Monday, September 28, 2020

Petfinder Links: Tortoiseshell (Dark Three-Colored Cats)

This week's Petfinder theme is tortoiseshell our e-friend Mudpie, like our Reigning Queen Serena's mother Samantha Scaredycat, and like our past Queen Cats Heather and Mogwai.

The spots on tortoiseshell cats can suggest caricatures of human faces or imaginary alien creatures. (Mogwai was so called because her face resembled the cute furry phase of the creatures in Gremlins, which were called Mogwai.) This is probably where the story that these cats are "mean" came from. They may stir up old memories of evil characters in cartoons or movies we watched long ago.

What the genes that produce those mottled black, orange, white, brown, and gray coats actually indicate is that the cats are not normal males (very rarely they are sterile males; the vast majority are females). Normal males have only one X-chromosome that produces one coat color, with or without white spots or Siamese-type shading. Three-colored coats indicate two X-chromosomes. If there is also a Y the cat will be a sterile male.

The claim that three-colored cats attract money probably comes from a time when people thought a three-colored male cat was rare enough to be valuable. However, an adorable three-colored "store cat" has been shown to attract visitors to a small independent store!

Three-colored cats do seem to know they're special. If they're mishandled, the way Samantha seemed to have been--encouraged by children to play roughly like puppies, then hit or punished if they play too roughly, so they become confused--their behavior will show this. If they're well treated, my experience has been that a few are jealous or dominant, but not mean. Most are gracious Queen Cats.

So, here is our second Petfinder post. Click on the links to visit the web site of the shelter where, at the time of posting, the animals photographed were looking for homes. Verifying that all animals were legitimately placed in shelters, as distinct from being petnapped for resale as "fundraisers," is your responsibility...but that is why this web site favors general color types rather than fancy breeds. Fancy breed pets are quite often placed in shelters by people who become unable to keep them, occasionally even with pedigree papers, but there are also confirmed cases of petnapping. If you click around on Petfinder you will, however, see fancy breeds of cats, dogs, and sometimes other animals.

1. Zipcode 10101, New York 

Ms Tortie, an adoptable Tortoiseshell in Valhalla, NY
Ms Tortie is described as young and large. She was placed for adoption when two families' unaltered cats produced a local population explosion. She still has one sibling, Ginger, also adoptable but described as "very shy." To meet her, click or paste into your browser: 

2. Zipcode 20202, Washington 

Pumpkin Jr  and  Stormy, an adoptable Tortoiseshell & Tabby Mix in Alexandria, VA
See what I mean about the sinister facial "expressions"? Once you get used to the illusion those eyebrow markings produce, the female alley kitten is said to be as lovable as her brother is. They are in Alexandria. It is unfortunately impossible to let cats go outside in Alexandria. To meet this pair, use . 

3. Zipcode 30303, Atlanta 

Clover and Acorn, an adoptable Tortoiseshell & Domestic Short Hair Mix in Fayetteville, GA
The black kitten, Acorn, is male and described as the one of his family who's taken the job of meeting new people. The Tortie, Clover, is female and described as smaller and more reserved. The shelter insists you adopt both of them (they're already neutered, so tomcat odor should not be a problem) because kittens need other kittens to play with, and even if they're not social cats a brother and sister usually grow up compatible. One possible problem for some readers: it's a HSUS shelter.
4. Bonus: Mustard from Knoxville 

Mustard 1
Most torties are mostly black, but here's the proof that they can be mostly orange shading to brown. Here's Mustard, pleading for somebody to rescue her from being displayed in that cramped little cage with those clashing colors on that shopping mall! She's said to be friendly even with dogs and children, just not vets. Her worst veterinary experience ever is probably over, though.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Petfinder Links Return: Tuxies

So, Petfinder links are back, and since the first animal-related content I saw was a post from the lovely French cat Loulou, we begin with Tuxies--black and white cats. Like her.

(The way these rotations work is that, if the first animal-related content I see the next time I'm online is another post from Loulou, I'll ignore that and post pictures of a different kind of animal. Some days it will be dogs, and this web site will not rule out horses, chickens, or rabbits either. And although "the urban hubs of the Eastern States" is a Petfinder theme that seems likely to work for a lot of readers, occasionally we may visit shelter pages for other States and Canada...because they're there.)

1. Zipcode 10101: Shelters Near New York City

Do youall realize how many cats there are in New York City shelters? There was no way I could even scroll through all the pages of adorable black and white shelter cat pictures. This picture was the most adorable showing on page 1 of 247. Many other cats have not had a fair chance so please spread the word and get the list of Tuxies down to a point where this web site can make a reasonable choice of the cutest picture.

Today, unfairly, I picked Donatella...all that cute white fluffy fur! After reading about this lovely old ladycat, I decided to stick with her because she's not the perfect pet for everybody. Which means she's the perfect pet for somebody; I, for example, would probably bond with her if Serena would let that happen, which she probably wouldn't. Serena watches and carefully instructs her own kittens, as well as her friends and fans who stay with us, to be tame but not cuddly--well, other than Traveller, who was a snuggler Serena loved enough to indulge. (Anyway, Donatella is in New York City. Her dream home is probably in the big city too.)

Donatella, an adoptable Tuxedo Mix in New York, NY
To meet this reportedly shy, sweet senior cat, click or paste: . 
What makes this picture irresistible (to me): All that white fluffy fur. (Her dream home contains a good vacuum cleaner, not too loud and high suction power.)

What might make you want to adopt this cat, or not: Well, for one thing she's already ten years old, so the odds are against your having a full ten years to enjoy her company. 

But also, she's described as a particularly shy cat. You will want to caress that fur. She will let you, but only as she gets to know you, only on her time and terms. If you try to grab her she'll hide under the bed. If you pet her too long or in the wrong way, she'll hiss. She likes a little attention. Not a lot. She was a stray, possibly a runaway from a sloppily "loving" home, who gradually befriended a human who then put her in a shelter. It might be months before she'd let you really sink your fingers into that gorgeous ruff.

The secret of making friends with feral cats, or unfortunate cats like Donatella, is to let them come to you. I'm comfortable with that...but Serena probably wouldn't let Donatella come to me. And cats with this much fur really do need some human help to groom their coats. Like daily.

So, first you have to force yourself to leave her alone, probably long enough for her to accumulate and hack up at least one wad of fur, and then you have to brush and comb and vacuum up masses of fluff. Probably on her schedule. You'll want to buy and try a few different types of grooming implements since she'll have a preference. If she's like cats I've known who had that type of coat, once she's trained you to apply the right brush or comb in the right way, it'll be "You can talk on the phone, cook, take a shower, sleep, kiss your mate, etc., any old time. I've got a tick! Nowwww." 

