Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 14)

December 29, 2014

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Time to end this – prior related posts appear below:

Part 13
Part 12
Part 11
Part 10
Part 9
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

RIP

James Avery, Juanita Moore, Greg Caiola, Rev. Eric Freed, Phil Everly, Jerry Coleman, Saul Zaentz, Carter Camp, Al Porcino, Bronson Binger, Susan Rafsky, Andy Granatelli, Franklin McCain, Rev. Robert Nugent, Russell Johnson, Tom Gola, Sarah Marshall, Pete Seeger, Harry Gamble, Maximilian Schell, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joan Mondale, William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke, James J. Gallagher, Ralph Kiner, Shirley Temple Black, Sid Caesar, Jim Fregosi, Bob Casale, Garrick Utley, Harold Ramis, Chokwe Lumumba, Paco De Lucia, Sarah Elizabeth Jones, Alain Resnais, Joe McGinniss, Hal Douglas, David Brenner, Robert Strauss, Ken Forsse, Lawrence Walsh, Kate O’Mara, Sardar Ahmad, Nils Horner, Anja Niedringhaus, Chuck Stone, Mickey Rooney, Edmond Harjo, Phyllis Frelich, Jesse Winchester, Sue Townsend, Gabriel García Márquez, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Jack Ramsay, Bob Hoskins, Al Feldstein, Jim Oberstar, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Ross Lonsberry, Camille Lepage, Jerry Vale, Gordon Willis, Moftah Abu Zeid, Maya Angelou, Lewis Katz, Karen DeCrow, Don Zimmer, Roy Goodman, Rik Mayall, Ruby Dee, Casey Kasem, Jimmy Scott, Tony Gwynn, Horace Silver, Gerry Goffin, Chuck Noll, Gerry Conlon, Eli Wallach, Howard Baker, Bobby Womack, Paul Mazursky, Meshach Taylor, Walter Dean Myers, Tommy Ramone, Lorin Maazel, Nadine Gordimer, Johnny Winter, James Garner, Elaine Stritch, James Shigeta, Dick Smith, James Brady, Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Jim Jeffords, Don Pardo, James Foley, John Blake, Jr., Don Cannon, Richard Attenborough, Estelle Brager, Joan Rivers, Molly Glynn, Gerald Wilson, Steven Sotloff, James Laurita, David Haines, Tony Auth, PA State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Polly Bergen, David Kedra, Daniel Crespo, Paul Revere, Bill Campbell, Geoffrey Holder, Jan Hooks, Carolyn Kizer, Gloria Casarez, Oscar de la Renta, Ben Bradlee, Frank Mankiewicz, Jack Bruce, Reyhaneh Jabbari, Marcia Strassman, Thomas Menino, Galway Kinnell, Brittany Maynard, Tom Magliozzi, Earl E. Everett, Tomas Young, Jane Byrne, Peter Kassig, Glen A. Larson, Jimmy Ruffin, Mike Nichols, Elizabeth Pena, Pat Quinn, Roberto Gomez Bolanos, P.D. James, Mark Strand, Phil Hughes, Bobby Keys, Jean Karaty, Jean Beliveau, Ian McLagan, Ken Weatherwax, Mary Ann Mobley Collins, Joyce Craig-Lewis. Michael Du Cille, Richard Schaal, Phil Stern, Norman Bridwell, Pete Stainthorpe, Ernie Terrell, Clint Reif, Joe Cocker, David Ryall, Luise Rainer, Christine Cavanaugh, Edward Herrmann, Caldwell Jones

And now, without any more ado…

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Dregs of the Year

Despite all of the screwy nonsense that happened this year in this country’s mid-term elections, to say nothing of the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice (as well as out ol’ buddy Vlad Putin’s little adventure in Crimea), I absolutely can’t get past what kind of a year Israeli Prime Minister (and former resident of Cheltenham, PA) Benjamin Netanyahu had.

As noted here by Wikipedia, in early June, three Israeli teenagers were abducted and later killed (Israeli said Hamas was responsible, which is likely I guess, but offered no proof – Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah condemned the abduction and murder). This of course is reprehensible and called for a response, preferable in a court of law. However, Netanyahu decided to go after Hamas’s “infrastructure and personnel on the West Bank” instead. The ultimate result (of Operation Brother’s Keeper, a Bushian/Orwellian-sounding name if I ever heard one) is that 66 Israeli soldiers and 5 civilians were killed (1 Thai also) with hundreds of soldiers and civilians injured. On the Palestinian side, over 2,000 were killed in a conflict affecting anywhere from 55 to 70 percent of Palestinian civilians (including 110 killed in Gaza over a 24-hour span, as noted here – I guess the phrase “proportional response” doesn’t exist in Bibi’s vocabulary); Netanyahu also earned condemnation here for striking six United Nations shelters in Gaza housing displaced Palestinians.

Contrition from “Bibi” for any of this? Are you kidding??

He followed up all of this here by saying, basically, that those cowardly ISIS murderers who killed Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff earlier this year are the same as Hamas (as much as I detest that group, they are somewhat of a governmental body responsible for providing services to a population, though from what I can tell, they’re pretty bad at that job). That claim remains a lie that is so stoo-pid as to insult the intelligence of a reasonable adult (also echoed here).

(By the way, I love Netanyahu’s supposed rationale saying that he and the IDF dropped fliers and send out text messages warning Palestinians of an attack and telling them to get out. Where exactly did he think they were supposed to go?)

And for good measure, Netanyahu called for any Palestinian with dual Israeli citizenship to be stripped of the latter here (conjuring up a comparison by Juan Cole of what would happen in this country if, say, we tried to do something like that to African Americans protesting the events in Ferguson, MO). Oh, and Netanyahu said that anyone criticizing Israel over those damn settlements in Israeli-annexed Arab West Jerusalem was acting in a way counter to “American values,” or something, as if this egomaniac knew the first thing on that subject (earning a rare and completely well-reasoned rebuke here). If nothing else, I think that makes it pretty plain that much of what Netanyahu says and does is directed at Jews in this country at least as much as it is towards own countrymen.

Yeah, “Bibi” had an awful 2014 as far as I’m concerned, earning him the title of Dregs of the Year.

Update 12/31/14: And of course, leave it to “Bibi” to frame this action by Mahmoud Abbas as an attack on Israel’s soldiers as opposed to Bibi himself – Bushco couldn’t have done it any better.

Pope Francis
Do-Gooder of the Year

I’m not sure that it’s possible to overstate the positive impact (as far as I’m concerned) of Francis I, the 266th pope of the Catholic Church.

As noted here, Francis said that anything contributing to climate change is a sin, with an edict to be issued in the new year as noted here (none of this “I’m not a scientist” BS with this guy) and called for an end to fossil fuels here, along with a group of Catholic bishops. He also said here that the church should be more welcoming to gays (which drove conservative US Catholics nuts, as you might imagine) and unmarried couples (Francis being the one who said “Who am I to judge?” when asked about gays), and planned to build showers for homeless men and women at Vatican City here (he celebrated his recent 78th birthday by distributing sleeping bags to the homeless here). He also noted the “feminine genius” of American nuns here in an effort to reach out to their somewhat fractured ranks (the gesture was, I think, notable for what it did NOT include, and that was a rebuke of the nuns’ social activism). Francis also gave a special blessing to an 11-year-old New Jersey girl suffering from cancer here.

Basically, try imagining most of this taking place under Benedict or either John Paul who preceded Francis (reaching out to the nuns and gays/unmarried couples in particular). Yes, a lot of this stuff is symbolic, but the symbolism is important (being probably the oldest bureaucracy in the world, minutes are like centuries as far as the Church is concerned).

Oh, and as noted here, Francis in particular played a key role in helping to thaw U.S./Cuba relations just enough for the recent deal to be brokered between President Obama and Cuban Leader Raul Castro (typical for Marco Rubio to oppose it, of course).

I also think Francis sent a signal to the U.S. Catholic Bishops here with the appointment of Spokane Bishop Blasé Cupich, who replaced Chicago’s retiring conservative Cardinal Francis George as archbishop later this month, with Cupich being a moderate, conciliatory prelate who asked his priests not to pray in front of abortion clinics because it was too provocative. As the USA Today story tells us…

David Gibson, an experienced church observer, wrote in a Religion News Service article that Cupich’s appointment “may signal the beginning of the end of three decades of conservative dominance.”

We can only hope; Francis also demoted Cardinal Raymond Burke, who led the charge to stop giving communion to U.S. politicians who supported a woman’s right to choose, as noted here.

Has there been push-back in this country? Uh, just a bit – as the USA Today story also tells us…

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput complains that a recent Vatican conference called by Pope Francis produced “confusion,” adding, “Confusion is of the devil.”

Spoken like a man who opposed an extension of the statute of limitations for sexual abuse of minors for civil lawsuits and equated birth control with drug and alcohol addiction here (nice – last bullet). With that in mind, I guess it isn’t surprising that, for the first time that I can recall, U.S. House Republicans couldn’t agree on a resolution honoring Francis here (typical for those clowns).

And lest I get too misty-eyed and sentimental over this, let’s not forget that Francis is a hard-line kind of guy in his way; as noted here, he excommunicated a priest who advocated for gay marriage and female clergy (as far as I’m concerned, the time has come for both). However, he’s not afraid to “knock heads,” as it were, with people who apparently are feeling a bit too full of themselves in his papacy here.

