Hemingway’s 54 Cats Safely Rode Out Hurricane Irma on Key West

Hemingway House has 18 inch thick limestone walls and it’s 16 feet above sea level. It wasn’t going to be blown down.

US Magazine

The Florida Keys’ most famous felines are safe after Hurricane Irma battered the sunshine state as a Category 4 storm. The 54 six-toed cats — most of whom are descendants of a polydactyl cat owned by the late Ernest Hemingway — live at the late writer’s home in Key West, Florida, which was turned into a museum after his death in 1961.

According to The New York Times, as the life-threatening hurricane approached the Keys, state officials ordered a full evacuation of the area, but Jacque Sands, the general manager of the museum, refused to leave — claiming responsibility for the home and for her furry friends.

“The cats are also accustomed to our voices and our care,” David Gonzales, the museum’s curator told MSNBC on Sunday, September 10. “We’re comfortable with them; they’re comfortable with us. We love them. They love us. We all hung out last night together.”

And while the storm knocked out the museum’s electricity and internet, all of the six-toed felines survived the storm.

“The cats seemed to be more aware sooner of the storm coming in, and in fact when we started to round up the cats to take them inside, some of them actually ran inside, knowing it was time to take shelter,” Gonzales explained. “Sometimes I think they’re smarter than the human beings.”

According to NPR, Hurricane Irma was the longest-lasting and most powerful hurricane or typhoon on record. It claimed three lives in Florida, one in Georgia, and at least 36 in the Caribbean to-date.

I hope the museum people stocked up on cat food or that enough sea creatures are available to be eaten after the storm. I’ve heard that cats like fish!

Florida Offering Five Finger Discounts in Wake of Hurricane Irma

EVERYTHING’S FREE TODAY.

This post jumbles together several stories and photos of looting arrests. No matter.

We’re just here to thank our darker friends for their interest in sneakers, TVs, and other consumer goods (liquor), which we’re certain they plan to donate to a worthwhile charity.

Thanks, neighbors.

Miami Herald

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.
Police in Florida have arrested nine people who were caught on TV cameras looting sneakers and other goods from a sporting goods store and a pawn shop during Hurricane Irma.

Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione said the group was arrested Sunday as the storm roared across South Florida. Maglione called the idea of stealing sneakers during a hurricane “a fairly bad life choice.”

Local TV images showed the alleged looters running in and out of a store through a broken window carrying boxes of sneakers.

It wasn’t immediately clear what charges those arrested would face. Their identities also were not immediately released.

Meanwhile, in Tampa:

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced a curfew and a stern warning against looters Sunday morning.

Hurricane Irma was forecast to hit Tampa and other highly populated areas of the Florida west cost as a Category 3 storm.

“We are taking this curfew very seriously,” Buckorn said. It begins at 6:00 pm Sunday local time.

“The curfew will remain in place until we determine there is no risk of [lost] life from downed power lines,” Buckhorn said.

He also said, “Be cognizant once you get back into your neighborhood, of who belongs there and who doesn’t.”

“If you see somebody in your neighborhood who doesn’t live there or doesn’t belong there, call the Tampa Police Department,” Buckhorn added. “We’ll take care of the rest. This is when we are Tampa strong.”

“We have all of our officers on the streets now,” Buckhorn said of the Tampa Police. Officers had been doing 12 hours shifts. Late Sunday morning, it was all officers on duty.

Buckhorn said at some point when the winds get too high, officers will be instructed to come off the streets and take shelter. The officers will re-emerge when it’s safe.

Hurricane Irma: Caretaker Staying in Key West for Sake of “Hemingway Cats”

ONE OF THE SIX AND SEVEN TOED HEMINGWAY CATS.

What a dream job for a cat lady–taking care of the so-called Hemingway cats in Key West, Florida. The 72 year old cat lady isn’t leaving, but she and the cats will be OK.

Excerpt from the September 6 Washington Post

KEY WEST, Fla. — Jacqui Sands stands near the wrought-iron gate that leads into the courtyard of the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, the latest weather updates and computer models still showing that Hurricane Irma is barreling toward the Conch Republic. As the historic site’s general manager, Sands is tasked with securing the legendary author’s 19th-century estate as well as ensuring the safety of the 55 cats that roam the lush ground here, many of them with six and seven toes on one paw.

