The story starts with a cat, because everything that is bright, wonderful and important in this world starts with a cat. It´s true. Ask anyone. Ask the Internet. This cat was back in the early ´90s, in those raffish, Bash Brothers days, and the baseball A´s were hosting the Yankees at Oakland Coliseum. Tony La Russa knew there was a feral cat colony living in the ballpark—he´d seen some of them pawing around during team workouts—and now one of these cats was running out of the bullpen, scrambling into center field, past Roberto Kelly and darting back down the first-base
Comments: I´m a male secure in my masculinity and my love of cats. I love mine as much as I love my dog. But while my dog caters to me, I cater to them. Works for everyone.
Tony La Russa and his wife, Elaine, have to be two very special people. I have two cats: Norman Schwarzkopf and Madeline bin Laden (because she´s a terrorist). Both are rescues—like all the cats and dogs I´ve had in my lifetime—and both had very sad and what appeared to be hopeless starts in life as tiny kittens left to die. It would take pages to describe the love I share with them and explain what they mean to me.
There is something particularly touching about Tony La Russa not just finding a homeless cat but a feral cat and then not just getting involved but taking the time to keep him safe during the game. And when he learned the feral cat would probably be euthanized, he didn´t back down but stepped up to the plate like the champion he is and founded ARF. Tells you just about everything you´d ever need to know.
I hope the LaRussas read these posts so they know the level esteem in which I hold them…second only to all the cats they´ve saved and seen end up in a home like the one that houses my Norman and Madeline.
My two cats, whom I call, collectively, The Boys, are nearly identical black domestic shorthairs. They are littermates whose mama cat was murdered by a dog behind a 7-Eleven when the litter was one week old, living outdoors, and their eyes were not yet open. Some kind soul saw the mama cat fighting the dog, knew that cats don´t fight dogs for their health, and that there had to be kittens nearby. The samaritan scooped up the five tiny kittens and tried feeding them with a eyedropper, but after two weeks two had died and the other three were near death.
The three survivors went to a saintly lady named Ros, who works at a night and weekend veterinary clinic, and whose avocation is finding homes for stray and orphan cats. When the three (two male, one female) were five weeks old, Ros introduced me to the healthiest two at the clinic. (I had just lost my Mainecoon.) The little male circled the desktop, looking up at me all the while. I said, "Young fellow, you just found a home." Two weeks later I adopted his brother, and the three of us have lived a wonderful eight years together. Like Papa Hemingway at his house on Whitehead Street in Key West, I love my kitties. Wherever in the house I go, they always follow me and settle down in my lap, on my desk, or nap within arm´s length. At night we all share a bed, and in the morning, they wake me. Alarm clocks are unnecessary around here. It´s a good life.
The CMA show tonight was great fun. It started with “Obamacare By Morning,” as Scott noted a little while ago. (And, by the way, if you don’t know George Strait’s Amarillo By Morning you are missing out, here it is.) Throughout the show, various wags tweeted under the hashtag #obamacountrysongs. Lots of them were pretty funny. Here are some samples that barely scratch the surface: * I Walk the Lie * Coward of the Country * I Used To Be a Coal Miner’s Daughter, But Daddy’s Unemployed * Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Democrats * Thank Allah I’m a Commie Boy * Benghazi’s
The decision in 1967 to feature a harpsichord behind Linda Ronstadt on "Different Drum" wasn´t a stretch. Throughout the decade, the high-strung keyboard was enjoying a renaissance, appearing on dozens of pop hits and soundtracks—including the Beatles´ "Fixing a Hole," the Beach Boys´ "God Only Knows," "The Addams Family" TV theme and "The Odd Couple" film score. Reasons for using the fussy instrument by rock, pop and R&B producers varied. Some sought a novelty touch while others wanted to be in step with London´s colorful Edwardian fashion trend and the psychedelic scene that came with it. But the harpsichord´s ´60s
Knit one, purl … eight-plus hours of live stitching? That’s what’s happening tonight on Norwegian public broadcaster NRK2 as folks around the country gather in viewing parties. The show is part of a phenomenon known as Slow TV which has increasingly captivated Norway. The overall gist of the concept, to which LMNO Productions recently acquired U.S. rights, is a hybrid of unhurried documentary coupled with hours and hours of continuous coverage provided by fixed cameras trained on a subject or an event. Prior to tonight, those have included a 7.5-hour train journey, a 134-hour coastal cruise, a stack of firewood
President Barack Obama will not attend next month´s event marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln´s Gettysburg Address in Pennsylvania. Officials at Gettysburg National Military Park said Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will represent the administration the Nov. 19 sesquicentennial. Jewell and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson will share the role of keynote speaker. Other events include a reading of the Gettysburg address by a Lincoln portrayer. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett also plans to attend the ceremony. Lincoln delivered the immortal words of the address at a dedication of the Soldiers´ National Cemetery on Nov. 19, 1863, more than