So, for what it’s worth, please allow me to grant the highest honor I can to an individual denied the proper recognition from our politicians in Washington and proclaim Pope Francis the First as Do-Gooder of the Year.

Update 1/12/15: Offered without further comment…

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Well, that wraps up another year of doing this; every year, I wonder if this will be the last time I do it, and every year I manage to keep doing it somehow (maybe a glutton for punishment, I don’t know). We’ll see what the coming year brings and what, if anything, affects my posting activity. As soon as I know of anything that could get in the way of doing this, I’ll let you know.

And as is my custom, I want to thank anyone who has taken any time at all over the prior year to visit this site, and I wish everyone a happy holiday season (what’s left of it) and a peaceful and prosperous 2015 full of all good things.


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 13)

December 22, 2014

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 12
Part 11
Part 10
Part 9
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dem Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, for calling for the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the allegations of torture performed by the CIA and documented in the December report (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Members of the Ohio State House of Representatives who helped to move a bill forward allowing hunters to use silencers on their guns here (h/t Balloon Juice…remember, guns don’t kill, only hunters who apparently are inconvenienced by the sound of firing lethal projectiles from their eternal death penises do)

The “Thank You, Bushco, For An Awful New Phrase In Our Lexicon Because Of The War Crimes You Approved As Documented In The Torture Report” Citation of the Year

“Rectal rehydration” (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Geoffrey Carter, an N.L.R.B. administrative law judge, who ruled that those smiley-faced bastards intimidated and retaliated against worker activists at two California stores here (yep, I guess a manager saying that “If it were up to me, I’d shoot the union.” would qualify)…I suppose the only punishment would be a fine, when jail time would be more appropriate – of course Walmart is appealing the ruling)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The police officers who (allegedly) incited protestors to riot (folks protesting the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting) in Berkeley and Oakland, CA, with even one officer pulling his gun in response to an utterly non-lethal threat here (as Vyan at Daily Kos says, all of this needs to be investigated)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Politicians in Dallas, TX (surprised?) who are responsible for spending 8 years and $250,000 in efforts to fight feeding the homeless here (what country am I living in again?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Joseph Goodman, coach of a Mesa, AZ softball team, who allegedly kicked three girls off the squad because they wouldn’t participate in a Mormon prayer here (“uh, hello, ACLU?”)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

The anonymous woman who walked into a Toys ‘R’ Us in Bellingham, MA and paid off $20,000 to wipe away the layaway balances for 150 families who were saving up for Christmas gifts from the store (that was all the layaway debt the store had – really nice to do something like this in the spirit of the season…here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I have to say that I really was about to give a pass to Ken Ham and his Answers in Genesis (AiG, not to be confused with you-know-who) group who were behind the development of a Bible-themed-attraction park in Tennessee. I mean, you can only spend so much time calling out the wingnuts, right?

Well, here’s the deal…Ham was awarded about $18 million in tax incentives for the first phase of construction, with the help of Dem Governor Steve Beshear (the project being economically stimulative and all that), on the condition that AiG promise not to pick and choose who they hire based on religion, as the Think Progress post tells us.

I’m sure you can guess what happened next, and that was that Ham…

…reversed course from their initial pledge to comply with the state’s existing nondiscrimination policies. Ark Encounter’s job applications, which were reportedly posted on AiG’s website, stipulate that employees must agree with the group’s fundamentalist religious beliefs, and Ken Ham, famous creationist and head of AiG, has openly stated in fundraising emails that he intends to continue to discriminate based on religion when hiring for the park.

But Ham’s defiance couldn’t silence the rising tide of criticism surrounding the project, and the group’s willful disregard for existing tax law eventually caught up with them. The Freedom From Religion Foundation asked the IRS to investigate AiG’s tax-exempt status in November, and tourism Secretary Robert Stewart sent two letters to AiG in August and September demanding they pledge to comply with state law regarding hiring policies. Ark Encounter’s attorney finally rejected Stewart’s request on Monday, prompting the Secretary to respond on Wednesday with a letter saying that as long as the group discriminates based on religion, it is ineligible for $18 million in tax breaks.

All of this isn’t the reason why I’m giving this citation to Ham and AiG – it’s because of the way they responded when they found out that the money was going to run out…

AiG tried to head off the government’s decision earlier this week with a new PR campaign, announcing on Tuesday a plan to plaster 16 billboards across Kentucky and New York City with a message that reads, “To all of our intolerant liberal friends — thank God you can’t sink this ship.”

WAAAH-WAAAH-WAAAAAHHHH!!!!

So, to sum up, Ham and his cohorts manage to get $18 million for their Bible park on the condition that they not discriminate, then they decide that they WILL discriminate, then they lose the money, but somehow that’s the fault of “intolerant liberal friends.”

And by the way, I think the billboard is the real “get” here, but I had to really drill down to read about it; highly unusual for Think Progress to “bury the lede,” as they say.

The OH DEAR GOD PLEASE MAKE THIS STORY GO AWAY I’M SO BLOODY SICK OF HEARING ABOUT IT LIKE I’M ACTUALLY SUPPOSED TO CARE Citation of the Year

The demise of the New Republic, as noted here (which used to be referred to derisively as Joe Lieberman Weekly, which, I think, tells you all you need to know)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Turning once more to the world of sports…your Philadelphia Eagles have had kind of an up-and-down season – the team was flying high, as they say, until they ran into the Seattle Seahawks at the Linc and Dallas on successive weeks and got scorched, particularly by the “D” team. And now, with a mistake-filled recent loss to Washington and a Dallas win, the Birds are officially out of the playoffs.

I don’t want to hang this citation on the team because of their performance, which, if you want to know the truth, was (up until Seattle) been better than I thought it would be at the beginning of the year.

I’m giving this raspberry to coach Chip Kelly in particular for his stated reason for releasing wide receiver DeSean Jackson before they got started.

I mean, if Kelly had said something about “locker room disharmony” or something and let it go at that, I would have understood; there are all kinds of ways to phrase it when you let somebody go (kind of like the way Seattle kept it low-key when they released Percy Harvin). And though I thought the move was awful at first, I think the team has done a good job of compensating without Jackson (who landed with Washington, as luck would have it).

But on top of the “locker room disharmony” thing, Kelly said something about Jackson being involved with a gang, or something. Which has proven pretty much to be bullshit.

So Kelly should just stand up and say so, admit his mistake and apologize and not try to capitalize on the typically low attention span of a Philadelphia sports fan (or people in this country in general, I suppose).

And one more thing – way to blow it on #1 draft pick Marcus Smith.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep Kevin Yoder of Kansas, the person who attached the Wall Street bailout provision to the “Cromnibus” (literally written by “Shitty Group” executives) and then proceeded to drop out of sight here (at least have the courage of your foul convictions – here kitty kitty…)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

President Obama, for taking steps to restore relations with Cuba here

…on the other hand…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

This is a tough call IMHO because they have to do the “heavy lift” on immigration themselves thanks to a less-than-do-nothing Congress (returned to power and granted even more by the American voting public, which is a shocking comment on those who actually did exercise their universal franchise), but I’m sorry – there has to be a better way for the Obama Administration to handle the immigration issue in the Southwest primarily than to build a detention center, which the ACLU sued the Obama Administration over as noted here (of course, Number 44 also faced lawsuits from the usual conservative suspects on his immigration order – we might as well forget about anything like actual governance from the Repugs on this and probably every other issue; all they care about is pushing their talking points).

Do I have a better answer? No I don’t. But I’m not holding elected office either.

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

And as he is about to close out his utterly wretched career in the U.S. Senate, Crazy Tom Coburn of Oklahoma voted against a bill to try and cut down on suicides by veterans (here) and also opposed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act which puts “billions of dollars of projects and hundreds of thousands of jobs are at risk,” according to Sen. Charles Schumer here (with NYC presenting more likely terrorist targets than Oklahoma – not trying to be a snob, just pointing out the reality).

There are a handful of things Coburn has said and done that are correct over his 10 godawful years in the Senate (I know I’ve pointed them out, but I honestly can’t remember them right now). For the most part, though, he has been nothing but a stooge doing the bidding of the “one percent” by dressing up his cruelty as something approximating fiscal prudence.

I know he has health issues, and I wish him luck with that. More than anything else, though, I’d like for him to go crawl into a hole and never be seen or heard from again (and Obama once counted Coburn as a friend of sorts in the Senate – I will never, ever understand why).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Senators Bob Menendez and Marco Rubio for this on Cuba; yeah, I know they pretty much have to say this stuff for political cover, but it’s still ridiculous

Dregs of the Year Nominees

This goes to Sony Pictures, Regal Entertainment Group, and anyone else behind the decision to postpone the debut of “The Interview,” starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, due to hacking and terrorist threats that, apparently, emanate from North Korea (the film is about two guys who are contracted, pretty much, to kill Kim Jong Un – here).

I think what’s really going on here is that the people behind the decision to postpone release don’t want to do anything to hurt the sales of other movies making their debut on Christmas, most notably “Into the Woods,” and they think releasing “The Interview” might depress audience turnout.

Actually, I don’t know what is more sad – the movie people for cancelling the debut with the stated reason being audience safety when, in fact (and as usual), the concern is over money; or any audience person who would stay away in response to North Korea’s threats (I can’t recall if I’ve ever seen a movie on Christmas, but I’d be tempted to make an exception so I could give North Korea the metaphorical middle finger). Either way, it makes me recall that clip from “The Newsroom” where Jeff Daniels laments that we were never so scared of our own shadow, so to speak, in this country as we are now (and another factor here is Sony’s sieve-like “data security” – Playstation has been hacked so many times that I’ve lost count).

