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Rush Head Butts Punkin (Conservative Cat Lovers Alert)
Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 11/30/2006 | Rush Linbaugh

Posted on 11/30/2006 4:06:01 PM PST by goldstategop



TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: abbysinians; animallovers; anthromorphism; catnatics; cats; conservatives; danger; domestication; dulcie; headbutting; liberals; nature; punkin; romanticism; rushlimbaugh; terrorism; thanksgiving; timothytreadwell
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A real cool set of pictures of Rush head butting Punkin on Thanksgiving Weekend. Conservative Cat Lovers rejoice! Guys are usually more amenable to dogs but there are exceptions such as the host and yours truly. While Rush has an Abyssinian, I have a Siamese.
1 posted on 11/30/2006 4:06:06 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

The best cat I ever had was an abyssinian, he was a demon for headbutts. He also loved brushing so much you could brush him with a running shop vac brush and he would just sit there loving it. He taught our dogs how to ask to go out and behave.


2 posted on 11/30/2006 4:08:34 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: goldstategop

3 posted on 11/30/2006 4:09:35 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: goldstategop

I don't really have a preference of dogs over cats but my dogs say I can't have a kitty.


4 posted on 11/30/2006 4:09:47 PM PST by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: goldstategop

BOW! WOW!


5 posted on 11/30/2006 4:10:32 PM PST by lonestar (Me, too--Weinie)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

This cat (blue-mitted ragdoll) will let a high-powered Hoover get right in her face without blinking...and no, she's not deaf.


6 posted on 11/30/2006 4:13:31 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: goldstategop

Siamese Bump..


7 posted on 11/30/2006 4:15:33 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... Kyl / Cornyn in '08)
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To: goldstategop
Related article:

We Humanize Terrorists Like We Do Animals

RUSH: Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and Sherry. Nice to have you on the program.

CALLER: Hi, Rush.

RUSH: Hi.

CALLER: Greetings from Katrina country.

RUSH: I appreciate -- thank you very much.

CALLER: I called you because you made an analogy comparing people humanizing their pets to liberals humanizing terrorists.

RUSH: Yeah?

CALLER: And I think that's a poor analogy. I think you're doing a great disservice to our pets, and number two, I think you lost a lot of people with that remark.

RUSH: No, no, no, no. I never lose people here. After 18 and a half years, you have to know, we never lose audience on this program. Anyway, what was the great disservice to animals?

CALLER: Well, because they do have emotions.

RUSH: I'm not saying they don't. Let me take the opportunity here to further expand on this, because I am the biggest animal lover on earth. I'm a softy. In fact, I'm going to post pictures. We took some pictures over Thanksgiving, and we got some pictures of my cat Punkin head butting me, and as she was doing it, everybody in the room went, "Awwwwww, how cute!" I am a softy for these animals, but I think some of them don't even have an awareness of their own existence. They've done tests. You know, some animals can see themselves in the mirror and know they're looking at themselves. Elephants are one. Other animals haven't the slightest idea they're looking at themselves.

It's not their eyes (they can see better than we can), it's just they don't have a concept of self. Now, when I mean "humanizing animals." Animals are animals, but look what we do. We make movies and cartoons, and we give them voices -- and I'm sorry, your animal can't talk. I know some of you might think your animal can, but it can't. It just can't. Not even birds. Birds imitate and mimic, but they have no clue what they're saying. I're not putting them down, it's just fact. (interruption) African grays are the best mimickers, but they don't know what they're saying. If they knew what they were saying, they could expand a vocabulary beyond what they hear, and they can't.

Look it, time is dwindling here, and obviously I've upset some people. Here's how you can get fooled. My cat comes to me when she wants to be fed. I have learned this. I accept it for what it is. Many people in my position would think my cat's coming to me because she loves me. Well, she likes me, and she is attached, but she comes to me when she wants to be fed, and after I feed her, guess what? She's off to wherever she wants to be in the house until the next time she's hungry. She's smart enough to know she can't feed herself.