You are one of the readers who thought my slow bonding process with Samantha Scaredycat was cute and funny. You would not mind being the personal servant to an adorable animal who is herself in bondage to fears and hang-ups. You can get in and out of New York with a fluffy cat the mere sight of whom would probably make some people on the train sneeze. If so you must go into the city and adopt Donatella.

If not? They only have about a hundred easier cats to adopt. Some of those cats are Tuxies too.

2. Zipcode 20202: Shelters Near Washington, D.C.

The caution here is that the posh Eastern Shore shelter where this little fellow is currently living with his brother sounds overpriced and overcontrolling. Maybe you can negotiate a discount if you adopt both brothers. Connor and Conrad have already been vetted, neutered, and vaccinated so, although obscene, that three-figure rescue fee is probably just paying an existing veterinary bill--a one-time necessary expense, because who'd want to live with two tomcats who had not been neutered at an early age? 

Connor, an adoptable Tuxedo & Domestic Short Hair Mix in Chesapeake Beach, MD
To meet Connor (and Conrad), click or paste: .
Why you'd want to adopt him: (1) He's an Amber-Eyed Silver Tip, the creme de la creme of familiars. 

(2) You want an excuse to drive out to the Eastern Shore, anyway, while the leaves are colorful.

(3) If you want a tomcat in your house, and this shelter insists you sign an agreement to keep your rescued cats indoors, you want a neutered one who won't constantly foul every surface up to the doorknobs and sometimes higher. If you want a pet who's been sterilized at an early age and will grow up asexual, you want one who comes with a sibling, so they can bounce and pounce and keep each other from growing up fat and lazy. 

Pause for consideration: Three-figure rescue fee. Even if it is just about the amount you'd expect to pay, on the Eastern Shore, for the majority of veterinary care these kittens are ever going to need. Even if, from this point, the rest of their medical expenses should be routine maintenance. 

3. Zipcode 30303: Pets near Atlanta, Georgia 

Narrowly edging out a cat I was tempted to pick just because the photo looked terrible, and no cat should die in a shelter just because its rescuer didn't have a good digital camera or know how to use one...but this cat is in a shelter with kittens, so Georgia readers can save a whole family. And doesn't she have a distinctively cute face?

Mama Flo 1
To adopt Mama Flo and/or her adorable Amber-Eyed Silver Tip kittens, click or paste:
The deal here is that the mother cat has been spayed, but mother cats usually don't mind sharing their home with one of their adult kittens. (If they're not social cats or it's not a big farmhouse with lots of yard and barn space, they might feel crowded in a household that kept more than one kitten.) At least two of the kittens seem to have black fur and white skin on their faces. One is mostly black, but crowded to the back of the photo, and one looks as if its father were a classic Seal Point Siamese. 

Maybe it's just me, because of Black Magic...I think there's something special about a Siamese-American cat with black fur and white skin. Granted, most of them are not going to be the most affectionate with you, most social with other cats, most intelligent Listening Pets, and also the most efficient hunters you'd meet even if the one who was all those things converted you into a full-time cat rescuer who's lived with a social cat family for years. Most of them are just slim, graceful, lovable little pets. But I've never known anyone who's disagreed with the premise that this type of cat brings good luck: Whatever else may happen during the time you live with one, every day you live with it is a lucky day in the sense that you have a wonderful pet. (And sooner or later, somebody is going to go on television and say that on one of those days person also won the lottery.)

4. A Bonus in Blountville 

Clicking back to my own part of the world, on the general "cats" page I saw several Tuxies in Tennessee, but while the "Tuxedo" filter was open I saw only pictures of cats who seemed to be several hours' drive away. Why? Because people don't always type everything that happens to be true into a computer profile page. The Tuxies at the shelter in Blountville were listed as American Short Hair but not as Tuxies. 

Burrito, an adoptable Domestic Short Hair in Blountville, TN
To meet Burrito, click or paste:
They don't come much cuter than that, and he's already been vetted and neutered. And although the web site doesn't mention his being from Kingsport, he just has the look of that fantastic family of social and/or Listening cats who turn up in Kingsport alleys and sometimes get put up for adoption in Blountville. If you think the things I've reported about my resident cat family had to be fiction, the Blountville shelter can't guarantee you a cat who will understand words and/or adopt kittens and/or protect your resident cardinal just because you're fond of it, but it's a good place to look. 

These little outbursts of cuteness are being brought to you, Gentle Readers. As long as I keep revisiting pages a week or two after posting a cute animal picture, and seeing links broken because the animals featured here have found homes, I'll keep posting the cutest shelter animal photos in the Eastern States. Sharing these pictures and links on social media sites is encouraged.

Weirdness at the Department of Motor Vehicles

Only in a bureaucracy could this happen...and when it happens in a democratic country, it's time for a vote to dismantle the bureaucracy...

Every few years Americans traditionally renewed our drivers' licenses. Through most of the twentieth century, the focus of this exercise was on updating the pictures of our faces, which typically look different after five or ten years have passed. My last mugshot was extremely, and deliberately, unflattering; my weight hasn't changed since it was taken but the few people who've seen it have always exclaimed that I must've lost a lot of weight. There is a consensus that the mugshot before last still looks more like me than the last one does. I was willing to give the D.M.V. a chance to take a more realistic-looking picture.

This year, though, blaming the coronavirus, the letter from the D.M.V. said they weren't renewing pictures, and were asking people just to indicate whether the basic information on the license had changed, stick a money order into an envelope, and mail it to them. (Or, if they were anti-American enough and stupid enough, type the information into scannable, hackable, spyware-infested electronic devices which, if linked to "our secure web site," would compromise the security of that web site--on the presumption that most evildoers would at least find it easier to steal identity information off the fools' cell phones than to steal it off the D.M.V. database.)

The amount of the money order was not exactly made clear in the letter. Apparently there were at least four different possibilities and, each time I read the letter, it sounded as if a different one was applicable. I called the one phone number that had been set up for all D.M.V. questions for the entire state. Not surprisingly, I didn't get any information there. I finally looked up the information online, although of course the information the D.M.V. uses must never, never, never be transferred, no matter how secure they think their web site is, through the Internet outside the D.M.V. site, where it is not secure. That the D.M.V. web site is set up to encourage people to type that information into their own computers--or even their "smartphones," spare us all--is a crime that ought to get several idiots in the D.M.V. banned from employment in any job where they might have access to a computer, for the rest of their lives. Anyway, the web site mentioned only the cheapest of the four different fees the letter had mentioned. I liked that answer and decided to send them the amount the web site mentioned.

