The Top 10 Scrooge Moments of the Year

The Scrooge Report is ending 2007 with its first annual Top 10 Scrooge Moments of the Year. Week after week, ever since the blog’s kick off in April, This Week’s Top Scrooge has been a regular feature. These top moments come from the weekly feature.

They are placed in no particular ranking…simply a list of dishonors given to some low moments in the year. Please enjoy!

Oh, and BTW…May you have a Merry Christmas! Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year! ….Sincerely, The Scrooge Report.

1. The Teacher and Muhammad Bear
Sudan: Officials seize a British teacher’s approval of students ‘Muhammad’ teddy bear to play the culture card

I rarely pick international Scrooges and I suppose there are worse atrocities in the world, but this case could not be left alone.

Teddy “Muhammad” Bear

Sure, the Sudanese government’s imprisonment of a kindly-looking teacher for the “hate crime” of allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad may not seem like a big deal to some.

After all, her sentence was only 15 days (she was later pardoned after serving 10 days) and the maximum 6-month sentence and 40 lashes were not dished out by the Sudanese judge. I guess to prison veterans (and Muslim jailers), this is just a walk in the park. But for a teacher?

In finding that British primary school teacher, Gillian Gibbons, was guilty of insulting Islam by allowing her seven-year-old pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad, Sudanese officials deliberately assaulted reason.

The Sudanese leaders attempted to use Gibbons and Teddy ‘Muhammad’ Bear to call the rest of the non-Muslim world ignorant for not bowing to them. They are saying that all of us must walk on egg shells, careful to not accidently be offensive or we will be lashed, imprisoned, or killed….

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2. The Politician and the Firestorm
While fires were still scorching vast amounts of land and lives were still in the balace in Southern California, the state’s Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi had time to politicize the relief effort and throw darts at President George Bush.

Lt. Governor Garamendi also had time to appear on several news shows earlier in the week to erroneously say Lieutenant Governor Garamendi that the war in Iraq was to blame for a limited amount of National Guard troops able to fight the fires in California.

Without missing a beat, he also said the president’s visit to the disaster scene Thursday was a distraction. In one interview the Democrat said, “OK, President Bush comes out, we’ll be polite. But frankly, that’s not the solution. How about sending our National Guard back from Iraq so that we have those people available here to help us?”

Savvy reporters were able to dispute Garamendi in a heartbeat with several facts from the Pentagon, including that some 1,500 Army National Guard and Air National Guardsmen were helping firefighters, not on the fire lines, but doing other tasks to free up the firefighters….

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3. Beyond Shocking and Britney
DJ Big Boy and WKQI-FM Darken Radio with Britney Suicide Watch Contest

Poking fun at people can be fun. How many of us have wisecracked about Britney Spears? Maybe you were not the originator of a Britney “observation”, but you’re certainly up WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit’s Britney Suicide Watch on her recent trials and join the finger pointing with seemingly the entire nation about her weak parenting skills.

How can we not help but shake our head as we are deluged every day with her tabloid headline making actions?

That said, DJ Big Boy and radio station WKQI-FM, better known as Channel 95.5 in Detroit displayed gross insensitivity when they announced a “Britney Suicide Watch” contest….

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4. Leona and Her Rich Dog
Leona Helmsley Earns Top Scrooge Posthumously

Even if pastors miffed, many church sermons should have included the story of Leona Helmsley and her dog, Trouble, the Sunday after this news broke, i.e., “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get it all?’”

In case you missed it, Trouble…her pet…inherited $12 million. Leona Helmsley And for good measure, Trouble’s “fortunes” won’t be over even after her life ends. “I direct that when my dog, Trouble, dies, her remains shall be buried next to my remains in the Helmsley mausoleum,” she ordered. And she left another $3 million to ensure that final resting place is well maintained, including money for a yearly wash or steam-cleaning.

Twelve million dollars. That’s two more million dollars than two of her grandchildren are getting combined ($5 million each) and $12 million more than her other two grandchildren are getting…because they are getting zippo as in nada, nothing, and zilch….

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5. Cheating Fool and 1-800-FLOWERS
Lawsuit: Texas Man’s Dirty Laundry Aired in Public…World!