Update 12/23/14: Excellent by Sony to do this (but I’ll still never buy a Playstation)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Missouri state representative Rick Brattin has come up with perhaps the most unusual (and stoo-pid) justification for a woman to get permission from the father before getting an abortion (and I think mandating something like that is ridiculous) that I’ve ever heard (here).

See, if you’re a married man in Missouri apparently, you have to have a consent form completed by your wife before you get a vasectomy. So, Brattin says, a woman should have to get something like that completed by the father of the child before she…you get the rest.

Full disclosure time: I got a “snip” myself a long time ago for personal reasons of course, and Mrs. Doomsy and I discussed the matter thoroughly. Here’s the thing – a vasectomy can be reversed (of course, there’s no guarantee that a man will be able to father a child again as a result). It’s an “inpatient” procedure requiring an overnight stay I believe (as well as general anesthesia). And I have no idea of the insurance coverage issues – it was covered under our plan about ten years ago, but I have no idea if it would still be covered now.

An abortion, however, is final, as we know. But there’s a big difference between making a man unable to fertilize an egg and forcing a woman to carry that fertilized egg for (probably) nine months until birthing it.

As I’ve said before, if men got pregnant, there would be so many “morning after” pills on the market that you wouldn’t be able to keep track of them. And my guess is that guys like Brattin would be consuming them perhaps with greater ferocity than anyone else.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The three Republican (of course) judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit here who ruled that a man who was previously “committed to a mental institution” might nonetheless be allowed to have a gun, despite a federal ban on firearm possession by such individuals (the opinion was written by Danny Boggs, appointed by The Sainted Ronnie R; my guess is that Dubya appointed the other two, but I could be wrong…I’ll let you know if I find out more on this)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The recent execution-style murders of New York police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn were an absolutely horrible tragedy (the likely shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, killed himself after sending an Instagram message warning that he would shoot two police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner; after sending the message, he apparently made good on his cowardly threat).

As bad as this is, though. I think the overreaction by the New York City police (and right-wing media, of course), has been pretty terrible in its own right, with Kristol Mess saying that liberals should protest the murders the same way they have protested the Brown and Garner deaths, as well as that of 12-year-old Tamir Rice – fortunately, Dr. Dean provided the voice of sanity here, saying that Brinsley was a horrible “lone actor” in this situation…and why exactly is Kristol still taken seriously anyway?).

In the matter of the police, as noted here, when NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio “walked through Woodhull Hospital on Saturday (12/20) for a press conference about the deaths of the two police officers, the officers in the hospital hallways turned their backs on the mayor.” And apparently, the officers took their cues from Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (here), and former police commissioner Ray Kelly (as TPM notes, in a tweet, the Sergeants Benevolent Association even said that de Blasio “had blood on his hands” for the shooting of the two officers…also, an effort is also underway, or so it seems, to try and ban de Blasio from attending the funerals of police officers, though hopefully there will be very little reason for the mayor to fulfill that duty).

So what did Mayor de Blasio do that was apparently so awful? Well, he warned his multiracial son “to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him,” as noted here (actually, far worse than that as far as the NYPD is concerned, or so it would seem, de Blasio also showed some degree of empathy for those who had been victimized by NYC police).

With all of that in mind, this citation goes out to anyone trying to score points of any kind whatsoever over the murders of these two police officers, particularly Lynch and Kelly and all the WATBs who think that baaad liberal mayor Bill de Blasio is picking on them (and I hope it doesn’t need to be pointed out that that includes Kristol Mess and his ilk also).

Update 12/23/14: And that also includes this clown, who is desperately trying to remain relevant somehow (referring to Woods, by the way).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

The thus-far unnamed individual who left a $1,200 tip on a $128 meal to waitress Megan Asadi (who recently became an American citizen) at a Herndon, Virginia diner (here – definitely showing the spirit of the season)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The external death penis fetishists who, at a pro-gun rally in Olympia, Washington, booed former congresswoman Gabby Giffords here, who as we know was shot in the head and very nearly died (no line that these life forms won’t cross)

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Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Taking a page from former teammate Pat Burrell and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, former Phillie and now L.A. Dodger Jimmy Rollins took out a full-page ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer thanking the fans for supporting him and the team here.

I’ll be honest; there were plenty of times (particularly over the last two years) where Rollins popped out with men on base, and not working a deeper count in the process (I think Derek Jeter, for example, did a better job of adjusting his game as he aged, but it’s probably not fair to compare Rollins to someone who, I’m quite sure, will be in Cooperstown before very long).

Still, Rollins has been an extraordinary player for a number of years, and he provided Phillies fans with innumerable “highlight reel” plays (we saw him win a home game against Cleveland a few years ago with a ninth-inning home run). And, with the possible exception of Larry Bowa, I think it’s safe to say that Rollins is the finest-fielding shortstop the Phillies have ever had. Rollins was also a big part of the longest-running streak of success the Phillies have ever had, with (I believe) six straight years of playoff appearances, with two World Series appearances including a Series win in 2008.

So good luck, J-Roll – go knock off those stinking Giants and bring a crown to L.A.

I’ll finish this next time.

Here is an update:

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Transit Police Sgt. Daniel Caban, Officer Darrell James, and everyone who did whatever they could to help a woman on a Philadelphia transit train give birth to a baby boy as the train pulled into the 15th and Market Street station (Suburban station) on Christmas Day (a wonderful story of the season, as noted here – at last word, everyone was doing fine).

Here is another update:

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Anna Kooiman, yet another Fix Noise rent-a-blonde, for wondering if the metric system makes planes fall from the sky here, in the wake of the as-yet-unresolved disappearance of an AirAsia Flight 8501 carrying 162 people that disappeared in waters near Indonesia (wonder if it has ever occurred to anyone at the Roger Ailes BS Factory that their purposeful stupidity is often cruel towards those suffering the wake of a tragedy? Nah, guess not)


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 12)

December 17, 2014

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Prior related posts appear below (going for the record this year I guess):

Part 11
Part 10
Part 9
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Dregs of the Year Nominees (Commemorative “Harry Whittington Victim Self-Flagellation” Citation)

The NFL’s Baltimore Ravens definitely earn a dubious citation here for asking Janay Rice, spouse of former running back (and wife abuser) Ray Rice, to basically apologize for being hit – almost too contemptible for words.

Dregs of the Year Nominee (“Um, Um, Not So Good” Citation)

The unidentified San Francisco restaurant worker caught “tenderizing” meat here on a city sidewalk (would you like your botulism for here or to go?)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

For the eighth consecutive year, wide receiver Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans treated 11 at-risk children from child protective services to a shopping spree at a local Toys R Us store here (better than an end-zone spike as far as I’m concerned – kudos)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Conservative Barbie doll Laura Ingraham for this (see, the whole “body camera” thing arose out of Ferguson as a response to police brutality and, actually, this is just a racist dog whistle on Ingraham’s part anyway…once again, I defy you to present to me an instance of another president in our nation’s history who has received treatment like this, mainly because of the color of his skin)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The New York City grand jury that failed to indict Office Daniel Pantaleo here in the choking death of Eric Garner on a sidewalk, even though Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner (we don’t have Bob McCulloch to blame for this one, people)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug Congressman Peter King, who basically blamed Eric Garner, choked to death by NYC cops, for his own demise due to obesity here (why does anyone still take this buffoon seriously, I wonder – definitely referring to King)

…and related to this…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Yes, the bar is set way, WAY low here, but when even Billo admits that Eric Garner didn’t deserve to die, then that’s shedding a light on the issue for sure…kudos to Falafel man for a change (here).

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…on the other hand…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

And you just knew he would return to his utterly wretched form in short order, didn’t you (here, and he REALLY did so here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Pro football player Darnell Dockett of the Arizona Cardinals for commenting on Malia Obama’s body shape here – no, I’m not bugged because he’s making a derogatory comment about one of the Obama daughters per se, though that is pretty low…Dockett should keep his depraved opinions to himself because Malia Obama happens to be a minor

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Florida Broward Circuit Judge Thomas Lynch, who ordered the city of Fort Lauderdale to stop arresting people for feeding the homeless here (sad that the ban was ever instituted in the first place – what country am I living in again? – but kudos to Judge Lynch for doing what needed to be done)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Dr. Thomas Pfeiffer, a licensed anesthesiologist from Red Hook, New York (I believe), who “choked a woman and forced her to swallow a pill that could cause an abortion, after she told him she was pregnant,” according to this story (actually, maybe “Inhuman Monster of the Year Nominee” might be more appropriate)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Former Phillie and Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, who was clocked at 100 MPH on the Capital Beltway, arrested and sentenced to 10 days in jail, as noted here (GOOD – I’ve driven that road plenty of times, and to say 100 MPH is a dangerous speed on the Beltway is an understatement…God knows how many people this nitwit could have killed…Werth is smart and cagey in some ways, but he’s also dumb as a bag of hammers in other ways, and this definitely falls into the latter category)

Dregs of the Year Nominee (Possibly The Most Shameful One Of The Bunch)

