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   He was an old man who lived alone in a house in Key West, and he had gone 51 years now without making his cats into a federal case

11 Dec 2012 09:49 AM   |   11879 clicks   |   Christian Science Monitor
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Miss Stein     
Bravo, subby.

11 Dec 2012 04:08 AM
Friskya    [TotalFark]  
making his cats into a federal case

fixed - like your cat should be

11 Dec 2012 07:00 AM
AirForceVet    [TotalFark]  
Heard this on NPR yesterday. It's funny considering this is Key West, one of the best places in the US to have cats.

11 Dec 2012 08:16 AM
jaylectricity    [TotalFark]  
And never mind the chickens roaming around the streets,

11 Dec 2012 09:46 AM
Im_Gumby    [TotalFark]  
Use 'em for bait for the python hunt up US-1 a bit

/problems solved

11 Dec 2012 09:53 AM
Hawnkee     
Remember to spay or neuter your polydactyls.

11 Dec 2012 09:55 AM
bungle_jr     

AirForceVet: Heard this on NPR yesterday. It's funny considering this is Key West, one of the best places in the US to have cats.


jaylectricity: And never mind the chickens roaming around the streets,


yes i LOLd when the guy on NPR said (paraphrasing) and there are also chickens. just such a dry delivery, seemed very funny in its inclusion

11 Dec 2012 09:56 AM
cgraves67     
My brother has a polydactyl cat named Ernest.

11 Dec 2012 09:56 AM
Micanope     
Other states don't need the Federal government to handle their six toed cats. Why do these things always happen here? I blame the Desilers Effect.

11 Dec 2012 09:56 AM
bungle_jr     

cgraves67: My brother has a polydactyl cat named Ernest.


your brother sounds like a heavy drinking sailor

11 Dec 2012 09:57 AM
Satanic_Hamster     
Had a cat when I was in high school with 27 toes. We named her Toes.

11 Dec 2012 09:57 AM
Abe Vigoda's Ghost    [TotalFark]  
Welcome to Obama's America.


/Not that Obama has anything to do with this, but someone was eventually going to post this.

11 Dec 2012 09:58 AM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  

Hawnkee: Remember to spay or neuter your polydactyls.


No YOU Spay and Neuter one

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11 Dec 2012 09:59 AM
yves0010     
This kinda makes me upset. Those cats do not really do anything but lay around town and the house. They do not bother anyone, local or tourist. And hell, the chickens are more annoying then the cats are.

11 Dec 2012 09:59 AM
Cybernetic     
When cats are outlawed, only outlaws will have cats.

/Or something like that.

11 Dec 2012 10:00 AM
Dreyelle     
Good luck to the person relegated to putting each of the cats into their own cage every night. Chief Cat Herder.

11 Dec 2012 10:00 AM
Deacon Blue    [TotalFark]  

AirForceVet: Heard this on NPR yesterday. It's funny considering this is Key West, one of the best places in the US to have cats.


Why for? I'm guessing they can roam in relative safety because there isn't anything there to hurt them? But I'm just guessing.

11 Dec 2012 10:00 AM
Abe Vigoda's Ghost    [TotalFark]  

yves0010: This kinda makes me upset. Those cats do not really do anything but lay around town and the house. They do not bother anyone, local or tourist. And hell, the chickens are more annoying then the cats are.


But a concerned tourist...

11 Dec 2012 10:01 AM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  

Dreyelle: Good luck to the person relegated to putting each of the cats into their own cage every night. Chief Cat Herder.




Cat Herding
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/my favorite Super Bowl commercial of all time.....OF ALL TIME!!!!! 
/linkey pops

11 Dec 2012 10:03 AM
ronaprhys     

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: yves0010: This kinda makes me upset. Those cats do not really do anything but lay around town and the house. They do not bother anyone, local or tourist. And hell, the chickens are more annoying then the cats are.

But a concerned tourist...


People wonder why I have such general disdain for the public. a concerned "anyone" generally spells the downfall of anything good and fun. Farking busybodies can't mind their own damned business and just get along with the miserable existence they call life.

11 Dec 2012 10:05 AM
darth_badger     

Dreyelle: Good luck to the person relegated to putting each of the cats into their own cage every night. Chief Cat Herder.


I prefer the label "cat wrangler".

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11 Dec 2012 10:05 AM
yves0010     

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: yves0010: This kinda makes me upset. Those cats do not really do anything but lay around town and the house. They do not bother anyone, local or tourist. And hell, the chickens are more annoying then the cats are.

But a concerned tourist...


I go down to the keys a lot and I have never once been bothered by any of the cats down there... But I have been chased by a damn chicken a few times.

But this falls under a local and not federal issue. And the locals love them. So stay the fark out of it Feds.

11 Dec 2012 10:06 AM
Silverstaff     
I heard about this last night on NPR too.

Normally I'm all one for Commerce Clause powers, but somehow this one rubs me a little the wrong way. This one seems just too absurd.

That and there is a bonus level of ire for that random visitor to the house that had a complaint about the cats. . .but instead of contacting local authorities, or state officials, contacted the Dept. of Agriculture and literally made a Federal case out of something that could have been resolved locally.

Yeah, that's why this pisses me off, because it's using Commerce Clause powers when something could have legitimately been handled at a much lower level of government.

Makes me wonder if that complainant to the Dept. of Agriculture was somebody who was pissed at the house or its administration, and knew that a Federal complaint would bring down a world of bureaucratic pain.

11 Dec 2012 10:07 AM
reillan     

ChipNASA: Dreyelle: Good luck to the person relegated to putting each of the cats into their own cage every night. Chief Cat Herder.



