Friday, August 26, 2016

The Left-Cheek Ass Clown for August, 2016

How quickly the time passes ... it seems like only two weeks ago we were naming our Right-Cheek Ass Clown for August, and now it's time to turn the other cheek, as it were. Tempus is fugiting, as my mother used to say.

It's never easy to single out one supreme ass clown for dishonor, there being so many contenders out there and this being an election year and all, but once again I've done it ... and have gone beyond the rich pickings of the political world to do so by designating not one, but two winners for this period!

A few days ago my old (by which I mean, "long-time and dear") friend Patty put a note on my Facebook wall that succinctly said, "(Bilbo), a few sentences on the bad boys of Rio" ... and so ...

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Readers, I hereby designate the first co-winner of

The Left-Cheek Ass Clown for August, 2016

Ryan Lochte

Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte found himself in water hotter than he's used to when his tale of having been robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro turned out to be a false story intended to cover up the actions of he and several teammates, who urinated on the walls of a Rio gas station. Rather than being "robbed at gunpoint," the men were confronted by armed security guards ... a version of the story backed up by security camera footage and the statements of Mr Lochte's fellow athletes.

At a time when the nation is in dire need of people to admire and look up to, we are fortunate to have athletes like Simone Biles,  Katie Ledecky, and Michael Phelps as role models for our young people and ambassadors for the United States. 

It's sad that so many others don't live up to our hopes and expectations, but instead limbo under the low bar set by a society that doesn't value dignity, manners, or good behavior.

For his actions at the Rio Olympics that reflected poorly on himself and his country, Ryan Lochte is named a co-winner of our Left-Cheek Ass Clown for August, 2016.

But wait - there's more!

A firestorm erupted this week in the world of spiraling medical costs when the Mylan company, which manufactures the Epi-Pens that are a life-saving device carried by thousands of people*, announced that it was jacking up the price of a standard two-box set of Epi-Pens from about $100 to $600, drawing comparisons with last September's Left-Cheek Ass Clown Martin Shkreli of Turing Pharmaceuticals, who increased the price of the drug Daraprim by nearly 4000%. The CEO of Mylan, Heather Bresch**, blamed "the system" which she said needs to be "fixed," and scrambled to recover from the public relations disaster. You can read more of her double-talk here. Oh, and she assures us that "No one's more frustrated than I am."

For the latest example of corporate greed, moral cowardice, and the utter lunacy of our health care system***, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch is designated as the co-awardee of the Left Cheek Ass Clown award for August 2016.

Have a good day. Come back tomorrow for Cartoon Saturday - more thoughts then.


* Including me!

** Daughter of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.

*** Still waiting for the GOP's alternative to Obamacare. Just sayin'.


eViL pOp TaRt said...

Those are definitely great choices. Ryan Lochte is a real embarrassment!

John Hill said...

Lochte's action cost him millions in endorsements; while Ms. Bresch's cost her stockholders big bucks.

It is a sad state that you first have to go to two ass clown awards, and now have so much competition that you have to name co-winners!

Mike said...

Poor Lochte is just a misguided kid. A 32 year old kid. Take his medals away. At least the ones from Rio.

Send Bresch a jar of peanut butter.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

I have to say my favorite event to see at Rio was when the two women got tangled in a race and one stopped to help the other and encouraged her to finish. That was real sportsmanship.
Ms.Bresch and Trump need to go far away, like hell.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Two worthy recipients!

Grand Crapaud said...

From here to douchiness.

allenwoodhaven said...

So that's what Heather Bresch looks like. She's just the latest face of pharmaceutical greed. Unfortunately there will be more. Mike's idea to send her a jar of peanut butter is wonderful.

Excellent choices. We can always count on you, Bilbo!

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer said...

Rochte is just and embarrassment to everyone.