I can’t believe I actually have to include outgoing Dem Senator from Iowa (and I wonder why, exactly?) Tom Harkin on this list, but what else can you do when Harkin takes money allocated for Pell Grants and gives it to student loan contractors instead? Particularly since Harkin has built an otherwise commendable career in part on providing student loans for the under-privileged? (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

American Giant for this (yeah, I know $89 is a lot for a hoodie, but kudos to them for trying to bring back manufacturing in THIS country…this citation probably could have been used last year also)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The proprietor of Big Nate’s Mug Shots Pub in St. Joseph, Missouri, who sponsored a “a Michael Brown special” here, which would be 6 “shots” for $10 (the bar’s slogan is “Where sarcasm is always free” – I guess the stupidity is too…fortunately, they cancelled the event)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Beltway courtier media lackey (lackette?) Nia-Malika Henderson, for claiming that incoming Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao is “the adult in the room” here (so many levels of stoo-pid behind that remark that it’s hard to get a handle on all of them – I never liked her even when K. O. interviewed her on “Countdown” awhile back, and I like her even less now)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Andrew Ross Sorkin, scribe exemplar on behalf of the One Percent, for attacking Elizabeth Warren here for speaking out against the nomination by Obama of Antonio Weiss for Under Secretary of Domestic Finance (yeah, that book of his about the ’08 crash was hilarious in its portrayal of Henry Paulson as somebody who apparently was blindsided by everything and an innocent bystander…pass some of what you’re smokin’ over to me, dude)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Laurence Tribe for this – hope he doesn’t have any trouble spending his 30 pieces of silver, as it were…another particularly disappointing selection

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen for this (good work for sure)…

Dregs of the Year Nominees

MO Dem Governor Jay Nixon and Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson for this (really?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Returning to our beloved commonwealth, I give you MaryKate Blankenburg, guidance counselor for the Central Bucks West School District, who posted the following on Facebook (here, in response to the “I Can’t Breathe” protests in support of Eric Garner, choked to death by NYC police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who will not face charges…apparently the protests might have conflicted with a certain recreational activity somehow):

“If my child cannot get to the Eagles game due to protesters, I will personally SHOOT every one of them. You’ve been warned idiots!!”

Blankenburg has reportedly been suspended with pay while the incident is being investigated (wonder why she is still collecting a paycheck…if it had been most any other private sector employer, she’d be out the door and might not even be able to collect unemployment –not saying that policy should be changed, mind you, but maybe an exception every so often wouldn’t hurt).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Senator John McCain for this, someone who has a particular expertise with this subject that, fortunately for us, not many others have (kudos to him for speaking out)

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The “Lily, Rosemary, Dino, Sammy, Toots Shor, And The Jack of Hearts” Citation Of The Year

As noted here, Bob Dylan plans to release a recording of Frank Sinatra tunes (or, in other words, It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes Trying To Figure Out What The Hell Happened To Dylan’s Voice To Cry)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep Cynthia Lummis for this (I’m genuinely sorry for her loss, but let’s get a couple of things straight: 1) Her husband passed away in his sleep, and 2) If he needed to have a potentially-life-saving test done or a procedure performed and he was unsure about doing it because of “Obamacare”…well, I’m sorry, but that isn’t a good enough reason; get it done and settle the billing later…it’s actually pretty pitiful for her to make any kind of a connection between the ACA and her husband’s death mainly for those two reasons)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The High Court of Hangin’ Judge JR strikes again – as noted here, they ruled that employees at an Amazon warehouse do not have to be paid for the time they spent waiting to be screened by security after their shifts, which can last as long as 25 minutes (on the other hand, the High Court gets a Do-Gooder citation for this)

Dregs of the Year Nominee (Fershtinkiner Macher Citation of the Year)

As noted here, Hosni Mubarak Walker sent out a Happy Hanukkah message along with other seasonal greetings and used the word “Molotov” instead of the actually correct form “Mozel Tov” (maybe he was hoping everyone had a “blow up” of a time…OK, so I’ve done better – there was also a reference to the “Democrat” Party; hey, this year was the chance to boot this clown, but the opportunity was wasted)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Zeid Raad al-Hussein (U.N. High Commissioner For Human Rights) earn a nod for saying here that all senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized or carried out torture like waterboarding as part of Dubya’s national security policy must be prosecuted. Of course, the Justice Department isn’t going to do that, and international prosecution would be difficult since the U.S. isn’t a member of the International Criminal Court (how con-vee-nient).

I’d give $20 to see one of those former Bushco bastards travel internationally and get arrested over this, maybe even tossed into the slam with some of those whom they subjected to torture (wonder what Deadeye Dick Cheney would do if he were waterboarded? Probably throw one last heart attack…I don’t wish that on him, I mean to emphasize – not calling for violence against anyone even though Number 43 and his minions regularly practiced that on others).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin made the following disparaging comments about our chief executive in Email that recently came to light, as noted here

In the emails, published by BuzzFeed on Wednesday night, Pascal and Rudin discussed what movies President Barack Obama would probably count among his favorites. “‘Ride-Along,'” Rudin wrote. “I bet he likes Kevin Hart.” Other films with black casts that Pascal and Rudin presumed Obama would enjoy included “Django Unchained,” “12 Years A Slave,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Think Like A Man Too.”

OMG, are you for real? No references to “bling,” gang-banging, Watermelons, fried chicken, out-of-wedlock births, “bitches and hos” and Section 8 housing (a big one in Northeast Philadelphia, where I came from)?

Hey, if you REALLY want to insult “B. Barry Bamz,” you gotta step it up, you two! And it should just be a given that you’ll call him some kind of Kenyan Marxist Socialist race-baiting wealth redistributor who has never shown us his “real” birth certificate! Hey, the Teahadists have raised the insult bar into the stratosphere – you’ve gotta do a lot better than to criticize him with movie choices.

And no, I’m not serious.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

However, I most definitely AM serious in noting that 57 alleged “Democrats” voted from the “Cromnibus” to keep the government funded through 2015, even though it rolls back some Dodd-Frank financial reform provisions, allows raiding of pension funds and ridiculously expands limits on campaign finance contributions (what karoli says and then some here).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Johnny Trinh, the man once hit in the head with a five-foot-long wooden stick punched in the face by actor Mark Wahlberg while Wahlberg was trying to steal two cases of beer, called for the actor to be pardoned here (more class than I’ve got, which I’m sorry to admit).

More later (maybe one post left, but probably two)…


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 11)

December 15, 2014

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 10
Part 9
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, who struck down a ruling that allowed marriage equality to be legal in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan; as Ian Millhiser of Think Progress tells us here, “to date, the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth and Tenth Circuits have all sided with equality, along with nearly every single federal trial judge to consider the question after the Supreme Court struck down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.”

This all but guarantees a review by Hangin’ Judge JR and The Supremes (and does it need to be pointed out that Sutton is an appointee of George W. Bush? Oh, and apparently they decided to hear a case calling into question the subsidies under the Affordable Care Law here…here we go again)

(And by the way, from what I read of people who know this stuff better than I do, it’s not just that those judges opposing marriage equality don’t believe in it. It’s also the fact that they’re wrong on the law when they rule against it.)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

90-year-old Arnold Abbott, arrested by the police in Fort Lauderdale, FL for feeding the homeless which, apparently, is in violation of what I would consider a really stupid ordinance (and a Dregs citation to everyone responsible for the ordinance as well as the cops who arrested him…here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

“Pastor” Stephen J. Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ, for praying for the death of President Obama and calling Obama’s mother a “whore” here…and we’re supposed to somehow make peace with these life forms? What is it going to take for one of these assholes to get thrown in jail?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Rossville, GA mayor Teddy Harris for banning abortion clinics from his city because he doesn’t want “drama” here (he’s probably about to get more of it than he ever intended for such a stupid remark)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

According to this Think Progress story (based somewhere in California, I believe), Joseph Paul Leonard exited a McDonald’s and (allegedly, let’s not forget) “went crazy and lost his temper” at two black men who were passing out food to nearby homeless people, according to testimony from a police detective.

And then…

The detective testified that Leonard took a chain from the back of his truck and began swinging it at the black men, and this testimony was corroborated by a videotape taken by the McDonald’s showing the two black men backing away while Leonard swung the chain over his head “lasso style.”

The video shows Leonard getting in his truck, driving off, and then returning with the chain in his hands once again. At one point, he stomps on a bicycle ridden by one of the two black men, a man named Toussaint Harrison. The two black men reportedly tried to defend themselves by throwing a knife and another, unidentified object at Leonard, injuring his cheek and his midsection. They eventually fled the scene.

That’s when Leonard chased after them in his truck, according to the Sacramento Bee. Evidence at Leonard’s trial “showed that he burned 23 feet of rubber before he smashed his 1997 green Chevy S-10 into Harrison.” As Harrison was bleeding on the pavement, Leonard reportedly exited his truck and kicked Harrison multiple times in his head while wearing steel-toed boots. Harrison died two days later.

And apparently, while Leonard was handcuffed and sitting in the back of the police cruiser after he was arrested, he said (again, allegedly)…

“Just because we got Obama for a president,” Leonard says on the video, “these people think they are real special.”

Have fun in the joint, you redneck piece of shit.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

It’s really tough to give a citation like this to British actor and comedian Russell Brand, particularly since he’s done such a good job going after Fix Noise, but as far as I’m concerned, that’s outweighed by the fact that, as noted here, he told people in so many words that voting doesn’t matter.

Um, yes it does.

