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Cats Are Actually Man´s Best Friend
Wall Street Journal, by Peter Mandel

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Posted By:toledo, 8/26/2013 8:02:31 AM

There they crouch. The words "cat" and "courage" lurking in the same sentence. As an American man, I understand how I´m supposed to react. "Cats?" I should object. "Give me a good mud-loving hound any day." Despising felines—or pretending to—is a sex-role rule for us males as powerful as pulling on pants. Buddies of mine complain on and on about the fact that cats don´t "come when called." Some friends insist that they´re arrogant—measurably more so than we men. Above all, there is the threatening realization that women obviously seem to enjoy cats to emotional and cerebral depths that we guys don´t


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Reply 1 - Posted by: toledo, 8/26/2013 8:08:00 AM     (No. 9491534)

My cat comes to me whenever I call and she keeps the house mouse free. I love dogs as long as they´re big and scary. In other words, I love animals that are useful.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 8/26/2013 8:14:35 AM     (No. 9491545)

Our Greyhound ´fur kids´ are great fun, but then again so are the two cats we´ve adopted in the past two years.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lilo, 8/26/2013 8:17:59 AM     (No. 9491552)

Cats are the adults of the pet world. Dogs are eternal children.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: thelmalou, 8/26/2013 8:37:18 AM     (No. 9491583)

Dogs are fun. Cats are funny. I love my fat black beast...she´s so good to let me live here and sleep on her bed.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Newtsche, 8/26/2013 8:37:46 AM     (No. 9491586)

I´ve long wondered about men who must let everyone know how much they hate cats, I have a BIL like that. Better to say something ugly than be perceived as wuss?

Oh well, their loss. Respect and love the feline mystique and enjoy that very special world.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: sabrajet, 8/26/2013 8:40:04 AM     (No. 9491591)

I came from a family that raise German Shepherds-but one day my Dad brought home a tiny little alley cat who took over the house-and the dog. Four out of 5 of us are now all ´cat people´ - now we have also owned German Shepherds-but we are never without a cat-or two or three.
I have noticed that men who like cats, seem to better understand women, or at least like them as ´people´ rather than strange objects they has to adjust too. Just saying--a theory that needs work, but so far has legs.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: seminolesecure, 8/26/2013 8:45:36 AM     (No. 9491598)

The best thing about this is the book he mentions, It´s Like This Cat. I loved that book as a kid.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bill the Cat, 8/26/2013 8:50:51 AM     (No. 9491612)

Dogs are great, but cats are furry little angels.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: WAN2, 8/26/2013 8:59:34 AM     (No. 9491624)

It is the rule of the jungle: if women like cats, men will like cats. Eventually.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: FLCracker, 8/26/2013 9:00:33 AM     (No. 9491627)

I think I heard this on a National Geographic presentation on cats. It stated that cats are "self-domesticated."

We didn´t domesticate them; they just decided it was advantageous to hang around us.

We start growing and - more importantly - start storing a lot of grain. The grain attracts rodents. Human habitation become a target-rich environment for cats.

And over the years, they figured out if they were cute and cuddly we´d feed them, too.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ocho reales, 8/26/2013 9:16:43 AM     (No. 9491654)

Both of my 16 year old cats come when I call. Of course, it´s helpful to shake the bag of cat treats to incentivize them.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 8/26/2013 9:17:14 AM     (No. 9491655)

Zephyrman had never owned cats when we started dating. After a few months of watching my cats he commented, "whoever said cats are aloof doesn´t know them. Yours follow you everywhere!"

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Reply 13 - Posted by: William1, 8/26/2013 9:22:05 AM     (No. 9491666)

I hate to be condemned as a "speciest", but cats have always struck me as a lesser degree predator compared to mankind, who is their alpha predator to the cat as a beta predator.

Alphas tolerate betas as long as food is plentiful, and the beta doesn´t suffer risk from the alpha unless the former is a food competitor.

I´ve owned cats and they are unique creatures, but then so are dogs. The dog is really an ally of the human, whereas the cat is largely indifferent. Dogs can fetch game killed by a human, without eating it outright. Try duck hunting with a cat and see how successful that experience is. The dog is content to eat the kill which the human apportions to it.

