Ralph Waldo Ellison (Invisible Man), OU President David Boren, Elvis, and Mae Boren Axton – Catified

 

Ralph Waldo Ellison, Okie author of Invisible Man  Test Test
Ralph Waldo Ellison, Okie author of Invisible Man
National Book Award (1953)
National Medal of Arts (1985)

 

David Boren, President of the University of Oklahoma, Former Senator Test Test
David Boren, President of the University of Oklahoma, Former Senator & Governor 
Inducted: Oklahoma Hall of Fame 1988
Mae Boren Axton (teacher, song writer, radio personality), Elvis (Elvis)
Mae Boren Axton (teacher, song writer, radio personality), Elvis (Elvis)

National SAE President Brad Cohen recently vented his talcum powder-coated opinion, saying that David Boren’s claim that OU SAE chapter members learned the racist chant four years ago while in a national leadership cruise was “disgusting, one-sided and biased” as well as “inflammatory and self serving.

I noticed Brad didn’t say the allegations are untrue. He went on to say that perhaps Mr. Boren shouldn’t be president of the university if he can’t run an impartial investigation. This is coming from a graduate of the fine state of Arizona, a state perhaps best known for its string of schools remarkable for their studious fortitude and inclusiveness. (And blue meth.)

 

I think Mr. Cohen is a bit hurt that President Boren crossed over his imaginary collegiate thin Burberry-tartan line. What I do know is that, recently, a friend of mine — also a lifelong friend of Mr. Boren’s — died after a long, 29-year struggle with mental illness and addiction.

 

Everyone in the art community knew and loved Spencer Mellow, so did many in the faith community and even many in a few more debauched local communities. Spencer was known for having the most love to give out of anyone we knew, so it came as no surprise that in his funeral photo montage were images of a quite young Spencer sitting at one of Mr. Boren’s more stately desks. (Checking for grammatical errors and good ideas, no doubt.) What did surprise me was seeing Mr. Boren sitting quietly, drawing no attention to himself, taking time to say goodbye to a kid he loved for an all-too-brief but brilliance-filled few decades. Just that day he appointed Jabar Shumate as University of Oklahoma’s vice president, a new position intended to foster stronger multicultural relations, among other tasks, and now there he was taking time away from what had to be an incredibly busy transitional time to pay respects to the most chaotic, flamboyant, hardest working and hardest partying creatives I have ever known.

 

I’d hardly call those the actions of a man who is “disgusting, one-sided, biased, inflammatory” or “self serving.” In fact, I’d say that was some of the most Christ-like, leadership-quality behavior I’ve seen out of an Oklahoman in one day since Representative Emily Virgin single handedly freed the LGBT community with her red pen.

 

Despite having family in the political realm, I have never met Mr. Boren, but I would gladly shake his hand out of respect, and I prefer that he runs that crimson insane asylum most of us adore so much. Better an ex-politician who cares enough about people to bring real change,  than one who would rather sing the songs of the same.

 

So you might be asking yourself,  “What does Ralph Waldo Ellison, author of Invisible Man (1952) have to do with any of this?” I’m glad you asked.

 

This month (April) is Mr. Ellison’s birth month, and seeing as how he is both an Oklahoman and he wrote the 1950s version of Fight Club, from the perspective of a black man in Harlem, but as an existential criticism of cultural relations and modern man’s many roles in Western society instead of a think piece on the joy and escapism that cubicle life offers.

 

 

This makes it the perfect book for revisiting right now, and I hope you do, and frankly I hope it is handed out to every student who joins OU in the next year, regardless of color, status, or singing ability. Clearly we have gone too long without seeing or reading about a man making difficult choices in times of cultural upheaval. 

 

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PS: During my research,  I found out Mr. Boren’s aunt used to write songs, and met Elvis Presley as a budding musician (she also cowrote “Heartbreak Hotel) , so needing one more catification to make 3 total, it seemed a lovely choice. Hope you enjoy.

