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

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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…

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