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Pussies galore! How cats
are taking over the world

Telegraph [UK], by William Langley

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/10/2013 2:32:22 PM

Beyond the hard-to-refute argument that they are the world’s most useless animals, cats appear to have everything going their way. In the past 20 years, they have overtaken dogs to become Britain’s most popular pet, relentlessly raised their social profile, and colonised the internet to such an extent that Google has now installed special programmes to monitor their advance. For what can appear, at first acquaintance, to be a small, fur-coated, heat-seeking digestive tract that sleeps 16 hours a day, this is some achievement. Not that the cats show any signs of easing up. Last week they pulled off another

Please don´t indulge in naughty remarks (which will get the thread closed). This is a funny piece and invites funny--but nice--responses.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 2/10/2013 2:44:27 PM     (No. 9168934)

But enough about the Obama Cabinet.

Sorry...I couldn´t help it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: javaboy, 2/10/2013 2:49:22 PM     (No. 9168950)

In some ancient cultures, cats were worshiped as gods. They have never forgotten this.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/10/2013 3:00:24 PM     (No. 9168965)

#1, no, those are ´Rats...not cats. Cats will hopefully run the ´rats out of Washington DC. I already think my kitties have been making a plan to eliminate the ´rats. Even my big fat Whitey-cat has learned to master some stealth moves to protect his territory. He even surprised big macho Stranger and showed his dominance (neck hold) in a stealth pounce that made the big macho cat cry!!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 2/10/2013 3:07:36 PM     (No. 9168973)

I love it, #1!

When I lived in Rome, stray cats were everywhere, and I mean everywhere. They inhabited the Colosseum (famous for its cat population) and the streets. I did have a couple of cats in Rome, both rescued. But my favorite feline was one that my boyfriend and I rescued from the U.S. Embassy parking lot. She was about ten days old, barely having opened her eyes. We heard her mewing from our open window; her mother had been hit by a car. We brought her to work in a shoe box and fed with an ear cleaner (!). She learned to hold her "bottle" with her front paws. She was a pretty little tiger whom we named Charlie and nicknamed "Chuck". As Charlie grew older she had a habit of stealing loose change and bills lying around and stashing them under the couch. We joked that she was just saving for a rainy day. Once I took a picture of her walking out onto my terrace with my checkbook in her mouth; she was smaller than the checkbook, still being a kitten!

Fond memories!!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: veritas, 2/10/2013 3:30:51 PM     (No. 9168994)

The article is quite a nice confection. Perfect for a Sunday. The writer´s take, his viewpoint, his gentle [and appreciative] wryness, and his writing talent are all appreciated and necessary in making this piece.

There are some wonderful lines in it. Examples include "a small, fur-coated, heat-seeking digestive tract that sleeps 16 hours a day" and "furred Reich." Discover more on reading.

But it led me to think the old observation, that "dogs have owners, cats have staff," could be wrong. Certainly, those roles appear to be operative. But dogs must have "owner"-provided support activities daily. Period. Cats one can leave to themselves for a day or two. Well, as long as you don´t mind the possibility of coming home to a surprise from time to time.

Read and enjoy.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 2/10/2013 3:32:58 PM     (No. 9168995)

No offense #4, but it sounds like Chuck was a budding Democrat, Italian style. Did she have any American cousins in the Bay area with the last name Pelosi?
Actually, she sounds pretty charming.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: WAN2, 2/10/2013 3:39:31 PM     (No. 9169000)

My kingdom for a cat that sleeps only 18 hours a day.
Have heard them described as movable potted plants.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: not so little nell, 2/10/2013 3:40:20 PM     (No. 9169001)

Cats are mankinds´ Tribbles. Anyone who doesn´t like cats are you know what.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: PageTurner, 2/10/2013 4:00:51 PM     (No. 9169038)

This dolt doesn´t understand the primal significance of cats to human civilization itself.

Cats were what made Sumeria´s ancient civilization possible for one. The kitties ate the rats that ate the grain supplies, allowing human beings to stock piles of grain to get through the winter and beyond instead of spending all their time hitting rats with brooms and shovels. With the cats taking care of that vital job - cripes, it was the food supply! - human beings had lots of extra leisure time to build walled cities and trade with each other. They weren´t spending all their time swatting rats. The surplus grain saved by the cats allowed the creation of more than just bread from the grain too - beermaking was the other thing Sumerians learned to make with their excess grain stocks, and a fine thing that is. Without the cats, the beer would not have been possible.

Cats have been present in every single great civilization in the ancient world because they played a VITAL role in protecting the grain supplies from mice and rats. They were there and revered in Sumeria, in ancient Persia, among the Assyrians, the Hittites, the Inca, even Mohammad just loved cats. They all understood the vital role cats played in enabling civilization to flourish. For that, human beings own kitties a debt of gratitude and should be happy to pamper them as beloved pets forever more.

