Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 5)

November 26, 2014

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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

Sumter, SC police officer Gaetano Acerra earned a mention; he befriended 13-year-old Gabriel Simmons after the boy “called Sumter police because he was upset after fighting with his mom. The teenager told police he didn’t want to live in the house with his family anymore.”

I said, ‘You have it good, you have a roof over your head,'” said Acerra. “I told him I would try to help him out, and here we are now.”

The officer brought Simmons home, and realized the boy didn’t have a real bed. In fact, Simmons didn’t have nearly anything he needed for a bedroom.

“My heart went out for him,” said Acerra. “I thought the little things that he needed I could give him, to make him a happier kid.”

A few weeks after the call, Acerra showed up at Simmons’s house with a truck full of gifts.

“Bed, TV, desk, chair, a Wii game system that somebody donated to me because of the story I told them,” said Acerra.

The bed was particularly important since Simmons apparently slept on an air mattress that would deflate during the night, and he would wake up in the morning with back pain.

Stories like this make me want to keep doing these year-in-review posts; kudos to Officer Acerra (here).

…while on the other hand…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Wayne Snowden, 55, of Chester County, PA, who, according to investigators, fired a single random shot from his handgun and stuck 8-year-old A.J. Hangar in the leg while he was riding his bicycle (here)…

Snowden has said that he did not know who fired the shot. In an interview with WCAU, he can be seen cursing, and then taking reporter Na’eem Douglas’ microphone and throwing it the street.

North Coventry Township police arrested him for the crime about 24 hours later.

“The defendant was extraordinarily reckless,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan pointed out. “The right to own firearms includes the responsibility to handle firearms safely.”

“We are all grateful that this innocent child was not killed just a couple of days before Mother’s Day,” he added.

Oh, but Snowden was quick to point out that he has a couple of other guns registered to himself and stored in his house “for my own home protection.”

What a dick.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Ron Fournier of the AP for this (for all the reasons kos notes…more here, and here)…

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Dregs of the Year Nominee (“Possibly the Millennia Too” Citation)

A certain George W. Bush could get the nod for all kinds of reasons, but as noted here, he didn’t even bother to show up for the 9/11 Memorial Museum dedication in New York City in May (guess he’s too busy looking into the soul of Our Old Buddy Vlad Putin, painting his pictures or something…hey, why bother since he’s already milked all the political benefit out of it that he can, right? Oh, but the New York Times reported that Dubya had a “scheduling conflict”…uh huh)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Republican (of course) U.S. House candidate Gary Kiehne, who claimed here that “99 percent” of mass shootings have been the fault of Democrats (uh, no…actually, if you want to split hairs, David Weigel points out here that Tucson shooter Jared Loughner noted “We the Living” by Ayn Rand as one of his favorite books – and Rand is a favorite author of who now? Let me think – by the way, Kiehne would lose in the Republican primary to Andy Tobin – tee hee…)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Conservative blogger Clayton Thomas Kelly (here), who snuck into the nursing home where Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran’s wife was being treated and took her picture for an online video – probably doesn’t need to be emphasized how repellent an action that is, and I hope this idiot is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law…apparently, there’s some question as to whether or not Chris McDaniel, Cochran’s primary Teahadist challenger from earlier this year, knew Kelly would do this before he said he did, though McDaniel has quite rightly decried Kelly’s apparently criminal behavior

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I’m probably just being ultra-cranky here, but Marilyn Russell, morning personality of radio station BEN FM in these parts, gets a dubious mention – the day before primary election day in May, she was joking with someone about what was more important, the primary elections on May 20 or the fact that that’s the day of the NBA draft lottery and basically arguing for the latter, with the woeful-as-of-now Sixers in a position to get a high lottery pick (they ended up picking 3rd and 10th overall and drafted two guys who apparently won’t be able to help them this year).

Yeah, that’s great – election turnout overall is pretty bad and primary election turnout is even more microscopic as it is. Thanks for doing even more to encourage people to stay home!

BEN FM, playing anything we feel like…as long as it’s on our play list.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

PA Commonwealth Court Judge John Jones, who ruled in favor of marriage equality in May here

Dregs of the Year Nominee (“Ain’t Karma a Bitch?” Citation)

One-time AZ Repug gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson is a champion of voter ID, apparently…but he was turned away from his voting location in May during a primary election when he forgot identification that the state now requires for voting, as noted here (waah-waaaaaah).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Former Florida U.S. House rep and Army “non-judicial punishment” recipient Allen West, who questioned the “loyalties” of Dem U.S. House Rep Tammy Duckworth upon the news that she was named to the BENGHAZI!!! clown show here (I guess getting both your legs shot off doesn’t rate as far as West is concerned – he is absolute scum and filth and nothing more)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Daniel McCauley, owner of the Atomic Grill in West Virginia – his restaurant received a review where the employees (presumably female) were told to “show more skin” (creepy indeed), and he responded with a promotion involving potato “skins” at $7 an order through Memorial Day, with the profits to be donated to the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services (good work here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, who blamed veterans groups for not being sufficiently critical of VA head Gen. Eric Shinseki over the revelations that 40 (I believe) of our veterans died while waiting for care here…yeah, as if Burr needs to tell these heroes who have served our country what to say and believe and how to act – looks like they don’t want to be part of your stupid political game, senator…more’s the credit to them and not to you (and by the way…)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House candidate Tony Strickland, who was apparently responsible for his campaign’s ill-timed decision to send hundreds of automated robocalls to families outside of Los Angeles touting his endorsement by the National Rifle Association, just one day after a mass shooting on the University of California at Santa Barbara campus left seven people dead here (Strickland ran for the seat of retiring Repug Buck McKeon and lost to Steve Knight)

Dregs of the Year (“Possibly The Millennia Yet Again”) Nominee

“Joe The Plumber,” whose name isn’t, in fact, Joe, and who isn’t a plumber, gets it for saying in the wake of the Santa Barbara, CA mass shooting (the latest one) in May that “your dead kids don’t trump my constitutional rights” to have guns here.

