Communal Water

The brazen SOB jumped up on the table next to my chair, ignored the fact I was sitting there, and just helped himself:

I was so shocked I didn’t even yell, I just thought to myself “Really, Tunch? While I’m sitting here?” and snapped a picture.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    All your liquids belong to us.

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    Gravenstone says:

    Dogs, owners; cats, staff.

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    Comrade Javamanphil says:

    Dammit @Comrade Mary: , It’s not fair to win a thread in comment 1!

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    Raven says:

    Cat needed water, no biggie.

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    MTmofo says:

    Two words: travel mug.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Who drinks a tall glass of water like that? What’s wrong with you?

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    cathyx says:

    I was so shocked I didn’t even yell, I just thought to myself “Really, Tunch? While I’m sitting here?” and snapped a picture.

    And then I took a drink too. Cheers, I said to Tunch, happy St. Patty’s day.

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    Yutsano says:

    You needed to be reminded of your proper role in the household. You can thank your feline overlord later.

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    Raven says:

    @Corner Stone: It is kinda bubbly.

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    Narcissus says:

    Your cat pushes you around. This does not bode well.

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    Gus says:

    Don’t worry, he’s not grossed out by your germs.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @MTmofo: I agree; JC needs a mug (or glass) with a cover and straw.

    Nice picture of Tunch, though.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Gus: Or bothered by the fact that you pet him with the thing you use to clean your hind parts.

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    JGabriel says:

    John Cole:

    The brazen SOB jumped up on the table next to my chair, ignored the fact I was sitting there, and just helped himself…

    That fat bastard.


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    Morbo says:

    That glass not being used for beer makes me cringe.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @JGabriel: Fat Bastard isn’t hairy enough.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    You can draw a fresh drink whenever, Tunch wants the same right. Ever try something like this fountain waterer for His Rotundity?

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    wrb says:

    Cat must think you are cleaner than you are.

    What a compliment.

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    Dead Earnest says:

    Last time you complained because he dipped his “cat litter paw” in the glass.
    He accommodates your concern.
    This is your grateful appreciation?
    Geez Cole, whaddya want?

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    John Cole says:

    @Corner Stone: I drink about 8-10 of them a day. I like to be hydrated. Makes me feel better.

    @Morbo: They are the only glasses I have…

    @Anne Laurie: He has one.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @John Cole: No wonder you’re so tubby.

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    Ash Can says:

    Rule number one of cats: Everything here is MINE.

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    JoyfulA says:

    That’s what you get for drinking water!

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    Raven says:

    @Ash Can: Bohdi is chasing on right now!

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    Ash Can says:

    @PurpleGirl: Followed by a photo posted here by John of Tunch sipping from said straw. (I would truly wet my pants.)

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    MosesZD says:

    My cat has developed a taste for coffee. If I set my coffee down and don’t keep an eye on it, she’ll hop up and drink it.

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    what is Tunch’s is Tunch’s

    and everything is Tunch’s

    it is written

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    JWL says:

    My 16 year old feral cat commandeered my bedside water two years ago. I would no more sip from that glass (that I keep filled for Her Majesty) than I would drink from the toilet.

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    Cat Hair Everywhere says:

    Is that a grass stain behind his ear? Wonder how he managed that?

    You really do need a Cuppow. You do have wide-mouthed mason jars around, right? Easy solution. Tunch won’t like it, though.

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    eemom says:

    Cole, it is past time you got over this childish fantasy that you have an existence independent of Tunch.

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    lamh35 says:

    Has anyone been following the story of Trayvon Martin in FL? If not check out TaNehisi C’s blog for some post.

    Of those who have been following the circumstances of the killing closely, I just wanted to know if anyone who’s knows something about DOJ and federal crime law that can tell me if DOJ can take over the case or prosecute the police department in Sanford, FL or if they can do something that the local/state officials seem to be refusing to do?

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    Raven says:

    Some pretty good hoop goin on.

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    cathyx says:

    I hope that with you eating healthy and hopefully eating less, and drinking all that water, and walking your dogs, that you are losing weight and getting fit.

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    Phylllis says:

    One of our kitties reached the point where she obviously expected us to leave a trickle of water on continuously at the kitchen sink for her drinking pleasure. Water bill? What’s that?

    And yes, they had two of the water fountain thingies. I miss that cat.

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    rikyrah says:

    it’s his world…you just live in it…to serve him.

