It’s been a bit since our last open thread. It’s been a while since y’all have had a chance to talk smack about my psycho cat. Herewith, two stones undone by one bird:
I do wonder whether Tikka’s trying to decide what evil lurks in his paw.
This thread…it is open.
I love little pink foot pads.
Has anyone else read this post?
That’s a quote from Larry Summers.
The entire thing is worth a read.
I should be out buying groceries, but Charlotte digs her claws into my leg every time I try to move her off my lap and get up.
How long did you have to wait for that pose to take the picture? Tikka is wondering why you’re sitting there with that contraption? What are you waiting for?
I just posted this in the dead thread downstairs but it bears repeating here.
Meanwhile here in NC the RWNJ legislature is talking about introducing legislation requiring driver licenses to ride mopeds and scooters. Their reasoning is they don’t want people on the road that have lost their license due to a DWI. The problem is if you take away a person’s ability to work what are they then supposed to do? Go on welfare and food stamps that’s what. Which you also hate you assholes. It’s no good telling people to pull themselves up with their bootstraps when you are taking away their fucking boots you morons. I hate these people.
Howard Beale IV
The only times cats are psycho is if they have the gene that allows them to process Nepthalcatone.
Guess I’ll light up a batch of chickin ‘n dumplins so’s I can leave the girl with some provisions as I head off to Southern Adventist University pre-dawn!
@PurpleGirl: Didn’t have to wait. That’s why its taken w. an iPad camera: I was reading on the bed, saw Tikka stretching in funny ways, took about four pix — this was the best. (Though I’ll probably post his horizontal shadow boxing pose before too long.)
Keaton is frequently attacked by his own tail when he tries to wash it. Watching the process is like an old Looney Tunes sometimes.
Obama library plan is a reminder of bad blood between community, U. of C.
While many South Side residents share the hope that the library honoring the first African-American president will be built in the community where President Barack Obama rose to prominence, some are suspicious of the University of Chicago’s motives for proposing to place it in a public park.
That suspicion may be, some residents said, due in part to an unsavory history between the university and the neighborhoods that sit in its shadow — conflict that spans more than 80 years.
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel moved forward this week with a plan to make at least 20 acres of green space in either Washington Park or Jackson Park available for the library, university officials acknowledged that the institution was at least partly to blame for that historical mistrust.
They concede that the Hyde Park university did not stand on the right side of justice in supporting restrictive covenants that kept African-Americans from buying homes in the Washington Park neighborhood in the 1930s. And they acknowledge the ill feelings that linger over the university’s push for urban renewal in Woodlawn in the 1960s.
But a far more progressive institution exists today, they said.
“There was a time when the university was more inward focused than outward focused. And people have certain reactions, and they carry that with them,” said Derek Douglas, vice president for civic engagement at the U. of C. “But the focus over the last decade under President (Robert) Zimmer has been to be more engaged with the city. Our actions, programs and initiatives demonstrate a different view than the historical view that people have.”
Indeed, the university has formed educational, art and housing partnerships with the communities. Last year, the University of Chicago Medical Center sought to address a more current controversy — demands from youth and community activists that it open an adult trauma care center to serve South Side residents who must travel miles for level one care. Hammered with demonstrations linking the trauma center controversy to its library bid, the university agreed to accept 16- and 17-year-olds in its pediatric trauma center.
Despite the mistrust, there is one thing on which residents in the Washington Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods seem to agree — the library belongs on the South Side, even if parkland must be given up to make it happen.
Ohhh he can core a apple….!
At the train station I pass through twice a day, a pastel calico has taken up residence with her two very young kittens. They’re being fed and watched over by the lady who runs the cellphone counter at the station, and the station workers and commuters sometimes stop to give them scritches.
ETA: Kittens make a train station a happier place. Every station should have them.
Tikka is wondering, “Do I feel like using that foot and scratching behind my ear right now, or can it wait?”
@Mnemosyne (iPhone): When Tristan is sleeping, his tail has been known to wake up and start beating him on the head. It is hysterically funny.
Another Holocene Human
@rikyrah: So many reasons to mistrust UC, let me count the ways….
I hope UC and the neighborhood work it out. Lot of construction going on around UC campus, isn’t there? And seems like some money is being spent fixing up the Metra Electric stations in the vicinity. Although I dunno, could be one of those five year long “under construction” dealios like the MBTA used to pull, I don’t live there after all.
Gosh I hope Rahmbo loses his election. I hope he charges around like a castrated bull on election night, accusing his minions of perfidy like King Lear, refuses to believe precinct returns like Karl Rove~~~
I bet he pays GOPers to try to fix the election for him. I bet he does….