You know, in a way, I’m almost grateful to Samuel Wurzelbacher for this hateful, violent idiocy. He has perfectly captured the mentality of the gun fetishists in this country (and no, I’m not talking about everyday NRA members, many of whom are decent folk who actually practice gun safety and who support common-sense gun laws – I’m talking about the “ammosexuals” out there).

If Wurzelbacher actually had any guts, he would say this at a memorial service for one of the victims. But he won’t, because he doesn’t.


Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

No, hell isn’t about to freeze over (as far as I know anyway), and I’ll bet you thought you’d NEVER, EVER see this, but Mikey the Beloved earns a mention here because, in May, he was one of a measly 10 U.S. House Republicans to vote in favor of legislation from Dems Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Raul Grijalva of Arizona to try and combat wage theft.

Yes, the measure still got creamed, and no, it probably didn’t have a chance (important as the issue is, though), and yes, Mikey will try and use this as proof of his totally imaginary centrist bona fides (please spare me another lecture about “No Labels,” which is nothing but a front for the Republican Party), but credit goes to him for doing the right thing for a change.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Open-carry Alabama gun nut John David Murphy gets a dishonorable mention; in June, he entered the polling location at the First Methodist Church of Alabaster while wearing a holstered 9 mm handgun and two ammunition magazines to vote in the Republican primary despite the fact that the church, like other precincts, had a sign in the door saying firearms are prohibited (here).

So how did Murphy respond?

“Them being freaked out doesn’t trump my right to open carry.” He said he is a member of Alabama Gun Rights, an advocacy group.

Near my ‘hood, as it were, there are often signs posted on major highways for a “Gun Expo,” usually at a center in King of Prussia or Fort Washington, Pa., often in the fall, where life forms like Murphy can gather with other vendors of death weapons, all to worship their external death penises, as Atrios might put it. I think we should have a granddaddy of a “Gun Expo,” as you might put it (maybe at Lincoln Financial Field or Citizens Bank Park), and round up as many of these clueless meat sacks as possible. Then, gather and transport all of them to Alcatraz Island, each armed only with gun and a Swiss Army knife, let them live there, and ultimately shoot each other (or stab each other – makes no never mind to me).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Collectively, the House of Representatives of the sometimes-not-so-glorious commonwealth of PA for this

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Jon Meis, a 26-year-old engineering student at Seattle Pacific University, who thwarted a gunman in June here by subduing him with pepper spray as he was trying to reload (the life form who allegedly perpetrated this latest gun assault is Aaron R. Ybarra – in the attack, one student was killed and three others were injured…all of these gun tragedies are awful, but there are so many anymore that it’s harder and harder to keep track of them)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

George Ciampa, a D-Day veteran, gets a dubious mention (and yes, I know this is a tough one – thanks to Mr. Clampa for his service); he received a call from the White House since Number 44 wanted to arrange a private meeting with D-Day veterans before Obama headed over to Europe for ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary (here).

I’m sure you can imagine what happened next…

George thought about it for awhile and concluded he just couldn’t. “I have so many issues with the president’s policies, including the most recent ones,” he told me ruefully. “I just couldn’t convince myself to do it.”

Commemorating D-Day isn’t supposed to be political, Mr. Clampa. Think of it this way – Obama is the commander-in-chief. Would it have killed you to comply with probably the last military-related request you will ever receive?

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Any member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (now there is an oxymoron for you!) who skipped out early on a classified briefing on the release of Bowe Bergdahl, the last member of the American military held in captivity from the Iraq and Afghan wars here (special dishonorable mentions go to Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, who of course made a bee line for Fix Noise after doing so, and that moron Rand Paul of Kentucky, who didn’t even bother to show up for the briefing after complaining about the Bergdahl release to the media…here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Supposedly ”moderate” Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who sponsored a measure by the Senate Appropriations Committee to weaken federal truck safety rules (here)…she did so shortly before a deadly tractor-trailer accident took place on the New Jersey Turnpike involving a vehicle from WalMart that killed comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair and critically injured actor Tracy Morgan – smooth move, Senator – Morgan is still trying to recover months later…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Dem Virginia State Senator Phillip Puckett, who took what amounts to a bribe from the state’s Republican Party here; Puckett resigned his seat to take a job with the state’s tobacco commission and ensure that his daughter received a judgeship – by doing so, Puckett gave the state Republicans a majority and the ability to reject an expansion of Medicaid in that state (yep, as far as the Repugs are concerned, “Obamacare” is the root of all evil; I’m not at all sure that Puckett can be prosecuted for this, but if he can in any way, he should be… Puckett said later that he won’t take the tobacco commission job…also, he and the Repugs involved may have violated a Virginia bribery law – multiple fails here)

More later…


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 4)

November 25, 2014

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

The undisclosed 15-year-old boy with ADHD who, having grown tired of being bullied at his South Fayette, PA high school, turned the proverbial tables on his tormentors here by recording their bullying activity on his iPad (and Dregs citations go out to school officials who knew about the bullying, including Assistant Principal Aaron Skrbin, as well as South Fayette Police Lieutenant Robert Kurta, who told the boy to dispose of the recording, and charged him with disorderly conduct…the charge is being appealed, as well it should be).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, based in Bismarck, N.D., for overturning that state’s “fetal heartbeat” abortion ban here (cue the wingnut caterwauling – five, four, three, two…)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

This is a tough call (particularly since I gave him a Do-Gooder citation yesterday), but I have to give it to Dem AG Jack Conway of KY here for signing onto the ridiculous scheme (along with 20 other Attorneys General) to combat the EPA’s efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay (“states rights” my ass – I expect this nonsense from Repugs, though it’s still wrong of course, but a Dem like Conway definitely should know better).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The pilots of airline JetBlue, who voted to unionize here (and I don’t give a crap how the stock market responded to the news)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Tom Sherrill, a 29-year-old staff sergeant in the Air Force who caught the ball hit by Albert Pujols for Pujols’s 500th home run here – what did Sherrill want in return for catching the ball?

As he put it, “nothing.”

“I’ll take whatever they want to give me, but I’m not going to be picky. I just want to make sure that Albert gets the ball. I’m just happy to be a part of it,” Sherrill told Angels broadcasters Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza on Fox Sports West.