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    Jennifer says:

    I just thought to myself “Really, Tunch? While I’m sitting here?”

    And Tunch thought to himself, “Really, Cole? This can’t quite come as a surprise, can it?”

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    Got a crock full of Black Eyed Pea going, and while I love to eat them, they smell awful while cooking. As opposed to soup beans that smell awesome.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @lamh35: As I understand it, this goon is claiming self-defense under some sort of “Make my day” law? I just heard the 911 tapes of the kid screaming for help before he was shot. I don’t know how those laws work (or any other, IANAL) but I can’t imagine the shooter can demonstrate that he was in fear for his life (if that’s the threshold) to a grand jury

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    Svensker says:


    There’s a thread down below about it, but I don’t know if anyone answered your question there. Here’s the thread.

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    Neddie Jingo says:

    Umm… John? Was his water bowl empty?

    I caught Ella the Civil War General German Wirehaired Pointer drinking out of the toilet. At my angry remonstrance, Wonder Woman asked, all innocence, “Did you remember to fill her water bowl?”

    As it turned out, her bowl was a veritable Sahara, and she had nowhere else to turn for liquid sustenance.

    She was the smart one; I was the idiot.

    Just sayin’.

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    J.W. Hamner says:

    I think the real question is whether he likes Scotch. It might explain some things.

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    jl says:

    Cole: “Really, Tunch? While I’m sitting here?”

    Really, John? Really, you said that? There was the slightest doubt in your pretty little head?

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    Citizen_X says:

    Serves you right, site-redesigning motherfucker.

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    Anya says:

    Well, I was finally able to watch Game Change (don’t ask me how), and I was very impressed with Woody Harrelson and Julianne Moore’s performance. As expected Palin comes off unprepared and a diva who’s oblivious to her own ignorance. What shocked me though is McCain’s portrayal. I think the people who did the movie wanted to portray him as a sympathetic figure. Someone who’s decent and committed to the country, however, he comes off as a clueless, immature idiot who was being told what to do instead of leading his campaign. He comes off as though he was on the sidelines in his own campaign. After watching Palin’s disastrous interview, he whines: I though Katie liked me. Why is she doing this to me? I don’t know why people thought the move was good for McCain’s image?

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    No, but I been thinking about looking around for better beans than at wally world, thanks for link, being beans are my main food stuff, I will check them out and maybe order some.

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    So we went to the movies and saw “Friends With Kids.” Cute, funny. I like Jennifer Westfeldt, she’s like a female (and less creepy) Woody Allen.

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    Raven says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero): Jefferw went to them and he’s sold. They really are good and, gasp, wallyworld here sells them.

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    wrb says:

    @Neddie Jingo:

    Umm… John? Was his water bowl empty?

    Animal rules. You drink where your respected leader does.
    Horses are very clear on this. They wait to drink until the most respected horse affirms that the water is good. If the horse you’ve led to water won’t drink, he probably will if you drink. Unless he’s determined that you are an idiot.

    If John is drinking from this glass water instead of bowl water then glass water must be better and should be checked out & the bowl water avoided.

    Unless John is an idiot.

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    debit says:

    Oliver has been known to mug people for their sunflower seeds. He just shoves his face right into the bowl and starts munching. We also discovered he loves canned pumpkin and would really, REALLY like to taste soy sauce if I would only let him.

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    dexwood says:

    I don’t know about that, my dogs own me. At five-thirty this morning, as I I was getting out of bed because they HAD to go out, I told my wife I was a slave to dogs. They give me more than I do for them however.

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    J.W. Hamner says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero):

    The fancy foodie bean vendor of choice is Rancho Gordo.

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    Raven says:

    @J.W. Hamner: Bah, these are Louisiana beans.

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    Cliff in NH says:


    They give me more than I do for them however.

    Sounds like they give you the sunrise too!

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    Raven says:

    @J.W. Hamner: They do look good!

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    @J.W. Hamner:

    Wow, they got beans I never heard of, thanks for link!

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    J.W. Hamner says:


    If they’re not HEIRLOOM I’m not even sure I’m aloud to be talking to you.

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    Anya says:

    @lamh35: I was sick to my stomach when I heard the 911 call. This callous asshole killing this innocent kid. How the fuck can he claim it was self-defense? The asshole was chasing the kid. That fucking lunatic should be as notorious as OJ.

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    Neddie Jingo says:

    @wrb: I think that proving this theory involves a reverse double-blind test: Will Tunch drink from the toilet if John does?



