Friday, October 31, 2008

Clouds Rest

Yosemite Valley. Atop Clouds Rest looking westward into the valley. Half Dome is on the left.

The final approach to the peak of Clouds Rest, looking eastward towards Tuolumne Meadows.

This is why I climb mountains.

WW

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My 2nd Blogoversary

I called my pet human into my office today. I asked her if she recognized this photo. Yeah, she said.

Yeah, what??? I said. This is the first photo I ever posted to TWKK.

You're in the doghouse, I said. I saw that you posted over at Facebook that my first blog entry was Sept. 12, 2006.

Did you forget something???? Like my blogoversary?

I will expect a HUGE party soon to make it up to me.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thursday Thirteen


Thirteen Things Heard Around My House This Week:

1. Skittles, just how many mancats follow you any way???

2. Don't bop Sam on the nose!

3. Don't go near that raccoon.

4. What's so fascinating about watching Bob take a shower?

5. I'm not throwing out a whole bowl of Friskies just to refill it again. Eat what's there!

6. I'm sick to death of politics!

7. You've been sleeping with Bob when Julie's away, haven't you? Traitor!

8. Get off the dining room table!

9. Don't play with the teddy dog!

10. Hey Skittles, here's a new teddy for you. It's a teddy hippo! Do you like it?

11. Hey, Skittles, you must be really special. You got TWO Halloween cards from your friend, Skeezix.

12. Don't you just LOVE your new teddy hippo?

13. Get off the dining room table!

p.s. I apologize to all who clicked on Sam, The Marmalade Cat's link in the Mr. Linky section today, only to find my site. The Pet Human will be soundly whapped for making that error.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

$600 Million

From Campbell Brown of CNN:

(CNN) -- "You may have heard that Wednesday night Barack Obama will be on five different TV networks speaking directly to the American people.

He bought 30 minutes of airtime from the different networks, a very expensive purchase. But hey, he can afford it. Barack Obama is loaded, way more loaded than John McCain, way more loaded than any presidential candidate has ever been at this stage of the campaign.

Just to throw a number out: He has raised well over $600 million since the start of his campaign, close to what George Bush and John Kerry raised combined in 2004.

Without question, Obama has set the bar at new height with a truly staggering sum of cash. And that is why as we approach this November, it is worth reminding ourselves what Barack Obama said last November.

One year ago, he made a promise. He pledged to accept public financing and to work with the Republican nominee to ensure that they both operated within those limits.

Then it became clear to Sen. Obama and his campaign that he was going to be able to raise on his own far more cash than he would get with public financing. So Obama went back on his word.

He broke his promise and he explained it by arguing that the system is broken and that Republicans know how to work the system to their advantage. He argued he would need all that cash to fight the ruthless attacks of 527s, those independent groups like the Swift Boat Veterans. It's funny though, those attacks never really materialized.

The Washington Post pointed out recently that the bad economy has meant a cash shortage among the 527s and that this election year they have been far less influential.

The courageous among Obama's own supporters concede this decision was really made for one reason, simply because it was to Obama's financial advantage.

On this issue today, former Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, an Obama supporter, writes in The New York Post, "a hypocrite is a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue -- who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. And that, it seems to me, is what we are doing now."

For this last week, Sen. Obama will be rolling in dough. His commercials, his get-out-the-vote effort will, as the pundits have said, dwarf the McCain campaign's final push. But in fairness, you have to admit, he is getting there in part on a broken promise."


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I asked this question on TWKK over a week ago....CAN THE PRESIDENCY BE BOUGHT???


And lest you think this is just a conservative rant, I was prepared to vote for Hillary. And I'm a Libertarian, as far right as it gets. Obama leaves a lot to be desired.


WW


Disclaimer: These are the opinions of WW, not Skittles, The Huntess


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Marmalade Monday


HI EVERYONE! I'M SAM, THE MARMALADE CAT!

As you may know, I'm in love with Skittles, The Huntress. And she's campaigning to be elected POTUS.

Today I was enjoying Skittles' patio, when a lady arrived with a camera. Her name was Christiane Amanpour and she said she was with CNN. She wanted to ask me some questions.


I got nothing to hide, so I said ok.

CA: Sam, the whole world is following Skittles' historic race for POTUS. So here is your opportunity to tell everyone what it's like to be a feral feline. Is it a jungle out there?


Sam: Nice to meet you. Normally I'm pretty shy and hide under the bushes when the humans come around.

Life can be a jungle. But if I have to be a feral cat, then I'm glad to at least be in this neighborhood. I live under Ginny's art studio next door, and sometimes I relax on the furniture on Skittles' patio.

There aren't any natural predators around here. So mostly I spend my time travelling my territory and hunting for food.


I'm madly in love with Skittles. I may as well tell everyone that if Skittles moves to Washington DC, I'm going with her. I can take up residence in the White House Rose Garden.

Actually Skittles has suggested that I join her cabinet as the Minister of Feral Cats. But I don't like politics. Frankly I know nothing about it.

I just want to be near Skittles.

Her boyfriend and running mate, SlyCat, wants to be friends with me. I have to think that over.







Hey wait! Who is that waltzing by????











Egad! It's Mr. L.S. Siamese. He's in love with Skittles too. Well she IS a stunning tabby. I can hardly blame him. Maybe he will go to DC too. He could be on the cabinet.













CA: It looks like Skittles has a share-him whether she wants one or not.

Sam, if you could tell the world one thing, what would it be?

Sam: Christiane, I would ask the world to help look out for feral cats. We need homes, food and health care just like everyone else. Support your local pet shelters. We will keep your homes pest free and give you lots of love in return.

CA: Thank you, Sam. Good luck to you in your travels.

Sam: Thank you, Christiane. I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I finally have my own blog: Sam's World. But currently Blogger has it locked up because it suspects my site as spam.

Hopefully, Blogger will unlock my site soon.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My Interview with Baba Wawa

A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: SAM, THE MARMALADE CAT WAS SPOTTED THIS WEEK IN THE BACK YARD. HE WAS BEING INTERVIEWED BY CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR OF CNN!!! THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WILL BE BROADCAST HERE AT TWKK ON MONDAY NIGHT.


I was in the middle of a yoga class, when I was rudely interrupted by Barbara Walters. She showed up demanding an interview.

Since I'm a generally agreeable cat, I agreed to answer a few questions. But only on one condition: Barbara would have to join me in yoga.



BW: Skittles, as you know the stock market took another beating this week. Main Street America is in fear for their jobs and retirement.






Back on October 13 in your interview with Diane Sawyer, (who by the way, is nowhere near as beautiful and competent as I am), you predicted that we would continue to see economic distress.

Apparently you are brilliant or you have a crystal ball.

But first, our sources have discovered that you sent this political LOL to the uncle of your pet human on Wednesday, the day the DJIA fell another 500 points.

Our sources also informed us that this uncle was a Wall Street head honcho and that this was his response to the LOL:

"We need some gallows humor. This has been really brutal. I have been pounding the table to anyone that would listen for a number of years about leverage and margin debt and some very supposed sophisticated people have been ruined in the last few weeks. The tax revenues are going to plummet. If the higher income people pay most of the taxes then when they lose big, the tax coffers are going to be very dismal with many layoffs that will hit a large part of the population."

Skittles, what is your response to this?






Skittles: Barbara, an excellent question. But first I must disagree with you on one point. Diane Sawyer is far more stunning than you.

But I digress.

Many of us are swallowing bitter pills right now. Of course I personally don't earn an income or have any savings since I'm a cat.

This makes me uniquely qualified to comment on the tax proposals of both McCain and Obama.


Do the wealthy in fact pay the most in taxes? According to the Tax Foundation, the top 5% of earners (adjusted gross income) earn $153,542 per year.

