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September 25, 2008

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Brilliant.

Oh my God, that's IT!!!

to the wonderful blogposts of mitch sisskind, and his youtube feline sign-off!

http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/09/25/hemingway.cats.battle.ap/index.html

the link does work, so here 'tis:

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KEY WEST, Florida (AP) -- The famed six-toed cats at Ernest Hemingway's island home aren't going anywhere.

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum announced Thursday it reached an agreement with the federal government that lets the 50 or so cats continue roaming the grounds, ending a five-year battle that could have resulted in them being removed or caged.

The cats descend from a cat named "Snowball" given to the novelist in 1935 and freely wander the grounds of the Spanish colonial house. All the cats carry the gene for six toes, but not all show the trait.

The home is where the Nobel prize-winning author wrote "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "To Have and Have Not" and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Florida Keys.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the agreement. It had threatened to fine the museum $200 per day per cat -- about $10,000 -- saying it didn't have the proper animal exhibition license and couldn't qualify for one, primarily because the animals weren't enclosed. The museum has installed a fence to keep the animals on the one-acre property.

From 2003 until October 2007, a series of meetings between USDA and museum officials proved fruitless, said Michael Morawski, president and CEO of the museum.

Finally, about a year ago, Morawski and a USDA deputy administrator agreed to hire an independent animal behaviorist to make recommendations. Dr. Terry Curtis, from the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine, said in a report that the cats appeared "well-cared for, healthy and content" and suggested the special fence that was installed.

"We're excited we found a solution that protects the health and welfare of the cats while preserving the historical integrity of the Hemingway Home and Museum," Morawski said. "That's been our whole goal since we were notified by the USDA in 2003."

Morawski said the museum has spent more than $250,000 for lawyers and the fence and continues to question the need for the permit. The courts might have to settle that question.

"The cats have been living on the grounds for years and we're not a zoo, carnival or amusement park," he said.

Another series of pure American poems and blues
selections
Speaking of Dostoevsky's Gambler
I had an editor at Dutton
whoi later moved to Liuveright
and then moved to Norton
and he gave me a book
by Anna Dostoevsky
I forget almost everything
'exvcept that she
was called in to be
a stenographer new science
and to type the book
that mightn pay
for D's gambling denbts
She did
they fell "in" love
but Fyodor told her one
day thatz women cvould not
do certtain things she asked WHAT
and he said Oh collecting stamps for example
which takes stamina and extraordinary will
or so says he
She began her stamp collection
that day
and she became, after all,
the greatest stamp collector
in all of Russia
What I had never heard
since yesterdayt
and faint to put it down
is that some think
Neruda participated
in getaway plans for
Siqueros and the plot
against Trotsky
Maybe jhere is the time when I usually say
Trotsky, who loved my grandmother
Could that be true? A Trotsky scholar said
Of course,m he trioed to seduce
every woman in Brookjlyn (l9l7)
Even the stamp collecgtion
may not exist
even the plot
to kill Trtosky and what is worse in M Breton and Trotsky together
and together they will alkways be
like a stamp collector a stenographer
and Dostoevsky's wife yearning to breathe
free

For Mitch, who will forgive the ttyopos

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