    Science awaits, John…

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    Joseph Nobles says:

    What I think is that Tunch has been doing it all along, but sneaking because he figured John would put a stop to it. But then John caught him and just made the bright light and went and fiddled with the clicky thing like John does for ages on end. So, in other words, normal goings-on in the house of Old King Cole. Drinking out of the glass is cool, no need for sneaky time.

    And that’s what John just reinforced by making the bright light again and then fiddling with the clicky thing.

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    Raven says:

    @J.W. Hamner: You’re allowed to talk aloud!

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    slag says:

    Can I ask when was the last time you had Tunch’s kidney values checked? If this behavior is a recent phenomenon and you haven’t had his kidneys checked out recently, you might consider it.

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    Somehow I missed THIS story …..

    High school students in Dunkerton, Iowa were expecting an assembly about bullying and making good choices. What they got instead was the Christian rap/hard rock band called Junkyard Prophet delivering an anti-gay and anti-abortion rant.
    According to the La Crosse Tribune, after the band performed, they separated the girls, boys, and teachers into three breakout groups. “They told my daughter, the girls, that they were going to have mud on their wedding dresses if they weren’t virgins,” said Jennifer Littlefield, whose 16-year-old daughter, Alivia called her in tears after the event. Reportedly, one of the band members led the girls in a chant pledging purity and encouraged them to be submissive to their husbands after marriage.
    The boys were shown images of musicians who died of drug overdoses. A video of the event shows a band member criticizing Elton John and Lady Gaga for encouraging “sexual deviancy” and supporting laws outlawing homosexuality.

    Apparently the band also showed the kids pictures of aborted fetuses.

    There is some serious crazy out there in Fundie Bible Land. The good news is, these kids are probably completely traumatized and thoroughly inoculated against anything resembling organized religion.

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    Raven says:

    @slag: Getting a drink is behavior?

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    dexwood says:

    @Cliff in NH: My Red Heeler/Golden Retriever mix also has a bit of rooster in him. Probably Rhode Island Red.

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    BGK says:

    4+ cats for six years now, so I’m used to it. The good news is that they can’t abide the smell of alcohol – they make gargoyle faces inside of a two-foot radius – so they’re steering clear of my Bombay Sapphire Martini (+1 so far).

    Sarah P&T was pondering Friday about the possibility of gay Paultards. Through whatever means I have offended God and the universe, I work directly with one. She reports to me, effectively, though the organizational chart doesn’t reflect it. It’s rather less entertaining than you might imagine. Just as mind-numbingly grinding, obtuse, and callow as a straight Paultard, only she tries even harder (and fails) to be iconoclastic. Because I have a terrifying glower, she learned pretty early in her tenure not to challenge my loudmouthed liberalism, which includes frequently disparaging remarks about Ron Paul.

    I learned just yesterday she’s into competitive shooting (I thought the NRA sticker on her car was just on general principle), so she’ll probably blow my head off some day when I least expect it.

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    Raven says:

    @Southern Beale: It was about a million comment thread here.

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    wrb says:

    @Neddie Jingo:

    He will


    If Tunch isn’t drinking from the toilet, it is entirely due to John’s failure as a cat parent.

    Now, John:
    Arms around the bowl, head down, lap, lap lap… here kitty kitty… lap lap lap…

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    Two Men Thrown Out of Santorum Rally for Kissing
    Patch: “Two men who kissed one another were kicked out of presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s rally Friday evening… Santorum was 15 minutes into his speech when the two men shouted and got the attention of the crowd. They exchanged a kiss, prompting guards to eject them and the crowd to chant ‘U-S-A’ while they were leaving the gym.”

    Ha ha. campaign needs more wetsuits and dildos. The gheys are ever where, Rick. One might even be hiding in you.

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    TooManyJens says:

    So apparently I’m banned from commenting at TNC’s place. That’s … odd.

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    I have a cat like this. I take great pains to keep their water bowls (yes, bowlS) clean and fresh, as the other stupid cat can’t manage to take a drink without dropping half-chewed kibble it it.

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    So I take it she isn’t aware of Paul’s rabid homophobia?

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    Neddie Jingo says:

    @wrb: Major lols.

    …And this is where we pee!

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    J.W. Hamner says:


    A true gourmand does not concern himself with homophones; only homophobes.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    Sky bar. Superstar.