Remember this if the new, entirely Republican congressional majority next year decides to sue and/or impeach Obama (don’t worry – they’ll think of reasons later). Or vote to gut the EPA and pass Keystone XL, which might create a comparative handful of jobs but create potentially deadly risks to the environment also. Or try to pass federal “personhood” legislation. Or try to kill funding for alternative energy. Or cut infrastructure funding – again. Or (and you KNOW this is coming) vote 52 more times to overturn the Affordable Care Law.

Yes, voting does matter. A lot.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

CNN’s Don Lemon – I actually thought he was halfway decent at his job until he said this to a woman accusing Bill Cosby of rape; I don’t care if he apologizes for not…what he said was completely unconscionable and he deserves to be fired (it sounds like Lemon was trying to be polite, but by even exploring the topic of “teeth” in this context, he failed miserably…more here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee (Special “Post-Racial America” Citation)

Julius Hatfield, a Kentucky (of course) fire chief, offered to help Loren Dicken (who is white), a motorist involved in a road accident who needed assistance, even suggesting that Hatfield’s “guys” could change Dicken’s tire for him (they also took Dicken to the hospital for a check and then drove him back to the firehouse, where Dicken’s car was fixed…here).

That sounds nice, actually, but here’s the problem: a family of four black motorists, including someone named Chege Mwangi, asked for similar roadside assistance.

And then – well…

When the Bullitt County deputy told Hatfield over the radio that “I’ve got a family of four from Cincinnati, I got to do something with,” Hatfield fired back with “We ain’t taking no n*ggers here.” He then laughed.

And to make matters worse, a reporter of Asian ancestry named Valerie Chinn asked Hatfield about this and he responded, “do you understand English darling?”

Of course, Chinn was too classy to say “yeah, and I understand when I’m talking to a single-digit-IQd chauvinist cracker too.” However, it would have been within her rights to do so as far as I’m concerned.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I realize that the issue of Bill Marrazzo’s salary (he being the CEO of public radio and TV station WHYY in these parts) is a little dated (the most recent info I could find from about five years ago puts him in the $700,000 range, which is ridiculous for running a nonprofit), but I was reminded of it in November when I turned on WHYY on a Saturday evening in prime time and saw that the movie was “Call Northside 777,” starring James Stewart, Richard Conte and Lee J. Cobb.

Now that’s a very fine film; Stewart is a reporter trying to free an innocent man from prison, based on a true story. However, the film was made in 1948. I would expect to see that on Turner Classic Movies as opposed to Philadelphia’s flagship public TV station (again, between 8 and 10 PM on a Saturday night).

I wonder how much money that could have gone into more current, timely programming (and possibly aimed at a younger audience) went into Marrazzo’s salary instead? So yeah, Marrazzo gets the citation here.

Quandary of the Year Citation

The stuff with Bill Cosby is too heinous to ignore – if there’s any truth to it, he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. However, I’m sure there are a lot of issues with payoffs to people to keep quiet, maybe statutes of limitations running out, etc., maybe people “hopping on board,” as well as the fact that he remains a hugely popular entertainer (and powerful in terms of clout with TV networks and entertainment companies, though I’m sure that’s been eroding over this stuff, which is only right).

Absent any formal charges or legal proceedings, I just don’t know what the hell to say about it, except to point out how despicable it is to drug women and have sex with them (not an original observation, I know).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Anyone who had anything whatsoever to do with the decision not to bring charges against Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown (here)…

Let’s not kid ourselves, people – there was NO WAY that Wilson was going to be charged. Everything about the proceedings, including the “testimony” (Witness 40 – h/t Atrios), up to Governor Jay Nixon’s decision to call for a state of emergency before the announcement (hinting at the outcome as far as I’m concerned), up to prosecutor Bob McCullough’s surreal press conference on November 24th announcing his “findings,” guaranteed that result (and no, I definitely don’t condone violence as a response).

Maybe, according to some twisted legal statute, Wilson was able to escape a verdict from a jury of his peers. But it is a shameful travesty that he apparently will never be brought to trial over Brown’s death.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

And in keeping with the case of Michael Brown and Darren Wilson, CNN’s Don (“Obviously, The Smell Of Marijuana Is In The Air”) Lemon put his foot in his proverbial mouth once more here (why does this man still have a job as a television news reader or reporter?).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

In the wake of the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, the Minneapolis, MN driver responsible for this (the person he hit only suffered minor injuries last time I checked, which is a miracle).

Concern Troll of the Year Nominee (Ferguson, MO Category)

Repug U.S. House Rep Peter King thought that President Obama should meet with Officer Darren Wilson here; in response, I would be OK with that if Number 44 included the parents and family of Brown in the meeting also (though, to be honest, King’s idea is so idiotic and merely an excuse for media face time, for both he and Wilson, that it should be ignored altogether).

Dregs of the Year Nominee (“Fido Destination” – ugh, sorry – Citation of the Year)

Dennis Eugene Emery of Pinellas Park, Florida, who apparently threatened to shoot one of his wife’s dogs and ended up killing himself instead here (yep, we sure have a Darwin Award nominee here, don’t we, boys and girls?)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Here’s a bit of a two-fer in response to the Darren Wilson non-indictment; first, Rudy 91u1iani said here that black-on-black crime was more responsible for the deaths of unarmed African American men than shootings by the police (which is a particularly contemptible attempt at a straw man argument, one that appears to be statistically untrue) and Kristol Mess (who, based on a non-answer to a question posed by Bill Maher, appears to have never met a war he didn’t like) said that “no serious legal person” thought Wilson should have been indicted here (and why in God’s name would ANYBODY think that Kristol is a “serious” person whose advice should be taken seriously on anything?).

(By the way, as someone else pointed out, Bob McCulloch, the prosecutor in the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson case, is now 0 for 5 when it comes to bringing an indictment against someone in a crime. If he were any good at his job, wouldn’t that be 5 for 5 instead? So yeah, you might as well lump McCulloch in with Kristol and Rudy also.)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The 12 striking Walmart workers who staged a 24-hour fast to draw attention to the low wages paid by their smiley-faced-bastard employer here (whatever it takes to chip away at that proverbial stone works for me, people – within reason and legal precedent, of course)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Five members of the St. Louis Rams football team who made a “hands up” gesture in solidarity with Michael Brown when they were introduced before a game on November 30th against the Oakland Raiders – they would be tight end Jared Cook and receivers Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and Tavon Austin (and a Dregs citation to the St. Louis police who have called for the players to be punished in response…this ended up as the beginning of a bunch of sports-related protests, by the way, all of which are fine with me – here and here)

More later (getting closer to the end)…


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 10)

December 11, 2014

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 9
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

U.S. Army veteran Arnold Harvey and his wife, Theresa, who have been making sandwiches and collecting blankets for homeless people in the vicinity of the Washington, D.C. metro area for about seven years, eventually starting up the nonprofit organization called “God’s Connection Transition” for that purpose (great, great work here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee (Commemorative “Hey, I’m a Buddhist, But Why Not If It Will Get Me Out Of This Traffic Ticket” Citation)

Indiana State Trooper Brian Hamilton pulled over driver Ellen Bogan here and gave her a warning before he asked her if she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior – the virtually inescapable lawsuit soon followed (yes, Hamilton was dead wrong to do what he did, I’ll admit)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

South Dakota Republican State Rep. Betty Olson, who “joked” that ISIS sent Obama to America, or something (these Repugs just kill me…they keep trying anyway; the pic at the C&L post speaks volumes about this life form)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

On a normal day, Eric Bolling of Fix Noise is merely a loudmouthed, idiotic right-wing hack – on particularly bad days, he comes up with garbage like this, equating “liberalism” with the Ebola virus (nice).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Outgoing PA Gov Tom “Space Cadet” Corbett and Bill Green Jr. get a citation, and anyone else responsible for the decision of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission to revoke its agreement with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which Will Bunch of philly.com quite rightly called “a heartbreaking act of staggering cowardice” (here).

And please spare me the knee-jerk reactions such as “Oh yeah? Well, those lazy teachers get all of their health care paid on our dime. Who has that in private industry?”

OK, well answer me this…who in “private industry” has to pay for their own supplies as teachers do in the Philadelphia school district (primarily for their students of course)? Who has given back in wage and benefit concessions time and time again yet still ended up getting stabbed in the back (while millions in business taxes go unpaid, by the way)?

Again, sorry to sound like we’re patting ourselves on the back here in the Keystone State, but Corbett was the only Repug governor to lose a re-election bid this year (which is actually kind of pathetic). And while there will be many awful legacies of his wretched administration (e.g., the virtually unregulated fracking boom), this ranks as one of the very worst.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Kudos to Tyrel Oates, a “customer relations” worker for Wells Fargo who emailed the CEO, along with 10,000 co-workers, asking for a $10,000 raise for everyone in the company; I hope he has someone good working on his resume for him, for as commendable as that action is, I can think of only one direction where it will lead (here).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Judge Richard Posner, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge appointed to the bench by The Sainted Ronnie R (and hardly a liberal tree-hugger) who once ruled in favor of voter ID, but now sees it for what it is and is calling it out big time here (late to the party, but at least he showed up – kudos, Your Honor)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug New Hampshire state lawmaker Steve Vaillancourt, who implied strongly that U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster was “ugly as sin” and referred to McLane Kuster as a “drag queen” here (h/t Atrios – and as usual, the guy saying this garbage is one who likely would fracture the looks meter, as it were, given the chance…fortunately, Vaillancourt lost his re-election bid…we’ll take another trip to the “granite state” shortly, by the way)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Ed “Fix The Debt” Rendell for this – whether or not Alison Lundergan Grimes voted for Number 44 isn’t anyone’s damn business…and by the way, throwing around the “wuss” label is pretty juvenile, even though Rendell used it in a book title I know (and Fix Noise “Democrat” Rendell is supposed to know all this stuff…yes, I know Grimes volunteered information once before on this question, and it looks bad for her to bail on the question now, but as far as I’m concerned, this ultimately is nothing but more Beltway courtier media kabuki)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Shep Smith of Fix Noise for going off-script again here, this time about Ebola (good job)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Tennessee State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R, of course), who taunted reporter Cari Gervin and her colleagues at Knoxville’s alt-weekly paper Metro Pulse, sending a tweet to Gervin saying “So, do YOU have any questions now” after they were laid off here (truly, what a dick – fortunately, Campfield lost in the August Repug primary – can you hear us now?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Immigration judge Dan Pelletier Sr., based in Atlanta, GA – he should be brought before for the bar for this; what an unbelievable a-hole

Dregs of the Year Nominees

If it’s during the fall of an even-numbered election year, then you can rest assured that the Bucks County Courier Times will accept advertising on behalf of the Mike Fitzpatrick campaign, and they did again this year, featuring front-page banner and full-page ads for Mikey the Beloved in the first section of every print issue during the weeks of October 20th, October 27th, and every damn day right up to the election…I know of no other “newspaper” that engages in this practice, probably because the conflict of interest is both so obvious and so odious.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Quarterback Christian Ponder of the Minnesota Vikings for this – worth about ten touchdown passes as least, I’d say

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Once again, outgoing PA Guv Tom “Space Cadet” Corbett for this, “photoshopping” a stock photo of a black woman into an ad (and on a similar note, Mikey the Beloved added a public domain photo of a veteran in a wheelchair, for a TV ad I believe, something that, of course, was whitewashed by Mikey’s PR service)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms at Canada’s House of Commons, for this

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The management team at Honda Motors, including chief executive Takanobu Ito and Chairman Fumihiko Ike and other 11 directors, all earn a mention. As noted here, Ito will take a 20 percent pay cut for three months (better than nothing, which is what would happen in THIS country) and Ike and other 11 directors will also return 10 percent of their pay starting next month.

The reason? Numerous recalls including exploding air bags, which have killed four drivers and badly injured dozens more.

No, they shouldn’t get credit for selling defective products, and if prosecution is warranted, it should take place to the fullest extent possible. But we’re not there yet, and for now, I think they deserve credit for this gesture, even if it’s pretty much just PR.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Megan Silberberger for this

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Costco, for closing on Thanksgiving so employees can enjoy the holiday with their families here (God, I wish there was one closer to where we live)…

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The New Hampshire Republican Party, specifically something ironically titled Foster’s Daily Democrat, for resurrecting an Op-Ed to attack incumbent Senate Dem Jeanne Shaheen written by former State House Speaker Marshall Cobleigh here – the problem is that Cobleigh died in 2009 (sort of a Halloween-type item…wonder which dead person the Repugs will unearth next to attack a live Democrat? And by the way, Shaheen won)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Fulton County (GA, of course) Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher for this

Commemorative “And Somewhere, Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson Will Argue That It’s Part of a Gay Indoctrination Ritual Sponsored by Obama’s Army of ACORN Volunteers and the Children’s Television Workshop” Citation of the Year

As noted here, in a story from Bethlehem, PA around Halloween, somebody dressed as the yellow Teletubby Laa Laa broke into a home and stole some Chinese food (no word yet on whether or not anyone dressed as Mario or Luigi from the best-selling kids computer game broke into someone’s house and stole a pizza).

The “Ain’t Karma a Bitch” Citation of the Year

As noted here, Repug U.S. House Rep Lee Terry ran an ad accusing his Dem opponent, Brad Ashford, of favoring an early release of convicted killer Nikko Jenkins from prison (does it really need to be pointed out that the charge is false?).

Well…

…(Jenkins) offered his take on the race in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District at a hearing to determine his mental status (on October 29th).

Jenkins, 28, shouted “Hey you guys, vote for Lee Terry! Best Republican ever!”

And do you want to know the really funny part? Terry LOST!! HAHAHAHA (yes, I know it’s hard to find bright moments from 11/4, but this was one).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Washington DC Federal Judge Richard Leon for gutting a nationwide housing discrimination ban here, which of course puts him decidedly at odds with legal precedent (figures…Update: 12/23/14 – Judge Leon continued to have a bad 2014, as noted here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Little Luke Russert, for proclaiming here that eventual U.S. Senate electoral contest winner Joni Ernst from Iowa was a potential VP nominee before she even won her elected office (“comforting the comfortable” again I see)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The voters of our own beloved commonwealth of PA who voted Tom “Space Cadet” Corbett out of office and voted in Dem Tom Wolf – Corbett was the only Repug governor voted into office in 2010 to lose, by the way (sorry if I’m belaboring this, but there wasn’t a lot to cheer about on 11/4, as we know)

…on the other hand…

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Now I can’t say I was totally surprised that the lizard brains of Repug voters in Kansas and Kentucky suddenly snapped into life at the last minute and returned the truly awful Pat Roberts and Mr. Elaine Chao to the U.S. Senate from their respective states (well, Kentucky is a commonwealth, actually), but I’d really like to know what the hell Colorado voters were thinking in sending in Repug Cory Gardner to replace Mark Udall, who at least was on board with immigration reform (to say nothing of being a champion of civil liberties and the environment, as noted here). Heckuva job!

Dregs of the Year Nominee

David Bossie, head of the group Citizens United (formerly Citizens United Not Timid, founded by Repug provocateur Roger Stone…I’ll let you, dear reader, figure out the acronym), bragged here that the Supreme Court’s ruling on behalf of the group in 2010 handed the 2014 election to the Repugs (actually, this is halfway between a “Dregs” and a “Do-Gooder” citation, because Bossie is actually telling the truth)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Outgoing (thank God!) head of the DCCC Steve Israel (and really, the Democratic Party beltway “brain trust”) for another abysmal mid-term election performance; yeah, there were a ton of factors against them, but read this article and try to figure out how they seemed to have no clue (fortunately, the “R” team never has a problem with gloating and, in the process, telling us how to beat them – maybe one of these mid-term cycles we’ll be smart enough to listen, though I don’t recall this stuff happening when Dr. Dean called the shots…more here and here)

More later (past the 3/4’s mark at this point)…


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 9)

December 9, 2014

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee (Commemorative “Make It So, Number One” Citation)

Patrick Stewart, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (of course) of the “Star Trek: Next Generation” series, surprised Dawn Garrigus of Statesboro, Georgia at Dragon Con, a sci-fi and fantasy convention in Georgia, with a personal “meet and greet”; Garrigus is an 11-year-old with mitochondrial disease, a progressive chronic illness that causes physical, mental and developmental disabilities. She is also a devoted Star Trek fan.

The photos included with this story at the Huffington Post say all that needs to be said – I couldn’t possibly add another word and do any further justice; what a class act Stewart is for this.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Lord knows the NFL has tripped all over itself this year on the issue of domestic abuse, what with former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching the crap out of his then-fiancée in an elevator and running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings giving at least one of his sons a “whoopin’” with a switch that left severe cut marks, but both the league and the so-called “Tiffany Network” get a raspberry here for dropping a song by Rhianna from its football TV telecasts (she could probably have chosen more adult language here, but I also think her outrage is completely justified)..

Oh, I’m sorry – did I somehow miss the news that Rhianna was guilty of domestic abuse? That she acted in any kind of inappropriate manner whatsoever?

No, CBS and the league cut their ties with her because they thought that was a legitimate way to get football fans to forget about all of the domestic abuse garbage going on with that sport as of now.

The oh-so-mighty-and-august-in-their-imaginations National Football League strikes again (and they also flip-flopped on the whole Adrian Peterson thing too, as if the Ray Rice stuff wasn’t bad enough, and I think there were still more players suspended also).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Jean F. Cochinour, a former mine worker at Murray Energy of West Virginia, slapped a wrongful termination lawsuit on CEO Robert Murray here – Cochinour claims that she was let go because she was forced to donate to Republican political candidates and she wouldn’t do it (good for her).

And of course, I’m sure Murray and his fellow cretins will do everything they can possibly do to discredit her (this is how we defeat Citizens United, people, one person taking a stand at a time).

Remember this the next time you hear the wingnuts whining about how supposedly awful those oh-so-bad unions are in this country, what with encouraging members to vote for candidates who look out for their best interests and their “secret” membership votes.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The Katy, TX “ammosexuals” behind this treasonous, contemptible, murderous display (again, I DEFY you to try and produce an example from our side of anything like this aimed at Number 43)

…and as a truly tragic follow-up, I give you this…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

50-year-old Eric Stayton of Florida (somewhere – does it matter?)…this genius decided to re-enact the “gun twirling” scene by the character Johnny Ringo in the 1993 film “Tombstone,” and got all the way through it, it would seem, but apparently dropped his external death penis onto the floor while trying to holster it and ended up shooting his sister, 39-year-old Renee Chaires, in the neck and killing her here (he probably won’t be charged, since he’s guilty of truly awful stupidity and apparently nothing more).

