The Chelsea Grays -- Tiny, above, just after snatching the kitty brush from our hands this morning and going for its jugular -- "are deeply attuned to their environment," as we blogged last November, contrasting our feline familiars' adrenal/cerebral response to environmental cues with the cluelessness of politically correct deniers of the existence of bad guys out there trying to kill us.
"Get in touch with your inner trout," we blogged last fall in our post "The head can be removed after cooking," where we wrote about animals' ability to learn and process new information in contrast to some of our fellow humans' loss of that ability:
As with the trout [in a study cited in our post], the Chelsea Grays are deeply attuned to their environment, ever on the alert for signals of danger but comparing every new situation with past experience to allow for rational decision making . . .
When they sense possible danger, they are all ears, eyes and sniffing the air, but there is a pause during which they decide whether it is something big or not really anything to worry about after all.
"She enjoys being a cat," Tuck always says of Tiny. "She also enjoys brushing her ears."
As for our own species, specifically Homo sapiens sinister -- our friends on the left side of the aisle both here and abroad -- we quoted Dr. Sanity, who had blogged that day about passengers' gut response to the unnerving behavior of a group of imams [see below for the encouraging denouement* of all that this past week or so] on a US Airways flight and the Darwinian usefulness of fear:
We all feel the emotion of fear. And it is good that we do so. Fear and all our other emotions are the software "shortcuts" that encourage our mind and body to act. An emotionally mature individual tries to understand his or her fear -- i.e., he or she uses the rational faculty and reason -- because in doing so, one may determine the appropriate course of action for countering a perceived threat to youself or your loved ones.
Pretending that you aren't afraid; displacing or minimizing your fear; ignoring the slow-moving rhino heading in your direction or other dangerous realities; are hardly effective strategies to deal with the many threatening things in the world today.
"Exactly. And that's what's so wrong-headed about multiculturalism and its handmaiden, political correctness," we continued:
That seems to us to be what's wrong with the politically correct rhetoric of the left, both here and in the larger world of elite "thinkers" worldwide. Like zoo-born animals that have never had to deal with the vicissitudes of their natural predators and prey "out there," these reality-challenged folk neither recognize their mortal enemies nor have the skills to fight for their own survival.
Now we are totally thrilled to learn that some commonsensical fellow Americans are just saying no to the flying imams' trumped-up test case designed to abuse our justice system for their own nefarious reasons. Remember creeping socialism? [Just ask the Oprah-blessed, charismatic, socialist-lite Obama about that. We had been inclined to like him, but the more we hear about his political philosophy, the less we like the idea of his becoming the Leader of the Free World.] *Now we're facing its twin sister, creeping Sharia. Glenn Beck -- who's been naming the hatred that dare not speak its name on CNNs Headline News, sandwiched between half-hourly news updates and the inedible Nancy Grace for the last period of time -- explains [via Little Green Footballs]. Music to our ears.