She's actually a very smart cart: she gets loved, she gets adoration, she gets petted, and she gets fed, and she doesn't have to do anything for it, which is why I say this cat has taught me more about women than anything my whole life, but we put voices in their mouths. You know what I'm talking about. Whales talk. Look at the movie Finding Nemo. We humanize them. We give them human characteristics for our own entertainment, and we want to believe that they're that way, we want to believe we can jump in a lion's den and treat them as a pet. We want to believe that if we just treat alligators right, that we can get along with them. We want to believe this.

We want to believe we can tame all of these wild creatures, animals that aren't domesticated. The analogy to terrorists is that we also want to think that they are like us, in the sense that they have the same values and the same principles, but that they have a misunderstanding about who we are. We've been made to believe that they think that we want to murder them, that we want to wipe them out, that we want to kill them, when it's just the exact opposite, and if we could only send really smart people like Jimmy Carter or Colin Powell to talk to the terrorists, then the terrorists would understand that we have nothing against them, and they would then love us. I'm sorry, this is sophistry, it is naïveté, and it is dangerous, and it is the best way I can explain this analogy.

Rather than deal with the truth of who the enemy is, we find it more comfortable and pleasing and dare I say hopeful to believe that they're just like us, to believe that they, too, would love a McDonald's in the middle of Hasran Nasrallah's neighborhood, and they're only upset because they don't have one, because we're denying them. We want to assume that everybody is good people, like we think that we are good people, and recognizing evil, recognizing that people are not who we want them to be is something a lot of people don't have the guts to do because then you have to admit what you face. It's easy to do the other. It's easier to deny it and to think that, well, there's just a lack of understanding. They're human beings. Why, they're just like us. We have pulled this off with animals because the animals can't come back and kill us for making fun of them in movies and cartoons that we draw about them. Well, some of them can, but not because of that, because they don't even know that they are appearing in cartoons as caricatures because they can't watch television. This is silly.

RUSH: All right, I have this one little story. It was last Saturday. I had the whole family over. I got the whole family together for the first time in 20 years. There was only about five that couldn't make it, and they were here for like five and six days. It was just a total blast. It could not have gone any better. There was one uncomfortable moment and when you've got 48 people around for five or six days with only one uncomfortable moment, that's a success. Anyway, my little niece, Caitlyn, who is five or six. I'm sitting in my library seeking privacy on day five of the proceedings (Laughing) and I've got the door closed and somebody knocks on the door, opens it, "You've got to come see what Caitlyn has!"

So I got up, and Caitlyn had on her left hand, she was sitting on the front bench out in the front yard, she had a tiny little baby lizard. We love lizards down here. These little geckos, they're our little buddies because they eat insects, mosquitoes and all that. They're just the cutest little things, and she had one, and it was on her hand. It was totally comfortable and she'd move her hand around, and it would move to stay balanced and so forth. It would run up her arm and then back and down to her hand, and once it jumped up on her shirt, on her shoulder, so I picked it up and put it back down on her hand.

I said, "Let me tell you why it likes your hand." I'm talking to a five or six-year-old, but I said, "This is a reptile, and that means it's a cold-blooded animal, it's a relative of the snake, alligator, and that family of lovable, adorable creatures. As such, it's cold-blooded. You have a constant body temperature of 98.6 degrees when it's normal, but these animals don't, so if you want to find a lizard down here, find a hot surface like a sidewalk or patio or what have you, and that's where you'll find them because that's how they get warm. Now, right now, that lizard's staying on your hand because your hand is warmer than the bench that you're sitting on, and so it's feeling good because it's warming up because of your body temperature."

And she says, "You mean it doesn't love me?"

"Well, it probably does love you. That's why it's there."