The top 1% earn $388,806, and above. (That's a lot of Temptations!)

The top 1% earned 22.1% of all income in the US. And they paid 39.9% of all total taxes taken in by the federal government.

The top 25% ($64,702 and above) earned 68% of the income and paid 86.3% of total taxes. This means that 75% of wage earners pay 13.7% of all taxes.

As I have already stated, I am firmly against Obama's plan to increase taxes, especially now. And I am firmly against his protectionist ideology.

But McCain is missing it too to some extent. He's says he is for a tax cut, and I agree that at a time like this, we need to give a break to those that are paying 86.3% of all taxes. At the same time many of us want certainty that the government will take it's role of watchdog more seriously. Those top earners who were crooks are taking us all down.

But we need a serious sea change in our country. The uncle of my pet human railed about leverage and margin debt. Another term for this is credit....funny money. Some funny money can be ok, but not massive amounts that will implode on all of us. Limit the funny money.

AND we need to start saving as a nation. No more credit card debt.

One more comment. I think our idea of the American dream is distorted right now. It used to be about individual freedoms and rights. It used to be about graduating and going to college. It used to be about saving for a down payment on a house and raising a family. Now it seems the American Dream in many parts of our country is about spending $1300 on a credit card to buy Juicy Couture outfits for dogs and other flamboyant excesses. This needs to change too. But attitude cannot be legislated. We need a leader to remind Americans what that dream is about.

That's why you should vote for me, Skittles, The Huntress. The voice of reason in the unreasonable world of pet humans.

BW: Skittles, thank you for taking time to meet with me.

Skittles: I'm honored to meet you. May I suggest something? I think you need to practice your yoga a lot more.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wordy Wednesday


OUT OR IN?????

OUT OR IN?????

OUT OR IN?????

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Snuggle!!!!!

Announcement!!!!

I WON A SNUGGLE! MY FIRST EVER OFFICIALLY LICENSED DKM SNUGGLE.

This was all to help Percy pay for vet bills. Percy has extended the raffle for the beautiful blankets. You still have time to buy raffle tickets!

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to getting my snuggle in the mail.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Saturday, October 18, 2008

LOL Sunday

My pet human needed some humour today. So, I'm posting my newest favorite LOLCat.


HAR!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Flower Friday

(no politics today!)

I've been very worried about Sam, The Marmalade Cat recently. I haven't seen him for quite a while, and SlyCat wants to be friends with him. So I went out to my garden to see if I could find him. No luck!
Instead, here are some photos from my garden for Flower Friday.
I hope Sammy comes back. I've been thinking....why do I have to choose between two mancats?

In the middle east, some cultures allowed men to have many women in a harem. I think I want to start collecting men and call it a share-him. Har!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Price of the Presidency



My fellow Americats,

Today Dan Rather came out of retirement to meet with me. I agreed to this interview after lengthy negotiations conducted by my Campaign Manager, WW, aka the pet human.

As agreed upon, tonight's interview will be about one topic only: campaign finance.

DR: Skittles, this has to be the greatest honor of my entire career to sit down with the candidate who may actually be our first cat in office.

Skittles: (blush, blush!) Ahem, thank you, Dan. First may I ask you something? This is from one of my long time blog readers.


DR: Sure, Skittles, anything for you.

Skittles: This is from Zippy, Speedy and Sadie. Would Dan rather?


DR: (looks a bit miffed) I'm sorry, Skittles, I don't understand your question.

Now on to more important things.

Skittles, today CNN reported that Obama has spent $110 million on his campaign for POTUS. This is four times as much as McCain, which presumes that McCain has spent around $27.5 million on his campaign.



Skittles, is the US presidency being bought? Can the office be bought? How much is reaching the White House worth?

But first, how much has your campaign spent?

Skittles: Well, Dan, the question from Zippy, Speedy and Sadie was a clear, direct question. How could you not possibly understand?

Anyway. I have spent absolutely nothing on my campaign thus far, except time.

My blog is free, the widgets are free, emails are free, Facebook is free. I am cheap that way.

I have no special interest groups donating money to me. None. I am the only candidate who can say that. And I take pride in this fact. I owe no favors to no one.

But can the office of POTUS be bought? This may be our first ever opportunity to answer that question. This is a huge gap in spending between the other candidates. And since we know where McCain's money is coming from, I believe we all deserve to know where Obama's $110 million is coming from. And we deserve to know this information before the election.

But if I win, that proves, the White House cannot be bought.

DR: Skittles, another brilliant insight. Thank you for meeting with me. That's part of our world tonight.

Skittles: That's the way it is.

VOTE FOR SKITTLES, THE HUNTRESS. THE CHEAPEST CANDIDATE EVER.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

National Feral Cat Day

In honor of the National Feral Cat Day, I'm taking a day off of politicking. I'm a formerly feral feline. And Sam the Marmalade Cat is a longtime feral cat.
Please go to Alley Cat Allies to get info on how to stop the killing of homeless cats.

But something weird happened today. My blog got 348 hits! That's phenomenal for me. Usually I get at most 50.

What's going on?????

Is my campaign finally taking off?

Here's a hint....tomorrow I have agreed to an interview with Dan Rather, who will be coming out of retirement just to speak with me.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Interview With Diane Continued......

My Fellow Americats,

As you know I have been fielding many requests for interviews ever since the debates last week.

I have accepted only three: Couric, Cooper, and Sawyer.

Diane asked to continue the interview, and I agreed. Here is the rest of that interview.

DS: Skittles, last night you were telling the viewers that you are a "fusion candidate." What do you mean by that?

Skittles: Diane, although I have come on strong lately about economic issues with a conservative bent, in some areas I am very liberal.

For one thing, I am pro-choice. Women have fought hard to have the right to make decisions about their own bodies. I will fight to keep that right.

As you may have heard, when I was rescued from a navy base warehouse, I had to go to the vet for my immunizations and birth control. That's when it was discovered I was pregnant. I had an abortion. (that ****bleep!*&^*bleep tomcat!) Where would I be today if I were a single mom without an education and struggling
to make ends meet?

So really, if I were not running for POTUS, my ideal ticket would be McCain/Biden.

DS: What else should we know about your unprecedented platform?

Skittles: Diane, I intend to promote world peace through inner harmony. Each week, usually on Tuesdays, I will lead a yoga class in the rose garden of the white house. The media and any visiting heads of state will be required to participate. I can't wait to share my yoga class with Queen Elizabeth.



I will ensure that these classes are taped and uploaded to Youtube, so the whole world can join in.

DS: One last thing, we are both stunning beauties. What's your secret? What do you do to maintain that elegant, sleek fur coat?

Skittles: Well, I stay fit. I eat a light diet of Friskies and water. No high fat wet food from cans. And I add natural organic food supplements to my diet such as rats, lizards, finches, beetles, and an occasional chipmunk or quail.

Someday, I really hope to try a Point Loma Parrot. But so far I haven't had the opportunity.

DS: Skittles, thank you for allowing me to come back and ask more questions. I'm not supposed to say this, but I'm leaning in your direction.

Skittles: It's been a great honor and pleasure.

Monday, October 13, 2008

My Interview with Diane Sawyer

My fellow Americats,

Once again, my pet human spent most of today fielding requests for interviews. The phone bank was lit up like a Christmas tree all day.

I agreed to one interview only, with Diane Sawyer.

DS: Skittles, thank you for agreeing to meet with me on such short notice.

On Friday, you made comments on two popular blogs, one conservative (Lutheran Surrealism) and one liberal (Women on the Verge of Thinking). You commented that institutional investors were back in the stock market, and that was a good sign. Today, the market closed up 936 points.