Louisiana Senators David “Cathouse” Vitter (R) , Bill Catsidy (R) – Politicians as Cats

Senator David "Cathouse" Vitter (R - LA)  Chaircat of the Senate Small Cat Business Committee Voted to teach kittens the cardboard box origin theory of cats, and earmarked federal funding for a feline organization that believes dogs were put here by Satan to test all cats
Senator David “Cathouse” Vitter (R – LA)
Chaircat of the Senate Small Cat Business Committee
Voted to teach kittens the cardboard box origin theory of cats, and earmarked federal funding for a feline organization that believes dogs were put here by Satan to test all cats

 

 

Senator Bill Catsidy (LA - R)  Religion: Yarn Evangelism  Assignments : Energy and Rubber Band Resources Committee  Alley Cat Affairs Committee
Senator Bill Catsidy (LA – R)
Religion: Yarn Evangelism
Assignments :
Energy and Rubber Band Resources Committee
Alley Cat Affairs Committee

I have a buddy (hey Kade!) down south who graduated with a “Bach in Government”, from The Cats Meow in the French Quarter, I presume, which I think means he knows a lot about the classical music played in Federal building elevators.  He told me I might want to take a look at Mississippi’s Mexico (aside from actual Mexico) for some Senatorial cat inspiration. Well it it turns out Kade was right, which is shocking, because I’ve lived in Louisiana and it usually takes a few beers before anyone I knew down there would tell you anything but a joke about boobs, their politicians, or Mississippi. That must mean things are serious down there, or their politicians look exactly like cats. I’ll let you decide, but stay on the lookout, aside from catifying their hooked loving (Sen David Vitter), and evangelical (Sen Bill Cassidy – in this case for his state’s environmental recovery funding) senators I’ll be looking at a few other Mush-mouthed candidates. I’m looking at you, Governor Bobbikins Jangles.

 

Also, please enjoy a pothole as a politician, mostly because we have horrible pothole problems here in the Oklahoma City metro area, but also because I find the visual of Oklahoma’s most something something Senator, James Lankford, happily snarking from a 5 foot deep water-filled pothole freaking hilarious. 

 

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How deep is that pothole?
How deep is that pothole? (Okc pothole characterized as Senator James Lankford)

Purrez Hilton, William Catner – Celebrities as Cats Edition

William Catner Actor, spokesman, singer, author, producer, director, comedian
William Catner
Actor, spokesman, singer, author, producer, director, comedian

 

 

Purrez Hilton Blogger, television personality, columnist
Purrez Hilton
Blogger, television personality, columnist

 

Recently I catified Oklahoma’s 44th District Representative Emily Virgin, thanks to her work for the LGBT and various minority communities.  To my complete pleasure and surprise Rep Virgin happened to be in a twitter conversation with Perez Hilton about the recent legislative events, and Perez catsually “begged to differ” that his Twitter mention was more important than my catification of Oklahoma’s most adored LGBT hero. It seems to me Perez is just jealous, and I aim to fix that. Perez, be catty no more. We all love you here in Oklahoma, plenty of tummy rubs await your visit to our complex, but beautiful state. You’re purrfect how you are and we would love your company as soon as possible.

 

As for the Shat cat, who wouldn’t love to see out favorite redditor and social kitty, Mr. Catner, in fur form, I’m just shocked we didn’t see him contract some feline STD during the early Star Trek series shots among all those purrmiscuous cat-like aliens during his travels in the expansive cardboard box in which we all live. Respect to the Shat.

 

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Norman Oklahoma’s District 44 Rep Emewly Virgin (D), a few catification by request, and The Anatomy of Manspreading

Oklahoma District 44 Representative Emewly Virgin (D) Okla. Committee Assignments : Mousing Education & Napping Tech, Mewdiciary & Feline Procedure Rep Virgin was recently amended controversial Furball Freedom Act to require business to display prominently if they prefer dogs over cats
Oklahoma District 44 Representative Emewly Virgin (D)
Okla. Committee Assignments : Mousing Education & Napping Tech, Mewdiciary & Feline Procedure
Rep Virgin recently amended controversial Furball Freedom Act to require businesses to display prominently if they prefer dogs over cats

