144 thoughts on “Cats and more cats

    1. Glad to hear from you, I thought you were missing. Did you see the photo of Toby…he doesn’t have the white contrast fur and he looks like a big round hat or something. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Toby is acting himself again. You have to see the picture of him all balled up…its more striking with him because he doesn’t have any white fur. (I just updated the pic, apparently I hadn’t given it a title.)

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      1. Cats are amazing creatures. My Golly is the one that was hit by a car and left to die. A good Samaritan stopped and took him to the local vet. Thank god Golly was microchipped. The vet rang me and I said do anything to keep him alive [he was only about 1 at the time].
        Long story short, Golly had brain damage and is almost completely blind. Couldn’t walk in a straight line , feed, drink, anything when I brought him home. Now he can do almost everything the others can do. He even catches moths inside the house using his hearing along. He’s my little miracle boy.
        I love them all in different ways but Golly is my very special boy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. what a cutie! It is remarkable how Golly endured, it’s a case of compensating in the loss of senses. Bob has the “tumbling kitten” syndrome, which is not funny although those afflicted do flipflops and various “cute” antics. Bob still misjudges destinations and jumps and crashes into the wall or something. Actually Bob isn’t bad, he can walk and jump and run, he just falls over easily.

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      3. my WordPress blog automatically sends my posts to both Twitter and Facebook but Twitter is the only place where I’ll actually go and ‘tweet’ every now and then…usually when I’m angry. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      4. In view of the vast chasm of chaos (hee hee) caused by Facebook and Twitter and the Russians (good lord who would have thunk it? I knew it all along though. I grew up on spy novels and the like.

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      5. there’s a lot about cerebellar dysplasia in cats on the ‘net. Dogs get it too. Baby walks like a horse, stiff legged with a gait. Some fans of the CD cats have devised little wheelchair cart contraptions. It’s amazing. There’s some issue with anesthetic when spaying a CD cat, I discussed it with the Vet, but he said it wouldn’t matter because Baby is a Boy…he loves being called Bob.

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      6. It was after the Vet told me “Baby was a boy” and I was chatting with him (the cat) about his new name… Bubba…no, Buddy…no… Bobby? Bob! In my defense, the reason I never thought about him being a boy is that my concern was about his falling off something or when he was outside before he moved in … something eating him.

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      7. I don’t do much twitter… our idiot leader does more than enough. Now he can’t even properly condemn the school shooting in Florida yesterday where 17 high school kids were killed.

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      8. Yes, the shooting was in our news last night. One of the commenters said that some Senator wanted to change gun laws just to make it illegal to sell guns to people on the terrorist list or something. And even that was impossible to achieve. I just don’t understand. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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      9. the national rifle association rides herd over legislators…check out trumpie he is scared to death of the NRA. I think the one you refer to is that it was illegal to sell guns to people who are mentally ill…seems like a no brainer, but that was one of the first things trumpie struck down.

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      10. I’m not sure of the exact details. We only tend to get ‘sound bites’ here, but not to have virtually an safe guards at all sounds crazy to me. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
        All the articles I’ve been reading – by people in the US – paint a horrific picture of parents and teacher AND kids living in fear.

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      11. Horrible thing…however, having said that, the anti-gun people right now are undertaking a massive … uh… publicity campaign right now. These kids and teachers and screaming mothers are almost too expressive and well spoken. (Yes…I admit to being the ultimate conspiracy theorist.)

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      12. I know it’s technically none of my business, but I’ve been trying to present the reality of the rest of the world where gun control is accepted and people feel a heck of a lot safer than in the US. The thing I hear again and again is about their constitutional ‘right to bear arms’. There is an almost religious fervour about this, despite the fact that the Amendment never imagine military style automatic weapons would be the ‘arms’ ordinary citizens would embrace. It seems as if the NRA and their ilk cling to the letter of the Amendment and flagrantly ignore the spirit. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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      13. Yes, yes, and yes! The second amendment to the constitution did declare the right of all Americans to have guns. What they no doubt had in mind was that when they ran up against the British they all had squirrel rifles and muzzle loaders and the like. There is NO need for anyone to have automatic weapons…its bad enough to shoot ONE person, without plowing into a crowd of people. If ya ask me they should ban that kind of death machine even in battle.

