The Jackass Awards

getimageThis page will be dedicated to identifying and exposing the jackasses we are forced to endure in government and other sectors. 

Feel free to send in suggestions for whom ever you think might qualify.  If we think you’ve identified one…..we’ll put them here in this special place.  

So far we have several submissions/suggestions and at the end of the year we will be taking a vote on who the biggest jackass in government is.  You can submit your entry on this page in the box below.  Please state the name, the office and the reason including any quotes that you believe qualifies your candidate as the “Biggest Jackass of the Year!”



70 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ppjg
    Dec 28, 2015 @ 16:21:03

    Channeling……I dont have enough time to hand out all the awards that should be handed out!!


  2. ppjg
    Dec 28, 2015 @ 16:18:30

    Excellent observation Stormie!


  3. Stormie
    Dec 28, 2015 @ 07:12:37

    Donald Trump, not because of the “divide and conquer” mentality that he still clings to, but for perpetuating ignorance that he clearly does not believe. (e.g. how can he despise immigrants when his former wives have all been…?)


  4. channelingmyself
    Dec 17, 2015 @ 18:39:54

    I’m thinking you may need to give out several awards


  5. familycourtfemmesfightingcorruption
    Aug 28, 2015 @ 00:12:21

    I nominate systemic re-victimizers of the poor and oppressed, financially, but certainly not intellectually, and especially those without compassion and mercy for those who could be they and their feelings on any given day were it not for CIRCUMSTANCE.

    Specifically, ADD GREG ABBOTT, RICK PERRY, KEN PAXTON, AND ALL “COLLABORATIVE,” thus, inherently “conspiratorial” in nature and essence, family court UNprofessionals and those who sell out other (wo)men and their private property sometimes called “child(ren)” by the joint public-private profiteering capitalist-collective “state of TEXAS.”


  6. Tracey Anne Miller
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 07:17:58

    My Vote is The United States of American, land of the Free!


  7. Shawn
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 22:00:08

    Nancy Pelosi for just being out of her mind and out of touch!
    Harry Reid for being a snake and out of his cotton pickin’ mind!
    Barack Obama for not doing what he says he will do and doing the opposite of what he says!


  8. Jeremy Brumfield
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 05:27:08

    Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft for his GMO mosquito.


  9. Miss Abby
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 04:47:32

    I would deeply appreciate it if you would call it something else and get rid of that cartoon that maligns a wonderful intelligent creature. By associating negative with jackasses, you denigrate their character. If only they could be true jackasses. They would then be wise, brave, intelligent, and kind. They would have a keen sense of fairness, and they would not take more than they need. So, dear Marti, I love you but guess who gets the naught award this time?


  10. Anonymous
    Oct 13, 2013 @ 19:28:23

    I would have to suggest Marty Prehn from Detroit, MI.

    A simple Google search reveals what a fraud he is.


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  12. Karen chapman
    Jul 30, 2013 @ 20:26:51

    Sue Wallis. And Mindy Patterson for condoning the horrid abuse of horses called soaring, Is MONEY that important to you , that you abuse Gods beautiful creatures?? I hope you both get your Legs soared and let you suffer!, you both need to rot in hell!!


  13. Bruce
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 16:23:27

    Sen. Lindsey Graham ( SC) for the Jackass Awards.Sen. Lindsey Graham @ CPAC 2013 stated “when American citizens helped the Nazi they were hung in military court.” What about Prescott Sheldon Bush(Grampa to G.W. Bush) who financed Hitler and the US at the same time in WW2. I don’t remember a rope around his neck !!!

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  14. Nlv
    Jun 05, 2013 @ 04:39:42

    The ACADEMY AWARDS for Jackass in
    2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012, 2013 in the category for
    -Neglect & Abuse -Physical,Sexual,Medical
    -Isolation. Segregation,Confinement from
    -Family.Friends,Church,School,Medical Care by
    Physical & Chemical restraints 24/7- 6 yrs
    -discrimination and violation of
    -inalienable rights,Constitutional rights.
    Civil rights ,
    -perjury,, defamation, libel, slander
    -fraud upon the courts.Fraud upon the person
    -color of law ,
    – retaliation
    (Drum roll) and the envelope please
    APSI ( advocacy and protective services,Ohio)
    Ohio Dept of Developmental Disabilities
    Connections in Ohio
    Magistrate Mills , Cuyohoga guardianship ct
    For the worst , shameless human beings in the world
    Thank you to thenACademy awZrds


  15. ppjg
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 00:16:04

    Me too!


  16. Paul R Baker
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 22:24:47

    I agree with Granny Sue!


  17. Mel Cownzowfsky
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 07:42:28

    Granny Sue, I’m with you! Most Americans will also qualify for this award since they permit such as are to remain in those positions. No i do not mean via voting them either in or out, because that whole idea is now and has long been a complete farce! …I mean via force!
    I believe in the Right of revolution!
    In political philosophy, the right of revolution (or right of rebellion) is the right or duty, variously stated throughout history, of the people of a nation to overthrow a government that acts against their common interests. Belief in this right extends back to ancient China, and it has been used throughout history to justify various rebellions, including the American Revolution and the French Revolution.


