Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2013 – Pt. 4)

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Dregs of the Year Nominee (“This is CNN?” Citation)

The network was criticized in March for what many considered its slanted coverage by reporter Poppy (?) Harlow and anchor Candy Crowley of the conviction of Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16 in the rape of a drunken 16-year-old girl from West Virginia.

As this HuffPo column tells us…

“These two young men who had such promising futures — star football players, very good students — literally watched as they believed their life fell apart,” Harlow said. Crowley asked a CNN legal analyst, “What’s the lasting effect though on two young men being found guilty juvenile court of rape essentially?”

This is partly like that tasteless “SNL” sketch about the National Organization for Men, where John Belushi once said, “When a man commits a rape, sometimes he feels disoriented, confused…like he needs to reach out, y’know?” The only problem is that SNL is, ostensibly, a comedy show and not something that purports to be a legitimate news broadcast.

A little sympathy for the victim (the real victim) would be nice here…just a little. And some chastisement towards these two monsters instead of a crying towel wouldn’t hurt either (And here is an update).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Steubenville, OH resident and blogger Alexandria Goddard earns a mention in this also. As this story tells us, drew the world’s attention to the damning Facebook posts and “tweets” concerning the rape victim who was attacked by Mays and Richmond, for which the two were convicted; the story also tells us that, because of her courageous act, Goddard’s family has been harassed. She has had a slow AIDS death wished upon her by a former friend, was sued for defamation of character by a student (it was dismissed) and has been hospitalized due to the stress of being sued.

Would she do it again? “Absolutely,” she says.

Courageous stuff…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Departing (not soon enough) U.S. Senate Repug Saxby (“I’m Not Gay, So I Don’t Want To Marry One”) Chambliss here (idiot – yeah, the Repugs are really going forward on marriage equality…uh huh)

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

The N.H. “lege” (here) and NYPD Officer Pedro Serrano (here)…

…on the other hand…

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The North Dakota “lege” gets a dishonorable mention for this (uh huh, the Repugs are sure going to win back women voters with this, with women legislators from even their own party protesting – yep)

Dregs of the Year Nominee (Special “Et Tu, Trapper?” Citation)

Wayne Rogers appeared on Fix Noise here in March and said we lived in a “fascist” government to commemorate the third anniversary of health care reform (guess those M.A.S.H residuals must somehow be running out; can’t think of any other reason why he would need the dough to help spread this BS – pity).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

I’m tempted to give this straight up to “Calgary” Cruz (or should I say “Caribbean Cruz”) and his playmates in the U.S. Senate who voted against the health care law and also voted to repeal the student loan reform law (here), but instead, this citation goes out to anyone who cast a ballot for these clowns (Wonder why we can’t get more done to fix what ails this country? Stupid voters is one reason).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

83-year-old Edith Windsor (here) – wishing her all the best…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Carol Sutor, of Bristol, Bucks County, PA, came across some secondhand clothes that had $30,000 in cash stuffed inside; she returned the money ultimately to the son of an 85-year-old woman who had inadvertently left the money in a clothing bag (another Do-Gooder citation to the son of the woman who gave Sutor $1,000 as a thank you for returning the money and not doing what far too many other people would have done – here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Apparently, ever since Number 44 was re-elected, Shawn Moore of Carney’s Point, Salem County, NJ had been acting like a total fool, including carrying on at an Applebee’s restaurant (ZOMG, THAT KENYAN MUSLIM SOCIALIST IS TRYING TO STEAL MY GUNS!!!!). What gets him a dishonorable mention here, though, is the fact that he posted a pic on Facebook of his 11-year-old son holding a 22-calibre assault rifle, which supposedly was a birthday present.

Hey dipshit, if you want to make a fool out of yourself, that’s one thing. But next time, leave the kids alone when it comes to this stuff, OK?

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The Chester County, PA Commissioners earn a dishonorable mention for compelling that county’s workers from the county’s human services departments (include Aging, Children and Youth, Drug & Alcohol, Mental Health/ IDD and the Youth Center) to attend a compulsory meeting run by wingnut union buster Peter A. List.