It was just the cutest little thing. I just wanted to pass this on because it's how people feel. Look it all the kids books that use animals as training tools, and we humanize them and so forth. That's fine. I'm not being critical of that. I just want to expand again on what I was saying earlier about how we're doing the same thing with terrorists and with our enemy, rather than face who they really are. Tiger is a tiger, but we still live and breathe, we have hope. How many of you who have had pets (be honest with me on this) have hoped and prayed that your dog or cat was going to actually talk to you one day and break the laws of nature? Andy Warhol did. Andy Warhol went nuts one day telling his dog, "Talk! I know you can talk! Say something." Every human being hoped that. (interruption) Warhol went nuts? Was nuts? Well, we shouldn't speak ill of the dead. He had hope. But it's a common thing. You know, I'm all for it. People can construct little fantasies and so forth about what their animals do and think and say. I think that's one of the great therapeutic benefits of having an animal around, by the way. Cats are the best, because, you know, they only want you when they want you, and that's not much, and you never have to let 'em out. You don't have to house train 'em or any of that -- and they purr. They're cute. I love cats. I like dogs, too. I like 'em all, but I love these lizards. But when we start humanizing our enemies the same way, and hoping that they're just like us in terms of our culture and society, then we're making a huge, huge error, and we're in the midst of doing that.

8 posted on 11/30/2006 4:18:03 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Rush's analogy here is we think terrorists can be domesticated and tamed. They can't. They are in a whole different league here and they are exactly like wild animals. They will kill you without so much as a bye your leave. Ascribing human characteristics to terrorists is just as dangerous as anthromorphizing wild animals. That's the difference between conservatives and liberals. We have an appreciation for danger; they tend to romanticize if not dismiss it outright. Just think of the lib Timothy Treadwell who ended up being bear food. Nature is not Bambi Personified and neither are terrorists.


9 posted on 11/30/2006 4:23:43 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: All
I LOVE cats...anyone wanna exchange recipes??
10 posted on 11/30/2006 4:52:33 PM PST by Jebster (aka; John in Dublin @ MarkLevinFan.com, The People's Republic of Levinites!!!)
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To: goldstategop

Awww. What an attractive cat!


11 posted on 11/30/2006 5:12:11 PM PST by Tax-chick ("That would be the camel's nose under the mouse.")
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To: Slings and Arrows

Kitty ping :)


12 posted on 11/30/2006 5:31:28 PM PST by annie laurie (All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost)
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To: windcliff

ping


13 posted on 11/30/2006 5:34:07 PM PST by stylecouncilor
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To: Tax-chick; cyborg

A couple of real softies there...Punkin and Rush.


14 posted on 11/30/2006 5:37:36 PM PST by Petronski (BRABANTIO: Thou art a villain. IAGO: You are--a senator. ---Othello I.i.)
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To: annie laurie; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...
Kitty ping :)

You said it. Serious "awww" material.


15 posted on 11/30/2006 5:46:23 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Sunni or later Shi'ite happens." --spokeshave)
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To: goldstategop

Great photos.

I heard Rush for the first time in my life today!

Normally I am at work ... you can't get AM stations while in a skyscraper.


16 posted on 11/30/2006 5:49:51 PM PST by BunnySlippers (Never Forget / Giuliani 2008)
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To: goldstategop

That is one fine looking feline.


17 posted on 11/30/2006 5:52:00 PM PST by alarm rider (Not a democrat, not a republican, not a "libertarian".. A CONSERVATIVE.)
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To: goldstategop

What's the circle part of Rush's hearing device? Is it a battery?


18 posted on 11/30/2006 5:59:18 PM PST by Choose Ye This Day (Despair is not a strategy.)
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To: goldstategop

19 posted on 11/30/2006 6:02:40 PM PST by BunnySlippers (Never Forget / Giuliani 2008)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Great Thread! It's nice to see Rush with family.


20 posted on 11/30/2006 6:05:53 PM PST by angcat ("IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM")
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To: goldstategop
My brother had an Abbyssinian who was one of the most gorgeous cats I've ever seen, very similar to Punkin only he had a very distinct diamond pattern to his fur. He was also very bright and mischeivous.