Skittles, people around the world are taking notice of your insight. Readership is up at TWKK, although comments are down.

I have but one question for you tonight: Just who are you, how did a Bikram Yoga instructor decide to run for POTUS, and what does The American Patriot Cat Party stand for?

Skittles: Diane, thank you for this opportunity to speak to my party's platform (although that sounds like three questions, not one). From the recent comments I have made, most readers would likely assume I am a conservative like McCain. I AM NOT. Nor am I a liberal like Obama.

Each political party, blue and red, has something in it's platform that I agree with.

And each platform has something I disagree with. Thus I formed The American Patriot Cat Party. I am a fusion candidate.

I believe in classical liberal conservatism (sounds like a conundrum, but essentially it's about the federal government sticking to it's constitutional requirements), but I also believe in certain aspects of social liberalism....pro-choice, same sex partnerships, legalized drug use, for example.

Diane, may I take a moment to speak to the issue of the stock market?

DS: Certainly.

Skittles: Well, we are not out of the woods yet. The next crisis will be a rise in defaults of unsecured credit card debt.

This Consumer Nation needs some major adjustments in policy. We consume beyond our means. I will give a gimme to the home owners who are stuck in this mortgage meltdown, but I will not give a gimme to consumers who racked up too much credit card debt. Let the banks and consumers eat it on that issue.

We as a nation need to start saving for our futures.

As POTUS I would take several actions to ensure this happens.

1. End taxation on interest on savings.

2. Eliminate taxation on withdrawals from 401Ks upon retirement at 65 (this is especially important since Social Security is going down the tank.)

DS: Skittles, we are out of time. I would like to come back and discuss your proposals. Would you agree to another interview.

Skittles: Diane, yes, I would appreciate an opportunity to meet with you again. Thank you.

DS: We'll be in touch.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

AC 360

My fellow Americats,

Today I was snoozing peacefully until around noon. Suddenly my phone started ringing off the hook. Once again, my pet human began fielding dozens of requests for interviews.

I have agreed to only one interview tonight with Anderson Cooper of CNN.


AC: Skittles, thank you for agreeing to this interview during such an historic time in history. Either a woman, an African-American, or a cat will be elected to the White House. A first in any case.

Skittles: yes, this is an exciting and at times contentious moment in history.

AC: Skittles, today around 11:30 a.m., Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson warned the world not to fall into protectionism and isolationism. We have confirmed with our sources that Paulson got this idea from you, as you warned against protectionism the other night on The Whole Kitten Kaboodle.

This is what Paulson said:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson cautioned on Sunday that countries that turn to protectionist policies to try to escape damage from the global financial crisis may make it worse.

"Isolationism and protectionism will not offer a way out," Paulson said in a statement prepared for delivery to the World Bank's development committee.


AC: Is Paulson in fact following TWKK and taking your own ideas for his?

Skittles: Anderson, TWKK is coming close to reaching 40,000 total hits. Many of the IP addresses that hit my site are in fact from the DC area. It's highly likely that Paulson is stealing my ideas and using them as his own.

Regardless, I promised my liberal opponent, Cheysuli, a response to her comments about tariffs and protectionism. I'd like to take this opportunity now to do so.

Tariffs and protectionism are forms of restraint of trade (ROT). ROT can come in a wide variety of forms and extremes, including tariffs and embargoes. Let me take a most extreme example to make my point here.

In 1990, the United Nations Security Council imposed a near total financial and trade embargo on the country of Iraq (in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.) That embargo caused hardship, starvation, and a rise in diseases for the citizens of Iraq. The Food For Oil program arose because of this embargo. The embargo was finally lifted in 2003 after the demise of the Hussein government.

We used restraint of trade as a punishment. Why would we turn around and utilize a tool of punishment against our own country and citizens?

This is a complex issue, but this is the core of my belief in free trade. Putting extensive tariffs into place, only hurts economies. Personally I know of no economist that would argue that tariffs help an economy.

In addition, since I brought up the subject of the UN led embargo on Iraq and the devastating effect it had on Iraqi citizens, I want to say this as well:

Regardless of whether anyone believes we should not be in Iraq with a military presence, or never should have gone in, I believe America and the rest of the world has a moral obligation to help Iraq rebuild itself as a nation. While the rest of the UN members criticize America, they conveniently forget the role the UN led embargo played in the devastation of the Iraqi economy.

AC: Skittles, there are rumors that Paulson has joined as a member of The American Patriot Cat Party. Is this true?

Skittles: Anderson, no, not yet at least.

AC: Skittles, thank you for meeting with me here tonight.

Skittles: My pleasure. It was an honor and pleasure to meet you.



Friday, October 10, 2008

Palin

My Fellow Americats,

Palin broke a law but didn't break a law.

We have sunk to a new low in disinformation.

Today a special investigator's report from Alaska accuses Palin of abusing power to have her ex brother-in-law fired.


Bull hockey.



A quote from the report:

"The Branchflower report states Todd Palin used his wife's office and its resources to press for Wooten's removal, and the governor "failed to act" to stop it. But because Todd Palin is not a state employee, the report makes no finding regarding his conduct."


So the issue is whether Todd Palin (not Sarah ) tried to get his brother in law fired. And apparently Sarah failed to act. Since when does a wife control her husband?

In addition the report says this:

"About 1,000 more pages of documents compiled during the inquiry will remain confidential because they involve private personnel matters, according to the council's chairman, state Sen. Kim Elton.

"I believe that these findings may help people come to a conclusion on how they should vote" in the presidential election, Elton said."

Senator Kim Elton is a DEMOCRAT.

What is Kim hiding in those 1000 pages of documents?????????????????? And who is she to tell me how to vote???

Let's get down to the real issue, which I am well known for.


The issue is this: Cattiness. Pure and Simple.

Personally I have been shocked at the catty behaviour of liberal women ever since Palin was selected as a VP candidate. Democratic women have been looking down their noses at Palin, and it's embarassing to me as a girl cat.

The SNL skit with actresses portraying both Palin and Hillary was hilarious, but also brilliant for capturing the viciousness of the wars between red and blue women.

Why can't a woman be conservative? This conservative candidate fielded many catty comments yesterday from her opponant, Chey, a very liberal democat. Stick to the issues!

Tonight I saw a piece on CNN about African American Republicans. Like those actually exist???Wow. I never knew. Bro, I'm so sorry to have mislabled you.

It's the issues, it's the platforms.

Luv,

Skittles, The Huntress


Thursday, October 09, 2008

My Interview With Katie Couric

My Fellow Americats,

Today my pet human frantically fielded dozens of phone calls from reporters around the world demanding to interview me.
Global stock markets are crashing.

$8 TRILLION has disappeared in overall stock values from US markets.

Panic has flooded out from Wall Street and Main Street is deluged in despair.


My responses to the debate, my unequivocal stance on the issues, my ability to discern the issues are being sought out by the media.

I have agreed to one interview only. With Katie Couric. Here is the transcript of that interview:


Couric: Skittles, thank you for agreeing to meet with me on such short notice. Obviously the news today has Main Street, America in a panic. I have but one question for you, Skittles, what should the next POTUS do?

Skittles: Katie, thank you for this opportunity to give my views. As you know, the two largest political parties froze me out of the debates.

First let me say that I believe a depression could happen, but we are not quite there. What our lawmakers do in the next few days, weeks, months will decide that fate.

It may help to put some historical perspective on the situation. We all think of the stock market crash of 1929 as happening on one day. Well, that is not completely accurate. The value of the DJIA on September 29, 1929 was 381.

Certainly there were a couple of days of dramatic losses. But, in fact the overall decline happened over three years.

