I’m still not ready to return to the full-length BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award entries I was posting during the political campaign.  But I did want to give out this special Inauguration Week BOW Award, because it seems so richly deserved.

No, I’m not giving it to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, for his mangling of the Presidential Oath on Tuesday, though I could.  Nor am I giving it to Vice President Joe Biden, for his ill-advised joke about the Chief Justice which seemed to annoy President Barack Obama (first time I’ve typed that — I like it!) so much the following day, though I could.

Instead, this BOW Award goes to America’s number one talk radio clown, Rush Limbaugh, for announcing to the world that he hopes Obama fails as President.  Limbaugh was asked by “a major American print publication” for a 400 word essay on his “hopes for an Obama Presidency.”

Here’s his exact reply:

So I’m thinking of replying to the guy, “Okay, I’ll send you a response, but I don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.” … See, here’s the point. Everybody thinks it’s outrageous to say. Look, even my staff, “Oh, you can’t do that.” Why not? Why is it any different, what’s new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what’s gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here. Why do I want more of it? I don’t care what the Drive-By story is. I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: “Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.” Somebody’s gotta say it.

First off, who knew that liberalism was responsible for all that’s gone wrong in the last eight years?   And here I thought George Bush and the Republican leaders of Congress for most of the last decade were conservatives.  Silly me.  Second, this is the same guy who just two years ago said, with respect to people on the left who he perceived as rooting for George Bush’s failure, “I’m getting so sick and tired of people rooting for the defeat of the good guys.”  For the record, I never wished for George Bush to fail.  I never wanted American soldiers to die in Iraq because of his misguided policies.  I never rooted for the economy to tank, costing millions of Americans their homes and their jobs.  Mr. Bush managed to preside over all these things without encouragement from me, without any of us rooting for him to fail.  Was I an enthusiastic supporter?  Never.  Did I support him in the aftermath of 9/11, when for one brief, shining moment he actually expressed the mood of the nation and seemed to be responding responsibly?  Yes, I did.  Then he attacked Iraq.

If Rush wants to root for Obama’s failure, that’s fine.  Right-wing ideologues have been marginalized already.  By publicly calling for the failure of a new President with 75% approval ratings, in a time when people are truly suffering, Rush furthers that process, and makes it clear to all just what a buffoon he is.  And so this week, he wins the BOW Award.  Take a BOW there Rush; you’ve earned it.  And then see if you can get the other foot in your mouth, too.  Maybe that will shut you up for a while….

One Last BOW Award in 2008

December 28, 2008

Well, I have to admit that I thought I was done with BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Awards for 2008.  But thanks to the idiocy of one particular Tennessee Republican, it seems that I have one last BOW post to do.  You might have read about this one already, but in case holiday festivities have gotten in the way of the news….

A bit of background first.  As some of you may recall, the Tennessee Republican Party was second to none in its use of offensive imagery and rhetoric during the recent political campaign.  My home state’s GOP operatives were at the forefront of those attacking Obama as a Muslim and a terrorist sympathizer.  Even state Democratics got in on the fun at one point.  It makes me very proud….

This week though, one prominent GOP operative from Tennessee, Chip Saltsman, who helped to run Mike Huckabee’s Presidential campaign, and who hopes to become the new chairman of the Republican National Committee, reached a new low.  Saltsman sent out a holiday CD to GOP supporters that contained a bunch of satirical songs attacking liberals.  The CD is called “We Hate the USA,” which is offensive enough to those of us on the left who happen to love this country despite our contempt for right-wing hate-mongers like Rush Limbaugh.  (I bring up Limbaugh because the CD was put together by Paul Shanklin, who is part of Limbaugh’s show.)  More to the point, though, the CD included a song, set to the tune of the old classic “Puff the Magic Dragon,” which is titled . . . wait for it . . .  “Barack the Magic Negro.”

Saltsman claims that the song is nothing more than “political satire.”  Mike Duncan, the current RNC chair, who Saltsman hopes to replace, said he was “shocked and appalled” by the song.  Good for him.  All Republicans — all Americans — should be.  This is racism.  It may be cloaked in humor, in “satire”, but the fact remains that it is humor based on race.  It’s offensive and Saltsman should be ashamed of himself.

