RIP Whisper, a Good Cat

My brother had to put down his cat, Whisper, whose brother Speak died several years ago.


She had terminal cancer. His cats, though domesticated, were almost feral near anyone but him, so whenever I would watch his cats for him, it was like a UFO spotting if you could get one of them to come near you for a very brief petting. They loved him, though, and she had the entire upstairs to his house as he blocked it off from the dogs. She slept on him every night, and loved him almost as much as he loved her.

If it had not been for Seth getting Speak and Whisper, I probably never would have gotten Tunch or now Steve. She’s buried in my parent’s backyard next to Speak, Mouse, and far too many other good pets.

Rest in Peace, Patty Duke

Wow, this sucks. Among my earliest memories are watching reruns of “The Patty Duke Show” with my mom when I was a kid. Mom was a big fan, and they were around the same age. Gone too soon.

RIP Gary Shandling

This really bites:

Comedian, actor, writer and producer Garry Shandling, known for “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” has died, TMZ reported on Thursday.

He died at an L.A. hospital on Thursday, according to the outlet. A cause of death has not been released. He was not known to be suffering from any illnesses, and just a few days ago retweeted Kathy Griffin’s photo of himself, her and Bob Odenkirk.

His was my style of comedy.

Rest in Peace: Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dies at 94


First Lady Nancy Reagan has died at the age of 94.


According to The New York Times the cause was congestive heart failure.


She will be buried next to her husband at he Ronald Reagan Presidential library in Simi Valley, California.

* Image of young Nancy Davis from here.

** Image of Mrs. Reagan from here.

*** Image of Mrs. Reagan from here.

Friday Evening Open Thread

Rest in peace, Gayle McCormick of Smith. (Love the earlier version of that song by the Shirelles too.)

It’s a lovely evening here, so we’re hanging out at the tiki bar, having a glass of wine and watching the hens scavenge. We’ll throw something on the grill for dinner eventually. (Not a chicken!)

What are you up to? Open thread!

Justice Antonin Scalia Is Dead

Per MySanAntonio:

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, federal officials said.

Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa.

According to a report, Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body…

I’m sad for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who considered him a friend.

Is it possible for President Obama to nominate Joe Biden as Scalia’s replacement? Yeah, I don’t think Joe wants the job either, but watching him Bugs-Bunny the GOP Fuds for the next nine months would be highly entertaining.

Second-best #outoffuckstogive candidate: Professor Anita Hill (whose nomination might have the salutatory side effect of killing Clarence Thomas, or at least causing him to resign before the spotlight caught him… because I know there’s a lot of voters under the age of 30 who don’t remember just how horribly Thomas and his defenders behaved back in 1991).

Rest in Peace, Alan Rickman

This week sucks for fans of 69-year-old British artists. Alan Rickman was a fine actor who had many interesting roles. My favorite was his nuanced portrayal of Snape, the conflicted villain-hero of the “Harry Potter” films.

Here’s a clip of Rickman discussing his turn as Snape. He reveals that early in the filming of the “Harry Potter” movies and before the book series was completed, author JK Rowling gave him insight into Snape’s character. But he keeps his promise to Rowling to never reveal exactly what she told him:

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and above all, those who live without love.”

— Albus Dumbledore

Rest in peace, Mr. Rickman.