The DJIA reached it's nadir on July 8, 1932 at a value of 42.

This was a decline of 89%. Very bad.

Let's remember too that while unemployment has risen, it is nowhere near the devastating numbers of the Depression, when unemployment reached 25%.

The worst one day decline in stock market history was on October 19, 1987. Many of us remember that day. And in fact the market had begun losing value three trading days earlier on October 14, 1987. The total decline over those three days was 31%.

Since October 9, 2007, the DJIA has lost 39.4% of its value. We need financial leadership now.

So, why did America fall into a long lasting depression after the crash of '29 and not fall into a depression after the crash of '87???

The stock market crash of '87 was exacerbated by faulty program trading. This market crash is being exacerbated by a ban on short selling of 800 financial institutions. That ban ended yesterday. Both bulls and bears are necessary to a healthy market. Short selling is an effective hedge against massive losses, and just as faulty program trading disrupted the market severely, so did this artificial intervention. I will be interested to hear how much the DJIA fell today because of short selling, and I will be interested to hear how much is due to margin calls.

But also VERY IMPORTANT is a comment Barack Obama made during the debates Tuesday night, and his recent gain in the polls. Obama stated that part of his economic plan included incentives to BUY AMERICAN.

McCain was right to call that for what it is: PROTECTIONISM.

America went down that path on June 17, 1930, when the Smoot Hawley Tariff act was signed into law. That enactment of raising tariffs on 20,000 imports had a major impact on the economy and was a decisive contributing factor in the cause of the Depression. Congress had been debating that act during 1929, and many learned economists have traced the debates in Congress at the time to swings in the stock market.

Our global economy is inextricably linked and interdependent. Far more today than it was in 1929. We MUST NOT GO DOWN THE ROAD OF PROTECTIONISM.

Even if you continue to support Obama, please do not support him on this crucial issue. Our economic survival is depending on it.

So what would I do as POTUS?? I would veto any protectionist legislation. I would also force Wall Street to accept higher margin standards to restore confidence in our stock markets. And I would seek out opportunities to open trade globally with nations who support democracy and human rights.

Couric: Skittles, thank you for answering a direct question with a direct answer.

Skittles: Katie, it was a pleasure and an honor to meet you. Thank you for this opportunity.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Debate Night!!!!

My fellow Americats:

You did not see me tonight at the debates. I have been engaged in intense negotiations to be a participant. Unfortunately, both the Donkeys and the Elephants see a humble American Tabby as too much of a threat. I have been frozen out.

So, here are MY responses to some of the questions asked of McCain and Obama tonight.

I have taken the liberty to paraphrase some of the questions.

#1. What actually is in the $700 billion bailout, and is anything in it for me?

Answer: The rude fact is that we have a serious liquidity crisis in the cash markets. This means the company you work for may not have the cash to make payroll. So bottom line, your paycheck is what's a stake. Yes, we have to do this rescue, including allowing Bernanke to invoke emergency laws enacted during the Depression so he can buy up commercial paper.

What's even ruder is that a bunch of crooks got us into this. So here is my proposal. I will pursue this proposal whether I get elected or not:

a. the crooks that made unsound loans to unsuspecting people should go straight to jail for life. The jackass who made the loan to the 90 year old woman in Akron, Ohio, a loan for $45,000 for a house appraised at $31,000, should be shot in front of a firing squad. The jerk at Fannie for actually following through on an eviction of this poor old woman should be drawn and quartered.

b. the following people should lose their jobs immediately:

Bernanke
Paulson
The CEO's of the big four accounting firms
Every US Senator and member of the house.
Everyone employed in whatever federal agency that was supposed to enforce the SOX act.

Interestingly, I double checked some comments I made over at Lutheran Surrealism last summer, almost 15 months ago. I said: "Bernanke is reactive, not proactive."

I should win a Nobel Prize for such an insightful prediction.

(as an adjunct to this proposal, I would also require all students to thoroughly understand loan to value ratios as a requirement of graduation.)

#2: If Iran attacks Israel, should we respond immediately or wait for approval from the rest of the world.

Answer: The real issue is American sovereignty. I'm in favor of keeping it. We are not governed by other countries. If Israel is attacked, I will send in the troops immediately, not only to defend Israel, but to take over Iran and give the country to Israel as the spoils of war.

#3. How will you make congress act quickly on green issues?

Answer: Predictably, neither McCain nor Obama directly answered this question. Here is my plan: I will have a special cabinet appointed to terrorize senators and congressmen and women by secretly planting dead rats and lizards in their shoes, pockets, desk drawers, etc. until they sit down like adults and deal with the issues.

#4: What about health care?

Answer: I hated the answers of both McCain and Obama. Obama wants to socialize medicine, and McCain wants to tax health benefits as income. BAD, BAD, BAD.

If ever there were a time to consider incentives to companies, large and small to offer insurance to all employees, this is it. In addition, health insurance companies should receive incentives for insuring those who cannot afford it.

I'm also in favor of criminalizing denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions. Yes, that insurance adjuster who denies your claim will goes straight to jail.

#5: Should we invade Pakistan?

Answer: The real issue here is that there's some dumb law that makes it illegal for the US government to assassinate bad guys. This needs to change. I would hire a sniper and send him in to take out OBL. Special ops could go too if they wanted to join in on the fun.

#6. Why should we trust either the Democrats or the Republicans who got us into this stinking mess?

Answer: You can't and you shouldn't. That's why you should vote for me, the candidate of the American Patriot Cat Party.

#7: What don't you know, and how are you going to learn it?

????? I know everything I need to know. I especially know not to admit to any weakness with the whole world watching.


Thank you for your time.

Vote for Skittles, The Huntress
The Voice of Reason in the Unreasonable World of Pet Humans

Monday, October 06, 2008

Yoga Tuesday

Wow, I'm kind of embarrassed. I slept all the way through from Snoozy Sunday to Yoga Tuesday. My pet human was a bit miffed.



(yawn!) Stretch.....strrreeeeeeeeetccccccchhhhhhhh.

Take a deep breath, hold, hold...

feel the inner vibrations of the universe flow through your body. Yes, you can feel the energy.....

Forget McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden.........forget the economy.......forget the bailout

We are all one with the universe.

Here we go, follow along...


Yes, I feel totally refreshed.

Now, for refreshments today I am offering a soup that I make. It's a roasted tomato and basil soup. I have included the recipe.

3 lbs Roma tomatoes
8 cups vegetable broth
1 sweet onion, finely diced
2 leeks, slice thin
1 shallot, finely diced
2 Tbls butter
2 Tbls light olive oil
2 cups fresh basil leaves
Olive oil
Herbs de Provence
Sea Salt
Cracked pepper

Roast and Dry the Tomatoes:

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

Wash and slice the tomotoes in half lengthwise. Squeeze the seeds out. Coat (or brush) with olive oil and lay slice side up on cookie trays. Sprinkle sea salt, pepper, and Herbs de Provence over the tomatoes. Place them in the oven and let cook on extremely low heat for approximately 5 hours, or until semi-dry.


Make the Soup:

Saute onion, leek, and shallot in butter and olive oil. Add broth, tomatoes, and basil leaves. Simmer on low for 1 hour. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Process the soup in a food processor. Serve either hot or cold.


My pet human thinks I'm repeating myself with the recipe, but even so, it deserves repeating.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Snoozy Sunday.

My pet human wishes she could do this today. But she is headed off to work. She's working a lot these days. That's good, I suppose, because so many humans are not working.

I'll just sleep through it all, because when she gets home, I want to be wide awake to cuddle and purr for her.

Since I don't have much to say today, I'm sharing some of the original LOL cats. These go back to infinity and beyond.






Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Friday, October 31, 2008

Clouds Rest

Yosemite Valley. Atop Clouds Rest looking westward into the valley. Half Dome is on the left.

The final approach to the peak of Clouds Rest, looking eastward towards Tuolumne Meadows.

This is why I climb mountains.

WW

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My 2nd Blogoversary

I called my pet human into my office today. I asked her if she recognized this photo. Yeah, she said.

Yeah, what??? I said. This is the first photo I ever posted to TWKK.

You're in the doghouse, I said. I saw that you posted over at Facebook that my first blog entry was Sept. 12, 2006.

Did you forget something???? Like my blogoversary?

I will expect a HUGE party soon to make it up to me.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thursday Thirteen


Thirteen Things Heard Around My House This Week:

1. Skittles, just how many mancats follow you any way???

2. Don't bop Sam on the nose!

3. Don't go near that raccoon.

4. What's so fascinating about watching Bob take a shower?

5. I'm not throwing out a whole bowl of Friskies just to refill it again. Eat what's there!

6. I'm sick to death of politics!

7. You've been sleeping with Bob when Julie's away, haven't you? Traitor!

8. Get off the dining room table!

9. Don't play with the teddy dog!

10. Hey Skittles, here's a new teddy for you. It's a teddy hippo! Do you like it?

11. Hey, Skittles, you must be really special. You got TWO Halloween cards from your friend, Skeezix.

12. Don't you just LOVE your new teddy hippo?

13. Get off the dining room table!

p.s. I apologize to all who clicked on Sam, The Marmalade Cat's link in the Mr. Linky section today, only to find my site. The Pet Human will be soundly whapped for making that error.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

$600 Million

From Campbell Brown of CNN:

(CNN) -- "You may have heard that Wednesday night Barack Obama will be on five different TV networks speaking directly to the American people.

He bought 30 minutes of airtime from the different networks, a very expensive purchase. But hey, he can afford it. Barack Obama is loaded, way more loaded than John McCain, way more loaded than any presidential candidate has ever been at this stage of the campaign.

Just to throw a number out: He has raised well over $600 million since the start of his campaign, close to what George Bush and John Kerry raised combined in 2004.

Without question, Obama has set the bar at new height with a truly staggering sum of cash. And that is why as we approach this November, it is worth reminding ourselves what Barack Obama said last November.

One year ago, he made a promise. He pledged to accept public financing and to work with the Republican nominee to ensure that they both operated within those limits.

Then it became clear to Sen. Obama and his campaign that he was going to be able to raise on his own far more cash than he would get with public financing. So Obama went back on his word.

He broke his promise and he explained it by arguing that the system is broken and that Republicans know how to work the system to their advantage. He argued he would need all that cash to fight the ruthless attacks of 527s, those independent groups like the Swift Boat Veterans. It's funny though, those attacks never really materialized.

The Washington Post pointed out recently that the bad economy has meant a cash shortage among the 527s and that this election year they have been far less influential.

The courageous among Obama's own supporters concede this decision was really made for one reason, simply because it was to Obama's financial advantage.

On this issue today, former Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, an Obama supporter, writes in The New York Post, "a hypocrite is a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue -- who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. And that, it seems to me, is what we are doing now."

For this last week, Sen. Obama will be rolling in dough. His commercials, his get-out-the-vote effort will, as the pundits have said, dwarf the McCain campaign's final push. But in fairness, you have to admit, he is getting there in part on a broken promise."


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I asked this question on TWKK over a week ago....CAN THE PRESIDENCY BE BOUGHT???


And lest you think this is just a conservative rant, I was prepared to vote for Hillary. And I'm a Libertarian, as far right as it gets. Obama leaves a lot to be desired.


WW


Disclaimer: These are the opinions of WW, not Skittles, The Huntess


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Marmalade Monday


HI EVERYONE! I'M SAM, THE MARMALADE CAT!

As you may know, I'm in love with Skittles, The Huntress. And she's campaigning to be elected POTUS.

Today I was enjoying Skittles' patio, when a lady arrived with a camera. Her name was Christiane Amanpour and she said she was with CNN. She wanted to ask me some questions.


I got nothing to hide, so I said ok.

CA: Sam, the whole world is following Skittles' historic race for POTUS. So here is your opportunity to tell everyone what it's like to be a feral feline. Is it a jungle out there?


Sam: Nice to meet you. Normally I'm pretty shy and hide under the bushes when the humans come around.

Life can be a jungle. But if I have to be a feral cat, then I'm glad to at least be in this neighborhood. I live under Ginny's art studio next door, and sometimes I relax on the furniture on Skittles' patio.

There aren't any natural predators around here. So mostly I spend my time travelling my territory and hunting for food.


I'm madly in love with Skittles. I may as well tell everyone that if Skittles moves to Washington DC, I'm going with her. I can take up residence in the White House Rose Garden.

Actually Skittles has suggested that I join her cabinet as the Minister of Feral Cats. But I don't like politics. Frankly I know nothing about it.

I just want to be near Skittles.

Her boyfriend and running mate, SlyCat, wants to be friends with me. I have to think that over.







Hey wait! Who is that waltzing by????











Egad! It's Mr. L.S. Siamese. He's in love with Skittles too. Well she IS a stunning tabby. I can hardly blame him. Maybe he will go to DC too. He could be on the cabinet.













CA: It looks like Skittles has a share-him whether she wants one or not.

Sam, if you could tell the world one thing, what would it be?

Sam: Christiane, I would ask the world to help look out for feral cats. We need homes, food and health care just like everyone else. Support your local pet shelters. We will keep your homes pest free and give you lots of love in return.

CA: Thank you, Sam. Good luck to you in your travels.

Sam: Thank you, Christiane. I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I finally have my own blog: Sam's World. But currently Blogger has it locked up because it suspects my site as spam.

Hopefully, Blogger will unlock my site soon.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My Interview with Baba Wawa

A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: SAM, THE MARMALADE CAT WAS SPOTTED THIS WEEK IN THE BACK YARD. HE WAS BEING INTERVIEWED BY CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR OF CNN!!! THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WILL BE BROADCAST HERE AT TWKK ON MONDAY NIGHT.


I was in the middle of a yoga class, when I was rudely interrupted by Barbara Walters. She showed up demanding an interview.

Since I'm a generally agreeable cat, I agreed to answer a few questions. But only on one condition: Barbara would have to join me in yoga.



BW: Skittles, as you know the stock market took another beating this week. Main Street America is in fear for their jobs and retirement.






Back on October 13 in your interview with Diane Sawyer, (who by the way, is nowhere near as beautiful and competent as I am), you predicted that we would continue to see economic distress.

Apparently you are brilliant or you have a crystal ball.

But first, our sources have discovered that you sent this political LOL to the uncle of your pet human on Wednesday, the day the DJIA fell another 500 points.

Our sources also informed us that this uncle was a Wall Street head honcho and that this was his response to the LOL:

"We need some gallows humor. This has been really brutal. I have been pounding the table to anyone that would listen for a number of years about leverage and margin debt and some very supposed sophisticated people have been ruined in the last few weeks. The tax revenues are going to plummet. If the higher income people pay most of the taxes then when they lose big, the tax coffers are going to be very dismal with many layoffs that will hit a large part of the population."

Skittles, what is your response to this?






Skittles: Barbara, an excellent question. But first I must disagree with you on one point. Diane Sawyer is far more stunning than you.

But I digress.

Many of us are swallowing bitter pills right now. Of course I personally don't earn an income or have any savings since I'm a cat.

This makes me uniquely qualified to comment on the tax proposals of both McCain and Obama.


Do the wealthy in fact pay the most in taxes? According to the Tax Foundation, the top 5% of earners (adjusted gross income) earn $153,542 per year.

