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December 11, 2006

Rush Limbaugh's Cat.

Ah, Rush and pets.

From Radio Equalizer:

DEHUMANIZING RUSH

Even His Cat Generates Controversy

In the twisted world of partisan politics, how could Rush Limbaugh's cat manage to become an issue?

The answer is that when it comes to dehumanizing a key conservative enemy, nothing is sacred in this stage of the game.

I used to listen to Limbaugh a lot, 10 years ago. Then I got tired of the "Long Time Listener, First Time Caller, and I gotta say, Mega-Mega-Mega-Dittoes on [fill in the blank issue] geez yer a genius Rush!" callers, and listened only to his monologues that started the hour, and then, I just drifted away. Nothing against Rush.

One of the things I was always piqued by was when he discussed animals. Rush clearly believes that only people have souls, thoughts, feelings, etc, of any sophistication whatsoever (and many animal behaviorists will agree with that assessment) and his discussion of pets followed that line. Such as this description of his relationship with his cat:

I told the story about the cat. I'll try to recreate the story. I love my cat. I got the greatest little cat in the world. You people know it. I pet this cat. I love this cat. I feed this cat. But I'm smart enough to know she only really wants me when she wants to be fed. I have learned enough to know that when she comes and starts head butting me or walking around my legs, she wants to be fed.

Every time I hear (or read) Rush discussing pets, I understand why he thinks like he does. He treats 'em like objects, and, on a fundamental level, doesn't really respect them (as treacly and new-agey as *that* sounds!).

The Interior Guard of Argghhh!, when they want to get fed, get vocal, and underfoot. It's clear when they want to be fed. But I get the head-butting, leg-rubbing and other behaviors Rush describes... *after* they've been fed. And at random times during the day. And the cats come to hang out. They watch tv with us (Barney *really* watches TV, especially anything with animals on it - I'd love to know what's going on in her mind at those times).

My point is - we treat the critters as family, not as objects. And they respond to that. In ways that clearly are not related solely to food.

More starkly is how that manifests itself with the horses. Our horses come when we call. Whether there's food involved or not (they come *much* quicker when they know there's food involved, you betcha!). But they come on their own volition. Our horses, in a horsey way, like us. Yes, we trained them to that. I got that. But you watch how many hard-core horse people treat their horses, and watch how their horses behave. Then watch our horses. Our horses want to be around us. They want to go riding. They want the head scritches, etc. And it isn't just us - our boys are the barn sluts. Everybody comments on how nice they are, and how different our horses are than others in the barn - including theirs, as they jerk on the reins and bully their horse around.

This is getting longer than I intended. My point being - not to pile on Rush, but to use Limbaugh's words to illustrate my point - that if you treat your critters like family (and that, like children means discipline and training... all larded with love and affection) they'll *want* to hang around you, and not just because you feed 'em.

That's all.

Comments on Rush Limbaugh's Cat.
Cricket briefed on December 11, 2006 09:13 AM

Rush is entitled to hys opynyon.
I am not a 'cat' person. That said, I love my cats. They are intelligent, personable and
smart. They are affectionate and come when we call. Yes faster when hunger motivates them, but since they are outdoor cats, they also hunt for their food. They still come when we call them.

They have never clawed, bitten or shown any signs of vicious behavior, and I have young children as well as an mentally handicapped teen.
In fact, one cat makes it a point to sit on my son's lap when he is waiting for the bus. She
purrs, kneads his knees and rubs up against him
EVERY morning. Since he has been subject to some persecution because of his handicap, to have an animal love him unconditionally is truly a gift from God.

They tag us all over the house when we let them in to warm up. It is sort of a standing joke that we feed them raw meat scraps from time to time, so when I call the kids for dinner, the cats come running too.

We are going to be taking them on vacation; not just because we don't wanna pay for boarding, but we own another house and the garage needs to be cleaned out of vermin. They will earn their keep as hunters, but they are pets too.

We call their deposits of prey 'rent.'

ry briefed on December 11, 2006 11:37 AM

Lucky punks.
The worst thing JEss has done to me is drag me across the country and force me to live in places where I can't have a dog or a cat. I can't keep one with good conscience, not in a dinky apt---that's not fair to them.
(gollum turns a greener shade with envy).

AFSister briefed on December 11, 2006 02:09 PM

I'm a cat person... and I do love my cats. They love me right back, and they know when I'm upset and need some furry lovin'. Animals are great for that. They sense your mood, and leave you alone when you need it- or pay extra attention when you need that too.

That being said... why is it that one of my two cats insist upon pooping while I'm brushing my teeth!?!?! The litter box is in the bathroom, but that is just gross.

Cricket briefed on December 11, 2006 07:33 PM

As to animals not feeling or having emotions...I seem to recall a story of Balaam and his donkey.
The donkey saw the angel, bowed and would not move.
Hm.

Our Lord was born in a stable and laid in a manger.
Near critters. There were shepherds tending their flocks...so do you think the angels watched the sheep so the shepherds could testify of Him? Seems to me that Christ used symbols involving animals quite a lot...the bit about gathering Israel as a hen gathers her chicks..definately no protective instincts there.

Dogs rescuing their owners?

Rush is dead wrong on this one and I hope his sheeple call him on it.

Justthisguy briefed on December 12, 2006 02:09 AM

Rush is fulla poo, here. My kitty (until he got old) was capable of feeding himself from what he killed. He likes it when I feed him, and I give him the best food I can, but he wants me to pet him, and express love for him, before he starts eating.

Now, my extra cat is as Rush describes, more like a creepy, scary, neurotypical female human than a normal autistic cat. I love her anyway and try to look out for her, mutilated as she was by a previous bad (probably female) human who had her fingers cut off. (I think that messed up her mind)

Justthisguy briefed on December 12, 2006 02:31 AM

Oh, yeah, Cricket, it's obvious to anyone of the meanest understanding that we share the same kind of emotions with other mammals, and maybe some thoughts, and maybe share the more basic emotions (fight or flight) even with lizards. I am *so* over that fatassed midwestern Limbaugh critter, getting a pass on his opiate addiction while Mr. Peaey is rotting in jail with no pardon from Jeb Bush, whose own daughter was caught using crack more than once and is walking around free!

Argghhh!

Justthisguy briefed on December 12, 2006 02:42 AM

Sorry if I seemed kinda misogynistic above, but neurotypical wimmin really do scare me, somewhat.

I wish there were more weird wimmin.

Cricket briefed on December 12, 2006 06:44 AM

I do not lop off kitty claws. They are needed for hunting and escape up trees. They have to exercise and they get frustrated and mean when they can't stretch their fingers.

My cats do yoga too...durn their furry little butts. They go down to the driveway when the sun is out and proceed to lie down. Then the grooming begins. Since it is rather graphic and all, we won't go into detail.

But the way they stretch all the way up their backs and down looks like it just plain feels good. Then they flop over on their backs and stretch that way. They then scratch whatever itches on their backs, but when they get to their ears..the looks of ecstasy on their faces when they get that hind leg into that ear to dig around is priceless.

Papa kitty has sired five kittens. All of them have been fixed so we won't have any more, but he will pounce on one of his kits and give him or her a thorough face ears and neck grooming.

Mama kitty weaned the little darlings when they were five months old. She got tired of them pushing on her for a feeding and started swatting them and hissing. I have seen her give Tigger the feline version of 'I have a headache' by clawing and growling...and even biting.

Heh.

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