Each month we at Boom Bap Radio will bestow the award of “The Douchey McDouche Bag” award on the biggest dickheads in the news. This category is not limited to politicians or entertainers or even athletes – there’s room for everyone on this bench.
However, each month one person stands out as the absolute winner of our coveted prize.
The award is based on the name I gave a menial worker from a big box department store, who insisted that my item was no longer in stock without looking. This douche actually made me order the item online and had a whole five minute explanation of why the product was not available days after Christmas. Evidently it was shipped back to some remote warehouse – over the hills and far, far away.
Imagine my surprise when about an hour later –while walking to the other end of the store I found piles of my item, neatly stacked and very much available.
So this one goes out to that collared shirt wonder, who obviously knew nothing, but before he knew a whole friggin’ lot –Douche Bag!! Hey dickwad - this award goes out to you – You Douche!!!
The September 2011 Douchey McDouche Bag Award Winner
Others call it: The Man.
But for this month, while in pursuit of our douche bag, we followed the protest signs from New York to Atlanta, Ga., all the way to the protests against the execution of Troy Anthony Davis.
Davis, who had been incarcerated for the 1989 murder of an off duty policeman, became the focal point of revolution when people took to the streets in an attempt to prevent his execution in September.
The former capitol of the Confederacy was the backdrop for our douche bag, which manifested itself in an amalgam of the Prison Industrial Complex, State government, as well as the State Judiciary and US Supreme Court.
In fact, we found that the system, when all the parts work together, still functions like a big, hulking machine, especially when it’s not encumbered by the concerns of the people or reasonable doubt.
So, our winner of September’s Douchey McDouche Bag Award goes to the state of Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Paroles and its decision to not stop the execution of Davis, whose case seemed to have more questions than answers – even 20 years later.
Thousands called for a review of the evidence that led to the arrest and the eventual execution of Davis who was found guilty of murder, but maintained his innocence for more than 21-years.
Protestors from Big Boi of Outkast fame, Rev. Al Sharpton, members of Amnesty International, the NAACP, and thousands of people from all over the world, called for a stay of execution for Davis after key witnesses re-canted the testimony that put Davis behind bars.
And if that was not enough, calls for a stay on Davis’ execution had been made across the years by the likes of former US President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI , former FBI Director William Sessions, former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman Fletcher and others.
However, none of that mattered in the end when all attempts were halted and Davis, 42, was finally executed by lethal injection on Sept. 21, 2011.
One would think the enormous amount of international attention and the aforementioned calls might have meant something and perhaps the planned execution of man could have at least waited until another trial was held – but not so much.
Getting an assist in this douchey situation, the US Supreme Court, which delayed the planned execution for a whole four hours – giving thousands, and of course Davis, false hope before he was put down – what a tease!
As hope for a new trial faded and it became apparent that nothing could reverse the course of history and/or stop Davis’ execution, protesters dug in across the world and hoped that fairness would win out.
After all, the same board had commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Samuel David Crowe to life in prison at the last minute in 2008.
But at the end of the day, it was Chairman James Donald; Vice Chair Albert Murray; and board members: L. Gale Buckner; Robert Keller and Terry Barnard, who were the douchiest of all.
By ignoring the public outcry and all of the inconsistencies in the conviction, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles’ decision to not give Davis another trial in the face of the ultimate reality was as douchey as it gets.
So take a bow – y’all are the Boom Bap Radio’s Douchey McDouche Bag winners for the month of September. Why the rush to execution?
You’re only dealing with someone’s life – you douches!