The top 1% earn $388,806, and above. (That's a lot of Temptations!)

The top 1% earned 22.1% of all income in the US. And they paid 39.9% of all total taxes taken in by the federal government.

The top 25% ($64,702 and above) earned 68% of the income and paid 86.3% of total taxes. This means that 75% of wage earners pay 13.7% of all taxes.

As I have already stated, I am firmly against Obama's plan to increase taxes, especially now. And I am firmly against his protectionist ideology.

But McCain is missing it too to some extent. He's says he is for a tax cut, and I agree that at a time like this, we need to give a break to those that are paying 86.3% of all taxes. At the same time many of us want certainty that the government will take it's role of watchdog more seriously. Those top earners who were crooks are taking us all down.

But we need a serious sea change in our country. The uncle of my pet human railed about leverage and margin debt. Another term for this is credit....funny money. Some funny money can be ok, but not massive amounts that will implode on all of us. Limit the funny money.

AND we need to start saving as a nation. No more credit card debt.

One more comment. I think our idea of the American dream is distorted right now. It used to be about individual freedoms and rights. It used to be about graduating and going to college. It used to be about saving for a down payment on a house and raising a family. Now it seems the American Dream in many parts of our country is about spending $1300 on a credit card to buy Juicy Couture outfits for dogs and other flamboyant excesses. This needs to change too. But attitude cannot be legislated. We need a leader to remind Americans what that dream is about.

That's why you should vote for me, Skittles, The Huntress. The voice of reason in the unreasonable world of pet humans.

BW: Skittles, thank you for taking time to meet with me.

Skittles: I'm honored to meet you. May I suggest something? I think you need to practice your yoga a lot more.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wordy Wednesday


OUT OR IN?????

OUT OR IN?????

OUT OR IN?????

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Snuggle!!!!!

Announcement!!!!

I WON A SNUGGLE! MY FIRST EVER OFFICIALLY LICENSED DKM SNUGGLE.

This was all to help Percy pay for vet bills. Percy has extended the raffle for the beautiful blankets. You still have time to buy raffle tickets!

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to getting my snuggle in the mail.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Saturday, October 18, 2008

LOL Sunday

My pet human needed some humour today. So, I'm posting my newest favorite LOLCat.


HAR!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Flower Friday

(no politics today!)

I've been very worried about Sam, The Marmalade Cat recently. I haven't seen him for quite a while, and SlyCat wants to be friends with him. So I went out to my garden to see if I could find him. No luck!
Instead, here are some photos from my garden for Flower Friday.
I hope Sammy comes back. I've been thinking....why do I have to choose between two mancats?

In the middle east, some cultures allowed men to have many women in a harem. I think I want to start collecting men and call it a share-him. Har!

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Price of the Presidency



My fellow Americats,

Today Dan Rather came out of retirement to meet with me. I agreed to this interview after lengthy negotiations conducted by my Campaign Manager, WW, aka the pet human.

As agreed upon, tonight's interview will be about one topic only: campaign finance.

DR: Skittles, this has to be the greatest honor of my entire career to sit down with the candidate who may actually be our first cat in office.

Skittles: (blush, blush!) Ahem, thank you, Dan. First may I ask you something? This is from one of my long time blog readers.


DR: Sure, Skittles, anything for you.

Skittles: This is from Zippy, Speedy and Sadie. Would Dan rather?


DR: (looks a bit miffed) I'm sorry, Skittles, I don't understand your question.

Now on to more important things.

Skittles, today CNN reported that Obama has spent $110 million on his campaign for POTUS. This is four times as much as McCain, which presumes that McCain has spent around $27.5 million on his campaign.



Skittles, is the US presidency being bought? Can the office be bought? How much is reaching the White House worth?

But first, how much has your campaign spent?

Skittles: Well, Dan, the question from Zippy, Speedy and Sadie was a clear, direct question. How could you not possibly understand?

Anyway. I have spent absolutely nothing on my campaign thus far, except time.

My blog is free, the widgets are free, emails are free, Facebook is free. I am cheap that way.

I have no special interest groups donating money to me. None. I am the only candidate who can say that. And I take pride in this fact. I owe no favors to no one.

But can the office of POTUS be bought? This may be our first ever opportunity to answer that question. This is a huge gap in spending between the other candidates. And since we know where McCain's money is coming from, I believe we all deserve to know where Obama's $110 million is coming from. And we deserve to know this information before the election.

But if I win, that proves, the White House cannot be bought.

DR: Skittles, another brilliant insight. Thank you for meeting with me. That's part of our world tonight.

Skittles: That's the way it is.

VOTE FOR SKITTLES, THE HUNTRESS. THE CHEAPEST CANDIDATE EVER.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

National Feral Cat Day

In honor of the National Feral Cat Day, I'm taking a day off of politicking. I'm a formerly feral feline. And Sam the Marmalade Cat is a longtime feral cat.
Please go to Alley Cat Allies to get info on how to stop the killing of homeless cats.

But something weird happened today. My blog got 348 hits! That's phenomenal for me. Usually I get at most 50.

What's going on?????

Is my campaign finally taking off?

Here's a hint....tomorrow I have agreed to an interview with Dan Rather, who will be coming out of retirement just to speak with me.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Interview With Diane Continued......

My Fellow Americats,

As you know I have been fielding many requests for interviews ever since the debates last week.

I have accepted only three: Couric, Cooper, and Sawyer.

Diane asked to continue the interview, and I agreed. Here is the rest of that interview.

DS: Skittles, last night you were telling the viewers that you are a "fusion candidate." What do you mean by that?

Skittles: Diane, although I have come on strong lately about economic issues with a conservative bent, in some areas I am very liberal.

For one thing, I am pro-choice. Women have fought hard to have the right to make decisions about their own bodies. I will fight to keep that right.

As you may have heard, when I was rescued from a navy base warehouse, I had to go to the vet for my immunizations and birth control. That's when it was discovered I was pregnant. I had an abortion. (that ****bleep!*&^*bleep tomcat!) Where would I be today if I were a single mom without an education and struggling
to make ends meet?

So really, if I were not running for POTUS, my ideal ticket would be McCain/Biden.

DS: What else should we know about your unprecedented platform?

Skittles: Diane, I intend to promote world peace through inner harmony. Each week, usually on Tuesdays, I will lead a yoga class in the rose garden of the white house. The media and any visiting heads of state will be required to participate. I can't wait to share my yoga class with Queen Elizabeth.



I will ensure that these classes are taped and uploaded to Youtube, so the whole world can join in.

DS: One last thing, we are both stunning beauties. What's your secret? What do you do to maintain that elegant, sleek fur coat?

Skittles: Well, I stay fit. I eat a light diet of Friskies and water. No high fat wet food from cans. And I add natural organic food supplements to my diet such as rats, lizards, finches, beetles, and an occasional chipmunk or quail.

Someday, I really hope to try a Point Loma Parrot. But so far I haven't had the opportunity.

DS: Skittles, thank you for allowing me to come back and ask more questions. I'm not supposed to say this, but I'm leaning in your direction.

Skittles: It's been a great honor and pleasure.

Monday, October 13, 2008

My Interview with Diane Sawyer

My fellow Americats,

Once again, my pet human spent most of today fielding requests for interviews. The phone bank was lit up like a Christmas tree all day.

I agreed to one interview only, with Diane Sawyer.

DS: Skittles, thank you for agreeing to meet with me on such short notice.

On Friday, you made comments on two popular blogs, one conservative (Lutheran Surrealism) and one liberal (Women on the Verge of Thinking). You commented that institutional investors were back in the stock market, and that was a good sign. Today, the market closed up 936 points.



