You can hear it. Every minute, of every hour, on every frequency, in every fiber, the pounding sound of stomps and brays, the treacherous trumpeting of political provocation, a corrupt ruckus clattering and escalting into a ringing din of iniquity. Welcome to Election day. Need something fuzzy to look at?
OK. Please enjoy these photographs of cats running governments around the world.
Our domestic dog-and-pony show of donkeys and elephants is nothing compared to the cat-commanded mouse mongering elsewhere on the planet. Politics is for the clawed, and this makes the cats very happy. To ensure a future safe for all felines, kittens have fanned out across the globe, positioning themselves close to the ballots, and, whenever possible, close the world leaders themselves.
Now go vote. The cats are watching.
11:35 PM: With 36 percent of precincts reporting, Jackie Lacey and Allen Jackson lead the race for L.A. County district attorney – outpacing the frontrunner Trutanich, who had been expected to coast to a run-off. Meanwhile, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 28, amending term limits for state politicians. Returns for another proposition, Prop 29, that would tax cigarettes to fund cancer research were evenly split with 46 percent of precincts reporting.
11:00 PM: With 5 percent of precincts reporting, 30th Congressional district candidates Howard Berman and Brad Sherman's campaigns seemed upbeat at their late-night election soirees. Videographer/photographer Grant Slater reports that balloons were bouncing and the party was boisterous at Berman's campaign headquarters. Things were slightly more sedate at Encino's Gate to the Mediterranean restaurant, where Sherman was hosting his campaign party. The two are widely expected to meet again in November for a run-off.