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Moron of the Week Nominees

We are really behind on Moron of the Week. So rather than spend a ton of time delving into the finer details of why they are deserving of a nomination, I’m going to try to roll through them quickly so we can start the voting. There aren’t a whole lot of nominees who require explanation.

Senator Jim Bunning

For predicting that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be dead from cancer in nine months. Sure, recovering from pacreatic cancer is difficult, but it’s not like this was a passing comment. It was said while he was discussing conservative judges:

…Bunning said he supports conservative judges “and that’s going to be in place very shortly because Ruth Bader Ginsburg … has cancer.”

“Bad cancer. The kind that you don’t get better from,” he told a crowd of about 100 at the old State Theater.

“Even though she was operated on, usually, nine months is the longest that anybody would live after (being diagnosed) with pancreatic cancer,” he said.

Ass. You stay classy Jim Bunning. Sure you’ve since apologized, but does that really excuse bringing to light someone’s chances of dying for political purposes? I don’t think so. But hey! Doing that certainly does make you a perfect nominee for Moron of the Week.

Northern Trust Bank

List of things not to do if you are a bank that just received $1.6 million in bailout money:

1) Do not sponsor PGA Golf events. Fail:

As for the golf tournament, a rep from the PGA told us Northern Trust wrote one big fat check in order to sponsor the event. That check covers part of the $6.3 million purse, the advertising costs for the spots on CBS (which broadcast the final two rounds of the tournament) and operating costs.

2) Do not fly hundreds of clients and employees to L.A., put them up at the Beverly Wilshire, the Bev Hills, the Ritz Carlton, and the Casa Del Mar. Then host three days of lush parties with bands such as Chicago, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Sheryl Crow performing. Fail:

As for what all that costs: Well, the company isn’t talking. We spoke with a rep from the band Chicago who said Northern Trust paid them around $100,000. A House of Blues source told us it cost more than $50,000 to close the joint down last Saturday night. As for Sheryl Crow’s fee, her rep didn’t get back to us. Earth, Wind & Fire acknowledges payment but won’t say how much.

3) Do not try to weasel your way out of scrutiny by saying it was not bailout money that paid for it, because obviously money is money. Fail:

Northern Trust gave us a statement yesterday before going total radio silence. A rep for the bank acknowledges they paid for the events, but that the bailout money did not pay for the events.

4) Do not get nominated for Moron of the Week. Fail.

Washington DC Metro Board Members

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For not riding the Metro themselves:

Half of Metro’s 12 board members, including Chairman Jim Graham, do not regularly ride the train or bus system they oversee. And even as members say they need to trim expenses and boost revenue, several haven’t paid their parking fees at Metro headquarters for at least 2 1/2 years.

Which makes them perfect for the job. Ugh.

For the nine years he has served on the board, Graham, a D.C. Council member representing Ward 1, has not regularly taken the bus or subway. Now that he’s chairman of the Metro board, he said he is climbing aboard.

“I’m going to become a more regular rider,” Graham said. “On a weekly basis, I will be found on the bus.

Ohhh, well how considerate of you after nine freaking years! Moron.

Jim Bowden

The General Manager for the lowly Washington Nationals. My coworker and Nats Blogger Kristen explains why:

First, one of his highly touted prospects turned out to be four years older than the team originally thought (with a fake name). Then Sports Illustrated reported that Bowden is indeed the subject of an investigation by the FBI into skimming prospects in the Dominican out of their signing bonuses, dating back to 1994. Bowden claims that he’s innocent, but he’s been effectively silenced by the Nationals Front Office and one of his right-hand men, Jose Rijo, was fired by the franchise today. As rumors continue to swirl about who his successor will be, Jim hasn’t yet stepped down from his duties and allowed the Nationals to move forward with their 2009 season.

Good enough for me. Moron of the Week.

Aaannnd you know the deal. Vote in the poll on the side bar. Voting closes tomorrow night.

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February 26, 2009 - Posted by | Moron of the Week | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I think Jim Bunning is a huge ass – not necessarily a moron of the week though. That comment is totally classless but all in fact true… she’s old and has a particularly fatal type of cancer. I don’t see how he’s getting votes over the other nominees…

    Comment by Carly | February 26, 2009


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