This baby’s got the blues. A 10-month-old baby girl was brought to tears by the sound of her mother singing a lullaby. Little Marie-Lynne Leroux’s eyes start glistening just a few seconds into her mom’s rendition of Rod Stewart’s “My Heart Can’t Tell You No.” The wide-eyed baby from Ontario, Canada, bravely tries to regain her composure. It isn’t long before tears are rolling down her tiny face. Mom Amanda Leroux, says that this isn´t the first time her child has picked up on the emotions of a song. But for some reason, this particular ballad always evokes a strong reaction. "It´s almost as if
On Tuesday´s Charlie Rose Show, former Vice President Dick Cheney came on to promote his new book about surviving heart disease and was treated to a nasty swipe from the host about his Iraq war decision making. When Cheney told the PBS host and co-anchor of CBS’s This Morning that he had wished he had gotten his heart transplant done sooner, Rose took his shot: “Might you have seen Iraq differently if we had more oxygen to your brain?” (video after the jump) The following exchange was aired on the October 29 edition of PBS’s Charlie Rose Show: CHARLIE ROSE: And you feel
Today, New York Times editor-turned-cranky-columnist Bill Keller´s column consists of a long back-and-forth with crusading anti-imperialist Glenn Greenwald. The "must read" portion is not about the NSA, but about Times conservo-nerdlinger David Brooks.Look, we encourage you to read the whole long-ass column, which is actually a very mature and engaging exchange of views about the institutional role of the media in society, and the future of the practice of journalism. Good stuff. It´s all pretty civil, despite Bill Keller´s well-documented hatred of Greenwald pal Julian Assange. But of course, these two could not go on for thousands of words without
Shepard Smith, the endlessly endearing (and easily angered) Fox News anchor, has likened the right-wing channel to a “family,” with president Roger Ailes as its domineering father. Which makes it only slightly awkward that in early 2012, the 49-year-old anchor started courting an attractive young production assistant who worked under him on Fox Report With Shepard Smith. Now they are a couple. Gawker has learned that Smith is dating a 26-year-old Penn State grad and Fox Business producer named Giovanni “Gio” Graziano. According to multiple sources with knowledge of their relationship, the couple met sometime after Graziano started working at Fox
Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing about the closures of national parks and monuments during the government shutdown, proved one thing: Under President Obama, The traditional “Washington Monument Strategy” of closing popular services first has become the “Washington Bully Strategy.” Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a former prosecutor, almost drove National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis into incoherence with his relentless questioning. Gowdy wanted to know why Jarvis had allowed “pot-smoking” Occupy Wall Street protesters to camp overnight illegally in Washington’s McPherson Square park for 100 days, yet put up barricades to keep veterans out of war memorials on the first
It seems both sides in the Obamacare fight have their positions exactly backward. The Republican National Committee is tweeting #FireSebelius and their website homepage features a petition demanding that President Obama sack the head of the department in charge of carrying out his signature health reform initiative. The petition calls the glitch-ridden rollout of Healthcare.gov a “systemic failure” and says Sebelius should be held accountable for ignoring “red flags and repeated warnings that Obamacare wasn’t ready for primetime.” The White House said Tuesday it has no plans to get rid of Sebelius. If you think Sebelius is a blitheringly incompetent leader and manager,
Tom Foley, the Spokane judge´s son who became speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is dead. His wife, Heather, confirmed his death Friday morning in an email to seattlepi.com. Foley, who had been in declining health, was 84 He will be remember as speaker of the House in days when Congress still got things done, but never saw the speaker´s chair as his life´s greatest honor. Instead, it was that voters in Eastern Washington chose him for 30 years to represent them in Congress. Foley stood tall (6´3"), gave straight answers and saw his job as working out society´s
Kathleen Sebelius came to Pittsburgh yesterday to team up with Steelers chairman Dan Rooney to promote the newly launched ObamaCare exchanges. Maybe she should have tried the Denver Broncos. The promotion flopped as badly as the Steelers in their first four weeks of the season, thanks to the $634 million website that can’t make a play: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had a front-row view of the problems plaguing the website that the government established to allow people to shop for health insurance under Obamacare. Sebelius and Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney were at an enrollment and education event on Thursday
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An Iraq veteran who thought he was buying an iPad as a Christmas present after responding to a Craigslist posting, has been shot dead in an Indianapolis parking lot by the fake sellers. New-dad Jim Vester, 32, was lured to an address on Wednesday in the west side of the city and brothers Tyron Kincade, 19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18, have been arrested after Vester was shot dead leaving behind his one-year-old son, Gavin and wife, Jamie.