Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2013 – Pt. 7)

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dem Texas State Senator Wendy Davis earns a mention; her 11-hour filibuster killed anti-abortion legislation that would have effectively closed every abortion clinic in the state.

As noted here

The crowd of demonstrators in the capitol cried “Shame! Shame!” when Davis’ filibuster was halted by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who ruled that her discussion of mandatory ultrasound testing was off-topic. Then the protesters roared after state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte asked, “At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?”

And a Do-Gooder citation also goes out to Van De Putte for speaking out as she did above (as I and others have said, if men gave birth, there would be so many “morning after” and contraception pills on the market, and probably advertised on Spike TV and ESPN, that you wouldn’t be able to keep track of them, and all abortions would be guaranteed to be safe and legal after about 10 minutes).

And within all of this, a Dregs citation to “Goodhair” Perry for this (a typically cheap reply).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Tennessee U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander for his call to abolish the federal minimum wage here (and do I really need to identify the political party?)

Commemorative “How About An Order Of ‘Himmler Helpings’ On The Side Too? With ‘Albert Speer Special Sauce,’ Maybe?” Citation

KFC threatened legal action here against a fast-food-chicken-to-go restaurant in Thailand that bore an image of “Der Fuhrer” superimposed over the more traditional logo of Colonel Sanders (no word if a settlement was reached over a tub of an Extra Crispy Breast and Wing combo with a side of potato wedges)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Judge Michael McConnell, former judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and currently residing at the legal academy of Stanford’s law school (and a potential Supreme Court nominee under Dubya) – he gets a mention because he correctly said here that the so-called reasoning behind the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by Hangin’ Judge JR and his pals was “made up” (so basically, if McConnell had been on the High Court instead of Roberts or “Strip Search Sammy,” we’d still have a VRA…more on this later)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Walmart (of course) gets a dubious mention for threatening to walk away here from three proposed stores in the District of Columbia if they pass a bill guaranteeing a minimum wage of $12.50 an hour (of course, these are the same creatures responsible for this).

Worker harder. For Less. Go Broke. Die Quicker. Walmart.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

New Hampshire State Senator Andy Sanborn (and once more, do I really need to identify the political party?) who compared the rollout of the “Obamacare” web site to the deadly plane crash in San Francisco that killed 2 people and sent about 180 to the hospital here (of course, as noted here, the wingnuts now will have to try and find some other way to propagandize over health care reform, and I’m sure they’ll do their best at that, as opposed to actual governance of course – perish the thought)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Every U.S. House Republican, including Mikey the Beloved of course, who voted to separate food stamp funding from the farm bill (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dem U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren for introducing what appears to be a 21st-century version of the Glass-Steagall act, separating commercial banking from investment banking once more (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Dem U.S. House Reps Mark Pocan and Keith Ellison for introducing “right to vote” legislation here (thereby shifting the burden of proof of “voting fraud” to the states, among other positive attributes of this proposal)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Richard (“I Am A Racist”) Cohen, for his July column in response to the Trayvon Martin verdict that was, at best, concern trolling by an alleged liberal and, at worst, a perpetuation of the very worst African American stereotypes (here – what an utterly pathetic attempt to ensure that he would be “talked about” in Beltway pundit land…we would hear from “Poor Richard” again later)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Stevie Wonder, for his promise here to stop performing in states where “stand your ground” legislation has been passed (kudos – more like this)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Texas State Rep. Harold Dutton, Jr., who introduced a bill that would prevent Texas from enforcing any of the abortion restrictions passed during this year’s special session until 60 days after Texas abolishes the death penalty – it’s called “walking the walk” and not just “talking the talk” (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep (and former No. 1 selection here – nothing to be proud of) Steve “Comparing Immigrants To Dogs Is A Compliment” King here

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Investor’s Business Daily and cartoonist Michael Ramirez are merely appalling on a good day, but in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict, they truly outdid themselves, with Ramirez concocting a cartoon with a tree called “Sharpton” from which the following “lynching” victims hung: Tawana Brawley Hoax, Crown Heights, Freddie’s Fashion Mart, and Zimmerman Trial (here).

There’s all kinds of ways to communicate displeasure with Al Sharpton (who I personally think has done a good job of remaking himself into a legitimate media commentator who just about always is on-target), but invoking our history’s sordid past of lynching African Americans is definitely not the way to do it (try looking at some real lynching photos and then ask yourself why a life form like Ramirez would want to remind people of that to try and score cheap political points).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Republican Missouri State Senator Brian Nieves gets a dubious mention; he wondered here if liberalism was a “mental disorder” – this coming from a guy who accused a constituent who asked to be removed from Nieves’ Email list of being “in love with him,” and who also accused three constituents who complained about his behavior in a meeting of being “subhuman and evil,” and who was also accused of assault by Shawn Bell, the campaign manager for the candidate whom Nieves defeated in the Republican primary…pot, meet kettle (and here is another choice item from “a matter of convenience” Nieves – wonder how nut jobs like Nieves get elected? Most people don’t vote except for the right-wing crazies, that’s how.)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

