A Photo for Friday: “Big Yawn”

Big Yawn
“Big Yawn”
February 3, 2020
Pike Road, AL

(A tribute to those days of yesteryear wherein the news made us yawn…).

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Steven L. Taylor
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Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. CSK says:

    This could also be a screaming reaction to the current news.

  2. @CSK: Sadly true.

  3. reid says:

    @CSK: That was my first reaction, as well.

    P.S. Nice photo!

  4. @reid: @CSK: You are both reminding me why, apart from the title, I usually do not make any interpretive comments.

  5. Barry says:

    Steve: “(A tribute to those days of yesteryear wherein the news made us yawn…).”

    God grant us those days again!

  6. Kathy says:

    I thought that’s what a kitten looks like right when she decides to kill you 😛

  7. de stijl says:

    Cats are relatively new in our households developmentally. Dogs have a longer hold on our pet attention.

    I think there is something to the theory of co-evolution. Cats and dogs have evolved to exist with us, and we have evolved to exist with them.

    It is mutually beneficial transactionally to exist together. It stands to reason that affection and codependent behavior would result. Vermin control from cats. Hunting / war efficacy from dogs.

    Plus, the little ‘uns are so cute! They coaxed us into codependent behavior with cuteness. Big eyes, big ears. Big head relative to body size. We see this in Anime today.

    Cats, dogs, and humans are co-evolving.

    Other domesticated animals are labor and / or food. Horses currently bridge the gap.

    Cows are leather, milk, and meat (in some cultures blood) because they strike us as stupid. Believe me, they are: cows are extraodinarily stupid. Cattle have not acquired enough cuteness to cross our arbitrary pet threshold. (This is not Hindu friendly analysis.)

    The babies are cute, but the adults are resources: goats, sheep, cattle. Milk, cheese, leather, bones, tallow, horns.

    There is fairly sharp distinction between pet and domesticated resource.


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