Well, first I waited through the quarantine thing. Then I waited to convince an older relative that I was disease-free enough to do an odd job to earn the money. Then that person had to do the quarantine thing. Then I waited to borrow the money from someone who was feeling poor and grumpy, which is probably a symptom. This person uttered fighting words, in the presence of a person of Irish descent who was worried about a sick relative, and instead of snapping back I just sat there thinking "Oh mercy, this person is older than the one I was supposed to have been working for this weekend, and probably this one ought to be doing the quarantine thing." I am getting older but that's still something in the snow-on-the-fourth-of-July category that nobody should plan on ever seeing again. But I finally got the cash, in time to mail it in before the end of the month, so this morning I tucked the cash into the envelope and headed out to the post office.

The post office occupies one half of one block in my town, and the D.M.V. occupies the other half. People who are new in town often park on the D.M.V. side when they are going to the post office.

So on the way into town I was offered a lift, and we got to talking about where we were going, and without even thinking about it the driver pulled up in front of the D.M.V. I got out and started to walk across the parking lot to the post office.

But wait! What was going on? The D.M.V. was not closed. A person who was going in said "Do you have an appointment?" I didn't. "I don't either," the person said.

Well. Why would anybody spend five dollars to buy a money order and send it by certified first class mail when they could just open a door and hand the contents of the mail around the door?!

I opened the door and showed the envelope to an employee...and the employee said, with genuine fear, as person held the form and the amount of money requested in cash, "I'm not allowed to process the payment while you're here! I have to set up an appointment! You have to use the web site or the one phone line for the entire state to set up an appointment!"

We the people of these United States need to take a stand. Government employees have to respect the valuable time of the taxpayers on whom they depend for the food they eat. Any time anyone who is being paid out of our tax money dares to suggest that we call someone else, go somewhere else, or come back another day, as distinct from saying "Please may I go and do that right now, just to make sure that this is done correctly today so that I won't be asked to interrupt your valuable time to correct any mistakes I might make," there needs to be some major adjustment in that government office. We are the employers. Government officials are the employees. We need to stop paying them for presuming that, if granted an audience with us on one day, they can expect to take up any more of our time in their current lifetime. It needs to become automatic:


We need a law to that effect. Low-level government officials tend to seek a sort of emotional relief from the stress of dealing with their co-workers by hiding in uselessness and demanding that the taxpayers use up more time to talk to other people. Very well, let them have it, if they have been trained properly: Any suggestion that a taxpayer who has already taken the time to talk to them might spare even more time to talk to anyone else begins with the payment of a fine from the employee to the taxpayer, on the spot, in cash. First the $100 bill, then the whine about something needing to be done using any other minute than the one in which the employee is speaking.

The thing every government employee should be trained to fear most is that a taxpayer might, Heaven forbid and fend, make another phone call or go to another office or even think about whatever transaction is taking place, today, after today...the obligatory result of which will be that the first government employee is fined and, in normal circumstances, fired! I think that may be the most valuable reform that can be made in the direction of making our government more cost-effective. It would eliminate unproductive employees from government offices without even using up pink paper, much less requiring supervisors to make studies of which employees most need to be dismissed.

Only legislation will have this effect, though. Several people have already documented what happens when an honest, ethical person takes a job in an office infested with time-wasters and pledges not to waste the taxpayers' time. What happens is that the time-wasters actively hate that person and show their hate by becoming even more useless than they have been, until, since the system makes it hard for all the time-wasters to be thrown out of the office, the head of the office caves in and gets rid of the efficient worker because that person "was not good for morale."

The appointment system has advantages--for years the D.M.V. was chronically full of impatient people, all breathing one another's germs and building up hostility--and I didn't want to discourage that. In order to avoid wasting taxpayers' time government offices must, however, correct the appointment systems they've been trying to set up by keeping all identifying information about people out of electronic devices. Instead of collecting people's names, the appointment setter should give each taxpayer a password, which can be printed off a computer, written down after a telephone call, or mailed out with requests for forms and fees. "You may use the D.M.V.'s 'secure' computers to set up an appointment," I said, "but the real name of any living person is just too valuable to the enemies of this country ever to be transferred through the Internet. That won't happen."

I was considering my alternatives here. Virginia being a relatively literate and affluent State, we do not have the problems some inland States are reporting with people having drivers' licenses, voter registration cards, and similar identifying documents. Many people keep such things in their cars or in their trench coat pockets. This made it much easier for those who wanted photographic identification for each voter to get legislation to that effect, which reportedly some States still don't have. Virginians are typically proud of our identities--dangerously so, in this Information Age--and happy to whip out proof that we are the Tracy Lee Doe of "Doe Hill" every time we drive a car, use a bank or bank document or credit card, fill a prescription, sign a contract, take a class, or vote. I've had neighbors who wanted to offer me a lift show me their drivers' licenses just so they would feel Properly Introduced. And even though I've also had drivers' licenses printed out with incorrect information on them, so I know that drivers' licenses are not actually proof that someone's not an enemy spy, and think respect for privacy should outweigh concern about illegal real life I'm as proud of my identity as anyone else is.

But, as a mature, stable, frugal adult, do I actually need a current driver's license? I don't drive, except in emergencies. I seldom pay other people to handle money for me, and when I do it's the post office, which handles cash and therefore has a system as secure and reliable as cash; I don't need proof of identity for banking purposes. I don't travel and don't plan to sign any contracts to pay anything over time. I'll be greatly surprised if the Ponzi scheme known as Social Security still exists when I'm seventy; I certainly don't expect to depend on the small share of a small income I've paid into it. I don't use prescription drugs. I've been looking forward to taking some of the classes many colleges offer free or cheap to older people, but I have lived all these years without the benefit of those courses. I used routinely to fill out I-9 forms on jobs, but the corporations that use those forms don't hire people over age 50. Although I receive mail through a post office box, some companies insist on adding names and home addresses to their correspondence, so if I ever needed to prove it, as it might be for claiming  a share of whatever may remain of the McFilthy oil money, I could still prove that I am the Whoever of Wherever I am in real life. All I'd have any real trouble doing, without official state identification, would be voting. I think voting is a valuable civil right everyone should exercise, but plenty of people don't vote, and they seem to lead reasonably satisfactory lives in their lazy, irresponsible, public-spirit-challenged way.

I could be sufficiently provoked just to stop paying the D.M.V. a few dollars every few years. Anyone looking at the last picture they snapped of me would probably agree that that picture, alone, was sufficient provocation to withhold money from them forevermore. I do think it's everyone's public duty to oppose the pernicious idea of using individual identity rather than cash to pay for things, which puts any country where people are stupid enough to do it one step away from The Handmaid's Tale, and the case might be made that just having a state-issued identification document is supporting that very, very bad idea.

Anyway, the employee near the door went into a back office and get a superordinate employee to set up an appointment using the D.M.V.'s very own computer. Seeing three people who could stand witness enter the office, I made sure those people could see that the envelope the employee took contained the form, and the cash, the employee needed to process right then and there.

In literally less than two minutes, out popped the superordinate employee. This was a young woman whose long black hair and drapey black veil made an especially effective combination. If she were found to be the source of the idiocy operating at the D.M.V. this morning, she could probably earn a fair living, whether she has any sense of rhythm or not, just showing up at parties impersonating an Arab dancer. Or a native of several other countries that have recently been at war with ours. Not that people like her and me are necessarily always going to be at higher risk than people with paler hair or darker skin or folded eyelids, but currently, though the young woman might not have travelled enough to realize it, our identities happen to be especially valuable to evildoers.

Had she simply filed the form and the money? She had not. She had brought back an official printed form authorizing the bearer to bring the same form and the same money back in October.

I might have made that up in science fiction (I think there was something like it in a movie called Brazil) but I was surprised to see it, in real life, in a country that's still classified as a democracy. I had to wonder whether, in an election year, in a State that's legislated that drivers' licenses be used to identify voters, someone was hoping to discourage as many people as possible from voting.

Anyone up for election this November needs to stop pouring money into silly, low-content campaign advertisements and break out a serious plan for restoring common sense to the D.M.V. Which should include making it impossible for the identity information the D.M.V. has traditionally been allowed to store, in filing cabinets, to be transferred to the D.M.V. via the Internet. Instead of trying to encourage people to type D.M.V. information into computers and transmit it electronically, the new D.M.V. must begin with a recognition that computers with modems are not secure and never will, rather than encouraging people recklessly to link their computers to "our secure web site" and hand their driver's license data directly to evildoers, the D.M.V. should stick to the traditional system whereby people fill out paper forms at the local D.M.V. office and hand them directly to employees. The web site could be used to process requests for exemptions, which could allow D.M.V. employees to visit locations where they could fill out paper forms on behalf of people with disabilities.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Phenology: The Other Orange Butterflies

This summer I wrote several anonymous articles about monarch butterflies, Danaus plexippus, and some other species of butterflies. There’s a reason why those articles are anonymous. They are not examples of great nature writing in the usual sense. They are examples of one genre of Search Engine Optimization: writing readable, only slightly strange, sentences around the maximum possible number of phrases that search engines use to select the first articles they recommend in response to specific search terms. If the article is about monarch butterflies it needs to mention “monarch butterfly migration,” “monarch butterfly eggs,” and so on down a list, to persuade the computer that it is the article that people looking for information about monarch butterflies want to read. Well, writing this way is an honest living, and educational.

During the writing process, a revolution took place in the way we think about butterflies. That revolution was a fascinating bit of cultural history.

It started when a clueless Californian posted pictures of what person thought were monarch butterflies. They weren’t.

“Those are Painted Ladies,” commenters agreed.

“But they migrate in masses just as Monarchs are supposed to do,” the Californian insisted, and some entomologists at universities in the Western States checked this claim and found it true.

Monarch butterflies are the world’s undisputed champions of dramatic annual migrations. Though only about one-quarter of all Monarchs actually do it, these butterflies flap leisurely, in great flocks that probably get some lift from the air currents generated by each other’s flapping, all the way across the Gulf of Mexico every year, in the autumn, and then again in early spring. They spend the winter hibernating on fir trees in Mexico. Most years, a Monarch who flew to Mexico just after emerging from her chrysalis, spent most of the time between November and February sleeping, and was able to digest some flower nectar along her way, will make it to the Cat Sanctuary and flap around laying her eggs on milkweed sprouts in March. The odds are against those eggs hatching, but a few do.

Monarchs are “sole rulers” of the fields where they flap and graze, although you might occasionally get to watch a courting couple flying together, racing and chasing and play-fighting before they mate. There is a reason for this. While a male Monarch might choose to travel shorter distances and romp with more females, the female Monarch instinctively knows that each of her eggs needs to be placed on a separate milkweed sprout so that each caterpillar can spend its whole juvenile life eating milkweed leaves without damaging the plant.  And she may lay anywhere from two to eleven hundred eggs. (She will lay her eggs over the course of a month or two, and the caterpillars that hatch will probably have paternal DNA from two or more different males.) So, although hibernating and Gulf-crossing individuals appreciate the safety of numbers, once they start breeding Monarchs like to spread themselves as far apart as possible. If an egg laid in March hatches into a female caterpillar, and that caterpillar isn’t killed by a late frost and becomes a butterfly in May, she won’t want to find a mate and lay more eggs at the Cat Sanctuary. She’ll head north in search of milkweed plants that sprouted later and have not yet been used by Monarch caterpillars. She’ll travel through Pennsylvania, New York, maybe up into Canada by June. 

Some years, like this year, I do see “our” Monarch of the season laying her eggs in May, which means that cold weather interfered with her mother’s generation getting here in March. Butterflies can smell where other butterflies of their kind have been, and female Monarchs won’t lay eggs on recently used plants if they can help it. 

So you rarely see more than one or two Monarchs in a season. Allowing for some overlap there are basically four generations of this species every year, and each generation can be said to migrate, following the weather and the milkweed plants’ growth cycle, making a four-generation cycle between Mexico and Canada. For people who recognize them, this butterfly species creates emotional drama all across the continent. All people of good will love them and are glad to see them.

So, if the summertime Monarchs, who don’t cross the Gulf and hibernate, can still be said to be part of a multigenerational migration cycle, can’t the same be said for the less melodramatic butterflies who merely “migrate” to warmer and cooler places during the summer?

Why, yes, of course it can. In California the Monarchs don’t cross the Gulf of Mexico; they do migrate toward western Canada in spring, back to southern California in the fall, and masses of them migrate in eucalyptus groves on the Southern California coast. Smaller butterflies, like those Painted Ladies, don’t hibernate but some of them do migrate in considerable numbers. Places like Sacramento, which are far enough north of the Monarchs’ hibernation sites that people there see only one or two Monarchs in a season, can indeed celebrate the Return of the Painted Ladies, when flocks of pretty little orange butterflies flutter through town at about the same time each year. People who pay attention will probably be able to identify multi-generation migration patterns for other species in the next few years.

