June 20, 2017

In the light green hostas... the Viking ship cat with the light green eyes... dreams of...

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... bunnies, I think...

I love the incidental shamrock... today in the front yard of Meadhouse.

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53 comments:

Hagar said...

Cats were considered bad luck onboard ships.

Carter Wood said...

From Popular Mechanics, June 19: DNA from Egyptian mummies and Viking graves reveals how cats conquered the world.

rehajm said...

Aaaaaaaah-ah!!!!!!

Or maybe thats just Viking Kittens.

Ann Althouse said...

"Most likely the ancestors of the Norwegian Forest cat served as ships' cats (mousers) on Viking ships.[8] The original landrace lived in the Norwegian forests for many centuries, but were later prized for their hunting skills and were used on Norwegian farms,[9] until they were discovered in the early twentieth century by cat enthusiasts."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_Forest_cat

Meade said...

Shhh ... være veldig veldig stille...

tcrosse said...

Looks a lot like our Maine Coon Cat.

David said...

Also snakes, moles, voles, birds, moths, butterflies, chipmunks, toads and your ankle.

BDNYC said...

What did the Vikings do about the cat pee and shit? Did they have litter boxes back then? How would you like to be the Viking who had to clean up after the cats? Sure, you still get to say you're a Viking to all the ladies, you just have to hope they don't ask any followup questions.

Luke Lea said...

I wish it would catch the underground critter that just pulled the central stalk of my Hosta down like it was on an elevator.

Earnest Prole said...

As jealous as a green-eyed cat.

Rick Turley said...

Luke Lea said...

"I wish it would catch the underground critter that just pulled the central stalk of my Hosta down like it was on an elevator."

Voles. Especially if the roots are all gone. Well known hosta critter. I know some people have them so badly they plant their hostas with wire mesh around the roots, or if you live in zone 6 or 7, in pots above ground.

Rick Turley said...

rehajm said...

"Aaaaaaaah-ah!!!!!!"

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/vikingkittens

Rene Saunce said...

You will not see a Seth Rich murder investigation on DateLine.


Look at that face. That is a face.

Big Mike said...

@Althouse, I never took you for a cat lady.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

@Big Mike

Althouse is a liberal and feminist. That puts her at extreme risk for becoming a crazy cat woman.

The Toothless Revolutionary said...

Wow. Incredible photo.

Whose cat is that?

The Toothless Revolutionary said...

I wonder if Norwegian Forest Cats are related to Mainecoons. They certainly have many similar traits. Mainecoons are cool. If they're not related it could be convergent evolution that makes them so similar.

Ralph L said...

I wish the local cats would kill some of the squirrels. I don't mind the bunnies and chipmunks.

Karen said...

The Incidental Shamrock would make a great book title.

The Toothless Revolutionary said...

Apparently they're doing more than their fair share to kill off a number of bird species - and others, to extinction.

Unknown said...

Today is Brian Wilson's 75th birthday.

Who would have thought that he would be the Wilson brother to make it to that milestone?

Birkel said...

538 appears to be having a sad.

traditionalguy said...

That's no Tabby Cat. Are they sure that it's tame? I'll take half tamed, like most of my friends.

LordSomber said...

"Stop blaming cats: As many as 988 million birds die annually in window collisions."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/stop-blaming-cats-as-many-as-988-million-birds-die-annually-in-window-collisions/2014/02/03/9837fe80-8866-11e3-916e-e01534b1e132_story.html?utm_term=.6710a07cc61e

wildswan said...

It's thought that cats have their DNA arranged in the way that is closest to the way the first mammal (not reproducing by eggs) had its DNA arranged. I like the idea especially when you see a cat or a picture like this of a cat being wild. They have long history of not conforming.

rhhardin said...

I haven't seen my feral cat or her kittens in a couple days. I suspect they've moved to the back fence where there's more game.

rhhardin said...

Birds have a high mortality no matter what, but they reproduce at a rate high enough to have two surviving long enough to have two surviving grandchildren.

The problem with cats is non-feral cats, who do not die off when the birds die off because they get fed at home as well.

No Lotka-Volterra equation for domestic cats vs birds.

Jack Wayne said...

Boo Hoo! Handel will win handily in GA6. Where's the next place where voters will reject Trump?

Ken B said...