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      14. ‘they should ban that kind of death machine even in battle’
        YES! I think our world tilted the wrong way when soldiers no longer had to see the enemy face to face, as a human being.
        Sadly I doubt anyone will listen to us. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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      15. Yeah. I’m sure they’ll mouth placating bullshit, like Trumps idea to have teachers in every school carrying concealed weapons?!? I’m also sure they hope it will all fizzle and go away, but I have a feeling it won’t. That father who said words to the effect that it should have taken one school massacre and the country fixed the problem instead of massacre after massacre. Angry people voted Trump in. I hope angry people vote the GOP out.

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      16. we can only hope. Unfortunately, the gun issue will remain. The teachers with gun thing isn’t new, its just one trumpie may think won’t get him in too much trouble with the IRA. Obviously the only way that would work would be if every teacher in every school was armed. Unlikely, most opposition to that idea is from teachers themselves.

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      17. I read that there were over 300 million guns in the US. I don’t know how many children there are under the age of 10, and I don’t know how many /don’t/ own a gun [none of my online friends do], but that still means multiple guns in the hands of a lot of people. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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      18. yep, I do not have a gun. My husband had some, by I got rid of them after he died. They were all old antiques anyway, collector guns. I sold them to an auctioneer I know who valued them according to their genre? and so paid me much more than if I had sold them to a dealer. Some of my children are gun afficienados and others are not. That’s a whole other story ๐Ÿ™‚

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      19. I have one friend in Cyprus who has a gun, but then every young male in Cyprus has to do 2 years military service and he’s most definitely not a gun waving type person. Don’t think I know anyone here in Australia with a gun.

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      20. If I remember correctly, the island of Cyprus is kind of half Greek, half Turkish – that’s why the Greek Cypriots have compulsory military service and why after military service they keep their guns – like a militia in case the Turks try to invade their half.

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      21. Medical students in Mexico get their training financed on the condition that they devote a given period of time after they become doctors to community service. They man clinics in various areas, give immunizations, well-baby clinics, etc.

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      22. When I was a student at the community college back in the days when I was 50, it was required to have three “activity” credits. My third was rifle marksmanship. Ha! I couldn’t hit the side of a barn although I did get an A in the course for trying in spite of my arthritis.

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      23. The other two “activity” credits I had were in Cross-Country Skiing, and Power Walking. Really…skiing was fun, but we didn’t have enough snow two years in a row when the course was offered. The walking was a no brainer course, although I wasn’t that much of a walker then. (Or now…lol

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      24. Physical education credits, which in my case was a required one-credit course to be included in the 90+ credits I transferred from the community college to university. They had all sorts of ball sports, phys ed topics. The one I really wanted was “Map Orientation” or something like that.

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      25. Now the discussion is centering around arming teachers…which I think is a stupid idea. One teacher said by the time she got her purse for the key to the weapon out of the locked closet it would all be over. Also…would the women teachers have to start wearing flack jackets and pants with pockets all the time?

        One armed teacher in a big school? Plus, I have known a lot of wild-idjut=teachers in my day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      26. Did you ever see the film “Daddy Daycare” with Vinn Diesel? He’s an agent assigned to a daycare teacher for protection and he organizes the little kids into military-style situations. Hilarious…if dumb.

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      27. Yikes! That is a possibility. However, if that could happen the war would really begin! The gun-folks may think they are defending themselves against government take-over, but in fact the government they fear is here now.

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      28. Exactly. I can’t remember who said this but I saw someone interview on TV recently and they made the point that after 9/11 everything was ‘fixed’ straight away [debatable but…] whereas children keep getting killed, over and over again.
        Homeland security or whatever it’s called curtails more individual rights than a few simple, regulations could ever do but no one protests. -shrug-

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      29. The 9/11 thing had to do with ramming the towers in New York City with huge Boeing 757 or whatever…personally I believe it was a great shock to even the perpetrators that the bombing had such far reaching effects. I see a parallel in the current activity of the Russian bots and trolls that were so greatly successful in destruction and poisoning stupid FaceBook fans minds and brought about the fiasco that brought 45 into power. Imagine the glee and amazement in Putin’s office when our whole system was torpedoed…I believe by mistake.

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      30. They always were. I remember when they put up Sputnick…they were ahead of the US, and all hell broke loose. When the first US space shot happened it was the Army that put it up…before the Space Agency per se was born. We were “army” at the time and loved it. Maybe it was the man on the moon thing.

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      31. wait…wait… I know in my heart that it was the US Army that did that shot….but I recall it because we were “Army” at the time.