As the Daily Kos post tells us…

The caseworkers are charged with working with the most needy and vulnerable of the county’s citizens, in many cases those unable to care for themselves. Despite the wealth all around them (Chester County boasts a median income of 84,800 with 51% of the residents over the age of 25 having a bachelor degree or higher – the wealthiest county in PA), these employees are frustrated by increasing workloads and budget cutbacks. They are constantly being asked to do more with less. They have not received a raise in four years and many feel they can no longer afford to live in the county they serve. They remain the lowest paid in the 5-county Philadelphia area.

Actually, I now realize that I should expand this citation to include not just the commissioners, but Pete List along with any voter that allows this miserable circumstance to remain unchallenged.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The gun nuts who showed up at this Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns National Day to Demand Action rally in Indianapolis, IN fully armed to intimidate those who attended the rally, as noted here (and yes, they succeeded) – didn’t we used to fight wars against countries that did this kind of stuff?

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees (“Retroactive to 2012” Citation)

As noted here, court documents in a lawsuit filed by “a powerful Republican nonprofit fundraising organization, American Action Network” against a nonprofit (figures) responsible for providing entertainment for last year’s Repug National Convention reveal that Lady Gaga turned down $1 million to perform (rapper Pitbull and Dolly Parton deserve Do-Gooder citations also for likewise saying “no thanks,” but not with that kind of dough on the line, I’m sure).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Alaska Repug State House Rep Kurt Olson told an Exxon company representative here that Exxon shouldn’t be blamed for the second-worst oil spill in U.S. history, the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 (when the rep heard this, he said “Wow” – that’s my reaction also, but for an altogether different reason I’m sure).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Powerball winner Pedro Quezada for deciding to use some of his winnings to pay the rent for his entire neighborhood for a month (here) – good guy

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Former NRA lobbyist and founder of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Dudley Brown gets a dishonorable mention; he said here that it’s “time to hunt Democrats” during election season, supposedly (wonder what kind of outrage would have been generated if Jim Carrey, during his “Cold, Dead Hand” spoof, had made a remark like “time to hunt Republicans”?)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee (Special “Would Have Been, Had He Not Fallen Victim To This Country’s Epidemic of Gun Violence About Which We Can Apparently Do Absolutely Nothing On The Federal Level, At Least To This Moment” Citation)

Joseph Massenburg, 18, was shot multiple times and killed on a New Orleans street corner as noted here in April; he had been eager to embark on his first project in NOLA as an AmeriCorps member, friends and family said in the Times-Picayune story…Massenburg’s father called his son a dedicated public servant who spent most of his youth volunteering at his local church in suburban Illinois (here).

In other words, he was exactly the type of person this country needs desperately and can ill afford to lose, though I want to emphasize that any death due to gun violence is a tragedy and you can’t really say that one is worse than another (hat tip to Joe Nocera and The Gun Report at the New York Times).

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

Any federal government employee who has volunteered to take pay cuts in support of furloughed federal workers as long as the “sequester” (in which Man Tan Boehner infamously said that he got “98 percent of everything he wanted”) remains in effect, including President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, Secretary of Defense Hagel, Tammy Duckworth, and Mark Begich (here)

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

Clergy for Justice – as Think Progress tells us here, it is a Tennessee-based organization that is currently fighting a typically ridiculous Republican-sponsored bill to deny welfare assistance to families whose kids don’t do well in school; as Rachel Maddow, among others, has said, forget about what the Repugs say to the lapdog Beltway media – instead, pay attention to their crappy attempts to punish the less fortunate of the “99 percent” as they do here

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The Bucks County Courier Times ran a front-page headline story in April about the Valley Forge Gun Show in Warminster (wonder why it wasn’t called the Warminster Gun Show then?) in which promoter Pearl Nudy said the following (here)…

“It’s human nature as soon as you say someone can’t have something, just like prohibition,” Nudy said. People are concerned that their Second Amendment rights might be violated, she added.

