Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2013 – Pt. 2)

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(Part One including the setup is here.)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

PA Governor Tom (“Space Cadet”) Corbett for turning down additional Medicaid funds as part of health care reform, as noted here (as Crooks and Liars points out, I guess the health of the “poors” doesn’t matter versus trying to burnish your wingnut bona fides…he made noises later in the year like he would accept the additional Medicaid funding, but I’m not sure that he ever did…and just add this to the pile on Corbett)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Eric Lowry, owner of Pittsburgh Tactical Firearms, came up with the idea to offer one AR-15, 1,000 rounds of ammunition, and 30 high-capacity magazine clips, for free, on his company’s Facebook page, in response to the gun control policies recent advocated by President Obama and members of Congress (here).

Here’s an idea for Lowry – why not go “full wingnut” and turn into a survivalist with your own compound, like that lunatic Jimmy Lee Dykes who abducted that young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome (noted in Part One)? Why not “walk the walk” and stop trying to make money off of others’ bloodshed and instead turn completely against that “big gumint” you apparently hate?

Is it because Dykes ended up getting shot dead by police? Well, why should that stop you? No guts, no glory as they say.

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Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

As is so often the case, Sen. Bernie Sanders earns a well-deserved nod here for introducing a bill to repatriate potentially hundreds of billions of corporate tax revenue; the measure would end the practice of “deferral,” meaning that corporations would pay taxes on profits as they are earned and not at some point in the future, if at all…

Under the Corporate Tax Fairness Act, U.S. corporations would continue to get a credit against their U.S. taxes for foreign taxes they pay. That means that when an American corporation has profits in a country with lower corporate taxes than the U.S., they would pay the federal government the difference between the foreign rate and the U.S. rate. When an American corporation has profits in a country with higher corporate taxes than the U.S., they would pay nothing to the U.S.

Sounds like a plan, and I’m sure Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao is doing his best to figure out how to derail it as I type this.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Definitely not a fan since she beat Patrick Murphy in the Dem primary last year (with a big assist from Bill Clinton, as a payback for Murphy supporting Obama and not Hillary in ’08), but incoming PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane deserves a nod for closing that ridiculous “Florida gun loophole” which allowed a Philadelphia resident whose gun permit was not approved by PA to get a permit from Florida instead, with said permit owner being allowed to own a gun anyway (here – not sure why this was ever legal to begin with…also opposed that stupid PA Defense of Marriage Act, or whatever that is)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Kobe Bryant of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers for calling out a fan here who used “gay” as an insult (as Think Progress tells us, Bryant has apparently come a long way on this issue – here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I could probably run “Man Tan” Boehner of the House out here for a lot of reasons, but here, he said something along the lines of President Obama not having the guts to cut spending, or something, when federal spending under Obama’s watch has decreased from 25.5 percent (when he took office) to 24.7 percent of total federal expenditures as a share of the economy.

Oh, and speaking of Congress and financial matters, I think we should consider this item as a response.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

The bar is set low here I’ll admit, but credit where it’s due to New Mexico governor (and Teahadist) Susana Martinez for also expressing a willingness to close the “gun show loophole” in her state here.

Mistake Photo-op Of The Year (about which I care nothing except for now)

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, predicted before the first game of the strike-shortened NHL season that the Flyers would win the Stanley Cup in 2013 – they ended up not even making the playoffs.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Stephanie Wolfe, a political science professor at West Liberty University in West Virginia, who stated in her syllabus that, when students do written assignments for her class, they can’t use Fox News as a source (she also said students can’t use The Onion – speaking for myself, I’d be hard pressed to figure out the difference, perhaps only that The Onion is intentionally humorous; of course, the predictable outcry from the knuckle-draggers for whom Fix Noise is gospel is already underway…and yes, Wolfe is completely within her rights to do this…here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Joe Scar gets it for some truly ridiculous false equivalency here, saying that Wayne LaPierre of the NRA is as “extreme” on guns as Paul Krugman is on the debt.

Scarborough is a pro when it comes to playing the corporate media game of trying to sound sensible one moment and then embracing utterly batshit wingnuttery the next; hell, I saw him do it within the space of about three minutes once on “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

Tell you what, Joe – the next time someone gets a bullet in the head from the production-possibility frontier or a nine-year-old girl in Tucson is slaughtered by a disturbed market equilibrium or an inefficient distribution of labor, let me know, OK?

(Oh, and by the way, beyond the fact that the comparison is utterly absurd, LaPierre remains tragically and dangerously wrong and Krugman remains thoroughly correct.)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Boxer Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino boxing champion who regularly pulls in guaranteed purses north of $20 million per fight, for refusing to box in Las Vegas because he doesn’t want to pay U.S. taxes for income earned in this country – fine, go 15 rounds with some palooka in Yemen then, you ingrate (here)

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

On Sunday February 17th, Tom Friedman wrote what seems like his 1,217th column on how now is supposedly the time for Obama to strike a “grand bargain” with supposedly moderate Republicans (pathetic – here).

