Blazing Catfur reports the cuisine was the highlight of the evening

A most excellent report by my favourite feline, Blazing Catfur, about an evening spent at the house that Bangash built…

‘My mission’s purpose? Report on the fundraising event for Mohamed Elmasry’s nascent online magazine the Canadian Charger featuring Islamist gadabout Yvonne Ridley.’

Complete with photos!

Pat Condell: ‘Children of a Stupid God’

Here is Pat Condell’s latest video, ‘Children of a Stupid God’.  Whatever your belief-system (or lack thereof), he does bring up an intersting perspective…and a few good points for thought:

Al Jazeera in English – an email campaign to lobby the CRTC

Tonight, my hubby received the following email:

From: Campaign for Democratic Media –
Date: Thu, May 28, 2009 at 5:00 PM
Subject: Canada needs Al Jazeera!
To:[name redacted]

Broadcast Diversity

We want Al Jazeera English!

Al Jazeera English is being considered for airing in Canada by the CRTC, the federal broadcast regulator. Tell the CRTC to give its approval to list AJE as an “eligible” service so that Canadian cable and satellite companies can carry it.

The CRTC has begun a 30-day consultation period when Canadians are being asked whether AJE should be allowed in Canada. Comments must be received by the CRTC no later than Monday, June 8.

Al Jazeera English is renowned for its high journalistic standards; for its fearless, unembedded reporting, including in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; for giving a global voice to the South; for speaking truth to power; and for its diversity of voices from around the world.p>

Tell the CRTC that you want to see Al Jazeera English in Canada.

Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
CRTC Commissioners

Below is the sample letter:

Subject: Canada needs Al Jazeera!

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

I urge you to approve Al Jazeera English’s application to broadcast in Canada.

Canadians live in one of the world’s most multicultural and diverse countries. It is important for Canadians to be able to get the diversity of perspectives AJE offers in its unique mix of international news, current affairs and documentaries. Al Jazeera English has 69 bureaus and already broadcasts in more than 100 countries. AJE has more than 1,200 highly experienced staff from nearly 50 nationalities including more than 45 ethnicities, making Al Jazeera English’s newsroom the most diverse in the world.

AJE offers balanced news coverage and has been widely credited for giving a global voice to the South. The Canadian audience is internationally minded and in this globalized age, people want news from all corners of the Earth.

Al Jazeera English will open a Canadian news bureau if it is permitted to broadcast in Canada. This will make AJE the only international broadcas ter located in Canada making Canadian stories available to the world.

Al Jazeera English is acclaimed for its diversity and quality in journalism. Canadians’ communication rights, including the right to receive and impart information regardless of frontiers (Article 19 of the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights), demand that the award-winning Al Jazeera English be approved for broadcasting in Canada. Thank you.

[name redacted]

Campaign for Democratic Media
Ethnic Channels Group

Take Action!
Click here to take action on this issue
Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.

What’s At Stake:

Al Jazeera English requires CRTC permission to be able to broadcast in Canada.

If it wins CRTC approval, AJE will open a Canadian news bureau, making it the only international broadcaster telling our stories to the world.

Al Jazeera English is acclaimed for its diversity and quality in journalism. Canadians have the right to receive and impart information regardless of frontiers (Article 19 of the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights).
Campaign Expiration Date:
June 9, 2009

If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for Campaign for Democratic Media.

Personally, I am torn…  I am not particularly keen on the whole ‘Al Jazeera English’ getting any ‘official blessing’ from anyone.

At the same time, I reject the very notion that the CRTC has ANY jurisdiction over the ‘airwaves’:  as such, lobbying them for – or against – anything would amount to a recognition of their jurisdiction, and thus something I find morally unacceptable.

Still, I thought this interesting enough to let everyone make their own minds up about!

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Lisa McLeod testifies in court that she is a crooked politician

OK – as much as I hate to admit it, Warren Kinsella has scored a point in the ‘Larry O’Brien influence peddling trial’.  Not the one he intended to – but, he has scored…

For those who are unfamiliar with Warren Kinsella, he is a Liberal spin doctor whose favourite tactic is to make up a charge (especially if there is a ‘grain of truth to it’ – even if NOT in the way he formulates it), throw it at his masters’ political opponents, and see if any of the excrement sticks…  A dubious tactic at best, it is – in my never-humble-opinion, precisely this tactic that is at the root of the ‘Mayor Larry O’Brien’ trial.

