Cat Or Dog- No Middle Ground?

We  go boldly into the  quagmire of all quagmires; cat vs dog, feline vs canine, paw to paw. As a former owner of both species, although who can  own a cat, (Remember dogs have  masters and cats have staff.) I feel uniquely qualified to tackle this inter species conflict. To assist, I will use Bill Cosby and  the university of Sussex in Great Britain.

As a disclaimer, I will admit to having liked  some of our ( 4)  cats quite a bit. However, none can measure  up to the sainted Rameses, golden retriever extraordinaire.

Ok, first Mr Cosby, who my wife credits for dog ward tilt, He did a monologue many years ago, entitled, “Cats and Dogs”, which I had on 8 track tape. Showing my old geezerness, I know. The year was 1968 and a lot more important stuff obviously happened. But the album 200 M.P.H. had Cosby’s classic take on why dogs were better than cats. Just a few examples.

  • Cats dont do anything
  • They sit on the sofa and shed and make you sneeze
  • If you tell them to catch mice, they will answer, no, because I’m  full or some  of them haven’t bathed yet
  • Cant tell a cat , come here fido, he will likely answer what or you can’t  be talking to me

Dogs on the other hand

  • They are always trying even if unsuccessfully
  • Brings you your slippers, ones chewed up, cant help it  got sharp  teeth

And if 60’s humor doesn’t  help, we have 2009 university research. We already know cats are manipulative so that is sort of the starting point. Yet another British study analyzed their purring to tell us how they manipulate. Of course, why a university wants to  analyze the purring of house cats is beyond me.

Anyway, Karen McComb is our animal -communication researcher recorded these dastardly feline sounds. She learned that a hungry cat alters his/her purring to simulate a baby’s cry. Here is the shocker. These sounds played back are well nigh impossible for people to ignore. Well, duh! Hang on for the rest of her analysis. She suspects this human type vocalization is is rather natural for cats. They learn to exaggerate it to get what they want. I knew it all along. That is why they are called cats!

I resy my case- dogs rule and cats  drool-ta da!!!


July 27, 2009 Posted by | Animals | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Controversy In Cambridge

By now,  many of us have heard about an incident in Cambridge,Ma involving Harvard professor Dr Henry Gates. Just to establish some facts; Dr Gates  is a friend of both President Obama and Oprah, the president has spent time in Cambridge as a student and the President responded to a question at his press conference regarding the  incident. Oh yes, one additional thing, if there is a quintessential liberal town in this country  I  would think  it  to be Cambridge. The nonpartisan Bay Area Center for Voting Research ranks it  the 8th most liberal city in the United States. Sounds a bit low, but I guess it will do.

The above paragraph generally represents facts about the situation. Beyond that, the best thing I have heard was a television interview with Bill Cosby. He was asked a rather lengthy question about the situation and gave  what I deemed to be a reasoned and  thoughtful  answer. He said several things but what struck me the most was his first comment. ” I wasn’t there.” His answer seemed  a bit more presidential than Mr Obama’s. And  this is what struck me most about  Mr Obama’s  response.  He  admittedly said he didn’t have all   the  facts but proceeded anywayto  interject himself and by extension his office into what needs to be a local matter. The President used the word stupidly in describing the actions of law enforcement  and then  said through a spokesman  that he called no one stupid . ABC reporter Terry Moran has a sit down interview that I believe airs tonight. In the interview, the President says he is surprised by the controversy his comments have caused(fyi: a good deal of the controversy involves avowed Obama supporters who think he went too far) and that surprises me. Having been in office a while, he should be well aware of the “bully pulpit” as Theodore Roosevelt termed it. The President’s comments about anything are newsworthy and they have an impact, for good or bad.

Perhaps, he could have someone get  him the facts next time. I fear this situation has the potential for causing more havoc than necessary. As Cosby said, may cooler heads prevail.

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Culture, Media | , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments