Out of the Ashes, a Phoenix Arises

Just spent the last hour and a half watching the drunks stream out of the bar, and I am pleased to announce that while I did drink tea while holding a walking stick, I did not yell at any one, none of the girls were in any danger that I could tell (I mean the college girls, not Lily and Rosie, as no one was being “escorted” back to the frat houses after having obviously had too much to drink- you all know what I mean and what I am keeping an eye out for, so stop making me explain myself), and people seemed drunk and tired and not drunk and rowdy.

Back to the point of this post, which is to bring you pictures of one fucking special cat who has taken to his cat tree like it was his job. Here he is in all his glory, living up to the standards of Tunch beyond my wildest expectations:





Presence, he has it. He’s more magnificent in person.

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41 replies
  1. 1
    Emerald says:


  2. 2
    Glidwrith says:

    Magnificent mane! Stroke it, stroke it!

  3. 3
    piratedan says:

    what I wanna say is how freaking cool it is to have Charlie Pierce here on the threads… okay, enough fanboism.

    Hope that Wildstein has the proof, hope that the Hoboken investigation shows that Christie was sitting on the Sandy funds to further aid and support his supporters at the expense of folks that STILL could use the financial help to rebuild.

    Hope the McConnells do time

    Hope that Roger Ailes. Rupert Murdoch and the Koch Hermanos die slow painful deaths while watching their fortunes and media empire crumble into social derision.

  4. 4
    bago says:

    His face is going to get lost in that mane.

  5. 5
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Just leave the college students alone. Don’t shout at and don’t invite in for pancakes.

  6. 6
    John Cole says:

    @piratedan: Having him show up here and comment, considering I read everything he ever writes and listen to his every single appearance on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me (deep dark secret- I would marry the first person who makes me laugh as hard as Paula Poundstone, who is just fucking brilliant on WWDTM), is kind of like having Jerry Garcia come over to eat pot brownies while drinking mescal and inhaling amyl nitrate with HST before we break out the hard drugs and shotguns.

    I know bloggers are supposed to be all smooth and shit, and we’ve been on hundreds of major media sites, but Charlie Pierce commenting is pretty fucking cool.

    Fuck him, though (just trying to keep my blogger street cred).

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    ruemara says:

    That Steve. I just want to snuggle in the ruff. He’s gorgeous and your photography is improving by leaps and bounds. But not this Transformers movie. Sweet jesus, how long is this thing?


    Hope that Roger Ailes. Rupert Murdoch and the Koch Hermanos die slow painful deaths while watching their fortunes and media empire crumble into social derision.

    From your mouth to FSM’s Orecchiette shaped ears.

  8. 8
    wasabi gasp says:

    If I was young and drunk and walking home from a bar at two in the morning, the disturbing vision of some dude in a bathrobe taking pictures of his cat is something I would very much appreciate.

  9. 9
    Elizabelle says:

    @John Cole:

    Just back in. Which thread did Mr. Pierce make an appearance?

    Way cool.

    (Also that Wiley Cash’s new book is out. This is the one with the baseball player ??)

  10. 10
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    CP stopped by? Was he lost?

  11. 11
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @wasabi gasp: Really? Would have scared me.

  12. 12
    ruemara says:

    @John Cole: I was wondering if it was really him. Because the urge to explain that there’s always going to be a balance between national security and privacy was huge. I was listening to him pontificate on the Presiden’ts NSA speechifying and his major issue was that he felt the whole thing boiled down to you have give your some of your freedoms and that’s unconstitutional. It would have made me laugh if I didn’t know he wasn’t joking. Apologies in advance for people who will see the NSA flag and descend to say why I’m wrong.

  13. 13
    scav says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Aren’t we all?

  14. 14
    Alison says:

    Hey, if Temporarily Max McGee is still around, I answered your soccer comment in the thread below before realizing it was probably dead for the night…

    I don’t know. Klinsmann is stricter about who gets the call-ups than Bradley was, and this *is* the World Cup. There are a few more friendlies, and if Wondo can continue to score, then maybe. It also matters how he would fit into the formation. You’ve got Dempsey and Altidore, and possibly LD too though he can drop back and play midfield more.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: It’s like a real life David Lynch moment…frighteningly beautiful.

  16. 16
    Punchy says:

    I would think that if the young women were hot enough, the yell would be “Get ON my lawn” or “Show me yer ‘lawn’!” or some such sweetness….

  17. 17
    Suffern ACE says:

    @Punchy: deleted for vulgarity.