Norman, Oklahoma’s District 44 badass Representative Emily Virgin saved Oklahoma from a lot of legal trouble, embarrassment, and bankruptcy thanks to an ammendment to an ammendment to the Religious Freedom Act of Oklahoma. The piece in question was an ammendment that would potentially allow discrimination against gay and lesbian patrons in Oklahoma, among other minority groups. Representative Virgin simply added a few small details requiring businesses to post in public, everywhere, the exact brand of bigotry that business puts in practice. BRAVO. That is seriously the best play against hate I have ever witnessed in the Oklahoma legislature. Me and all the furry employees at Boo Science hope to see that type of leadership claw it’s way all the way to the top. I’ve got a ladder if anyone gets stuck, but I doubt Virgin will need help navigating the heights of future politics, wherever it takes her.

Second, below are a few “catification”, where people have donated whatever they feel appropriate, then I catify them and donate 10% to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. These are local Okies, who I’ve found make gorgeous cats, so it’s a pleasure to bring you my renditions of people who like cartoon cats for some reason.

Lastly, I doodle a lot. Sometimes it’s about things that largely and specifically only apply to me. I apologize in advance for all future comics that have this quality. The Anatomy of Manspreading comic below is one of those. And for the record, I don’t manspread in public, you fellow lads shouldn’t either, and ladies, keep the purses off empty seats.

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An Okie writer and sleepy cat.
An Okie writer and sleepy cat.

 

Another beautiful Okie catification by BS

 

The Anatomy of Manspreading

Randy “Tiger Balls” Bass (D), YOUR NAME HERE (I’ll catify YOU) , Don “Litters” Young (R)

YOUR FACE HERE  As of today I will catify you (turn you into a Boo Science cat!) for a donation, any amount, I just need two or more photos from which to work. 10% of all donations will go to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF.org), an award winning research facility making headway against heart disease, alzheimers & more
YOUR FACE HERE
As of today I will catify you (turn you into a Boo Science cat!) for a donation, any amount, I just need two or more photos from which to work. 10% of all donations will go to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF.org), an award winning research facility making headway against heart disease, alzheimers & more (details below)

 

Alaska Representative Don "Litters" Young (Alaska Representative District I - R)  Rumored to have convinced previous elected cat Rep of Alaska's district I to play with yarn attached to a single engine supply plane Suggested releasing wolves in the humane society adoption center to deal with an excess number of adoptable animals
Alaska Representative Don “Litters” Young (Alaska Representative District I – R)
Rumored to have convinced previous elected cat Rep of Alaska’s district I to play with yarn attached to a single engine supply plane
Suggested releasing wolves in the humane society adoption center to deal with an excess number of adoptable animals

(Alaska Representative Don Young in the news)

 

Randy "Tiger Balls" Bass (Rep 32nd district of Okla. - D)  Had the Japanese hairball coughing record with a .389, a record that still stands today.  Is known for batting the end table tassels left handed, crowding the base. Co-Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee Natural Regurgitation and Hairball Services
Randy “Tiger Balls” Bass (Rep 32nd district of Okla. – D)
Had the Japanese hairball coughing record with a .389, a record that still stands today.
Is known for batting the end table tassels South Pawed, crowding the base.
Co-Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee Natural Regurgitation and Hairball Services

(More about Oklahoma Representative Randy Bass and his stellar baseball career 

 

People have been asking to be catified, which is totally weird, but cats are SUPER weird, so it seems fitting. I’m not sure how to structure the cost, other than charging a decent flat hourly rate for (usually) 2 hours worth of stylus work, so until further notice my digital catifications will be on a per donation basis. If you want a print or a painting the cost will depend of the subject and time/materials requires, and priced accordingly. Simply message me (booscience@booscience.com) and we can get started. 10% of donations will go to OMRF.ORG (Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation), a very reputable research facility that deals with, among other things, alzheimers and heart disease. I will be offering more choices in the near future for your donated monies.  Stay tuned.

