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(Christian Science Monitor)   He was an old man who lived alone in a house in Key West, and he had gone 51 years now without making his cats into a federal case   (csmonitor.com) divider line 104
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2012-12-11 04:08:37 AM  
Bravo, subby.
 
2012-12-11 07:00:49 AM  
making his cats into a federal case

fixed - like your cat should be
 
2012-12-11 08:16:27 AM  
Heard this on NPR yesterday. It's funny considering this is Key West, one of the best places in the US to have cats.
 
2012-12-11 09:46:50 AM  
And never mind the chickens roaming around the streets,
 
2012-12-11 09:53:25 AM  
Use 'em for bait for the python hunt up US-1 a bit

/problems solved
 
2012-12-11 09:55:06 AM  
Remember to spay or neuter your polydactyls.
 
2012-12-11 09:56:01 AM  

AirForceVet: Heard this on NPR yesterday. It's funny considering this is Key West, one of the best places in the US to have cats.


jaylectricity: And never mind the chickens roaming around the streets,


yes i LOLd when the guy on NPR said (paraphrasing) and there are also chickens. just such a dry delivery, seemed very funny in its inclusion
 
2012-12-11 09:56:10 AM  
My brother has a polydactyl cat named Ernest.
 
2012-12-11 09:56:55 AM  
Other states don't need the Federal government to handle their six toed cats. Why do these things always happen here? I blame the Desilers Effect.
 
2012-12-11 09:57:12 AM  

cgraves67: My brother has a polydactyl cat named Ernest.


your brother sounds like a heavy drinking sailor
 
2012-12-11 09:57:41 AM  
Had a cat when I was in high school with 27 toes. We named her Toes.
 
2012-12-11 09:58:46 AM  
Welcome to Obama's America.


/Not that Obama has anything to do with this, but someone was eventually going to post this.
 
2012-12-11 09:59:19 AM  

Hawnkee: Remember to spay or neuter your polydactyls.


No YOU Spay and Neuter one

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2012-12-11 09:59:50 AM  
This kinda makes me upset. Those cats do not really do anything but lay around town and the house. They do not bother anyone, local or tourist. And hell, the chickens are more annoying then the cats are.
 
2012-12-11 10:00:15 AM  
When cats are outlawed, only outlaws will have cats.

/Or something like that.
 
2012-12-11 10:00:32 AM  
Good luck to the person relegated to putting each of the cats into their own cage every night. Chief Cat Herder.
 
2012-12-11 10:00:34 AM  

AirForceVet: Heard this on NPR yesterday. It's funny considering this is Key West, one of the best places in the US to have cats.


Why for? I'm guessing they can roam in relative safety because there isn't anything there to hurt them? But I'm just guessing.
 
2012-12-11 10:01:41 AM  

yves0010: This kinda makes me upset. Those cats do not really do anything but lay around town and the house. They do not bother anyone, local or tourist. And hell, the chickens are more annoying then the cats are.


But a concerned tourist...
 
2012-12-11 10:03:39 AM  

Dreyelle: Good luck to the person relegated to putting each of the cats into their own cage every night. Chief Cat Herder.




Cat Herding
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/my favorite Super Bowl commercial of all time.....OF ALL TIME!!!!! 
/linkey pops
 
2012-12-11 10:05:46 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: yves0010: This kinda makes me upset. Those cats do not really do anything but lay around town and the house. They do not bother anyone, local or tourist. And hell, the chickens are more annoying then the cats are.

But a concerned tourist...


People wonder why I have such general disdain for the public. a concerned "anyone" generally spells the downfall of anything good and fun. Farking busybodies can't mind their own damned business and just get along with the miserable existence they call life.
 
2012-12-11 10:05:56 AM  

Dreyelle: Good luck to the person relegated to putting each of the cats into their own cage every night. Chief Cat Herder.


I prefer the label "cat wrangler".

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2012-12-11 10:06:52 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: yves0010: This kinda makes me upset. Those cats do not really do anything but lay around town and the house. They do not bother anyone, local or tourist. And hell, the chickens are more annoying then the cats are.

But a concerned tourist...


I go down to the keys a lot and I have never once been bothered by any of the cats down there... But I have been chased by a damn chicken a few times.

But this falls under a local and not federal issue. And the locals love them. So stay the fark out of it Feds.
 
2012-12-11 10:07:07 AM  
I heard about this last night on NPR too.

Normally I'm all one for Commerce Clause powers, but somehow this one rubs me a little the wrong way. This one seems just too absurd.

That and there is a bonus level of ire for that random visitor to the house that had a complaint about the cats. . .but instead of contacting local authorities, or state officials, contacted the Dept. of Agriculture and literally made a Federal case out of something that could have been resolved locally.

Yeah, that's why this pisses me off, because it's using Commerce Clause powers when something could have legitimately been handled at a much lower level of government.

Makes me wonder if that complainant to the Dept. of Agriculture was somebody who was pissed at the house or its administration, and knew that a Federal complaint would bring down a world of bureaucratic pain.
 
2012-12-11 10:07:09 AM  

ChipNASA: Dreyelle: Good luck to the person relegated to putting each of the cats into their own cage every night. Chief Cat Herder.