Actually, Sherrill did end up requesting something, as the story tells us “He talked security into bringing the guy who had the ball bounce off his belly & his kids to get their pictures taken with Albert.”

What class (and thanks to Sherrill for his service).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Yes, I guess it goes without saying that Charles and David Koch are two of the most vile, reprehensible life forms who have ever stood upright and drawn a breath, but as noted from here, they ran another one of those awful anti-Affordable Care Law ads full of lies about Obama and Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado.

And this ad is particularly vile because it shows an image of Obama and Udall as they held an impromptu press conference at the hospital where the victims of the “Dark Knight” movie theater mass shooting were being treated. And the Kochs showed Obama and Udall with distressed looks on their faces, as you might expect. However, the ad implied that the distress was caused by “Obamacare” and not the shooting.

At this moment, words fail (though, commendably, the families of the victims are standing up against this garbage, as noted here). And the worst part is that the strategy worked – Mark Udall was defeated by the utterly odious Cory Gardner in the general election.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The High Court of Hangin’ Judge JR continues to do all it can to ensure that this country becomes a permanent plutocracy, and as part of that (noted here), they upheld the Michigan ban on affirmative action, which will no doubt lead to a similar ban affecting jobs and equal housing as well as education.

And even if you don’t agree with affirmative action, the Roberts court (as usual) helped to undercut the role of the federal government by turning this issue over to the states (and I think some of the corporate media posturing on this is unintentionally hilarious, wondering if there will be similar challenges now across all 50 states…OF COURSE there will be, from the usual suspects).

(And a Do-Gooder citation amidst this goes to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who quite rightly blasted Roberts over yet another awful ruling…I think that, years from now, we will realize that, more than Iraq, the worst Bushco legacy will be what they did to federal judiciary, i.e., The Supremes.)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald, who framed the union vote by that school’s football players as a personal betrayal if they voted in favor, of course (here – h/t Atrios)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The players on the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team who staged a “silent protest” of the racist remarks by owner Donald Sterling by taking off their team warmup jerseys, turning them inside out and dropping them at center court before a playoff game before the Golden State Warriors here – nicely done.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

I’ve dumped on “media critic” Howard Kurtz plenty of times, and rightly so I believe, but in April, he criticized his own network here (and that would be Fix Noise) for their silence on Tea Party welfare recipient Cliven Bundy’s racism after his network (and Sean Inanity in particular) went to great lengths to give Bundy publicity over his standoff with the government because, unlike just about every other rancher in that area of the country (Nevada), Bundy won’t pay the fees he owes to the BLM, which is a sweet deal to begin with. Good work by Kurtz for a change…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

President Obama for this

Dregs of the Year Nominee

This gun-toting assh*le from Georgia – hope he goes to jail and they lose the key (here)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Former half-term governor of Alaska Just Plain Folks Dontcha Know Sarah Palin for this (utterly repugnant language that I personally, as a Catholic, find highly objectionable)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Ralph Nader earns a dubious mention for saying that Obama should be impeached over BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI!!! here.

If Nader has a case to make for impeaching Obama that is actually sound legally, let him try to make it. You want to talk about drone strikes, invasion of privacy, allowing Net Neutrality to wither and die (which is going on as I type this….well, on second thought), or clamping down on whistleblowers and/or our corporate media from time to time, then have at it. Otherwise, STFU (and never forget the role you helped play in bringing Bushco to power in 2000).

Oh, and by the way, Mr. “Unsafe At Any Speed,” you might do well to consider this.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

South Dakota GOP (of course) Senate candidate Dr. Annette Bosworth, who compared food stamp recipients to animals here (nice – and no hint of an apology, of course)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

U.S. Army Col. Barry Johnson, who, as noted here, offered up his burial plot to fellow U.S. Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor when the state of Idaho declined Taylor’s request to be buried with her same-sex partner, who passed away in 2012 (Taylor requested a plot for herself and a location for the ashes of her spouse, who died in 2012, but the state refused…however, Col. Johnson stepped up as many veterans do – we’ll see)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Dem U.S. House Rep Bennie Thompson gets a raspberry for referring to Clarence Thomas of The Supremes as an “Uncle Tom” here.

Here’s my point: I think Thompson is right, but he shouldn’t tell corporate media harpie Dana Bash that it’s OK to engage in name calling because Thompson and Thomas are both black. It doesn’t matter what your skin color is; when you engage in name calling, you diminish the legitimacy of your argument (and yes, I know I’m guilty of that from time to time also).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Sixers’ owner Josh Harris, who said that the basketball team’s 19-win 2013-14 season was a “huge success” here

I actually agree with what the Sixers did (trading big-contract veterans for high draft picks), if it means that the team will legitimately contend for a championship in a few years (the perpetually mediocre Flyers and Phillies – though at least the ball team got in done in ’08 – should take a lesson or two…haven’t figured out what’s going on with Chip Kelly and the Eagles yet). But don’t tell us that serving as one of the NBA’s “doormats” qualifies as a “huge success” (and they may have taken this strategy a bit too far, since, at this moment, they’re currently winless for the ’14-’15 season).

(Kind of weird that formerly elite NBA teams like the Knicks, Celtics and Lakers are now all bad at once, with the Sixers periodically achieving greatness or near-greatness, by the way.)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Sean Inanity could get it for a lot of reasons, but here, he defended Minnesota homeowner Byron Smith, convicted in the execution-style murder of two people who broke into his home (and in response to Hunter’s question at the end, that seems a bit nuts to me too – more here, and a Dregs citation goes out to Smith also of course)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

NRA parasite Scott Bach for this (exquisite takedown by Hunter of Daily Kos, who was on a bit of a roll)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Janice Hahn for this

Dregs of the Year Nominee

It’s hard to give a citation like this to The Big Dog, but he gets it for the following (an excerpt from former Obama Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s book)…

[Geithner] cheerfully relayed a story that also appears in his book about the time he sought advice from Bill Clinton on how to pursue a more populist strategy: “You could take Lloyd Blankfein into a dark alley,” Clinton said, “and slit his throat, and it would satisfy them for about two days. Then the blood lust would rise again.”

