Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2013 – Pt. 1)

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OK, I’m going to rev this up again and see how far I get with it.

This is the beginning of my year-end wrap-up, and I’d better get started now because I’ve got a bunch of stuff. The point of this is to cover a lot of items that I’d managed to accumulate over the prior year, but I really didn’t want to include them in a post because I didn’t have much to say at the time.

(A bit of background here: I originally started the whole “Do-Gooders and Dregs” thing over at the Blogger site in 2005, and I did it every year since – with each post or set of posts gradually getting longer and longer – until last year, when I was unable to do it for a variety of reasons. However, I really felt that this blog was the worse for not having it, so I’m going to try and get it going again. And I’m going to do the posts here at WordPress instead because I think it’s a better platform for what I have in mind.)

And by the way, unacknowledged hat tips are probably owed here to Eschaton, Daily Kos, Think Progress, Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars, Balloon Juice, firedoglake, MSNBC, and a few other sites here – many thanks.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Joshua Boston, a Marine who penned a letter complaining to Dianne Feinstein, his senator, about her efforts to try and reinstitute the assault weapons ban after the Newtown, CT shootings here; that’s not the reason for the citation – he has the right to do that – but to do so with this language…

“You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain,” Boston wrote in his letter to the senator. “I am not your subject,” he continues. “I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant.”

He also compared gun control efforts to Nazi Germany.

Uh huh.

Thank you for your service. Now, STFU.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The South Carolina (Danger, Will Robinson!) Mexican restaurant Taco Cid for its “witty” T-shirts worn by its employees that show a “joke” about “catching” illegal immigrants; when they were busted, they lashed out at the newspaper that published the story and the reporter who also took the picture, saying it wouldn’t advertise in that newspaper anymore (hereAy Carumba, are these people nitwits, the ones running the restaurant I mean!)

Dregs of the Year Nominees (Commemorative “Too Darn Hot” Citation)

The news networks with initials for names for excluding the one story that trumps everything else here

Ingrates of the Year (Possibly The Millennia) Citation

Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, former chairman of AIG, gets it for filing a lawsuit on behalf of the insurance giant claiming that “the federal government violated the Fifth Amendment by taking too large a share in the company and charging it excessive interest rates on the $182 billion in loans it gave the company” (here).

So these gutter snipes accept hundreds of billions of bailout dough and award themselves bonuses to boot, and now they’re mad because we (perhaps in our stupidity) enabled them?

Nationalize them right now. That will fix their sorry asses (more here).

Self-Defeating Right-Wing Moron of the Year

James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, a Tennessee company that trains people in weapon and tactical skills, claimed in a video posted on YouTube and Facebook that he would “start killing people” if President Barack Obama decides to take executive action to pass further gun control policies (he later apologized, as well he should – here).

I give you Exhibit A in the argument that there are some people in this country who shouldn’t be allowed to own a firearm (to say nothing of meriting prison time for making terroristic threats).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

George Burnett, the Colorado smoothie shop owner who charged more to liberals than conservatives and sent the difference to some right-wing outfit that pretends to care about the deficit here (which, as noted here, has been going down under that Kenyan Muslim Socialist in the White House)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The five Repugs here (including disgraced former Reagan AG Ed Meese) who wanted to impeach Obama over #44’s eminently sensible gun proposals…

…who were slapped down by some actual adults in that party here (color me shocked!)

…thought that still didn’t stop the NRA from this vile maneuver (and a Do-Gooder-within-a-Dregs citation here to Chris Christie – again, credit where it’s due)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao for resurrecting the Obama-“gun grabber” mythology immediately after #44 was sworn in for another term here (of course, it has been long since proven that such a charge has absolutely no basis in actual fact)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The head of the Mon Valley Republican Party in McKeesport, PA who hung his American flag upside down – a distress signal used by soldiers in times of war – to protest the Obama inauguration (this guy apparently said that our country is “a horrible place”…if you really think that, well, I don’t see anyone forcing you to stay, jackass – here and here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Steve Kozachik, vice mayor and a member of the Tucson, AZ City Council, for stating here that the gun issue was the “last straw” for him and the GOP – one of the items he notes in his 1/22 CNN column is that he helped institute a gun buy-back program, but at about the same time as one of those events, the NRA set up a stand nearby with their “Cash for Guns” program, outbidding the gift cards that were given to those who participated in the buy-back program…those who went for the NRA deal traded in the cash for guns with no background checks on anyone, which apparently is legal in Arizona…beyond belief, though PA doesn’t have anything to brag about on that score either

