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Does the FancyFeast SuperPAC have undue influence in Talkeetna's politics?
July 19, 2012 1:23 PM   Subscribe

Not The Onion: Cat Mayor celebrates 15th Year in Office. Stubbs (C-AK) is not the first or only non-human elected mayor of an American town; two dogs and a goat have shared the same honor.
posted by schmod (33 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Cat / Goat 2012!
posted by Behemoth at 1:28 PM on July 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


"The mayor of Talkeetna, Ak. boats sky-high approval ratings..."

I guess online content just doesn't get edited, does it. Sheesh.
posted by aught at 1:28 PM on July 19, 2012


Is, in Fact, the Onion: Cat Congress Remains Mired in Sunbeam.
posted by Cash4Lead at 1:34 PM on July 19, 2012 [7 favorites]


having his belly rubbed by his constituents

It's important to stay in touch with the electorate.
posted by Egg Shen at 1:37 PM on July 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


He doesn't look nearly mayoral enough. He needs a top hat and one of those sashes that says "MAYOR" on it. And possibly a monocle.
posted by ckape at 1:37 PM on July 19, 2012 [7 favorites]


So sick of these fat cats in politics...
posted by LordSludge at 1:37 PM on July 19, 2012 [9 favorites]


"The mayor of Talkeetna, Ak. boats sky-high approval ratings..."

I guess online content just doesn't get edited, does it. Sheesh.



No, that is correct. To reach Talkeetna, all opinion poll results must be carried up the Susitna river by boat.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:39 PM on July 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


Now there's democracy in action. Nice to know there are worthy politicians out there.
posted by windykites at 1:40 PM on July 19, 2012


I smell VP nomination. or maybe that's the litter box.
posted by Zed at 1:42 PM on July 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wasilla only has 7000 more people than Talkeetna. Makes you think.


Also, not to correct the OP, but I'm pretty sure it's "Stubbs (I-AK)" Because, even if there was any sort of feline party, they'd all end up running as independents anyway.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:44 PM on July 19, 2012 [7 favorites]


C-AK

Cats are totally Democrats. They always want handouts.
posted by madcaptenor at 1:47 PM on July 19, 2012


Cats are totally Republicans. As soon as you're defenseless, they'll eat you.
posted by leotrotsky at 1:50 PM on July 19, 2012 [7 favorites]


"I smell VP nomination. or maybe that's the litter box."

It's usually very difficult to tell the difference.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 1:56 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


I feel oddly compelled to get into politics now.
posted by mrgoat at 1:58 PM on July 19, 2012


"Cats are totally Republicans. As soon as you're defenseless, they'll eat you."

And first they'll trip you when you're falling down the stairs, causing you to break your neck and die, while they blame you for the fall and act aggrieved that you dared to stumble over them.

Then they'll eat you.

Definitely Republicans.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:00 PM on July 19, 2012


Republicans? House cats are libertarians. Completely dependent on us for their survival, but convinced that they are totally self-sufficient.
posted by yoink at 2:10 PM on July 19, 2012 [37 favorites]


Many citizens are genuinely happy to allow a kitteh to rule the roost.

I find it hard to believe that the Time style guide allows the word "kitteh".
posted by Daily Alice at 2:19 PM on July 19, 2012


I take issue with your final link for one it says 15 years is a long reign for any mayor "especially one with a tail" but Stubbs does not have a tail that's why his name is Stubbs this is sub-par work I expected more from you mentalfloss.com
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 2:21 PM on July 19, 2012 [12 favorites]


Yeah, I think yoink got it.
posted by madcaptenor at 2:32 PM on July 19, 2012


Mayor Sailor Suit Cat approves. Or, possibly, does not like competition.
posted by Decani at 2:33 PM on July 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


We did have Pigasus the pig nominated for President in 1968. Alas, Nixon won instead.
posted by madamjujujive at 2:47 PM on July 19, 2012


(MORE: A Brief History of Cats on YouTube)

You cannot have a brief history of cats on YouTube! You might leave a cat out! And it might be an adorable cat!
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:11 PM on July 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


His name was not Bosco, it was Mayor Bosco. Always and forever.
posted by rhizome at 3:47 PM on July 19, 2012


That's nothing. UT once elected a hallucination as student body president.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:02 PM on July 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


This reminds me of the discovery I made earlier: ESPN's list of the top 100 North American athletes of the 20th century has 89 men, eight women—and three HORSES.
posted by limeonaire at 5:19 PM on July 19, 2012


Occupy Denver elected Shelby to be their leader.
posted by homunculus at 5:48 PM on July 19, 2012


I had a beer with Mayor Henry Clay III. Awesome goat, but he does love his drink.
posted by Houstonian at 5:49 PM on July 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


Liz: Times change, Kenneth! Television replaced radio, cars replaced horses...
Kenneth: Not where I'm from. Are you telling me the mayor of your home town is a car?
posted by George_Spiggott at 6:07 PM on July 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


OK, since you guys have been so polite as to not make the obvious jokes about Henry Clay III, I guess I'll do it...

Of all the options to send to the White House, why Bush? Why not Henry Clay III? Both were probably drunk on any given day (Clay's favorite beer is Lone Star, but I know for a fact he'll knock back a Corona, hold the lime), but Henry Clay had better judgement! And he showed his political savvy in his premier election, winning easily against his opponents (a dog and a wooden Indian)!

Sorry guys. You have no idea how sorry.

Oh yes, and for yester-year's News of the Weird, or "Only in Texas": The goat was castrated. A not-quite-local guy was upset because Clay drank on Sunday, in defiance of the area's blue laws. Nope, not upset that he drank on Sunday -- upset that he didn't get the beer instead of the goat! And so, he castrated the goat in his anger. No kidding, the locals were looking for a hanging. The guilty party was charged with animal cruelty -- the evidence were the testicles, which he kept in his refrigerator.

Clay survived this impromptu surgery because he's a tough ole goat.
posted by Houstonian at 9:42 PM on July 19, 2012


No kidding, the locals were looking for a hanging. The guilty party was charged with animal cruelty

What finally happened to him?
posted by homunculus at 10:01 PM on July 19, 2012


The sheriff got an arrest warrant and brought him back to Lajitas (he'd gone home). They guy got a lawyer because if you torture an animal in Texas you face 10 years in prison. The State tried to figure out how to try him for injuring a politician (they've made this a more serious law than castrating goats) but they couldn't figure out how to prove that Henry Clay was a person. The defense lawyer argued that nobody knew for sure who castrated the Mayor (maybe strangers! maybe environmentalists!), and that the testicles they found were a bit too fresh to be Clay's, considering some time had passed between the time he was castrated and the time they were found.

The trial ended as a mistrial. People noted that Henry Clay III drank a bit more than he already did. I believe he kept with his same slogan for elections: "Vote The Goat!"
posted by Houstonian at 10:20 PM on July 19, 2012


Obligatory H'Angus reference.
posted by Prince Lazy I at 12:55 AM on July 20, 2012


Pawlitics as usual.
posted by notashroom at 11:59 AM on July 20, 2012


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