Skittles, people around the world are taking notice of your insight. Readership is up at TWKK, although comments are down.

I have but one question for you tonight: Just who are you, how did a Bikram Yoga instructor decide to run for POTUS, and what does The American Patriot Cat Party stand for?

Skittles: Diane, thank you for this opportunity to speak to my party's platform (although that sounds like three questions, not one). From the recent comments I have made, most readers would likely assume I am a conservative like McCain. I AM NOT. Nor am I a liberal like Obama.

Each political party, blue and red, has something in it's platform that I agree with.

And each platform has something I disagree with. Thus I formed The American Patriot Cat Party. I am a fusion candidate.

I believe in classical liberal conservatism (sounds like a conundrum, but essentially it's about the federal government sticking to it's constitutional requirements), but I also believe in certain aspects of social liberalism....pro-choice, same sex partnerships, legalized drug use, for example.

Diane, may I take a moment to speak to the issue of the stock market?

DS: Certainly.

Skittles: Well, we are not out of the woods yet. The next crisis will be a rise in defaults of unsecured credit card debt.

This Consumer Nation needs some major adjustments in policy. We consume beyond our means. I will give a gimme to the home owners who are stuck in this mortgage meltdown, but I will not give a gimme to consumers who racked up too much credit card debt. Let the banks and consumers eat it on that issue.

We as a nation need to start saving for our futures.

As POTUS I would take several actions to ensure this happens.

1. End taxation on interest on savings.

2. Eliminate taxation on withdrawals from 401Ks upon retirement at 65 (this is especially important since Social Security is going down the tank.)

DS: Skittles, we are out of time. I would like to come back and discuss your proposals. Would you agree to another interview.

Skittles: Diane, yes, I would appreciate an opportunity to meet with you again. Thank you.

DS: We'll be in touch.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

AC 360

My fellow Americats,

Today I was snoozing peacefully until around noon. Suddenly my phone started ringing off the hook. Once again, my pet human began fielding dozens of requests for interviews.

I have agreed to only one interview tonight with Anderson Cooper of CNN.


AC: Skittles, thank you for agreeing to this interview during such an historic time in history. Either a woman, an African-American, or a cat will be elected to the White House. A first in any case.

Skittles: yes, this is an exciting and at times contentious moment in history.

AC: Skittles, today around 11:30 a.m., Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson warned the world not to fall into protectionism and isolationism. We have confirmed with our sources that Paulson got this idea from you, as you warned against protectionism the other night on The Whole Kitten Kaboodle.

This is what Paulson said:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson cautioned on Sunday that countries that turn to protectionist policies to try to escape damage from the global financial crisis may make it worse.

"Isolationism and protectionism will not offer a way out," Paulson said in a statement prepared for delivery to the World Bank's development committee.


AC: Is Paulson in fact following TWKK and taking your own ideas for his?

Skittles: Anderson, TWKK is coming close to reaching 40,000 total hits. Many of the IP addresses that hit my site are in fact from the DC area. It's highly likely that Paulson is stealing my ideas and using them as his own.

Regardless, I promised my liberal opponent, Cheysuli, a response to her comments about tariffs and protectionism. I'd like to take this opportunity now to do so.

Tariffs and protectionism are forms of restraint of trade (ROT). ROT can come in a wide variety of forms and extremes, including tariffs and embargoes. Let me take a most extreme example to make my point here.

In 1990, the United Nations Security Council imposed a near total financial and trade embargo on the country of Iraq (in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.) That embargo caused hardship, starvation, and a rise in diseases for the citizens of Iraq. The Food For Oil program arose because of this embargo. The embargo was finally lifted in 2003 after the demise of the Hussein government.

We used restraint of trade as a punishment. Why would we turn around and utilize a tool of punishment against our own country and citizens?

This is a complex issue, but this is the core of my belief in free trade. Putting extensive tariffs into place, only hurts economies. Personally I know of no economist that would argue that tariffs help an economy.

In addition, since I brought up the subject of the UN led embargo on Iraq and the devastating effect it had on Iraqi citizens, I want to say this as well:

Regardless of whether anyone believes we should not be in Iraq with a military presence, or never should have gone in, I believe America and the rest of the world has a moral obligation to help Iraq rebuild itself as a nation. While the rest of the UN members criticize America, they conveniently forget the role the UN led embargo played in the devastation of the Iraqi economy.

AC: Skittles, there are rumors that Paulson has joined as a member of The American Patriot Cat Party. Is this true?

Skittles: Anderson, no, not yet at least.

AC: Skittles, thank you for meeting with me here tonight.

Skittles: My pleasure. It was an honor and pleasure to meet you.



Friday, October 10, 2008

Palin

My Fellow Americats,

Palin broke a law but didn't break a law.

We have sunk to a new low in disinformation.

Today a special investigator's report from Alaska accuses Palin of abusing power to have her ex brother-in-law fired.


Bull hockey.



A quote from the report:

"The Branchflower report states Todd Palin used his wife's office and its resources to press for Wooten's removal, and the governor "failed to act" to stop it. But because Todd Palin is not a state employee, the report makes no finding regarding his conduct."


So the issue is whether Todd Palin (not Sarah ) tried to get his brother in law fired. And apparently Sarah failed to act. Since when does a wife control her husband?

In addition the report says this:

"About 1,000 more pages of documents compiled during the inquiry will remain confidential because they involve private personnel matters, according to the council's chairman, state Sen. Kim Elton.

"I believe that these findings may help people come to a conclusion on how they should vote" in the presidential election, Elton said."

Senator Kim Elton is a DEMOCRAT.

What is Kim hiding in those 1000 pages of documents?????????????????? And who is she to tell me how to vote???

Let's get down to the real issue, which I am well known for.


The issue is this: Cattiness. Pure and Simple.

Personally I have been shocked at the catty behaviour of liberal women ever since Palin was selected as a VP candidate. Democratic women have been looking down their noses at Palin, and it's embarassing to me as a girl cat.

The SNL skit with actresses portraying both Palin and Hillary was hilarious, but also brilliant for capturing the viciousness of the wars between red and blue women.

Why can't a woman be conservative? This conservative candidate fielded many catty comments yesterday from her opponant, Chey, a very liberal democat. Stick to the issues!

Tonight I saw a piece on CNN about African American Republicans. Like those actually exist???Wow. I never knew. Bro, I'm so sorry to have mislabled you.

It's the issues, it's the platforms.

Luv,

Skittles, The Huntress


Thursday, October 09, 2008

My Interview With Katie Couric

My Fellow Americats,

Today my pet human frantically fielded dozens of phone calls from reporters around the world demanding to interview me.
Global stock markets are crashing.

$8 TRILLION has disappeared in overall stock values from US markets.

Panic has flooded out from Wall Street and Main Street is deluged in despair.


My responses to the debate, my unequivocal stance on the issues, my ability to discern the issues are being sought out by the media.

I have agreed to one interview only. With Katie Couric. Here is the transcript of that interview:


Couric: Skittles, thank you for agreeing to meet with me on such short notice. Obviously the news today has Main Street, America in a panic. I have but one question for you, Skittles, what should the next POTUS do?

Skittles: Katie, thank you for this opportunity to give my views. As you know, the two largest political parties froze me out of the debates.

First let me say that I believe a depression could happen, but we are not quite there. What our lawmakers do in the next few days, weeks, months will decide that fate.

It may help to put some historical perspective on the situation. We all think of the stock market crash of 1929 as happening on one day. Well, that is not completely accurate. The value of the DJIA on September 29, 1929 was 381.

Certainly there were a couple of days of dramatic losses. But, in fact the overall decline happened over three years.

The DJIA reached it's nadir on July 8, 1932 at a value of 42.