Cats made civilization possible.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jalo1951, 2/10/2013 4:09:28 PM     (No. 9169046)

When cats disappeared (not always through their own choice) the Black Plague of Death showed up. Can you do better?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: squiggle, 2/10/2013 4:17:30 PM     (No. 9169055)

We thought our lovable fuzzballs were rather ornamental--until we had a mouse in the house. No way could we track the mouse as deftly, or run so fast!

Cats are wonderful!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rafter, 2/10/2013 4:22:39 PM     (No. 9169061)

#10, speaking of diseases...

Recall a few months ago an interesting article linking domestication of cats
to the spread of schizophrenia.

There was a very extensive study by a university researcher who could link
the increase in cat popularity in modern times to the emergence of schizophenria.

Cats carry certain viruses and pathogens, and the parasites can get into humans and
greatly alter brain function.
Wish I could recall more of the details.
It´s a major big deal in research.

You know cats transmit toxoplasmosis, right?
Google it all, and you can find the rest of the story...

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Reply 13 - Posted by: jalo1951, 2/10/2013 4:33:30 PM     (No. 9169079)

#12 Yes, I read those stories. And when I was pregnant my husband didn´t let me near the litter box. Besides, I have had cats (I have six now) ever since I can remember. I dare say more people died from the Black Death than from cats infecting us. I´ll take my chances.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 2/10/2013 4:41:39 PM     (No. 9169085)

FTA: ´´The times we live in are less sociable, more self-fixated than most of us have known before, but cats have known little else, and now we may have to look to them for guidance.´´

Apocalypse aside, I agree with above posters´ mouse observations. Few folks get to see how naturally useful cats are as perfectly-engineered mousers. Last year, through a sloppily drawn-out remodeling project, we found our crawl space populated by field mice. Our normally-somnolent furball assumed the role of mouse eradicator as if she had been training for it her entire life - with a combination of patience, persistence and ruthlessness I have never seen displayed in canines.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: msjena, 2/10/2013 4:45:13 PM     (No. 9169090)

#12--toxoplasmosis only exists (and rarely, at that) in cats that go outside. My mother is in her 90s and has had cats her whole life, so they must not be that deadly.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: postaway, 2/10/2013 4:58:56 PM     (No. 9169098)

Thank God for cats. My 18 year-old brown tabby died recently, and a more regal, unflappable and loving pet there never was. She would sit by your side, as wise as a sphinx and hold your hand in her paw and pet you by flexing her paw and unflexing it. No one believed it until they experienced it. All the time, she would purr her great and jolly purr. Here´s to you, Tippy, and to all God´s creatures, great and small.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: bullhead, 2/10/2013 4:59:14 PM     (No. 9169099)

Another cat story....

The house catches fire at night. The family dog barks and awakens the family so they can escape.

Another house catches fire at night. The family cat sneaks out the back door.

They are taking over;)

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 2/10/2013 5:07:54 PM     (No. 9169109)

I´ve had cats since I was a toddler and that´s getting on for 70 years now. Until I was around 20, those cats were outdoor/indoor cats. Since then they´ve all been indoors and it´s better that way--for the cat and his or her staff.

The toxoplasmosis scare is overblown. To contract the disease you have to eat infected meat or touch an infected cats feces and then put your fingers to your mouth, is the way I understand it.

The ASPCA has good information:


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Reply 19 - Posted by: Udanja99, 2/10/2013 5:21:16 PM     (No. 9169127)

I have a relative who is schizophrenic. She has lived her life in NYC and has never, to my knowledge, touched any animal. Her mother was afraid of animals and passed that fear on to her daughter.

On the other hand, I can´t remember a time when I didn´t have multiple indoor/outdoor cats and, to the best of our knowledge, we are not schizophrenic.

( The first paragraph is true )

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Reply 20 - Posted by: thelmalou, 2/10/2013 5:23:49 PM     (No. 9169134)

Beautiful, #8. We love our babies.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Udanja99, 2/10/2013 5:30:44 PM     (No. 9169145)

PS: I don´t trust people who don´t like cats.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Rafter, 2/10/2013 5:39:13 PM     (No. 9169157)

I think the way tennis great Martina Navratilova got infected with
toxoplasmosis from her cat was that the pet was indoors and walked anywhere it wished.

If the animal is infected, it´s pretty easy for the virus to be passed on.
Luckily I haven´t gotten anything that I know of.
When we were kids, it was suggested that a dog´s lick was safer than a human´s germs.
"Ya can´t get dog diseases. They don´t have human diseases."

I haven´t heard anything like that lately.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/10/2013 5:52:02 PM     (No. 9169170)

Agree, #9. A relative of mine keeps miniature donkeys and some goats. He went to the barn one evening to care for his animals, and was horrified to see dozens of mice running all over. They were attracted to the animal feed.