“If I didn’t have to, I wouldn’t stay,” Sands said. “My kids told me to get the hell out. But I have an obligation to take care of the building and the cats.”

The petite 72-year-old won’t be alone in her house- and cat-sitting duties; she’ll be joined by nine employees, four of whom she has sent off to retrieve storm shutters and plywood from a nearby storage facility to board up windows and doors. “They couldn’t leave because either they don’t have a car or couldn’t find a flight out of here,” she said. “I think we are going to be fine.”

The limestone French Colonial house, built in 1851, has withstood many tropical storms through the past two centuries, Sands said, noting that it sits about 16 feet above sea level, one of the highest points on this island at the end of the Florida Keys.

Hurricane Irma — which could bring 20-foot storm surges and 185-mile-per-hour winds to Florida in coming days — is going to test Sands’s resolve, should it make landfall in or near Key West, which had largely emptied out by Wednesday morning. The only signs of life on Duval Street, the town’s famous main drag, consisted of shop owners putting up shutters and plywood to protect their storefronts and a handful of tourists seeking a place for breakfast. At the Key West Port, the cruise ships had long departed for safer docks and the inlet was devoid of pleasure craft. Only four small vessels remained in the marina, including a 50-foot boat that ferries residents and hotel guests to and from Sunset Key, a private 27-acre resort located in waters nearby.

The latest from Mercury News confirms the staff decision to ride out the storm on Key West.

UPDATE: At around 1 p.m. PST, Dave Gonzales, executive director of the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, confirmed to CNN that he and nine other employees were staying through the fierce winds and rain expected with Hurricane Irma, saying the legendary author’s 1851 house, with its 18-inch-thick limestone walls is “the strongest fortress in all the Florida Keys.”

General manager Sands is tasked with securing the property and ensuring the safety of the 55 cats that freely roam there. Many of the cats are believed to be descendants of the author’s cat, referred to as either Snow White or Snowball, and have the distinctive six and seven toes on one paw.

Doom On: Hurricane Irma will batter Florida and ‘devastate the United States,’ officials warn

There’s no way to know for sure in advance how well the U.S. will fare as Hurricane Irma makes landfall. What is for sure is that Al Gore will be saying, “I told you so.”

Excerpt from Washington Post via MSN

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Hurricane Irma continues to hurtle toward Florida’s doorstep, threatening to ravage the state with destruction not seen in a generation.

As the weather forecasts and warnings from officials grew increasingly dire, hundreds of thousands of people across Florida fled their homes before the rapidly closing window to escape Irma’s wrath slammed shut. Forecasters said Irma, a hurricane of remarkable size and power that already has battered islands across the Caribbean, would approach South Florida by Sunday morning and likely will slam into its southern tip before tracking north across a heavily populated area.

“It’s not a question of if Florida’s going to be impacted, it’s a question of how bad Florida’s going to be impacted,” William “Brock” Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said at a news briefing Friday.

Officials in Georgia and the Carolinas — where heavy rains and flooding are expected early next week — declared emergencies Friday, but attention remained focused on Florida. Forecasts call for up to 20 inches of rain and thrashing winds no matter how the storm pivots before hitting the mainland United States.

“Irma is likely to make landfall in Florida as a dangerous major hurricane, and will bring life-threatening wind impacts to much of the state regardless of the exact track of the center,” the National Hurricane Center said.

The center said that Irma, which had maximum sustained winds near 155 mph and higher gusts on Friday as it passed between the Central Bahamas and north coast of Cuba, was expected to remain a powerful Category 4 hurricane.

Local, state and federal officials have offered ominous warnings as the storm zeroed in on Florida, making clear how much danger they felt the Sunshine State could face in coming days. Long urged people from Alabama to North Carolina to monitor and prepare for the storm, calling it “a threat that is going to devastate the United States, either Florida or some of the southeastern states.”

Floridians are familiar with ominous forecasts and hurricane warnings, and many have painful memories of Hurricane Andrew, which made landfall as a Category 5 monster in 1992, and other storms that brought lashing rain and winds. But when asked about people in South Florida who intend to ride out the storm at home, Long was blunt.

“I can guarantee you that I don’t know anybody in Florida that’s ever experienced what’s about to hit South Florida,” Long said. “They need to get out and listen and heed the warnings.”

Mark DeMaria, acting deputy director of the hurricane center, said Friday afternoon that the latest models showed the storm track shifting slightly to the west, putting southwest Florida in particular jeopardy for the most violent winds while all of South Florida will have significant impacts.