So this week’s BOW Award, the last of 2008, goes to Chip Saltsman for his insensitivity and sheer idiocy.  Take a BOW there, Chip.  You’ve earned it.  And good luck with that campaign for the chairmanship of the RNC.  I hear a new song coming on.  We can call it “Chip the Stupid Wing-Nut.”

This is a post I was going to post yesterday, but storms in the ara kept me from getting on line.

Well, I skipped the BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award over the weekend, because little that happened last week (aside from that ridiculous lawsuit challenging Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship being presented to the U.S. Supreme Court) caught my attention.

But today’s arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (a Democrat, I’m deeply ashamed to say) marks the culmination of a scandal of such stunning hubris, of such ridiculous and tragic proportions, that it just couldn’t wait until next weekend.  In case you missed it somehow, Blagojevich basically did everything he could to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama to the highest bidder.  No, he didn’t put it on Ebay, but what he did attempt to do was only marginally less stupid…and infinitely more disgusting.  Blago, as he’s called in the press (and the name fits — it sounds like a comic book villain rather than a respected public servant) saw filling this Senate seat not as a constitutional duty (state constitution, you purists) or a public service, but rather as his own private lottery.  He made clear in several taped converstations that he was looking to make as much money as he could, that it was all about improving his financial situation.  And when he had trouble getting others to play along, he threatened to take the Senate seat himself, telling his chief aide that he could make himself rich in the Senate more easily than he could as governor.

This man was so brazen, so arrogant, so thoroughly corrupt, that he’s almost unbelievable.  If I were to write this guy into a book, my editor would tell me to tone it down a bit to make the story more realistic.  He makes Richard Nixon and Richard Daley (the elder, the Chicago Mayor of the sixties and seventies) look like boy scouts.  He’s a disgrace to his office, his state, his party.  So though it isn’t Saturday yet, I’m going out on a limb and giving this week’s BOW Award to Rod Blagojevich, for being rotten to the very core.  Take a BOW there, Blago.  You’ve certainly earned it.  I hope you spend the rest of your miserable life in prison.

This week’s BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award hits a little too close to home.  The news item first appeared in the November 2008 issue of Locus, which for those of you who don’t know, is the self-described “magazine of the science fiction & fantasy field.”  In their “People and Publishing” section, under “Milestones” comes this little tidbit:

“J.F. Lewis was excommunicated from this church in response to his debut vampire novel Staked.”

I know J.F. Lewis as Jeremy Lewis.  He lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and we frequent many of the same cons in the Southeast.  Jeremy is as nice a guy as you’d ever want to meet, and I imagine that his new book, out from Pocket  Books, is very good.  For more on the circumstances of Jeremy’s excommunication, visit the site of Jackie Kessler, one of my cyber-buddies from SFNovelists.

Obviously a church is free to do whatever it wants, but in this case I think it’s pretty clear that they’ve crossed the line.  According to Jeremy, his church elders believed that “by writing the book, I committed the sins contained within it.”  They demanded that he renounce the book, apologize for writing it, and stop promoting it.  When he refused they kicked him out.

This is so uncool on so many levels I’m not even sure where to begin.  Don’t the church elders understand the meaning of the word “fiction”?  Don’t they understand that having morally flawed characters move beyond their moral failings can actually provide readers with a powerful message?  Don’t they see the dangers inherent in this kind of faith-based censorship?

Apparently the answers are no, no, and no.  So, for their contemptible treatment of fellow author J.F. Lewis, this week’s BOW Award goes to the elders of his church (out of respect for Jeremy and consideration of the church itself, I won’t publish the church’s name here).  Take a BOW there folks; you’ve earned it.  And here’s hoping that your shameful treatment of Jeremy translates into massive sales for Staked.

BOW Award

November 23, 2008

This will be a relatively quick BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award post, because this week’s nominations are kind of sparse.  Then again, the first one was truly entertaining, though in a kind of sick way….