  18. 18
    piratedan says:

    @Elizabelle: it was in the Play it again Sam thread, he was adding a bit of background to the linkage subject matter.

    also too….. down to 380 from 450 in just about two months…. damn!

  19. 19
    Elizabelle says:


    Thank you.

    Is that weight loss? Impressive.

  20. 20
    Yatsuno says:

    Authoritahs alerted. Let’s see if there’s any results.


    down to 380 from 450 in just about two months

    AWESOME!! Rather fast, but AWESOME! I assume a doc is watching you?

  21. 21
    Gravenstone says:

    @John Cole:

    inhaling amyl nitrate

    /nitpick – it’s amyl nitrite, not nitrate. -NO2 rather than -NO3

  22. 22
    piratedan says:

    @Elizabelle: @Yatsuno:

    aye, gastric sleeve surgery +2 months

    appetite GREATLY reduced, high on proteins and low on junk/carbs/sugars… exercise is up, have had a couple of “glitches” along the way (unable to tolerate whey and egg protein shakes) but we’re on track per the plan that the docs have outlined.

  23. 23
    Wallis Lane says:

    I love that Steve’s head is a perfect floofy trapezoid.

  24. 24
    asiangrrlMN says:

    Sir Willie Whiskerton III looms magnificently over his loyal minions! You got lucky again, Cole, with Sir WW III. What a cat!

  25. 25
    RobertDSC-Power Mac G5 Dual says:

    @asiangrrlMN: I’ll take the name WW III over Steve. I just have trouble with the name. The cat is beautiful and has personality, but I just can’t get into him like I did Tunch.

    Nutty, I know.

  26. 26
    wasabi gasp says:

    Don’t hate on Steve just because he has a funny name.

  27. 27
    Anne Laurie says:

    @RobertDSC-Power Mac G5 Dual: Cat’s real name is Mungo. But Cole’s a stubborn bastid about admitting when he’s wrong — despite all the practice he’s had!

  28. 28
    PIGL says:

    A) That is one majestic fookin’ cat.

    B) Don’t listen to the bad people: it is good to keep an avuncular eye on the drunken kids.

    C) That is all.

  29. 29
    Amir Khalid says:

    Post headline “Play It Again, Sam”. Pierce is at #51.

  30. 30
    Ash Can says:

    Now, that’s what I call floofy! Whenever I see pictures of Steve I feel nice and cozy warm, because he’s so furry and cuddly looking.

  31. 31
    p says:

    “he moved with the grace of one who knew he’d been truly loved…” (paraphrase?)
    anne rice
    “interview with a vampire”

  32. 32
    Luci says:

    Steve does nothing but get better… And, the pictures are too! :) Those big floofy cats fascinate us… my sister has one, and we all adore him. Course… he has a lot of personality too. :)

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    Manyakitty says:

    Presence, he has it. He’s more magnificent in person.

    Sounds like an invitation! When?

  34. 34
    Mnemosyne says:


    Great news! I know I flog my former employer all the time, but once your doctors say you can start eating real food again, I highly recommend you sign up for Weight Watchers (with medical approval, of course). You can customize the program to your new dietary needs while getting tips from other people about food and exercise. The group support really, really helps as you’re working to form new habits.

    Though it can be a little weird in Arizona because, last I heard, they were one of the last remaining states where it was franchised to a third party rather than being owned by the corporation. If that’s the case, there’s also an online version.

  35. 35
    Gex says:

    He seems as majestic as my Maine Coon was. And I love the outstretched arm poses. This is one awesome cat, I can tell from here.

  36. 36
    bystander says:

    You could build Steve cat heaven on earth…


  37. 37
    kc says:

    Steve is splendid! Nice pics, too. Your photography has definitely improved.

  38. 38
    WaterGirl says:

    @Manyakitty: Do we think that if Cole invited all of BJ to his place, that it would end up like Woodstock?

  39. 39
    Manyakitty says:

    @WaterGirl: Might could be. I’m only a couple of hours away…

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    StringOnAStick says:

    I thought my Maine Coon-esque torby kitty had a mane and big paws, but Steve looks to be twice her size!

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    pluky says:

    @piratedan: Bet that Wildstein has the proof. One of his character traits is supposedly olympic class retentiveness. Now it’s clear Christie, and his Port Authority minions, are more than willing to through his ex-BFF under the bus. Time to start teasing the Feds with more bits of paper than a cheater at Monopoly has palmed bogus ‘get of of jail free’ cards.

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