Wait until humans develop a taste for mice, and then watch the fur fly!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: raphaela, 8/26/2013 9:23:48 AM     (No. 9491670)

Our last cat Elsa used to love it when I changed the tablecloth on the dining room table to a gold, jacquard print. She would climb on top of the table and roll from one end to the next. If you came near her table, she´d get to her feet and walk the perimeter, swiping at you if you got too close. She was so funny and totally bossy. Lived to 16 years. My son grew up with her and from an early age I taught him cat philosophy so he would know how to treat a cat and also to interpret its many moods. Cats are his preferred animals (mine too).

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Reply 15 - Posted by: corndoggies, 8/26/2013 9:33:22 AM     (No. 9491682)

We have too many dogs and two cats. My husband calls Frankie (one of those cats) a natural born killer. I made Frankie, who´s getting a big lazy, go outside one evening and after several days of him not coming home, well I felt really guilty figuring he had turned into coyote poop. Eleven days later, I come downstairs to let the dogs out and there is Frankie at the front door. Imagine my surprise. Only the Lord in heaven knows what that cat did outside for 11 days and nights.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 8/26/2013 9:34:19 AM     (No. 9491685)

The author thinks cats have "two-legged rulers." Cats know better.

I think my cat thinks of me as "the noisy can opener"--as in, "The noisy can opener is failing to provide food units. I will rub it until it begins to function properly again." He also periodically allows me to rub his chin, provided I observe the correct protocols. I am well trained.

If cats sang Christmas carols, they would sing "Oh come let you adore me."

[My cat is sitting next to me as I write this, and he approves this message.]

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Reply 17 - Posted by: William A. Hollerman, 8/26/2013 9:36:54 AM     (No. 9491690)

Remember, dogs have owners, cats have staff.....I´ve been the designated door opener and treat provider for years......

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Reply 18 - Posted by: dittohead, 8/26/2013 9:40:13 AM     (No. 9491696)

I love the independence of cats - I know why they were worshipped in Egypt centuries ago - ha ha!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Gram77, 8/26/2013 9:40:35 AM     (No. 9491699)

I was watching a talk show (don´t remember which one) and one of the guests said that when he comes home at night his dog is all silly and jumping around and acting like "where have you been all day" while the cat just sits there and looks like "what do you want". Even so, I love both dogs and cats.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: The Other Guy, 8/26/2013 9:43:23 AM     (No. 9491705)

Dogs don´t want much and are grateful for everything they get. Cats don´t know what they want, but they want more of it. Not an original observation, I read it years ago. We´ve had both, sometimes concurrently and sometimes individually. I like either equally and appreciate their respective traits.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 8/26/2013 9:48:09 AM     (No. 9491716)

Kind of a cute article.

I remember Rush´s words about cats: Dogs have masters, cats have staff.

We have two Boxers and four alley cats in our household. Peaceable Kingdom. Most of the time.

If you can find it [it´s old] look for a documentary called "Caressing The Tiger," about the origins and domestication of the house cat of today, and comparing Big Jungle Cat behavior in the jungle, to behavior in the "tame world" of house cats in society --hunting for food, taking care of their young, etc. Very interesting movie.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: coldoc, 8/26/2013 9:49:48 AM     (No. 9491718)

Around here we have a packrat problem. All the neighbors have to keep their hoods up on their cars with a light on. Not us. We have bonnie.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Philly_Patriot, 8/26/2013 10:13:48 AM     (No. 9491752)

I once rescued a cat to give my mother companionship when her health deteriorated ....... but she didn´t really like cats as pets.

My father however, bonded with this large gangly male cat ....... who became his boon companion after my mother´s death.

I have thereafter suggested friends get an older shelter cat for recent elderly widows and widowers who live alone and have lost a lifelong spouse.

Older nondescript cats, particularly male, are rarely adopted and are often the first cats euthanized. It´s a win-win situation.
The older, more sedentary cat has a life and a home.

And the senior now has an instant companion, a reason to get up mornings, go shopping, keep the place clean and a bit of affection,. Soon they learn to love their new friend, who brightens their days, no matter how long both of them will have.

This is particularly true of older MEN whose wives had been their closest friend ........ and retirees lacking nearby relatives, who may have had no non-work friends, and few hobbies.

I have seen this work when I have re-homed the older cats of elderly deceased neighbors, to senior MEN and well as women.

Studies show that seniors living alone, survive longer with better health when they have animal companions. This includes cats, which are often easier to care for as they do not have to be walked outside, which might be difficult due to physical limitations or neighborhoods. Also some building that prohibit dogs do allow cat.

