What is it about putting pen to paper that brings up the bile?
Much of blogdom is discussing this story today, about a scandal at, yes you are reading this correctly, the World Bridge Championship. While receiving their trophy, one member of the U.S. women’s team held up a homemade sign reading, “We did not vote for Bush.” For this, the bridge world is bombing them with e-mails slinging around such terms as “treason” and “sedition.”
Not so many are talking about this story, also from today’s NYT, about the trial of an admitted cat-assassin in Galveston, Texas. The area is a huge draw for bird-watchers, and the accused runs a bed-and-breakfast catering to those tourists. He used a .22 rifle to bump off a stray that he said was preying on endangered piping plovers. The cat was not a stray, claimed a toll taker on the bridge under which the cat lived. The toll taker said he was feeding the animal, and had even strung cat toys from the bottom of the bridge.
Can anyone guess some of the language deployed by the two sides in this case? “Murderous fascist,” “diabolical monster” and “terrible menace” are but a few examples. (Note: The first two were cat-lover terms for the accused; the latter was how the birding world thinks of cats that hunt.)
Granted, we are talking about some highly eccentric people here — bridge-players, bird-watchers and cat people. Still.