Before we get started, since today is the anniversary of the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attack, let's take a moment to remember the people lost to that heinous crime.
Today is September 11, and once again we take time out of our week to scour the news cycle to expose the fools in our midst.
As our Shut Up Fool Awards mascot Mr. T constantly reminds us, fools are everywhere.
Doesn't it seem like there's been a bumper crop of them in the Republican Party and the conservative movement lately?
There were many worthy fools this week. Our usual triumvirate of Hannity, Beck and Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, FOX 'news', Sarah Palin, the 'birthers' and Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH).
But the landslide winner this week is Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
This fool shouted 'You Lie' while interrupting President Obama's prime time health care speech. Then when he got lambasted for it issued a half-assed apology.
It's not the first time Wilson has exhibited signs of foot in mouth disease.
This is not the first time the Wilson has stirred controversy with his remarks.
In 2004, Wilson challenged the patriotism of Rep. Bob Finer (D-CA) by calling him “viscerally anti-American.” and was forced to walk-back his statement.
Later that year Wilson called on Sen. John Kerry to apologize for testimony the Democratic presidential candidate and Vietnam veteran gave to a Senate panel in 1971 about the Vietnam War.
“Many veterans, including myself as a veteran,” Wilson said at the time, “view John Kerry's testimony that day as one of the worst public slanders ever against the valor and character of the American military.”
That statement drew the rebuke of former Democratic senator and Vietnam veteran Max Cleland, who noted that Wilson had in fact avoided fighting in the war by receiving a student deferral.
In addition, Wilson was a staunch defender of embattled former Republican Minority Leader Tom DeLay throughout his political and legal travails.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said about the disrespectful outburst, “Joe Wilson took our state's reputation to a new low. I thought Mark Sanford had taken it as low as it could go, but this is beyond the pale."
Rep. Clyburn, I concur with your assessment.
Rep. Joe Wilson, shut up fool!