The next morning, he visited a neighboring farm and adopted some barn kittens. He took them home, fed them, and gave them a nice bunk in the barn. Inside of a week, the rodent population was gone.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/10/2013 5:52:55 PM     (No. 9169171)

Forgot to mention, kitties are well worth their keep, even without the mouse-chasing skills.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: ersatzluci, 2/10/2013 6:09:42 PM     (No. 9169196)

I have my 3 cats for 12 years. They´re all loveable and intelligent. They each know their names and certain human words like "food" and "chick-chick" (chicken, a special food for one).

A friend of mine once stated that cats have great basic programming (he was an engineer) and I couldn´t agree more.

Cats are vertical and dogs are horizontal --meaning where they get to. My cats can get on top of the doors, the refrigerator, the closet, etc. They also can open drawers and kitchen cabinet doors to explore inside (looking for mice, no doubt).

In the winter, they sleep with me on top of the covers and electric blanket. My cats can always find the most comfortable spot in the house at any given time.

I have nothing against dogs, it´s just that cats are that much better, especially if they´re 100% indoor felines.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: PageTurner, 2/10/2013 6:24:42 PM     (No. 9169207)

It depends on the pet, #17 - dogs as well as cats. Many cats are heroes:




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Reply 27 - Posted by: PageTurner, 2/10/2013 6:27:16 PM     (No. 9169215)

Whoops, that last link was an error, meant to post this one: http://canine-chat.com/community/index.php?threads/news-ny-cat-wakes-up-couple-when-fire-breaks-out.821/

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Hikergal, 2/10/2013 6:30:03 PM     (No. 9169219)

#7 my daughter´s cat woke up the neighbor during a fire the article says it was the woman´s but it was my Corie´s the cat had free roam of the whole building
Love that cat!!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Hikergal, 2/10/2013 6:32:22 PM     (No. 9169223)

Oops apologies to #7! Meant 17

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Reply 30 - Posted by: InOhio, 2/10/2013 7:38:58 PM     (No. 9169287)

To #25 and others: If you sit in a chair in my house and stand up for about 1/10 second, my Himalayan will dive into that warm seat faster than you can reclaim it.

One would think her coat would be enough but apparently not.

The other one reclines in front of the heat vent with his paws ON the vent. I don´t know why he doesn´t get scorched.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 2/10/2013 7:56:20 PM     (No. 9169299)

My cat alerted me one night when I put the tea kettle on & forgot about it - it´s not the whistling kind & the cat came to the room where I was & wouldn´t leave me alone until I followed her to the kitchen. She knew something was amiss & she "told"me. Also, in the hours before we had an earthquake in this area, she kept going into the basement & hiding in the corners. Very unusual behavior. I tried to coax her out, but she kept hiding. Again, she knew something was about to go wrong. I also remember a cat my brother had in his awful college apartment. His cat would chase & EAT cockroaches. They earn their keep. Here´s a good joke - if you provide a dog with food, a soft bed & a home, he thinks you are God - if you do the same for a cat, he thinks he´s God!

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Reply 32 - Posted by: joew9, 2/10/2013 8:14:39 PM     (No. 9169310)

Getting rid of stray cats is easy. We just have to be willing to do it. That´s what the problem really is.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 2/10/2013 8:33:33 PM     (No. 9169333)

As I write this, a small companion sits perched on my stomach. He doesn´t read or post on this site, preferring to leave the staff work to me; however, I´m sure he would want me to thank the OP, article author, and other posters for helping to improve my understanding of his needs. I see no Heinlein on this thread yet, so perhaps this:

"Anyone who thinks protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat." -- Robert A. Heinlein

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Reply 34 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/10/2013 8:50:17 PM     (No. 9169359)

Cats are beguiling. But like everything in nature, they require checks and balances to keep them from overpopulation at which point they would no longer beguile. My method is to keep them in the barn where they can find all they need to sustain them so long as they self limit their population. They keep the rodents from destroying the horse feed and gnawing on the leather tack. Oh, they can leave the barn alright, but if they do so they are likely to be nipped up by a passing coyote. My population control seems to be working. I´ll leave it to others to find their own. And #9, I do appreciate your point about the beer.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: veritas, 2/10/2013 9:05:20 PM     (No. 9169373)

#17: In such a case, perhaps the cat presumes the family smart enough to notice a house fire and leave?

#19: Didn´t "your mother have you tested," like Sheldon? Mine probably regrets her oversight....

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Trigger2, 2/11/2013 4:26:45 AM     (No. 9169575)

Yeah, well, if you croak in your abode with noone around, a cat will eat your corpse while a dog will not.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: PChristopher, 7/6/2013 8:36:49 AM     (No. 9411095)

Beyond the hard-to-refute argument that they are the world’s most useless animals

...like some writers.

I have two feline entities myself and will take them over some people anytime.

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On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

Chelsea Clinton no longer
ruling out politics

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 11:57:36 AM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
Act: We need to redistribute wealth

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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Megyn Kelly and the
Sandberg Head Shaker

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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of

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