Did you see this video?  Sarah Palin did the whole pre-Thanksgiving-Executive-pardons-a-turkey thing in Alaska the other day.  The event received national coverage, probably the first time that the turkey pardon by an Alaskan Governor has been national news, but that’s to be expected.  Whatever you may think of the woman, there can be no denying that she’s a phenomenon.   But what was really bizarre and funny in a very dark way came after.  Still at the abattoir, Palin did an interview, answering questions about her work as governor of Alaska, her sons unit in Iraq, and other issues.  And while she was speaking, a man in the background was slaughtering turkeys (although presumably not the one she had just pardoned).  At one point in the video, those who put out the thing had to pixilate the background because it was too graphic.  Palin concluded by talking about how fun this particular outing had been, saying, “…It’s nice to get out and do something to promote a local business and just participate in something that isn’t so heavyhanded politics that it invites criticism.  Certainly we’ll probably invite criticism for even doing this, but at least this was fun.”  She seemed utterly unaware of what was going on behind her.

Like so much else surrounding Palin in recent days, this one really wasn’t her fault.  But doesn’t the woman have staff?  Doesn’t she have people who can control the visuals around her, so that she doesn’t wind up pardoning a turkey and then talking about how much fun it was while other birds are slaughtered in the background?  This is Keystone Kops type stuff, people!  This person wants to be President someday, and her advance people can’t even get a simple photo-op right.  Unbelievable.  And — my apologies to the animal-rights supporters out there — incredibly fun, again in a very sick sort of way.

But this week’s BOW Award winner is the Pastor Mark Holick of Wichita, Kansas, who put up a huge sign outside his church that read, “America we have a Muslim President.  This is sin against the Lord.”  First of all, Obama is not a Muslim.  He’s a Christian.  And no matter how many times right-wing wack-jobs try to propagate this lie, it won’t change the facts.  That said, in what way would electing a Muslim President be a sin against God?  For that matter, would it be a sin against God to elect a Jew or a Hindu or –gasp — an atheist?  Or does this new form of sin only apply to Muslims?  Given the opportunity to back away from his own stupidity, he refused, choosing instead to cling to his claims.  The guy is obviously a religious zealot, not to mention a xenophobe and a bigot.  So, take a BOW there Pastor Holick.  You’ve certainly earned it.  And then please read the U.S. Constitution and perhaps the Bible as well.  You seem to have a lot to learn about being an American and being a Christian.

Whither the BOW Award?

November 8, 2008

It’s Saturday again, the day on which I usually post a new BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award entry.  We’ve just come through twenty-two months of campaigning and one of the most extraordinary Presidential races this nation has ever seen, culminating in the election of Barack Obama.  If you had told me two years ago that American voters would elect as President a biracial man with a Kenyan name, I would have told you that you were out of your mind.  But just as this was an election for the ages, Obama ran a campaign for the ages.  It was virtually gaffe-free, it was more disciplined than any Democratic campaign I’ve ever seen, and it offered a clear, consistent, and powerful message.

Amid all of this, of course, we witnessed acts of buffoonery that boggled the mind and tickled the imagination.  I tried to point out as many of these as I could, and to do so with a suitable blend of humor and righteous indignation.  I’m sure that along the way I ticked off some of you — sorry for that.

We’ve already seen this week that the end of a campaign in no way means the end of acts of conspicuous political or journalistic stupidity.  I received a nomination earlier this week from a friend who had seen Ralph Nader’s unfortunate comments on Fox News the night of the election.  For those of you who missed it, Nader questioned whether Obama would be “Uncle Sam for the people of this country, or Uncle Tom for the giant corporations.”  Amazingly, many on the left have been defending Nader’s remark, basically saying that he was making a legitimate point about corporate access to the political process and implying that Obama ought to be held to a higher standard on such issues, since he campaigned, in part, against lobbyists and special interest influence.  All of that might be true, but his choice of words was at best unfortunate.  I found it deeply offensive.  And before you argue, ask yourself this:  Would Nader have used the same turn of phrase had the election winner been a white liberal Democrat?  I think it’s obvious that he wouldn’t have.  He wanted to make a point.  He wanted to do so in as inflammatory a manner as possible, in order to garner the most attention for himself.  There was a time when I respected, even admired Ralph Nader.  He was once a terrifically effective advocate for consumer safety.  But he has become a pathetic figure, an electoral afterthought whose political posturing over the past decade has done enough harm to the causes he once championed to negate the successes of his early career.  At this point he is reduced to going on Fox News on election night and throwing around racial epithets to get himself noticed.  It’s sad, really.