It is obvious that the main targets of this particular feces-slinging tactic were John Baird (the Conservative Minister, and a long-time rival of the past – ‘labour-union- and-Chretien- Liberals-friendly’ Ottawa Mayor, Bob Chiarelli) and the high-tech enterpreneur and philantropist turned Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien, who ran on a platform of curbing the power of labour unions over the policies of the City of Ottawa.  Little Lisa McLeod, though a well-connected conservative, was hardly in the cross-hairs of this particular salvo.


She is the one who just might have ended her political career with her yesterday’s testimony at the trial!


In no uncertain terms, Ms. McLeod testified that she is a crooked politician!

No, she did not actually say those words…  But, even a rudimentary amount of logic and reasoning applied to her testimony leads one to the inevitable conclusion that she is, indeed, a corrupt politician who ought to be run out of town and never ever elected again.  (And, if you read my blog regularly, you will know I say this as a ‘little ‘c’ conservative’ who abhores the excesses of various Liberal governments!)

So, what was it that Lisa McLeod said that has lead me to this extreme loathing?

While testifying at Larry O’Brien’s trial, Lisa McLeod stated the following (according to CFRA’s reporter of the trial Anna Drahovzal’s report on Thursday morning – the interview is not yet available on the CFRA site at the time this is being written).  But, to the best of my recollection of her report….

  • Lisa McLeod had, during a ‘casual conversation’ with Larry O’Brien, noticed that he spoke of Terry Kilrea ‘as if he were no longer a candidate’ for the Mayor’s chair.
  • Larry O’Brien – according to Lisa McLeod – said “we are talking to Terry about an appointment”
  • Lisa McLeod testified that she BELIEVED (not KNEW, but ‘BELIEVED’) that this ‘appointment’ was to do with the ‘parole board’ (Larry O’Brien is charged with attempting to bribe Terry Kilrea with a ‘parole board’ appointment to drop out of the Mayoral race so as not to split the right-of-centre vote).
  • Under cross-examination from the defense attorney, Ms. McLeod’s memory of the events was questioned:  in particular, she was asked if the numerous ‘smear-stories’ published in the local newspapers at about this time about the ‘parole board appointment’ could have affected her ‘belief’ in what the ‘appointment’ was in reference to…
  • While admitting that she could not be sure, Ms. McLeod testified that after this particular conversation, she intentionally avoided all media coverage of this controversy/scandal, because she thought this would go to trial and she did not want her memory to be tainted…

Please, think about this!!!

And, consider the ‘other’ testimonies… that when O’Brien was approached by Kilrea to get him ‘the parole board appointment’, O’Brien asked ‘people’ (as in, his lawyer and some politicians) about this:  ALL of them told him this would be illegal and he must not be seduced into any firm offer along these lies.  As a matter of fact, the testimonies so far are that all the ‘politicians’ he asked for advice ‘screamed’ at him to ‘not touch this’!

McLeod DID NOT!!!

Now, before you think her naive or anything like that, please, consider her own testimony in court!

She BELIEVED this was ILLEGAL – because she claims that she intentionally avoided media coverage of this in order not to taint her memory of the event for when it went to trial.  This PROVES that SHE was convinced this was an ILLEGAL action (whether it WAS or NOT – that is up to the courts….but, her statement PROVES that SHE thought that Larry O’Brien was taking an illegal action)!

Yet, she did NOT go to the police!!!

Now, if I were to witness something I considered to be ‘illegal action’ – I would be VERY CLEAR that I would bring all of this to the attention to the police.  And, as soon as possible, I WOULD inform the police of this!

Lisa McLeod HAD TESTIFIED that she witnessed what SHE believed was an illegal action (she thought ‘it would come to trial’), yet she did NOT report it to the police!

That means one of two possible things:

  1. She was so used to politicians using ‘illegal’ means to become elected, she thought it ‘normal’ enough not to report the crime to the police
  2. OR… she was not willing to call the cops when she thought the ‘illegal action’ was taken by a person who was a political ally….putting her partisanship above the law!!!

BOTH of these options are ABOMINABLE!!!

In not so many words, Lisa McLeod has PROVEN that she is NOT WILLING to put the law above her own political ambition…


At least, that is my never-humble-opinion…..

