Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Elvis Lives! And Other Stuff

This photo is for Fred since I know he likes Sia- mese cats and I suspect he probably likes Elvis, too.

Meet Elvis. Elvis is our newest entry, a Siamese mix that is so affectionate, he is almost impossible to photograph! Every time you get near him, Elvis rubs on whatever is nearby... basket, cat, dog... Yesterday during attempts, he fell off the cat tree twice. I thought I shouldn't try a third time least he hurt himself. What a nice, nice cat. And is he absolutely gorgeous or WHAT!

Well, the news of Sen. Arlen Specter's (PA) change of party to the dems is everywhere. But one of the comments I found most telling came from Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe:

"I believe in the traditional tenets of the Republican Party: strong national defense, fiscal responsibility, individual opportunity. I haven't abandoned those principles that have been the essence of the Republican Party. I think the Republican Party has abandoned those principles." [emphasis mine, obviously]

And McCain's former campaign czar has some VERY interesting thoughts:

Yeah, I'd say, and here's a case in point.

For several months, the GOP has been blocking Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama's nominee to head Health and Human Services. The problem? Her stand on abortion. Sigh.

As though Sebelius was out there demanding every woman have one, the GOP in their typical "no" mantra just cannot get past the notion that religious belief trumps secular law.

Twice now, Team Sarah (the fans of She From the North) , has tried to lobby against the Sebelius nomination as well. In fact, they're still at it, failing at the first attempt. As well, other pro-fetus groups have fought the nomination.

Then of course, there is Fox's weepy Glen Beck who never saw anything Obama (probably including his skin color) that he likes, braying once again about climate change, anything green, and don't forget immigration in the context of Sabelius:

Gads, Glen. And the balance to this? I hear the sound of silence. Fox: Fair and Balanced. Right.

Nonetheless, Sebelius is expected to be approved today. Given we are perhaps on the front end of a pandemic, it would be good to have a Secretary of Health Services, doncha think?