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    slag says:

    @Raven: Could be. If it’s different. A kidney check is something I would definitely consider doing if one of my cats suddenly picked up a drinking habit.

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    Raven says:

    @J.W. Hamner: Ha, I cook for an Anna every day.

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    Hawes says:

    I’m just assuming that’s a Gin and Tonic.

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    Maude says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero):
    When I make split pea soup, for a while, it really stinks.
    I read in AP that the DOJ is looking at the murder in Florida.

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    JoyfulA says:

    @slag: And hyperthyroidism, which was what our cat was developing when she started entering the shower stall as I exited (to lick the floor) and then began demanding that I turn on the shower just for her.

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    Yea, split pea is worse than Blacked Eyed, but I don’t really like split pea to eat.

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    khead says:

    Some pretty good hoop goin on.

    Yup. Was just checkin in…

    This thread was worth it. Heh.

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    We have one of those wonderful Bistro water bowls which is always clean and full. Without hesitation my dog and my cats drink out of the toilet. My cats will precariously teeter on the side of the toilet and drink. Sometimes Cueball will happen along and nudge their butts into the toilet. He does that because he can. I am sort of tired of having soggy cats wandering about the household but there is nothing I can do about it.

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    Bigorange says:

    Try French jelly jars for drinking water. We have kept a set around for the last 30 years and they are great for keeping out stray hair, paws and tongues. =^. .^=;sr=8-1

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    slag says:

    @JoyfulA: Good point.

    I wonder what else we can try to make John paranoid about. FHIV? Lymphoma? He’ll probably never tell us about Tunch again.

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    ruemara says:

    Mine never do that. Perhaps because I like spicy stuff that burns kitty noses, so they avoid my stuff. Plus, the look of non-allowance. I’m the alpha cat in my home.

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    jl says:

    @Neddie Jingo: The poor long suffering Tunch was clearly caught by some remote TunchCam trap set up by the cruel Cole. You can see the tripwire down at the bottom of the pic.

    I’m calling the ASPCA.

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    chrome agnomen says:

    i had a cat do this ONCE.

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    Raven says:

    If you are going to foul someone going to the rack DON”T let them make the fucking basket!

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    slag says:


    I am sort of tired of having soggy cats wandering about the household but there is nothing I can do about it.

    Do your toilets not have lids?

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    wow, Indiana/VCU game is exciting.

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    Raven says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero): The Kentucky Iowa State game is rockin as well.

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    BGK says:

    @Southern Beale:

    So I take it she isn’t aware of Paul’s rabid homophobia?

    Awww, aren’t you sweet? Crediting a Paultard with even the possibility of intellectual consistency.

    I may have spoken too soon re the cats and booze. My wee ferocious Scotsman, Angus, is malingering around my cocktail glass…

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    JoyfulA says:

    @slag: Tunch looks more hypothyroid than hyperthyroid, though, doesn’t he?

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    trollhattan says:


    Uh, that thang have a lid?

    I’m in a house o’ wimminfolk, so I’ve acquired the habit of keeping it closed.

    [D’oh, Slag beat me tooit.]

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    Of course they have lids, but dammnit if I put the lid down they couldn’t drink out of them. I mean come on what part of “pets drinking from toilets” do you not understand?

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    Tunchie Tunchie Tunchie! Soooo cute and sweet. Of COURSE your glass is his, Cole!

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    trollhattan says:

    [Shhh, don’t tell anybody but BJ is behaving tonight on Firefox. No mobile version.]

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    trollhattan says:


    Somehow this needs to be repurposed into a Brawndo commercial.

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    Narcissus says:

    You should consider setting out a glass for him

    Like a Tunch glass

    Or just put your lunch money on the floor

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    Raven says:

    There is some serious coast to coast goin down in the Yum KFC Arena!

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    slag says:

    @JoyfulA: Hypo-hippo tomato-tomahto.

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    lamh35 says:

    Sanford Mayor, Corrine Brown to meet with US Attorney General Eric Holder

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    PLH in NYC says:

    I hate to say this since I am a relative newcomer, but from the months I have been hanging around it is obvious how much that CAT owns you. He seems harmless enough but I am sure he is content knowing how much he owns you. I am not even going to mention your girls.

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    slag says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: Every part. I’m a clean freak.

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    Kentucky is simply an awesome second half team. Been that way all season.

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    Raven says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero): Loaded with every fucking one and doner in the world they oughta be. Assholes.

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    John O says:

    KY has too much talent jelly for IA St, sadly.