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I’ve been tagged with ‘Have you read these banned books?’

Over the weekend, I posted about a young woman – known only as ‘Kat Atreides‘ – who has turned her locker into an ‘underground library’, lending out books banned by her high school (presumably in the USA).

It seems that people are wondering about which of these banned books others have read – or why they have not read some of them.  And, it would appear that ‘tagging’ people with this question is ‘today’s internet meme’…and I’ve been tagged (The Landed Underclass ):

“Have you read these banned books?  If not, why not?”

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    • This is the first time I ever heard of this book by Steven Chobsky… but, as Wikipedia claims it is ‘inspired’ by ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ – a book I REALLY tried to read, but could not wade through all the useless whining – I doubt I will pick this one up
  • His Dark Materials trilogy
    • My son owns the trilogy and gave it a 3/5, so I picked the first one up and started to read it.  I could not ‘buy into’ the ‘world’ the author tried to create….and I did not like the WAY the archetypes were being messed with.  So, to avoid frustration, I put the book down…
  • Sabriel
    • This is the first time I have heard of this book by Garth Nix.  I’m not much into the ‘fantasy’ world of this type: I have a hard time buying into it…
  • The Canterbury Tales
    • Of course – I read it in high-school… so, it’s been a while!  This is a good reminder to let my older son read it this summer.
  • Candide
    • I have some books by Voltaire, but ‘Candide’ is not one of them…
  • The Divine Comedy
    • Yes, of course – again, I’ve read this in my early teens.
  • Paradise Lost
    • I read bits… as part of a high-school curriculum…
  • The Godfather
    • Yes, I’ve read it.  I still have a copy – but it’s falling apart…so I don’t re-read it much.
  • Mort
    • I’m not big on Terry Pratchett… I find his writing too preachy and manipulative to be enjoyable.  Instead of reading something by Pratchett, why not read a GOOD book?
  • Interview with the Vampire
    • Nor an Ann Rice fan – really, I don’t get her books.  People cannot ‘buy into’ a mythological world when the mythology is so blatantly wrong…
  • The Hunger Games
    • This is the first time I’ve heard of this book – sounds like an interesting take on the old archetype.  I just might pick this one up…
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
    • YES!!!
    • My hubby has the complete original radio series – taped off the radio
    • We have the complete original TV series on DVD
    • We still have the computer game – though we no longer have the Atari to run it on
    • We have the movie on DVD (that one’s really just for ‘completeness’)
    • When my hubby and I got married, we each had a complete set of the books…
    • Then we bought the hardcover copies – and got Douglas Adams to autograph them – and he got a great kick out of hearing we had met when we both took a physics course at University named for one of his books – and taught by a ‘Dr. Watson’!
    • Should I go on?  OK – I will!
    • I am also rather partial to the Dirk Gently series – I rather see myself in Svlad Cjelli (without the more clever, witty bits)… and I have no doubt that had ‘that school’ been familiar with them, they would have banned them….
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
    • I read this one when I was very young… and not in the original English.  My memory of it is VERY sketchy….I think I’ll pick up a copy in English now.
  • Animal Farm
    • Of course…
  • The Witches
    • Presumably, this is the Dahl book (though there are other books with that title)…  No, I did not read it nor do I plan to.  I saw part of the movie – if you want to see hate-speech, the movie is a perfect fit.  I walked out.  Then again, what do you expect from a writer who thinks that twisted, creepy dystopia of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ is somehow a story for kids….  I tried to read THAT book.  What is that saying?  ‘Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me….’
  • Shade’s Children
    • Sounds like this school really does not like Garth Nix and his books… I think I’ll pick this one up and give it a try.
  • The Evolution of Man
    • Which book is this?  There are a number with this title…  and, yes, I have read a bit about the evolution of humans….but, I don’t know if this book is one of the ones I read or not.
  • the Holy Qu’ran
    • While I do not know enough Arabic to read THE ‘Holy Qu’ran’, I do own a copy.  I also own a couple of translations of it into English – from the ‘official’ Saudi translation to a scholarly one which explains the ‘linguistic twists’ and their significance.  The translations, I have read – so, perhaps I’m pushing the envelope a little, but I turned the letters green to show I read it, even if only in translations.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    • Did not know it was also a book…
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
    • Yes.
  • Slaughterhouse-5
    • Just not worth the time…  Kurt Vonnegut is a skilled writer who can make his worlds and characters come to life.  Too bad his ideas don’t live up to his writing skills…
  • Lord of the Flies
    • I wanted to read it – and bought the book.  But, my hubby and older son read it first, and then convinced me that I should NOT read it, because if I did, they’d have to put up with me ranting on and on about it for weeks…they thought I’d get too much ‘into’ the book.  But, I am familiar with the contents, having helped a few people write book reports on it (obviously, I helped with the ‘mechanics’ of writing the report, not the content…but was exposed to it nonetheless).
  • Bridge to Terabithia
    • Yes. (Did not see the movie…)
  • Catch-22
    • Yes.
  • East of Eden
    • Sort of….  Steinbeck is ‘sort of’ the opposite of Vonnegut:  great ideas (plot) and sense of humour, even his ‘plot timing’ is great.  It’s just the writing that sucks!  I don’t know if it is the degree to which he attempts to inject ideology into his books (something translators can negate through the means in which they translate ‘imagery’) or if it is just a complete inability to write.  However, a good translator can do wonders:  I have greatly enjoyed reading Steinbeck’s works when translated into other languages.  But in English – sorry, I just could not slog through it… even re-reading books I LOVED in the original English poisoned the books for me for ever…
  • The Brothers Grimm Unabridged Fairytales.
    • Yes.  A MUST read!

