Christmas Eve Cat Blogging – 24 December 2012


The blogosphere is surprisingly active today. And it’s mostly pissing me off. My fingers keep itching to write nasty posts about the NRA, the fiscal cliff, Grover Norquist, the University of Rhode Island, and a host of other topics. But it’s Christmas Eve. It’s time to relax and purge the will to nastiness. That goes even for Wayne LaPierre, John Boehner, Grover Norquist, and David Dooley.

So instead, here’s some bonus catblogging to soothe our collective souls and kindle the holiday spirit. As it happens, it’s gray and rainy at the moment here in Southern California, but it was lovely and sunny on Friday and that’s how holidays should be enjoyed. None of this white Christmas nonsense for us. So today, you get a Southern California Christmas Eve. Tomorrow you’ll get our traditional Christmas ornament. Enjoy.

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