Life Of A Cat

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The cats of my life have been on my mind today as one that was very, very important to me died last night.

Coincidently, the fantastic website TV In Japan brought this gorgeous, heartfelt mini-anime to my attention.

This post is dedicated to Clark, Chuck, Pena, Mal, Nieves and last but not least by a long shot…

Kookla
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Good kitties all.

And for the two who share my front porch with me and are still very vibrant and alive, Tree and Mortimer.

UPDATE
Here is Kooks obit…

Kookla Adler-Poulos
November 22, 1999 – November 10, 2006
Born in Edison, New Jersey, Kookla spent her youth playing fetch and hiding from her crystal-meth-addicted landlord at La Isla de Las Mujeres in New Brunswick, NJ. Seemingly pointless and unprovoked racing back and forth from room to room, marked her childhood, and continued well into adulthood, even as the rooms grew smaller and Kookla grew larger. Physically distinguished by her black-on-black tiger striped coat and abnormally small head, she was also well-known across the nation for her voracious appetite and almost human-like understanding that food obviously equals love. Her unique vocal stylings also brought notoriety amongst artists, doctors, and teachers, alike.

After a few years in Highland Park, New Jersey, Kookla decided to follow her dreams of living alone, without the oppression of slimmer, dominating felines and moved to Los Angeles, where she spent her final years living the good life in her beachside apartment in Venice, California.

She is survived by her two mommies, Nicole Adler of Highland Park, NJ and Julie Poulos of Venice, CA; cousins Sally, Freeia, Jet, Flo, Jinxy and Trixie; and numerous aunties and uncles. Service to be held Sunday, November 19th, at 12 noon. Venice Beach, CA.

Your City Is Trying To Tell You Something…

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new york city (united states of america), east village, 11th and a

Written On The City is a profoundly engaging, minimalist and beautiful website designed to distill the distinct voices of the greatest Cities in the world by allowing users to submit photographs of urban poetry and text that has been stenciled across, graphitized upon and splashed over the concrete jungles of mankind. There’s something spiritual about these anonymous messages to ourselves.

Granted, the collection is a little anemic right now, I hope that by posting this I’m inspiring people to go out and start shooting.

Check it out. Participate.

I notice that there is no listing for Los Angeles yet… I’m dying to get my new digital camera!

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san francisco (united states of america), soma, folsom and sherman

Rush Limbaugh admits to “carrying the water” for Republicans

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At approximately 1:14 p.m. Central time today Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show…

“The way I feel is this: I feel liberated, and I’m going to tell you as plainly as I can why. I no longer am going to have to carry the water for people who I don’t think deserve having their water carried. Now, you might say, “Well, why have you been doing it?” Because the stakes are high! Even though the Republican Party let us down, to me they represent a far better future for my beliefs and therefore the country’s than the Democrat [sic] Party does and liberalism…

“I’m a radio guy! I understand what this program has become in America and I understand the leadership position it has. I was doing what I thought best, but at this point, people who don’t deserve to have their water carried, or have themselves explained as they would like to say things but somehow aren’t able to? I’m not under that kind of pressure.”

DailyKos… from which this story was pulled had this to say in response…

“To have Rush say that this thing went off the rails 4 years ago, and that he’s been covering for it all this time is kind of shameful. I wonder what else Rush really wanted to speak out about, but didn’t? Did he REALLY think Abu Ghraib was just a fraternity prank, or was he carrying water? Does he really think there’s a liberal media, or does he just need to make the whole thing up to keep Republicans in power? Hell, maybe he thinks Donovan McNabb is really a great quarterback! We’ll never know, because we can never be sure of when Rush is telling us what he REALLY thinks, or when he’s telling us what he thinks we need to hear. I’ve never really known a pundit that was willing to come right out and say “I’m full of shit.””

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Post Midterms!

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Poll workers at the Garden Valley Neighborhood House in Cleveland gathered around an electronic voting machine to try to get it working, in one of many precincts nationwide with such problems.

So lets do the math kids…

Democrats take 28 seats in the House, gaining overwhelming control.

A democratic woman from San Francisco is the first female Speaker of the House in the history of our country.