All right – YOUR turn!

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Student runs ‘underground library’ from her locker

What do the writers Dante, Douglas Adams, Mario Puzzo, Geoffrey Chaucer, George Orwell, John Milton, Joseph Heller, Philip Pullman, Mark Twain, the Brothers Grimm and a whole lot of others have in common?

Their books are part of the newest ‘underground library’…

OK, this is one of those bad-story/good-story things… unless it is a very sophisticated plot by a school to get kids (well, teenagers) to read books!

It seems that a school (presumably in the US) has banned a whole slew of books.  That is always bad (banning books does not stop the ideas they carry and is an evil act in itself), but some of these books are, well, books that ‘ought to’ be on the curriculum of any school worthy of educating our kids!

Many of the students are not allowed – or afraid(!) to borrow the books from the public library… 

Here comes the ‘good’ part of the story:  one of the students (currently un-named) has taken on this challenge and turned the empty locker beside her own into an ‘underground library’!

BoingBoing! dug the story up at ‘Yahoo Answers’ when the student in question described the situation, then asked:

“Anyway, I now operate a little mini-library that no one has access to but myself. Practically a real library, because I keep an inventory log and give people due dates and everything. I would be in so much trouble if I got caught, but I think it’s the right thing to do because before I started, almost no kid at school but myself took an active interest in reading! Now not only are all the kids reading the banned books, but go out of their way to read anything they can get their hands on. So I’m doing a good thing, right?”

“But is what I’m doing wrong because parents and teachers don’t know about it and might not like it, or is it a good thing because I am starting appreciation of the classics and truly good novels (Not just fad novels like Twilight) in my generation?”

You ARE doing the RIGHT THING!!!

It is never wrong to distribute ‘banned’ information, literature or ideas! And it is never wrong to oppose those who would keep you in the dark in order to control your thoughts!

Just for interest, here is a partial list of the banned books (which this student has begun to lend out from the ‘underground library’ in her locker:

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • His Dark Materials trilogy
  • Sabriel
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • Candide
  • The Divine Comedy
  • Paradise Lost
  • The Godfather
  • Mort
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Animal Farm
  • The Witches
  • Shade’s Children
  • The Evolution of Man
  • the Holy Qu’ran
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Slaughterhouse-5
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Catch-22
  • East of Eden
  • The Brothers Grimm Unabridged Fairytales.

This person deserves a medal!!! And, her school could learn a few lessons from her…

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Warrantless searches permitted – if you have a radio at home…

This is for our US cousins – and, if anyone knows the law in Canada and other Western countries on this, I would appreciate the info:

Apparently, the FCC has the right to enter and search/inspect – without a warrant – any private home where RF devices are in use.

