Well the votes are all in (okay, there was only one vote) and the winner has been chosen. The douchebag of the year for 2011 was Dan "Checkmate" Atkinson. Although he only won the weekly Douchie once, Dan's greatest douchebaggery was performed prior to the inception of The Douchies in the summer. Dan and his partner Tony took thousands of members from People's Dinar (which they started with SteveI by pulling even more thousands away from Dinar Vets in an obviously orchestrated conference call strategy) in starting up People's Talk Radio (PTR). Then they charged $25 to thousands of people to reserve a place at the post-RV bash in San Francisco. Dan then started charging $15/mo for access to his special intel which has never proven to be worth a dime, let alone $180 a year. Later in the year he wheeled some old anonymous geezer into the studio and interviewed him, claiming that he was one of the authors of The Marshall Plan. A few minutes of searching on the internet will tell you that they've all been dead for several years. (George Frost Kennan died in 2005 at age 101). Almost every week Dan went on record saying that he really believes this week is our week. His sidekick TonyTNT was a willing accomplice with very imaginative BS intel and buffoonery, along with an assortment of other anonymous intel providers that I suspect are merely aliases. Then Dan had the gall to say that he doesn't want his site to be known as the site that calls the RV every week. Pulleeeeez!!!! That ship has sailed, my friend.
I'm not a fan of Adam Montana from Dinar Vets or of SteveI from People's Dinar. Anybody who reads my blog posts knows that. But Dan proved in 2011 that he can outdouche any of them. Any why shouldn't he? He's had lots of practice. So congratulations to Dan for winning the very first (and hopefully the last) Douche of the Year award. Well done!