    Good games, though, all around, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this one gets close again, either.

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    Raven says:

    @John O: That T won’t help.

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    Not this year, no one and doners, like last season. Your KY hate sustains me. Calipiri is also the best one on one floor coach in the country.

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    Tim I says:

    Bullied by a feline! OMG.

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    John O says:


    You got that right. Neither will a couple more long fade-away 3’s.

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    Raven says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero): I don’t give a flying fuck how he coaches on the floor. He’s a fucking scumbag.

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    Raven says:

    @John O: The best players money can buy, takes a real genius to win with that.


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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    Lemon juice. Stops them in their tracks every time and it’s good for your liver.

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    trollhattan says:


    This does seem like the only way to proceed, given the official local “ho-hum.”

    How big is Orlando? More than, say, ten-thousand? Do their teebee stations have enough money to hire editors?

    “People don’t think the system is working.” Brown said. “I’m hear to see that it does.”

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    John O says:


    Yeah, there’s a hierarchy, but at this point several teams own it, not just KY, and in the tournament you still better come ready to play these days. Ask the Dookies. KY bothers me about as much as a half-dozen or dozen other teams. Mostly, I respect good ball-players for their ball-playing skills. LOVED #3 on Murray State.

    I hypothesize that that the reason March Madness is the most compelling weeks-long sporting event there is because of the underdog factor. Who doesn’t like a decided underdog?

    KY is playing great basketball over the last few minutes.

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    The best players money can buy, takes a real genius to win with that.

    Wrong. Kentucky has a long history of getting the best players, well before Calipiri showed up, and the reason is a long winning tradition. And not from getting paid, whatever that means. I see no reason to call Calipiri a scumbag, but opinions are like assholes, every one got one.

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    HE Pennypacker, Wealthy Industrialist says:

    @TaMara (BHF): I always have a glass of water by my bed in case I get thirsty in the middle of the night. To protect against any cat lapping from my glass while I’m asleep I always rest a kleenex over the glass, which is a pain but is apparently good enough technology that it’s beyond our cats’ limited problem-solving abilities. But adding lemon juice never occured to me — that’s an idea I’ll have to try!

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    amk says:

    What are you complaining about ? Just be happy that he lets you live in your his house.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @HE Pennypacker, Wealthy Industrialist: I had the same wake up call John had, I turned around one day to see one of my cats sticking her paw in, dipping and licking. I cringe to think how often she’d done that before I caught on. She seems content to have her own glass now. But my water always gets a touch of lemon or lime to keep the cats away.

    I used to have a Great Dane who would drink my coffee if I left the room. There would be coffee splashed EVERY WHERE. Never did break her of that habit. Miss her.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    The brazen SOB jumped up on the table next to my chair, ignored totally and deliberately registered the fact I was sitting there, and just helped himself:

    C’mon John.

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    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): *sigh* I already said that they have an ample water supply, they prefer the toilet, I have no idea why, THEY JUST DO, keeping the lid down would basically be depriving them of water. I really don’t think I want to do that.

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    Egg Berry says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero):

    I see no reason to call Calipiri a scumbag

    Well, you must not have been following his career.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    My mom told me tonight that she is organizing a walkout protest during a Mass presided over by a priest who has decided he will be a partisan bigot from the pulpit. She sits on the parish council so it should have some impact, which she believes will include removing her from that office.

    I love my mom and she is my hero and it has been a good St. Patrick’s Day.

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    CaseyL says:

    The late Jazz-beau of beloved memory is the only cat I’ve known who liked to drink out of the toilet. It helped that he was a tall, long-legged fellow and didn’t have any trouble bracing himself with his forelegs on the seat and stretching his neck down to the water.

    My co-cat at the time, Ariel, saw him doing it and tried it out herself – but she wasn’t tall enough so she overbalanced and fell in.

    I tried to towel her off, but I was laughing, which further offended her already lacerated sensibilities. I had to chase her around the house with the towel, me laughing and her shaking toilet water all over the place.

    Cats are almost as good as human children for wearing away any delicate notions one might have about hygiene and sanitary housekeeping.

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    TooManyJens says:

    @efgoldman: I comment there every once in a blue moon. I didn’t get into any trouble the last time, I’m pretty sure. :) Who knows, maybe it’s a bug. I’ll try again later.