You know, like radio, garage-door openers, wireless router for your internet…even cordless phones, burglar alarms or baby monitors… has the scoop:

‘It would appear that a never-challenged, little known law from 1934…You may not know it, but if you have a wireless router, a cordless phone, remote car-door opener, baby monitor or cellphone in your house, the FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time of the day or night in order to inspect it.’

‘The FCC claims it derives its warrantless search power from the Communications Act of 1934, though the constitutionality of the claim has gone untested in the courts.’

‘But refusing the FCC admittance can carry a harsh financial penalty. In a 2007 case, a Corpus Christi, Texas, man got a visit from the FCC’s direction-finders after rebroadcasting an AM radio station through a CB radio in his home. An FCC agent tracked the signal to his house and asked to see the equipment; Donald Winton refused to let him in, but did turn off the radio. Winton was later fined $7,000 for refusing entry to the officer.’

‘But if inspectors should notice evidence of unrelated criminal behavior — say, a marijuana plant or stolen property — a Supreme Court decision suggests the search can be used against the resident.’

So, let’s get this straight…

  • The FCC’s agents can enter any private property where they have a reason to believe someone is using any RF device.
  • Denying the agents entry is illegal
  • While the agents are on the private property, they are empowered to search it for RF devices and inspect the devices
  • If they uncover any evidence of ‘illegal activity’ of any kind, they can collect the evidence
  • This evidence can be handed over to police and can be used to prosecute the resident


So, the US is not becoming a ‘police state’ – it is much too sophisticated for that!  Instead, the police use minions and sidekicks to do their ‘dirty work’ and remain beyond criticism…


Hat tip:  Dvorak Uncensored

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Union of Unions: is ‘labour’ organized a little ‘too well’?

This is just a tiny peek at Canadian ‘organized labour’ in particular, though I expect that the results will be similar for many of the ‘developed’ countries – and I am not naive enough not to understand that a supranatural organization of labour unions also exists.

This is only natural:  one just has to look at the nature of people who are drawn to ‘organized labour’ to start with!

These are usually people who are very, very good at ‘organizing’ things – and other people.  So, it is only natural that they would – well – organize themselves, too! And, there is nothing wrong with that:  freedom of association and all that.  Plus, many (perhaps most) of them are motivated by a belief that they are doing right by their members – also a commendable thing!

Where I DO have a problem is that in Canada (and many other places), this very freedom of association – something the labour unions had to fight bitter battles to win a legal right for – is now not respected BY the labour unions themselves…

As in, we have ‘closed shop‘ workplaces (or something practically indistinguishable from it), where every single employee is forced to belong to a specified labour union.  These ‘exclusively union-held’ workplaces are to be found in private industry and – perhaps this is the most troubling aspect – they have a monopoly on all levels of the civil service!  While I am very uncomfortable with all the aspects of this, that is not the topic of this rant.

Instead, I would like to demonstrate that this incredible skill at ‘organizing’, as practiced by labour unions, has – in a very real sense – led to a situation where just about every unionized employee in Canada effectively has to obey just one single boss

Unions arose because there was a need for balance:  as the industrial revolution transformed the ‘Western World’, the employer-employee relationship gave too much power to the employer and not enough to the employee.  Following the age-long adage ‘there is strength in numbers’, people refused to give in to oppression and did something to change it, both in law and in practice.  I suspect that were I living back then, I might well have been proud to be part of this movement!

But, the effects of human actions tend to act a little bit like a pendulum:  if you push hard to correct a wrong, chances are that a really successful ‘push’ will ‘swing the pendulum’ to the opposite extreme… and, with ‘organized labour’, I fear that that is exactly where we are now!  (At least, in the ‘Western world’!)

Now, we have a situation where an employer may not be allowed to hire the best people for a specific job (or, at least, the people the employer wishes to hire), but must have all their employment choices approved by a labour union.  In effect, the Unions in Canada (at the present time) form a layer of management which is NOT under the control of the employer, but whose very existence is predicated on ensuring that there is strife between the employer and the employee (as the ‘raison d’etre’ of the union is to mediate any disputes between the two, ensuring there is plenty of ‘stuff’ to mediate seems only prudent).

As in that story (sorry, I cannot find an online link, but it happened in the 1980s, so there may not be an online copy) where a lady owned a business and wanted to leave it to her grandson in her will.  To make sure that he really knew the business, from the bottom up, she wanted to hire him during his summer holidays in different departments of her company – working in the entry-level jobs of all the departments and getting to know them from the ‘bottom up’!