As Betty Cracker of Balloon Juice observed (h/t Atrios), this is pretty sad coming from the president who repealed Glass-Steagall (the Depression-era law that separated commercial banks from investment banks) and thus opened up the “big casino” to play with everyone’s money, with predictable results particularly in 2008.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Every single one of the 7 alleged U.S. House “Democrats” who sided with the Repugs in voting to establish the BENGHAZI!!! witch hunt committee here (or begin “The Hunger Games,” as Atrios put in in typical puckish fashion – see the Ralph Nader citation earlier)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Anyone who, at any point in his or her life, has ever flicked a cigarette butt out of a car window, lit or not – scum of the earth (yes, that is a pet peeve)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Wayne Kramer of the ‘60s-era band MC5 for this

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The St. Louis Rams football team and coach Jeff Fisher for selecting openly gay collegiate player (and hell of a college defensive lineman, more importantly) Michael Sam here – I’d like to think this was a message from the team to Flush Limbore, who once wanted to buy the Rams, but I think this was just an opportunity for the organization to address a personnel need on the team and do the right thing in the bargain (as noted previously, Sam was cut by the Rams and Dallas, but he remains a trail-blazing figure in sports)

More later…


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 3)

November 24, 2014

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Howard Kurtz gets it (is he with CNN or Fix Noise this week?) for attacking Stephen Colbert for Colbert’s bit attacking Kurtz for asking questions about Hillary Clinton’s age here (everybody got that?).

And I LOVE Kurtz’s line about how it’s supposedly about time that somebody took on Stephen Colbert, or something.

Memo to Howie: Stephen Colbert is A COMEDIAN, an intentional one, as opposed to the unintentional one that you actually are. And who was it who appointed Kurtz as some kind of supposed “media watchdog” anyway?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The 7 alleged “Democrats” in the U.S. Senate who opposed the nomination by President Obama of Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, including Chris Coons of Delaware and “Sideshow Bob” Casey of PA (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

John Scott of Fix Noise, for plummeting to new depths even for that wretched network by saying that, well, gosh, all Lois Lerner of the IRS has to do is answer those ridiculous questions from Darrell Issa of the House Oversight Committee, and then maybe the death threats against Lerner would stop…of course, not a word of rebuke for those threatening violence against Lerner – what a pestilence Scott and his ilk are (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The 50 or so bystanders on a Greenwich Village subway station platform who, by all accounts, did nothing while J.P. Masterson was being punched in the face by a “man” who screamed “I f#@cking hate faggots!,” all because Masterson held hands with his partner while they both celebrated their 10th anniversary (here)…

“I have multiple fractures in my face, eye socket and nose,” Masterson said. “I can’t really breathe because my nose is off center.”

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

I never imagined that I would ever give a citation like this to David Brooks of the New York Times, but in March, he wrote eloquently here about the evil of torture by solitary confinement; credit where it’s due indeed (h/t Atrios)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

General Motors gets a dishonorable note for knowing about a safety defect in the now-discontinued Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 models (the model dates are from ’03 to ’07) that could cause the vehicles to stall or fail to deploy their air bags, but waiting until February of this year to recall 1.6 million affected vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths (another reason to buy a Honda as far as I’m concerned – here).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Kentucky AG Jack Conway gets an “attaboy” here for deciding not to defend his state’s gay marriage ban (did I mention that Conway has gubernatorial ambitions and is a practicing Catholic?).

And to think, voters in that commonwealth (and yes, it is that) actually voted for Rand “Aqua Buddha” Paul over this guy for the U.S. Senate…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

That supposedly fine, upstanding Christian man Mr.-Puppy-Dog-Eyes-With-The-Shiv for uttering these truly repulsive racist sentiments here (somewhere, Bull Connor and Sheriff Clark are smiling…and kudos to Dem U.S. House Rep Barbara Lee for calling him on it)

Dregs of the Year Nominees (“Nothin’ To Lose” Citation)

Paul Stanley of Kiss, for whining that the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame would induct the band with only its original members, not including two musicians who joined the band later, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer (here)…

And get a load of this for a rationalization…

“In the Grateful Dead’s case, (they) also inducted a writer who never played an instrument,” said Stanley, referring to Robert Hunter’s inclusion when the band was inducted in 1994…”

Is Stanley kidding? Robert Hunter is a legendary lyricist who collaborated with Jerry Garcia on tunes like “Friend of the Devil,” and “Truckin’”. But as far as Stanley is concerned, Hunter isn’t a real band member, or something…

Hmm. Let’s see know…Hall and Oates, Bon Jovi, The Cure, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull…what do they all have in common?

To date, they have been passed over for induction in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.

And Kiss got in, and Stanley is still complaining, which I guess is to be expected for someone who’s earned a nice living while playing the most formulaic type of rock n’ roll music imaginable.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Sam Adams Beer and Heineken for this

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Reed Hastings, owner of Netflix, gets a raspberry for criticizing public schools (typical) because they’re controlled by democratically elected school boards, while extolling charter schools because the people who run them aren’t elected by or accountable to just about anyone here (h/t Atrios).

I don’t know about you, but I’ve just about had it with rich people passing judgment on those who are not as well off as they are, thinking they have the answers for those who are less fortunate. Just be honest and say that you don’t give a shit, and here is what I think instead, OK?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

“Governor Bully” again for blocking the Tesla automaker from selling cars in the Garden State, as noted here (yep, just grovel a little more for the Kochs in the utterly vain hope that you’ll win the Republican presidential nomination in 2016…too funny)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Wisconsin State Senator (and a Republican – HORRORS!) Dale Schultz for calling BS on his political party over its voter suppression efforts in that state in particular, though you could easily do that over what is going on all over the country (here – kudos)

Journamalism Citation Of The Year Nominee (Sports Division)

Yes, I can’t stand Ed Snider because he’s a warmonger who will probably end up skating (no pun intended) over Iraq, but fair is fair…in March, on the day after the Flyers (his team of course) defeated the St. Louis Blues, the leading team in the Western Division (I think that’s what it’s called) for the Flyers’ fifth win in a row, that didn’t even make the front page of the Bucks County Courier Times sports section – it was bumped instead by news of a loss of the Archbishop Wood Vikings’ girls basketball team in the state final and a column about a rumored trade of the Eagles’ DeSean Jackson (Jackson was later released and signed with Washington).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

30-year-old Nicholas Tognozzi of Santa Rosa, CA, who (allegedly, let’s not forget – awful story here) rammed his pickup truck into the back of a Toyota Camry, crushing the back seat passengers to death…Jay Hufford was the driver of the Camry, and the two people killed were his wife, Sue, and his mother, Sharon – Hufford’a father was in the front seat and was apparently not hurt…

“He was looking down at his phone,” said CHP Sgt. Erik Egide. “He was looking down at his phone. He may have been texting, that’s still being investigated.” Asked about Tognozzi’s degree of impairment, Egide said “It’s difficult to know with marijuana until we get results of the chemical test.”