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    Raven says:

    @John O: I was in Rupp for the last game that a home team was allowed to play in a regional final on their home court. They thought they were just going to trample Illinois and if it hadn’t been for incredibly horseshit calls down the stretch we had em. “Dicky Beale I’m lookin at you”. We beat Maryland with Branch and Bias in the first game and they beat the Ville. My disdain for Kentucky will never go away.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @chrome agnomen:

    i had a cat do this ONCE.

    I don’t even want to know.

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    @Egg Berry:

    You mean where he was given a clean bill of health from NCAA investigators that found others doing wrong at the schools he coached at? The NCAA is the Gestapo of investigators. They find the guilty and punish them. They did not find Calipiri guilty, now did they?

    Kentucky hate goes back a long ways, and we are used to receiving it, and don’t much care what people think.

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    HE Pennypacker, Wealthy Industrialist says:

    @TaMara (BHF): Yeah, around the house I usually just resort to drinking my water from one of those aluminum canteens. I use it at the gym and at the office, so I just extended that usage to around the house, too. We have 3 cats, so it’s kind of hard to be vigilant all the time!

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    Egg Berry says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero):

    The NCAA is the Gestapo of investigators. They find the guilty and punish them.

    You’re serious?

    FWIW, I found Calipari to be a douchebag from way back.

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    FWIW, I found Calipari to be a douchebag from way back.

    Good for you. I don’t care

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    @Egg Berry:

    And yes, the NCAA has the power of gawd over NCAA schools, for all sorts of reasons. What information they request gets provided,

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    Egg Berry says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero): Good for you. I’ll remember that when Kentucky’s NCAA investigation rolls around.

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    John O says:


    The basketball equivalent of never touching a particular liquor you may have had a bad night with.

    I can relate; KY is just not one of those teams that get to me, though I will be rooting hard for IU in the next game. Six of one…

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    Jennifer says:

    @Narcissus: That’s what I’ve been doing for 25 years – had 5 cats during that time and always kept their water in a cup on the side of the tub. They seem to prefer drinking out of a cup rather than a bowl on the floor.

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    Egg Berry says:

    March Madness trivia time: Are there any sons playing for their coach fathers in this year’s tourney?

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    HE Pennypacker, Wealthy Industrialist says:

    @slag: You’re right to recommend a kidney check, of course. That could be an issue, or it could just be a cat being a cat. Our cats are healthy but apparently the water from our water glasses just tastes SOOO much better than the water from the bowl on the floor…

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    @Egg Berry:

    Good for you. I’ll remember that when Kentucky’s NCAA investigation rolls around.

    LOL, you do that. But in the meantime GO CATS!!

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    muddy says:

    Perhaps Tunch is letting you know that he would prefer a raised waterbowl. Like they have for taller dogs, only Tunch needs it because it’s hard to bend down with that belly in the way.

    For myself, I have an insulated sippy cup with a straw in the daytime, and an insulated stainless bottle at night.

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    @Raven: Please, stuckinred, don’t be shy. Tell us what you really think about KY. I sorta kinda have an idea, but you’re a bit subtle, and I’m a bit slow today.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    Your mom is awesome.

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    Raven says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): Shit eatin dog fuckers of the lowest denomination.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    Mmmmm, litter box flavored water!

    I keep coasters around the house just for this reason; I put one under the glass/cup and one on top. Problem solved.

    No kitty flavored water for me, nosirree! :)

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    Linda says:

    In a way, you got off easy. I had a cat who would *stick her paw* in a glass, and then daintily lick the water off. Cats aren’t known for shyness or shame.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @Linda: Oh, you just missed that post, when John walked into the room and there was Tunch, dipping his dainty paw in John’s water and licking it off his paw.

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    @Litlebritdifrnt: I hear ya. I posted before reading every other of the 17 similar ideas. And it occurs to me that if the kittehs really minded getting knocked in, they’d use their superior claws to put a stop to it.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @efgoldman: LOL, someone’s humor meter is broken tonight.

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    karen marie says:

    John, if you want Tunch to stop drinking out of your glass, you should let him have one of his own. My cat has a vase for a water dish. Cats are deep, and they like their water the same way.

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    Dilbatt says:

    We have a cat that does the same thing, and Marianne drinks after him. Ew. LOL

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    redshirt says:

    The water you and Tunch are drinking is billions of years old. Cool, right?

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @efgoldman: I have no idea if you’re just trolling or having a bad day. It was a cute picture with humorous caption. Dude NEVER go to LOLCats, you’ll have a stroke.

