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

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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…

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