So texting AND toking, huh (once more, allegedly)?

There are all kinds of bad drivers out there on the road. In my experience such as it is, pickup truck drivers are the very worst (and yes, I’m sure there are plenty of good ones). Just about ALWAYS tailgating or clogging up a lane while they have a cell phone chat with a buddy.

If this guy is found guilty (and it turns out that he was on drugs too), then he should go to jail for the rest of his life.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

And sticking with the subject of bad driving, I give you the case of Jeffrey White, who “aggressively tailgated” driver Tracey Sloan, passed her, flipped her the bird…and then proceeded to drive his vehicle into a utility pole – Sloan apparently drove past White and laughed at him after the accident, which is completely appropriate as far as I’m concerned (here).

White left the scene, but Sloan turned the phone recording into police, who apprehended White later (and yes, it’s not the best practice to be messing around with either a flip phone or a “smart” one when driving, but I think this qualifies as an exception to that rule).

And yes, White was driving a pickup truck.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The Texas Rangers baseball team fans responsible for this atrocity (i.e., the monument honoring 18-year-firefighter Shannon Stone, who fell to his death trying to catch a ball tossed to him from outfielder Josh Hamilton I believe, was littered with drink cans and other trash on Opening Day)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Time to cite the High Court of Hangin’ Judge JR again for yet another assault on campaign finance law in April where they removed personal overall limits on campaign contributions in McCutcheon v. FEC; it would have been appropriate if they’d issued this on April Fools Day, but it was the 2nd instead (here and here).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

As far as I’m concerned, the local sports media in these parts don’t have bragging rights over anyone for a variety of reasons, but in April, Mike Francesa and Boomer Esaison, among other “sports mouths” in NYC, really showed themselves to be troglodytes when Dan Murphy of the New York Mets (commendably, IMHO) decided to invoke parental leave at the beginning of the baseball season so he could be with his wife, who had just given birth to their child (and OF COURSE that total worm Craig Carton, he who once “reported” that former Flyer Eric Lindros was pals with “reputed” mobster Joey Merlino, is involved too). And basically, Francesa & Co. lost it, saying more or less that all men should follow their lead and tell the mother to suck it up or get help elsewhere, or something – actually, they should do more of what Murphy did and tune out the other clowns involved here (Esiason said that the mother should have gotten a “C” section, as if that has anything to do with family leave…he later apologized).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

You can give a citation like this to “Governor Bully” almost on a weekly basis considering all of the drip-drip-drip coverage of the George Washington Bridge scandal (and rightly so), but here, I guess he got a little fed up with the treatment he was receiving at a celebrity roast for former Gov. Brendan Byrne, and he crowded comedian Joy Behar and apparently tried to take her notes away from her.

What a pathetic creature Chris Christie is, my fellow prisoners, firmly standing up to the apparent threat of a woman who was in the process of calling him out for what he truly is.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Edmond Aviv, 62, who was convicted of harassing his neighbor in the Cleveland suburb of South Euclid for more than a decade (here), as well as her disabled children – nice bleeping guy – (and a Do-Gooder citation to Judge Gayle Williams-Byers who made Aviv wear a sign in public saying “I AM A BULLY” as part of his punishment)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Pastor Rick Wood of The Lord’s House of Prayer in Oneonta, Alabama, set out to feed the poor in his neighborhood (last I checked, The Bible had something to say about that), but was stopped by the local police in Birmingham because Wood didn’t have a $500 permit (and by the way, a Dregs citation goes out not to the police, who are only doing their jobs, but any of the idiot politicians responsible for getting that stupid ordinance passed – here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Would-be Caramel County, CA homeowner Kathy Rowe, who was so furious on losing out on her home bid here to another woman that she took out an ad telling people to rape the new owner (oy)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dem Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland here, for signing a bill decriminalizing pot possession in his state (Now THAT is what I’m talking about, people! And I’m still a bit squeamish on the legalization by the way, though I once was on gay marriage too)

More later…


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 2)

November 20, 2014

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(Part One including the setup is here.)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong earns a dubious note; he claimed here that increased premiums from “Obamacare” cost him $1.7 million because he had to pay more money to women who gave birth to sick babies; as Think Progress tells us, this might have more to do with not managing his company’s health care costs properly, as well as the failure of some online news business venture called The Patch (oh, and this scumbag earned $12.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013).

And by the way, Mrs. Doomsy and I know about sick babies, in our case due to a premature birth (all is well now, though, thank God), so it’s particularly galling on a personal level to see Armstrong use that as an excuse (he later apologized, as well he should)…

…and I thought this was a well-done response (h/t Atrios)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Kenny Thompson, an elementary school teacher in Houston, TX, who, when he saw that 60 students were being punished with cold peanut butter and jelly sandwiches instead of hot food because they owed money on their school lunches, spent $465 of his own money and zeroed out the balances on over 60 students’ accounts so the kids could eat properly here (yeah, just another story of some “grifting” public sector worker who has the summer off, right Repugs…removing my tongue from my cheek – kudos)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The apparently murderous asshat who yelled out at a town hall for Repug U.S. House Rep Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma (of course) saying that Obama should be executed (here…the only thing scarier than politicians like Bridenstine – take a bow, Teahadists – are the life forms who actually vote for them…oh, and by the way, a Dregs citation also to Bridenstine for apparently thinking that this is all a joke, based on his response)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Actor and former Marine Corps DI R. Lee Ermey for saying here that kids kill themselves because young boys have been “neutered” (h/t Atrios…and he also said once that we should “rise up” against President Obama, or something – oh, and did I mention that he’s a paid spokesperson for Glock, the gun manufacturer?)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Florida State Rep Ana Rivas Logan, who left the Republican Party to join the Democrats over immigration (here – welcome to the fight!)

