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This is why you should have a cat y’all. Egyptians believed that cats repelled evil spirits.

Cats are evil spirits. They’re just the strongest so all others must bow to their greatness.

Actually according to legend, cats are guardians of the Underworld. So once you are dead if you try to sneak back into the land of the living they send you back where you came from. They protect the living from the dead.

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 While there were many other feline goddesses worshiped by the Ancient Egyptians, Bast was the only one represented as a domestic cat. Cats were believed to be a manifestation of the goddess Bast. (Bast/Bastet originally was a Lion, or a lion-headed goddess, but her head eventually changed to a domestic cat as legends shifted)

Bast was originally a goddess of Warfare, but over the years it shifted to protection and fertility (and also the protector of all cats, because Bast is a badass like that)

Nearly every Celtic country has cat-legends. The Welsh believed that ship-cats could predict weather and tides. The English were worried about cats stealing a babies breath and the Scots had a very gruesome ritual called the Taghairm. (There is another ritual of the same name not involving cats.)

In one version, the Taghairm is said to be one of the most effective means of raising the devil, and getting unlawful wishes gratified; the ritual included roasting cats alive, one after the other, for several days, without eating. This supposedly summoned a legion of devils in the guise of black cats, with their master leading them. Kitty Devil~

Another variation of the ritual was said to summon a demonic cat called Big Ears, who would grant the summoners answers to their questions, and fulfill their wishes. Basically the same thing, but Lucifer wasn’t involved (yay?) 


Norse mythology said cats were sacred to Freya, goddess of Warfare and Hunting, as well as love, beauty and fertility. Her chariot was drawn by two cats, and if you wanted her blessing on your marriage or harvest, you could leave a bowl of milk outside.

She apparently had such a soft spot for cats that she would bless those who were kind to them. If a cat showed up at your marriage, that was a sweet sign of fortune. 

The Babylonians believed that the souls of priests were escorted to paradise on the back of a cat. The Babylonians also encouraged the overbreeding of cats so they would hunt and keep away the vermin. 

There’s a ton more history and mythology attached to felines, and I definitely encourage people to check it out sometime. 

(Source: christinahendricks)


Bryan Fischer, Asshole of the Day for April 17, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Bryan Fischer is an asshole. He has been featured on this site many, many times, and has been named Asshole of the Day five times prior to today. Usually though we feature him for his hatred of gays, which is so awful that the Southern Poverty Law Center designated the American Family Association where Fishcer works as a hate group. Yeah.

But Bryan Fischer is more than just a bigot. He can be offensive on many conservative topics, including income inequality. After discussing that the top 1% pay 30% of all federal taxes, Fischer told listeners that the poor ought to kiss the ground that the rich walk on:

the poor and middle class families in this country “ought to be kissing the ground on which [the rich] walk” because it is the top 1% that is paying for EBT cards and food stamps and federal housing.

The rich, Fischer asserted “ought to be given ticker tape parades once a week in all of our major cities to thank them for funding welfare for everybody”

Now of course Fischer doesn’t discuss how the top 1% got all that income— was it by manipulating laws to favor them, creating monopolies to raise prices, inheritance, spending $400 million on an election, or any of that other stuff. He’s not interested in that.

Fischer portrays himself and his conservative beliefs as traditional and Christian. And he has studied religion extensively:

Fischer has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Stanford University, and holds a graduate degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Fischer served at the Cole Community Church in Boise, Idaho and founded the Cole Center for Biblical Studies and was the church’s director for thirteen years. Fischer then founded Community Church of the Valley and was senior pastor for twelve years. Before joining the board of directors of American Family Association, Fischer was also executive director of Idaho Values Alliance.

In 2004, he co-founded the Keep the Commandments Coalition, a group dedicated to keeping a Ten Commandments monument in Julia Davis Park in Boise. From 2000 to 2005, he served as a commissioner for the city’s Park and Recreation Department.

But apparently when doing all that Bible study, Fischer missed the parts where Jesus praised the poor and vilified the rich.

The suggestion that the poor should kiss the ground the rich walk on should be offensive to any Christian. And that Fischer represents himself as a Christian and has studied the Bible extensively and says this, only makes it more offensive. So, for turning Jesus’ own worldview of rich and poor upside down to give comfort to the rich, Bryan Fischer is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Bryan Fischer’s 6th time being named Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for saying

Full story: Right Wing Watch

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