I think a nomination is also in order for those in the McCain campaign who have been savaging Sarah Palin in the press since election night with anonymous quotes and anecdotes.  Now let me by clear.  I have precious little respect for Sarah Palin.  I think she is provincial, prosaic, and overly ideological.  I think she lowered the level of discourse in this campaign with unconscionable attacks on Barack Obama that dangerously incited the crowds listening to her.  And I believe that she did not deserve to be a major party candidate for vice president — her resume was too thin, her intellect too weak.  But by the same token, she’s not the reason John McCain lost the election.  John McCain is.  To the extent that Sarah Palin’s presence on the ticket hurt him, he is to blame for choosing her without first properly vetting her and making certain that she was prepared for a vigorous national debate on complex issues.  To the extent that McCain’s campaign aides are going after her now in order deflect blame for Tuesday’s result from themselves and their candidate, they are doing McCain, the Republican party, and the American people a disservice.  Sarah Palin was a symptom, not a cause.

So there are a couple of nominees, but the truth is I’m not sure that I want to give a BOW Award this week.  I’m not sure I want to continue doing the BOW Award on a regular basis.  I was thinking of doing a BOW of BOWs this week — kind of a greatest hits post in which I’d choose the biggest buffoon of the election season (and at some point I still might), but I’m not even sure I want to do that.  I’ve enjoyed the BOW Award, but I’m tired.  I’m ready to focus on topics unrelated to partisan politics.  And perhaps more to the point, I think that we as a people need to stop focusing on the political wars of the last two years.  The BOW Award is fun, but I’ll be the first to admit that it doesn’t exactly elevate the level of political discourse.

So this week I choose to give no BOW Award.  Let’s all take a deep breath and enjoy a weekend without polls and partisan bickering.  Let’s celebrate the fact that a country only 140 years removed from the end of slavery and less than half a century removed from the end of Jim Crow has elected a man of African descent to the White House.  Let’s marvel at our political system, which allows for the peaceful  and near seamless transfer of power from one political party to its rival.  There’ll be plenty of time to point out acts of buffoonery.  But not this week.

Did you know that in Australia voting is compulsory?  That’s right.  It is against the law NOT to vote in Australia.  Those who don’t show up at the polls on election day are asked to explain their absence, and if they can’t give a satisfactory explanation, they can be fined.  Voter participation in Australia is typically above 90%. 

In many third world countries that are taking their first hesitant steps toward some form of democracy, people risk their lives to vote.  Violence against voters is actually quite common throughout the world.  And historically speaking, it has been common in the United States as well.  Election day violence occurred in northern machine cities (like New York, Chicago, and Boston) and southern rural areas alike.  For centuries, in all parts of the world, people have fought and died for the right to vote.

As many of you know, I have a doctorate in American history.  I don’t think it’s possible to study the history of our nation, particularly the founding years (not my specialty, but I loved the period just the same), without coming away with a profound appreciation for the genius of those who conceived our political system.  Was it flawed?  Of course — these men were limited by the prejudices of their time.  But they managed to develop a system that was both strong enough to sustain representative democracy over the centuries and flexible enough to maintain its relevance even as the world changed in ways that none of them (with the possible exception of the brilliant Benjamin Franklin) could have foreseen.

What does any of this have to do with this week’s BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award?  Isn’t it obvious?  I could point out all the stupid, dishonest things done in the name of one candidate or the other over the past week, but really that was nothing new or striking to report.  Same fools doing the same foolish things. 

But as vile as some of the campaign tactics have been recently, the fact remains that we live in a nation that makes all of us the final arbiters of our own political fates.  There’s the old joke — “Everyone always complains about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it.”  Well, people in the United States are constantly complaining about their government.  More than eighty per cent of Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track right now.  And yet even the most optimistic projections put this year’s voter turnout at perhaps 70% of eligible voters.  Historically that would be a great number — higher than any election in the past half century.  And yet, if the projections are correct, nearly a third of American voters will have chosen to stay home.  

So to all those voters who waste their right, their opportunity, their obligation to participate in this week’s election, who through their apathy or laziness or ignorance take this precious gift for granted, this BOW award is for you.  I wish every person in the country would go out and vote for my candidate, but failing that, I just wish every person would go out and vote.  Yes, this all very cliched, and I apologize for that.  But as great as the promise of this nation might be, her chance of realizing that promise is dependent on all of us.  Democracy is more than a collection of rights.  It is, in fact, the nexus of rights and responsibilities.

So go out and vote.