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Golfer Phil Mickelson, who claims that he’s paying about 62 to 63 percent in taxes and cannot afford to pay more, as tax rates for those making more than $450K return to Clinton-era levels, which were hardly oppressive to begin with (as Think Progress states here, if Mickelson is really paying that much, then he’s being taken for a ride big time, even though it is higher in CA I realize when you add in all levels of taxation – regardless, he needs to be better informed on this subject at the very least, and maybe just a tad more empathetic too)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Former Bushco Secretary of State Colin Powell, for calling out his party on their voter suppression efforts primarily in the 2012 elections here; no, this doesn’t redeem his “baking soda in a vial” moment at the U.N. before the Gulf War, but it’s progress, and it builds on Joe Scarborough’s thoroughly truthful comment the day before about the fact that the House GOP has hung onto power through gerrymandering

Dregs of the Year Nominee (Commemorative “I Don’t Know What Any Adult On This Show Says – All I Ever Hear Is This ‘Wau Waauu Waaauuu’ Crap” Citation)

Peter Robbins, the man who voiced Charlie Brown as a child for all of those TV shows remembered by boomers everywhere including yours truly; in January, noted here, he was arrested and charged with 12 felony counts, facing up to nine years in state prison for stalking his ex-girlfriend and making criminal threats against a La Jolla plastic surgeon (good grief…too easy I know)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien for this (file this under “kicking butt and taking names”)…

Here is what happened – she had some wingnut on her show who opposed women in combat (which is stupid anyway because women have been fighting and dying in combat for years, to say nothing of enduring other miseries, as noted here), and O’Brien read a quote from someone that seemed to validate what the wingnut was saying. The only problem is that the quote was actually spoken in 1941 from someone who opposed African Americans in the military.

Some would consider that to be a journalistic trick, but not me (particularly since Fix Noise and their ideological brethren repeatedly clip quotes and twist meanings; O’Brien presented something that was truthful in a historical context…we need more like this).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter for presenting what he calls his “Sandy Hook principles” to encourage responsible corporate behavior by gun and ammunition manufacturers here; as part of this, he has called for divestment from gun companies in much the same way that we once encouraged divestment from companies that supported Apartheid in South Africa (Joe Nocera of the New York Times has also been “following the money” on this issue here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Jerry Boykin for this

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Roxanne Rubin, a casino worker on the Las Vegas strip and a Nevada Republican, who tried to show everybody how easy it is to commit voter fraud and ended up getting arrested for – wait for it! – voter fraud (yep, I definitely think there’s a Darwin award in her future…here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Idaho State Senator Sheryl Nuxoll for comparing “Obamacare” to the Holocaust (ya’ think these numbskulls would have gotten the message by now that this country is sick of their eliminationist rhetoric, but I guess not; just keep losing elections, then…fine with me – here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Charles Albert Poland, Jr., a bus driver in Newton, Alabama, apparently confronted some anti-government survivalist nut named Jimmy Lee Dykes when Dykes (allegedly, let’s not forget) boarded Polard’s bus with a gun, threatening the kids. Polard confronted Dykes (unarmed, apparently) to defend the kids, and Polard was shot dead for it. Dykes allegedly then took a 5-year-old hostage into his underground bunker where, apparently, Dykes had enough food and other necessities to last for days or even weeks at a time (Dykes ended up dead and the boy was saved – works for me).

Poland laid down his life for his kids – in terms of commitment, I can’t see what can top that…here.

Dregs of the Year Nominee (“Heckuva Job” Citation)

Buscho FEMA Director (using the term loosely) Mike Brown, for attempting a joke about the blackout that took place in New Orleans during the Super Bowl, won by the Baltimore Ravens, and then copping an attitude when confronted over it here…if there is any person on this earth who has no room whatsoever to joke about New Orleans (and recalling Katrina in the process), it’s Brown (and why is it not surprising in any way that Brown is now a talk radio host?)

Crime Story of the Year, So Far (Commemorative “(Prison) Walls and Bridges” Citation)

Three different Brazilian criminals with surnames including that of slain former Beatle John Lennon were involved in a crime spree on or about February, as noted by The Daily Mail (the popularity of The Fab Four in that country was cited as a possible explanation, along with the fact that, after Lennon’s 1980 killing, more babies were named after him in particular among the rest of the group…here)

More later…

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