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Dead Pool 105: Merry Ho Ho Edition

Carl notches up another corpse with Max Clifford. Clifford, if you never heard of ‘im, was a famous British publicist of the more-than-usually slimy kind.

This was a bit of a windfall, Carl: famous enough in Britain that I would definitely take him, but probably unknown to most of my readership. I suspect there are one or two out there waiting to pull Carl’s Gambit in case of bigger names.

And what could say Merry Christmas like speculating on the death of famous people who still walk among us? I ask you!

Right! Everybody got your eggynog and candycanes?

Then we’ll begin…

0. Rule Zero (AKA Steve’s Rule): your pick has to be living when picked. Also, nobody whose execution date is circled on the calendar. Also, please don’t kill anybody. Plus (Pupster’s Rule) no picking someone who’s only famous for being the oldest person alive.

1. Pick a celebrity. Any celebrity — though I reserve the right to nix picks I never heard of (I don’t generally follow the Dead Pool threads carefully, so if you’re unsure of your pick, call it to my attention).

2. We start from scratch every time. No matter who you had last time, or who you may have called between rounds, you have to turn up on this very thread and stake your claim.

3. Poaching and other dirty tricks positively encouraged.

4. Your first choice sticks. Don’t just blurt something out, m’kay? Also, make sure you have a correct spelling of your choice somewhere in your comment. These threads get longish and I use search to figure out if we have a winner.

5. It’s up to you to search the thread and make sure your choice is unique. I’m waayyyy too lazy to catch the dupes. Popular picks go fast.

6. The pool stays open until somebody on the list dies. Feel free to jump in any time. Noobs, strangers, drive-bys and one-comment-wonders — all are welcome.

7. If you want your fabulous prize, you have to entrust me with a mailing address. If you’ve won before, send me your address again. I don’t keep good records.

8. The new DeadPool will begin 6pm WBT (Weasel’s Blog Time) the Friday after the last round is concluded.

The winner, if the winner chooses to entrust me with a mailing address, will receive an Official Certificate of Dick Winning and a small original drawing on paper suffused with elephant shit particles. Because I’m fresh out of fairy shit particles.


Comment from thefritzer
Time: December 15, 2017, 6:01 pm

Olivia de Havilland

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 15, 2017, 6:01 pm

John Sidney McCain III, to the heavenly applause from the crew of the USS Forrestal.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: December 15, 2017, 6:01 pm

Herman Wouk, not that I don’t like him. I just like Swease art better.

Comment from Mrs Carl
Time: December 15, 2017, 6:01 pm

Clive James

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: December 15, 2017, 6:01 pm

Liza Minelli

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: December 15, 2017, 6:02 pm

George H. W. Bush…. c’mon, Man!

Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: December 15, 2017, 6:23 pm

Ramsey Clark please.

Comment from Janna
Time: December 15, 2017, 6:31 pm

Kirk douglas

Comment from Mrs_Durnedyankee
Time: December 15, 2017, 6:32 pm

Kirk Douglas.

That’s how this works right?

Comment from Prm
Time: December 15, 2017, 6:40 pm

Val Kilmer

Comment from sassamon
Time: December 15, 2017, 6:43 pm

For this round I will again choose the Ding Dong Gentleman, Leslie Phillips. Comic actor Who has been in over 150 films and television shows. Known early in his career for the Carry On and the Doctor film series.

Portrayed many “Lechery Toffs” throughout his long career

Memorable phrase “Ding Dong, you’re not wrong”


Comment from Hutch
Time: December 15, 2017, 6:52 pm

Joanne Woodward

Comment from Armybrat
Time: December 15, 2017, 6:59 pm

Robert Mugabe

Comment from naleta
Time: December 15, 2017, 7:02 pm

Michael Moore of Michigan infamy.

I’m amazed that I am actually close enough to caught up on my rss feeds to claim him.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 15, 2017, 7:02 pm

Oh, no Mrs_Durnedyankee! You missed it by seconds!

You and Mr Durnedyankee are welcome to participate separately.

Comment from Janna
Time: December 15, 2017, 8:00 pm

I was driving down the interstate at 80mph, when I remembered the dead pool. I’m old, and not accustomed to texting while driving. But. Dead. Pool.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: December 15, 2017, 8:02 pm

Heh – this should be interesting to see who she picks next.


Imma go with – Ruth Bader Ginsburg again, and hold the traditional snark.

Is there a chinese guy named Dang? That was her response when she saw she lost out on Kirk.

Comment from Mrs_Durnedyankee
Time: December 15, 2017, 8:11 pm

Burt Reynolds then?

Comment from RimrockR
Time: December 15, 2017, 9:16 pm

Chuck Yeager

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: December 15, 2017, 9:20 pm

Maybe time for Billy Graham to be knocking on heaven’s door?

(Assuming he gets there, and I suppose that is a safe bet, but who knows).

Comment from Ben
Time: December 15, 2017, 9:28 pm

William Shatner

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: December 15, 2017, 9:29 pm

George Soros

The disappearance of such from the earth would make a lovely end to a year of winning!

Comment from p2
Time: December 15, 2017, 9:34 pm

prince phillip…. aka phil the greek

Comment from weaselwannabe
Time: December 15, 2017, 9:36 pm

Jimmy carter

Comment from gulliblepratt
Time: December 15, 2017, 9:50 pm

Clint Eastwood

Comment from BrendaM
Time: December 15, 2017, 9:59 pm

Betty White

Comment from Mad Ivan
Time: December 15, 2017, 11:01 pm

Heinz “Henry” Kissinger

Comment from ea in ga
Time: December 15, 2017, 11:25 pm

James Comey

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: December 15, 2017, 11:42 pm

Changing it up again and picking Richard Starkey, AKA Ringo Starr.

Because he’s old and a rocker and a lot of rockers have been falling over lately.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: December 16, 2017, 12:38 am

Republican Senator from Mississippi: Thad Cochran.

Comment from tinman
Time: December 16, 2017, 1:07 am

Yoko Ono.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: December 16, 2017, 1:37 am

For some, this may need some explanation.

Minneapolis has become to a great extent a suburb of Mogadishu, Somalia with a massive influx of unassimulated Somali “refugees”. The first Somali refugee to become a Minneapolis cop was one Muhamed Noor, with the boosting and encouragement of the Democrat Farm-Labor Party [the local Marxist branch of the Democrats] and an abbreviated training program in the name of “Diversity”.

Last July 15 at 11:41 pm, Australian national Justine Damond, a 40 year old yoga teacher engaged to be married to an American in August, called 9-1-1 to report what sounded like a woman being raped in the alley behind her house. MPD responded to the front of the house in a vehicle driven by an Officer Harrity and Officer Noor in the passenger seat. For unknown reasons, neither had their body cameras turned on. Damond, in her nightgown, came out of her front door and approached the driver’s side of the police car. Officer Noor drew his service weapon from his holster and fired through the open driver’s window past the chest of his partner, hitting and killing Justine Damond. There is a dispute as to how many times Noor shot her.

Neither Noor nor Harrity would make any statements, including filing reports on the shooting. When I was wearing a badge, refusal to file a report would be grounds for instant firing. Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman says he can do nothing without testimony from both officers [who are suspended with pay]. If he referred it to the County Grand Jury, they could subpoena them and force testimony, but then the County Attorney would lose control over whether charges were filed. If charges are filed against Noor, the DFL would go Chiroptera feces crazy because Noor is a protected class Muslim. Freeman intends to run for governor on the DFL ticket.

Today the news came out that Freeman WILL NOT file any charges in the death, and apparently Noor and Harrity will be returning to full duty. There will be no accounting for Justine Damond’s death.

There is a certain amount of uproar in Minneapolis, and I suspect that Noor’s safety on the street is limited. Mohamed Noor is my pick.

Comment from Bob
Time: December 16, 2017, 2:24 am

Nancy Pelosi

Comment from drive-by
Time: December 16, 2017, 2:27 am

Hillary Clinton, who isn’t well.

Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: December 16, 2017, 2:42 am

Got here a bit late so I’m just gonna cruise around the web and pick the first well known person that pisses me off.

Comment from Davem123
Time: December 16, 2017, 2:48 am

I’m going with William Jefferson Clinton. Have you seen him lately? Not long for this Earth.

Comment from Sk.Y M-39
Time: December 16, 2017, 3:40 am

Bob Barker c’mon down! Your the next contestant FTD!

Comment from Conchi
Time: December 16, 2017, 4:36 am

Jesse Jackson puleeze

Comment from Sam Paris
Time: December 16, 2017, 4:49 am

Carl Kassel from NPR.

Comment from catnip
Time: December 16, 2017, 4:50 am

Former Secretary of State, George P. Schultz

Comment from dissent555
Time: December 16, 2017, 7:01 am

Something different for this round.

Singer/songwriter Carole King.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: December 16, 2017, 8:51 am

Rather late to the party oncet again – ah, well; I was pretty sure somebunny was gonna snap-up what would have been my veering-off-from-the-usual first pick, this round, before I could get to ‘im, an’ sho-nuff (as we are wont to say, betimes, “down-home”), the second crack outta the box, ol’ Johnny McStain got tooken…

So – let it be known far ‘n wide that, though I will pop for The Usual oncet again, I sincerely hope, Uncle Al, that you are successful in your pick, as that ol’ Debbil brain-tumor takes The Slime-Bag From Harry-Zona down for the Final Count.

Meanwhile…It’s to be ol’ Red-Pants Insaney Janey Fonda (of whom NO.ONE! is or ever will be fond-of) FTW – May the Cable Car Of Destiny collide with your immediate (or at least near-term) Future, Janey-gal…

Comment from dustoffmom
Time: December 16, 2017, 4:13 pm

Reading through the comments it appears Barbara Bush remains unchosen thus far. So I will ride with her for this round.

Comment from Veeshir
Time: December 16, 2017, 8:46 pm

Well since I can’t poach Bill, I guess it’s Ed Asner.

Comment from thefritzer
Time: December 16, 2017, 9:29 pm

Uncle Al, I would not be adverse to you winning…just after McStain votes in the affirmative for the tax plan…

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 16, 2017, 11:25 pm

@thefritzer – I want “Wet Start” to die soon, but I want the tax plan to pass sooner, so we’re in agreement. (-:

Comment from Timbo
Time: December 17, 2017, 2:16 am

Keith Richards

Comment from currently
Time: December 17, 2017, 2:57 am

David Crosby

Comment from Pupster
Time: December 17, 2017, 6:12 am

Charlie Sheen

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 18, 2017, 1:45 am

Oh, goodie-goodie-goodie! McCain just got out of the hospital and is heading home to Arizona and not staying in DC for the tax bill vote. His daughter Meghan said “My father is doing well” and so, using carl’s logic (proven to work pretty well, we’ve seen), I don’t expect he’ll make it to the new year and maybe not even to Christmas. My fingers and toes are crossed!

Comment from AliceH
Time: December 18, 2017, 2:03 am

Carol Channing. We share a birthday, a mere 40 years apart.

Comment from BJM
Time: December 18, 2017, 2:35 am

Imma way late to the party…I’ll take Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud.

Comment from steve
Time: December 18, 2017, 3:29 pm

Barys Kit

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: December 18, 2017, 3:46 pm

The late great Keely Smith! RIP, Ms.Smith.


Comment from Eirik
Time: December 18, 2017, 4:28 pm

I had no idea that there was a dead pool this weekend!

I’ll go with Tim Leher, singer and mathematician. Also, 89.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 18, 2017, 4:59 pm

@Eirik – You mean Tom Lehrer, right? Math prof at UC Santa Cruz and author of Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, Vatican Rag, and other favorites.

Comment from bikeboy
Time: December 18, 2017, 7:28 pm

Jerry Lee “The Killer” Lewis

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: December 18, 2017, 9:30 pm

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 18, 2017, 1:45 am

Not being a nice or forgiving person, I am not even marginally upset that McCain may never darken the door of the Senate. There is one thing to worry about. Arizona law requires that the governor appoint a person from the same party as any Senator replaced. McCain is back in Arizona. I’m pretty sure he has enough strength to get to the County Clerk’s office and change his registration to Democrat, forcing the governor to replace him with a Democrat.

Comment from platypuss
Time: December 19, 2017, 12:52 pm

I. M. Pei has designs on a new residence.

Comment from MrsMGunz
Time: December 20, 2017, 10:31 am

Pope Benedict XVI

(But I’m really hoping Uncle Al wins this round)

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: December 20, 2017, 10:49 pm

Bernard Lewis, eminent and very un-PC historian of the Middle East and Islam.

Comment from spunkus
Time: December 22, 2017, 12:47 am

Raul Castro – going to visit brother Fidel.

Comment from Montenegro
Time: December 22, 2017, 5:22 pm

Mick Jagger one more time

Comment from Anonymous
Time: December 23, 2017, 4:06 am

Don Nix. I’ve been losin’ so long it seems like a habit. I figure if I nominate him, he’s gonna live a long time. Never heard of Don Nix? Listen to Leon Russell. “Amos Burke”? Don Nix. “Goin’ Down”? Don Nix. “Same Old Blues?” Don Nix. Ole Slowhand plays on his albums. So did the sainted Freddie King. Delalaney and Bonnieand Friends were a Don Nix cover band.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: December 23, 2017, 10:41 pm

Bruce McCandless, age 88. Astronaut. Floated untethered in space 1984.

RIP, Captain McCandless!

Comment from unkawill
Time: December 29, 2017, 2:06 am

Erica Garner

Comment from thefritz
Time: December 29, 2017, 2:23 am

Rose Marie, RIP.
She was 94

Comment from RushBabe
Time: December 29, 2017, 2:36 am

Doris Day.

Comment from Nana
Time: December 29, 2017, 12:32 pm

Bob Dole

Comment from blake
Time: December 30, 2017, 3:03 am

Buzz Aldrin.

Well, Death’ll try but Buzz’ll kick his ass…

Comment from unkawill
Time: December 31, 2017, 12:05 am

4 hours ago – (CNN)Erica Garner — an activist for social justice and the eldest daughter of the man who died from a police choke hold in New York in 2014 — died on Saturday morning days after suffering a heart attack, her mother Esaw Snipes said. … Garner, 27, suffered from the effects of an …

Comment from unkawill
Time: December 31, 2017, 12:08 am

I don’t know if she’s famous enough to meet the criteria but the MSM covered it.

Comment from 16920502
Time: December 31, 2017, 6:48 am

Harry Belafonte

Comment from Steve
Time: December 31, 2017, 3:01 pm

Nobody had Rose Marie?

Comment from unkawill
Time: January 3, 2018, 12:59 am

Did I win?

Comment from tonycc
Time: January 6, 2018, 9:32 pm

RIP Jerry Van Dyke

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: January 7, 2018, 6:37 pm

Isabelle Geneviève Marie Anne “France” Gall (9 October 1947 – 7 January 2018) was a French yé-yé singer. RIP

Comment from Bill the Butcher
Time: January 8, 2018, 2:45 pm

Ramsey Clark — who would root for the Nazis if they came back and declared war on America again.

Comment from Drew458
Time: January 10, 2018, 11:48 am

Country singer and total stoner Willie Nelson.

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