The time has arrived to name the Grand Knucklehead of 2006. Has a whole passed since we named last year's winner?
It has. We gather today the honor the dumbest People, Corporations, Universities and Agencies around the world. We'll get started. First the Knuckleheads have arrived.
Our Master of Ceremonies is also here.
I think Drew has two excellent qualifications for being MC of the Knucklehead of the Year award. What do you think?
The Judging Panel
Greta from Hooah Wife and Friends
The Professor from Right Wing Nation
Doyle from A Cool Change
Jim from Bright & Early
James Joyner from Outside the Beltway
Dr. Steven Taylor from Poliblog
Jo from Jo's Cafe
Mr C from Peer Review FL
John in Carolina
Right in Florida
Rick from Stuck on the Palmetto
Ed from Captain's Quarters
and Yours Truly. A big thank you to all the bloggers who helped out.
Our Eight Nominees-
Mike Nifong- Law Enforcement and The Legal system
Princeton University- Academia, Education, Sciences & Religion
Mel Gibson- Sports & Entertainment
Jimmy Carter- Politics
Florida Department of Children and Families- Bureaucratic
Hilton Hotels- Organizations, Corporations & Associations
Andrew Tilley- General or Generic
New York Times- MSM
Comments from our judges-
"No. 8 Andrew Tilly for putting a firecracker in his buttocks and having it lit. He might be a Darwin candidate, depending on how deep the injuries went.
No. 7. Mel Gibson for delivering an anti-Semitic rant while being arrested for DUI. He just proved critics of “The Passion” correct.
No. 6. Princeton for not admitting qualified Asians because of its racial quota. Can we just rid ourselves of quotas once and for all?
No. 5 Florida’s Department of Children and Families for not removing Michelle Fontanez, 13, from her home on Feb. 17. Six days later, her stepfather raped and murdered her.
No. 4 Hilton Hotels for closing Fran Obrien’s Steakhouse in D.C. Obrien’s for over two years has been hosting dinners for returning Iraqi veterans who were wounded and being cared for at Bethesda Naval Hospital or Walter Reed Army Hospital. For free.
No. 3 Mike Nifong for pursuing a baseless case against 3 Duke lacrosse players. I’d write more but I try not to write angry.
No. 2 The NY Times for exposing the perfectly legal, though clandestine, Swift banking program that allowed us to follow the money on terrorists.
No. 1 Jimmy Carter for becoming not only the worst president in the 20th century, but the worst ex-president. Not only does he embrace every anti-American dictator, senility now makes it more difficult for him to mask his anti-Semitism.
This makes the real president’s tasks more difficult."
Rick wrote- "With all due respect to your final selection, Bill, George W. Bush will always be my one and only Knucklehead of the Year."
The Professor wrote-
"1. I have to give the NYT the top award for this because of
the number of lives they put in danger solely to try to
damage the Bush Administration. Idiots.
2. Gibson -- more the ADL, actually -- gets second place
because of the potential danger to freedom posed by
"hate crime" laws. Morons.
3. Florida DCF As much as I would like to have given these mouthbreathers
first place, they are a government bureaucracy, and what
do we expect? But when that union "it's not in my job
description" mentality results in the death of an innocent
child, it goes from merely stupid to evil.
4. Since you posted this, of course, the case has unraveled,
and it looks like Nifong may be disbarred. He ruined lives
for nothing but political gain with the liberals. He's
an unethical, immoral, idiot.
5. "Andrew Tilley." There aren't many things to outdo this in terms of sheer
6. Jimmy Carter. Like Nifong, Carter has done a great deal more damage since
you posted this. Again, an unethical, immoral idiot who cares
more about his own political reputation internationally than
his own nation.
7. Hilton Hotels. This was obnoxious -- highly so -- but Hilton is a private
business, and they can do what they like -- even if it is
a stupid, obnoxious business decision.
8. Princeton University. Again, Princeton is private, so they can theoretically do
what they want. They're also ultimately screwing themselves more than they are the student. But they -- and Hilton -- are morons."
James Joyner wrote- "I Don't really care about Florida DCF and it's the lawsuit culture, not Hilton, that is the knucklehead in that case."
Greta wrote- "1. Jimmy " I hate Israel & the Joos as much as Mel" Carter
2. Hilton hotels - having been there on a Friday night, seeing all the soldiers and their families enjoy a good meal, they should be ashamed of themselves!
