Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Worst Person in the World...and Ultrarunning

I know that at the blog Eschaton, blog owner Duncan Black runs a regular feature called "The Worst Person in the World."  Keith Olbermann used to do the same on his MSNBC show as well.
My list?  Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi rises to the top of the heap with this one (link here). 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) postponed an execution originally scheduled to take place Tuesday night because it conflicted with a fundraiser for a member of his cabinet, The Tampa Bay Times reported.  
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) requested that the execution of Marshall Lee Gore, 50, be pushed back to avoid being held the same night as her re-election kickoff event at her South Tampa, Fla. home. Gore was convicted of killing two women in South Florida in 1988.

Although Bondi did apologize later, the Worst Person in the World label still sticks.  Just another example of elected (or high level appointed) officials being so far removed from "the people" that the rarefied air they breathe must somehow alter their consciences.

Oh, and the link to Ultrarunning?  I've harped on this theme before, but it bears repeating: I am convinced that we are kinder, gentler, more laid-back, whatever, compared with the rest of the world.  Now whether we gravitate to Ultrarunning because of those traits or the sport gradually instills those traits in us, I can't say.  It's just powerful anecdotal evidence.

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