It’s June 9, 2016—the day I go downtown to get fingerprinted and interviewed for my TSA “Pre Check” number: the magic number that will enable me to bypass crowded security lines at airports. Will they grope me today, just for old times’ sake? Posting will be light depending on long they will grill me. On this day in 1954 was the famous McCarthy/Welch incident, in which Communist-hunting Senator Joe McCarthy was “investigating” the infiltration of Communists into the U.S. Army. Trying to slur one young man with the “commie” label, McCarthy was rebuked by Army Special Counsel Joseph Welch with the famous words, “You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” On this day in 1891, songwriter Cole Porter was born, and, in 1870, Charles Dickens died. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, there was some much needed rain to irrigate the cherries, but Hili, who got wet, was affronted:
AFTER THE RAINA: Hili! Just look at you!Hili: What, haven’t you ever seen a wet cat before?
PO DESZCZUJa: Hili, jak ty wyglądasz!
Hili: No co, mokrego kota nie widziałeś?
Malgorzata also reports that, in Tel Aviv, there is a new litter of two Sand Cats (Felis margarita), a small desert felid from Africa and Asia that I wrote about over six years ago (has this website been going that long?). The as-yet-unnamed kittens:
Mom and kitten:
And out in Winnipeg, Gus is misbehaving:
This is Gus being bad: there’s birds up in that tree! It’s not a great picture because Gus is always overexposed in the sunlight but he does have a bit of an aura about him.