Floriduh Man to Ohio Man: Hold My Beer!

In a clear attempt to maintain Florida’s well earned status as the home of turning the crazy up to 11, a Florida Democratic Party Official has turned to his Ohio Man counterpart and said hold me beer!

From The Tampa Bay Times:

Stephen Bittel’s rocky tenure as Florida Democratic Party chairman ended in disgrace Friday after he resigned following accusations from women that he leered at them, made suggestive comments and created an unprofessional work environment.

Bittel said he is working with party leaders to set a date to elect his successor.
Elected in January after a contentious internal campaign, Bittel lasted less than a year on the job.  His departure marks the latest case of sexual impropriety shaking the state Capitol.

Bittel’s position became untenable after all four major Democratic candidates for Florida governor urged his ouster following a Politico Florida report late Thursday in which six women anonymously complained about Bittel’s behavior. They said he was “creepy” and “demeaning.” Bittel apologized, but it was not enough.

Bittel appears to have gone all out in his attempt to earn his Floriduh Man! card and keep Florida much, much stranger than Ohio.

Floriduh Man: offensive and educational!

Open thread!

(New) Cat Rescue Bleg – Denver Area

From commentor Hedgehog:

A friend of one of my co-workers has been keeping a couple of cats in her shop. The shop owner has told her the cats have to go. I’ve posted to all of my social media contacts but no luck. The cats are in Denver metro.

The black one, Bubby, aka Mr. Bubbles, is about 6 and has been living inside with us for 2.5 yrs. Before that, he was living in our shed as a stray. He has a very shiny, medium length, black fur with mahogany tones. He keeps himself very clean and is a pretty easy going guy. His favorite things are to sit in your lap, and to eat!

He loves attention, but is used to spending a lot of time on his own. His eyes are often a brilliant green.

The tortie is Mama, as she had 3 kittens in 1 of our sheds at a very young age. Consequently, she is on the small side. She has bunny soft fur, and only has ½ of a tail.

She was feral when I trapped her and the kittens, but she has learned to like people. She loves to be petted, and is a bit of a talker. She is about 3, and moved inside 2 winters ago. She can be a bit sassy, after all, she is a tortie, but is a very sweet girl and likes to flirt.

Both cats have been neutered. If you know anyone who would like to meet them, I’d be happy to have them come by and visit. They are both really nice cats.

They could go together, as they get along, but they are not bonded so could easily go separately.

If you know anyone who might be interested in one or both of these sweethearts, leave a comment, or email me (‘contact a front pager’ or annelaurie.bj@gmail.com) and I’ll forward your message.

Quick Miss Callie (Minnesota to Maryland) Update

Kitten-courier Reilyn has booked her roundtrip flight from DC to Minneapolis, and purchased an airline-approved carrier for little Miss Callie. The hand-off is scheduled for the weekend of December 8th.

Because you guys are awesome, we’ve already collected more money than we need for this particular mission. Unless anyone has an objection, I’ve told Reilyn to hold on to the extra at this point in time. (You can contact me directly, if you need more information.)

We already have another pair of cats looking for new homes in Denver (check back for that post around lunchtime EST) so she may be sending part or all of the money directly to the next “angel”. Any money left over will go to pet rescue, if you want to nominate a recipient…

Pet Rescue Bleg UPDATE: Driving Flying Miss Callie (Minnesota to Maryland)

Last of the Minnesota kittens, Miss Callie, is being fostered by NewDealFarmGrrl until she can go to her permanent home with B Lamb in Maryland. Unfortunately, TLC Pet Transport (the people who drove Walter) turns out to be less than optimal (they would charge approximately $1500).

Fortunately, experienced cat-courier Reilyn has stepped up:

The flight I’m thinking of per my last comment on the blog leaves DCA late Friday Dec 8 to MSP, then has a return flight the afternoon/evening of Sunday Dec 10 to DCA.

It’s on Sun Country which does not list a minimum age requirement, and as of when I looked at it Sat/Sun was running about 276 bucks for the round trip flight, plus 125 for a one-way pet fee.

I can easily get to DCA on my own on the 8th and fly out and stay w/ my mother; then meet up to retrieve the kitteh on Sat the 9th or the morning of Sunday the 10th and have my mom take me to the airport to make the flight back to DCA, then meet up at DCA to purr-form ;) the exchange….

So — those of you who offered to chip in, this is your time to shine! I’d like to set a target of $500, with the understanding that Reilyn will forward any extra money for pet rescue. Send me an email (‘Contact an author’ or annelaurie.bj@gmail.com ) and I’ll reply with the link to Reilyn’s PayPal address.

Kitten Transport Bleg (Minnesota to Maryland)

The good news, from NewDealFarmGrrl:

The last little kitten from the bleg needs to relocate to Maryland. A number of folks chimed in that they’d help with relocation costs. Is this something Balloon Juice can get rolling?

Kitten is staying at my house and is scheduled to see the vet this afternoon for well-kitten and shots visit so we can make sure Kitten won’t endanger Jefferson’s (Barb’s cat) stressed immune system.

First pic is Kitten playing with a tassel toy in the basket-with-heating-pad I set up for her.

Second pic is her enjoying ear skritchies — for such a tiny kitten she sure has a huge purr! She loves tummy rubs with a passion, but I couldn’t manage a pic of that. Very affectionate but lonely kitten wants to go to her furrever home!

I don’t have the faintest idea how to arrange transport, so I would be forever grateful if Balloon Juice can help.

I have a small carrier for her that my cats have long since outgrown, that can go with her as well as the food my brother bought. Plus my too-small surplus litter pan and some litter.


Debit, as regular readers will know, took in another one of the kittens. She also recommended TLC Pet Transport, the people who got Walter from Cole’s home to hers.

But, the less-than-optimal news, from B Lamb:

I talked to TLC Pet Transport and they are sending a more firm estimate later today, but said the cost is over $1000. They have relays that run regularly on certain routes, but Minnesota is not part of that. We have to pay for the additional cost to get from Minnesota to their central location.

They wont take the kitten until she is 8 weeks and has all her initial shots. I may need to pay for another vet visit to be sure she has all her shots, which is fine.

I will let you know when I get the quote.

I am in and out right now. My new preemie granddaughter, born on the 4th, is now home, and I need to help my daughter and son-in-law today by watching their sons while they go to a bunch of appointments. I will check email for the quote, as I can.

I’m going to be away from the computer until later in the evening myself. But once we know exactly how much Miss Calico’s Big Adventure will cost, I’ll re-up this post with the details. I have an email for Barb, so anyone who wants to chip in can send me a message (‘Contact an author’) or annelaurie.bj@gmail.com ) and I’ll reply with the link…

Mid-Afternoon Open Thread


Zooey managed to open the door to the linen closet and pull out towels to make a nest for himself the other day.

I’ve just come in from the cats’ outing, the first in four days. I mentioned this incident in a thread, but I doubt everyone saw it. The cats talked me into going out earlier than usual, and it was overcast. Ric was watching birds. Suddenly he was alert, and ran toward something. I saw a flash of brown fur and figured it was a rabbit, but then it came closer and I could see it was a coyote, fortunately on the other side of a chain link fence. But they can jump. I shouted, which scared both Ric and the coyote, and scooped up Ric and brought him in. I’ve decided to go out with the cats later in the day, and maybe not every day. The cats were tentative today, and Ric wouldn’t go back to that bird feeder. Fortunately, there’s one in the front yard.

What close calls have you had lately?

Kitten Adoption Bleg — Minneapolis / St. Paul Area

From commentor Newdealfarmgrrrll:

Last week my nephew found a kitten outside their detached garage, and by the end of my brother’s frantic phone call, four more appeared. And the next day, the mom, which my brother lured into the garage with the kittens.

I think the poor sweeties were dumped, as the mom doesn’t seem feral, and is desperately affectionate. All the no-kill animal shelters in the Minneapolis/StPaul metro are full and not accepting animals.

My brother and I are both maxed with pets and can’t take them on. My brother lives in the boonies, and they will be lunch for coyotes if they stay outside :(

The little gray cutie (top pic) is the bravest of the bunch, and was instantly out of the box to meet us. And, IIRC, was the first one to be discovered, hungrily mewing near the garage.

Mom is TINY. As you can see, she is a tabby, and has a lovely large orange splash on top of her head which doesn’t show all that well in the pic. She was desperately affectionate, and has been using the litter box, except for occasionally piddling in the middle of the floor. This adds to my suspicion that she is a frightened and distressed cat who was dumped by her dipshit humans.

The other kittens were very shy and huddled inside the enclosed box my nephew and brother cobbled together. Isn’t “Patchie” adorable? *muffles a SQEEE* There are two more gray kittens as well as the ginger. I didn’t want to stress them further by dragging them out of their box for pics.

Little ginger decided to come out and explore! Well, hearing the rattle of the kibble jar was what lured him out at first.

I’m in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St.Paul MN) outer metro area. I have several extra cat carriers so I could ferry cats to my place for pick up as I’m right on the freeway system on the western side of Minneapolis. My brother is in the boonies on the east side of the Cities.

Three years ago Easter, we acquire a Balloon Juice rescue kitten who looked a lot like that little gray muffin, after he walked up to Hillary R’s little dog and introduced himself. Piper is now a magnificent 15lb gentleman of great dignity, with the softest plush fur…

If you are interested in adding one of these sweeties to your household, know someone who might be interested, or have other suggestions, please leave a comment. Or contact me at annelaurie.bj@gmail.com, and I’ll forward your message to NDFG.