It's time once again for the Watcher's Council's 'Weasel Of The Week' nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!
Here are this weeks' nominees....
President Obama's EPA!
The Noisy Room : My weasel of the week nomination is the EPA once again. Five months ago at an old Georgia cotton mill, the EPA had another backhoe oopsie, just as they did recently concerning a Colorado gold mine. But the press didn’t pick it up at all. The EPA, while grading the site, struck a water main that contained sediment flows that carry dangerous mercury, lead, arsenic and chromium downstream to Lake Oconee and then to the Oconee River — home to many federally and state protected species. Lead in the soil at the project site is 20,000 times higher than federal levels established for drinking water. The EPA at first lied about having anything to do with the site and then five months later admitted involvement. They claimed they were conducting environmental justice and intended to build low income housing. The EPA issued a grant in 2005 to turn the mill and surrounding grounds into a housing complex for the mentally ill, homeless and indigent. Contractors working with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GEPD) have started digging and tearing down the buildings — despite objections by the city of Greensboro and the absence of a plan to deal with the hazardous waste. They just don’t give a crap if those they move in there get sick and die. Progressive justice in play.
The EPA has not responded to questions concerning this project. The agency has offered conflicting statements about its involvement in the project, alternating between knowing nothing, providing only data and guidance, and acknowledging that it funded cleanup and development at the site through a grant to the state. In other words, they have been lying and covering their butts on this one. Wonder how much they paid the media to stay away? The EPA pointed to a bogus study in 2010 that showed low contamination. However, microbiologist Dave Lewis took his own samples and said he was staggered by them. Per Watchdog.org: “The EPA’s website says Brownfield’s projects are part of the agency’s mandate “to make environmental justice an integral part of every program, policy and activity by…. Applying EPA’s regulatory tools to protect vulnerable communities.”” What a horrific joke. They are just barely cleaning up the site and then slapping a development on it. Wonder if they will stick refugees or illegal aliens there? They obviously don’t give a rip about the mentally ill – I guess they figure no one will notice as they get sicker and die. Somewhere in all this the EPA is making money… getting funds from the government for doing this evil deed. Calling Erin Brockovich… she can deliver the golden weasel award to the EPA.
NFL Hall Of Famer And Criminal Behavior Adviser Cris Carter!
Puma By Design : My WOTW nomination this week goes to NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter for remarks made during a 2014 speech t the NFL Rookie Symposium. Carter along with Warren Sapp imparted a little friendly advice to rookies on how "to get around" getting in trouble.
“Y’all not gonna all do the right stuff. I gotta teach yall how to get around all this stuff too. If you gonna have a crew, one of them fools got to know he going to jail...I let my own boys know … y'all want to keep rolling like this, Then I need to know who's going to be the fall guy, who's going to be driving. Y'all not going to do all the right stuff now. I got to teach y'all how to get around all this stuff."
Beating the message like a drum, Carter repeats “find a fall guy” “fool” Translation: Sucker.
One year later, the cat is out of the bag and the NFL in a statement is distancing itself from Carter’s remarks:
“This was an unfortunate and inappropriate comment made by Cris Carter during the 2014 NFC rookie symposium," the NFL said. "The comment was not representative of the message of the symposium or any other league program. The league's player engagement staff immediately expressed concern about the comment to Cris. The comment was not repeated in the 2014 AFC session or this year's symposium."
“Unfortunate” “inappropriate” “not representative of the message or the symposium.” Whom are they kidding? At a time when NFL players are getting into trouble for everything from drugs to rape to domestic violence to murder, Carter’s advice speaks volume as to the mentality of the NFL, from the top down to the players.
NFL players are a commodity and their brand must be protected at all costs so instead of demanding that the players straighten up and fly right, they tell them not to get caught and if it gets too hot in the kitchen, to find a fall guy amongst their leeches.
On Sunday, Carter walked his advice back to rookies on twitter (@criscarter80):
“Seeing that video has made me realize how wrong I was. I was brought there to educate young people and instead I gave them very bad advice. Every person should take responsibility for his own actions. I’m sorry and I truly regret what I said that day.”
Getting caught out there dead to right tends to have that effect.
Well, there it is. What despicable Weasels...EITHER OF THEM COULD WIN! Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!
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