  18. sandy
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 12:14:44

    Obama should get the Jack Ass award because as he stands before us lying, he looks like a mule chewing briars.


  19. Mel Cownzowfsky
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 19:11:38

    This ignoble award could be awarded to anyone who has read what The Georgia Guidestones (See: http://vigilantcitizen.com/sinistersites/sinister-sites-the-georgia-guidestones/) have to say about population reduction & still believe that they are safe from Big Brother!


  20. Pj
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 18:12:45

    Judge Mark Tansil of the Superior Court of California County of Sonoma, who awards large billing fees to fiduciaries, trustees, and their greed attorneys.


  21. joey gerdin
    Jul 15, 2012 @ 22:30:13

    Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie of Minnesota.


  22. Obiwan
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 11:35:53

    Those who organized the Bailout of the Irish Banks WITHOUT the consent of the Irish nation should also be given this award.


  23. sandy
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 02:05:45

    Wow! Hard decision here. I would have to say the people in Washington who would never except obamacare for themselves and the unions and special companies who got a waiver. Butt kissers need the same non-medical/death panel care.

    I think this great site needs a “Hero’s List”. Whadda say??? Good guy, bad guy.


  24. Monica Joyner
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 23:37:01

    Anyone; “serving” in the government, a citizen or American in the military who can’t see the 800-lb gorilla in the room who is chanting “war…. war because we are under imminent attack… war, because one of our international assets/necessities is threatened… war, because God’s chosen people are under attack… or war, because the pres or one of his czars says so.”

    Anyone who doesn’t heed Thomas Jefferson’s warning to avoid “… foreign entanglements.” Anyone who doesn’t understand that Rome fell for lack of understanding of this all-important concept! In other words, anyone contributing to the fall of our American Republic. That’s a lot of jackasses!



  25. bea41660
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 10:44:59

    I would rather see you do this on a monthly basis. As there are so many.
    Just my thoughts.

    Be Blessed!


  26. chef cale
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 16:01:58

    Chicken Hawks of the GOP Presidential Wannabe’s talking so tough and so willing to send our finest to die in meaningless and endless wars………MIt Romney ( dodged draft) , Newt Gingrich ( dodged draft ) , Rick Santorum ( never served in military, sorry Rick being a Washington Lobbyist does not count as service to country) ( Ron Paul is excluded as he was drafted and served his country when duty called without exception)

    Romney = Chicken Hawk
    Newt = Chicken Hawk
    Santorum = Chicken Hawk


  27. Denise
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 12:42:17

    Honestly, it is December 22, 2011 and “Jackass of the Year” still has to be the US Congress. I nominated them back in July of this year and they have never failed to disappoint. In all fairness to “jackasses”….at least with the right handling, you can get some work out of them; you can’t say that about Congress.


  28. arcadia11
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 03:52:57

    as a US resident subject
    to the crown i nominate:

    mrs. windsor.


  29. Robert Gettinger
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 00:09:54

    Judge Aviva Koenigsberg Bobb see avivakbobb.com
    Lawyer and Police advocate Merrick J. Bobb see uglyjudge.com
    Judge Reva G. Goetz see http://www.judgerevagoetz.com
    Sylvia Schmidt aka Sylvia Gettinger aka Sylvia Velasco see uglyjudge.com
    Violet Boskovich of Los Angeles see uglyjudge.com
    Christopher Edward Overgaard Lawyer Glendale CA see uglyjudge.com


  30. david murray
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:24:09

    i nominate the american public for voting these politicians in Stand up and hurt them where it counts, do not re-elect the constitution was not designed for career politicians.When you remove them only them will positive change come about.
    And where are the attorneys that only need to file against the police congress senators etc.,using our court system to at the very least delay these types of unconstitutional acts.I now live in another country where the public actually have rights,the police are respectful,and you CAN NOT have your property taken from you.


  31. Elizabeth Austin
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 23:42:52

    I nominate Soros,Greenspan,& Bernanke.


  32. ozspeaksup
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 07:55:15

    from Australia I nominate JuLIAR Gillard and Bob Brown, a matching set of bookend Jackasses!


  33. kaitlyn
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 13:30:34

    OBAMA is the biggest one of all


  34. sam ricky
    Sep 04, 2011 @ 12:09:52

    This is a “Screaming Jackass” award for Ken Salazar, the most inept, corrupt and underhanded Secretary of the Interior to hold that office in decades.


  35. Linda Brooks
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 00:24:59

    Eric Holder. The Attorney General that knows nothing about civilian’s rights. The perfect “installation” for a war profiteer


  36. jo gallagher
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 12:15:14

    Mitch McConnell. Enough said.


  37. Sara
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 15:42:29

    I can’t agree with you more. AMEN.