        I don’t know that this was before NASA was “born.” Hmmm…what a decision…who to believe….Me or Google?

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      32. Homeland security may or may not have improved but in the example of Puerto Rico (which is a territory but the residents are all United States citizens. Maybe half the island still doesn’t have electrical power. As many as can afford it have left and come to the mainland.

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      33. Yeah, I think the Puerto Ricans may be US citizens but they have about as much value to the US govt as England’s colonies had to the Brits, way back when. Some things never change.

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      34. well PR is part of our line of defense, and the PRs have the option of moving to the mainland whenever they can…read that when they have the money…IF they have the money… The thing is that since the PR mayor said it like it was against trumpie, she is on the s…tlist.

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      35. Some of it has to go back to the days when we were a slave society, the slavers used the islands like PR, Cuba, Bahamas…as holding grounds before some came here…sugar plantations. After the British abolished slavery they literally fought slave ships between Africa and the US…. the effective way to get through was to sail foreign slave ships under the US flag; the British didn’t usually go against the US.

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      36. Well, even our first president George Washington was a British officer before the revolution. It is said that the reason the Brits didn’t clamp down was because they were so riddled with turncoats that they knew they could count on the Brits to be our bosom pals forever more. Besides…the French were causing trouble down in Central America and all,

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      37. If there is anything worse than getting shot down in a classroom, it may be when a four-year-old is shot in a drive-by shooting….mistaken usually for some hoodlum. This happens so often that it is not that unusual…usually in “poor” neighborhoods where the police pretty much drive-by themselves.

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      38. the little kids getting killed by wild gunshots in their own homes or playing in their yards are featured almost every night in our local news…not some obscure thing that happens in NY or some place like that.

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      39. Yes it is, and that is the kind of thing that may be helped by taking guns away from hoodlums’ reaches. They aren’t actually shooting AT the babies, they just happen to get into the crossfire.

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      40. CNN just reported that the Florida politicians have declined to “take up the assault rifle ban” what a surprise. Congress likely won’t even discuss it, and certainly won’t entertain a vote on the floor.

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      41. There will be no “negotiating” with the NRA, because they see any tightening of laws as approaching the “slippery slope” wherein once they ban or tweke ANY point it will start a landslide of regulation.

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      42. Not necessarily, but a lot of them are. It doesn’t matter, there are plenty of ways to tacitly just not cause trouble… but when those BIG moneys come crashing into a district they all start shaking in their boots.

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      43. Having said all that and thought worse, I must add that I have had enough of this holier-than-thou contrived high-school movement of kids against the government to get them to change gun laws. It is so organized and contrite that I had to turn it off….and I will put up with a lot of BS.

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      44. I was remarking about the disgusting news coverage of this school shooting…it was obvious to me that pro-protesters are at the ready to assist in the rhetoric. However, it doesn’t take much for “real kids” to jump forward with legitimate outrage. I personally have several grandchildren who could immediately respond and expound on these world-news events. Not to put them down in any way…

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      45. I know. I think the ability to feel outrage is part and parcel of being that young, but I think for the survivors at least, the outrage and anger are real. I don’t know how I would feel if The Offspring had been involved in a shooting at school.
        No, that’s not true. I know exactly how I would feel. I’d do home-schooling without a moment’s hesitation.

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      46. indeed…actually I was a pretty lousy teacher, too sensitive…get my feelings hurt easily. I tend to say and do dumb things. Also I guess I wasn’t really a teacher, I was a “teaching assistant…” not the same. In one “discussion group” someone wrote on the evaluations that I was the best TA they ever had…and another said I was the worst TA they ever had. ๐Ÿ™‚ My best TA friend, asked if it hurt her feelings when one of her students wrote “bitch” on her eval she said “of course…but I’m trying to be their teacher, not their friend.

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      47. our FLL has spent several tweets badmouthing a sheriff’s deputy that he has branded a coward among other things because he failed to charge single-handedly with his hand gun into a hell of semi-automatic fire. I think his comrades and peers will verify that he was no coward at all, and there probably was a “stand down” order that hasn’t come out yet.

