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:
• 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.