  38. Bill
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 14:47:00

    How about the American voting public of the twentieth and the early twenty-first centuries? We have been asleep at the wheel for about one hundred years during which time we have blindly accepted our own conversion into a nation which is dominated by two factions of the national socialist (originally abbreviated in the ’30’s as “NAZI”) party and disguised as an electoral system. True, we have been decieved, but that is largely due to political and moral laziness and our acceptance of immediate temporary comfot at the espense of future genrations. Corrupt politicians, although hardly innocent, are simply a symptom of a diseased society. We the people deserve the jackass award of the century


  39. Denise
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 14:29:39

    We are a little over half of 2011 and I’m thinking, after considering what is wrong with the judicial and executive branches of government of this country, the “Jackass of the Year” has to be the United States Congress….ALL OF THEM for failing to monitor the agencies that are raping this country, fund them and the judicial appointments (Chief Justice Roberts and lower US Courts apps) that judicially sanction private and government malfeasance.

    And calling it the Jackass of the Year Award is an insult to mules.


  40. Deborah Hill
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 15:51:22

    I vote SCOTT WALKER as the Nation’s top Jackass and second and third to him are the Fitzgerald Brothers . All of them currently reside in Wisconsin and hold public office. Hopefully they will be booted out in the 2011 and 2012 recall elections.


  41. Rich Taylor
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 17:49:32

    I vote for Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl. As he is not seeking re-election, he felt it safe to co-sponsor a bill which would prohibit individuals from taking distributions from their IRAs and 401Ks. In these tough times of high unemployment, frequent under-employment, chronic joblessness, and out of control budget deficits, one would think the government would be all too glad to receive taxes on the previously untaxed monies withdrawn. Add to that the 10% penalty incurred with such a move. Certainly, this is something done out of desperation on behalf of the individual in question. Probably trying to pay bills, avoid foreclosure, bankruptcy, feed and educate children, etc. Frivolous items, no doubt. But noooo, not enough for the control freaks in DC. You see, legislation has already been drafted to nationalize everyone’s retirement savings accounts. Just like Ireland did recently. Why should the govt. settle for 25% or more in taxes plus 10% in penalty on withdrawals? BECAUSE THEY HAVE THEIR EYES ON THE WHOLE ENCHILADA! Just like their Euro-Trash brethren. If people have the means to sustain themselves, they don’t have to subjugate themselves to government provided programs. Plus, if you don’t think the confiscated funds won’t find its way into the hands of the banksters, I have swampland in down town Las Vegas I’d like to sell you. Herb Kohl’s parting shot to America makes him a TOTAL JACKASS!


  42. dublinmick
    Jan 30, 2011 @ 17:25:41

    I like it as this is a contest where it is virtually impossible to be wrong.


  43. Bill
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 23:11:32

    There should be a “collective” Jackass of the year award (especially since about 85% of our population is irreversibly indoctrinated into collectivism) for the American people who continue to watch tabloid “news” on television and think they are then actually informed. Who get angry and write letters to their representatives about such important issues as “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” while our nation is being eviscerated with barely a word from the media. Then blindly go out and vote the “two party” system and pat themselves on the back for doing so and being so “free”.

    This is the stupidity we are being forced to endure, and to see the jackasses responsible we have only to look in our mirrors.

    I do not recall off hand who said it, but the quote: “People get the government they deserve.” Is as true as it gets and applies to today’s Americans more aptly than ever.


  44. ppjg
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 22:34:39

    We’ll set one up just for this cause. Return on the show was tremedous! Lots of interest. Word is out!


  45. Sara
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 22:09:52

    Thing is they are all over the country…how about having a jackass for each state. I nominate Chemung County Department of Social Services of New York Sate.

    Marti you know who those people are.

    Blessings on behalf of Gary Harvey, wife and next-friend.


  46. ppjg
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 19:08:16

    And that’s another thing! George “The Idiot” Bush on a book tour? And not one of those “constitutional” Senators moves to have this jerk arrested for war crimes? The corruption of our govenrment rose to an all time high in 2000-08 Obama picked up the torch and has kept it rolling. We have no representation in government and need to view it as what it is: an enemy. Marti


  47. the anti-fascist
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 19:03:15

    How about the kings of fascism? The ones who sold you the “Patriot Act” while you were all quivering with fear from “terrists”: 1. Dick Cheney, 2. George W. Bush, 3. DIEBOLD AND ESS, makers of the Corporate controlled, BLACK BOX VOTING MACHINES


  48. sp taylor
    Oct 25, 2010 @ 14:35:29

    The Jackass Award should be given collectively to all the pro-Fluoride people who are misinformed by a level of deviousness and deceit previously unknown in the last decade and into the new millenium too concerning a substance that has NEVER been proven safe.


  49. Jim Horn
    Sep 30, 2010 @ 02:39:03

    Jackass is: Why is Jimmy Carter smiling as he approaches the end of his life in this place. He has a successor who will be crowned the worst President ever..


  50. Tp Dasa
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 17:43:46

    My vote goes to pseudo President Barrack Obama for being a puppet for the international globalist bankers and the private Federal Reserve Bank. For being the most deceptive President in our History. There is a whole line of complaints against him that not even able to be counted. The fact of the matter is that he did not bring the soldiers home and instead has become a warmonger worst than Bush. It is a sad stage in history to see the Rise and Fall of the American Republic. He has been both a shame for Blacks, Muslims and Americans. It will take years to undo what he has done in only a few months.


