Baxter here. It's about Time I finally get to Blog! My Female Human hogged the Blog all through November practically. Now she's Too Busy and is happy to let Me do the Work!
Well, it's been an Interesting Month, and it continues to be Interesting. The Obama Human who is now, thankfully, the President-Elect, has made a lot of announcements about the appointments to his Cabinet. It finally feels as if there is a Grown-Up taking charge of this Mess.
However, there is still a lot of Idiocy out there. Would you Believe that some Human Nutjob who, I'm ashamed to say, is from my own State of New Jersey, has filed a Lawsuit to try to get the Obama Human declared Ineligible to be President? And Justice Clarence Thomas agreed to have the SCOTUS decide whether or not to take the Case? (This after Justice Souter turned it down previously). According to Salon, it is just one of many Lawsuits that may come up to try to prevent President-Elect Obama from becoming President.
"The people hoping this is a sign the court will agree with them and stop Obama from becoming president are almost certain to be let down. The fact that the case has gone to conference doesn't mean anything about its merits -- the court will also be deciding whether to take up a number of other cases, and the chances that the suit will actually be heard is exceedingly small. Eugene Volokh, a law professor at UCLA, has calculated that over the past eight years the court has considered in conference 842 cases that sought a stay. Only 60 of them were actually heard. Seven hundred and eighty-two were denied.
But that doesn't matter. The faux controversy isn't going to go away soon. Yes, Obama was born in Hawaii, and yes, he is eligible to be president. But according to several experts in conspiracy theories, and in the psychology of people who believe in conspiracy theories, there's little chance those people who think Obama is barred from the presidency will ever be convinced otherwise."
Worse yet, Salon goes on to say that even if this case is not heard by the Court, that won't be the end of it - even after January 20th.
"We could be dealing with the repercussions of the tangled web these people have woven for years after Obama is inaugurated. We already have some hints of what's to come. Gary Kreep, who heads the United States Justice Foundation and is representing Alan Keyes in one of the lawsuits over the president-elect's eligibility, has said his group will file suit to challenge each and every one of Obama's actions as president.
He may well inspire others. There are a surprising number of people out there -- tax protesters, for instance -- who rely on similarly creative legal thinking based on conspiracy theories for their defense. So don't be too surprised if, sometime after Jan. 20, defendants in federal trials suddenly claim they can't be prosecuted. If Obama isn't really president, then laws he signs have no effect, Department of Justice prosecutors have no authority and judges he appoints aren't legally judges. Anyone who tells you otherwise is just part of the conspiracy."
I'm only a Cat, so what do I know, but doesn't it seem like Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face, if you are an American and you try to sabotage the Presidency and prevent your Government from functioning during the Worst Recession in the past 50 Years? Wouldn't it be better to hope that this President can actually Fix Things? This is how Crazy these Humans are, and how Full of Hate. They don't care about their Country - not one bit!
Moving on. My Tail starts to Puff Up when I get too Annoyed with these Nutjobs. I have to Compose Myself now and wash my Tail to get it back to normal. I'll be right Back.
OK, I feel Better now. Let's see, where was I? Oh, now I remember. I came across this story on CNN.com about President-Elect Obama's 27-year-old Speechwriter Jon Favreau. Apparently he had a Good Time one night and posted some pictures on Facebook of him and a friend trying to feed a cardboard cutout of the Hillary Clinton Human (now nominated as Obama's Secretary of State) a Beer, and worse yet, had his hand where her, well, Chest is. Check it Out:
He has since taken down the Incriminating Picture and apologized to the Clinton Human.
My Female Human is always Careful of what she puts on her Blog. In fact, she felt Very Daring when she posted the Picture of herself and That Dog in the snow by their Cabin last week. That was the closest anyone had seen her Face yet!
In Other Exciting News, my Humans have purchased a New Vehicle. Yes, it is a Jeep. The Male Human had hoped to continue driving his Old Saab (1985 Saab 900 with 249,000 miles on it) to Work. However, it seems to be leaking Water and he's worried it will be something Expensive to Fix. Plus they realized when they were up at that Cabin they go to, that they just can't get up the Hill with their Car if it snows. Not even if it's only a couple of Inches.
So today they went to a Dealership and scored a 2008 brand new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon - the highest-end, fanciest version of the Wrangler, complete with every Add-On for Off Roading that there is, for a price well below what it was Listed For. It is Red and very Snazzy, with a 6-speed Manual Transmission, 4-wheel Drive, and a lot of Fancy Stuff that Cats don't understand, but apparently the Male Human is quite sure it will make it up the Hill to the Cabin even if there are four feet of Snow on the ground. He and my Female Human both test-drove it and liked it. And it has Satellite Radio and a Navigation System. I don't quite know what That is all about but they are Happy. And they even said because it's the 4-door version that there is plenty of Room for Me if they decide to Bring me up There. We'll see.
It looks like this, but the Red isn't quite as Orange: