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

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?


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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