  51. ppjg
    Jun 23, 2010 @ 21:22:44

    Ken Salazar: JACKASS OF THE YEAR
    June 15, 2010 by PPJG

    This is a “Screaming Jackass” award for Ken Salazar, the most inept, corrupt and underhanded Secretary of the Interior to hold that office in decades.

    We present you this award for your ineptness; for your corporate pandering at the public’s expense and for zeroing out our wild horses and burro’s so “welfare cattle ranchers” could profit at the expense of the wild herds, and the environment.


  52. Wesley E. Smith
    Jan 31, 2010 @ 18:50:37



  53. Wesley E. Smith
    Jan 31, 2010 @ 18:49:22

    Funny that the obvious logo for jackass of the year award is the Democrat icon!


  54. Joel
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 08:52:16

    My vote for Jackass of the year goes to our ever lying President…..Mr.obama. What a jerk! It is a tragedy that this incompetent clown was ever elected to ANY office much less the President of The United States. He has dirtied the office and besmirched everything he has touched. This man is so far over his head that his incompetence is embarassing, He has no experience of any kind except accepting the largess of the USA and its people.


  55. Marti Oakley
    Dec 08, 2009 @ 17:50:41

    This is your last chance to submit your votes for Jackass(s) of the year. All entries must be in by the 15th of December. You can either submit here or by email at


    Senator Harry Reid, Nevada (D)……………… 143
    Nancy Pelosi, California (D)…………………….321
    Congress, et al.,…………………………………741


  56. clark
    Dec 07, 2009 @ 05:36:11

    JAoTY – the average voter who thinks that by voting, things will change or what happens is morally justified because a vote took place.

    Nice blog BTW.


  57. Marti Oakley
    Nov 10, 2009 @ 04:38:44

    Our new list for Jackass Awards is beginning to shape up. Here’s where it stands as of nov. 09-09

    Congress (et al) …………………………………………..283
    Nancy Pelosi; for assuming we thought congress had any integrity to preserve…………………………………………………..161
    Joe Wilson: Yelling “you Lie” at the president…………..1
    Mayor Weaver …………………………………………………2
    Al gore…………………………………………………………78


  58. Marti Oakley
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 16:16:18

    Yes you may Oz! I have to get the list updated. So many nominees have come in it will have to come down to the top three or four nominations to select from for top Jackass of the Year.


  59. ozspeaksup
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 15:58:06

    may I nominate Al Gore!
    not only is HE an A grade jackass, he has made donkeys out of a whole lot of misguided followers.


  60. G-ma Jan
    Oct 27, 2009 @ 02:21:04

    Why not put Obama in for the running?


    I’ve read that part, it is in there, Mr. Obama.


    There again, I have read that part, and it is in there, Mr. Obama.

    Who in the HOUSE and/or the SENATE, even Mr. Obama himself, has read the entire HealthCare Bill? Just reading parts of it, I found there is a lot in there that our courageous leader swears is not in there.


  61. Marti Oakley
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 00:47:10

    Looks like two BIG votes for Mayor Weaver of Jasper , Georgia!

    Mayor Weaver ……………2 votes


  62. Chipa Wolfe
    Oct 03, 2009 @ 02:41:05

    It does not bring me pleasure to submit Chief Michelle Hicks of Cherokee, North Carolina but his blatant turn of the head to the suffering of the bears in the Cherokee Bear Pits warrant a wake-up call from the general public as there is no room for the extreme hypocracy of the Cherokee who ride the white horse of environmental stewardship while using such sayings as My Brother the Bear, Mother Earth, etc, while imprisoning these innocent creatures inside of four concrete walls where they beg for junk food from tourist.
    Chief Hicks as much as belittled a brave and compassionate Bob Barker who we have all come to know from the Price is Right TV show. Bob Barker is a quarter Lakota Sioux Indian but his practice of stewardship surpasses all the full bloods put together on the Cherokee Reservation that sits back and allows for the continuence of these ugly hell holes of greed. Chief Hicks had the opportunity to bring his people above the decades of RedNeck activities that have slurred the character of a beautiful people but it seems that he has decided to ignore the pleas of Bob Barker and tens of thousands of others who oppose the bear pits of Cherokee North Carolina. Feel free to ad me to the JackAss file as I realize I am not perfect and probably fit the bill if someone does not sit well with the facts but I am far removed from having any innocent victims on my list of creepy deeds. I was truly hoping the chief would have stepped up to the plate and done the right thing but he was raised like so many others up in those mountains who think animals deserve no rights or compassion. It is this attitude that lends to the Chief being at least a runner up in the JackAss Awards.
    Sorry Chief but even Indians need to be held accountable for their inability to make a decision that directs our children in a manner that reflects compassion instead of brutality. Sometimes JackAss is not strong enough for the enourmous amount of suffering you endorse. Respectfully, Chipa & Ruby Wolfe http://www.rthunder.com


