Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2013 – Pt. 3)

Prior related posts appear below:

Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Dregs of the Year Nominee (“From One Bum(s) to Another” Citation)

The Women’s Ministry in Austria has repeatedly proposed passing a law against a man grabbing a woman’s butt, affectionately known as “the bum law” in that country, but the Austrian government insists that there’s nothing wrong with that kind of behavior. Under Austrian law, a sexual assault victim must prove that the perpetrator initiated contact that was “more than fleeting” and involved a “primary or secondary sexual organ” and apparently a hand doesn’t qualify (I’ll leave any additional snark on this to you, dear reader).

And in case you were wondering, the Dregs citation goes to the Austrian government here.

Dregs of the Year Nominee (Probably the Front Runner So Far)

A life form named Franklin Sain gets a nod for his disgustingly racist, misogynist death threats against lawmakers Rhonda Fields and Beth McCann; convict him and throw his ass in a Supermax prison with other hardcore cases – give him about 30 years to think about what a hateful pig he really is (here).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Once more, the bar is set really low, but I’m having to scrounge here a bit; at this moment, I think Governor Bully gets it for deciding to accept extra Medicaid funds for NJ, as noted here, which of course Tom (“Space Cadet”) Corbett won’t do in PA, as I pointed out already – Corbett is too busy working with Repugs in Harrisburg to try and siphon off PA’s electoral votes in the 2016 election so the Repug candidate gets some instead of the “winner take all” system we have in the rest of the country, primarily the “red” states

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Police Chief Edward Flynn of Milwaukee for this (there are a few of these characters on Capitol Hill who definitely need a “bitch slap”…sorry if that’s not “PC”…and Huckleberry Graham is definitely one)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep Sean Duffy for this (what an assh*le)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

State Rep. Ernest Hewett (D-CT) for this (once again, what an assh*le)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

San Diego “Christian” College, for firing teacher Teri James for becoming pregnant while engaging in premarital sex with her boyfriend (here); James violated the school’s “moral code” – and to ramp up the hypocrisy meter a little more, the school apparently offered James’ job to her boyfriend after he impregnated her (there’s a reason why there’s a legal remedy for this sort of garbage)

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

The rock band Train get a mention for pulling out of this year’s Boy Scouts National Jamboree to protest that organization’s ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Sen. Charles (“This Guy”) Grassley gets it for this – the almost garden variety wingnuttia isn’t the reason for the citation, but the singular disrespect towards the president from another elected federal politician; as long as we’re at it, though, can we please do away with this socialism BS as long as the stock market continues to set new growth records?

(Yes, I know, I can dream, can’t I?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

(This video link is from November 2012, but I heard about this in March.)

The story I linked to is about the reaction of students in a West Philadelphia high school to the district’s efforts to reduce the calorie content in school lunches; apparently, to qualify for federal funds, there must be a serving of fruit or vegetables with the other stuff on the plate for each student (which I applaud, by the way).

In response, some students have taken to playing “food basketball,” throwing their apples and oranges into the trash can like they’re shooting a basketball or something.

This, to me, is utterly disgusting. I absolutely hate food waste like this (litter too, if you want to know the truth – funny that way, I guess).

Congratulations, morons. Welcome to the world of increased risk for diabetes (not like we don’t already have an epidemic in this country), to say nothing of potential heart attack and stroke (the Dregs citation goes out to the food wasters, to say nothing of wasting taxpayer dollars also). And yes, I know we’re talking about kids (I’m sure their parents are happy to see the product of their hard-earned incomes wasted this way), but as far as I’m concerned, that’s absolutely no excuse.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Richard W. Rahn, an economic adviser to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, referred to Democrats pretty much as blood-sucking parasites here (as the Daily Kos poster noted, wonder what the reaction would be if a “lefty” referred to a Repug politician that way? As opposed to the otherwise-sensible Martin Bashir’s stupid remarks about Sarah Palin here, covered from sea to shining sea).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I don’t enjoy this one bit, but I have to give a citation to Dem Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon; in March, he joined pretend ophthalmologist Rand Paul along with Mike Lee (Utah), Ted Cruz (Tex.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.) for a “talking filibuster” that lasted about 12 hours (here).

Talk about a confederacy of dunces…

I don’t begrudge Wyden’s argument against John Brennan as CIA director, with Brennan being the Obama Administration person who recommends where we send our flying death robots (presumably, Number 44 gives the final signoff). But by deciding to help Paul and his pals, Wyden gave Paul’s filibuster the imprimatur of respectability that, as far as I’m concerned, it didn’t deserve.

The Repugs have left the Dems hanging on their own more times than I can count. Why the hell should we blow an opportunity to return the favor?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Major League Baseball gets a dishonorable mention here for refusing the request of the Venezuelan national baseball team, prior to an exhibition game against the Miami Marlins, for a moment of silence to commemorate the death of Hugo Chavez, that country’s leader.

Hey listen, I totally get it if people didn’t like Chavez. But come on – don’t cook up some nonsensical excuse like there wasn’t enough time to process the request, or something, prior to saying no.

Here’s a crazy, nutty, tree-hugging-liberal notion; maybe we would look like the adults in the room and maybe generate more good will if we had said yes instead, adding that, well, maybe we didn’t think Chavez was so great, but we’re willing to acknowledge someone with whom we frequently disagreed, in part to recognize that he did accomplish some good in his life.

