Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2013 – Pt. 5)

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

West Virginia high school senior Katelyn Campbell, who filed an injunction against her principal, who she claims threatened to punish her for speaking out against a factually inaccurate abstinence assembly at her school (here…pretty ridiculous that a move like this is necessary just to tell the basic truth – what country am I living in again?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds for this – hard to contain my disgust to be honest (h/t Atrios)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Jonathan Papelbon of the Phillies for claiming that Obama is going to take away our guns, or whatever, here (shut up and throw strikes, you moron)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Lord Wolfson, CEO of the clothing retailer Next, gave his giving his 2.4 million pound (or $3.7 million) bonus to his employees, as noted here (cheerio, pip pip and all like that – rule Britannia, dude).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Some asshat in the Arkansas state “lege” named Nate Bell tweeted something here along the lines of “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 assault rifle with a 30-round clip” in response to the news that the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing were on the loose with one dead and a manhunt underway for the other one, who was eventually caught (the bombing killed three people and injured and maimed about 170).

There’s a time for poliitcal nonsense, and there’s a time to show respect and shut your damn mouth. Obviously, this clown doesn’t know the difference.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona told the mother of Alex Teves, one of the victims in the Aurora, Colorado movie shooting, that he supported universal background checks on gun purchases. The problem is that Flake was one of the Repugs who voted against Toomey-Manchin when it came up for a vote in the Senate.

It really does take a particularly repugnant form of weasel to lie to the mother of a murder victim about something like this, which is supported by 90 percent of the people of this country (here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield said that U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and others who are fighting for common-sense gun laws should now focus on a ban on “assault pressure cookers” after the Boston Marathon bombing (here); as Think Progress tells us, Campfield also compared homosexuality to “shooting heroin” and he also threatened to reduce funding for the University of Tennessee over their sex education week programming (sounds like Tennessee deserves him).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Anyone with any familiarity with this blog knows what I think of Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, but kudos go out to the entire organization for this item; in April, the team wore a “Boston Strong” patch on commemorative jerseys in a game against the Bruins in support of the city after the Boston Marathon bombings…the jerseys will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to The One Fund Boston, set up in support of the bombing victims and their families (in my mind, I’m lightly tapping a hockey stick on the ice in approval as I type this).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

College athlete Cameron Lyle of New Hampshire had his mouth swabbed when he was a sophomore to find out if he would one day be able to donate his bone marrow; the swabbing procedure is fairly routine, but apparently it’s difficult to find someone whose bone marrow can be donated (a lot of requirements must have to be met).

Well, guess what? He finds out when he’s a senior that he’s a match for a 28-year-old male suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. And if he donates his bone marrow (Lyle throws the discus, hammer and shot put), he won’t be able to lift the 20-pound hammer over his head for a recovery period that will wipe out the final two weeks of his college career.

So what does Lyle do (as noted here)?

“I knew right away I was definitely going to donate,” Lyle told the Eagle-Tribune. “I was pretty terrified at first, but it is starting to settle in.”

Lyle underwent the procedure on April 24th, proving that a lot of people can be a successful athlete, but it takes a special person to truly be a hero.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Our State Department earns a dubious mention here for not allowing Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban president Raul Castro, to enter our country to receive an award in Philadelphia for her gay rights activism.

This totally represents our utterly moronic policy towards Cuba, No, I don’t like the Castros either, but we continue to give that country an importance it doesn’t deserve by making it look like they are our poor stepchildren or something with these stupid gestures.

Get rid of all of this “Dulles Brothers” and “Bay of Pigs”-era idiocy and allow travel in an out of Cuba, lift any embargoes…end this nonsense. And do you know what will change with that country? Nothing, because the Castros are cunning and crafty as politicians but utterly inept as leaders, but they will no longer be able to blame this country for it (and yes, people like Bob Menendez, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and the Diaz-Balart brothers will be apoplectic, but we’ll be taking steps at last that are long overdue).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I don’t suppose that Andrew Taylor of the AP really understood how much he portrayed true Beltway “villager” priorities here in April, complaining about the effects of the “sequester” on the FAA and plane flights…of course, don’t look for Taylor or his ilk to express similar misgivings about the sequester’s effects on the poor, women, elderly, kids, veterans, those dreaded workers of “big gumint” who need a paycheck just like the rest of us, etc.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The Tennessee Firearms Association (once more, “Danger, Will Robinson!”) raffled off an AR-15 assault rifle in April here like the one used by Newtown, CT shooter Adam Lanza against 6 adults and 20 innocent schoolchildren; the group said that the goal was “to resist Barack Obama” (“From doing what?” a sane person might actually ask).

Likewise, Indiana Moms Against Gun Control (“OOWWWW! THE STUPID!!! IT BURNS US!!!”) organized a rally of sorts “to thank Congress for voting down gun safety measures, including a proposal to expand background checks for guns sales” here.

Fortunately, public opinion in this country is moving in a decidedly opposite direction from these troglodytes. Have fun shooting each other, and don’t come to us if you need help burying the victims of your stupidity.

Dregs of the Year Nominee (“Roll Another Number For The Road” Citation)

PA Governor Tom (“Space Cadet”) Corbett for his claim here that, basically, if you don’t have a job, it’s because you’re taking drugs (perhaps a subject matter expert, Tom?)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Emerald Aviation President Ed Dahlberg, who attacked Muslim cab driver Mohamed A. Salim, breaking Salim’s jaw in what is being called (quite rightly I think) a “hate crime” here (Dahlberg was ranting about jihadists and 9/11, as if that’s an excuse…oh, and by the way, Salim served in this country’s armed forces during the Iraq war)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

There are a lot of reasons to give a citation like this to Ted Nugent, but the latest is because he made the claim here that President Obama is responsible for military suicides, which were out of control under Dubya before Number 44 was even sworn in; as C&L points out, Nugent got at least two deferments from Vietnam when he was eligible to serve (and wasn’t Nugent supposed to be “dead or in jail” anyway by now?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

New Hampshire State Rep and Alex Jones acolyte Stella Tremblay earns a dubious mention; here, she said that the Boston Marathon bombing must have been “staged” by the federal government, because a victim who lost his legs “looked calm.”

She should be forced to spend her remaining days caring for our disabled military in VA hospitals; I guess their ruinous injuries are “fake” because they “look calm” sometimes too (of course, some of our heroes would likely object to the presence of someone like Tremblay since they quite rightly deserve to be cared for by honorable people).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

“Glibertarian” radio host Adam Kokesh, who, in May, planned a march on Washington on July 4th with about 900 gun owners, carrying loaded weapons in violation of D.C.’s gun ordinance, to “put the government on notice” (here…awww, too bad – nitwit)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Charles Ramsey of Cleveland, Ohio, the guy who heard screaming from a house next door and went to investigate; it turns out that the person doing the screaming was Amanda Berry, who had been held hostage for 10 years…Ramsey’s “Good Samaritan” action also helped free Gina Dejesus (who disappeared in 2004) and Michele Knight (who disappeared in 2002), who had also been kept in the same house by Ariel Castro, who later took his own life – nice work by Ramsey (here).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

The Los Angeles Dodgers played a road series against the San Francisco Giants in May, and after one of the games (a 4-3 Giants win), Matt Kemp of the Dodgers approached a young man named Joshua Jones wearing a Dodgers hoodie and sitting in the front row on the third-base side (Jones has terminal cancer and, sadly, is not expected to live much longer).

Kemp gave Jones an autograph, but that wasn’t enough. Kemp also gave him his cap, jersey and cleats (Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach…who wore out Phillies pitching when he played for Montreal way back when…deserves credit also for letting Kemp know about the fan – Kemp said that he did that partly because, when he was young, he was once snubbed when he tried to get an autograph from his favorite player, and he definitely didn’t want to give this kid the same treatment).