“We really want to emphasize the very vulnerable Southwest Florida area,” DeMaria said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has warned people that evacuation zones could expand and said that all Floridians “should be prepared” to leave their homes. Scott also has cited the memories of Andrew, calling Irma “more devastating on its current path,” and warned that much of the state could be imperiled.

Newsweek via Yahoo reports on the Al Gore connection to Hurricane Irma. Here’s an excerpt:

The back-to-back disasters may not be directly caused by climate change, but the intensification of global warming certainly played a factor, scientists say. Rising temperatures on the earth’s surface and sea can “badly exacerbate” the impact of a storm, climate scientist Anders Levermann told Bloomberg earlier this week. That echoes research by MIT meteorology expert Kerry Emanuel, who in March said that “climate change potentially affects the frequency, intensity and tracks of tropical cyclones.”

In spite of science, climate deniers and skeptics, like President Trump, who pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change earlier in 2017, continue to dismiss the effects of human activities affecting our environment. But Irma and company are just the beginning. By the end of the 21st century, according to the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, hurricanes will be a lot more powerful and dangerous due to rising temperatures of seawater.

Someone tried to warn us—even as little as a month ago.

Ha! I think Newsweek meant to say that someone tried to make money off the manmade global warming hoax a month ago. Here’s that someone:

As Rahm Emmanuel used to say: Never let a crisis go to waste.

A final reminder:

If I understand the law correctly, shelters must accept pets. Hotels do not have to accept animals except for service animals. Never tie an animal up or leave it inside to drown in a flood prone area.

Evil Retards are Tying Dogs to Trees and Cars Tonight: Arrest Them

That’s all the information I have right now. More later on this developing story as more facts are put forth.

The Daily Mail saved Lucky, pictured below, from the rising floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey late last month.

Kudos to those with the foresight to do something to save the animals.

Save the pupsters, like Lucky.

Reminder, Florida: As You Evacuate, Please Take Your Beloved Animals with You

They depend on you.

Trump Hating Dimwit Used Old Photo to Falsely Make America Think Obama Helping in Houston Food Shelter

The picture isn’t fake, but the claim that it shows Obama in Texas dishing out turkey to flood victims is. Thousands of Twitter people wanted to believe that Obama was out righting wrongs while Trump was grabbing ****** in the White House, conspiring with Russia, or meeting with the KKK.

It’s a lot harder to put things over on people than it used to be.

BTW, the Tweeter is apparently a Muslim. Figures!

Politifact

As Tropical Storm Harvey rocks Houston, Texas, a Twitter user decried President Donald Trump’s response in comparison to former President Barack Obama’s purported on-the-ground efforts using an outdated photo.

Twitter user Aiden Benjamin (@Feisal_Hagi) posted a picture of Obama and his family serving food at a shelter, which he captioned with the hashtags #HurricaneHarvery and #prayfortexas.

“Something youll never see trump do: Obama is in texas serving meals!” he wrote in the Aug. 26, 2017 tweet.

The tweet had received over 14,000 likes and 7,500 shares as of Aug. 28, 2017.

Benjamin posted the same picture with a similar caption on Aug. 27 that read “Obama serving food in Houston shelter, somthing trump will NEVER do!”

Here’s the thing. The picture isn’t from Houston nor from this year. It’s from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C., where Obama and his family served Thanksgiving dinner to homeless veterans on Nov. 25, 2015. Both tweets have since been deleted.

As the following AP video shows, the president served turkey while his wife and daughters served stuffing, vegetables and cranberry sauce.

Benjamin issued an apology on Aug. 28, 2017.

“I took down the tweet of obama, I apologize to people who thought it was real. also to @callrail I apologize!”

I took down the tweet of obama, I apologize to people who thought it was real. also to @callrail I apologize!

— Aiden Benjamin (@Feisal_Hagi) August 28, 2017
“I took the tweet down it was wrong information sorry if you thought it was real,” Benjamin wrote to PolitiFact.

He had originally issued a correction that said, “Sorry for people thinking this was in texas (he was there) but this is from 2015.”

A representative for Obama told CNN the former president was not in Texas.

Obama wrote a tweet on Aug. 27 thanking first responders and sharing a link to make donations to the Red Cross.

Notice that the Obama rep didn’t say where he was. Playing golf or planning new mischief?