Friday Cat Blogging – 14 November 2008

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FRIDAY CATBLOGGING….A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that my mother had procured a new kitten from a local shelter. She named her Lily, and keeps her inside the house. A couple of days ago, though, she looked outside and Lily was under the car in the driveway. But how did she get there? Cat teleportation?

No. My mother opened the door and the cat under the car zipped into the house, ran into her arms, and started purring. But it wasn’t Lily at all. It was a clone.

Then, a couple of hours later, there was some meowing at the front door. So my mother opened the door and discovered an orange kitten, who zipped inside and started purring.

Perhaps you can guess the rest of this story? There’s no telling where they came from, but these two are obviously littermates, obviously friendly and accustomed to living with people, and took over my mother’s house within minutes. Right now they show no signs of going away, so Mom has bowed to the inevitable. The black-and-white one is named Ditto, and the orange one is named Tillamook. On Thursday night all four of her cats slept in the bed with her. “I woke up kind of sleepy,” she told me. Today, the new kittens are tearing around the house, knocking things over, and fighting my mother for every scrap of food she tries to eat. Things are getting lively in Garden Grove these days.

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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