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It's Turkey-Lurkey Time, As Burt Bacharach Would Say

November brings with it Thanksgiving, which in turn brings with it the annual Houston Press accounting of the Turkeys of the Year here in Houston.

Last year was easy, of course: any year that includes the e-mail antics of District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal is pretty much a no-brainer. When a year includes a free-spending, high-living president of a financially crippled school, like TSU's Priscilla Slade, the selection process is also relatively simple.

But what about 2009?

In sports, we had an incredibly bad Astros season, a couple of no-show Rockets stars, and the usual Texans dance between high hopes and despair.

In politics, there was Peter Brown, spending his wife's money like Priscilla Slade on a Cribs bender, only to finish close to fourth place in the mayoral primary.

In terms of entertainment, let's just say that Tom DeLay -- who's won a Turkey award so often he's probably had to build a new den -- has improbably found a way to possibly win another despite his retirement from attempting to ruin America's democratic system of government.

But we are completely and utterly open to nominations here. We want no good Turkey possibility to go unexamined.

So have at it -- nominate any Houstonian you think has accomplished enough this year to deserve this signal honor. Use the comments, or e-mail me at rich.connelly@houstonpress.com.

And yes, Congressman, you can enter yourself.


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