He died way too early of stomach cancer, he wasn't even six years old.

We had a Siamese when I was very young and she reminded me a lot of the Abbysinian, actually. Very bright, "talkative" and very people oriented. Very neat cats, and sooooo pretty.

21 posted on 11/30/2006 6:10:39 PM PST by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Un-dead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: NonValueAdded; LibertyisSpecial; HOYA97; ICFN(ICan'tFixNothing); StoneWall Brigade; ...

PING


22 posted on 11/30/2006 6:17:20 PM PST by angcat ("IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM")
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To: Petronski; cyborg

The cat is controlling his mind. Pat has that exact expression.


23 posted on 11/30/2006 6:19:06 PM PST by Tax-chick ("That would be the camel's nose under the mouse.")
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To: DCPatriot

That's one of the prettiest cats I've ever seen!


24 posted on 11/30/2006 6:39:20 PM PST by Nea Wood (Is cheap, illegal labor worth one life?)
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To: DCPatriot

What a pretty baby.


25 posted on 11/30/2006 6:49:19 PM PST by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: Tax-chick

How cute!


26 posted on 11/30/2006 6:59:30 PM PST by cyborg (No I don't miss the single life at all.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
My first cat was a Ruddy Abyssinian. He was the smartest sweetest cat ever. And he taught me much as well. Thanks for the ping. I missed most of Rush's show today.
27 posted on 11/30/2006 7:03:20 PM PST by AmericaUnite
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To: RepoGirl
My cross-eyed siamese is a beauty with the healthiest coat I've ever petted. She's a talker, and will not shut up if she thinks dinner or breakfast is late.


28 posted on 11/30/2006 7:06:26 PM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: ValerieUSA
O M G! She is one spoiled, beautiful little baby. So much attitude in that picture!!! I bet she's an absolute brat--but an adorable one nonetheless!! :-)

Her coat is GLORIOUS!

29 posted on 11/30/2006 7:14:50 PM PST by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Un-dead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: goldstategop
Hey, let's just immediately relieve anyone of the notion that it's just chicks who dig cats.

I have a Boxer and two cats; a black cat and and a short hair tabby. The cats are both affectionate and the dog, dumb as dirt.

I'm partial to the cats.
30 posted on 11/30/2006 7:39:58 PM PST by aligncare (*This is a test of the emergency tagline warning system. This is only a test*)
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To: goldstategop
Excellent analysis. Enjoyed it much. Thanks goldstate.
31 posted on 11/30/2006 7:47:51 PM PST by aligncare (*This is a test of the emergency tagline warning system. This is only a test*)
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To: Jebster

...now, cut that out!


32 posted on 11/30/2006 7:49:02 PM PST by aligncare (*This is a test of the emergency tagline warning system. This is only a test*)
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To: DCPatriot
As a man, I prefer manly cats...short dense hair, deep meow voice, fools around a lot, long face--not that pushed in Pug face...you know, a GUY'S cat.

Any men concur?
33 posted on 11/30/2006 8:03:10 PM PST by aligncare (*This is a test of the emergency tagline warning system. This is only a test*)
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To: Choose Ye This Day

No, that's the implant part, it actually plugs into his head, if you can believe it! It sends signals to his brain that his ears no longer can. Amazing things, those cochlear implants.


34 posted on 11/30/2006 8:08:15 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty
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To: Slings and Arrows

I LOVE when Rush talks about Punkin. So cute! I loved when he talked about getting Punkin's "toofies" cleaned, since I guess Abyssinians have soft teeth. Hee, "toofies".... :P


35 posted on 11/30/2006 8:10:59 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty
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To: DCPatriot

That's not Abyssinian, that's Abby Normal!


36 posted on 11/30/2006 8:13:23 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty
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To: goldstategop
Here are my friends This is Samson (girlfriends kitty)

This is Toro (my sons kitty)

And now the king Strech

and again


37 posted on 11/30/2006 8:20:13 PM PST by Hazcat (Live to party, work to afford it.)
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To: To Hell With Poverty
Science is also developing a similar concept for people with visual loss resulting from the gradual destruction of the rods and cones at the back of the eye called, Retinitis Pigmentosa.

