Monday, October 27, 2008

A Cat's Eye View

Baxter here. My Humans finally got Home after being gone for Too Long, in My Opinion. At least I was here by myself without That Dog, since they take It with them. My Humans' friend came and Served Me in their Absence.

Well, this has been an eventful couple of Weeks, hasn't it? I have to tell you, I am so glad I am only a Cat and don't have to worry about Money. My Humans have given up on the idea of ever looking at their 401ks again, as that Stock Market thing just keeps sliding downward. Today at first it looked as if it was going to be Better, and then in the last 10 minutes it tumbled over 200 points! Those People who invest in it keep looking for it to be the Bottom but it never is.

In other News, it was just announced that Senator Ted Stevens was convicted of corruption. While I don't like to wish Evil on anyone, it is Good to see him get his come-uppance. However, he still intends to continue his campaign for re-election to the Senate. I find this Bizarre:

"Despite being a convicted felon, he is not required to drop out of the race or resign from the Senate. If he wins re-election, he can continue to hold his seat because there is no rule barring felons from serving in Congress. The Senate could vote to expel him on a two-thirds vote."

From what I understand, regular Humans who are convicted of a Felony lose their right to vote - but apparently Senators don't lose their right to be a Senator? This just makes no sense to Me...but of course we Cats probably just don't understand the intricacies of Government.

Meanwhile, the Obama Human continues to lead in the Polls, which is good news. Despite my Female Human's fear of a Stolen Election, I think he's going to actually win. Interestingly, about 40 telemarketers in Indiana walked off the job rather than read a Script attacking Obama. I wonder if THAT had ever happened before?

In the meantime, there is some Scary Stuff going on Out There. There are breaking reports of a white supremacist plot to assassinate Barack Obama having been, thankfully, broken up by the Feds. But how many more are Out There? This Country is a Very Scary Place. I am glad that, being a Cat, I can just hang out at Home and not put Myself at Risk. The Obama Human deserves a Lot of Respect for putting himself Out There and taking these Risks.

Apparently the United States has launched yet another Attack on some other Country out of the Blue - killing a bunch of people in Syria, including some Children. According to the Report,

"Syrian officials lashed out at Washington on Monday for a 'sheer violation of international law,' saying the U.S. attack killed eight people and wounded one."

Seems to Me that a Country can't get away with calling other Countries "Terrorists" if that Country is going to act the Same Way they do. I mean, what is Up with THAT?

Well, telling you all this News has now made Me depressed. I was trying to find some Lighthearted Stories to share with You but couldn't find Any. That is Scary in itself, isn't it?

My Female Human is thinking of taking off on Election Day to make calls to Get Out the Vote. Even though she lives in a Blue State, there should be no taking anything for Granted this year, no matter where You live.

So with that I leave you with this LOLCat from


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Good news about those call center workers who stood up to their supervisors. I hadn't heard that one.

Anonymous said...

Baxter... it looks to me like George will not go quietly. He will do all he can to make matters worse for Obama.

LET'S TALK said...

You know I never thought about Stevens being a convicted felon and if he could still run for Senate...I guess he can.

About the telemarketers in Indiana who are reported to walk off their job rather than read a Script attacking Obama. That was great Baxter and showed that some people have pride in what they will and will not do.

Baxter, I cannot understand how two white supremacist could have so much hate for their fellow man as to want to kill Obama and others. Would they be labeled as terrorist?

As for Bush and the strike at the birder of Syria, I just cannot understand his logic.

Fran said...

Baxter~ you are one hip cat. I guess time away from the pet humans gives you the ability to catch up on the breaking news. I was sooo happy to hear about the call center workers who refused to take the slimy low road of McCain & make the calls. How awesome ~ and believe, having worked at a few call centers myself, safe to say it is not a high paying job, so for them to say no way & walk away from the pay because they had integrity was really impressive.
So that's good news as far as I am concerned.
There is a lot of stuff hitting the fan, I'm a little overwhelmed with it right now.

Randal Graves said...

Unfortunately, I think there are a lot of cracker fans of Crazy Uncle Al out there.

Ms. Fairway said...

Tnanks Baxter for keeping us all so well informed. I hadn't heard about the call center walkout either so good for them...folks with a conscience!

And how ironic is it that Stevens can continue running for his Senate seat yet he's not eligible to vote for himself as a convicted felon. Makes you wonder.

Christopher said...


You're smarter than the Old Coot and McCandy together and you would never launch the Tenth Crusade -- something Palin and her Biblical followers long for.

Dave Dubya said...

If only humans could be independent like cats.

Unfortunately we sensible ones HAVE to vote for democrats.

Utah Savage said...

Baxter, thanks for the update.

Comrade Kevin said...

What fools these humans be that vote for McCain.

Mauigirl said...

Baxter had an argument with Diva this morning (he actually started it by hissing) so he is sulking because I took her side. I'll be answering your comments in his stead.

Ruth, yes, I thought that was very inspiring.

Spartacus, I don't doubt far it's not working, fingers crossed!

LT - When I realized that he could still run for Senate it amazed me. I was impressed with the fact those low-paid workers were willing to risk their jobs for their integrity. It would be good if everyone had their morals. As for the white supremacists, it is hard to imagine. And of course, like those who bomb abortion clinics, they won't be labeled terrorists because they're not Muslims and are on the side of the right-wingers (only somewhat more extreme). Syria - who knows. We're lucky Syria didn't attack us back.

Fran, I'm overwhelmed too. I wanted to post yesterday but was too tired. There is just too much going on right now and I just wish it were over!

Randal, you are right - and it's scary.

Ms. Fairway, thanks for your comment! I know, there is something wrong with a system that allows a convicted felon to run for election.

Christopher, I hate to think about what Palin and McCain would do if elect4ed. We can only pray (or hope, if we're not religious) that they are not elected.

Dave, I wish there were more sensible people in this country - then I wouldn't be so nervous about Tuesday!

Utah, Baxter always enjoys his blogtime. Hopefully his next post will be a happy one with lots of good news.

Comrade, you said it!

Mariamariacuchita said... are very astute!

kuanyin333 said...

Checking in with ya to see if you're one and the same Mauigirl that just followed me on Twitter?

I'll be so happy when we're celebrating for Obama.

Mauigirl said...

Maria, Baxter thanks you for your compliment!

Kuanyin, indeed it was me. I finally signed up for Twitter - another way to procrastinate while I'm supposed to be working, LOL!

Anonymous said...

Those 401k call centers have been extremely busy, I worked at Fidelity and I've heard the phones have been pretty busy.