Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2013 – Pt. 6)

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

The students and professors at Millersville State University in PA who turned their chairs around to face in the opposite direction from PA Governor Tom (“Space Cadet”) Corbett when the PA guv gave his commencement address (here); the chair-turners were protesting Corbett’s cuts to the budget for public education in our beloved commonwealth (nicely done, on the part of the protestors)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Virginia nominee for Attorney General (and do I really need to identify the party?) and State Senator Mark Obenshain, who introduced a bill here stating that, if a woman in Virginia has a miscarriage without a doctor present, she must report it within 24 hours to the police or risk going to jail for a full year (and keep telling me that “The Handmaid’s Tale” is fiction…apparently the bill was withdrawn, but it never should have been considered in the first place)

(And by the way, based on this, it looks like the race between Repug Obenshain and Dem Mark Herring is headed to a recount – why do I have a feeling that dirty work is afoot?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), who “agitated against food aid for poor Americans included in the Farm Bill (in May’s) House Agricultural Committee debate,” as Think Progress tells us here, even though…

While Fincher interprets food assistance for the needy as “stealing,” he has not similarly condemned the Farm Bill’s massive agricultural subsidies. In fact, he supported a proposal to expand crop insurance by $9 billion over the next 10 years. Fincher has a great personal stake in maintaining these particular government handouts, as the second most heavily subsidized farmer in Congress and one of the largest subsidy recipients in Tennessee history…

With most Repug politicians (and some Dems too), the misfortune of others doesn’t register unless, somehow, that same misfortune rears up and bites them in the ass. Otherwise, compassion is dead for these life forms.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I could probably trot Oklahoma Senator James Mountain Inhofe out on this list for any one of a number of reasons, but as noted here, he tried to make it sound like his state, after suffering a horrific tornado disaster in May, would somehow manage its federal aid better than the states affected by Hurricane Sandy did (no line these life forms won’t cross…of course, no proof whatsoever from Inhofe to support his baseless allegation that funds for Hurricane Sandy, after the congressional Repugs FINALLY approved them, were mismanaged)

That being said, I am genuine sorry for Inhofe and his family concerning this tragedy – my deepest sympathies.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Former New York Times executive editor and now columnist Bill Keller for claiming here that, in response to all of the May dustups surrounding President Obama more or less (BENGHAZI!, the Teahadist IRS stuff and the AP reporter stuff), that Number 44 should bring back Ken Starr as an “independent investigator,” which may be the stupidest capitulation to the wingnuts that I’ve ever seen (oh great…let’s have Starr waste millions MORE dollars “investigating” all kinds of specious garbage, no doubt ending with the charge that President Obama received a blow job from an intern… heckuva job, Keller! – h/t Atrios)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Western and Southern Insurance Group gets a dubious mention; in May, they bought up the 104-year-old Anna Louise Inn in Cincinnati, Ohio, which had long provided a refuge for women struggling to overcome drug addictions or prostitution, escape abusive husbands, or simply get back on their feet.

As the Cincinnati Union Bethel, the nonprofit that runs the Anna Louise, told the AP, they gave in to the sale because they couldn’t afford to sustain a legal fight with the insurance giant. One woman who took shelter at the house for two years after leaving an abusive relationship explained, “Western and Southern had the money to fight and the Anna Louise Inn didn’t. When you have that much money and you want something, eventually you’re going to get it.”

As Think Progress tells us here

Western and Southern has already bought up a sizable portion of Cincinnati’s historic Lytle Park neighborhood, where the house is located. The company developed Cincinnati’s tallest building in 2011 and plans to turn the Anna Louise into a boutique hotel as it has done with other historic properties in the area.

Oh, so in the name of “gentrification,” the insurance behemoth will toss destitute women into the street so the “hoi polloi” can gather in exquisitely-adorned locales, accessorized appropriately while drinking the finest champagne from fluted crystal stem ware while they pass the sweet and sour shrimp to one another.