 

As for today’s cats, Don Young just garnered catification due to media attention on his idea to solve Alaska’s homelessness problem with wolves. Yes, really. Oklahoma’s 32nd was drawn due to his bassadness, baseball skills, and willingness to serve Oklahoma during its fight for anything but baseball or kids (not Randy’s fault, thus far). If you want to read about an Okie truly huge in Japan, go read about Representative Randy Bass, he is in the Japanese Tiger’s top 5 all time players, and still holds the highest recorded Japanese batting average, a respectable .389, nothing to shake a stick at. 

 

 

If you have any suggestions for catification donation monies, contact me, I’ll do the research and offer more as I find the good ones. 

 

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NYC Mayoral Candidate John Catsimatidis, Senator Barbara Mewkulski (Maryland – D), Chairman of Lolland-Falster Conservative Youth Nikitty Klæstrup – Politicians as Cats

NYC Mayoral Candidate John Catsimatidis, Billionaire - R) Has placed bid to buy premiere Mew York tabloid newspaper-based kitty litter manufacturer Mew York Mews Is thought to have the largest collection of celebrity and politician handshake photos in the world
NYC Mayoral Candidate John Catsimatidis, Billionaire – R)
Has placed bid to buy premiere Mew York tabloid newspaper-based kitty litter manufacturer Mew York Mews
Is thought to have the largest collection of celebrity and politician handshake photos in the world

 

Chairman of Lolland-Falster Conservative Youth Nikitty Klæstrup Thinks lower tax rates are necessary because "It should pay to work and do business."  Won an election for the Guldborgsund Municipality under the age of 20 &  then did a series of photo shoots showing her own municipalities
Chairman of Lolland-Falster Conservative Youth Nikitty Klæstrup
Thinks lower tax rates are necessary because “It should pay to work and do business.”
Won an election for the Guldborgsund Municipality under the age of 20 & then did a series of photo shoots showing her own municipalities

 

Senator Barbara Mewkulski (Maryland - D)  Is responsible for changing the Senate house rule that lady felines can't wear pantaloons when in session Wants equal wet cat food for female cats Nursed more Senatorial  female kittens than any other Senator
Senator Barbara Mewkulski (Maryland – D)
Is responsible for changing the Senate house rule that lady felines can’t wear pantaloons when in session
Wants equal wet cat food for female cats
Nursed more Senatorial female kittens than any other Senator

 

A request to catify NYC Mayoral Candidate John Catsimatidis was delivered by Katie Honan over at DNAinfo. After reading up on the Greek billionaire, seeing his face, and then imagining what a billionaire would do with a tabloid newspaper if he bought it right after he lost an election amused me so much I had to draw him. I think it turned out pretty swank. 

 

That accounts for Catsimatidis, which happens to be the only politician so far that didn’t need his or her name catified, and there’s an excellent reason for Senator Barbara Mewkulski, that I’ll get to in a moment, but what about the young Danish political socialite in a dinner setting? Well, I woke up this morning and reddit was briefly alarming some obscure conservative trend setter in Denmark, and then posting a copious volume of her self published scantily clad modeling photos (among plenty of professional and official portraits) along with a furious smattering of half way translated interview responses, profile information and links to her policies. I figured she was so instantly admired for her progressive conservative politics by a traditionally left leaning demographic that she might just be onto something new with her youthful ideas, her perhaps original platforms. Maybe she will get famous, hit a talk circuit and rub off on some of the politicians around here. I’m sure someone out there would love to see Senator Lankford in his most comfy oversized sweater talking about the definition of marriage.

 

And finally, but most importantly, I was just doing my usual Google search for senator cat jokes and a story came across about Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski has announced she will not be seeking reelection in 2016, effectively retiring as the longest running woman to serve in Congress. Take the time to read over some of her achievements, she has kicked open the doors of progress for women and men alike, doing all sorts of things like making it legal for women Senators to wear pants (no joke), course correcting the federal spending during several crises, all while basically adopting every stray female Senator that ever made her way to the floor. She is highly respected and I’m sad I didn’t know who she was sooner. Hopefully she achieves her final goals, one of which is to achieve equal pay for women. Seriously, read up on her, she’s a badass who made this a better country with her service. 

