Can We Talk.Catania Outburst, Barry Anger Product of Deep-Seated Antipathy

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Byline: Deborah Simmons, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Do not for one second expect Marion Barry and David A. Catania to kiss and make up after their un-Hallmark-like spat on Valentine's Day.

It isn't gonna happen.

At a D.C. Council retreat on Tuesday, Mr. Catania hurled a personal insult at Mr. Barry, calling him a despicable human being, according to news reports. For his part, Mr. Barry characterized Mr. Catania as anti-black, saying, David has a pattern of attacking black men.

Now, it doesn't matter what you think of either politician - one a black civil rights activist who was born and reared in the conservative politics of Jim Crow's Deep South and the other an open homosexual who has made quite a name for himself fighting as a staunch supporter of gay civil rights.

Those points of view are in their respective DNA and cannot be changed.

And while members of the media have long watched these two men go at it and seen Mr. Catania lob stinging rhetorical barbs at his fellow council members and witnesses at public hearings, his profanity-laced outbursts Tuesday were disgraceful nonetheless.

Here are some hints to describe some of the terms the potty-mouthed Mr. Catania spewed.

In one tirade, he used a four-letter word that most family newspapers do not publish. Suffice it to say, that word begins with an F.

The other word, made up of eight letters, is alluded to in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, in which one of the main characters, Big Daddy, uses a favorite saying, bull, whenever he tosses someone's point of view in the toilet, where it belongs.

So you see, what Mr. Catania said is that he has no respect for Mr. Barry as a human being and he dislikes Mr. Barry's points of view.

Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown said Wednesday morning that he'll speak with Mr. Barry, Mr. Catania and their colleagues to ensure they all respect the institution that is the D.C. Council.

But he must not tread in the arena of free speech with this one. …