Prank of the Year Nominee

Gary James, owner of Gary’s Chicaros restaurant in Oklahoma City (I heard that it was closer to Enid, Oklahoma, wherever that is) told local radio station KFOR in February that “I really don’t want gays around. Any man that would compromise his own body would compromise anything” (he apparently also doesn’t like minorities or disabled people in his restaurant – nice guy…the attached item from The Raw Story describes the payback – great stuff)

People rally in support of a $15 minimum wage at Seattle Central Community College in Washington
Dregs of the Year Nominee

Dem U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (Walmart), who opposed a federal minimum wage hike here to $10.10 an hour from $7.25 (I believe) after saying last December that he supported an increase, saying it’s too much, too fast, or whatever…way to spit on your base, you numbskull (is it any wonder that he ended up losing his re-election bid?)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dem U.S. House Rep Jackie Speier for this

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Colorado Repug State Rep Bernie Herpin said here that it was a “good thing” that “Dark Knight Rises” Aurora (accused) shooter James Holmes had a 100-round clip; Herpin’s thinking, or what passes for it, is that Holmes could have inflicted more damage had he a greater amount of smaller clips.

Just for that, Herpin should end up in a dark movie theater at midnight with people everywhere while a random shooter is loose firing at victims; Herpin would of course be saved by a “good guy with a gun.”

Sure he would.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Nicole Miller brand CEO Bud Konheim, who said that anyone making $35,000 would be rich in 99 percent of the other countries of the world, which, if nothing else, is a typically perverse right wing meme based on the “99 percent” protests in this country; as Think Progress points out here

Almost half of all Americans are economically insecure, unable to afford the most basic needs on what they earn. About 50 million people, many of them children, are food insecure, meaning that they don’t consistently have enough to eat. About four in 10 working Americans earned less than $20,000 in 2012.

Given that the bottom 99 percent of American earners only got 5 percent of all income gainssince the recession officially ended and that inequality that severe hurts the whole economyand hampers economic mobility, Konheim and his many sympathizers among the wealthy might want to take the matter more seriously.

Besides, if we in this country have to tighten our belts yet another notch, then I guess one thing we can do in response is not to buy any more stinking Nicole Miller products, right?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Billionaire Tom Perkins gets another citation, this time for (basically) saying here that the more money you have, the more votes you should be entitled to (no line of decency that cretins like this guy won’t cross, I realize).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller, who defended NBC Sports reporter Christin Cooper here – she pressed Miller during a post-race interview that Miller won about his brother who had died, to the point where Miller quite understandably became emotional…Cooper came under criticism, and she probably went too far, but I think it was classy of Miller to come to her defense (Miller burst onto the scene a number of years ago as I vaguely recall bragging about all of the medals he would win, and he went bust…however, he did end up being one of 5 skiers winning medals in 4 different disciplines; good for him)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Samuel Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. “Joe the Plumber,” who, after making himself a personality of sorts on behalf of Palin/McCain in ’08 and opposing all things “Democrat,” ended up taking a union job with Chrysler here (oh, the irony…)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

CNN’s Carol Costello for this (h/t Atrios)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Heather Levia, who worked as a manager at a McDonald’s in New York when firefighters fighting a blaze ordered 23 breakfast sandwiches, and she covered the $83 cost between herself and the workers on her shift here (and a Dregs citation to McDonald’s for firing her for allegedly swearing at a supervisor, which she denied – hmmm, smells like a trumped-up charge to get rid of her because she must have violated some double-secret policy, or something)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Sticking with the food biz, the Delaware Valley-area restaurant chain of Chickie’s & Pete’s earns a dubious mention; a yearlong investigation at nine locations found that the chain required its wait staff to contribute to a tip pool, then kept 60 percent of it, as this local NBC-10 news story tells us…they settled for $8 million (what a shame – great bar/food place including legendary crab fries…you would think they would know better than to do this, but I guess not).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, who opposed fracking on his land here because it would affect his property values (ohh, so all of those obnoxious commercials about how “it matters” to drill for supposedly clean natural gas, using God-only-knows what kind of chemicals that can poison us, are for “the rabble” like your humble narrator, but only the privileged class gets to drink H2O without wondering whether or not it will give us cancer one day – what an assh*le)

Republican Covention
Dregs of the Year Nominee

Governor Bully – in an effort to deflect attention from the George Washington Bridge scandal, he held a “town hall” over Hurricane Sandy relief and told homeowners who lost their property that he was stuck trying to get relief to them because of federal government red tape, or something – as noted here, the funds were given to the states in the form of block grants that they could manage themselves (what a lying pompous ass)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee (“A Fistful of Heimlich” Citation)

Former Carmel, CA mayor and empty-chair-talker-to Clint Eastwood saved a choking PGA Tour official here.

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria in Tucson, AZ for this

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The archdiocese of St. Paul, MN, for blaming the mother of two teenaged boys who were abused by Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer, who also pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography…the archdiocese actually blamed the mother for allowing her sons to come into contact with this predatory monster as noted here – I’m really not at a loss for words too often, but this is one of those times

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam for this (truly a great business model, telling everyone that, the more they use the internet, the more they should have to pay; what a wonderful way to discourage creativity and entrepreneurship – douche bag)…

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

Walt Disney World for this

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Deep-fried Paula Deen herself for this (comparing her struggles, which as far as I’m concerned were self-inflicted, to those of collegiate football player Michael Sam, who outed himself prior to the NFL draft – puh-leeze! And the last I checked, Sam was cut by the St. Louis Rams and was added to the Dallas practice squad, but I think he was cut from that also – a shame)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

MN Dem Senator Al Franken for this (he and Jeanne Shaheen would survive the catastrophic U.S. Senate election contests)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

“Communicator of the Year” Kelly Blazek, who wrote a nasty note here in response to a young woman who wanted to connect with her on Linkedin named Diana Mekota; Blazek said crap to Mekota like “why would I want to share my 960 connections with you?” or something, and also accused Mekota of having a sense of self-entitlement “typical for her generation” in a manner befitting a truly snotty bitch – Blazek since apologized, as well she should

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Actor Seth Rogen gets a nod for calling out U.S. Senators who refused to listen to his plea for more funding for Alzheimer’s research.