    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009 1:53:32 AM
    Written by Chipa & Ruby Wolfe
    As a long time advocate for animal welfare and the rights of indigenous people I took special interest in the recent articles about Bob Barker and the Cherokee bear pits. As a non-member of the EBC (Eastern Band of Cherokee) I have no voice in EBC tribal affairs and therefore respectfully respond as a perspective for the bears in conjunction with the conceptual values of Native American philosophies. Cherokee, NC has evolved to a place of social, economic, and traditional uniqueness and as in all world ventures the EBC has achieved much through trial and error. I urge the EBC to reassess their position on positive bear exposure versus the negative exploitation of bears. I realize Cherokee is a mixed bag of contemporary and traditional influence and that some of the old ways are of unspeakable value and have been respectfully safeguarded by the true practitioners and keepers of Cherokee traditions. However, some of the same shackles and chains that drove the Cherokee and other Native people into submission now cage the innocence of what your people call “Yona tso s da da nv tli” (my brother the bear). I say your people because as a person of French and Indian decent I know my place unlike so many others that have taken self-appointed liberties in fabricating their own tribes, goofy names, outrageous ceremonies and esteemed titles at the cost of the prostituting the rich and beautiful Cherokee culture.

    The EBC does not need me nor anyone else speaking for them when it comes to governing themselves but bears and other animals require insiders and outsiders to speak up for them when such blatant abuse occurs. Bears belong in the wild but when unique cases require them to be fostered by humans we should strive to insure the home is conducive to their physical and psychological needs. For anyone to justify the bears bleak existence in the Cherokee bear pits while at the same time claiming the bears are like their children is exactly the reason why we have child welfare laws. I respectfully challenge the Chief and bear pit operator, Mr. Santiago, to spend a 48-hour stint in the bear pit to experience a small taste of the life these bears have been condemned too. I realize these practices have taken place throughout Cherokee for more than half a century but that does not make it right as there were many other unsavory and immoral practices that were once rampant across reservations that are no longer tolerated as the norm due to exposure and a new consciousness.

    Bob Barker became conscious in the early years of the “Price is Right” as beautiful young women adorned in fur coats became less beautiful as we educated ourselves about the unnecessary suffering of innocent animals for vanity and greed. Mr. Barker became a man of conscience in the early years at the cost of ridicule and peer indifference and his ability to reach the masses through television allowed for a much needed message concerning spay and neuter to be heard and I personally find him to be a brave and compassionate man. Mr. Barker came from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, as does my wife, and I do believe he was hoping to engage the EBC in a manner that would allow the chief and council to rethink the horrific standards the bear pits offer the bears and the viewing public. Instead, it appears his visit was taken as an assault on the economy of Cherokee, NC, its culture and has been discounted as trivial outside instigation. Chief Hicks has proven himself to be a man of vision for his tribe and I like the fact that he is steadfast in defending his peoples’ businesses under the laws that sovereignty affords the ECB. However, with all of that said, I truly hope that Chief Hicks along with EBC tribal members and business leaders will regroup and reconsider how the bears’ living conditions could be revamped to reflect true stewardship versus quick buck carnival tactics.

    The owners of the bear facilities always lend to how they love the bears and how they are like pets. The infamous Tim Treadwell (Grizzly man), who became popular on the Discovery Channel only after getting himself and his girlfriend killed by a grizzly, also professed to love the bears and as a wildlife rescuer that has two decades of bear welfare under my belt, I do believe Tim Treadwell loved the bears in his own weird way. The trouble lies in the fact that he failed to respect the bears and the same thing he vowed to love so much had to be killed because of his reckless and neglectful behavior. The bears in the pits are not pet bears and are often more dangerous than the ones in the wild, which would by nature flee human kind if not habituated to human imprint. Bears are intellectual animals that are capable of remembering the prodding, shocking, high pressure water and other manmade discomforts that bears often endure behind the scenes and they are justifiably subject to retaliate. Because a bear is dependent and may eat from your hand does not necessarily make it forever submissive. For someone to say the bears are being cared for adequately because they meet USDA guidelines is like saying Indian boarding schools were adequate because they met US Government standards while innocent Indian children were being whitewashed, molested, and deprived of being who they are. Many elders from reservation to reservation have lots of horror stories as to how their hair was cut and their bodies saturated with dust to kill lice, punished verbally and physically for speaking their only language and practicing their traditions. There is a huge parallel between the treatment of these bears and the treatment imposed upon the American Indian by their oppressors so Cherokee, North Carolina does not speak for all Indian people regarding their indifference towards animals anymore than I do. What many of us love about Native America is the ancestral philosophies and where I am not lost in the romanticized Hollywood version of Native people, I am tied to the knowledge that there were and still are true practitioners of sound stewardship.