In Britain they have charities to help pay vet costs for elderly pensioners.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: happy conservative, 8/26/2013 10:16:50 AM     (No. 9491756)

Cats rule, dogs drool. Proven true in our home. Just sent this article to our oldest manly son. He´s definitely a cat guy.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: johngalt1, 8/26/2013 10:23:03 AM     (No. 9491765)

Cats travel freely in and out of time, and between our world and theirs. Dogs are firmly anchored in our here and now. Never trust a man who doesn’t like dogs. Never trust a woman who cats don’t like.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Magic8Ball, 8/26/2013 10:58:41 AM     (No. 9491839)

Dogs are Gods gift of unconditional love. Cats are self-centered and selfish.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 8/26/2013 11:32:46 AM     (No. 9491892)

We recently lost one of our two 18-year old sisters. It´s my practice to let the other cats see the deceased cat; that way they don´t look and cry for her (heartbreaking to see that) and simply accept that she´s dead. I was going through the routine when the surviving sister came up. She looked and sniffed at Woolly Bear, then turned to me and tried to wipe a tear from my cheekbone. I´m not making this up. She spread a front paw wide and gently swiped, several times, at my nearest eye area. I´ve heard of similar actions from dogs but never cats.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: JoniTx, 8/26/2013 11:43:27 AM     (No. 9491914)

A fun read. Thanks for posting. Love ´em both, cats and dogs. This made me smile:

~~A cat craves meat and knows how to prowl and to strike in order to obtain it more than any snarling Shepherd or Husky. In fact, unlike a dog, a feline will die if you try to make it a vegetarian.~~

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Reply 29 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 8/26/2013 11:46:34 AM     (No. 9491921)

I`ll believe cats are man`s best friend when I see one catch a frisbee....

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 8/26/2013 12:31:37 PM     (No. 9492039)

#27, one painful thing about having a cat is their limited capacity for understanding needful things. I cannot explain to my friend why veterinarians are necessary. He knows only fear and discomfort despite my reassurances. We are with you in spirit.

I greatly admire your way with the surviving sister. Her touching response has touched my heart too.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: toodles3956, 8/26/2013 12:40:40 PM     (No. 9492065)

My husband gave me an ultimation, either he or the cat went. I found him an apartment!

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 8/26/2013 1:07:54 PM     (No. 9492116)

#30, Thank you very much for expressing your thoughts. Both sisters were untouchable for years until our vet prescribed Valium for them. Half a 5mg tab an hour before the appointment and the cat is a very happy cat. I hate to do it but I´ve had some serious bites in the past and this is better for all concerned.

P.S. After 17 years, Bambi (formerly known as Rambo) has began to cuddle up when I take my nap and will lick my nose if I´m not quick enough.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: gillyo, 8/26/2013 1:21:34 PM     (No. 9492142)

When I was a kid we had a cat that lived to be 18 years old. Whenever we´d go outside to play she´d be there, watching over us.

I currently have a dog and a cat. I love them both, but have discovered that the dog is the needier of the two. Our cat does her own thing, but also has her schedule. She waits at the stairs every morning to give my husband an update on the events of the night before, then she goes into my son´s room to wake him up for school. The dog needs constant reassurance, but the cat is indifferent. I´m jealous of her confident indifference. Wouldn´t it be great to be well fed and cared for, but have to do nothing for it? I think it´s a cat´s life for me!

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Reply 34 - Posted by: jglas, 8/26/2013 2:18:50 PM     (No. 9492260)

I have three oafs and an Ober Fuehrer aka three dogs and a cat. After having lived with them for quite awhile now I find I identify more with the oafs probably because when I leave I´m told, the oafs vocally express distress, while der Fuehrer usually doesn´t notice I´m gone.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/26/2013 4:44:41 PM     (No. 9492488)

The cat comes when called, speaks, argues with you, and alerts you to anything that moves outside.He has more comprehension that some people I know. If he needs immediate attention, he taps you with his paw.

Mostly, he doesn´t know he is a cat.

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Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual

Which Actor Portrays The
Best James Bond?

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American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
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Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
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Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Progressive Insurance
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National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 10:08:10 PM     Post Reply
How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c–t and a tw-t, but suffered no ill consequences. David Letterman joked on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had had sex with Alex Rodriguez during a New York Yankees game. There was no downside to that either. President Obama tosses around “sweetie” as he wishes. No problem with that. No one believes Barack could be condescending to women.

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
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WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

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