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Another Visit To Past Turkeys of the Year

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Do you remember The Alamo? Of course you don't. It was a terrible movie.

But boy, did it get a lot of hype here in Texas. Papers did stories, Texas Monthly gave it a cover, and the American public gave it the finger.

Which led to its inclusion as a 2004 Turkey of the Year, one in a string of years that saw a lot of competition for the spot.

Who won the grand-prize Turkey of the Year award that time?

Come one, you know......think nipple, and Justin Timberlake....Yep, it was Miss Jackson (if you're nasty).

She and The Alamo joined a very august group, including the comically named State Rep. Talmadge Heflin. We think every state legislature south of the Mason-Dixon line should include someone named Talmadge Heflin.

The next year, 2005, brought our first repeat winner for the overall prize, as Tom DeLay just kept on delivering and would not be ignored.

It was also the year of Justice of the Peace Betty Brock Bell, a name that serious students of judicial ethics and temperament cite regularly. As a horror story.

Next Wednesday brings the newest edition of the Turkeys of the Year. The selections have been made, the cover is ready....but we're not ready to tell you who this year's honoree is.

We can only say it is not Janet Jackson's nipple.

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