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Nancy Pelosi makes herstory

The Senate is still in play and could, very likely, go Democrat… giving the Dems control of both the House and Senate.

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Tester, a Democrat who has just called himself the winner – literally as I’m writing this post – in the race against Senator Conrad Burns of Montana, prepares for an early morning television interview. This along with Virginia may go to recount. The Senate hangs in the balance.

South Dakota rejected a law that would have banned virtually all abortions.

Arizona became the first state to defeat an amendment to ban gay marriage. (A total of eight states voted on amendments to ban gay marriage: Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin approved them).

Missouri approved a measure backing stem cell research.

The corrupt and manipulative diva behind 2000 voting irregularities, Katherine Harris, has finally been handed her walking papers.

Santa Monica California has ostensibly legalized Marijuana, saying that it is now, “a least priority crime.”

And now… DONALD RUMSFELD HAS RESIGNED!!!

Other great news for my worldview.

Minimum wage hikes passed in Arizona, Colorado. Missouri, Montana, Ohio and Nevada.

Voters in Arizona and South Dakota approved increases in tobacco taxes

However, proving that we are still a nation divided. On the right…

Michigan, voters took a swipe at affirmative action, deciding that race and gender should not be factors in deciding who gets into public universities or who gets hired for government work. Arizona made English the state’s official language. Nevada and Colorado voters rejected measures that would have legalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by anyone 21 and older. South Dakotans voted down a proposal that would have allowed marijuana use for some medical purposes.

So there you go, the scoreboard.

Last night was amazing. But I must also curtail my enthusiasm. I don’t believe democracy works when a single party is in control. What I like to see is this country, which is obviously very divided, fall into a balanced center where we all – leftist bastards, like my self, and right wing nuts – can feel at least some margin of representation. But Bush’s legacy is sealed. He is someone who uses the politics of division and sidesteps the substantive issues for the trendy rhetoric, obviously causing wild swings in the electorate. And last night his game was shown to be all played out.

So it goes.

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Jonestown: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple

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The new doc by filmmaker Stanley Nelson about Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple is fundamental viewing for anyone interested in faith, the varieties of religious experience, and the last, gasping death of the utopian philosophies of the 60’s (though this final rattle happens in ’78).

I was 7 years old when over 900 people, almost all US citizens, committed suicide in the jungles of French Guyana. This event and the death of Elvis are the only two news stories I can remember from my early youth. My grandfather on my Mother’s side had died shortly before the news hit that a Congressman had been assassinated by a cult and that a mass suicide had followed. It all resonated with me in a way that it never would’ve previous to the loss of my mother’s father. And I’m sure that the two experiences in tandem forged my lifelong obsession with belief structures and the spiritual dimension of human existence.

Faith brings out our greatest beauty and our deepest flaws. Brings us together and tears us down. Illuminates and blinds.

This film is a fine exploration of that inherent dichotomy, but it’s not perfect. Nelson skims over the early days of the church to make more screen time for the fateful, and admittedly engaging, final day. This robs us of some of the broader social context of the largest mass suicide in modern history. He also rushes past the descent of Jim Jones from idealism into messianic, solipsistic insanity. I would’ve gladly sat through another hour of this film just to get at the pith of his dysfunction. Jones clearly had vision and influence, and was an undeniable force in the racial integration of religious communities at the time.

But I’m nitpicking. When the final day begins to unroll, the film becomes so gut wrenching in its depiction of the crazy mechanics of how it all went down that it brought me to tears.

What comes through in all of this is the idea that in the end it wasn’t so much the madman who kept these people invigorated and hopeful and filled with life. It was the community those people had built for themselves. It was each other. And in that there is some sad solace. The madman was just a bookshelf, but the books, the books were those people. Those lovely arcadians and dancing utopians, all so hungry for a more loving, less judgmental world. They were people who simply woke up one day from a long dream and realized that they were far, far too lost in the jungle to ever make it back home again.

I wonder if we, as a species, will ever be able to believe in our collective power without a charismatic Napoleon to gather and goad us.

Or does it take a monster?

Try to see it if you can.

Here’s the Trailer.And here is the complete tape found in a tape recorder under Jim Jones’ chair after the mass suicide in Jonestown on November 18, 1978.