As noted here

“I could totally understand if they didn’t want to hear the testimony of a stoner, idiot, actor,” Rogen told CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

“Honestly, to me the most distressing thing is another (lawmaker), who these guys actually knew, was talking about how he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,” said Rogen, referring to the testimony of former Congressman Dennis Moore.

Researchers and statisticians also testified, detailing the financial toll of Alzheimer’s, and “they still couldn’t be bothered to hang around to hear it,” said Rogen.

“The whole point of a plea like that, to me, would be to get the personal connection with the people who were actually making these decisions,” said Rogen.

Indeed, and kudos to Rogen for putting the clowns in the spotlight who couldn’t even be bothered to listen to what he and others had to say, on behalf of too many Americans also I’m sure (sounds to me like this “stoner, idiot actor” might be the smartest person in the room).

More later…


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 1)

November 19, 2014

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OK, I’m going to rev this up again and see how far I get with it.

This is the beginning of my year-end wrap-up, and I’d better get started now because I’ve got a bunch of stuff. The point of this is to cover a lot of items that I’d managed to accumulate over the prior year, but I really didn’t want to include them in a post because I didn’t have much to say at the time.

(A bit of background here: I originally started the whole “Do-Gooders and Dregs” thing over at the Blogger site in 2005, and I did it every year since – with each post or set of posts gradually getting longer and longer, up to the point where we are right now. I took a break in 2012 for reasons that would take too long to explain, but I started it up again last year and I want to do the same thing for this year. Also, this is probably the earliest I’ve ever done this, but as I said, I have a lot to get to, as you’ll see.)

And by the way, unacknowledged hat tips are probably owed here to Eschaton, Daily Kos, Think Progress, Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars, Balloon Juice, Blue Jersey, firedoglake, MSNBC, and a few other sites here – many thanks.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Michael Davis, the father of Claire Davis, the 17-year-old who was murdered by gunman Karl Pierson (who took his own life after killing Davis) – the father has asked everyone to forgive Pierson, which shows a lot more empathy than I could probably muster, and I’m not proud of admitting that (here)

Dregs of the Year (And Frontrunners Already!) Nominees

Magpul Industries, the Colorado ammunition magazine manufacturer, decided in January to move its operations to Wyoming and Texas to protest CO’s law limiting the size of weapons magazines to 15 rounds (here).

Whatsamatta? You need an AK-47 to kill a deer or something? What kind of “sportsmen” run that company anyway?

And of course, the hell with the workforce – they’re disposable anyway, right?

Bastards.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The once-landmark TV Series “60 Minutes” gets a raspberry for its January report on how awful renewable energy supposedly is in this country; among the report’s many sins, it decries bad solar loans by the Department of Energy, failing to note that those loans comprise only about 3 percent of the DOE’s total solar energy portfolio (which, as noted here, is actually worth billions). And this sorry episode comes on the heels of the Lara Logan/BENGHAZI! fiasco and the show’s commercial (pretty much) on behalf of the NSA.

Somewhere, I have a feeling that Don Hewitt and Mike Wallace (and possibly Andy Rooney too) are doing somersaults in their graves.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin state senator and recently elected U.S. House rep, who introduced legislation to bring back the seven-day work week here (he should practice what he preaches – of course, that’s assuming that cozying up to big-money lobbyists and doing the bidding of life forms like the Koch Brothers is something that you could loosely describe as actual work…and once more, do I really need to identify Grothman’s political party?)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dem Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, who spent a vacation day with a homeless man in his state to learn about his life and the challenges he faces, as Think Progress tells us here (that’s how it’s done, Senator – nice work)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Former Montana Dem Governor Brian Schweitzer, for calling out William Kristol on ABC’s “This Week” for Kristol’s Middle East warmongering here – funny, but I don’t recall that “Irving’s boy” ever did a thing about combat except run away from it (and by the way, let’s also hold Kristol to account for doing all he did to scuttle health care reform back in the ‘90s…wonder how many people’s lives would have been improved if it had been enacted under Number 42, as it should have been?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Georgetown University professor Michael Scheuer for his call for the assassination of President Obama here (don’t even try and draw an equivalency between threats of violence against Number 44 and his wretched predecessor…I’m sure the Secret Service paid a visit to Scheuer, and he would have some company on this by the end of the year)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

U.S. District Court Judge Edmond E. Chang, who struck down Chicago’s ban on the sale of handguns here, calling it unconstitutional (yeah, how dare we do dumb stuff in this country like actually saving lives as opposed to supposedly interfering with the supposed gun rights of supposed law-abiding gun sellers – pathetic)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

“Straight Talk” McCain for blaming President Obama for the wave of Sunni-backed violence from al Qaeda in Iraq earlier this year, basically saying (yeah, I know) that it’s Number 44’s fault that we left too early, blah blah blah (here)…

Apparently, it is necessary to point out YET AGAIN that we withdrew our forces from that country at the end of 2011 in accordance with the Status of Forces Agreement signed under Obama’s wretched predecessor (based on urging from Nouri al-Maliki…it was the right thing for Number 43 to do, shockingly enough).

But of course, McCain will always be welcomed on the Sunday morning gab fests, treated as some kind of foreign policy “expert.”

What a joke.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Yep, it’s pretty much good sport to poke fun at all of the hangers-on to Governor Bully in light of the revelations in January concerning a certain most heavily traveled bridge in the country between New Jersey and New York City, in particular Bridget Kelly, who told fellow Chris Christie aide Donald Wildstein that it’s time for traffic problems in Fort Lee, NJ (not much gray area there for yours truly).

