Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The fury of bridge players

"Anti-Bush Sign Has Bridge World in an Uproar". It seems that one the winners of a ladies bridge tournament, one of the biggest in the world, held up a sign saying that the team didn't vote for Bush, and is now facing an insane amount of wrath from the organization they're a part of. Listen to this:

[the settlement proposed by the federation]
"calls for a one-year suspension from federation events, including the World Bridge Olympiad next year in Beijing; a one-year probation after that suspension; 200 hours of community service “that furthers the interests of organized bridge”; and an apology drafted by the federation’s lawyer.

It would also require them to write a statement telling “who broached the idea of displaying the sign, when the idea was adopted, etc.”
"By e-mail, angry bridge players have accused the women of “treason” and “sedition.”

The kicker of the article is where all of this took place: in Shanghai, in the Peoples' Republic of China. So because they displayed an anti-Bush sign in a Communist Country, albeit a corrupt one, where there's extensive spying and interference with speech, American bridge players have labeled them as guilty of treason and sedition and their federation has offered them an ultimatum where they will be banned from playing for one year and have to do 200 hours of pro-bridge community service AND sign an apology drafted by the federation's lawyers. They don't see the irony in this?

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