Commit adultery? Don’t expect to shoot the messenger!

Apparently, Leroy Greer may have not wanted to kill anyone from 1-800-Flowers, Roses and Teddy Bear but he sued the florist company for $1 million for revealing that he was cheating on his wife.

Greer said in a lawsuit filed in a federal court in Texas that he bought flowers for his girlfriend through 1-800-Flowers. He asked to keep his purchase private. Greer said he was referred to the company’s privacy policy, which states that customers can ask 1-800-Flowers not to share personal information with “third parties.”

But, the lawsuit says, 1-800-Flowers sent a thank-you note to his house and his wife saw it. When she called the company, 1-800-Flowers faxed her a copy of the receipt from Greer’s secret purchase.

The receipt revealed that Greer had sent another woman a dozen long-stemmed red roses, along with a note that read, “Just wanted to say that I love you and you mean the world to me!” according to court documents….

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6. QB Into the Pit (Bulls)
Atlanta’s Michael Vick was charged with running a dog-fighting ring while a brutal “sport” comes to light right here in America

When Nike’s long-running ad campaign was conceived, Michael Vick I don’t believe the company’s creative types had dog fighting in mind when they came up with “Just Do It!”

Apparently, Michael Vick didn’t get the memo.

What was he thinking? Not much apparently, as he was found guilty after the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and three others were indicted by a federal grand jury. The four were charged with competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines….

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7. The Pope’s Blunder
By approving a document saying non-Catholic Christian communities are either defective or not true churches, and the Roman Catholic Church provides the only true path to salvation, Pope Benedict leaves someone behind – Jesus!

The only statement that I would be thrilled to hear Pope Benedict XVI coming out of the Pope’s mouth is that Jesus is the way to salvation…not Catholicism, not 40 Hail Mary’s, not participation in a soup kitchen, not a Sunday service…and while I am on a roll…not ANY “religion”.

All that said, the Pope’s statment is really old news. The Catholic faith has been misleading people for a long time. Not to say that some Catholics are not saved, but they are a “works” based religion…guiding people to jump through hoops to get to heaven.

Sorry, it’s all about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Unless a church is preaching that, it’s barking up the wrong tree….

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8. Hospital Horror
Emergency at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital Takes a Back Seat

No one should be ignored in a hospital emergency room lobby. But right here in America, in Los Angeles, California, inside the Martin Luther King-Harbor Hospital emergency room lobby, on May 9, 2007, someone was ignored and died as a result.

Edith Isabel Rodriguez, 43, died in the King-Harbor emergency room after writhing in pain on the floor for 45 minutes. The world knows about it because the incident was captured on security cameras and two witnesses called 911 requesting help and they are rebuffed.

As the Los Angeles Times reported, the event might have gone down as the death of a “quasi-transient” woman with a history of abusing drugs. That’s how the death of Rodriguez was initially reported to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office….

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9. Blind Ambitions and Proven Miracles
Freedom From Religion Foundation files lawsuit against Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

The associations of freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and skeptics of any pedigree, such as the Freedom From Religion group describes itself, can play the lawsuit games they play all day long without bothering me.

However, when it comes to messing with successful youth programs, especially successful foster care programs, I draw the line. It’s time for Americans to take a look at a group like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, see that they are trying to knock down institutions that are the best this country has to offer and say “enough!”

The most recent foray of yet another misguided group is Freedom of Religion’s attempt at stopping government funds to a 55-years-old North Dakota foster care ranch and its program.

The atheist group asked a judge to declare a violation of separation of church and state in regards to public money going to the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. The group sought to stop the government from sending children or money to the ranch. Freedom From Religion claims the money is being used to religiously indoctrinate young people….

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10. A Woman’s Home Up For Grabs
Online Hoax Strips Home of Everything

I reckon because of its perverted creativity and the threat that this could probably happen to just about anyone, ths Scrooge moment is provided by the instigator of an online hoax in which a women’s home became up for grabs.

A fake ad on craigslist offered everything in Laurie Raye’s house for free. By the time she realized what was going on, the house had been stripped of its light fixtures, hot water heater — even the kitchen sink.

Even the front door and a vinyl window were pilfered, Raye said in an AP story.

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