Americans tend to like whimsical, picturesque names for butterflies, like Painted Ladies and Mourning Cloaks. British butterfly watchers call the latter species Camberwell Beauties, celebrating a year when several of them stayed in Camberwell, though they’ve not stayed there every year since; and Europeans call the former species Cosmopolitans, because either Vanessa cardui or a closely related, very similar-looking species is found in almost every temperate part of the world. (Some people, especially in places like Virginia where we see both V. cardui and V. virginiensis, call this whole group Vanessas. The genus Vanessa includes some species that look different from V. cardui as well as some species that only experts using microscopes can sort out.)

In addition to the orange species in the genus Vanessa, in Virginia we also see orange or partly orange butterflies known as Checkerspots (including Maryland’s rare iconic species, the Baltimore Checkerspots, whose black, vermilion, and white wings display what Marylanders call the Baltimore colors), Anglewings, Fritillaries, Coppers, Buckeyes, Commas, Question Marks, Metalmarks, and also the Silver-Spotted Skippers. While many orange butterflies are primarily pollinators who live on flower nectar, Silver-Spotted Skippers are primarily composters who fly up to warn us if we might be about to step into wet mud or nastier stuff.

We don’t see most of these butterflies every single year. Baltimore Checkerspots have probably always been rare. Not actually looking for them, but only noticing them because their Baltimore colors are so conspicuous, I’ve seen this species only once, in Virginia, in my lifetime. The ones I saw were caterpillars, bright red-orange caterpillars with black bristles, not at all camouflaged on a weed they were devouring beside a creek, depending for survival on a strategy of trying to look like baby stingingworms. (Baby stingingworms are also red-orange with black stinging hairs, and travel in groups, at the tops of oak trees.) Since their bristles don’t sting and they’re not all that poisonous to the birds that eat them, their survival strategy has probably never been enough to allow very many of this species to survive. The butterflies are distinctive, though, and pretty.

I’ve noticed several butterflies this year. After several years of germ warfare against the dreaded gypsy moth, which reduced the numbers of all moths and butterflies in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the animals are finally starting to evolve resistance. What really helps our orange butterflies, however, is reducing the use of “herbicides” that kill their host plants. Nearly all butterfly caterpillars live in a healthy, sustainable balance with one or more of the wildflower species stupid people call “weeds.”

I don't think it's a coincidence that as "Roundup" (the popular glyphosate product used in the United States) was pulled off the market for medical reasons, I've seen more butterflies each month. All the big, colorful butterflies shown below live on "weeds."

Raising Painted Ladies is a fairly easy science project many elementary school students choose. The caterpillars are so hardy that it’s possible for suppliers to guarantee that three out of four will become butterflies—a much higher survival rate than can be expected with most moths and butterflies—and the butterflies are so cute and harmless that nobody minds if you release more of them into the world. As caterpillars Painted Ladies eat thistles. There are a few other “roadside weeds” they can eat, and the ones sold in kits survive on a synthetic food paste. They live faster than Monarchs. If you can build a “sleeve cage” around a thistle plant to keep off birds and put a Painted Lady caterpillar inside it, in a few weeks you’ll probably be opening the cage to release a butterfly. Though they will travel as the weather changes, Painted Ladies don’t need as much space as Monarchs, so they’re not compelled to move on as fast. Children who rear Painted Ladies can usually watch their “pets” flit around the garden for a few days, maybe a week, before they move along.

Most butterflies are harder to rear in captivity than Painted Ladies, but if people stop killing their host plants, they do a pretty good job rearing themselves in the wild. (Baltimores are one of a minority of species that might benefit from professional help. Some of the Fritillaries are others.)

I’ve seen several orange butterflies flitting along roads in Virginia this summer. We all know how butterflies are. You can stand still and watch them warm their wings in the sun, sometimes for ten or fifteen minutes on a cool day. Then, the minute you take out a camera, off they go. Good butterfly photos usually feature dead butterflies. Fortunately this does not mean that nature bloggers need to kill butterflies; it merely means that our blog posts lag behind the actual phenology of the butterflies’ lives. Butterflies live only a few weeks. Generational cycles for several species are similar enough that at certain times of the year you’re likely to find several butterflies with near-intact, healthy-looking wings, dead or dying of old age. These butterflies all expired in early September. I’d seen them and their relatives flying in August. Some of them have heirs that are flying now, possibly further south, and some will have heirs that will fly next summer. 

I'm guessing this one has the species nickname of "Question Mark," though a few other species look similar. When it's resting with its wings up over its back, it displays a faint white mark that often looks like a ? on the underside of the hind wings. The hind wings are drab and camouflage the butterfly as a dead leaf. Only its intimate friends, and those who happen to see it either spreading its wings in the sun to warm up or lying dead on the ground, see how colorful it is.

This one would be a Buckeye Butterfly. 

And this one, I think without looking it up, would be one of the dozens of Fritillaries, most of which look very much like the others. You really need to have a guidebook handy when looking up these things; I didn't.

Here, thanks to the Internet, are decent-quality (Wikipedia) pictures and fun facts about the species I did and did not photograph…

