December 12, 2005


ESR's Tenth Annual Person of the Year (Enter Stage Right)

It's that time of year again! We want to know who you think made the biggest impact during 2005!

Last year's winner was none other than U.S. President George W. Bush (who made history by becoming the first four-time winner of our prize)...can he do it again? (See below for a complete list of winners.)

All you have to do is tell us their name and a few good reasons why you think your nominee should be named the ESR Person of the Year for 2005. Only one entry per person. Nominations will be accepted until December 31, 2005 and the results will be posted January 2, 2006.

It's not really an open question. To an extent that's rather rare in human history, nearly the entire world is defined by how it acts with or reacts to just one man, George W. Bush.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 12, 2005 12:00 AM


Posted by: oj at November 28, 2005 3:58 PM

May I ask what "unloop" means? I agree Dubya is da man.

Posted by: AllenS at November 28, 2005 4:01 PM

When I mess with the order of posts "unloop" reorders them so you can still scroll through the posts--thanks to AOG.

Posted by: oj at November 28, 2005 4:11 PM

As long as you're at it, why not date & time each post, seeing that you post at a prodigious pace (several dozen per day?)....

Posted by: Barry Meislin at November 28, 2005 4:54 PM

George W.Bush

Posted by: erp at November 28, 2005 5:12 PM

the p.m. of india, and the p.m. of japan

Posted by: mhatma kane jeeves at November 28, 2005 9:36 PM

The new Prime Minister (?) of Iran. He will be the cause of the overthrow of the mullahs shortly when nukes are dropped on his country.

Posted by: obc at November 28, 2005 11:35 PM

The next Prime Minister of the great nation of Iraq, Dr. Ahmad Chalabi.

And won't the libs and realists at the NYT, Foggy Bottom, and Langley be delighted.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 29, 2005 1:13 AM

It may be kind of off topic but I wanted to comment on your book review of Carson's "Silent Spring". I was wandering if you could please elaborate on why it was "completely wrong". Also, in the next sentence you talk about how endangered species populations have been revived despite the rising use of chemicals. However, you fail to mention anything about the comeback of raptor populations such as bald eagles, who just so happen to have made their comebacks partially (if not mostly) because of the banning of DDT.

Person of the year nominee: Kanye West, for having the balls to say that GW hates black people, and on live national TV.

Posted by: Matt at November 29, 2005 2:10 AM

Kanye West didn't say the Bush hates Blacks because he was bravely speaking truth to power; he said it because he's filled with ignorant rage, didn't care what the consequences might be, and probably assumed that they'd be positive anyway.

Not to mention, he's completely wrong.

Nominating a stupid insane guy for "Person of the Year" is ludicrous.

Besides, if you DO want to nominate a stupid insane guy, why not Zarqawi ?
He's certainly effected more change during the past year than West has done during his entire life, and by repeatedly shooting himself and al Qaeda in the foot, Zarqawi has possibly been a net force for good.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 29, 2005 3:18 AM

Personally, I think he said it because he was high as a kite. That nomination was merely meant to be facetious.

Real nomination: Lovie Smith

Posted by: Matt at November 29, 2005 6:00 AM


Raptors came back when we stopped hunting them.

Posted by: oj at November 29, 2005 7:24 AM

Please enlighten me, I never knew that there was at one time in the United States an open season on bald eagles.

Posted by: Matt at November 29, 2005 7:35 AM

Really? When *wasn't* there open season on bald eagles in this country?

Posted by: Bryan at November 29, 2005 8:14 AM


Hunting them was banned in 1940 because they were near extinction. They were listed as endangered in 1973. The DDT ban was coincidental.

Posted by: oj at November 29, 2005 8:22 AM

Matt: The science showing that DDT thinned raptor eggs turns out to be shaky. In fact, there's very little correlation.

The bigger point, however, is that DDT is a miracle for poor nations with malarial swamps. By the time Carson published, the US had pretty much eradicated malaria (using DDT) and had other, more expensive, alternatives. Environmentalist pressure caused the US and other developed nations to discourage the use of DDT in poor nations without alternatives. I believe that aid was made dependent on not using DDT, although I can't swear to it. As a result, those nations continued (and continue) to suffer high mortality rates, particularly among children, from malaria.

The net-net on "Silent Spring" is that bad science and good public relations killed tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands and perhaps millions of people who would not otherwise have died of malaria if DDT had been used.

Posted by: David Cohen at November 29, 2005 8:26 AM

But, David, the nameless noble savages died for a good cause, to save the Audubon Society from the heartbreak of birdless bird watching walking tours.

Posted by: erp at November 29, 2005 11:02 AM

I nominate that peace mom lady, um, can't quite remember her name now, but she was big. Oh, and that Congressman guy who wanted an immediate pullout from Iraq. Can't recall his name either, but he was really important! For some reason or other...

Posted by: b at November 29, 2005 11:32 AM

It will be Fitzpatrick, if he gets anybody close to the White House.

Posted by: AllenS at November 30, 2005 5:58 PM

dumb me... whats an ESR award, if it means enter stage right or something else, what does it mean to win one?

Posted by: oldkayaker at December 1, 2005 1:41 AM

and if Cohen thinks DDT is harmless, watch out!

Posted by: oldkayaker at December 1, 2005 1:44 AM

I meant Patrick Fitzgerald. I'm an idiot. Fitzpatrick, geeez.

Posted by: AllenS at December 1, 2005 5:16 AM


Not Cohen, science.

Posted by: oj at December 1, 2005 7:37 AM

ok: nobody said harmless. What David said was that the cost-benefit for developing countries is so overwhelmingly positive as to make opposition to DDT ( for malaria control ) morally dodgy. No one is advocating its use as an agricultural pesticide. For mosquito control you apply small quantities to window and door frames.

Posted by: joe shropshire at December 1, 2005 12:37 PM

Here's what I submitted to ESR:

Name: American servicemen & women & their families

Reason: They do their jobs (and being a family member is a job) at great sacrifice and get virtually no credit in the alleged mainstream media.

Posted by: Jim Siegel at December 1, 2005 11:19 PM


Posted by: oj at December 2, 2005 4:26 PM
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