GHWB, Number 41, for shaving his head in support of the son of a member of his Secret Service detail…the boy has leukemia – disagreed with the former prez on a lot of other political stuff all right, but that was a nice gesture (here)

Of course, I found out later that Number 41 lost a young son to leukemia – doesn’t make GHWB’s gesture any less classy, but why is it that the Repugs decide to act like human beings only when it comes to issues that touch them personally? And yes, I know the answer (and all the best to the little boy, of course).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner – what a sad excuse for a human being (here)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Gilberton, Pa police chief Mark Kessler, who posted the following garbage online (here)…

“I’m calling on all true Americans, all militia members, all true oath keepers to assemble, be ready to march on a tyrannical county government right here in Schuylkill county Pennsylvania, democrats are the true enemy of our country, our freedoms, our constitution, along with liberal news agency’s , liberal news reporters, much like hitlers nazis , time we clean these antiamerican thugs from office,” he wrote.

And a Do-Gooder citation within this to former Scranton police chief Dan Duffy, who said the following in response…

“This is exactly what a law enforcement officer should not be doing out there publicly, especially identifying himself as a law enforcement officer. It`s an embarrassment to us,” said Duffy.

Uh, yep.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

As far as I’m concerned, you have to be a stone-cold moron not to realize by now that Fix Noise is not a legitimate news network, but instead, the media wing of the Republican Party.

And in that role, they earn a dubious mention here for cutting away from an Obama speech on the economy in July after a whopping eight minutes to announce that the child of Prince William and Kate Middleton (she’s the duchess of something-or-other, I think) had received the name of George (for the record, CNN and MSNBC carried all of Obama’s speech and announced the name afterwards).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who said here that he would prefer hell over a homophobic heaven (good)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Golfer Hunter Mahan, who withdrew from a match he was leading so he could be with his wife who was about to deliver the couple’s first child, enabling another golfer to win instead here (a terrific lesson in priorities that your child should remember for all of his or her life – nice work)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Sam Simon, a co-originator of “The Simpsons,” who is now terminally ill from colon cancer and said here that he will donate his fortune to various charities (Godspeed)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory gets another “raspberry” here for signing voter ID into law, which is bad enough. What’s worse is that he didn’t even bother to read the bill (yeah, I’m sure ALEC dotted all the “I’s” and crossed all the “T’s,” so why bother, right?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Willard Mitt Romney, for STILL saying here that he really didn’t make that remark about the “47 percent” (Yeah, just blame that gol-danged “liburuul media” again, OK? The problem is that he’s been recorded using that very language – it takes a truly special kind of a tool to keep hanging onto something like this)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Montgomery County Register of Wills Bruce Hanes, who basically told the administration of PA Gov Tom “Space Cadet” Corbett here to pound sand, as it were, and issued same-sex marriage licenses in opposition to the state’s idiotic Defense of Marriage Act (and a Dregs citation to those in the government of our glorious commonwealth by responding with a lawsuit to stop Hanes, of course…looks like a trial date has been set, as noted here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Rudolph Randa gets a dishonorable mention; he’s a federal judge who handed down an opinion in July (here) granting the Catholic Church — and indeed, potentially all religious institutions — such sweeping immunity from federal bankruptcy law that it is not clear that it would permit any plaintiff to successfully sue any church in any court (he’s an appointee from Poppy Bush who apparently has a history of having his goofball rulings overturned by a higher court – let’s hope that happens again in this case).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Terrence Jones of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, who was arrested for allegedly kicking a homeless man, as noted here (considering that most NBA players end up bankrupt after their careers are over, it’s entirely conceivable that this dirt bag could be joining their ranks one day; it would be richly deserved)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep Reid Ribble earns a dubious mention here, and I need to set this up.

Sister Simone Campbell (what a difference one little “e” makes!) testified before those jackals in the U.S. House here about the effectiveness of government subsidized welfare programs and public-private partnerships with faith-based charities. She highlighted the foundational nature of charity and economic justice to the Catholic Church and heralded the difference that federal assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Head Start initiatives have made in the lives of America’s most vulnerable.

I’m sure you know what’s coming next…

Instead of focusing on how the government can assist the millions of Americans who struggle to put food on the table, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) indicted Campbell and the Catholic Church for not doing enough to fix poverty on their own, asking, “What is the church doing wrong that they have to come to the government to get so much help?”

To her credit, Campbell shot back at Ribble, saying “Justice comes before charity… Everyone has a right to eat, and therefore there is a governmental responsibility to ensure everyone’s capacity to eat.”

Of course, Ribble, being a thoroughly heartless and utterly selfish bastard, doesn’t have the first clue about any of that (he is obviously someone who deserves more pity than rage, but I’ll settle for equal helpings of both at the moment…and a Do-Gooder citation to Sister Simone, of course).

Dregs of the Year Nominee (Commemorative “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, Before I Blow It To Smithereens” Citation)

Kendra Gill, the 18-year-old Miss Utah beauty pageant queen, was arrested with three friends, John Reagh, Shanna Smith and Bryce Stone, on charges of helping to make explosive devices and throwing them at houses and residents of her Salt Lake City suburb here (oopsie!).

More later…

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