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The iconic Monarch, photographed by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson. Nothing else really looks like this one, close up; several other orange and yellow butterflies get some survival advantage from looking a bit like it at a distance, but nearly all of them are smaller and all have different patterns of markings. (In fact, even males and females have consistently different patterns, though the main difference is usually not visible even when the butterflies spread out their wings--males have an extra white dot along the front edge of the hind wings, which is usually covered by the forewings.) 
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The most obvious mimic of the Monarch is known as the Viceroy, Limenitis archippus. It is smaller and has a different arrangements of spots and stripes. Some years Viceroys have been abundant in the Blue Ridge Mountains; I've not seen one this year. They eat willow, poplar, and cottonwood leaves, and in places where the less common species of Danaus are found they may resemble Queens or Soldiers more than Monarchs. This specimen, photographed By Benny Mazur from Toledo, OH - A Viceroy ButterflyUploaded by berichard, CC BY 2.0,, resembles a Monarch.
The Queen, Danaus gilippus, photographed by Korall, is thought to be a fairly close relative of the Monarch. It is basically a Central American species but is often found in the southernmost tier of the United States. This one was caught pollinating the same milkweed plant a Monarch caterpillar was eating; Queen caterpillars resemble Monarch caterpillars about as much as the butterflies resemble one another, but at all stages these are obviously different species.
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The Soldier or Tropical Queen, Danaus eresimus, here photographed in French Guiana by By Didier Descouens - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,, is basically a tropical species but is sometimes found in southern Florida and Texas. 
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The Giant Swallowtail or Orange Dog, Papilio cresphontes, here photographed By <a href="//" title="User:Dger">D. Gordon E. Robertson</a> - <span class="int-own-work" lang="en">Own work</span>, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link , is the biggest North American butterfly, bigger even than the Monarch. As you might expect from its size, it's found only in Florida, where the alarmingly large caterpillars can be a nuisance in citrus groves (they eat citrus leaves). How is it possible to confuse this animal with the Monarch? If you've only ever seen them in books, maybe...
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Some now consider this pale Tiger Swallowtail to be a separate species, the Appalachian Tiger, presumably a hybrid of the Eastern and Canadian species of Tiger Swallowtails. Photo credited to Joe Mueller - from original description: The Taxonomic Report, Vol. 3, No. 7, 15 Jn 2002, Attribution, A paler, browner shade of yellow is its most distinctive feature. I saw one flying this August. To me, it was possible to wonder whether it was a Tiger Swallowtail, but not to mistake it for a Monarch. It takes all kinds.
Tiger Swallowtails have three distinct looks. Males are always bright yellow with black stripes. Females can be yellow with black stripes and iridescent blue spots, or black with iridescent blue spots. When I've seen pairs the females sometimes looked smaller than the males--size can depend on the conditions in which individuals grew up. This is the state butterfly of Virginia. It's about the same size as the Monarch, though wing proportions vary. 
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This is probably the world's most typical type of Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui, as photographed in Belgium By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT - Self-photographed, CC BY 3.0, . There are distinctively American and Australian species; they can have typical looks that are slightly different from V. cardui, but enough individual variation exists that where the species' ranges overlap with V. cardui only experts can tell them apart. 
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Question Mark, Polygonia interrogationis, photographed from above by Derek Ramsey. 
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Typical specimen photographed from below, showing an imperfect ? on the hind wing. This photo was donated to Wikipedia By John B. - Flickr: Question Mark, CC BY 2.0,
But they can be more colorful, even below. This gaudy specimen, photographed By Judy Gallagher -, CC BY 2.0, , shows a general pattern similar to the subtler markings on the gray individual above.
As caterpillars they eat elm, hops, and nettle leaves. As butterflies they are primarily composters but sometimes sip flower nectar. While some female butterflies travel great distances to place each egg on a separate food plant, female Polygonias tend to drop their eggs where they feel like it and let the caterpillars find their own food as best they can, which probably helps prevent overpopulation. As a species they seem to complete a multigenerational migration with some individuals flying to Canada in summer and some to northern Mexico, though not across the Gulf, in winter. 

A similar (group of) species are the Commas, which typically have the white crescent but not the extra white dot on the underwings. This Eastern Comma, Polygonia comma, was photographed by By Aaron Carlson from Menomonie, WI, USA - Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma), Chippewa Co., WI, CC BY-SA 2.0, . It is typically found in the Eastern States; there are other species of Commas around the world. They can look darker, with all black hind wings, if exposed to cold weather, or mostly orange all over if they've basked in warm weather all their lives.
Commas are also primarily nettle eaters; several species also eat tree leaves. They circulate, and can be said to migrate to some extent, into the edges of other Polygonia species' territory. The northern species, P. gracilis, sometimes eats currant leaves in New England and Canada, and there's a species in the Western States and Canada that eats gooseberry leaves, but these butterflies are not numerous enough to become pests. 

There are different species of Buckeye butterflies, and individuals within the same species can look fairly different as well.

This collection of Junonia coenia was photographed By Meganmccarty - Own work, Public Domain, . 
This group, photographed by Alan Schmierer,, includes several different species. Junonia butterflies are found on every continent except Antarctica. As shown here, they neither seek out nor avoid the company of other Junonias of their own or different species...though some individuals claim private territories and try to chase everyone but their mates away from those.

Baby Buckeye butterflies eat several kinds of weeds--not the buckeye tree, whose nuts, like the spots on the butterflies' wings, resemble deer's eyes. Plantain, toadflax, and wildflowers in the genus Ruellia are the favorite food plants of the North American species in this genus. (Several larger and more colorful species in this genus are found on other continents.) 

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Speyeria cybele, the Great Spangled Fritillary, photographed By MONGO - Own work, Public Domain,, is a large, showy, fairly representative fritillary. Females tend to be darker than males, western individuals tend to be brighter than easterners, and they all look quite a bit like a few other species of Speyeria. Caterpillars seem to eat violets more than anything else and to be distributed in good proportion to their food sources. 
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Finally, here's one Speyeria that's unlikely to be found in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but I had to mention it because there is an egregious web site at which someone has stated, erroneously, that female Monarch butterflies are blue. No Monarch butterfly is blue. Female Speyeria diana are, however, blue, and bigger than the male photographed here by Megan McCarty. These butterflies are found mostly in Arkansas, where they are the official state butterfly.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Censored Tweets

Although the following tweets contain one false statement (placed between quotation marks and identified as a joke), I guarantee that they contain nothing obscene, violent, libellous, or harmful to rational people in any way. I removed all irrelevant graphics. Remaining images, which should show up on Twitter if they don't show up here, include a list of food brands known to contain genetically modified food products, a picture of two women in modest summer dresses, a picture of two "talking heads" on television, a picture of seasonal wildflowers, a picture of students walking around a college campus, a curve graph illustrating statistics, and other innocuous but possibly copyright pictures...and, of course, the picture I wanted everyone to see: the cat with the link to the shelter where she's up for adoption. (That's in the post below this one.)

Twitter allowed all of these harmless and edifying tweets to be suppressed during the daytime hours when most people would have seen them. Because of hate. Because I supported a book lover's post denouncing a book burning. And I am thoroughly ticked. I propose a backlash movement against the people trying to claim that gender confusion is the biggest problem on Earth today: If they've not denounced this kind of cyberbullying as thoroughly as they've denounced NAMBLA, we deny them any claim to "victim status" and call them out as haters wherever we find them making their noise.

#MonsantoCo Food Companies to Avoid if You Don't Want #GMO's

Somebody was reading this,
, because last night a relative of mine turned up with a Confederate flag mask. Meh. I like the #GateCityVA logo better. Otoh, the Confederate flag goes with more of my clothes...
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 · Sep 10
Confederate flag masks would cause leftist busybodies to be so torn. Do we force them to wear it or force them to remove it?…

Well, that's a all the way to #SilverSpringMD to confirm whether I did or did not have #COVID19 in #GateCityVA . Anyone care to suggest anywhere closer?
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dan reed 
 · 7h
There’s room to rest 1000 people per day at the Silver Spring Civic Building, but only 400 people are showing up. What’s up with that? Testing is easy, takes like 15 minutes, and is free. Every time I’ve gone there was no line. Go get tested:

Caterpillars and Such: Variable Oak Leaf Caterpillars are a new species for me. I saw 5-6 this summer--all obviously 1 brood, & quite variable as to markings. #phenology… via

Cantos y Oraciones: Un Cargo Disteme, Señor


: Stop hating your precious "trans-women." When you allow #Cyberbullying of real women who #IStandWithJKRowling , you generate a backlash. Trans can't own #Feminism or
. Trying to do that will cost them dearly.