3. FL DEPT of C&F - protect children from ANYONE BAD. HELLO - wake up!!!"
John had the following comments-
"1) Former President Jimmy Carter - In and out of office he’s always hurt America except when he was swinging a hammer and driving some nails.
2) New York Times – So arrogant it doesn’t give a damn about those who protects it – America military.
3) Princeton University – It practices racism in the name of what ?
8) Mike Nifong – Nifong would have been up there with Carter and the NY Times but he’s so indictable and jailable why not just leave him at the bottom of the list.
Is Nifong America’s worst DA? Let’s hope so. I’d hate to start the New Year thinking there was a worse one somewhere else."
Ed wrote- "Such a plethora of knuckleheads! I'm going to have to go with Mr. Peanut, however, thanks to his new book It's All The Fault Of The Jooooos. Maybe you should consider a Lifetime Achievement Award for Jimmah instead."
Donna and Right in Florida thank me for the opportunity to be a judge. You are both most welcome and I thank you for helping me out.
Bullwinkle wrote- "Jimmy Carter - Worst president ever and sorriest item ever to wear skin.
New York Times - Would give away every National Security secret to anyone who could use it to harm America.
Mike Nifong - Needs to be given 3x the maximum sentence any of the Duke Lacrosse boys could have gotten, if he had asked for the death sentence in their cases he'd be guilty of three counts of attempted murder.
Florida DCF - Even if their department lacks the authority to do anything because the step-father doesn't fall under their jurisdiction they had the duty to report the crime to the police. They are guilty of criminal neglect.
The other 4 are tied, they did stupid things that they all paid for in their own way, none were acting with malice, they were just idiots. As far as I can see nobody else suffered due to their stupidity. The first four on my list have already caused people to suffer and people will continue to suffer for years. None has given any indication that they will do things differently in the future."
#1 - Jimmy Carter. This man should know better. He is an ex-president, albeit the worst in history, attacking the United States - the country he led and supposedly loves, it beyond the pale. He should stick with peanut farming and Habitat for Humanity.
#2 - New York Times - The reason for the nomination says it all. The out and out hatred for this country, the foundation it was built on and the current administration leaves one to wonder just how they would fair in the socialist, islamo terrorist administration they'd love to see in power?
#3 - Mike Nifong - For throwing the rule of law, investigative procedures and these boy's lives to the wind. I spent too many years in the support system of law enforcement to not know this man was and is wrong, wrong, wrong. His baseless attack on these boys was simply to garner the black vote to retain his position and power. (Doesn't say much about the intelligence of the people that supported him and voted back in either does it?)"
Is the suspense killing you? The time to announce the winner is here. The Grand Knucklehead of 2006 is................
Former President Jimmy Carter!
Carter wasn't a good President and of late his penchant for antisemitism has become very embarrassing. As seen in the interview
that earned him his Knucklehead nomination.
SPIEGEL: You also mentioned the hatred for the United States throughout the Arab world which has ensued as a result of the invasion of Iraq. Given this circumstance, does it come as any surprise that Washington's call for democracy in the Middle East has been discredited?
Carter: No, as a matter of fact, the concerns I exposed have gotten even worse now with the United States supporting and encouraging Israel in its unjustified attack on Lebanon.
SPIEGEL: But wasn't Israel the first to get attacked?
Carter: I don't think that Israel has any legal or moral justification for their massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon. What happened is that Israel is holding almost 10,000 prisoners, so when the militants in Lebanon or in Gaza take one or two soldiers, Israel looks upon this as a justification for an attack on the civilian population of Lebanon and Gaza. I do not think that's justified, no.
Israel had no legal justification to defend itself. Who but a Knucklehead would think that?
Former President Carter is now in the Knucklehead of the Year Hall of Fame along with the 2005 winner. They were the five US Supreme Court Justices
that made the majority in the infamous Kelo Decision.
Knucklehead of the year runnerups.
1st runnerup- The New York Times 2nd- Mike Nifong
It has been a fun year, and God willing TFM will be back next year to give out the Knucklehead of 2007. Thank you again to all the judges and also to my readers. Please come back and visit my blog. God bless all of you and Happy New Year.
Parting shot- Thanks Drew. Now please put a bra on. Ok?
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