One of our far-flung correspondents sends us the following joke. It's attributed to Garrison Keillor, our favorite Minnesota Lutheran.
“Having been called names, one looks back at one’s own angry outbursts over the years, and I recall having at various times referred to Republicans as ‘hairy-backed swamp developers, fundamentalist bullies, freelance racists, hobby cops, sweatshop tycoons, line jumpers, marsupial moms and aluminum-siding salesmen, misanthropic frat boys, ninja ditto heads, shrieking midgets, tax cheats, cheese merchants, cat stranglers, pill pushers, nihilists in golf pants, backed-up Baptists, the grand pooh-bahs of Percodan, mouth breathers, testosterone junkies, and brownshirts in pinstripes.’
"I look at those words now, and ‘cat stranglers’ seems excessive to me. The number of cat stranglers in the ranks of the Republican Party is surely low, and that reference was hurtful to Republicans and to cat owners. I feel sheepish about it.”