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

The so-called Rolling Jubilee of Occupy Wall Street, which managed to buy up $3,856,866.11 of student debt owed by 2,761 people across the United States (here – nice work)

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

Sister Simone Campbell and the group of Roman Catholic nuns opposing so-called “dark money” in politics as part of their “We the People. We the Voters.” bus tour in September, as noted here

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Neshaminy, PA School District Superintendent Robert Copeland (here), for suspending Gillian McGoldrick, editor-in-chief of Neshaminy HS’s student newspaper The Playwickian, as well as suspending faculty adviser Tara Huber, for McGoldrick’s totally justifiable decision not to print the name “Redskin” (the name of Neshaminy HS’s sports teams) in the school newspaper (great lesson imparted about free speech, Mr. Copeland, you nitwit)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Ma’ake (May-ah-kay) Kemoeatu (Kee-mo-ee-ah-tu), formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, who retired so he could donate a kidney to his ailing brother Chris; I don’t know if that’s more amazing or the fact that Chris once played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, hated rivals of the Ravens and vice versa, and Ma’ake is doing this anyway – with all of the justifiably bad stories about the NFL that we had to deal with this year, this definitely is a good one…kudos to Ma’ake

The “Hey Now, That’s A Cute Little Hypotenuse You Got There” Citation of the Year

A bunch of math books for college students in Thailand was discovered to feature a Japanese porn star on the cover; the books were pulled from the market of course in response (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Anahi Alvarez and her friend Naomi Martinez – as noted here, they were both nominated to be Grand Prairie, TX High School’s homecoming queen, but they both decided to give the award to their friend Lillian Skinner, who was bullied by girls in her class into believing that she had actually been nominated (it was just a cruel prank).

So when Alvarez actually did win, she asked Skinner to come up onstage and receive the award instead (with Martinez posing also with Skinner wearing the crown).

What class (literally).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Anyone who participated in the world-wide marches on behalf of the climate on September 21st (here)

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

The Colorado high school students who responded here to their wingnut school board responsible for approving a non-protest-included history text book by protesting the book themselves (of course, the text was given the “blessing” of Chucky and Dave Koch and Americans for Prosperity, which are your first signs of trouble)

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Dregs of the Year Nominees

Even by the measure of their already pitiful standards, the kerfuffle in September over President Obama’s salute to a Marine while holding a coffee cup in his hand was a ridiculous new low for our Beltway “gatekeeper” media (here); someone named Dan Lamothe at Jeff Bezos Daily somehow managed to generate two columns over it – and the inevitable hashtag, #lattesalute, soon followed. Oh, and let’s not forget the time that Obama had a Marine hold an umbrella for him too…what a “controversy” that was also.

You want to know why I and many others continually ridicule our corporate media? Because of nonsense like this, that’s why.

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And I guess this is a bit of a response – sorry to stoop to the same level as some of our lower life forms.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

This is almost too detestable for words, but as noted here, my own beloved commonwealth has sunk to a mortifying new low in their response to a lawsuit by a woman working at a prison who was raped by an inmate, somehow blaming her for the attack by this monster named Omar Best.

As noted from here also…

The lawsuit filed by the 24-year-old victim says “there were no locked doors between the offices and cell blocks … except for the copy room” at the prison. CNN reports she was raped for 27 minutes by Best, who had previously been convicted three times of sex-related crimes. He was sentenced to life for the attack. A review after the rape led to the hiring of 70 more corrections officers at Rockland and the firing of the prison superintendent.

The victim’s lawyer doesn’t believe (PA Attorney General Kathleen) Kane’s “I didn’t know” defense. “My response is that we are all responsible for what our staffs do,” Cliff Rieders told the Centre Daily. “When it goes out the door and it has your name on it, it’s yours.”

Uh yeah, I would say so also.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, who decided in essence that the poor of Detroit have no right to running water here, which of course runs directly in opposition to the policy of the United Nations, for example, as well as any notion of human decency whatsoever (what country am I living in again?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Those smiley-faced bastards earn another dubious mention – in September, they said that actor/comedian Tracy Morgan’s awful auto accident was caused “in whole or in part” by Morgan’s failure to wear a seat belt (here).

Nah, it didn’t have anything to do with the fact that its truck driver who hit Morgan’s vehicle had been up for 24 hours straight in violation of NTSB rules, did it? Yes, Morgan and the others in the vehicle should have worn seat belts, but it takes a particular kind of brass to try and pass that off as the cause of the crash “in whole or in part.”

But really, should we be surprised?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Oklahoma (of course) Federal Judge Ronald A. White, for ruling that much of the Affordable Care Act must be defunded and millions of Americans must lose their health insurance (as Think Progress tells us here, nine federal judges have ruled on this and the count is now 6-3 in favor, with all of those in opposition being Dubya-appointed judges…once again, surprised?)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Goddard College in Vermont reluctantly gets a citation from yours truly for allowing convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to speak at its commencement (apparently, Abu-Jamal received a BA from the school in 1996, as noted here).

The story from the Huffington Post tells us the following…

Goddard holds 20 commencement ceremonies every year, so students in each degree program can individualize their graduations and choose their speaker. Students who are receiving bachelor of arts or fine arts degrees Sunday chose Abu-Jamal, who received a bachelor’s degree from Goddard in 1996.

Twenty of the 23 students who are receiving arts degrees are expected to attend the ceremony.

Yes, I get the point about academic freedom, and for the most part, the students should be allowed to choose their commencement speaker. But at a certain point, I think someone from the school administration should be allowed to step in and say “enough” (and let’s face it, that’s a lot more representative of how the real world works than to “design their own curriculums with faculty advisers and (not) take tests or receive grades,” which apparently is normal for the school).

Add me to the voices saying that we’ve had enough of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s publicity campaign. The only evidence of possible misconduct in his trial that I can see could have been in the disproportionate selection of white jurors and instructions to same, but I haven’t read anything proving that that changed the outcome of his verdict.

A lot of people I otherwise respect (including Mike Farrell) have been taken in by this guy. But I’ve read enough about this trial (most of it in real time while it took place, since I lived in Philadelphia at that time) to know that’s he’s guilty as sin and shouldn’t be afforded any more consideration beyond that.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

California Governor Jerry Brown for signing a law that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat (and – no surprise, I know – California is the first state in the country that has enacted such a law – here)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Drudgico, as well as corporate media lackey Ron Kessler, for blaming Number 44’s “colossal lack of management judgment” for the Secret Service lapses that endangered our current president and led to the resignation of Secret Service head Julia Pierson, as noted here (once more, I defy anyone to produce a column like this ever written about a president prior to Barack Obama)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Russell Wilson, starting quarterback for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, for launching his “Pass The Peace” campaign to raise funds and awareness for victims of domestic violence (no “pick six” here, people, even though the Seahawks just beat the Eagles – grrr…..)

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

Chef Brian Oliveira and co-owner Cristian Mora of Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie in Philadelphia (set to open at the end of October) decided that their wait staff will not accept tips, but instead, the two will pay their employees $13 an hour plus benefits (including 100 percent of health care).

As noted here

“We’ve worked in those positions and relied on those tips,” Oliveira said, experiencing “slower nights and bad sections or getting stiffed.” The two had also heard of some of the other restaurants that have gone the route of paying higher wages and banning tips. “That really is what inspired us,” he said.

The plan also came from a place of “wanting to take care of the people that are going to be taking care of the guests,” he said. “In order for the employee to have a genuine interaction with a guest, they have to be happy at work, so we had to change the environment.”

But the two don’t just expect the plan to benefit the employees. It will also benefit the restaurant. It will result in “less turnover, more knowledgeable staff,” Oliveira said, which will “result in a better product and better service.”

Those are admirable goals and we don’t know if the two will be able to meet them or not, but kudos to Oliveira and Mora for trying.

More later…


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 8)

December 5, 2014

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester for this

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Interim Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse, who asked for his pay to be cut by about 25 percent so about two dozen low-wage workers at the school will get a raise to $10.25, from the federal minimum wage of about $7.25 per hour here (this is how change happens)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Sal Russo for this (what a weasel)…

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa canceled a funeral for a man who they later found out was married to his husband; what about that whole “love thy neighbor” thing? Guess Hating Teh Gay takes precedence, huh (here)?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Any voter in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District who voted to return Scott DesJarlais to Washington for another term (here); he was in a close primary contest with a guy named Jim Tracy, but DesJarlais emerged as the winner (to get an idea of just how truly awful DesJarlais is, click here)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Any of the Internet trolls who taunted Zelda Williams here (father of Robin, who committed suicide in August, which is still unbelievable) to the point where she had to quit social media altogether, including Instagram, Twitter, etc. – as deep as the cavern of ugliness and despair is that Williams must have lived in to the point where he tragically felt that there was no hope, these life forms must live in one still deeper than that

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Joe Scar for this (h/t Atrios – re: the police presence in Ferguson, MO after the violence in the wake of the death of Michael Brown; and a Do-Gooder citation goes to WaPo journalist Wesley Lowery who basically told Scarborough to cram it)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Georgia Dem U.S. House Rep Hank Johnson for this

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol for this in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting (splendid)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug Iowa state lawmaker Henry Rayhons (allegedly, let’s not forget) had sex with his mentally incapacitated late wife and has been charged with sexual abuse; Donna Rayhons had been suffering from Alzheimer’s and he (again allegedly) forced himself upon her in May 8 days after he was told that she no longer possessed the mental capacity for consent (she died on August 8th).