    The bear pits are a primitive means of making a dollar and while Native people have proudly claimed to be close to the Earth Mother and all of her inhabitants it is unfortunate that Cherokee, North Carolina undermines these values so an ill-fated industry of atrocious animal neglect and disrespect conducts business as usual. As I watch young men like Richie Bottenbaugh and other young men representing the Cherokee people in authentic attire throughout the streets of Cherokee it makes me proud, as it should all of Cherokee, but as I think back on the great Chief Henry and others that worked the reservation donned in another tribe’s regalia I do not look upon them as cultural hucksters who were intentionally perpetuating the stereotype but rather as proud tribal ambassadors at a time in life when we were all less aware of the alternatives.

    Today’s Cherokee have many alternatives but only if one can flex their heart and mind muscles instead of their desire to control be it political, financial, or cultural. The recent controversy regarding the bear pits may have brought about additional attention to Cherokee, North Carolina but it is a short sighted and arrogant mistake to assume the public condones the concrete asylums the bears suffer day after day, after day. I have yet to meet bear facility proprietor Mr. Coggins but he seems to be a fair man in that he acknowledged Mr. Barker in a respectful manner and even in his understanding that PETA has a place in the world of animal welfare. It appears to me that Mr. Coggins at least has an open mind instead of the one-dimensional attitude of “this is the way it’s always been, so that’s that.”

    Does “that’s that” mean we have become like our oppressors? Have the Cherokee fallen victim to the idea that the Tree Hugger is actually the bad guy and that hikers, scouts, true practitioners of Christ, traditional Native people that adhere to traditional responsibilities and other eco conscience Earthlings are the idiots? I happen to know plenty of intellectual free thinking Cherokee in your tribe that know the difference between necessity and greed and I may be wrong but I would guess that they would join forces with a rational and healthy campaign to end this age old practice of turning a blind eye to something that should have been remedied years ago. Paul Watson from Animal Planets “WHALE WARS” is not the bad guys, the Japanese whale slayers are. PETA is not the environmental terrorist, the ones who do nothing are. PETA has done an enormous amount of good with their expose’ on animal cruelty and where some of their tactics may even backfire at times due to their shock and awe campaigns, they have educated many unaware souls and have aborted millions of atrocities against innocent beings that even the most calloused slug hunter should applaud. How far away from the Michael Vick story are the bear pits? We have discovered one thing in the world of selling tickets and that is, people will pay to see anything.

    My wife and I have had numerous bears over the years that have been rescued from roadside horror stories and other redneck activities where the mothers of infant cubs were shot to death. We like bears in the wild not in captivity and we know it’s important that we have state and federal laws that protect our animals and resources but sometimes the laws are to be questioned and/or challenged. In North Carolina the law allows for cubs as little as fifty pounds to be killed and tracked with hunting dogs. Fifty pounds is not even a good size poodle and terrorizing the bears with dogs assures an unfair advantage as well. So, just because a government agency implements bare minimal welfare for an animal does not make it right by the laws of nature nor does it subscribe to the moral code of the universe. I realize Native people are simply human beings and not predestined to being perfect stewards as even the early bison hunters sometimes over killed when running animals over the buffalo jumps but when the horse came along in the 1500-1600’s the hunters were able to practice a select harvest. I know the redneck mentality that endorses cub killing or the killing of bears in general as a sport is not the general consensus of North Carolina or the EBC and I know there are other EBC members like William Ledford that find the Cherokee bear pits shameful and far removed from true Cherokee principals and teachings. Cherokee, North Carolina has been transformed greatly by the 1988 gaming allowances and for these animals to live in such deplorable conditions while beautiful streamline multi-complex hotels and casinos are being built is a public relations oversight of mega proportion.

    My wife and I plea to Chief Hicks, Mr. Santiago, the Coggins, and any other bear compound facilitators to at least consider the prospects of reconditioning the bear attractions to where they are environmentally friendly for the bear residents and visually receptive to the viewing guest or, relinquish the animals to P.A.W.S., Performing Animals Welfare Society; P.A.W.S. is a 5,000 acre animal sanctuary in California. If retiring the Cherokee bears to a sanctuary is out of the question and they are to continue their life sentence in Cherokee, it would serve all parties well to see these hell hole bear pits turned into edutainment parks that enhance one’s knowledge as to what our role should be to the bears and other animals as well as to our children. Native America nor America as a whole can pretend they have a relationship with the Creator when they don’t have one with his creations and Indian people across the continent need not be stigmatized by such cruel business practices of Cherokee, North Carolina.

    I have attached a rendition of a bear compound that we are looking to build for the sake of releasing orphaned, and/or injured bears back to the wild with little or no human imprint, this compound has been designed by master designer and theme design engineer Matt McCoy of Atlanta; Matt designs for Disney, Six Flags, and cultural museums throughout the country and the world. Where I am not a drinking man, it is my hopes that Chief Hicks and the bear pit operators will find it in their hearts to sit down with designer, Matt McCoy, the bears and I over a presidential beer to discuss an alternative. Thank you EBC members, friends, family, and other tribal members for your support of our brother the bear.