First, an apology for not posting this week’s BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award earlier, and for not having more content on the blog this week.  I was busy polishing the manuscript of the third and final Blood of the Southlands book for submission, and then I ran into ISP problems that have made it difficult to post since late in the week.  I’m posting this from a coffee house in town that has wifi.  I’m hoping that the problems will be ironed out by midweek.  But on to the BOW Award . . .


At this stage in a Presidential campaign, with only a couple of weeks (or less) to go, strategy gets broken down into its most basic components.  Each day becomes a struggle over the 24 hour news cycle.  Win the cycle and you’ve won the day.  Win enough days and maybe you’ll win the week.  Win the last two weeks and maybe you can pull out the election. 


That had to be John McCain’s thinking coming into this week.  He was trailing in the polls — the poll average at RealClearPolitics had him down about 5.5 points to Barack Obama.  That’s a significant margin, but at the beginning of the week it wasn’t insurmountable.  And Barack Obama announced last weekend that he was ceding the national stage to McCain for a couple of days late in the week so that he could visit his ailing grandmother in Hawaii.  If ever there was a week when McCain could take control of the news cycles, this was it!


Unfortunately for McCain, the week began with Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama.  Powell was not only eloquent and generous in his praise of Obama’s intellect, temperament, and perfomance as a campaigner, he was also highly critical of the Republican party in general and John McCain’s campaign and erratic behavior in particular.  Not a great way for McCain to start the week.


But then, in the first of our nominated acts of buffoonery, Joe Biden stepped in.  While at a private fundraiser, Biden wandered off into a verbal cul-de-sac, saying that within six months of taking office, Obama would be tested by our enemies.  These enemies would manufacture an international crisis, Biden said, just as America’s enemies sought to test John Kennedy forty-eight years ago.  Now Biden’s point was that Obama was brilliant and capable and would come through this crisis with flying colors.  But the McCain campaign and the media picked up on the first part of the comment, pointing out again that Obama is “untested” and “risky.”  Obama should have won the first several news cycles of the week based on Powell’s endorsement, but by Tuesday McCain was back in the game.


Or so it seemed.  By Wednesday nobody but McCain was talking about Biden’s comments.  No, they were on to some new acts of stupidity.  First, Sarah Palin had to apologize publicly for her disturbing (not to mention ridiculous) comments last week about some places being “more American” than others.  But that was only the beginning.  It seems that since the Republican National Convention, the GOP has spent over $150,000.00 on clothes and accessories for Sarah Palin and (to a lesser degree) her family.  Shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus and other upscale stores, the campaign had used money from donors (many of whom have complained vociferously) to make certain that the self-proclaimed “Hockey Mom” looked more like those Hollywood celebrities the McCain campaign likes to ridicule.  The expenditures appeared on the campaign’s FEC report, and the more people looked at that report, the worse things got for the McCain camapaign.  For instance, it turns out that the campaign was paying Palin’s make-up person more than they were paying John McCain’s chief foreign policy advisor.  Not good.


Then, late in the week, the campaign took a bizarre turn.  On Thursday evening, a young McCain campaign worker named Ashley Todd reported that she had been accosted at an ATM in Pittsburgh, where she is working for the campaign, by a six-foot four-inch African American man who stole her money.  According to Todd, upon seeing her car, with its McCain-Palin bumper sticker, her assailant became enraged.  He beat her, and then, she claimed, carved a “B” into her face with a knife.  Horrors!  The right-wing blogosphere was suddenly abuzz with outrage!  Nothing that had happened at GOP rallies could compare to this!  More than one bogger claimed that this would change everything, that Obama’s campaign would suffer greatly because of this, though there was no proof that the man in question had any connection to the campaign.  Had the campaign turned around what had seemed to be a terrible news week?


No, it hadn’t.  By Friday afternoon it had become clear that Todd made this up.  Her story had lots of holes in it, not the least of which was that the surveillance video from the ATM showed that she was never even there.  Plus, that “B” on her face?  (Wait for it . . .)  It was backwards!  She did it to herself in a mirror!  (Todd admits as much now.  And I have to ask, why a “B” Ashley?!  Why not an “O”, as in, you know, OBAMA?!?!  An “O” is never backwards . . .)  Suddenly, what had been an opportunity for the McCain folks became a race-baiting nightmare.  The same bloggers who had called it a game changer now wrote that it might be a game ender.


