"I wanted you as a friend because I know you will have the best cat pictures on Facebook," Rick Moran of Right Wing Nut House — who is also associate editor at The American Thinker and Chicago editor for Pajamas Media — wrote on our Facebook "Wall" this afternoon. Facebook, you ask? Wikipedia defines it as a "free-access social networking website" with "more than 150 million active users worldwide." Founded in October of 2003 by a Harvard student "blogging about a girl and trying to think of something to do to get her off his mind," it "has been blocked intermittently in several countries including Syria and Iran, so it can't be all bad. As Rick wrote on his own Facebook Wall earlier today, "Rick is struck dumb by how many people he knows on Facebook. Is he the only human who didn't know about this?" We kind of stumbled into it ourselves a few months back when our totally awesome non-blogging heartland niece Mabs "SuperPoked" us.
Turn the image 90˚and you've got a Rorschach Test to read your own preoccupations into. Tiny's inner cat brooding over the issues of the day? The shadow of the smile of her late brother tormenting her soul?
Our blogging juices jogged by Rick's request for Facebook friendship, we Googled "sisu Rick Moran" and were delighted to find a couple of 2007 posts incorporating the ailurophilic words of Mr. Moran in our headlines [Cute cat pictures alert!]:
1. "More cat pictures, please," a quotation from an email Rick had sent us.
"I wonder when they developed the ability to tug at our heartstrings with a well modulated 'meow?'" Rick asked rhetorically in that last-referenced post:
At what point did they realize that the simple act of looking us right in the eye, showing a face that defines animal beauty and comeliness, would make us fall in love with them? Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out when cats discovered they could get more by giving less; that the ability to manipulate us, wrap us around their paw meant that they could dole out their affections by the teaspoon rather than the bushelfull as lesser creatures like dogs do?
A friend, indeed.
Update: Lots more heartstring tugging at Modulator's Friday Ark #230.