        I watch enough TV cop shows to know that the SWAT teams frown on cowboys that dash into a situation by themselves. Likewise my husband, who was fire chief, used to complain about “heroes” who didn’t wait for any backup or compadres. One old volunteer was famous for wielding a fire-axe on doors in spite of them being unlocked. duh

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      48. I have been outraged about something all my life, I remember when I first became aware of the atrocities against our American Indians…also Slavery…general stupidity from our prevailing government…

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      49. please don’t misunderstand me on this, I can’t discuss it in a few word comment… CNN does a great job, but they know how to promote and milk the news. Did you hear the head of the NRA expounding about it at great length? s c a r y …

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      50. No, our news from the US is limited so haven’t seen anything about the NRA boss. I imagine he must have placed a flea in Dumpy’s ear about arming teachers. :/

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      51. Never underestimate the NRA… Wayne LaPierre… almost all of our reps are scared to death of the NRA… and trumpie and his limp and lame ban-bump-stocks and arm-the-teachers rhetoric has already been shot down and he is claiming the NRA is right.”

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      52. I just can’t get my head around that. In terms of lives lost and social disruption, the NRA have caused more damage to the US than all the terrorist attacks put together, including 9/11.
        If I wanted to write a conspiracy theory about undermining the US from within, I’d use the NRA as my model. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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      53. Proponents of wild gun policy claim they are against any anti-gun legislation because they are afraid the government is going to rise up against them and take away their guns. WELL, if any of them had a brain, the government they are so afraid of is here now…the implications of our gun culture is mind boggling. Trumpie is just a symptom…a hero to some of worst idiots of all!

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      54. Yeah, sadly the ones that love their guns the most also think the sun shines out of you-know-whose rear end. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
        Btw I said hello to your daughter on Twitter. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      55. uh…yeah…it references the clique that runs a town and sticks together no matter what, all that sht surrounding that creep that was running but got beat by a democrat SHOCK! because of his penchant for very young girls…. all sorts of jerks came out of the woodwork to vouch for him…even 45.

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      56. exactly…that’s what the silly big-haired gals do for me…and I am always grateful that my kids and grandkids and greatgrandkids all had the best teachers available (in our local schools) and that they have all had or are having excellent (free) education.

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      57. We were fortunate to live in Ohio, a northern state, rather than in southern good old boy states. The children are placed according to ability, so of course the kids from reader families and well-spoken better educated folks make it.

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      58. I read once where someone described the babies with 14-year-old moms and 28 year old grandmoms…. not much time for education in that mix. One tends to think black girls…but not always. Think of that lady (on CNN segment) who said 45 has changed because all those people are praying for him now…and besides he’s a grandfather, so he certainly isn’t cheating !!!

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      59. Then the idjut pundits keep harping on how 45’s base is largely made up of “non-college-educated white women”…. uh, yeah. Those who are smart enough to realize that that remark is elitist and insulting. But true…;-)

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      60. I always said (in my ignorance) that teachers should be paid on the same level and status as lawyers and doctors. I still believe that…I don’t want someone like “my-name-is-tiffany-and I-guess-I’ll-be-a-teacher.” teaching my (offspring) at ANY level.

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      61. one more remark… I had a bookshop at the flea market, and it always amazed me how a kid would be tempted to choose a book to spend her dollar on….and her adult-in-tow would say “oh wait, you don’t want to spend your money on that, by a c,jksdjsdj or something.” Grits teeth.

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      62. Oh god don’t get me going on the education system. If I were in charge the first thing I would do is pass a mandate that school administrators at any level HAD to come up through the ranks of teachers. Whenever something stupid happens in a school some silly non-teacher non-educator pops in and screws it up worse.

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      63. Yes there are teachers, then teachers-until-something-better comes-around. IMHO there should always be a requirement that an administrator start out with good teaching experience.

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      64. back in my reporter days I covered a “demonstration” in our local high school in which students had walked out of class to protest a new dress-code rule involving boys hair. With my own eyes I witnessed a 14-year-old girl almost start a riot….no coaching there, just a kid with some strong opinions, but they immediately shut her up. That impressed me greatly.

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    2. By the way, daughter finished Innerscape 1…and she absolutely loved it. I knew she would, she was ill from a cold so managed to read the whole book at one sitting. Then she came over and got I-2 and I-3. She also recommended your books to her online game people and others. She has a big following. I knew she would get into the premise of the story immediately.

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      1. Wow…..-dance- Thank you, and thank HER! This really has made my day. I don’t know if you’re following my fight with WordPress, but the whole advert saga is going from bad to worse. So wonderful to get some good news. -hugs-

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