Ham of Excellence: Anthony Weiner

Ham of Excellence

Greetings my fellow arbiters of all things awesome. It is time to glaze up another Ham of Excellence and celebrate an asskicking individual for his Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Excellence.

This fine gentleman is articulate, passionate, and brilliant; not to mention he has balls the size of Texas.  When faced with the absurd hypocrisy of the Party of NO on the public option, he called their bluff and submitted a bill to kill medicare. He also stood on the House floor and said “The Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry.”  When asked if Lieberman was “a dick,” he told the truth.  Truly, this man’s Ham is long overdue.

I present to you, this week’s HOE:  Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY).

Ham of Excellence

HOE

It is time – indeed, well past time – for us to acknowledge another example of Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence.   Our latest HOE is a tireless advocate for truth, compassion, and understanding. In fact, I do not think he stops to eat or sleep in his drive to bring enlightenment and kindness to our very, ummmm enlightenmentally-challenged area. Oh yes, people – in addition to being a HOE, this person is also a local WIN and we are very, very lucky to have him around.

I present to you the latest recipient of the SLF Ham of Excellence:

The Reverend John Shuck of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton.

This man has not only challenged my thinking on what organized religion can do (i.e., something other than judgment, inadvertent wrong, and outright evil), he shows just what good we can attain if we have the balls and conviction to be unconventional and honest. Did you ever think you could walk into a southern church – hell, any church – and hear a sermon on “Better Living Through Evolution?”  How many ministers do you know who are active in PFLAG? When was the last time you saw your preacher at a pro-healthcare reform rally?

Now, my opinions on what Jesus is/was about are based pretty much entirely on Jesus Christ Superstar. I like the whole ‘do unto to others’ thing. And the idea of sticking to an incredible unpopular (and fatal) viewpoint because you *know* in your heart that it is the right thing to do is really fundamentally cool. But the Jesus in my mind would probably be heartbroken if he saw and heard some of the shit that was/is done in his name. However, I usually keep these opinions to myself because (1) I am not a Christian and (2) most Christians seem to be just thrilled with the status quo.

So imagine how amazing it is to meet someone who truly embodies what Jesus is supposed to be about. It’s enough to make a southern female lawyer think about going to church. Which, as someone who has never gone to any church/temple/religiousgathering in her entire life and is fairly certain said building will erupt in flames should she enter, is a pretty big freaking deal.

So, thank you John Shuck for existing. You sir, are truly a Ham of Excellence.

SFL Ham of Excellence

Ham of Excellence

It is true that I spend a LOT of time mocking things and pointing out general suck. However, in addition to being occasionally for the children,  SFL is also about recognizing random awesomeness, local WINs, and, beginning today, the Ham of Excellence.

The HOE is a very special and tasty award that recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of excellence. Not every WIN can be a HOE. HOEs are for those who most truly and steadfastly rock, sometimes in ways we cannot even see or hear. An SFL HOE is someone or something that goes above, beyond, around, and through general excellence, past random awesomeness, and into a realm where unicorns frolic while drinking prosecco and listening to the New Pornographers cover ELO.

So, without further ado, I present to you the first winner of the SFL Ham of Excellence:

Elizabeth Warren - Ham of Excellence Winner

Elizabeth Warren is the the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel and tireless champion/protector of the American middle class. You can read more about her outstanding excellence here, peruse her books here, or simply bask in her awesomeness and watch the clip below.

Rock on, Elizabeth Warren. Rock on.