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May 18, 2021

One If, Seven Ands, Two Butts
Are these cats really Democrats? Or is this merely a ploy to get you to read the article?
Are these cats really Democrats? Or is this merely a ploy to get you to read the article?
Are you familiar with the political stereotypes about cats and dogs? You know, the one that claims cats are Democrats and dogs are Republicans based on their basic animal traits and personalities?

It goes something like this. Cats are Democrats and dogs are Republicans because:

Cats can't be herded. Dogs are easily trained.

Cats are nonconformists. Dogs are pack animals.

Cats think of their humans as equals. Dogs worship their humans.

Cats are laid back. Dogs are uptight.

Cats are environmentalists, they cover their excrement. Dogs don't care about the environment, they poop everywhere then expect others to clean up the mess.

Cats are independent, pleasure-seeking animals. Dogs stick their noses in other dog's business (uhhh..., I mean butt).

Leave a cat alone, it will sleep all day. Leave a dog alone, it will destroy everything.

Cats lick their own private parts. Dogs lick other dog's private parts.

When one cat meows, the others don't notice. When one dog barks, they all bark.

I honestly don't think those kind of animal kingdom comparisons mean anything other than we can pretty much insert political partisanship into whatever we want nowadays. Although, I'm sure we can all agree there is definitely a difference between cats and dogs. Anyone who has shared a house with both will attest to that assertion.

Politics aside, my best explanation of the difference between cats and dogs can be illustrated with the following example.

Suppose a cat discovers a bar of soap on the bathroom floor. The cat will hop atop the toilet tank and wait all day for you to walk into the bathroom, slip on the soap and fall on your butt. However, if a dog discovers a bar of soap on the bathroom floor, he will eat it.

Perhaps you're wondering why I'm rambling about the differences between cats and dogs. Simple answer. I just wanted to write an article with an attention-getting headline in order to alert you to a new video on the website. It's a cat video, so you cat lover's may appreciate it more than you dog lovers.

Click on the News & Opinion link in the top navigation bar just beneath the scrolling ticker. That will take you to the News & Opinion Section where you can view a two-minute (2:23) cartoon video titled "Fly Guy."

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