December 12th, 2009


War Bonds, Not War Taxes

I think America's current wars, plural, are wrong and stupid and should be stopped immediately.  However, I'm in favor of war bonds.  I greatly prefer war bonds to a war tax.  This is because bonds are voluntary expenditures while taxes are involuntary.  War bonds are therefore an excellent way to measure public support for a war.  If people run out and buy lots of bonds, it means they support the war and you can go on merrily blowing people to hell in sublime confidence that your countrymen want you to do it.  War bonds for a popularly supported war tend to sell like hotcakes.  Conversely, if the war bonds sell poorly or not at all, this indicates that We The People disapprove of the wars and do not wish to spend money on them -- so that the wars should be stopped.  I would greatly hope for the latter, but I do believe in playing fair.  Let's let the warhawks put their very own, personal money where their beaks are.

Mary Susan Littlepage | Nelson Proposes War Bonds to Fund Wars
Mary Susan Littlepage, Truthout: "Working to help fund ongoing wars without sharp tax increases or increased foreign borrowing has led Nebraska's Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) to introduce a new measure Tuesday: the US War Bonds Act of 2009. The legislation would authorize the Treasury to issue and market War Bonds to the American people to help pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."

How to Make a Catnip Ball

Here is a fun, cheap cat toy that you can make.  For this craft project, you need a worn-out pair of pantyhose, some catnip, and a pair of scissors. 

1) Take a worn-out pair of pantyhose. Cut off about 12" of one leg, measuring upward from the foot.

2) Lay out the remaining pantyhose, flat. Put a spoonful of catnip on the seat of the hose. Roll up the hose around the catnip, forming a loose ball.

3) Stuff the ball of hose into the toe of the cut-off leg. Push as hard as you can to make it compact. Twist the top closed and knot it.

4) You now have a ball, a knot, and a loose tube of hose. Fold the loose hose back over the ball and pull it tight so that it's inside the tube. Knot the tube again. Repeat the folding and knotting process until you run out of tube. Tie closed the last end of the hose.

5) Give the ball to your cat, or wrap it as a gift for later.  If you have packed the hose tight enough, it will bounce rather well on a hard floor. The pantyhose material makes it easy for cats to catch and hold with claws or teeth. The catnip smell will go through the hose fabric, but under all that fabric it cannot be ripped loose to make a mess.