    Ruby and Chipa Wolfe run MY BROTHERS KEEPER Animal Rescue

    My Brothers Keeper Animal Rescue

    34 Rolling Thunder Drive

    Jasper, GA 30143

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  63. Chipa Wolfe
    Oct 03, 2009 @ 02:10:16

    Mayor Johnny Weaver of Jasper, Georgia has denied motorcyclist, Native Americans, and US Veterans from using the only city venue to host a Veterans National Pow Wow.
    This same venue has been used for thirty years by an annual Marble Festival, a Tractor show, a huge 4th of July fair with fireworks, roller coasters, ferris wheels and pumped in Disco Music. Many other events have and do also take place in the same park as they rightfully should, however we too deserve fair use of the park to celebrate culture as well as commemorate our soldiers while raising funds to support several wildlife and horse rescue nonprofit causes. The Mayor has denied us alone over the past seven years and has proven to be a bully and ego maniac with 18 years of being the Mayor of this small town that is afraid of his bullying tactics. As we all know, most bullies are cowards or men with a little willy syndrome and this sure seems to be the case with this JackAss. If he is not awarded with the JackAsss of the year award, he certainly deserves the narsosistic award at the very least. The only one sadder is those that are compelled to support him and/or write letters in his behalf.
    I am open to giving him a formal appology for calling him a JackAss as soon as he mans up and admits his dismay for me opposed to hiding behind his silly little lies and his city council that equally submit to his muscle flexing tactics and Georgia tort laws he tries to hide behind. Its time for this guy to find a new job as we seek a new Mayor for our great little town. Below is a small part of where we are should you elect to read it but there are some other runners up here in Georgia when it comes to politicians.

    Dear Editor:
    I am a long time resident of Jasper, Georgia with 28 years of building friends and relations to my blessing. I would like to extend an apology to the residents and business owners of Jasper and Pickens County for failing to bring our community a family oriented cultural event with lots of favorable entertainment and educational value to Jasper’s only special events facility know as Newton Park. I have tried diplomacy, tact, and respectful address to the city council so please forgive me should I stray from my desired character.
    Last Tuesday evening I subjected a room full of beautiful, honest and intelligent people to the “Leave it to Weaver Show” with an all-star cast known as The Nod Squad. From the moment we began to initiate our request to use Newton Park, the Mayor began his underhanded dealings in conjunction with his attorney’s shrewd move to eliminate Councilman Greg Burgess’ ability to vote. This blatant, prearranged scenario was a typical Johnny Weaver maneuver in which the Mayor asked if Councilman Burgess would like to sit beside me as I submitted a request to use Newton Park, this November 14, 15, 2009, for a celebration honoring our Veterans.
    Councilman Burgess was not representing Rolling Thunder Enterprises and the non-profit Horse Rescue; however, the Mayor called him a representative and denied him the right to vote on this matter when he was merely in support of our event utilizing Newton Park as we were hoping the others would be. From the moment the Mayor addressed us, he began his condescending smiles and time wasting rhetoric, as he and his Nod Squad knew the deck was stacked against us even though they had no reasonable concern or merit to prevent us from using the park. Every time we would validate our event with our non-profit status, and references, which proved we are no different than the Fourth of July fair that is produced to support The Lions’ Club, the council would move onto other ridiculous measures to oust us from using the park to salute our Veterans and Native War Hero’s.
    Councilmen John Fouts and Tony Fountain were reasonable in their assessment of our using the park; Jim Looney had no argument that held any water, yet he displayed opposition from the start. Councilwoman Marcia should toss in her sleep after praising our events and then reverting to how many walkers and family picnics take place in Newton Park in November, and how they would be put out by our use of the park.
    This week there was a tractor show as there should have been and in a couple of weeks the Marble Fest will be held there and all of that is good but we too deserve fair use of the park. The Mayor and his silly little lawyer wasted our time in setting Councilman Greg Burgess up to forfeit his ability to vote which allowed the Mayor to as much as laugh in my face when the vote was tied and he said he gets to be the deciding vote…and we were out.
    The Mayor is a shrewd dude as he had actually called a friend of mine just two hours before the city council meeting and told Mr. Larry Butler that he did not have a problem with us using the park as long as we were supporting a non-profit organization, which we were. When I heard this, I let my guard down and actually went into the meeting thinking everything may be okay and maybe the Mayor and I could finally get on the same page and bring something beautiful to Jasper. However, the Mayor had outright lied to Mr. Butler who would have never set me up in such a way, as he has proven to be a fine friend over the years. The Mayor offended every Native person, child, teen, and veteran by not allowing us fair access to this beautiful park. We also said that free tickets would be given to the surrounding neighborhoods so they could join us in honoring our veterans and the sacrifices they have made.
    The Mayor actually tried to steer us back to the cow pasture we used six years ago after being denied the use of the park for our BBQ & Blues Festival, but I told him we have more respect for our veterans than that and we would not let them march through cow patties. The Mayor then suggested we use the big field behind Ingles right after telling us he didn’t want traffic coming down Hwy 53E off 515. Newton Park is where we requested to be and we did so in a respectful manner as we are not an impediment to the park or the city. But, if traffic coming into town causes him so much grief, perhaps he should resign his high paying job as City Manager and give his position as Mayor to Tony Fountain, John Fouts, Greg Burgess or to someone who will treat it like a seat to serve the people instead of a throne of self interest.
    Mayor Weaver, you said you have never called me a dog over our years of disagreement, but you’ve dogged me and you flat out lied to Larry Butler when all he was trying to do was serve as a liaison in good faith to both parties. You have promised to keep me out of Newton Park because you’re a man of petty resentment that ended up with egg on his face after running us out of Jasper six years ago, you challenged me to show up at the city council meeting with a lot of ammunition and you swore to fight me tooth and nail because insecurity hides behind your pompous ego. There are a lot of good people that you have by the short hairs but we all know what happens when good people stand up and do nothing.
    The commissioner allowed the Chamber of Commerce to handle the use of Newton Park as it belongs to both the city and county yet the conflict of that lies in the Chamber vying for the Mayor to take them under the city umbrella for city benefits and therefore lent to the Chamber’s bias which has actually driven thousands of viable tax dollars away from Jasper which is the opposite of their mission statement, which says they are to promote commerce (which we do); to support profit and non-profit businesses and organizations (which we do and are); to promote education (which we do); to promote heritage, (which we are). There are honest hardworking Chamber members and board members that joined to assure the mission statement was fulfilled and they know good and well that Newton Park is not overtaxed with events whatsoever.
    We have taken this event to a city with a progressive Mayor and Chamber that appreciates the revenue we generate for their city. They also value the contributions of our Veterans, our cultures, and our educators enough to make a concession for what is good for the community and those that serve our country. I do believe it is time for a serious change in Jasper and Pickens County. Everyone knows we do not need the City Manager that just so happens to be the Mayor and the city financial administrator that just so happens to be his… in the same hen house the fox is watching and I guess that we are in need of a multi-person commission as well since Parks & Recreation is too big a job for one man. The Mayor has a habit of denying other’s ideas only to plagiarize their thoughts as though they were his own. I am not afraid of a one-man redneck mafia or a Jesse Ventura wannabe but I am afraid of a town that allows itself to become stifled by a Hazard County Boss Hogg hierarchy. Mayor Weaver, while you are making all of your prearranged motions, I hereby make a motion to rename Jasper, Weaver-town, at least until the next election. When you and your cronies were dismissing us, my Tuscarora friend Ken Rhyne asked you if the other events you have allowed to occupy the park had done so through a contractual application in which you smugly replied, NO, they are there through tradition. Is this the same tradition that once killed Indians, is it the same one that removed them from their land? Is this the same tradition that burned crosses and hung men for the color of their skin?
    I grew up combating bullies and I leaned a very valuable lesson from them, and that was, that they are cowards that want the whole sandbox for themselves. We will be in Jasper with a Veterans’ Day Salute this November except this time we are not asking for your permission as our Veterans’ and Indian people deserve better as does the City of Jasper. So, at the risk of sounding arrogant, while using your own words, bring lots of ammunition because we are going to fight you tooth and nail in a national spotlight. Jasper, I do apologize, as I know some of you may not agree with my stance but know this, I do intend on taking one.


