Who wins our 2012 Fruitcake-Of-The-Year prize?

Friday, January 11, 2013   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Looking back at 2012, who was the nuttiest political fruitcake of all?

Donnie Trump, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich instantly come to mind, but they're pros at the nutball game, so naming them is unfair to some of the amature talent that burst on the scene at year's end.

For example, Wayne "The Insane" LaPierre. Honcho of the NRA, LaPierre came completely unwrapped during a December press conference. In a tremulous voice, the gun-industry lobbyist delivered a rambling, 25-minute tirade assailing anyone who suggests that the sickening, assault-weapon slaughter of six-year-old school children in Connecticut should prompt us to ban those senseless weapons of mass killing. Rather, ranted LaPierre, the answer is more guns, turning American schools into armed fortresses. If that's crazy, Wayne concluded, "then call me crazy."

Yet, even Crazy Wayne wasn't 2012's top nut, for he was nipped at the last moment by a seven-man pod of nuts known as the Iowa Supreme Court. On December 21, this all-male court voted 7-0 to decree that – get ready to be whopperjawed – a male boss may legally fire a female employee for no reason except that he finds her sexually irresistible.

Try to get your mind around that. Even though she was not flirtatious, had no interest in him, and had been a stellar worker, she was ruled to be at fault because the bossman can't control his lust. The learned men of the bench insisted that she was not fired because of her gender, but because of his feelings – so it was not discrimination, but merely an act by the boss to save his marriage. Another victory for family values!

Never mind that he was saving his marriage from himself, not from her! They say that justice is blind, but in Iowa, it's just plain nutty. For their supreme spasm of sublime nuttiness, we award seven fruitcakes to the Iowa court.

"Iowa high court OKs firing woman for being 'irresistible' to her boss,"

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