U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana threw a tantrum toward an airline worker after arriving too late to get on a flight home from Washington, D.C. last week, the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reported.
Vitter is downplaying the incident, saying it is overblown.
A column in the paper said Vitter went “ballistic” after missing a flight from Washington Dulles International Airport to New Orleans. Roll Call said Vitter arrived at the gate 20 minutes before the scheduled departure of his flight and found the door to the jetway already shut.
There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.
“That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” Yossarian observed.
“It’s the best there is,” Doc Daneeka agreed.
The despotism of faith is justified upon the ground that Christian countries are the grandest and most prosperous of the world. At one time the same thing could have been truly said in India, in Egypt, in Greece, in Rome, and in every other country that has, in the history of the world, swept to empire. Numberless circumstances and countless conditions have produced the prosperity of the Christian world. The truth is, we have advanced in spite of religious zeal, ignorance, and opposition. The church has won no victories for the rights of man. Luther labored to reform the church — Voltaire, to reform men. Over every fortress of tyranny has waved, and still waves, the banner of the church.