    Chipa Wolfe and Alliance

    P.S. Anyone wanting to join the Alliance for a new, Jasper:
    Alliance for a new, Jasper
    P.O. Box 418
    Jasper, GA 30143


  64. Marti Oakley
    Sep 30, 2009 @ 14:04:52

    It has been suggested that we add the ceo’s of these frankenfood corporations to our list of potential candidates for Jackass of the Year. This one will be tough……there are so many to choose from. Marti


  65. ppjg
    Sep 30, 2009 @ 00:48:52

    Newt Gingrich for being the most repulsive and hypocritic man in DC.

    Josh Taylor,
    Sioux Falls SD


  66. ppjg
    Sep 19, 2009 @ 22:06:28

    Our new list is for Jackass Awards is beginning to shape up. Here’s where it stands now:

    Congress (et al) …………………………………………..283
    Nancy Pelosi; for assuming we thought congress had any integrity to preserve…………………………………………………..161
    Joe Wilson: Yelling “you Lie” at the president…………..1
    Mayor Weaver …………………………………………………2
    Al gore…………………………………………………………78


  67. ppjg
    Sep 16, 2009 @ 02:55:01

    We’ll put him up as a contender! Thanks! marti


  68. Jim Smart
    Sep 15, 2009 @ 22:06:20

    GOP a**hole of the week? It would have to be Rep. Joe Wilson of SC. Yet we simple folk of Idaho have a multiple choice. The outside world does not hear of Sen. Jim Risch’s tirades; he would insult Democrats better than just calling them liars; they are (among many things) all Socialists as well.


  69. ppjg
    Aug 29, 2009 @ 15:45:09

    Please feel free to make any suggestions! Working on a logo for this. And an award to be handed out. M


  70. GrannySue
    Aug 29, 2009 @ 06:03:31

    LMAO!! Is there anyone in government, at least at the federal level, that SHOULD NOT be here?? (Ok… maybe one or two….)



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