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2015/03/02/barbara-mikulski-retires-senate/24252897/

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/03/the-supermarket-billionaire-who-wants-to-buy-the-daily-news.html

 

https://instagram.com/nikitaklaestrup

 

http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/2xwixa/the_girl_to_the_left_is_the_danish_politician/

 

(NOT SAFE FOR WORK photos of Nikita) http://imgur.com/a/knGCv

 

Politicians as Cats requests filled – NY Mayor Bill de Clawsio (D), Nevada Assemblywoman Mewchele Fiore (R), Former Oklahoma Rep. Joe Dorman (D)

Mayor Bill de Clawsio (NY - D)  Member of the Mew York Council for a Good Time Introduced plan to reduce complaints about New York carbon emissions by planting aggressive, Unionized tree sprouts genetically modified to use lethal force against the publicly disenfranchised
Mayor Bill de Clawsio (NY – D)
Member of the Mew York Council for a Good Time
Introduced plan to reduce complaints about New York carbon emissions by planting aggressive, Unionized tree sprouts genetically modified to use lethal force against the publicly disenfranchised

 

Nevada Assemblywoman Mewchele Fiore (R)  Committee : Assembly for the Eradication of Portobello in People Is noted as the only Republican feline to vote for the legalization of catnip and inter-household-pet marriage
Nevada Assemblywoman Mewchele Fiore (R)
Committee : Assembly for the Eradication of Portobello in People
Is noted as the only Republican feline to vote for the legalization of catnip and inter-household-pet marriage

 

Former Oklahoma Representative and Governor Candidate Joe Dormew (D) (with Okie political junkie Mandy Melton)  Advocated for shoe box shelters in every household for kittens Is thought to currently be writing a tell all book describing the state of the sock drawer
Former Oklahoma Representative and Governor Candidate Joe Dormew (D) (with Okie political junkie Mandy Mewton)
Advocated for shoe box shelters in every household for kittens
Is thought to currently be writing a tell all book describing the state of the sock drawer

 

Since I started drawing politicians as cats a few weeks ago I’ve received a few requests. These are a few, some others were US Senators that will be done this week, but I’d like to keep the names a secret until they’re done. It’s more fun that way. Til then I had a blast learning about de Blasio (cat named by @HowardHalle of timeout.com) and his incredibly confusing career as Mayor in New York. I found an ancient photo of the guy from the old college days, or perhaps volunteering at a wig making factory, it’s hard to tell because of the lack of pixels. I do know I have had a fro myself and I know how difficult maintaining such great heights on helmet prone hair can be, so the photo I needed to work from was obvious.

 

Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (Nevada R) believes humans are a fungus and we should stop spending so much money on expensive treatment and just flush each other occasionally with salt water. There’s just nothing I can saw about that without sobbing mathematically, so I won’t.

 

As far as Dorman goes, we just really like him around here, despite his recent troubling lack of participation in all Oklahoma things that are political. I miss a groomed orange beard telling us what the kids need but definitely won’t get. I hope we see him again very soon. Until then, let me know below who you want catified. I just might include it in the next request fulfillment. 

 

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/02/26/the-people-who-believe-salt-water-and-baking-soda-can-cure-cancer/

Request for de Clawsio – http://www.timeout.com/newyork/blog/artist-renders-state-pols-as-new-york-kitties

 

Frank Undermew returns in House of Cats, Season 3 on Netfleas

Frank Undermew returns to House of Cats, Season 3 on Netfleas
Frank Undermew returns to House of Cats, Season 3 on Netfleas

 

It seems Netflix didn’t want me to do anything but imagine Kevin Spacey as a cat this weekend, and this was the result. I’d vote for him. Or clean his litter box. Whichever he required.

 

Now stop looking at cats on the Internet and go watch season 3 of House of Cards. You won’t be sorry.