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    Karen says:

    I had a cat that was so brazen that it leaped and snatched a bagel out of my hand as I was lifting it to my mouth!

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    John O says:


    Easy, now. I think that everyone sort of takes as a granted that if you want to change your pet’s behavior you’ll, you know, DO something about it. This is a pretty pet-savvy place.

    So I second the humor-deficiency theory.

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    @efgoldman: Geez, dude. I keep my cats inside. I won’t invite you over, I promise.

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    JGabriel says:

    Nate Silver:

    And a tourist snapped a photo of Mr. Santorum lounging around with his shirt off.

    Worst. Beefcake. Calendar. Ever.


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    Amir Khalid says:

    If you were lifting your cat to your mouth, you shouldn’t have been surprised if it took the opportunity to leap out of your grasp and snatch your food away.

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    John O says:

    The CO-Baylor game is yet another good one. Anyone’s ballgame.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @JGabriel: I was too grossed out at the thought. I couldn’t look. President Obama, on the other hand…

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    JGabriel says:

    Actual Headline At New York Times:

    Militants Free American No One Knew Was Missing

    I’m predicting the follow-up story will be headlined:

    Freed American Hostage Kills Self After Realizing No On Noticed He Was Gone

    I mean, jeepers. NYT Headline Editors, show a little sensitivity, why doncha?


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    WyldPirate says:


    Shit eatin dog fuckers of the lowest denomination.

    LOL. Fucking classic.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    If it’s Sunday, It’s Meet the Republicans, with a side of star-fucking

    Various Networks
    Meet the Press: John McCain, George Clooney
    Fox News Sunday: Mitt Romney, George Clooney
    Face the Nation: David Axelrod, Reince Priebus
    This Week: Rick Santorum, Haley Barbour (on roundtable)
    State of the Union

    Read more:

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    JGabriel says:


    If you think its cute, you probably think its cute when your toddler runs away in the mall …

    I do! Unfortunately, I only had the seven of them — all presumably still foraging and surviving in the wilds of the Mall of America — so I’ve taken to kidnapping toddlers and releasing them at the mall fountain to get my cute quotient each day.


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    Calouste says:


    Do you have their water bowl next to their food? Some pets don’t like that.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @jeffreyw: Wow. Who is that cat? That’s not one of yours,is it? Or is it one of your kitties, all grown up?

    What a great photo! Just stunning.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @jeffreyw: Who is that beautiful cat? Not Homer. Not Bitsy. Not Toby or Bea…who is that kitty, it’s a mystery to me.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @WaterGirl: @TaMara (BHF): A cat at the shelter, he was living in the culvert in front of the shelter and was coaxed in by their cat whisperer. They named him Mojo, he has been neutered, vaccinated, and chipped. Mrs J says he is a friendly, loveable fellow. He is available!

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    Diana says:

    @Calouste: I was wondering when someone was going to say something about this, so thanks.

    Cats in the wild don’t eat their prey near their water sources. If they kill their prey in or near the water, they’ll haul it off before they eat it. The fact that their water is in a separate bowl from their food on your kitchen floor may not be enough to overcome this instinct.

    I keep my cats’ water bowl in my bedroom, on the floor near the bed. That’s where they like it, as far as I can tell.

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    redshirt says:

    Seriously, yo: Water is magical stuff. Surface tension allows trees to suck it up to great heights. One in a million water molecules will form into an ice crystal, which might become a snow flake, possibly. All the water on this Earth was most likely delivered by comet and/or asteroid – how cool is it to realize the tall glass of H2O you gulp was once floating on a comet orbiting the Oort cloud? Pretty cold, right?

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @JGabriel: Shhh, shhh, just step away from the humorless lest you trigger the fury. Still trying to figure out how 153 comments in a post full of pets being bad pets, a cute picture of my cute cats being cute set it off. ;-)

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    WaterGirl says:

    @jeffreyw: That is one beautiful cat. How could anyone give up a cat like that? I am lusting after him, but I have to control myself. Is he a sweetie? I bet he is. It’s a good thing he is 3 hours away. If he was here I would tell myself that i would just go to meet him, and then once I met him, I would be in trouble.

    You should seriously enter that photo into a photo contest somewhere. The green eyes, the pink ears, the white cat with black markings, set against the tiles that bring out all the colors.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @WaterGirl: Mrs J says he is a sweetie. I agree that the photo is a nice one. It was taken by Mrs J with her Canon S95. (That’s the camera that Tim F mentioned was on sale some months ago.)

