurt out melodramatically, and Jim Lehrer will nod along knowingly. Or something.

Finally, in other cat news, you’ll be glad to hear that after years of negotiations with the USDA, Ernest Hemingway’s six-toed cats are once again safe from evil government bureaucrats. “The cats have been living on the grounds for years, and we’re not a zoo, carnival or amusement park,” said the president of the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in the Florida Keys. And that’s exactly where they’ll stay.

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