But no – let’s shoot ourselves in the ass again, figuratively speaking, for no good reason.

(“U-S-A!, U-S-A!, U-S-A!”)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Murad Khan, a police officer in southwest Afghanistan, who, as the news story tells us, sacrificed his life for the sake of others, embracing a suicide bomber before the explosive was detonated (as it is written somewhere, there is no greater love – a true hero) – Khan and eight other minors were killed, which is horrific enough, but it could have been worse, in an area of the world where horrific tragedy sadly comes with the territory

Dregs of the Year Nominees (Special “Thank You Sir, May I Have Another!” Citation)

I have to admit that I’m not completely surprised by this, but the info from this link tells us that NHL attendance across the league is up by about 2 percent over last year, and this in spite of a player lockout that wiped out about half of the 2012-2013 season, including the Winter Classic and the All-Star Game (I thought there were “Stepford” fans only in Philadelphia –shows what I know I guess).

Get ready to be abused again the next time the players’ collective bargaining agreement expires.

Dregs of the Year Nominee (Commemorative “Road To Nowhere” Citation)

Texas (of course) State Rep. Dan Branch introduced legislation that would rename a seven-mile stretch of Dallas highway in honor of Former President Highest Disapproval Rating In Gallup Poll History; no word on whether or not this would be the only stretch of road on earth where drivers would be encouraged to “go with their gut” and plunge ahead, making all kinds of ridiculously bad driving decisions regardless of the potential result (here).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Sir Patrick Stewart gets a nod here for his campaign calling on men to prevent violence against women, in light of the online attacks against Zerlina Maxwell who apparently dared (as some view it) to suggest that maybe we should teach rape prevention to men rather than asking women to take all sorts of precautions that might or might not work to guard themselves against assault.

All I can say in response is “Engage!” – sorry, too easy.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

South Carolina (once again, of course) state house rep Kris Crawford supported his state’s Medicaid expansion on the one hand, but on the other hand, he expected his state’s Republican delegation in Congress to vote against it because “It is good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House right now” (here)…

Gee, I wonder if this is something like Willard Mitt Romney and his “47 percent” comment? Way to give away the Repug game, you racist nimrod!

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

I don’t know why it takes a family member having an issue of some kind for a Republican to actually show a bit of conscience, but credit where it’s due here to Ohio Senator Rob Portman for flip-flopping and now supporting marriage equality after his son has “come out” here in March.

…on the other hand…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I had a feeling that the CPAC brown shirt rally would lead to a citation or two, and I wasn’t disappointed (that may be an odd way to put it, though) – Repug U.S. House Rep. Tim Huelskamp attacked Portman, saying he would still oppose marriage equality even if his son “came out.”

Huelskamp doesn’t get a citation for opposing Portman on this issue (which is Huelskamp’s right) – he gets it for the typically small and petulant attitude he displayed while doing so, criticizing Portman because he couldn’t “deliver” Ohio for Willard Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election (as if supporting a family member in an alternatively traumatic and courageous moment is in any way similar to a presidential campaign – here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Just Plain Folks Sarah Palin Dontcha Know earns a dubious mention also; at the same CPAC rally, she criticized New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his restrictions on soda (which, as far as I’m concerned, is pretty smart – I don’t care if it’s “nanny state” government or not…we have an obesity and diabetes epidemic in this country, and Bloomberg’s trying to do something about that).

As with Huelskamp, Palin has the right to take an opposing point of view. That’s not why she got the citation. And the fact that she pulled out this Big Gulp drink to display to emphasize her point for the crowd of knuckle draggers in attendance (who totally loved it, of course) isn’t the reason.

She gets the citation because she didn’t even finish the damn drink, letting it go to waste in all-too-typical fashion in this country.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Singer Michelle Shocked gets a dubious mention for making an anti-gay slur prior to a show in San Francisco (duuuh); as a result, her audience walked out and about four tour dates were cancelled.

(And listen, I’m not saying she has to even like gays or LGBT folk. If you don’t, just keep it to yourself, OK?)

I think this is desperation time here…she never really hit it big, and she was just looking for a way to gain some kind of market share, somewhere (of course, the wingnuts now will love her…I’m sure she’ll be appearing with Dennis Miller before too much longer). I never really thought much of her as a performer, though she is living up to her name here.

Maybe she should change it now to Michelle Stupid(ed)?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I really was going to give a pass to Plymouth County, Massachusetts sheriff Joseph McDonald over making a joke about President Obama getting shot in the head a la Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater, mainly because…y’know….I’ve just reached a bit of Obama Assassination Remark Fatigue. Maybe I shouldn’t feel this way, but I do; I mean, there have been so many supposedly jokey references to Number 44 getting killed that it has become background noise (of course, God forbid if any of them should ever come to hideous fruition –and God bless our Secret Service for the work they do). And no, I wasn’t going to cut McDonald a break because he lives in a “blue” state.

But you know what? Screw it – for what it’s worth, he gets a mention for “doubling down” when he gets called on it, referring to his critics as “Nazis” (again, really tired stuff here).

What an asshat (oh, and liberals supposedly made the same remarks about Dubya? Give me a date, time, place, web site, name of said person – details, you schmuck).

More later…

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