Am I a bad person for enjoying watching Nate Silver once again scramble around, putting off admitting the obvious? Ossoff has lost (having outspent his opponent by 10 million in a meaningless house race), you can hear the fat lady sing.

Laslo Spatula said...

What do you do with a daughter with the morals of a Tom Cat?

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Bad Lieutenant said...

On the election(s), links please?

rehajm said...

So, it’s sort of silly to run a regression based on five data points...

-Nate Silver

Yes Nate. Since November we've had countless data points that the left is sort of silly.

Jack Wayne said...

BL, Drudge Report.

rehajm said...

NYT reported margin is greater than five points. Clearly this special election is no longer a referendum on Trump.

Jack Wayne said...

In a nod from God, heavy afternoon rain in democratic precincts.

Etienne said...

The reason Trump hasn't fired cruise missiles into North Korea yet, is that it is such a target-rich environment.

He's like an arsonist at a propane dealership. Where to start?

My feeling is, there are three start-up targets.

1) The airport in the capital.
2) The Bureau of Prisons Headquarters.
3) U.S.S. Pueblo

Rick Turley said...

Blogger The Toothless Revolutionary said...

"I wonder if Norwegian Forest Cats are related to Mainecoons. They certainly have many similar traits. Mainecoons are cool. If they're not related it could be convergent evolution that makes them so similar."

Possibly.

Josephbleau said...

Dang, why could the Bernie mon have not waited until GA election was over until shooting the evil repub!

LordSomber said...

"I wonder if Norwegian Forest Cats are related to Mainecoons. They certainly have many similar traits. Mainecoons are cool. If they're not related it could be convergent evolution that makes them so similar."

They both have the "M" marking on their foreheads.

What if you could send cat DNA to those testing places?

That would be pretty great.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

Ace of spades HQ just called Georgia for Handel.

traditionalguy said...

Wipe out! The Russians did it.

Karen Handel for Speaker of the House. All she needs is Commissar DJT's endorsement, with Putin's OK, of course.

You do know that Russia moved the Braves into the 6th District. Those guys are smart.

Big Mike said...

With 79% of the precincts reporting, Handel has a lead of roughly 12,500 votes. If this election was a referendum on Donald Trump, then the Des just wasted their money.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

All that money and attention Ossoff got really hurt him. He did much better the first time. I guess making this about the "resistance" wasn't such a good idea.

#thishowyougottrump

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

Did anyone see the article by a Dem about how the activist and corporation swung the Dems to an extreme position on illegal immigration? Maybe they are coming back to their senses.

It was in the New Yorker or something like that. I read most of it but got bored and didn't finish.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

Now the 538 people are talking about it's time to get rid of Pelosi!

The MSM didn't prepare me for that outcome. Another night of suicide watch for the leftists.

Jack Wayne said...

It was Peter Beinart in The Atlantic. I don't blame you for getting bored. But there is gold in there. Beinart basically admits that multi-culturalism is a failure. And he suggests that Americans would be open to more immigration if the immigrants spoke English. Those two ideas are a double Wow for a democrat.

Gahrie said...

What if you could send cat DNA to those testing places?

DNA testing for cats is pretty routine..there are lots of businesses that do it.

Gahrie said...

I wonder if Norwegian Forest Cats are related to Mainecoons.

It is a distinct possibility. One theory is that Maine Coons are descended from cats brought to North America by the Norse. In any case they are definitely imports from Europe.

Fen said...

We were surprised by our two kittens evolutionary instinct(?). They were indoor cats, never stepped foot.. er paw... outside.

Then one day we let them out on the deck. WHAM! Two bird kills in first 5 mins. Ancestral possession, like they had been doing it for years.

One was a jumper, the other with stronger forelimbs. The first would jump up 6 feet to swat the bird out of the air, the second would pounce on the downed bird to grab and administer the killing blow.

Freeman Hunt said...

Some squirrels tore into a fifty pound sack of sunflower seeds in the backyard earlier this year. Decided to let it ride. Backyard now full of obese wildlife.

Virtually Unknown said...

Shamrock tastes like Sweet Tarts.

Clyde said...

Rick Turley @ 6:04 p.m. FTW

Gahrie said...

"Stop blaming cats: As many as 988 million birds die annually in window collisions."

I look at it from the other side..think of how many more annoying birds we would have to put up with, including their shit, if it wasn't for the cats keeping their numbers down.