We've said goodbye to an outrageous year cram packed with outrageous behavior. We've suffered the effects of greed in a stumbling economy. The battle against unemployment had few good results. We sent American warriors to faraway places to die in smoldering wars. Crazed killers at home snuffed the lives out of many innocents.

We were lied to and deceived by self-serving leaders. Outrageous behavior by famous people in all walks of life also was part of the last year. The list runs deep. It's hard to single out the worst example. East Contra Costa locals, at random, took a shot at picking one person worthy of being labeled the most outrageous individual of 2012. Mitt Romney was the only one who got a double vote.

"Romney was a shameful liar over the long campaign," said Wendell Robinson of Antioch. He brought a disgraceful style to the race for president." Then he added, "A close runner-up would be Sen. John McCain for making Benghazi a political issue. He headed a campaign aimed at smearing good people."

Veronica Polk of Brentwood also picked Romney. "The main reason is I don't like his bad stance on women and health issues," she said. "Romney is a conservative with outdated views going back to America's past. He lives in a fantasy world, not the real world."

President Obama was the choice of Alan Sarandot of Antioch. In his words, "He's not a leader. He made us the laughing stock of the world. He runs away from the major issues and solves nothing. What he does ends up making the problems worse.


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Adam Lanza, the Connecticut school gunman, was singled out by Mike Whitson of Brentwood. "It was the most outrageous crime committed last year. I found it beyond belief that so many children's lives were destroyed in this real life tragedy," he said. "On a less serious note, I pick Dennis Allen, the coach of the Oakland Raiders."

Celebrity Lindsay Lohan got the vote of Sunni Graham of Antioch. "She's disgustingly over-rated, getting lots of press while more deserving celebrities are ignored," she said. "Lindsay was a talented kid, not any more."

"I'm fed up hearing about Kim Kardashian's nonstop attempts to outrage us," said Brian Whitford of Oakley. "She's not that attractive. She has no talent and what's more she's fat. It's about time we admitted she got famous on her back."

Demi Moore is the choice of Kim Collins of Brentwood. "She used to be a role model and people looked up to her. But, she destroyed that image last year," she said. "Partying became more important to her than anything else. Her bad behavior concerning kids is unacceptable."

Lisa Drummond of Antioch chooses her 24-year-old daughter. "She lives vicariously and does what she pleases, good and bad. She goes everywhere," she said. "But I have to admit that most of the family would delight in being like her. When she reads this, I bet she'll laugh."

Contact Ed Arnow at BrentwoodBuzz@aol.com.