Friday Cat Blogging – 9 March 2012

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On the left, Inkblot is looking soulfully into the depths of an empty wine glass. The effect is, perhaps, spoiled slightly by the fact that he’s perched on top of a nice, warm pizza box, but that just shows that he’s a cat of the people. Do you think Mitt Romney ever curls up with a pizza? On the right, in a picture taken earlier this morning, Domino gazes confidently into the future, secure in the knowledge that the carpet cleaning people will be finished soon. Behind her, Inkblot is holding onto Marian for dear life because he’s afraid the carpet cleaners will be here forever and he’ll never be able to go back into the house again. This is, unfortunately, not very presidential behavior, but no candidate is perfect.

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