This was a decline of 89%. Very bad.

Let's remember too that while unemployment has risen, it is nowhere near the devastating numbers of the Depression, when unemployment reached 25%.

The worst one day decline in stock market history was on October 19, 1987. Many of us remember that day. And in fact the market had begun losing value three trading days earlier on October 14, 1987. The total decline over those three days was 31%.

Since October 9, 2007, the DJIA has lost 39.4% of its value. We need financial leadership now.

So, why did America fall into a long lasting depression after the crash of '29 and not fall into a depression after the crash of '87???

The stock market crash of '87 was exacerbated by faulty program trading. This market crash is being exacerbated by a ban on short selling of 800 financial institutions. That ban ended yesterday. Both bulls and bears are necessary to a healthy market. Short selling is an effective hedge against massive losses, and just as faulty program trading disrupted the market severely, so did this artificial intervention. I will be interested to hear how much the DJIA fell today because of short selling, and I will be interested to hear how much is due to margin calls.

But also VERY IMPORTANT is a comment Barack Obama made during the debates Tuesday night, and his recent gain in the polls. Obama stated that part of his economic plan included incentives to BUY AMERICAN.

McCain was right to call that for what it is: PROTECTIONISM.

America went down that path on June 17, 1930, when the Smoot Hawley Tariff act was signed into law. That enactment of raising tariffs on 20,000 imports had a major impact on the economy and was a decisive contributing factor in the cause of the Depression. Congress had been debating that act during 1929, and many learned economists have traced the debates in Congress at the time to swings in the stock market.

Our global economy is inextricably linked and interdependent. Far more today than it was in 1929. We MUST NOT GO DOWN THE ROAD OF PROTECTIONISM.

Even if you continue to support Obama, please do not support him on this crucial issue. Our economic survival is depending on it.

So what would I do as POTUS?? I would veto any protectionist legislation. I would also force Wall Street to accept higher margin standards to restore confidence in our stock markets. And I would seek out opportunities to open trade globally with nations who support democracy and human rights.

Couric: Skittles, thank you for answering a direct question with a direct answer.

Skittles: Katie, it was a pleasure and an honor to meet you. Thank you for this opportunity.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Debate Night!!!!

My fellow Americats:

You did not see me tonight at the debates. I have been engaged in intense negotiations to be a participant. Unfortunately, both the Donkeys and the Elephants see a humble American Tabby as too much of a threat. I have been frozen out.

So, here are MY responses to some of the questions asked of McCain and Obama tonight.

I have taken the liberty to paraphrase some of the questions.

#1. What actually is in the $700 billion bailout, and is anything in it for me?

Answer: The rude fact is that we have a serious liquidity crisis in the cash markets. This means the company you work for may not have the cash to make payroll. So bottom line, your paycheck is what's a stake. Yes, we have to do this rescue, including allowing Bernanke to invoke emergency laws enacted during the Depression so he can buy up commercial paper.

What's even ruder is that a bunch of crooks got us into this. So here is my proposal. I will pursue this proposal whether I get elected or not:

a. the crooks that made unsound loans to unsuspecting people should go straight to jail for life. The jackass who made the loan to the 90 year old woman in Akron, Ohio, a loan for $45,000 for a house appraised at $31,000, should be shot in front of a firing squad. The jerk at Fannie for actually following through on an eviction of this poor old woman should be drawn and quartered.

b. the following people should lose their jobs immediately:

Bernanke
Paulson
The CEO's of the big four accounting firms
Every US Senator and member of the house.
Everyone employed in whatever federal agency that was supposed to enforce the SOX act.

Interestingly, I double checked some comments I made over at Lutheran Surrealism last summer, almost 15 months ago. I said: "Bernanke is reactive, not proactive."

I should win a Nobel Prize for such an insightful prediction.

(as an adjunct to this proposal, I would also require all students to thoroughly understand loan to value ratios as a requirement of graduation.)

#2: If Iran attacks Israel, should we respond immediately or wait for approval from the rest of the world.

Answer: The real issue is American sovereignty. I'm in favor of keeping it. We are not governed by other countries. If Israel is attacked, I will send in the troops immediately, not only to defend Israel, but to take over Iran and give the country to Israel as the spoils of war.

#3. How will you make congress act quickly on green issues?

Answer: Predictably, neither McCain nor Obama directly answered this question. Here is my plan: I will have a special cabinet appointed to terrorize senators and congressmen and women by secretly planting dead rats and lizards in their shoes, pockets, desk drawers, etc. until they sit down like adults and deal with the issues.

#4: What about health care?

Answer: I hated the answers of both McCain and Obama. Obama wants to socialize medicine, and McCain wants to tax health benefits as income. BAD, BAD, BAD.

If ever there were a time to consider incentives to companies, large and small to offer insurance to all employees, this is it. In addition, health insurance companies should receive incentives for insuring those who cannot afford it.

I'm also in favor of criminalizing denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions. Yes, that insurance adjuster who denies your claim will goes straight to jail.

#5: Should we invade Pakistan?

Answer: The real issue here is that there's some dumb law that makes it illegal for the US government to assassinate bad guys. This needs to change. I would hire a sniper and send him in to take out OBL. Special ops could go too if they wanted to join in on the fun.

#6. Why should we trust either the Democrats or the Republicans who got us into this stinking mess?

Answer: You can't and you shouldn't. That's why you should vote for me, the candidate of the American Patriot Cat Party.

#7: What don't you know, and how are you going to learn it?

????? I know everything I need to know. I especially know not to admit to any weakness with the whole world watching.


Thank you for your time.

Vote for Skittles, The Huntress
The Voice of Reason in the Unreasonable World of Pet Humans

Monday, October 06, 2008

Yoga Tuesday

Wow, I'm kind of embarrassed. I slept all the way through from Snoozy Sunday to Yoga Tuesday. My pet human was a bit miffed.



(yawn!) Stretch.....strrreeeeeeeeetccccccchhhhhhhh.

Take a deep breath, hold, hold...

feel the inner vibrations of the universe flow through your body. Yes, you can feel the energy.....

Forget McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden.........forget the economy.......forget the bailout

We are all one with the universe.

Here we go, follow along...


Yes, I feel totally refreshed.

Now, for refreshments today I am offering a soup that I make. It's a roasted tomato and basil soup. I have included the recipe.

3 lbs Roma tomatoes
8 cups vegetable broth
1 sweet onion, finely diced
2 leeks, slice thin
1 shallot, finely diced
2 Tbls butter
2 Tbls light olive oil
2 cups fresh basil leaves
Olive oil
Herbs de Provence
Sea Salt
Cracked pepper

Roast and Dry the Tomatoes:

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

Wash and slice the tomotoes in half lengthwise. Squeeze the seeds out. Coat (or brush) with olive oil and lay slice side up on cookie trays. Sprinkle sea salt, pepper, and Herbs de Provence over the tomatoes. Place them in the oven and let cook on extremely low heat for approximately 5 hours, or until semi-dry.


Make the Soup:

Saute onion, leek, and shallot in butter and olive oil. Add broth, tomatoes, and basil leaves. Simmer on low for 1 hour. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Process the soup in a food processor. Serve either hot or cold.


My pet human thinks I'm repeating myself with the recipe, but even so, it deserves repeating.

Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Snoozy Sunday.

My pet human wishes she could do this today. But she is headed off to work. She's working a lot these days. That's good, I suppose, because so many humans are not working.

I'll just sleep through it all, because when she gets home, I want to be wide awake to cuddle and purr for her.

Since I don't have much to say today, I'm sharing some of the original LOL cats. These go back to infinity and beyond.






Luv,
Skittles, The Huntress