This week's "Anvil of Reason" award. And the winner is ...

March 23, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

Last week, we introduced the "Wile E. Coyote Anvil of Reason Award," given to that person in the news who most needs a dose of brutal cartoonish enlightenment.

This week, we have several worthy nominees. They are: 

• Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). Nominated for skirting tax laws to the tune of nearly $300,000 relating to her private plane. What is it with politicians and paying taxes? At least McCaskill can seek tax advice from the president's top money man, Tim Geithner. Oh, wait. Bad idea. 

The New York Times. Nominated for writing an entire article whose sole premise was that Michele Bachmann is "the next Sarah Palin." Wait. She's conservative AND a woman. There's only ever been one of those, right? Quick. Get me rewrite! 

• French Prime Minister Francois Fillon. Nominated for saying, "We are not at war" with Libya, while fighter jets drop bombs on the country. Delusion much? 

Jim Harrison, deceased. Nominated for using his parting message on earth -- his obituary -- not to leave a touching message to his family or friends, but to solicit anti-Obama funds. Lacking perspective while alive? Tacky. Lacking perspective from beyond the grave? Sorely in need of an after-life infusion of brutal cartoonish enlightenment. 

The Nobel Peace Prize committee. Nominated for awarding President Barack Obama the Noble Peace Prize in 2009 -- after only nine months in office -- only to be proven disastrously wrong this week. If President Obama is a peace president, then President Bush is Joan Baez. 

Those are the nominees. So who's the big winner? Who most desperately needs to be struck from the sky by a reason-infused cartoon anvil? 

I'm going with the Nobel Peace Prize committee. Talk about looking silly. How about next time, before giving an award, you guys, I don't know, wait just a little bit and make a decision based on (what's the word?) facts?  

Enjoy being struck over the head with a heavy dosage of reason, you Norwegian fellas. You earned it. 

Oh, in other news, the Noble Peace Prize committee has awarded the 2011 NCAA men's basketball championship to Pittsburgh. I'm sure that will work out well for you guys. 

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