 

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http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/spoiler-free-guide-house-cards-season-3-n314411

Andrew Cuomew, Sen. Purrsten Gillibrand, Sen. Lucky Schumer – Politicians as Cats (New York)

Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
Senator Lucky Schumer (NY-D)
Joint Congressional Committee on Napping
Currently fighting against the H.U.M.A.N. to allow bird flight inside the House

 

Senator Purrsten Gillibrand (NY-D)  Subcommittee to Catch the Red Dot Senator Purrsten Gillibrand has quietly garnered a lot of attention lately and she is thought to be a high pawed Presidential candidate, but for what, no one will say.
Senator Purrsten Gillibrand (NY-D)
Subcommittee to Catch the Red Dot
Senator Purrsten Gillibrand has quietly garnered a lot of attention lately and she is thought to be a high pawed Presidential candidate, but for when, no one will say.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomew (NY-D)  Banned human baby soul stealing Introduced anti-hand-under-the-cover legislation that resulted in a pet-wide "big-treat industry" protest that in itself led to the dog eventually running away
Governor Andrew Cuomew (NY-D)
Banned human baby soul stealing
Introduced anti “hand-under-the-covers game” legislation that resulted in a pet-wide “big-treat industry” protest that in itself led to the dog running away

 

Politicians as Cats – New York edition (with extry kitty, Governor Cuomew!)

Well, as part of an exercise to increase my stylus-foo I have found myself looking at NY politicians specifically to turn into cats, on my tiny phone screen, with an ultimate goal of producing all US Senators into feline figureheads. To finish off the Senators I did a bit of research, starting with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. I prefer to use the political equivalent of glamor shots, usually of the politicians standing in front of a clearly fake library, but in the top of my Google search was a photo so picturesque, so enchanting I had to use the Internet’s most beautiful cat sensation as inspiration. It came out beautifully, I’d like to think. I certainly wouldn’t read over her legislation for spelling errors. 

As for Schumer and Cuomo I simply grabbed my stylus, closed my eyes, meditated on the American flag while The Boss played softly in the next room and their digital paintings just happened, like the sum total of dead relocated homeless artists used my hand as a vessel. God bless New York, may its picket fence feline kings and queens roam free and fed for lives to come.

 

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Politicians as Cats, Oklahoma Senators edition

James Lankpurr (OK / R), by Anthony Pego Thinks being a dog is a choice.  Chairman of the Subcommittee of Ankle Attacks
James Lankpurr (OK / R)
Thinks being a dog is a choice.
Chairman of the Subcommittee of Ankle Attacks

 

Jim "Oatmeal" Incough (OK / R), by Pego  Chairman of US Senate Committee on Litterboxes and Floor Gaps "Litter box change is a hoax."
Jim “Oatmeal” Incough (OK / R)
Chairman of US Senate Committee on Litterboxes and Floor Gaps
“Litter box change is a hoax.”

 

So for my birthday today I thought I’d give the good people of the Internet and my friends a gift, instead of begging for shots of whiskey made in more northern states at the Red Dog (a beginners and retiree stripper’s strip club that serves a nice burger here in Okc).  I’m working on a series that exhibits the U. S. Senators as cats, so for my birthday I will give you a preview with my home state’s offerings, Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, with bonus* district representative, Sally Kern and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (added by request).  If you enjoy this keep an eye out, I’ll be posting more state senators throughout the year.

 

Anthony Pego

(@BooScience)

BooScience.com

*bonus politician as a cat

 

Sally "Fishes" Purrn (OK district 84 / R)  Profession: Kitten Scolder "Ferrets are an abomination"
Sally “Fishes” Purrn (OK district 84 / R)
Profession: Kitten Scolder
“Ferrets are an abomination”

 

Mary Howlin, Governor of Oklahoma (R)  "Like most Oklahoma felines I do not support the expansion of the definition of tummy rubs"
Mary Howlin, Governor of Oklahoma (R)
“Like most Oklahoma felines I do not support the expansion of the definition of tummy rubs”