Cat Herding
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/my favorite Super Bowl commercial of all time.....OF ALL TIME!!!!! 
/linkey pops


Mine, too.

11 Dec 2012 10:07 AM
Sybarite    [TotalFark]  
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11 Dec 2012 10:07 AM
david_gaithersburg     
The Federal government truly needs to be reduced by at least 90%

11 Dec 2012 10:08 AM
pute kisses like a man     
ah, the commerce clause. the (as judicially interpreted) unilateral grant of absolute power to the federal government.

/ and now, cats in a museum are to be regulated by dc instead of the place that is affected.

11 Dec 2012 10:08 AM
mcwehrle     
stupid "concerned tourist"

The cats are great. Now those damn chickens...

11 Dec 2012 10:09 AM
JWideman     
Some people like Hemmingway's writing. Others become federal judges.

11 Dec 2012 10:09 AM
Deacon Blue    [TotalFark]  

mcwehrle: stupid "concerned tourist"

The cats are great. Now those damn chickens...


If a chicken pisses you off, just grab it up, jerk it's head off, and fry it up.

11 Dec 2012 10:10 AM
TheHappTroll     
I wonder if the museum stopped charging admission they could escape the ominous commerce Clause?
Just ask for donations maybe.

11 Dec 2012 10:14 AM
Primitive Screwhead    [TotalFark]  
Took these when I was there in 2005

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11 Dec 2012 10:14 AM
Old_Chief_Scott     
Someone in the United States Department of Agriculture has too much time on their hands. WAY too much time on their hands.

11 Dec 2012 10:17 AM
jafiwam     

Satanic_Hamster: Had a cat when I was in high school with 27 toes. We named her Toes.


My roommate in college took in a kitten that had two complete paws on each front leg. Six whole paws. Maybe minus the dew claws.

His name was "Chernobyl"

He went to the humane society after a couple of months when the roommate realized cats cost money and take up time.

11 Dec 2012 10:18 AM
JackieRabbit     
Obviously, the USDA has never attempted to herd cats.

The solution is simple: stop charging an admission fee and ask for a donation instead. Then the AWA will not apply.

The house and cats are pretty awesome.

11 Dec 2012 10:18 AM
Black_Lazerus     

jaylectricity: And never mind the chickens roaming around the streets,


Streets one walked up to my table in a Cuban replace I was eating at. I think he was there for the drinks though.

11 Dec 2012 10:18 AM
Maud Dib     
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11 Dec 2012 10:22 AM
wambu     
Who was the douchebag busybody that started this all? Why hasn't 4Chan outed them yet?

Anyway, this is an excellent example of a law being broadly and unconstitutionally interpreted by a power-hungy bureaucracy.

11 Dec 2012 10:22 AM
rebelyell2006     
From a preservation standpoint, I don't like the idea of cats running around a historic house museum. On the other hand, I don't like the idea of the USDA throwing in regulations and making historic house museums change their physical structure (stripping away what makes it a historic house) in order to meet those regulations. At least the ADA opened up historic houses to visitors who previously could not visit such historic houses, even though compliance is just as destructive.

11 Dec 2012 10:23 AM
Helena Handbasket     

Black_Lazerus: jaylectricity: And never mind the chickens roaming around the streets,

Streets one walked up to my table in a Cuban replace I was eating at. I think he was there for the drinks though.


Probably wanted a cocktail.

11 Dec 2012 10:24 AM
bindlestiff2600     
im going to call em up

who knows

11 Dec 2012 10:26 AM
MBooda     
Not yet?
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11 Dec 2012 10:26 AM
Abe Vigoda's Ghost    [TotalFark]  

rebelyell2006: From a preservation standpoint, I don't like the idea of cats running around a historic house museum.


Except in this case, the cats are part of the historic house museum, and belong there more then the tourists.

11 Dec 2012 10:27 AM
TheOther     
If it came down to it, which would Papa prefer to remain; the house or the cats?

11 Dec 2012 10:30 AM
yves0010     

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: rebelyell2006: From a preservation standpoint, I don't like the idea of cats running around a historic house museum.

Except in this case, the cats are part of the historic house museum, and belong there more then the tourists.


Indeed. They are Hemingway's cats' descendents. That means they have been there long before a lot of the tourist come down to see the house. They should be considered part of the actual house. Many come to see these cats as they only exist at this house.

11 Dec 2012 10:31 AM
rebelyell2006     

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: rebelyell2006: From a preservation standpoint, I don't like the idea of cats running around a historic house museum.

Except in this case, the cats are part of the historic house museum, and belong there more then the tourists.


I agree. There are plenty of destructive objects in museums and archives, and they belong there too (even explosive cellulose nitrate film).

But don't look at tourists as nuisance, since they are there to learn. Even though they are obnoxious at times.

11 Dec 2012 10:33 AM
EbolaNYC    [TotalFark]  
Awesome. So how many millions of dollars has this cost? Fark you cat lady.... You just know it had to be one if them making a case out of it.

11 Dec 2012 10:34 AM
doczoidberg     
Am I the only one hwo is pissed off about this?

Can't they just accept the fat that it's cool these cats have free reign over that museum??

Why are people such a-holes???

11 Dec 2012 10:38 AM
doczoidberg     
hwo = who.

Damnit.

11 Dec 2012 10:39 AM
pla     
"the cats are never purchased, never sold, and never travel beyond 907 Whitehead Street. But the local character of the activity does not necessarily exempt it from federal regulation"

Yeah, the politicians need to just all get in a nice neat line up against the wall.

/ Just for the purpose of counting them, of course.
// BANG - one. BANG - two. BANG - three...
/// Toby, would you put down that drum? Trying to count here!

11 Dec 2012 10:41 AM
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