And still the McCain folks weren’t done.  There are always process stories that come out of Presidential campaigns.  Once the campaign is over stories emerge about those who wanted to take a campaign in one direction or another, or about who had the real power in a campaign.  For a winning campaign, these are credit stories; for a losing campaign they’re blame stories.  But sometimes when a campaign seems headed for a disaster, these process stories emerge BEFORE the election.  People start the blame game early, hoping to avoid being blamed themselves.  This weekend has seen a spate of process stories emerging from the McCain camp.  Saturday alone several damaging stories emerged about Sarah Palin.  She was “going rogue”, one story said — shorthand for going off-message in her campaign appearances — much to the chagrin of John McCain’s advisors.  One McCain aide called her “a diva”, prompting another story in which Palin denied that she was a diva.  As a general rule, if your vice presidential nominee has to go on record countering claims from your own campaign that she’s a diva, you’re having a bad news cycle.


By the end of the week, McCain had suffered through as bad a news week as he could have imagined, and his deficit in the RealClearPolitics poll average had grown beyond 7.5 points — still not insurmountable, but with only 9 days left until the election a steep climb has become nearly vertical.


So who gets the BOW Award?  Do we give it to the Diva, or the campaign workers who called her that, or the party officials who agreed to those exorbitant clothing expenditures, or the campaign worker who made up the story about the big crazy black man, or the right-wing bloggers who embraced that story as if it were a life preserver in a stormy sea?  Tough choice.  I’m going to rule out Ashley Todd right off, because as terrible as her lie might have been, it takes a sick mind to mutilate oneself in the hope of gaining media attention.  She needs psychological help, not a BOW Award.


But as for the rest, I think they all deserve recognition.  So this week’s BOW Award goes to Sarah Palin for her terrible comments about “real America” and her expensive taste in clothes, to the McCain campaign for its public airing of its own dirty laundry, to the right-wingers who seized on the Todd story with such zeal, and, yes, to Joe Biden, who continues to demonstrate that he simply can’t keep his mouth shut, even when keeping it shut would do wonderful things for the Obama campaign.  Take a BOW there folks, you’ve all earned it.  Thank goodness this campaign is almost over.

Let’s begin this week’s BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award entry with a hypothetical.  Say you live in a Congressional district in a large swing state, one in the south, perhaps one with a history of complicated and contentious elections.  Say you’re a Democrat, but the district is heavily Republican and so you’ve really never even considered a political career.  You’re a successful businessman, and really that’s just fine with you.

But then fate intervenes.  Read the rest of this entry »

Did anyone else see this story about the parking lot owner in North Carolina who posted a sign saying that Obama supporters and people with Obama stickers on their cars couldn’t park in the guy’s lot?  It’s kind of goofy, really.  I mean, it’s a private business, so the guy is free to do with his lot whatever he wants.  He claims it’s mostly a joke and he has no intention of having people who violate his directive towed.  But at the end of the piece he says something that made me shudder:

“In the same way I take offense at Mister Obama running for President, then they’re [his critics] going to have to stay offended or get over it.”

He takes offense at Obama running for President?  Did he take offense when Gore and Kerry ran?  Or did he just oppose them?  You may think I’m reading too much into the comment, but to me his words scream racism.

What about this?

Anyone else find that offensive?  I certainly do.  And for the record, this guy, whoever he is, has an inside track on this week’s BOW Award.

The lone service station in my tiny little town is owned by two of the sweetest, kindest, most generous people you’d ever want to meet.  Last week they put up a huge McCain-Palin sign outside their service garage.  This is a small southern town, but it’s also a college town and predominently Democratic.  A lot of my friends are now refusing to take their cars to the station for gas or repairs.  To me that’s just as wrong as that guy in North Carolina refusing to let Obama supporters park in his lot (although without the stark racism).  All I know is that whenever I’ve had trouble with my car, these folks have worked me into their schedule and gone out of their way to help me out, even though I have Obama stickers on the bumper.  So if they want to shout from the rooftops that they’re for McCain, more power to them.

We are in serious trouble as a nation, and one of these two men is about to be elected President.  The sooner we learn how to work together, rather than screaming at one another or talking past each other, the sooner we’ll actually find a way to solve the problems we face.