You could cite Kelly for being dumb enough to put her request (from Christie? Who else?) in an Email, but you should also give a citation to Wildstein as far as I’m concerned for this

In one exchange of text messages on the second day of the lane closures, Wildstein alludes to messages the Fort Lee mayor had left complaining that school buses were having trouble getting through the traffic.

“Is it wrong that I’m smiling,” the recipient of the text message responded to Wildstein. The person’s identity is not clear because the documents are partially redacted for unknown reasons.

“No,” Wildstein wrote in response.

“I feel badly about the kids,” the person replied to Wildstein. “I guess.”

They are the children of Buono voters,” Wildstein wrote, making a reference to Barbara Buono, the Democratic candidate for governor, who lost to Christie in a landslide in November.

No line Republicans won’t cross when it comes to political garbage like this – none whatsoever.

…and Christie deserves a shot for this too (so much for Repugs and sound money management; weren’t they supposed to be good at that?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

When it comes to cutting the stoo-pid with a proverbial knife, you have to go a long way to find a worse case than that of the judicial nominee recommended to President Obama by U.S. Senate Repug Richard Burr of North Carolina – so what does Burr do when the nominee comes up for a vote? Why, Burr filibusters, of course (here).

So, just to repeat, Richard Burr joined a filibuster of a judicial nominee that HE RECOMMENDED to President Obama.

And we’re actually supposed to take these idiots seriously.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

14-year-old Aitazaz Hassan Bangash of the Hangu district in northern Pakistan noticed someone suspicious trying to enter his school, so he stopped him – turns out the person trying to enter was a suicide bomber who detonated the bomb, killing himself as well as Aitazaz, but the boy’s actions saved the lives of his classmates who were gathered for an assembly (can’t think of anything that tops that at the moment…here).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Freedom Industries, the ridiculously-inaptly-named manufacturer of chemicals for the mining, steel, and cement industries in West Virginia; they were responsible for a spill of a chemical to wash coal of impurities from a holding tank into the Elk River, and as a result, about 300,000 residents were told they couldn’t use their tap water (here and here)

…and why am I not a bit surprised that they’re tied to the Kochs (here)?

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Announcers Brad Nessler and Jimmy Dykes of ESPN get a dubious mention for making jokes about the climate crisis during a collegiate men’s basketball game (here).

You know what? If you don’t believe it, fine. At this point, I think anyone who doesn’t (with the abundance of available evidence…more dramatic weather events, environmental changes including the shrinking of the Mississippi and the hottest years on record, polar ice melting, etc.) is too damn brainless for words. But if you don’t, at least keep your damn mouth shut for the sake of reality, as well as people like yours truly who do.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Aptly-named New York Post columnist and radio loudmouth Fred Dicker, who called the Sandy Hook gun slaughter a “little convenient massacre” here

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee (“Looks Like He Ought To Give Megyn Kelly An Education On This Issue,” Citation)

Shep Smith of Fix Noise went off-script again and defended Net Neutrality here (kudos).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Pennsylvania Judge Bernard L. McGinley, who ruled against our beloved commonwealth’s ridiculous voter ID law; of course, this will get appealed to the state Supreme Court, so this isn’t over by a long shot, unfortunately (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Federal judge Catherine Eagles (here), who struck down the provision in North Carolina’s ultrasound law requiring doctors to lecture women seeking abortion on ultrasound images (here – as I’ve said before, if men got pregnant, abortion would be legal in all cases about 10 minutes after conception, and there would be so many “morning after” pills on the market that you probably wouldn’t be able to store them in a warehouse)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Tyler Doohan, all of 8 years old, managed to rescue six people — including two younger children — from a burning mobile home in upstate New York. However, he perished when he went back to rescue his disabled grandfather, who he considered his best friend.

I believe in a kind and forgiving God, and for that reason, somehow I’m sure that, as soon as Tyler closed his eyes, he went right to Heaven (I feel a bit like I’m trivializing something as heroic as this by mixing it in with some of the other nonsense in these posts).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Venture capitalist Thomas Perkins compared the supposed plight of the “one percent” in this country to Nazi persecution of Jews (here – he did so in a Letter to the Editor of the Murdoch Street Journal, which the Journal printed, earning a Dregs citation also).

Yes, it is Perkins’ right to express his utterly moronic (and wrong, as is just about always the case) opinion and it is even the Journal’s right to publish it, even though doing so in both cases tells you about the sense of self-entitlement on display. However, even Perkins (and certainly the Journal) knows just how incendiary that language is (and I’m sure that’s exactly why Perkins used it and the Journal saw fit to publish his foul words). And as always, I defy anyone to provide an example from “the professional left” of similar behavior.

(Oh, and of course, the Journal “doubled down” and found a way to try and blame liberals, of course…what a joke.)

Dregs of the Year Nominee (“Taking The Whole ‘City of Brotherly Love’ Thing A Bit Too Far” Citation)

Vincent Wade of New Jersey, 34, crashed his car at the Pennsylvania Crown Fried Chicken stand in Philadelphia, then got out of the car and started – ahem – pleasuring himself (and 400 feet from an elementary school also…nice – fortunately, no one was hurt…here).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Joshua Fields Millburn; as this story tells us, “at age 27 (he) became the youngest director of operations at a large telecom company in the Midwest, (and) had been asked to craft a plan to close eight retail stores and terminate 41 workers. But when he handed the report to his boss in early 2011, it included 42 names. At the top of the list he’d written his own.”

Millburn then went on to espouse a life of minimalism, which is “(a) lifestyle dedicated to clearing the clutter in your life and making room for the things that are truly important to you” (his marriage had ended and his mother had died prior to this). Of course, he’s written a book on the subject, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing I know. However, I think he’s onto something (I realize I could do a lot more on this score myself – maybe I will one day).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Reporter Jackie Calmes of the New York Times for this piece of typical corporate media BS on the CBO report on the ACA in February, the one where the “party of Lincoln” erroneously claimed that health care reform would cost over 2 million jobs (so, uh, if the Repugs lie, then they’re winning the messaging, supposedly, but if the Dems call them on it, then “if you’re explainin’, you’re losin’”? Huh???….)

More later…


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