If Charles Dickens were still alive, I’m sure he’d write another book about this (can’t think of a word to describe how sad it is that such class inequality comparable to two centuries ago has devolved over the course of only about 30 years).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Nine-year-old Hannah Robertson from British Columbia, Canada, who attended a McDonald’s stakeholders meeting in May with her mom, nutrition blogger and food activist Kia Robertson; Hannah told McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson “It would be nice if you stopped trying to trick kids into wanting to eat your food all the time,” and also asked “Mr. Thompson, don’t you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and happy life?” And in response, Thompson apparently went all “humuna humuna humuna…”

Nicely done (here).

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

I know I give the Bucks County Courier Times a lot of static, and rightly so at times I believe (“fourth estate freak show” and all that…on one level, the full-on wingnut hilarity of their Op-Ed page is frequently something to behold), but also in May, they ran a series about families and young men and women in the country dealing with heroin addiction…what I saw of it was very well done (hey, if J.D. Mullane can win some phony-baloney journalistic bauble for his dreck, then the writers in this series should get an honorable mention for this also at the very least).

Commemorative “Does It Whistle ‘Sig Heil,’ I Wonder?” Citation of the Year (“Housewares In The Alleged Image of Infamous Historical Mass Murderers” Department)

As if big-box retailer J.C. Penney didn’t have enough going wrong this year, in May it came out that they made a teapot that resembled (to some) Adolf Hitler (I guess this means that, as far as kitchen accessories go, the “Pol Pot” – ba-dump! – can’t be far behind). And as luck would have it, the kettle turned out to be a hot seller online (I didn’t know skin heads drank Darjeeling…here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

John Stossel of Fix Noise earns a dubious mention; as noted here, he claimed that “no one in the U.S. died of starvation before welfare,” which is a particularly outrageous lie among the others propagated by that network on a daily basis; as The Raw Story tells us…

During the Great Depression in 1933, then-President Herbert Hoover (R) had told reporters that “nobody is actually starving… The hoboes, for example, are better fed than they have ever been. One hobo in New York got ten meals in one day.”

But according to historians Steven Mintz and Sara McNeil, the number of cases of starvation in New York City alone had increased from 20 in 1931 to 110 in 1934.

And malnutrition was a much larger problem. One 1933 study of 514 children in New York found that more than one-third were in “poor” or “very poor” health.

And that’s in New York alone.

Which, among other things, basically tells us that some Republican Party talking points haven’t changed in at least 80 years (and Stossel also gets a dubious mention for this disgusting episode).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

I definitely have issues with Repug Ohio Governor John Kasich, but this tells us how he has quite rightly been urging his Repug brethren in charge of various state houses to support Medicaid expansion; if making the argument that The Sainted Ronnie R supported it (which, shockingly, appears to be true) helps to get the job done, as well as making any spiritually related claims to that effect, then all the better (Wonder if Tom “Space Cadet” Corbett is listening? Probably not.)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Departing Repug U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, who blamed the epidemic of sexual violence in our military services on “the hormone level created by nature” here, thereby casting an incredibly insulting generalization on every single person who serves, and has served, this country (and in somewhat of a related story, I think this is too much even for Texas).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Willard Mitt Romney, for basically claiming that he lost the presidential election last year because of Hurricane Sandy (I don’t know what’s more pathetic – the self-absorbed whining or his attempt to equate losing an election with the devastation and loss of life suffered by others less fortunate than himself…here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Fix Noise news model Gregg Jarrett earns a dubious citation for saying that accused Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman “has already been punished” for Martin’s killing because Zimmerman “looks like he’s put on a hundred pounds.”

Oh, and as long as I’m noting the Roger Ailes BS Factory here, can we stop already with praising news humanoid Megyn Kelly for teeing off on Lou Dobbs and Erick Erickson over the latter two’s Neanderthal comments on working women? Soon after she did the right thing for a change, she was back to plying her evil craft against Dem U.S. House Rep Jim McDermott on the whole IRS/Tea Party/”Social Welfare” organization thing, as noted here.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Maine State House Minority Leader Ken Fredette definitely gets a mention; in June, he said that his “man’s brain” can’t get behind Obamacare’s federal funding for Medicaid expansion because he is concerned about costs (here).