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    Steeplejack says:


    Fresh water is fresh.

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    becca says:

    You can’t leave a cat with water, but he will make you drink.

    Or something…

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    WaterGirl says:

    @jeffreyw: Go Mrs. J!

    I could love Mojo, I think. I love his pink ears and his pink nose and even the little pink parts of his eyes. And the look on his face reminds me of my kitty soulmate, Quiver. It is truly a good thing you guys are 3 hours away, because my puppy and two kitties are about all I can handle. But, gosh, it feels like hie is looking right at me.

    Step. Away. From. The. Kitty.

    Lovely photo, haunting kitty. I am closing my computer now in an attempt at self control.

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    Yutsano says:

    @jeffreyw: I just made pain perdu from the challah loaf MikeJ gave me at the meet-up last week. St Patrick’s Day and I’m eating Jewish-French food. But hey, it’s my heritage!

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    mdblanche says:

    In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, a lovely Irish ballad courtesy of Tom Lehrer.

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    Bnut says:

    So we all agree this season of Eastbound and Down is awesome, right? Last season was sorta meh, but this one, my god, Will Ferrell has me in stitches. So sad there will be no more after this one is done…

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    BubbaDave says:


    Worst. Beefcake. Calendar. Ever.

    It’s okay, he still had his sweater vest on…

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    Patrick says:

    That SOB is providing you with loads of quality content, you should be so lucky that he deigns to drink your stagnant swill!

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    Jenn says:

    @lamh35: thanks for the link – that’s the best news I’ve heard. It looks as though the case is also being reviewed by the state, as well (who I would think would have precedence). This case has hit pretty damn hard, as it’s all too easy to imagine being in Trayvon’s shoes. The fact that the case has now gone beyond the incredibly incompetent sanford PD makes me incredibly happy.
    TooManyJens – re commenting at TNC’s place (in my head, I always refer to it as TNC’s house :-)), he frequently turns off commenting, if he’s not available to moderate as much as he’d like, so you may have run into that, since it’s the weekend.

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    portlander says:

    You can’t, like, own water, man.

    You gotta, like, listen to the animals, they, like, know what’s up.

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    Sarah says:

    I’m not sure if you’ll see this, John, and probably someone has suggested it, but those pet fountains are pretty great, and keep the water filtered and fresh. Tunch probably wants your water because it’s yummier than his. Or maybe he’s just letting you know who’s boss.

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    gogol's wife says:

    Sweet Tunch! I would let him drink my water any day.

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    the fugitive uterus says:

    you got a problem wid it?

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    the fugitive uterus says:

    wow, it must be nice to feel free to put a glass of water on the table and not think twice about it getting knocked over just for the sheer hell of it, for over 15 years. much less sipped on. :p

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    Michele C says:

    @Diana: I keep our cats water dishes on the window sills so it’s obvious it’s a completely different place and all three of them drink from the bowls. However, my silliest cat, Simon Silly Simon, still wants to drink from the sink. I’m convinced it’s because it involves getting me to pay attention to him. I will get all levels of things checked out, but he’s done it always so it’s not new behavior. And the water fountains didn’t work unless we cleaned the whole thing every day and not with any soap that smelled bad to kitties. I even switched to a fancy, handmade and beautiful ceramic water fountain. Sigh. My kitties are spoilt.

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    the fugitive uterus says:

    @BubbaDave: oh no you din’t. first you made me even think about it and then i looked. i don’t know why, but i looked. damn you! (shakes fist)

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    DailyAlice says:

    My cat TC (“The Cat”) ignores his water bowl but drinks from any water glass he finds. I take it as a compliment. As for food, he insists on Fancy Feast and once walked away from a plate of fresh chicken livers after one sniff. When he returned and they were still there he yelled at me. Yes, there are meows that sound just like yells. It was scary. He’s a tall, strong mother and he (lovingly is the cover story) employs his claws.

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    PaulW says:

    Doesn’t this cat have a FEED poster floating out there…?

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    Al says:

    (Jeff Foxworthy voice) If your cat is drinking out of your water glass. you might not be the Overlord.

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    gogol's wife says:


    I posted an almost identical comment (I added that I would let him drink my water any time) at about 8:00 AM, but for some reason it’s disappeared. I love Tunch.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    Oops, it’s there, I missed it.

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    SW says:

    Two words. Gray Goose

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