Another Holocene Human
@wmd: $11000/yr in …
local taxes paid
feel free to add to the list
@WereBear: I would like to see that!
p.s. how is that even possible? involuntary movement?
Cats’ tails have minds of their own. Didn’t you know?
Anybody else notice the dueling front-page ads in the New York Times this week re Israeli PM Netanyahu’s upcoming campaign speech to Congress? First, one last week from J Street; who rarely do these sort of ads (sadly, few of any kind!); followed today by a (just IMHO) disgusting one from something called ThisWorld | The Values Network – basically calling out Susan Rice (and, yes, there IS a mention of Benghazi!!, as well as “Czechoslovakia in 1938”)) as being “blind to genocide”, somehow conflating Rwanda in 1994 with the Iranian nuclear negotiations. It’s written about on the level of a second-tier RW blog, but apparently has Sen. Ted Cruz backing it somewhere along the line, so of course, it MUST be Very Serious…..
Those pictures of your cat remind me of an old joke – two bums are in an alley and they see a dog licking himself, down there. The one bum asks, “why do you think he licks his private parts?” The other bum replies, “Because he can!”
Gin & Tonic
Ex-BBC Moscow guy on Twitter quoting his former producer — when you try to shoot video on that bridge, it takes a minute for security to show up. Nemtsov gets gunned down, and it took 15 minutes for the cops to show up.
@Gin & Tonic:
Putin will find “the real killers”, I’m sure.
@Another Holocene Human:
U of C has not been a good neighbor. I don’t blame folks for being suspicious. But, since they eliminated the other two good possible South Side Sites, we’re stuck with the U of C bid. I want it in Chicago, and I want it on the South Side of Chicago. That is where the library should be.
Mark me among those who want U of C to be forced to fork over their PRIVATE Land for the Library. The reason why this rubs the wrong way, is because these arrogant muthafuckas believe they should have their cake – the Library – and eat it too – without giving up THEIR privately held land.
While the Daniel Burnham plan is not ‘LAW’ in Chicago, it is part of the ethos of the Chicago spirit. How we feel about our public lands. This is why Rahm’s in trouble over that George Lucas museum – you simply CANNOT TAKE PUBLIC LAKEFRONT LANDS FOR PRIVATE ENTITIES IN CHICAGO!!
NOT THE LAKEFRONT.
Great battles were fought in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s over this principle. It’s why we’re so unique when it comes to our lakefront, and unlike other major cities, we do NOT have ‘ private beaches’. The lake was fought over hard to be OPEN TO EVERYONE – as were the parks. It’s the Daniel Burnham ethos.
I’ll forever believe, though, that the perfect spot for it was the old Michael Reese Hospital site.
Rahm must go.
ANALYSIS: Rahm must learn from Byrne to avoid being one-termer
Posted: 02/28/2015, 06:36am | Fran Spielman
An angry union that felt provoked into a strike.
Financial problems so massive and long-festering, they were a set-up for a one-termer.
Black voters who turned on a mayor they helped put in office after a mayoral decision that felt like a slap in the face.
A reluctant and under-funded mayoral challenger whose charisma seems to grow with the movement he was drafted to lead against a wounded incumbent with money to burn who loves to play on the national stage.
Thirty-two years ago, Harold Washington became Chicago’s first African-American mayor on the strength of all of those factors and more.
Tikka is awesome. Is winter getting you down? I have the perfect antidote.
For BJ’ers who are in/near rural areas, keep an eye out for Museum on Main Street exhibits coming to your area or within driving distance. My county is currently hosting the ‘Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America’ exhibit. These exhibits are brought to communities by local folks who do a lot of hard work before and during, and they’re worth a visit.
@Amir Khalid: ls this the famous Victorian era LL train stations?
@Amir Khalid: We joke that Tristan has a “brain in his butt” like the dinosaurs.
@Litlebritdifrnt: compare to California scooter & moped laws https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/motorcycles/motorcycles
Seems pretty reasonable. Is the NJ proposal much more strict?
@WaterGirl: Tristan’s tail leaps about when he is thinking… we figure he’s having a dream, and it bypasses the usual de-activate-the-muscles command.
No. This station is on the commuter light rail network (the LRT as we KLites call it, for light rail transit) that’s only been around for twenty years or so. You’d have seen Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones riding it in Entrapment.
Cat is awesome!
That song from Boyhood
@Amir Khalid: I did not know that!
a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q)
Howard Beale IV
@Amir Khalid: Meet Tama.
@MobiusKlein: Thanks for posting that. I was startled that this was something new, and then I remembered the state mentioned is North Carolina.
@efgoldman: Where’s the “like” button?
That cat has serious attitude. I like him.