Only Henry Rayhons and God know what really happened at this point, but if he is convicted, he should be castrated before receiving a life sentence (and yes, I would say the same thing if Rayhons somehow were a Democrat – here).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dave Belisle, coach of the Rhode Island Cumberland Dragons little league baseball team, for the speech he gave his team after they lost 8-7 to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team, which apparently is a power house – the whole thing can be linked to at the Providence Journal from here (this embodies what sports should be all about…I know that sounds trite, but it really is true in this case)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Sunil Dutta, an LAPD cop who penned this editorial in response to all of the stuff raging in Ferguson, Missouri; in part, he said the following…

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?

Oh, so any chance of reasonable discussion doesn’t exist with this guy?

Welcome to Fortress America, with assclowns like Dutta leading the way riding in their Hummers loaded up with riot gear and their mounted automatic rifles.

May he one day endure the treatment from a member of a police force that he so readily encourages for others.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep Trent Franks earns a dubious mention – here, he suggested that “the Obama administration’s decision to swap five Taliban officials for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without notifying Congress in May emboldened terrorist organizations and may have contributed to the beheading of journalist James Foley.”

Even during Dubya’s sorry reign, nobody on my side of the political spectrum would have ever made such an outrageous accusation; that is, to suggest that a swap for a member of our military (and let’s not forget who once traded arms for hostages, and which political party we’re talking about) somehow led to the beheading of an American journalist.

At the very least, Franks should apologize. At the very most, he should resign from public office altogether.

The “Lucky The Driver Didn’t Miss An Oil Change, Or Else They Would Be Forced To Lick The Crank Shaft” Citation of the Year

As noted here, in Shenzhen, China, drivers who “misuse their headlights” (which, I guess, means to use their high beams in traffic) are forced to look at bright headlights for five minutes as a punishment. The reasoning is that any offending driver should endure an “appropriate experience” that would make offenders “sense the harm” such use of their headlights could cause.

I can think of at least one person in this country who should be subjected to this also (though it is a bit of a harsh punishment, I’ll admit). Someone at the PA Turnpike Commission came up with the idea of having a light shine right in the eyes of drivers as they pass through the toll booths at the Bensalem interchange of the Turnpike. I’ll admit that this isn’t a big deal during the summer months, but it’s a pain when you start getting into the “short-hour” days during the late fall and winter and the lights shine more prominently in the dark.

I guess the thinking (or what passed for it) was to have a flash so that the cameras recording the license plates of any offending drivers (too fast, not paying the EZ Pass toll if their credit card had expired, etc.) could take the pictures properly. The problem, though, is that THE DAMN LIGHT ENDS UP SHINING RIGHT IN MY EYES, YOU MORONS!!!

Leave it to those wacky Chinese, though – can’t imagine what the punishment would be for improper texting while driving (probably don’t want to ask).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie for this gesture of support for the slain Mike Brown and his family (and a Dregs citation to the wingnuts spouting their almost-obligatory hateful garbage in response…a teammate of Cromartie will get a Dregs citation later)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Mike Yates, former police chief of Jonesboro, Ark., referred to reporter Sunshine Crump as “smelly” and a “left-wing liberal” (which I suppose is more redundant than anything, in Yates’s twisted thinking I mean) in a Facebook post; Crump resigned from the paper but, upon Yates’s termination, has now said that she will rejoin the paper.

I suppose the only positive thing that Yates did here was to resign as opposed to waiting for termination; maybe a job in right-wing AM talk radio awaits (here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos,” gets it for this whole fan dance over whether or not Tony Soprano was killed in the finale (here).

In August, Chase gave an interview where he said, inadvertently, that Tony apparently lived in the finale (where he and his family were at a bar/restaurant, apparently, where there was also a hit man hired by Frank Vincent’s character, with Vincent looking to move in on Tony’ “turf” – the screen went black showing James Gandolfini, leaving the implication that he would be killed without anything actually happening).

How does Chase respond?

“A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview,” reads a statement issued by Chase’s rep, Leslee Dart. “To simply quote David as saying, ‘Tony Soprano is not dead,’ is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true.

As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, ‘Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.’ To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of ‘The Sopranos’ raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer.”

Judas H. Priest, people, we’re not talking about a Byron sonnet or a piece of sculpture at the MOMA. We’re talking about a freaking TV show!!!

Does Tony live or die? A simple question that deserves a simple answer, which apparently is too much to ask of Lord Almighty On High David Chase.

And that brings me to an anecdote about “The Sopranos.” I got on board with the show during the second season, having missed just about all of the first one. Well, I stuck with it pretty much through a lot of stuff that I didn’t like and thought was genuinely gratuitous (including the rape of Dr. Melfi), all the way through just about all of the final season.

As luck would have it, though, the final episode was aired the day that we flew out of town on vacation. I thought, well, no big deal, I’ll just catch the rerun On Demand from our cable provider when we get back.

But you know what? I grew so genuinely sick of the characters that I never bothered to watch (even Edie Falco), particularly when I heard about what happened from just about everyone else on earth. So yes, it’s true that I’ve never seen the finale of “The Sopranos,” and I think my life has gone on pretty much as I thought it would anyway.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Paul Hunter of Seattle, WA; as noted here, “(Hunter) was arrested (in September) after he fired a gun at a couple who accidentally interrupted him while he was being pleasured by a woman in an alcove in the city’s nightlife district, cops report.”

Simple Solution #1: Lose the gun.

Simple Solution #2: Get a room.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Texas Judge Lee Yeakel for striking down part of that state’s particularly onerous anti-abortion law here

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep Robert Pittenger of North Carolina (another “hero” of red state America) is the culprit this time; here, he said that deportations of kids here in this country illegally should continue even if those kids are killed upon their return to their originating countries. Pittenger also said that the vast majority of “undocumented” workers in this country aren’t in favor of a path to citizenship, which is an outright lie, along with the claim that this is Obama’s fault because of a 2008 air trafficking law that prevents kids from being deported without due process (one of the handful of things that Obama’s wretched predecessor actually got right over the course of his thoroughly ruinous two terms).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Daniel Ashley Pierce, the gay Georgia teen who “came out” to his parents and was abused for it (here), unfortunately, received about $100,000 raised online to help him get on his feet in a new home. The reason Pierce receives this mention is because he gave about $10 grand from that to an LGBT homeless shelter (well done).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Even by their own moronic standards (or lack thereof), the idiocy of “Fox and Friends” really doesn’t need to be pointed out, but they might have sunk lower than anyone thought possible in September with their response to the video of Ray Rice slugging his then-fiancée in the elevator; Brian Kilmeade basically said in response that Janay Palmer should have “taken the stairs” (here).

I think the collective IQ of this country just dipped at least two points as a result (he later issued a 13-second non-apology for the remark – why does Kilmeade still have a job?).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Chuck Todd(ler) (h/t Atrios) came up with this gem in September, when he interviewed President Obama and told Number 44 that he hadn’t mentioned Syria on the subject of ISIS, when in fact Obama had already done so four times during the interview.

As dumb as that is, Todd did acknowledge it later. However, what truly galls me here is the fact that Todd and the rest of his foul corporate media ilk are discussing “military action in Syria” in such a cavalier fashion.

Anything done against ISIS/ISIL/whatever the hell this ragtag band of murderers is called in Syria would have to be done with Syria’s cooperation. And as of this moment, they show no inclination whatsoever towards allowing the U.S. to violate their sovereignty without the potential for a significant reprisal against us; our jets fly anywhere near their airspace, and Syria would no doubt consider it to be an act of war, to say nothing of ground forces.

I keep recalling Dan Rather’s interview at about that same time with Brian Stelter of CNN, in which Rather asked anyone cheerleading for war whether or not they would send their kids into what would likely be an enormously bloody battle. At this moment, I’d really like to know how Todd would answer that.

(And yes, I know Obama also discussed conflict in Syria during his prime-time address in September, but what did Todd honestly think? That Obama was going to give Todd an “exclusive” and spill the proverbial beans? What a moron.)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Running back LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles, who left a 20-cent tip for a burger lunch that cost $61.76 because he was supposedly unhappy with the service, though by other accounts he and those he lunched with were pretty obnoxious towards the wait staff (and I don’t know what it says about Charlie Sheen that he supposedly offered a tip of $1,000 instead – kind of a nice gesture, but also more than a bit of an attempt at publicity I guess…here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Pueblo County, CO Commissioner candidate Dr. Tom Ready (again, guess which party?) questioned here in September whether or not the Sandy Hook, CT shootings ever took place here (I guess he needs to see pictures of the kids’ faces blown apart…what a worthless wretch)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch said here that he was “ready to kill” because Supposedly The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body didn’t enact some stinking business tax cuts the way he wanted.

Hey, Saint Orrin! Yeah, you, the guy who wrote all those hokey “I Love America” hymns of his while flying back and forth from Washington to Utah on his private jet (here). As a charter member of the “one percent,” I guess that only counts for the “America” that gives you everything you want and grinds the rest of us plebes under your heel, right?

What a disgusting hypocrite.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Dr. George Visnich laid off employee Carol Jumper without pay when Jumper was diagnosed with cancer; of course, Visnich can’t understand the backlash (and Do-Gooder citations go out to the residents of Hopewell Township, Pa. for rallying to help Jumper in her time of need – here).

More later (yes, there is more)…


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