Republicans on the national level “bring the crazy” pretty much 24/7/365 because they don’t want to be primaried by the Teahadists. More than anything else, that is why Republicans in Washington and most statehouses dare not do anything that makes it look like they’re trying to work with that Kenyan Muslim socialist. I’m hardly a “well kept” New York Times pundit, but even I know that (and of course, whenever Friedman talks about compromise, on the Dem side anyway, it has to do with “reining in spending,” or something, which inevitably means that the 99 percent gets it in the neck again…Freidman would do well to read Paul Krugman, who has forgotten more about this stuff than Friedman will ever know).

Dregs of the Year Nominee (Special “Yeah, I’ll Have An Extra Cheese With Pepperoni, Mushrooms And A Side of Lead, To Go” Citation)

All Around Pizzas and Deli in Virginia (here), where customers who bring in a gun or show a gun permit get 15 percent off their order (Wonder what’s next? A free six pack at the beer distributor if you walk in the door with a rocket launcher?)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Victor “Hugh” Bowman for his lawsuit against food processing giant Monsanto here – the company sued Bowman for using second-generation genetically modified seeds (Monsanto being the king of “GM” foods – in this context, I should probably put “food” in quotes too)…as TP tells us (about Bowman’s appeal that has made its way to the High Court of Hangin’ Judge JR), “(This) gives the Supreme Court an opportunity to determine whether or not Monsanto is using patent enforcement to control their monopoly on a vital resource.”

(By the way, a Dregs citation within this to the Obama Administration for siding with Monsanto, and to “Almost Silent” Clarence Thomas, once a Monsanto lawyer, for not recusing himself…knowing the pro-business bent of this Court, it’s probably not hard to figure out what will happen, but we’ll see)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

North Carolina Repug (of course) Governor Pat McCrory for his “unprecedented” gutting of unemployment insurance in his state affecting about 400,000 claimants and their families (here) – his measure reduces the maximum benefit allowed from $535 a week to $350 while cutting the number of weeks an unemployed worker is eligible for the program from 26 to 20 (every resident in the state should probably chip in some change so McCrory can go see the movie or stage production of “Les Miserables,” even though the meaning would no doubt be utterly lost on him…and by the way, McCrory is also a tool for this)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Nevada Repug U.S. House Rep Joe Heck, who said here that he considers former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords to be a “prop” on behalf of common sense gun control efforts in this country (and if Heck were to take a bullet in his head and survive, then I’m sure he would be a “prop” on behalf of ignorant politicians everywhere…and yes, I know he released an update saying he didn’t consider Giffords to be a “prop” after all – mighty decent of him – but as is too often the case, an apology for his terrible choice of words was nowhere to be found)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Montana “Tea Party Patriot” Jennifer Olsen for sharing Rich Diamond’s photo here on Facebook of a “plot to kidnap the President” involving a stick-propped-open box and a watermelon (the pic shows what I’m talking about…and by the way, a Dregs citation to Diamond also for being a clueless nut sack – and isn’t this stuff “sooo 2009” anyway? Yep, keep telling me that the Teahadists aren’t racist)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Judy Viger, a 33-year-old mom in Glen Falls, NY, who hired two strippers for her son’s 16th birthday party, the problem being that 16 is underage and all, as noted here (I read somewhere that she could be looking at a year in prison for corrupting the morals of a minor, but a neighbor acted like it was some kind of a misunderstanding by police…uh huh, sure – all inappropriate jokes about a “boy’s dream come true” or something notwithstanding, this is ultimately a serious legal matter)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Former first lady Laura Bush, who objected when she was included in an ad in support of marriage equality; I know it’s a bit of a slippery slope to include family members of public figures (though she is that in her own right), but the issue is that there is a public record of her support on the issue, and now she’s trying to wash her hands of that, you might say (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Trisha Lynn McLaughlin, 36, of East Street Road in Warminster, PA was accused in February of embezzling about $355,000 from her employer, where she was the office manager, as noted here.

Was her employer a bank? An insurance company? A pharmaceutical firm? No.

Her employer was Newtown Veterinary Hospital, a place near and dear to Mrs. Doomsy, the teenaged one and I since they looked after our family pet, who lived with us for 15 years before he passed away last year (and currently taking care of the new felines also).

This woman is accused of stealing $355 grand from a place that gave (and continues to give I’m sure) wonderful care to people’s treasures, and NVH, I suspect, had to do a lot of scrounging to make up the shortfall.

If she’s convicted, I hope she gets at least 20 years.

More later…

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