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Sick Cats

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Daphne and Chloe have been under the weather this week, and so have been less than active except for various unpleasant ’emissions,’ of which we will speak no more. Here they are at their more vivified:

The vet says it’s our fault as we switched cat food brands on them. I think they’re just doing an exceptional job of skylarking.

Update Just to clarify, this is a picture of them from this week, at a time when they were being more active. Overall sleeping was up about 50% this week.


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May 6, 2005 at 3:37 pm

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Missed by a Day

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Michelle Malkin notes that yesterday was “International Respect a Chicken Day.” Her suggestion of honoring with a good recipe rings right, but damn! We had chicken Wednesday, clearly jumping the gun. On the other hand, yesterday we did respect a serious ribeye and a lovely pork chop.

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May 6, 2005 at 1:44 pm

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VDH on Ossified Democrats

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Victor Davis Hanson offers some unsolicited advice to Democrats:

When will Democrats return to power? Three of the most influential legislators in the Democrat party — Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, and Nancy Pelosi — reside in and came out of the San Francisco Bay area, which for all its undeniable beauty has created a culture still at odds with most of America. John and Teresa Kerry would have been the nation’s first billionaire presidential couple. The head of the Democratic party is a New England condescending liberal, with a vicious tongue, who ran and lost on a platform far to the left of an unsuccessful liberal.

In contrast the only two men elected president from the Democratic party in 30 years were southerners, hammed up their rural and common-man roots — the son of a single mother in Arkansas and a peanut farmer in Plains, Georgia — and were narrowly elected largely due to national scandals like Watergate or third-party conservative populists like Ross Perot. The aristocratic media — CSB News, the New York Times, NPR — is often liberal and yet talks of its degrees and pedigree; the firebrand populist bloggers, cable news pros, and talk-radio pundits are mostly conservative and survive on proven merit rather than image.

When we see Democrats speaking and living like normal folks — expressing worry that the United States must return to basic education and values to ensure its shaky preeminence in a cutthroat world, talking of one multiracial society united by a rare exceptional culture of the West rather than a salad bowl of competing races and tribes, and apprising the world that we are principled abroad in our support of democratic nations and quite dangerous when attacked — they will be competitive again.

Since they will not do that, they will keep losing — no matter how much the economy worries, the war frightens, and the elite media scares the American people.

I don’t think they read him. But you should.

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May 6, 2005 at 1:30 pm

Blair Wins with Less

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Tony Blair has won the British elections and Labour may now form a government. However, the returns thus far indicate that Labour has lost about a hundred seats from the last Parliament. That can’t be good news for Blair personally.

I don’t claim to know that much about British politics. There was a time when I followed them more closely, but I haven’t for several years, and so I’ll only note there is an interesting post mortem here. The conventional wisdom seems to be saying that Blair will soon need to cede the premiership to his Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown. I don’t know about that – although it would parallel Margaret Thatcher’s diminished third term when she was forced to step down in favor of the anemic John Major.

What I do know is that the big three survived the Iraq War: Bush, Howard, and now Blair. If Iraq was a liability at the polls, it certainly wasn’t a fatal one.

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May 6, 2005 at 9:14 am

Posted in Eurofollies, GWOT, Politics

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