. Connect me to my Tweeps again. Now. And make sure NO woman (born a girl) gets shadowbanned, ever again. 51% of the population aren't here for #cyberbullying by 1%. I want to see a LOT of #IStandWithJKRowling on my home page, too.

#Covid19: Do many people have pre-existing immunity?

Now there's the first outfit (on the left) in this collection that I'd call pretty, or consider wearing. (Though the perky senior faces are worth looking at.)
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Douglas Quan
 · 7h
San Francisco writing-photography duo Valerie Luu and Andria Lo, who visited six Chinatowns, call the mashup of styles -- modern and vintage, bold patterns and monochrome, minimalism with floral flourishes -- "Chinatown Pretty."…
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Never seen such a year for Solidagos (the yellow ones) in #GateCityVA #phenology . Hello
, if you don't see this posted from 3:08 PM Eastern 9/18, that'll be proof that trans are more vicious haters than even #glyphosate apologists.
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There are still some colorful highlights to discover in the botanical garden @UniHalle Met Colchicum autumnale, Solidago virgaurea and little Thymus serpyllum during our weekly #phenology #monitoring #ClimateChange


#Cyberbullying deserves to be hated. Anyone who's found a so-called "trans woman" to hire for any position? Fire it today...just to show
what we think of #Censorship . What's not showing up on Twitter now...will be PRINTED.

Up to now, I would have said that gender confusion is a problem we shouldn't aggravate by thinking of self-styled "transitioners" as woman-haters. But what d'you know, here they are on
, hating women!

Curses! Shadowbanned again & not even tweeting about #GlyphosateAwareness ! I promise to fix that. #Glyphosate does more harm than #COVID19 . #Cyberbullying & #Censorship will do
more harm than both together. And #IStandWithJKRowling .

Is this one of those things like "Hey
voters, your polling point in #GateCityVA has been moved to the cement rail beside the Quarry Pond"? (Um.
. That's a joke.)
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VA Dept of Elections
 · 6h
Hey #RVA! Want to cast your ballot early? Your general registrar's office has moved to 2134 W Laburnum Ave. It is not at City Hall.

Well this misty morning #phenology was my motivation to go back to sleep, but whatever...
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Dr Amir Khan GP
 · 16h
Morning! A misty autumn morning is one of my absolute favourite things Wisps hanging in the air making everything feel like an old romantic movie The sun rising to meet the morning and the silence of the night broken by the chorus of birds Happy Friday! #FridayMotivation

I trust Serena. She could smell a rat, and she'd be like "Over here, y'lazy lug, get up & help dig! I KNOW humans can take out walls if they want to & I tell you it'll be worth it!" She can say things like that. Nonverbally, though she does use cat noises as "words."
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Tom Cox
 · 4h
It might be true that you're never more than six feet from a rat but that doesn't change the fact that I sometimes *feel* more than six feet from my local rat, who is very emotionally distant.

I wouldn't even bother asking
. He reads words others write. He does that well. All flipping DAY ppl have been tweeting that his speeches are obviously being written by saboteurs, & what I want to know is how well Trump's paying those!
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Jim Geraghty
 · 4h
Does anyone ever ask him how this meshes with his aim to restore the individual mandate taxing those who don't have health insurance, or nah?…

Does anyone ever ask him how this meshes with his aim to restore the individual mandate taxing those who don't have health insurance, or nah?
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Joe Biden
 · Sep 17
If you make under $400,000, you will not pay a penny more in taxes when I'm president. The super-wealthy and big corporations will finally pay their fair share — and we'll invest that money in working families. We're going to reward work — not wealth.

We know you're in the UK but, if you ever tour the US, an entire good-sized state will be prepared to like you after reading this. #Badgers please share:
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Tom Cox
 · 4h
One time I was wearing a t-shirt with a badger on it in a shop & I was buying some Badger Ale, directly after posting some books with badger prints on the envelope in the post office bit of the shop & the man serving in the shop asked me if I liked badgers. I told him that I did.

With his poor old eyes on the prompter, reading so well & looking as if he were speaking...
should get some loyal speechwriters or stop campaigning. This is pathetic.
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PRE 9/11 Caregiver
 · 4h
Joe Biden trots out trope of damaged veteran during campaign speech - Task & Purpose #JoeBiden has zero knowledge of Military or Veterans needs And he certainly doesn’t realize most wounded vets served BEFORE 9/11 and don’t have PTSD…

Special Instructions: In case of catching arsonists causing fires in California, throw them in!
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Tom Fitton
 · 4h
FARRELL: Evidence Of Criminal Human Activity Causing Wildfires… via @dailycaller

I'm going to vote in November, but if no 3d party candidate at top of the ticket I may write in "Ronald Reagan."

Does anyone else find it interesting that despite huge variation in governmental policies on schools, masks, and business closures, that NY, UK, and Sweden all reached their peak at the same time and near zero deaths at the same time?


Pick up laptop, walk up street, plop down at table next to plug in & resume blogging where sponsors could walk right up & buy $5 blog posts.
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Megan Reeves
 · Sep 17
Curious: What's the first thing you would do if the pandemic suddenly disappeared?

(Hug Mother? Hah. If *my* mother were still living, I'd be dutifully avoiding all retirement projects, & she'd be scraping up money to pay somebody to drive her out to where she could hug me. No *way* was she going to wait for liver cancer.)

OK so it'd be hard to leg-hump his buddy without, but doesn't the kid with the BROWN boots appear to be GOOSE-STEPPING? LOL Princeton! On you!
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National Review
 · 3h
Princeton Falls Victim to the Left’s Catch-22 on Racial Justice | via @xan_desanctis

To the extent this is true...What's killing TV? Loss of interactivity. Corporate control.
needs to pay attention. FEAR the TV model. PROMOTE individual voices, dissent, brutal honesty abt pricey product failures!
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Glenn Beck
 · Oct 8, 2015
Q-where do u see the biggest change in media? A- TV is dying. Need to change the way we deliver content.

Q-where do u see the biggest change in media? A- TV is dying. Need to change the way we deliver content.

