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Jonah Goldberg | Don’t Tread on the Six-Toed Cats





I gather folks at NRHQ are on something of a vacation, which may explain why my latest column didn’t get posted. You can read it here or here instead.

Basically, it’s part of what I plan to be a series of columns over the coming year pushing federalism as a priority for the GOP — and the Democrats. Here’s the first installment from a couple weeks ago.

Today’s column is on the lunacy of the federal government’s effort to regulate the Hemingway Museum and Home in Key West, Fla. Ernest Hemingway allegedly had a six-toed cat named Snowball. Snowball’s very well-cared-for descendants lounge around his home and tourists take pictures of them. The USDA is forcing the museum to either comply with the Animal Welfare Act — which is aimed at zoos and circuses — or it will confiscate the cats. The whole ten-year debacle began because a cat lady down the street was annoyed because the street cats she feeds — and which the feds don’t care about — were getting bullied by a six-toed “macho” feline named Ivan. The cat lady got mad and called in the G-Men.

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  • Ed Blevins

    When I was In Hemmingway’s home I stepped on one of the cats paws, And yes they really do have six paws. There were about 10 or 15 cats at that time. I can’t understand what the neighbor’s problem is all about.  Those cats added to the quaintness of the museum "as long as you don’t step on them" They were well groomed and very well fed, seems there is always some one trying to stir up trouble.

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