Thursday: Hili dialogue

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:


A: Hili! Just look at you!
Hili: What, haven’t you ever seen a wet cat before?
In Polish:
Ja: 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.

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  1. Dominic
    Posted June 9, 2016 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    I hope they are not d*g lovers!

  2. Posted June 9, 2016 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    I remember watching and listening to Joseph Welch as he scolded Senator McCarthy.

    What I can’t remember is whether this was the precise point when I turned against the senator.

    I still see the spirit of McCarthy everywhere: the politics of fear is still alive and well in America.

    “Trust us. We’re the Government. We’ll keep you safe.”

    And who will guard the guardians?

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted June 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      Probably even earlier, Frederick. Right-minded people across the land began seeing McCarthy for the political thug he was beginning with his infamous 1950 speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, when he claimed the US State Department contained “205 communists” — or 157 or 81 or whatever other random number of communists popped into his dipsomaniacal head.

  3. Posted June 9, 2016 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Best allocation of $85 to travel that you will ever spend. I look forward to not reading about your groping experiences!

  4. Posted June 9, 2016 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    “You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

    Brings to mind this ad about Drumpf mocking a disabled reporter, which you’ve likely already seen, but is worth a second, third, or fourth view.

    • Diane G.
      Posted June 10, 2016 at 12:55 am | Permalink

      Drat! All I get is “this video no longer available…”

  5. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted June 9, 2016 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Sounds high-risk to me. I wonder if the TSA have read PCC(E)’s comments on being groped?

    On second thoughts, PCC(E) is probably safe enough, putting ‘TSA’ and ‘read’ in the same sentence is probably an oxymoron.

    (…He says smugly, being about to fly to France NOT via the USA….)


  6. DrBrydon
    Posted June 9, 2016 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Fun fact for you: Welch played the judge in the Otto Preminger movie “Anatomy of a Murder,” opposite Jimmy Stewart and George C. Scott, as the defense and prosecution, respectively. (His wife played one of the jurors.)

    I’ll be interested to hear how the Pre-Check thing goes. This is really something I should do.

  7. Posted June 9, 2016 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    My wife and I plan to get pre-cleared.

    We’ve both already been fingerprinted and back-ground checked due to current (or in my case former) jobs, so it should be a piece of cake. I hope!)

  8. ploubere
    Posted June 9, 2016 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Same here, I also have my TSA appointment today. My cynical side suspects that the increasingly long security lines are part of a plot to get us to all sign up for pre-check and part with $85. And then the expedited lines will be as long as the regular ones.

  9. ploubere
    Posted June 9, 2016 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    The sand cats are gorgeous.

  10. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    McCarthy’s clumsy efforts to slur that young man as a communist violated the agreement Welch had reached with the committee’s counsel — Roy Cohn — to stay away from the subject in exchange for Welch not bringing up the preferential treatment Cohn had obtained from the Army for his “friend” David Schine, leading Welch to inquire whether a particular photograph at the hearing had come from a “pixie,” which Welch defined for McCarthy as “a close relative of a fairy.”

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted June 9, 2016 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      ” — the gay-bashing, reactionary closeted-homosexual vermin, Roy Cohn — ” is what I should’ve put between the em-dashes above in the interest of accuracy.

  11. Amy
    Posted June 9, 2016 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    The sand cat is way too cute!🙂

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted June 9, 2016 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

      It’s a tribble in disguise. A very thin disguise.
      And gus is just behaving.

  12. Posted June 9, 2016 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Gus isn’t being bad! Good for him.

  13. Heather Hastie
    Posted June 10, 2016 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Malgorzata, those are the most gorgeous cats I’ve ever seen in my life. Way better than Bengals even! I wish they were suitable to be pets!

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