I wandered over to CNN.com just now, and found that the only interesting thing that's happened since the pope died is that they want to legalize cat hunting in Wisconsin. Apparently there are too many "wild" cats out there, killing the precious songbirds.
I actually like this idea. I'm a pacifist, but I'm also a biologist. It's the same argument with deer hunting: population control. These animals aren't endangered; they're wreaking havoc on the ecosystem.
When there's too many deer, they eat too many plants, and plants die. Without the right plants, other animals (like birds) can't survive, so they die too. Eventually, all you have left is the deer, who die because they have nothing to eat. You might as well build a Wal-Mart.
(By the way, I saw an episode of The Simpsons--On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister--the other day in which they went to Sprawl-Mart, which had a secondary sign reading, "Not a parody of Wal-Mart." And there were gnomes inside. Other than that, the ep was kinda boring.)
It's the same problem with the cats, only more direct: "Every year in Wisconsin alone, an estimated 2 million wild cats kill 47 million to 139 million songbirds, according to state officials."
And the protestors are upset because the cats are too cute to kill.
Let's see what they say when the cats start rooting through their garbage like raccoons.