So much stoo-pid, so little time…

To begin, Medicaid expansion in states like Maine happen to be highly stimulative, and as Think Progress also tells us here, states that refuse to expand Medicaid could lose out on as much as $8 billion in funding…basically, the overwhelming majority of the money for the expansion will come from the Feds (and by the way, Medicaid expansion is definitely supported in public polling all over the country, including the South, which is so quick to rail against our “big gumint, socialist pre-dee-dint” at every opportunity).

Let’s see…sexist, fiscally idiotic, utterly flying in the face of public opinion; how many more ways can the Repugs go wrong here (and at some point, the lame brains who vote for these numbskulls should face the music too).

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

The 26 Democratic lawmakers in Congress who did their best to live off food stamps for a week in protest of Republican budget cuts to the program, as noted here (nothing like walking in someone else’s shoes, something a Repug would understand only by accident)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Every idiot who sent a racist “tweet” to 11-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz, who sang a great version of the national anthem before Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs here, earning him an encore for Game 4, where the crowd rightfully gave him a big hand

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

Yahoo, for, among search engines, actually not caving to NSA requests for data as part of PRISM, another surveillance program leaked by that supposedly unpatriotic Edward Snowden, as noted here (and by the way, I don’t know what will happen to Snowden at this point or whether or not his actions endangered our government, military or foreign service personnel or anyone working with us from other countries, but I have to give him props for taking a shot at “Deadeye Dick” like this)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins, for the following (here)…

Abortion has to be made funny, the thinking goes, because funny sells on social media, and that’s where one goes to court young people. “You can engage with sarcasm, it’s hard with the abortion issue, but you have to,” said Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins at a breakout panel at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington today on how to win millennial voters. “Unfortunately we have to, because this is the generation that we’ve been dealt.”

Oh, so somehow, to “engage” younger voters to become pro-life, you have to turn the abortion issue into an episode of “Seinfeld” or something? How about a “wager” on whether or not Elaine gets an abortion? Or George can argue with the front office of the New York Yankees on whether or not abortion exists. Or Kramer can present to Elaine’s publisher the idea of a coffee table book about abortions. Or Jerry can wear a “puffy shirt” with a picture of an aborted fetus.

To me, this whole sorry situation illustrates the near-total moral bankruptcy of most of the people who advocate for the unborn on this issue. Yes, I’ve encountered people who really do “walk the walk” on the issue of abortion and do good work, like taking in unwed mothers-to-be and giving them shelter and taking care of their needs, counseling them on adoption or whatever other meager options are available to them in the “age of sequestration.” These people really are doing God’s work as far as I’m concerned. Unfortunately, just about all of the other people I hear of or read about on this issue are nothing but sanctimonious blowhards trying to cram their agenda down everyone’s throats, and part of that agenda is criminalizing abortion which, last I checked, was still the law of the land thanks to Roe v. Wade.

And by the way, what a ringing endorsement in that last sentence of the generation that Hawkins and her fellow travelers are trying to win over on this issue, as if the millennials are too vapid or emotionally immature to understand what abortion is really all about.

(And as long as I’m on this subject, I might as well point out the following. I noted a certain individual recently at this site and his preoccupation with this topic, which he does not hesitate to make public when he feels like it. And I am definitely picking up on some hostility for saying so. I expected that. I would only say in response that maybe the Catholic Church could be a little less monolithic in its approach towards sex education, and that might end up preventing a lot more unwanted pregnancies than a whole truckload of hail Marys, hallelujahs and Hosannas.)

Dregs of the Year Nominee (“Possibly The Most Oxymoronic Behavior Of The Year” Citation)

Patrick Johnston, head of Personhood Ohio, a far-right anti-abortion group, who tried to raise funds for his group in June by selling some of his assault rifles from his private collection here – oh, but he’s “pro-life,” let’s not forget (and by the way, see the above paragraph…haven’t heard a denunciation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for tactics like this either.)

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

The courageous individuals noted here who protested social services cuts in North Carolina to the point of being arrested (same for those protesting cuts to public school education in Philadelphia due to “Space Cadet” Tom Corbett’s utterly wretched budget, as noted here…and I guess we have a theme all of a sudden, but paging the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops again – zzzzz; they used to be involved in this stuff)

More later…

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