We do NOT want puppy. We have a list of must-haves and #1 is NO PREY DRIVE, because Schmoo bunny needs to be safe. We're researching. Do not worry. If you know a small, homeless dog that is gentle with cats and buns and likes easy walks, write me.

Yes. Danger is that employers may favor Poison Green...but I walked past house getting its windows Greened up, this morning, & wd expect it's getting more efficient heat & insulation to match. & no-spray agriculture means fun jobs nurturing plants...
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Erin Brockovich
 · 3h
Listen to my chat with @TomSteyer - That we need to choose between the environment and the economy is a LIE - There there are millions of jobs in rebuilding this country GREEN… @Spotify @ApplePodcasts @PodcastOne #ClimateAction

This is not abt politics, Republicans of #GateCityVA . #COVID19 is so not serious most ppl WILL need blood tests to know they have it. But like every other form of cold & flu it can still kill those for whom colds turn into pneumonia.

I see a lot of stores making cashiers #WearAMask but then not telling them other commonsense rules--stay behind counter--don't touch hands. & ppl are coughing, but "I'm not afraid of a little chest cold...want to keep my job, keep child in school..."

Where I live ppl w mild symptoms (Grouch wd not agree his were mild; I mean non-disabling) don't GET tested, even if they have #Veterans' coverage. I still don't know for sure. I had a weird chest cold with pericarditis, but was it #COVID19 ?
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Apoorva Mandavilli
 · 23h
BREAKING: Remember the @CDCgov guideline saying people without symptoms don't need to be tested? People said even then it was probably heavily revised by others. But my sources tell me it went beyond. 1/x…
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Replying to
At same time other
bratty kid was yammering for attn behind my back. I was waving & saying "Get back!" as brat was abt to crowd up behind me, trying to reach over my shoulder & breathe down my neck to touch a screen! !!!!!

To comply with
guidelines for #COVID19 ...I'd rather see
hire some nice introvert kids for a change, but the lunatics they do hire, they're going to need to chain to the little light posts behind cash registers.

Big news from BMJ! "We have really shown that this is a true immune memory and it is derived in part from common cold viruses...Could pre-existing immunity be more protective than future vaccines? Without studying the question, we won’t know."

"Why didn't you go to Fri Mkt?" I was asked. Wd have got wet on way in & got merch wet before I left. If I could send this rain to the West Coast I surely would. It's climate change, & it may last more than 1 year...but it's not *global*.
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 · 3h
Unhealthy air? Much of the West is currently affected by poor air quality related to fires. What does the #AirQualityIndex #AQI mean for you and your family? We explain:…

Well, guys, here is your eye candy for today. I suspect
just could not deal with the visual competition.
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Kimberly Klacik

 · 5h
The ladies of @TheView didn’t like what I had to say, so naturally they cut me off. Why are they silencing Black Women? Hey, @JoyVBehar — I think your White Privilege is showing through your blackface!
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's been campaigning all right, if not in Minnesota. But per some tweets QRT'd below, the speechwriters he's been using are real saboteurs. Making him promise everybody milder weather?!
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 · 7h
Dems and the @MinnesotaDFL have been very critical (and rightfully so) of Republicans holding rallies with no distancing and masks. But they also need to look in the mirror. No media communication, “virtual” rallies and very little campaigning isn’t a recipe for success.
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He only ever reads what's put in front of him, and he still does that so well, it seems cruel that they keep feeding him idiotic speeches for R's to make fun of. We all know JB will stick to his party's line, however untenable it may be.

Dems and the
have been very critical (and rightfully so) of Republicans holding rallies with no distancing and masks. But they also need to look in the mirror. No media communication, “virtual” rallies and very little campaigning isn’t a recipe for success.

I don't see it. Dog's much better looking than man. But...if Petfinder links at Blogspot work for readers...this kind of tweet will get you links to 3 different photogenic black & white dogs, seeking homes in 3 different cities. Worked for a lot of pets a few years ago...
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Ashley Reisinger
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As requested (you know who you are). Keanu Reeves as dogs.
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This is cruel. We know
has only read speeches other people write for him, since 1984, but those people need to stop writing insane ones that make him sound senile. He's not THAT old, self-sabotaging D' Trump paying you well?
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Joe Biden blames every single COVID-19 death on Trump, says 'all the people' would be alive if Trump had done his job…

Check it out, animal lovers: More Petfinder Links, Anyone? If this cat picture works on your devices, I'll bring back the adoptable pet photo links at my web site. (In memory of Heather. Serena will not be involved!)…

Claudia from #BlountvilleTN is looking for a sensible family who won't hang beads on her...I found a once-in-a-lifetime pet for someone else at this shelter, once. Claudia is already spayed & fully vetted!

Failure as a man does not qualify anyone to be a woman. #IStandWithJKRowling (even tho I believe gender confusion & dysphoria are real physical symptoms that can be produced in most species by crowded, polluted environments).
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Matt Walsh
 · Apr 5, 2016
Someday historians will write volumes trying to explain why 21st century Americans decided to start pretending men could be women

is suspended? For quoting what old book? Did that account not exist exclusively for quoting the classics? What is
's problem?

Agreed. "Code Red" means primarily extreme heat/humidity/pollution. (It used to mean immediate danger of acts of war.) Makes a promo for anything but cold drinks sound bogus.

Just in case anyone Out There still thinks SPLC stands for something good (as it did 50-60 years ago)...
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Tyler O'Neil
 · Feb 10
My first book, #MakingHatePay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is available on Amazon now. The book tells the story of how a noble civil rights organization devolved into a threat to America's free speech culture. /1…
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, name something OTHER THAN slavery that has been more intrusive on civil liberties in American history. I’ll wait.
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Tyler O'Neil
 · 19h
PANTS on FIRE: Barr did NOT compare the lockdowns to slavery. He said of lockdown abuses "other than slavery, a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history." Hyperbole perhaps, but not a slavery comparison @JennaEllisEsq…

The sad part is, I've not even heard
discuss a viable plan for reducing local warming in #WashingtonDC , which IS possible. (I'll give him a plan if he wants one. I am bipartisan and generous.)
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Tyler O'Neil
 · Sep 14
Joe Biden promised that there would be fewer fires, floods, and hurricanes if he wins in November. He claimed that climate change caused fires in the West, floods in the Midwest, and hurricanes on the East Coast. That's not right.…
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Hate & fascism always need to be exposed. Thank you,
. The Transgender Mob's Absurd Reasons for Torching the 'Harry Potter' Books

How *ever* did
get suspended?
? Political disagreement A-GAIN? This is so stale & makes

look so bad.