Of course, as usual, no proof is offered whatsoever in support of the argument that anyone’s so-called “second amendment rights” are bring “violated.”

Also…

“(The right to bear arms) is for me to protect myself from bad government and bad people,” the gun show promoter said.

Oh, so Nudy admits that she favors a potentially violent insurrection against our government? She admits that she favors anarchy? How nice.

The article does include a comment from the organization called Bucks Safe in favor of universal backgrounds checks (which wingnut commenters predictably tried to hoot down), so the article does have some slight merit to it (not much, though).

Dregs of the Year Nominee (“Wonder What Happened to the Real Bloody Sock” Citation)

Former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling who, as noted here, is accused of trying to bilk Rhode Island taxpayers out of $75 million to prop up his failing company that he moved to R.I. from Massachusetts – and of course, Teahadist Curt is all against “big gumint” handouts for everyone else apparently (h/t Atrios)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I really hesitate to go after anyone in our military because I never served myself (unless you’re taking about a high-ranking person guilty of terrible actions on the job, either still in the military or acting in a civilian capacity…Rummy comes immediately to mind), but Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin gets a dubious mention here for overturning a sexual assault conviction against a subordinate, Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, on the basis of 18 arbitrary points, several of which were ruled inadmissible in court and others based on supposition that assumed guilt on the part of the victim.

Sen. Claire McCaskill responded as follows…

“This explanation crystalizes exactly why the convening authority should not have the unilateral ability to overturn a jury verdict — and why we need legislation that restricts their ability to do so”…“This letter (containing the 18 points) is filled with selective reasoning and assumptions from someone with no legal training, and it’s appalling that the reasoning spelled out in the letter served as the basis to overturn a jury verdict in this case.”

I wholeheartedly agree.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The so-called “Democrats” in Texas who supported a bill to drug test welfare recipients here (I would expect this crap from Repugs, but definitely not our side)…

…and speaking of Republican Texas BS, someone named Barry Smithson, who apparently is Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission appointed by “Goodhair” Perry, “tweeted” this pic with the names of the 16 Republican senators who voted to advance the Toomey/Manchin gun background check bill to a vote in the Senate – the pic contains a noose and accuses them of “treason” (and by the way, you pea-brain, the New Hampshire Senator’s last name is “Ayotte”).

I give you Exhibit A in the full-on wingnut gun hysteria in this country. This is what they do before the bill even comes up for a vote! And by the way, the Toomey/Manchin bill makes it a federal crime to try and compile a federal database of gun owners.

So the wingnuts basically get a big piece of what they want out of this anyway, and they’re still caterwauling like a cat with its tail stuck in an electrical outlet. Is it any wonder that I hate these people?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Anyone at The Philadelphia Inquirer responsible for sticking this paragraph on the end of this story about Do-Gooder Antoine Gardiner, who tried to rescue a young man shot in the stomach who later died at Lankenau Hospital…

A recent investigative report on unpaid property taxes in Philadelphia revealed that Gardiner (who tried to save the boy) and his company, Bizness As Usual, owed $471,000 in back taxes on 58 properties, many of which are rentals. Gardiner disputes the city’s accounting and said on Saturday that he had since paid about half of the back taxes.

Was it really necessary to mention this in a story about the man’s otherwise good deed which nearly saved the boy who was shot (h/t to one of my senior correspondents for this one)

Dregs of the Year Nominee (“Representative Penis Now Has The Floor” Citation)

New Hampshire state lawmaker Peter Hansen referred to women as “vaginas” in an April Email to a state house listserv in which he defended his state’s “stand your ground” law, as noted here (he later apologized – duuuuuhh!!)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The Regal Theater movie chain gets a dishonorable mention for cutting the hours of its employees to prevent compliance with “Obama Care” and thus provide health insurance coverage for its employees (here – oh, and I’m sure their employees make a king’s ransom in salary to begin with, right? And they’ll probably raise the price of their watery soda and burnt popcorn anyway).

More later…

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