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HUH??? A New Contest!


How often do you read something in the newspaper or online and say to yourself, “Huh???”

Which, roughly translated, means, “What the heck were they thinking?” (WTHWTT)

I have that reaction to about 90% of what I’m reading these days.   Are you having the same reaction?  Let’s share!  Here’s a new contest:  periodically, probably on a highly irregular basis, I will announce the “HUH???” contest.  I will post three items from the news, and ask readers of this blog to weigh in on which news item wins top “HUH???”  honors.  I will post the best (printable) comments.   Perhaps I will even alert the subjects of the “HUH???” awards that they have taken the top prizes.

So, (drum roll, please)…. the nominees for the First Official “HUH???” award are:

A.  Virginia Governor Declares April 2010 Confederate History Month

HUH????  Hey, Governor McDonnell, the South LOST that war!  The Confederacy was over in 1865!  That’s the 19th Century.  We’re in the 21st Century.  What next?  Jim Crow History Month?  The good news is that Virginia’s startling idea may well put an end to the “history month” concept entirely.

B.  Republican National Committee Entertains Donors at Strip Club

HUH???  Michael Steele, phone home, quickly!  You are lost, my friend!  Heads have rolled, of course, at the RNC — last made famous on this blog for their sophomoric “firenancypelosi” message on the GOP website.  Puhleeze, guys, now you’re hanging out in strip joints?  Whatever happened to “family values?”

C.  Pope’s Preacher Compares Criticism of Pope to Anti-Semitism

HUH???  Even those of us who might agree that some of the criticism of the Pope and the Catholic Church goes too far, Father Raniero Cantalamessa’s comments on Good Friday were, well, just bizarre.   Now, to his credit, he has repented and said that he truly did not intend to offend Jews or the victims of child abuse at the hands of priests.   But, still, What the Heck Was He Thinking???

Ok, so those are my top three contenders this week.  I’m not even offering up the Redskins acquiring Donovan McNabb, anything related to Tiger Woods (the Washington Post has an entire photo gallery on “Tiger Woods Practices for the Masters,” WTHWTT?), or 300,000 people buying iPads on the first day they went on sale even though the device is largely untested.

Click on “comments” below to record your favorite — or offer your own entry!  This is a very egalitarian contest.   We all just want to know, “What the heck were they thinking??”

See:  Colbert King’s column today on the Confederate History Month

See:  Washington Post Editorial “Governor McDonnell’s Airbrushing of Virginia History”

See:  Joel Achenbach, “Confederates in the Statehouse”

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11 Responses to HUH??? A New Contest!

  1. Susan says:

    Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

    McDonnell takes the cake.

  2. Andrei T says:

    I believe McDonnell is just jealous that the US capital is on the Maryland side of the Potomac. Since Washington not Richmond won the war, McDonnell feels a little bit on the downbeat side. I would like to mention however, that, in true chromatic appreciation, the Confederate flag is kind of nice. So, although I left a comment about McDonnell because I thought it was funny, my vote goes to the RNC simply because, oh well, “sex, scandal, and stupid politics” simply beats “stupid politics”.

  3. Ann W says:

    the gov of va (where i, sadly, live) is a big stupid, conservative idiot, rivaled only by his big stupid atty general. and that is my mature opinion on the elected officials who swept the elections in va last fall. gack!!!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I’d go with C, because HUH?!?? But sadly, not much in the Church’s mismanagement of both the abusive priests and the strategy for addressing the scandal with the public is really a surprise anymore. So I’m going with A. Shame on a governor who looks to score points by appealing to people who’d celebrate such a dark chapter in American history. Double shame on the people he appeals to.

  5. Sydney says:

    I vote for “A”. Oh Virgina, you never cease to amaze me. From denying the fact that your whole economy was once based on the free labor of slaves. To calling the civil war the “war against the states” in your textbooks. Even your former statesmen in West Virginia seceded from you when you decided to become a part of the Confederacy. What good is their to remember about the Confederacy ? Maybe it was your huge plantation houses, fox hunts, sweet tea, or maybe it is your secret desire to live like Scarlett O’ Hare. Whatever it is Virginia, its times like these when you do irresponsible things like “Confederate History Month” and your friends north of the Mason-Dixon have to remind you that the civil war was a dark moment in U.S. history and, the old south will never rise again. Ever.

  6. Robin says:

    I almost fell out of my seat when I heard about Confederate History Month. Then I remembered that Virginia also celebrates Robert E. Lee Day when it’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January. My, oh my.

  7. Becky says:

    The Huh? moment this week is the very scary Governor of Virginia and the declaration of Confederate History month and how it will bring tourism dollars to the state. I am sure it will be sponsored by the NRA.

  8. Ann says:

    Oh my, there are so many HUH?! moments these days – as you said, Tiger, Redskins and iPad did not even make it to your top 3. Sadly, the biggest HUH?! moment for me is the Governor’s deplorable declaration of Confederate history month. Sadly, because I live in Virginia and because it is so morally wrong. Though, I live in Arlington, which could secede at any moment, especially after this outrageous move.

  9. Timothy says:

    I have to vote for Confederate History month as well – perhaps only because the RNC and Michael Steele have lost the ability to shock me with ANYTHING they might do.

  10. I have to vote for A , i swear people scare me….

  11. Paige says:

    Tops for me is the ridiculous confederate history month. I am ashamed of my state, but not only of the Gov. and his sidekick–the backwards attorney general–but of the people who stayed home and did not vote! I urged everyone who would listen that it was important to vote to keep the confederacy of dunces out of the statehouse. It was no secret what they were capable of. You see what apathy reaps? Now we have two intolerant, racists for the next four years. What’s next, resegregate the schools?

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