It utilizes a pair of glasses with light sensors and the electronics to plug into the visual cortex of the brain.

Very soon, at least for this type of blindness, the blind will see again...very cool.

Humans are so clever.

38 posted on 11/30/2006 8:30:00 PM PST by aligncare (*This is a test of the emergency tagline warning system. This is only a test*)
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To: Hazcat

Strech is a glorious cat!


39 posted on 11/30/2006 8:35:28 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world." - Pope Blessed Pius IX)
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To: goldstategop

Punkin's a cutie.


40 posted on 11/30/2006 8:37:05 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: To Hell With Poverty

Wow. I had no idea...


41 posted on 11/30/2006 8:37:37 PM PST by Choose Ye This Day (Despair is not a strategy.)
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To: To Hell With Poverty

Cats can turn some very manly men into quivering piles of mush. I'm proud to suffer from that affliction.


42 posted on 11/30/2006 8:37:53 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Sunni or later Shi'ite happens." --spokeshave)
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To: DCPatriot

Aww, what a precious little face she has; so adorable.


43 posted on 11/30/2006 8:38:37 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: Pyro7480

He's my buddy. I have a beard and I reserve it for him alone. He always rubs his head against it. It's our way of saying "you're mine".

He was a stray I picked up. He was all torn up and sickly. Took him to the vet and got him well (most expensive 'free' cat I've ever had!). Wouldn't trade him for the world.


44 posted on 11/30/2006 8:39:59 PM PST by Hazcat (Live to party, work to afford it.)
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To: goldstategop

Awwwww....Rush and the cat look so cute. I do that all the time with my cat, who is part Burmese, and the most affectionate, loving little pet you would ever want to have. My preference has always been for dogs, but my cat really is an unusual cat.


45 posted on 11/30/2006 8:43:28 PM PST by TAdams8591
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To: goldstategop
I had no idea Rush had an Aby! I don't get to hear his show during the daytime. This is my aby, Cougar. He used to be a show cat, but as you can see, he's enjoying the easy life now, and isn't in "game shape" anymore.
46 posted on 11/30/2006 8:45:18 PM PST by kittycatonline.com
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To: Hazcat

My parents' next-door neighbor has a cat that was saved from a shelter. The previous "owner" apparently didn't want it anymore, so tried to strangle the poor creature. My mom pointed out that the dear thing has sort of a crooked neck from that attempt. I ran into it when I went to take out some trash, and it was sitting on the neighbor's porch. I started talking to it, and it came over, and was very friendly. Very beautiful cat.


47 posted on 11/30/2006 8:49:14 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world." - Pope Blessed Pius IX)
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To: angcat

Thanks for the ping (:


48 posted on 11/30/2006 8:53:16 PM PST by firewalk
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To: goldstategop
Now that is one pretty cat. I'm partial to Maine Coons myself, since I have two, but man, that Abyssinian is absolutely cat-show-winner gorgeous.

Maine Coons are fantastic pets. Our bigger one (Livingston) is 26 pounds...dumber than a bag of hammers but very sweet, great with our 10-month-old, basically he's just a lovable doofus. We have another, Beauregard, that's about half that one's size, very skinny and with an amputated tail, a rescue from an overcrowded breeder. I'll have to get some better pictures of him, as he's got a unique look that I've never seen on any other Maine Coon...

}:-)4

49 posted on 11/30/2006 9:24:26 PM PST by Moose4 (Baa havoc, and let slip the sheep of war.)
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To: goldstategop
While Rush has an Abyssinian, I have a Siamese.

Really? Cool.

I think my cat's official classification is "Big Lazy Fattie with Orangish Stripes."

50 posted on 11/30/2006 10:35:38 PM PST by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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