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

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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…

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