Oh, and by the way, there was no ESPN camera rolling at the time; Kemp was just trying to do the right thing. Which he definitely did (classy stuff on his part – here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

“Christian” rocker Tim Lambesis of the band As I Lay Dying, who was arrested in Oceanside in May on suspicion of hiring a hit man to murder his estranged wife, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (and I’ll bet he’s never even read Faulkner – here)…

Dregs of the Year Nominees

This is just about a yearly citation, but the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge A. Raymond Randolph in particular (I’ll let you, dear reader, speculate as to what the “A” stands for) get a nod here for ruling that the National Labor Relations Board cannot require employers to post a notice detailing workers’ organizing rights under the National Labor Relations Act, basically ruling that this agency of government can’t put up instructions in the workplace concerning a function completely under their purview (umm, now how many years of precedent is Randolph pissing all over with this boneheaded ruling, I wonder?)

Dregs of the Year Nominees (Special “Journamalism” Citation)

The AP ran a story in May with a headline about “restroom sex” which, in actuality, had to do with a lawsuit filed by a young woman at a Washington State university who alleges that the school failed to protect her from a 16-year-old boy who raped her on school property (here); yes, AP, apparently it is necessary to remind you that there’s big difference between sex (implying consent) and rape…no comment.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Filmmaker Greg Karber gets a citation for his “Fitch the Homeless” campaign (here), in response to the ridiculously snotty (and probably discriminatory) attitude of Mike Jeffries, CEO of upscale clothing retailer Abercrombie and Fitch, epitomized by these remarks…

“We go after the cool kids,” Jeffries told Salon magazine. “We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends.” Jeffries went on to admit without regret that Abercrombie’s policies were exclusionary.

So what does Karber do? He launches a campaign to give away Abercrombie and Fitch clothes to the homeless in LA, making a video that has garnered at least half a million views on YouTube (with Karber saying that the people he gave the clothes to were initially reluctant to take them because “perhaps they were afraid of being perceived as narcissistic date-rapists.”)

Ouch.

…on the other hand…

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

Abercrombie and Fitch get a mention again here, but in a good way this time; thus far, they’re the only U.S. retailer (besides PVH) that said they would sign a safety upgrade plan for factories in Bangladesh that includes independent factory inspections and requires companies to help underwrite building upgrades and repairs (this in the wake of a Bangladesh factory collapse that killed hundreds of workers).

So what of other U.S. “corporate cousins”?…

Gap has voiced concerns that the plan could be used to sue it in American courts and Walmart objected to governance and dispute resolution mechanisms. Walmart announced on Wednesday that it would instead use its own voluntary plan that includes inspecting all of its Bangladesh facilities and providing fire safety training to workers. Gap also sent a letter to employees at its headquarters saying that it has hired a fire inspector to examine factories in Bangladesh and will commit $22 million in loans to factories to make upgrades.

So basically, whatever is done by Gap and Walmart (assuming anything is done at all) will take place apart from media scrutiny or any kind of governmental oversight.

Heckuva job!

Dregs of the Year Nominee

U.S. House Repug (I believe) Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, who said here that the school shootings in this country, including Sandy Hook, were tied to the legalization of abortion (I’d slap a Jackson down on the table right now – that’s all I’ve got; I live on a low budget – if it would make this clown actually spout this crap in front of families trying to cope with losing loved ones to gun violence in this country…I’m sure he would get the reaction he completely deserves)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Texas (of course) Judge John Roach, who ruled here that a lesbian woman could not live with her partner and gave the woman 30 days to move out (she should show up at Roach’s front door and “squat” there for however long she pleases)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

It takes a truly special kind of stoo-pid to re-elect Mark “Appalachian Trail” Sanford to the U.S. House after his utterly abysmal turn as governor (there were many, many other reasons to vote for Sanford’s challenger, Elizabeth Colbert Busch – and sister of Stephen Colbert – not related to Sanford’s personal life, including this one), but the majority of supposedly intelligent voters of South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District voted for Sanford anyway (here).

More later…

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