Frankly, I think this is commendable:  if you intend to leave a company in someone’s hands, it is only responsible that he know all the aspects of its workings!

However, not long before, this lady’s company became unionized.  AND, it was a ‘closed shop’…

And – since the labour union (I don’t know which one was involved) saw the hiring of the owner’s grandson as ‘nepotism’ and something to be opposed, they refused to grant him a memership in the union.  That meant that – whether paid or not – the grandson was not allowed to work at this company…except, perhaps, as the CEO…but he was denied the ability to ‘learn the business’ in order to become an effective manager!

The story ends sadly.  The confrontation between the owner and the labour union did not resolve the situation:  and, rather than be denied the right to hire whom she chose, the owned closed the company – putting everyone out of work.

Yes, it sounds like an urban legend:  still, at the time, it was a big story, covered by the major papers…

I guess what I am trying to say is that while 100+ years ago, the ‘strength’ was with the employers, that is no longer the case.  Now, the ‘strength’ lies with the unions who control BOTH the employer AND the employees, without any accountability to the former and with only a ‘lip-service’ level of accountability to the latter.

That, in my never-hmble-opinion, is a problem!

Because, like it or not – notice it or not – what has happened over the last 100 years (or so) is that individual workers have united to form unions, restoring balance to the ‘equation’:  but, they then went much, much further!  They created ‘unions of unions’ – until now, in Canada, there is one body – the Canadian Labour congress – which controls the vast majority of unionized employees in the land!

From their ‘about’ page:

‘The Canadian Labour Congress brings together Canada’s national and international unions, the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 136 district labour councils.’

‘With roots everywhere in Canada, the labour movement plays a key role…’

‘Active in every aspect of the economic, social and political life of Canadians…’

‘On Parliament Hill, in boardrooms, at international conferences, in media events, in demonstrations or on picket lines, the CLC supports and educates unionists in the fight for strong workplaces, pressures governments for change, builds coalitions with like-minded groups, and strengthens solidarity between workers in Canada and other countries.’

This really does seem to be an organization – perhaps with supranational strings attached – which controls a great deal of what goes on in the daily life of Canadians!

If the CLC were to decide that each one of its members (or the members of its minion organizations) were to go on strike, the whole country would come to a standstill! Industry, government, infrastructure, construction – even entertainment:  all these workers are subject to the whims of the CLC… either directly, or through the labour unions that they belong to – and which all answer to the CLC!

Is this not too much control in the hands of just one group of people – especially a group of people NOT ACCOUNTABLE to Canadians?

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Aspie humour, music and cats

Not much needs to be said:  just watch the video!

Hat tip:  Dvorak Uncensored

UPDATE: Having visited a friend who has a cat, I attempted to follow the above instructions to the best of my skills and abilities!  Alas, I failed…

I cradled the cat, as shown.  He looked very pleased, and not even a tiny bit ‘annoyed’.

I did the ‘sniffing’ – he closed his eyes, as if with pleasure.

I did the ‘serial kissing’ – after which the cat attempted to rub his cheek on me, as if asking me to show him more affection.

And, he appeared rather immune to the ‘little drop’…

After I let him down, he jumped onto my lap, asking for more – and not a peep out of him!  (Unless purring counts.)

Therefore, I am obligated to report that I have been unable to replicate this procedure successfully…

UPDATE OF THE UPDATE: Having visited another friend, I tested the methodology on her cat.  It worked PERFECTLY!  Awesome cat-yodelling was enjoyed by all!

My personal observation:  pick a slightly finicky cat!

If the cat is ‘too agreeable’ – no sound except for purring will be heard, therefore, no yodeling will result.

If the cat is ‘too finicky’ – you’ll be torn to shreds!  Therefore, the key here is to find a cat with JUST the RIGHT amount of ‘finickiness’ to ‘tell you’ when you are being annoying, but not rip your face off!

Come to think of it, more people should have ‘just’ the ‘right’ amount of ‘finickiness’, too….

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…been quiet lately…

Perhaps you have noticed that my posts have been less frequent than usual – my apologies.

There is ‘stuff’ happening in my extended family, and my attention has been there…  I will be back to my earlier frequency of posting, once my family’s needs return to their usual levels.