Saturday, May 30, 2009
The stage is set for another vote on gay marriage in the New Hampshire Legislature. A little over a week after the House rejected language Gov. John Lynch had demanded, House and Senate negotiators agreed to a compromise Friday that added one sentence and changed one word in the Senate-passed bill. Negotiators planned to sign off on the final language by Monday, allowing for a vote by the full House and Senate on Wednesday.
It’s going to be a tense wait this coming week to see 1) if both houses of the Legislature approve this newly worked-out compromise, and 2) if the governor signs, vetos or allows the bill to become law without his signature. It’s a case of déjà vu all over again as we were in this same spot a couple of weeks ago.
Lynch has said he’d sign the bill if he got the new language he wanted, but earlier in the marriage equality debate, he said he’d veto a gay marriage bill if it came before him. He now has conflicting obligations—signing the bill is owed to the gay, lesbian and increasingly liberal New Hampshire citizenry; vetoing the bill is being demanded by the diminishing but still strident Right Wing here that will pounce if he fails to “keep his promise” to defend traditional marriage.
Fritz and I have a joke between us: whenever we start out on a road trip we lay out our route and schedule and add, “but if there’s a sign ‘See the Two-headed Calf,’ we’ll stop and see the two-headed calf.” It all comes from an incident during his early adulthood when he and his mother were on a trip, saw such a sign, and did indeed go off-route to see the two-headed calf.
Well, we’ve never seen such a sign during our years together, although we have stopped to check out some unexpected and interesting things. This, however, is truly one for the books:
Cat in China grows a pair of wings
Feline was born normal but developed appendages at age 1, family says
Wed., May 27, 2009
A kitty in Chongqing, China, is getting some extra-special attention these days: The furry feline has developed wings! Though born looking completely normal, once the cat hit the age of 1, he began growing wing-shaped appendages on either side of his spine, the U.K.'s Daily Mail reports.
While some think the bony limbs may be a mutation of some kind — or even a Siamese twin growing inside the cat — others speculate it's a genetic change perhaps caused by chemicals ingested by the kitty's mother while she was pregnant.
Although the growths appear fluffy, they contain bone. But veterinary experts say that despite the hard inner core, the flaps do not harm the cat's quality of life or safety.
And that cat is not the only one--several animals were photographed with the furry protuberances by a local newspaper photographer.
This is one of two rock gardens on the property—actually a retaining wall for the berm that runs around three sides of the house. The plant in the left foreground is catnip. The dense flat beds top center and lower right are two varieties of the herb thyme. Marigolds and other flowers grow out of pockets among the rocks.
This is a new activity for Starr—she’s never wanted to sleep in a cat bed before. However Fritz lined this one with a bit of faux fur fabric and dropped in a couple of leaves from the catnip plant and she decided cat beds weren’t such a bad idea after all.
Interesting point about Pelosi. That all just went away. Hmmm.
The vet suggested we put his food bowl upstairs to give him more exercise. The problem with that is that he spends most days in bed, so the food bowl would actually be closer to him!
Perhaps I should make a 'cat porch' and put it outside. Would that be cruel?