My 2009 Turkey of the Year Awards

Thanksgiving is typically a time of year when our thoughts turn to turkey along with all the other goodies that are tied in with a delicious Thanksgiving day meal. However, the word turkey can also be a defining term to label someone who does something foolish or stupid.  You do not have to look far to find a story about an individual or group of people who fit the word, turkey, especially when it comes to celebrities.  I would like to share my thoughts on some of the people whom I see are very deserving of being called a turkey this year. And the person(s) who in my opinion, are the head turkeys of the year.

1. Major League baseball umpires.

After watching a ton of blown calls this year in major league baseball, I say, let’s get instant replay into baseball. They certainly need it!! Or force all the umpires to get a lengthy eye exam. It was especially disturbing to see all of those missed calls during the playoff series. If those are the best umpires that major league baseball can put out on the field, that league is in big trouble!

2. Bernie Madoff

I have a particular disdain for dishonest people like Madoff who run these Ponzi schemes and rip off many investors.  Every year, it seems like someone gets caught running one of these schemes. These people obviously have no conscience to speak of at all.  I also have to put some of the investors at fault too. If you are getting an abnormally high rate of return on your investment, something should tell you to raise the red flag.

3. Jimmy Carter

A long overdue mention for this guy. During an interview this year, former President Carter added to his legend by making a very silly remark about the growing opposition to some of President Obama’s policies. He said that it might be because of racism.  In doing so, Carter insulted many Americans including myself.  But since Carter is a liberal Democrat, I guess I was not surprised that it came out of his mouth. They always like to deflect the blame to someone else.

4. Kanye West

During the Video Music Awards, West jumped up on stage and interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech.  He yelled that Beyoncé deserved the award.  One of the most classless moments I have ever seen during an awards ceremony.

Runner Up,  The YouTube  thugs

These group of teenagers from Saint Paul Minnesota get my vote for being the stupidest criminals of all time. I am not sure if people outside of Minnesota have heard about this story, but it bears reviewing.  About a few weeks ago, several teenagers decided to videotape themselves and then proceeded to go out and assault people, all while one of the members of the group was videotaping the assaults.  This is nothing new, right? Well they decided to post their accomplishments on YouTube for the whole world to see. I think the police may have enjoyed the videos as well. Believe me, most people in this state are not that stupid. Because they are juveniles, I will cut them some slack and not give them the top honor.

The Grand Prize Winner,  The Balloon Boy parents, Mr and Mrs. Richard Heene.

Everyone probably remembers that day a few months ago when these individuals decided to play a little hoax on the country with their little son.  These fools deserve the award for a couple of reasons. The first is that they are big time self promoters who are out for their 15 minutes of fame. I personally have no tolerance for people like that. But the biggest reason they win the award is the way they put their son out to dry in front of the nation. I really felt sorry for the little guy! What type of example are they teaching their son by doing this? Not only are they turkeys, they are extremely lousy parents who deserve some jail time.

Honorable Mention:  Joe Wilson, Nancy Pelosi, Rob Blagojevich, David Letterman, Keith Olbermann







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