Cat Herding
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/my favorite Super Bowl commercial of all time.....OF ALL TIME!!!!! 
/linkey pops


Mine, too.
 
2012-12-11 10:07:38 AM  
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2012-12-11 10:08:03 AM  
The Federal government truly needs to be reduced by at least 90%
 
2012-12-11 10:08:10 AM  
ah, the commerce clause. the (as judicially interpreted) unilateral grant of absolute power to the federal government.

/ and now, cats in a museum are to be regulated by dc instead of the place that is affected.
 
2012-12-11 10:09:33 AM  
stupid "concerned tourist"

The cats are great. Now those damn chickens...
 
2012-12-11 10:09:58 AM  
Some people like Hemmingway's writing. Others become federal judges.
 
2012-12-11 10:10:37 AM  

mcwehrle: stupid "concerned tourist"

The cats are great. Now those damn chickens...


If a chicken pisses you off, just grab it up, jerk it's head off, and fry it up.
 
2012-12-11 10:14:35 AM  
I wonder if the museum stopped charging admission they could escape the ominous commerce Clause?
Just ask for donations maybe.
 
2012-12-11 10:14:35 AM  
Took these when I was there in 2005

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2012-12-11 10:17:03 AM  
Someone in the United States Department of Agriculture has too much time on their hands. WAY too much time on their hands.
 
2012-12-11 10:18:26 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: Had a cat when I was in high school with 27 toes. We named her Toes.


My roommate in college took in a kitten that had two complete paws on each front leg. Six whole paws. Maybe minus the dew claws.

His name was "Chernobyl"

He went to the humane society after a couple of months when the roommate realized cats cost money and take up time.
 
2012-12-11 10:18:31 AM  
Obviously, the USDA has never attempted to herd cats.

The solution is simple: stop charging an admission fee and ask for a donation instead. Then the AWA will not apply.

The house and cats are pretty awesome.
 
2012-12-11 10:18:53 AM  

jaylectricity: And never mind the chickens roaming around the streets,


Streets one walked up to my table in a Cuban replace I was eating at. I think he was there for the drinks though.
 
2012-12-11 10:22:27 AM  
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2012-12-11 10:22:37 AM  
Who was the douchebag busybody that started this all? Why hasn't 4Chan outed them yet?

Anyway, this is an excellent example of a law being broadly and unconstitutionally interpreted by a power-hungy bureaucracy.
 
2012-12-11 10:23:14 AM  
From a preservation standpoint, I don't like the idea of cats running around a historic house museum. On the other hand, I don't like the idea of the USDA throwing in regulations and making historic house museums change their physical structure (stripping away what makes it a historic house) in order to meet those regulations. At least the ADA opened up historic houses to visitors who previously could not visit such historic houses, even though compliance is just as destructive.
 
2012-12-11 10:24:46 AM  

Black_Lazerus: jaylectricity: And never mind the chickens roaming around the streets,

Streets one walked up to my table in a Cuban replace I was eating at. I think he was there for the drinks though.


Probably wanted a cocktail.
 
2012-12-11 10:26:07 AM  
im going to call em up

who knows
 
2012-12-11 10:26:51 AM  
Not yet?
www.brainpickings.org
 
2012-12-11 10:27:18 AM  

rebelyell2006: From a preservation standpoint, I don't like the idea of cats running around a historic house museum.


Except in this case, the cats are part of the historic house museum, and belong there more then the tourists.
 
2012-12-11 10:30:14 AM  
If it came down to it, which would Papa prefer to remain; the house or the cats?
 
2012-12-11 10:31:33 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: rebelyell2006: From a preservation standpoint, I don't like the idea of cats running around a historic house museum.

Except in this case, the cats are part of the historic house museum, and belong there more then the tourists.


Indeed. They are Hemingway's cats' descendents. That means they have been there long before a lot of the tourist come down to see the house. They should be considered part of the actual house. Many come to see these cats as they only exist at this house.
 
2012-12-11 10:33:26 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: rebelyell2006: From a preservation standpoint, I don't like the idea of cats running around a historic house museum.

Except in this case, the cats are part of the historic house museum, and belong there more then the tourists.


I agree. There are plenty of destructive objects in museums and archives, and they belong there too (even explosive cellulose nitrate film).

But don't look at tourists as nuisance, since they are there to learn. Even though they are obnoxious at times.
 
2012-12-11 10:34:51 AM  
Awesome. So how many millions of dollars has this cost? Fark you cat lady.... You just know it had to be one if them making a case out of it.
 
2012-12-11 10:38:34 AM  
Am I the only one hwo is pissed off about this?

Can't they just accept the fat that it's cool these cats have free reign over that museum??

Why are people such a-holes???
 
2012-12-11 10:39:09 AM  
hwo = who.

Damnit.
 
pla
2012-12-11 10:41:30 AM  
"the cats are never purchased, never sold, and never travel beyond 907 Whitehead Street. But the local character of the activity does not necessarily exempt it from federal regulation"

Yeah, the politicians need to just all get in a nice neat line up against the wall.

/ Just for the purpose of counting them, of course.
// BANG - one. BANG - two. BANG - three...
/// Toby, would you put down that drum? Trying to count here!
 
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